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brusque
adj. abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
demagogue
n. a leader who exploits populare predjudices and false promises to gain power.
cajole
v. to coax, persuade
ennui
n. weariness from lack of occupation, boredom
anomalous
adj. abnormal, irregular
contrive
v. to plan with ingenuity, invent
disabuse
to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking
arbiter
n. one having power to decide a matter at issue, a judge.
bizarre
adj. extremely strange, unusual, atypical
castigate
v. to punish severely, criticize severely.
aspersion
n. a damaging or derogatory statement, the act of slandering
vouchsafe
v. to give or furnish condescendingly, to grant
megalomania
n. a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc.
surreptitious
adj. stealthy scecret, intended to escape observation.
transmute
v. to transform. to change from one substance to antoher.
immutable
adj. not subject to change, constant
transgress
v. to go beyond a limit or boundary, to sin, to violate
heinous
adj. very wicked, offensive, hateful
insurgent
n. one who rebels
adj. rising in a refvolt, refusing to accept authority
fetter
n. a chain or shackle placed on the feet.
v. to chain or shackle
sinecure
n. a position requiring little or no work, an easy
vicarious
adj. performed, suffered, or otherwiseexperienced by one person in place of another.
aggrandize
v. to increase in greatness, powere or wealth. to intensify
inscrutbable
adj. impossible to see through, physically incapable of being understood
archetype
n. an original model after which similar things are patterned. a perfect example
erudite
adj. scholarly, learned
infer
v. to find out by reasoning, to hint, suggest, imply
affable
adj. courteous and pleasant, sociable
amorphous
adj. shapeless, without definite form, without unity
gossamer
adj. thin, light, delicate
n. a very thin, light, cloth
aura
n. that which surrounds, a distinctive air or personal quality
insular
adj. relatin to an island, narrow or isolated in outlook or experience.
sleazy
adj. think or flimsy, cheap. ethically low, mean
irrevocable
adj. incapable of being changed or called back
resilient
adj. persistent, showing industry and determination
remonstrate
v. to argue or plead with someone against somehing, to protest
retrench
v. to cut down, reduce in schop and cost
sedulous
adj. able to return to an original shape or form. able to recover quickly
reverberate
v. to re-echo, resound, to reflect or be reflected
querulous
adj. peevish, complaining, fretful
repudiate
v. to disown, reject or deny
propensity
n. a natural inclination or bent toward
scurrilous
adj. coarseely abusive, vulgar or low, foul-mouthed
contraband
n. illegal traffic, smuggled goods
adj. illegal, probhibited
flout
v. to mock. treat with contempt
caveat
n. a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
blazon
v. to adorn or embellish,
filch
v. to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts
fractious
adj. tending to be troublesome, unruly, quarrelsome
equitable
adj. fair, just, embodying principles of justice
autonomy
n. self-government, political control
addendum
n. an addition or supplement designed to increase correctness
amnesty
n. a general pardon for an offense against a government, in general any act of forgiveness.
axiomatic
adj. self-evident, expressing a nuiversally accepted principle or rule
extricate
v. to fee from etanglements or difficulties
soporific
adj. tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness
n. something that induces sleep
scathing
adj. bitterly severe, withering, causing great harm
unwieldy
adj. not easily carried, handled or managed b/c of complexity
vapid
adj. dull, uninteresting, tiresome, lacking in sharpness
prognosticate
v. to predict, especially on the basis of present indications or signs
sepulchral
adj. funeral, typical of the tomb, extremely gloomy or dismal
salutary
adj. beneficial, helpful, healthy
straitlaced
adj. extremely stric in regard to moral standards and conduct
scourge
v. to whip, punnish severely
n. a cause of affliction or suffering.
precept
n a rule fo conduct or action
transient
adj. lasting only a short time
n. one who stays a short time.