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abnegate
VERB (transitive)

deny, renounce
She abnegated her God.
spurious
adjective

false; forged; outwardly similar or corresponding to something without having its genuine qualities
Identified in a GRE practice exam.
po·lem·ic
noun

an aggressive attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another
an·tip·a·thy
noun

settled aversion or dislike
dif·fi·dent
adjective

hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence
invective (n)
an abusive expression or speech
invective (adj)
of, relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse
mercenary (n)
one that serves merely for wages; especially : a soldier hired into foreign service
mercenary (adj)
serving merely for pay or sordid advantage
pundit
noun

1. a learned man
2. one who gives opinions in an authoritative manner : CRITIC
imperiousness
adjective

1. befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments
2. marked by arrogant assurance
boggle
verb, trans & instrans

1. to start with fright or amazement : be overwhelmed (intransitive)

2. to hesitate because of doubt, fear, or scruples (transitive)
rapacious
adjective

1. excessively grasping or covetous
2. living on prey
extant
adjective

2a. currently or actually existing
aver
verb, transitive

1a. to verify or prove to be true in pleading a cause
1b. to allege or assert in pleading
2. to declare positively
sedulous
adjective

1. involving or accomplished with careful perseverance
2. diligent in application or pursuit
intransigent
adjective

1. uncompromising; refusing to compromise or to abandon an extreme position or attitude
laconic
adjective

using or involving the use of a minimum of words : concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious
Being laconic has nothing to do with being lazy. Instead, it has to do with one's lack of loquaciousness.
hapless
adjective

having no luck : UNFORTUNATE
dirge
noun

a song or hymn of grief or lamentation
Middle English dirige, the Office of the Dead
miscreant (n)
noun

infidel, heretic
miscreant (adj)
adjective

unbelieving, heretical
from Anglo-French mescreant, present participle of mescreire to disbelieve
heretic
noun

a dissenter from established religious dogma; especially : a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church who disavows a revealed truth
also, nonconformist
recalcitrant
adjective

obstinately defiant of authority or restraint
present participle of recalcitrare to be stubbornly disobedient
chary
adjective

discreetly cautious
from Old English cearig sorrowful, from caru sorrow
exigent
adjective

requiring immediate aid or action
Latin exigent-, exigens, present participle of exigere to demand
epithet
noun

a disparaging or abusive word or phrase
viscid
adjective

having an adhesive quality : STICKY
Late Latin viscidus, from Latin viscum birdlime
aspersion
noun

a false or misleading charge meant to harm someone's reputation