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abscond
depart clandestinely
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
approbation
expression of approval or praise
censure
criticize severely
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
disabuse
to undecieve; to set right
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
enervate
to weaken/reduce in vitality
exigent
urgent, pressing
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
obviate
anticipate and make unnecessary
perfidy
intentional breach of faith; treachery
perfunctory
curosory; done without care or interest
preciptate
cause or happen before anticipated or required
precipitate
acting with excessive hast or impulse
prevaricate
to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
tortuous
winding, twistin, excessively complicated
truculent
fierce and cruel; eager to fight
avaricie
greed
chary
wary; cautious; sparing
demur
to question or oppose
impecunious
lacking funds; without money
intransigent
refusing to compromise
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery
prenurious
penny-pinching; thrifty;ungenerous
quiescence
stillness;motionlessness
vilify
to defame; characterise harshly
germane
relevant to subject at hand
inchoate
in an initial stage; not fully formed
insipid
bland
obdurate
unyielding; hardhearted;intractable
opprobium
disgrace, contempt, scorn
pedagogy
the profession or principles of teaching or instructing
penury
poverty, distitution
platitude
superficial remarks
prodigal
recklessly wasteful; extravagant;profuse;lavish
rancorous
bitter,longlasting resentment
recalcitrant
obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
specious
seeming true, but actually being fallacious; chyishyr
inimical
damaging; hamrful
probity
adherence to the highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
profligate
excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
rarefy
to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
recondite
hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
defulgent
radiant, shiny, brilliant
sedulous
filigent; persistent; hardworking
spendthrift
someone who spends money wastefully
trenchant
sharply perceptive; keen
appropriate
to take for one's own use, confiscate
arrest
to suspend, hold one's atteniotn
august
majestic, venerable
bent
leaning, inclination
brook
to tolerate, endure, countenance
cardinal
major (cardinal sin)
consequential
pompous, self-important
die
a tool used for shaping
guy
rope, cord, cable attached to something as a brace or guide
intimate
to imply, suggest or insinuate
nice
exacting, fastidious, extremely precise
obtain
to be established, accepted or customary: these standards no longer obtain
prize
to pry, to press or force with a lever
qualify
to limit: let me qualify that statement
singular
exceptional, unusual, odd
tender
to proffer or offer; he tendered his resignation
wag
with, joker: groucho marx
abjure
to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
adumbrate
to foreshadow vaguely or intimate; to suggest or outline sketchily; to obscure or overshadow
anathema
a solemn or religious curse
anodyne
soothing, something that assuages or allays pain or comforts
apogee
farthest/highest point; culmination
apostate
one who abandons long held religious or politlca convictions
apotheosis
deification, glorification to godliness, an exalted example
asperity
serverity, rigor, roughness, harsness
asseverate
to aver, allege, assert
assiduous
diligent, har working, defulous
augury
omen
bellicos
belligerent
calumniate
to slander, make false accusations
captious
disposed to point out trivial faults, calculated to confuse or entrap in argument
cavil
to find fault without good reason
celerity
spped, alacrity; think 'accelerate"
chimera
an illusion
contumacious
insubordinate, rebellious, contumely means insult, scorn, aspersion
descry
to discriminate or discern
desuetude
disuse
desultory
random, aimless, marked by lack of plan or purpose
diaphanous
transparent, gauzy
diffident
reserved, shy unassuming, lacking in self-confidence
encomium
glowying and enthusiastic praise; tribute, eulogy
excoriate
to censure scathingly, to upbraid
execrate
denounce, feel loathing for, curse, declare to be evil
exegesis
critical examination, explication
expiate
to atone or make amends for: pia has expiated her movie career by good works and charity
extirpate
to destroy, exterminate
fatuous
silly, inanely foolish
gainsay
to deny, dispute, contradict, oppose
heterodox
unorthodox, heretical, conoclastic
imbroglio
difficult or embarassing situation
indefatigable
tireless
ineluctable
certain, inevitable
insouciant
carefree
inveterate
deep roated, ingrained, habitual
jejune
vapid, uninteresting, nugatory, childish, immature, puerile
lubricious
lew, wanton, greasy, slippery
medicant
a beggar
meretricious
cheap, gaudy, tawdry, flashy, showy
minatory
menacing, threatening
nadir
low point, perigee
palliate
to make something seem less serious
panegyric
formal praise, eulogy, encomium
parsimonious
cheap, miserly
pellucid
transparent, easy to understand, limped
peroration
the concluding part of a speech
plangent
pounding, thundering, resounding
prolix
long winded, verbose
propitiate
to appease, to conciliate; propitious means auspicious
puissance
power, strength
pusillanimous
cowardly, craven
remonstrate
to protest, object
salutary
remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
saturnine
gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
sententious
aphoristic or moralistic,
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
stygian
gloomy, dark
tendentious
biased
tyro
novice
vitiate
to corrupt, debase, spoil
voluble
fluent, verbal