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amenable
adjective: obedient and responsive to authority
anodized
verb: to cover metal with an oxide
arabesque
noun: a complex pattern or design
aver
verb: to affirm or prove
burgeon
verb: to grow or blossom
burnish
noun: to make smooth and bright by polishing
cadge
verb: to beg
capricious
adjective: unpredictable and uncertain
cavern
noun: a cave
centrifuge
noun: a device used to simulate conditions in space
churlish
adjective: vulgar and ungracious
coalesce
verb: to come together as one
cognizance
noun: awareness
cordon
noun: a line of people or objects around a specific area
covetous
adjective: having a strong desire to own
craven
adjective: cowardly
desiccate
verb: to dry out
diffidence
noun: the state of being shy and untrusting
diminutive
adjective: extremely small
discordant
adjective: conflicting
disingenuous
adjective: insincere
disinter
verb: to exhume a grave
disparate
adjective: completely different
dissemble
verb: to hide or conceal using a false appearance
dissipation
noun: the act of breaking up and scattering
distillate
noun: a liquid produced by evaporation during distillation
dubious
adjective: doubtful
effrontery
adjective: offensively bold
elegy
adjective: a poem of mourning
encomium
noun: praise
enervate
verb: to remove courage or nerve
engender
noun: to create or procreate
ennui
noun: boredom
enigmatic
adjective: like a puzzle
ephemeral
adjective: very brief in duration, usually only one day
epithet
noun: a descriptive word or phrase
excoriation
noun: the act of chafing the skin
exigent
adjective: needing necessary, immediate action
extrapolate
verb: to use past knowledge to hypothesize or estimate
extricable
adjective: able to be freed from entanglement or trouble
fatuous
adjective: foolish
feint
noun: a false ploy meant to draw attention away from the real purpose
floridness
adjective: flushed
flustered
adjective: to be in a state of confusion or uncertainty
foment
verb: to excite
fortuitous
adjective: happening by chance
garrulous
adjective: extremely talkative
glib
adjective: done with ease
gristle
noun: tough cartilage in meat
guile
noun: deceit and treachery
hackneyed
adjective: predictable and overused
hapless
adjective: unlucky
harbinger
noun: something that foreshadows the future
harrow
noun: a farming tool verb: to bother or torment
imperiousness
noun: the condition of being overbearing
imperturbability
noun: self-assured calm and collectiveness
impetuosity
noun: the condition of being impulsive
incongruous
adjective: incompatible
inimitable
adjective: no capable of being copied or imitated; unique; MATCHLESS
interpolate
verb: to insert, as in text. Often implies corruption
intransigence
noun: the condition of being stubborn and uncompromising
irascible
adjective: easily angered
laconic
adjective: using few words; concise
lambaste
verb: to scold or beat
limn
verb: to describe, especially with an illustration
mercenary
noun: a hired killer
mercurial
adjective: relating to mercury OR quick tempered
miscreant
noun: a villain
nadir
noun: lowest point
nib
noun: the tip
noisome
adjective: offensive odor; toxic
obdurate
adjective: hardened emotionally
obviate
verb: to prevent through anticipation
odium
noun: the state of being strongly dislike or dishonored
opprobrium
noun: disgrace
paean
noun: a song of praise
parse
verb: to break a sentence into parts of speech
parsimonious
adjective: miserly and frugal
pedantic
adjective: having a obsessive focus on book-learning and small details
perfidious
adjective: relating to treachery
pith
noun: the center; the significant part of something
platitudinous
adjective: dull and unoriginal; clichéd
prevarication
noun: the act of avoiding the truth
prodigal
adjective: extremely wasteful
prolixity
noun: the state of being too wordy, as in writing
pungency
noun: quality of being sharp or biting, especially to the taste or smell
quaff
verb: to drink quickly
quiescent
adjective: quiet; at rest
quixotic
adjective: romantically unrealistic or impulsive
quotidian
adjective: common
rancorous
adjective: showing resentment
raucous
adjective: loud and harsh
recondite
adjective: ambiguous
refractory
adjective: difficult to work with; unmanageable
reproach
verb: to scold or shame
resplendent
adjective: beautiful and often shining brilliance
salacious
adjective: stimulating, sexy but trashy
salutary
adjective: promoting improvement
sap
noun: liquid from a tree noun: a covered trench dug for war
sedulous
adjective: diligent effort; constant pursuit
sidereal
adjective: concerning stars or constellations
sinuous
adjective: having curves
sordid
adjective: dirty
stanch
verb: to stop the flow of fluids
stolid
adjective: emotionless
subsume
verb: to classify in a more complete category
supercilious
adjective: proud, haughty
supine
adjective: lying on the back, face upward OR adjective: indifferent
tangential
adjective: barely touching
tenuous
adjective: slender
timorous
adjective: timid
torpor
noun: state of inactivity
turpitude
noun: corruption
tyro
noun: a novice
univocal
noun: a word with only one definition
venal
adjective: corruptible for a price; open to bribery
volubility
noun: the condition of using fluent speech
waft
verb: to float
wheedle
verb: to use flattery as a means of persuasion
relegated
verb: to demote or assign to an inferior position