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Pristine
Fresh and clean
uncorrupted
Vituperate
verbally abuse
berate
Obviate
prevent
to make unnecessary
Ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain
able to be interpreted in several ways
Disparate
fundamentally different
entirely unlike
Inure
harden
become used to
accustom
Disabuse
to free from error
to set right
Ebullient
exhilarating
full of enthusiasm and high spirits
Doctrinaire
rigid devotion to theories without regards to practicality
dogmatic
Specious
deceptively attractive
seemingly plausible but fallacious
Penury
oppressive lack of resources
severe poverty
Exigent
urgent
requiring immediate action
Cortege
retinue (entourage)
Antipathy
aversion
Demur
object
Discrimination
insight
Provisional
tentative
Bon Mot
witticism
Hypothesis
Assumption
Proviso
condition
Macabre
gruesome
Latent
dormant
Arroyo
gully
Effrontery
impudence
Meticulous
extremely careful
Fastidious
painstaking
Effigy
stuffed doll
likeness of a person
Fortuitous
happening by chance
fortunate
Dilettante
someone withan amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
Spartan
highly, self-disciplined
frugal
austere
Sacrosanct
extremely sacred
beyond criticism
Sagacious
shrewd
wise
Salient
prominent
of notable significance
Sanguine
ruddy
cheerfully optimistic
Replete
abundantly supplied
complete
Zephyr
a gentle breeze
something airy or unsubstantial
Zenith
the point of culmination
peak
Unconscionable
unscrupulous
shockingly unfair or unjust
Verdant
green with vegetation
inexperienced
Vernal
related to spring
fresh
Vicissitude
a change or variation
ups and downs
Vex
to annoy
irritate
puzzle
confuse
Variegated
varied
marked with different colors
Ingratiate
to work one's way into another's favor
impecunious
poor
having no money
Stipulate
specify
Glib
fluent in insincere manner
offhand
casual
Connivance
collusion
Emolument
Compensation
Ignominy
disgrace
Apposite
appropriate
fitting
suitable
Derisive
Expressing ridicule
Blandishment
Praise
Raucous
Harsh
Epitome
summary
Abraded
worn away
eroded
Gerontocracy
government by the aged
Maculated
spotted
Quisling
traitor
Sedulity
thoroughness
perseverance
Seine
type of fishing net
Tender
to offer
Waffle
talk nonsense
Homiletics
art of preaching or giving sermons
Impugn
challenge
question someone's honor etc
Incubus
encumbrance
nightmarish thing
Lope
run with long strides
Macerate
soften or break up by soaking
weaken
Nostrum
remedy
Saw
tool
wise saying
Sibyl
prophetess
Brook
stream
tolerate
Emboss
decorate with a raised design
Liturgy
form of worship
Nexus
connection
Odometer
instrument to measure distance covered
Purchase
grip
buy
Quotidian
daily
routine
Seminal
essential
formative
Agog
amazed
wide eyed enthusiasm
Epithet
A descriptive word or phrase
Fracas
fight
disturbance
Milk
squeeze
obtain by application of pressure
Frieze
decorative border
Gist
essence
main point
Plodding
walking slowly and heavily
uninspired
Esoterica
obscure details
Prohibitive
prohibiting
exorbitantly expensive
Chantey
type of song sung by sailors
Personification
represent something as a person
a concrete example of
Ferrous
concerned with iron or its compounds
Table (v)
put down for future discussion
Resilience
resistance
ability to spring back
Vagary
unpredictable or erratic
whimsical, wild, unusual
Discountenance
disallow
Pith
center
soft part of stem
essence
Sinistral
left handed or counterclockwise
Trenchant
Acute, sharp or incisive
forceful
effective
Transitory
temporary
lasting a brief time
Intrepid
fearless
resolutely courageous
Keen
having a sharp edge
intellectually sharp
perceptive
Monotony
no variation
tediously the same
Myopic
lacking foresight
having a narrow view or short range perspective
Nominal
existing in name only
negligible
Opaque
impossible to see through
preventing the passage of light
Ossify
to change into bone
to become hardened or
set in a rigidly conventional pattern
Palliate
to make less serious
ease
Panache
flamboyance or dash in style or action
verve
Panegyric
elaborate praise
formal hymn of praise
Pejorative
having bad connotations
disparaging
Pervade
to be present throughout
to permeate
Fervid
intensely emotional
feverish
Fatuous
stupid
foolishly self-satisfied
Husband
manage economically
to use sparingly
Imbue
to infuse
dye
wet or moisten
Ignoble
having low moral standards
not noble in character
mean
Turgid
swollen as from a fluid
bloated
Calumny
a false or malicious accusation
misrepresentation
Wraith
a ghost or specter
a ghost of a living person seen just before his or her death
Solecism
grammatical mistake
blunder in speech
Precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly
lacking deliberation
Whimsical
unpredictable
lightly acting in a fanciful or capricious manner
Capricious
sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior
Exculpate
to clear from blame
prove innocent
Cosset
pamper
treat with great care
Augury
prophecy
prediction of events
Abjure
reject
abandon formally
Desultory
jumping from one thing to another
disconnected
Arrogate
to claim without justification
claim for oneself without right
Invidious
envious obnoxious or offensive
likely to promote ill-will
Martinet
strict disciplinarian
one who rigidly follows rules
Meretricious
gaudy
falsely attractive
Militate
to operate against
work against
Pare
trim off excess
reduce
Peregrinate
to wander from place to place
Sycophant
self-serving flatterer
yes-man
Stolid
unemotional
lacking sensitivity
Inculcate
to teach
impress in the mind
Posit
assume as real or conceded
propose as an explanation
Coffer
strongbox
large chest for money
Catholic
universal
broad and comprehensive
Plebeian
crude or coarse
characteristic of commoners
querulous
inclined to complain
irritable
Politic
shrewd and practical in managing or dealing with things
diplomatic
Malediction
a curse
wish of evil upon another
Axiom
premise
postulate
self-evident truth
Dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion
gloomy and irritable
Hapless
unfortunate
having bad luck
Idiosyncrasy
peculiarity of temperament
eccentricity
Grievous
causing grief or sorrow
serious and distressing
Petulant
irritable
rude
peevish
Wanton
reckless
immoral
Circumvent
surround or entrap
to go around, bypass
Mendicant
Beggar
Inexorable
unyielding
Hertical
unorthodox
Profligate
shamelessly immoral
extremely wasteful
Fractious
unruly
rebellious
Amity
friendship
peaceful harmony
Capitulate
surrender under agreed conditions
Disputatious
argumentative
Hackneyed
made commonplace or trite
stale
banal
Maladroit
awkward
bungling
tactless
Munificent
very generous
Nefarious
extremely wicked or villainous
iniquitous
Proclivity
natural inclination
predisposition
Prodigal
wastefully extravagant
giving lavishly
lavishly abundant
Prodigious
extraordinary in size
wonderful or marvelous
abnormal or monstrous
Profuse
spending or giving freely in large amount
extravagant
in great amount
Profusion
abundance
great amount
extravagance
Recalcitrant
not obedient or compliant
hard to deal with or manage
Saccharine
cloyingly agreeable or ingratiating
Stymie
a problem with difficulties so great to defeat any attempt to resolve it
Sumptuous
entailing great expense
luxurious
Tantamount
equivalent
Venturesome
willing to undertake risky or dangerous activities
Virulent
actively poisonous
noxious
malignant
hostile
Whet
sharpen
keen or eager
Ahistorical
without regard for history
indifferent to tradition
Belie
to show to be false
to misrepresent
to act unworthy
Demarcation
separation by distinct boundaries
irresolute
doubtful
infirm of purpose
vacillating
Oracular
resembling an oracle
uttered as if divinely inspired
Partisan
supporter of a particular party
Pertinacious
holding tenaciously to a purpose
resolute
stubborn
recapitulate
review a summary
to restate in music
Resolute
firmly resolved
determination
Tensile
pertaining to tension
ductile
Ken
knowledge
Sartorial
tailored
Condign
deserved
Superciliously
disdainfully
Truculent
savage
Inveigh
speak bitterly
Dais
a raised platform for a lectern or throne, etc.
Vituperation
abuse
Histrionic
overly dramatic
deliberately affected
Expiate
atone for
Mundane
worldly
Perspicacity
keen
Extraneous
foreign
Paroxysm
sudden outburst
Sapient
having or showing great wisdom or sound judgement
Mutinous
revolt against authority
difficult to control