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involute
intricate, complex
importune
ask incessantly, to beg, to nag
precipitous
rash, foolhardy; dropping sharply, dangerous
mendacity
dishonesty
asperity
roughness, harshness, ill temper, irritability (Don't confuse with "aspersion," which means slander)
floridness
ruddiness; heavily decorated; ornateness
palliate
to make something appear less serious, to alleviate, to gloss over, put a positive spin on
sententious
short and pithy, full of maxims/proverbs
precipitate
(v) to hurl down, to fall headlong (adj) speeding, acting recklessly
grievous
causing grief or pain; serious, dire, grave
poseur
someone taking on airs to impress others; a phony
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
contemn
to scorn or despise
vitiate
to pervert, debase, make ineffective
stanch
to stop the flow of a fluid
evince
to show clearly, to indicate
imperiousness
arrogance, commanding presence, overbearingness
suppliant
asking humbly, beseeching
tautology
a repetition, a redundancy
arduous
steep, difficult ascent; laborious
encomium
warm or glowing praise; eulogy, panegyric; a tribute
abjure
recant solemnly, repudiate, renounce , give up
ebullient
enthusiastic; showing excitement; bubbling (or seemingly boiling)
propitious
auspicious, presenting favorable circumstances; gracious
obtain
to be established, accepted, or customary
stint
to be thrifty, to set limits, to restrict
temerity
boldness, brashness, intrepidness, recklessness
prevaricate
to equivocate, to stray from the truth
surfeit
satiate, feed to fullness or to excess
scurvy
mean, contemptible
gregarious
sociable, outgoing
recondite
profound, abstruse, obscure, concealed, hidden
penury
extreme poverty
judicious
sound in judgment; wise
sinuous
winding, undulating, serpentine
undulate
to move in wavelike fashion, fluctuate
probity
uprightness, incorruptibility, principle
rubric
heading, title, or category
interdict
prohibit, forbid
harangue
a long, passionate speech
calumny
slander, aspersion
petrous
like a rock, hard, stony
petrify
to make hard, rocklike
conjoin
to join together
nexus
a connection, tie, or link
obstreperous
noisy, loud
contumacious
insubordinate, rebellious
mettlesome
courageous, high-spirited. (Don't confuse with "meddlesome," meaning inclined to interfere.)
cadge
to beg, to get by begging
remonstrate
to protest, object
veritable
unquestionable, true.
equivocate
lie, mislead, conceal the truth
assiduous
diligent, hard-working, sedulous
sycophant
flatterer, parasite; a suck-up
perfunctory
superficial, listless, not thorough
Quixotic
extravagantly chivalrous, romantically idealistic, impractical
picaresque
involving clever rogues or adventurers. (Don't confuse with "picturesque," which means picture-like, charming, or quaint)
lachrymose
causing tears, tearful
ossify
to turn to bone; to settle rigidly into an idea or practice, become closed-minded
gainsay
deny
saturnine
gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
imbroglio
difficult or embarrassing situation
exscind
to cut out, cut away
verisimilitude
appearing true or real
pusillanimous
cowardly, craven
ingenuous
naive, young, artless, frank, honest, sincere. (Don't confuse with "ingenious"--very clever)
august
majestic, venerable. (Don't confuse with the month, "August," which is always capitalized)
fetter
to shackle, put in chains
peremptory
urgent, imperative, unchallengeable, ending debate
froward
Stubbornly contrary and disobedient; obstinate(NOT "forward")
rapacious
voracious, greedy, plundering
propinquity
nearness in time or place, affinity of nature
succor
assistance, relief in time of distress
volatile
changeable, inconstant, fickle, unstable, explosive
effluvia
outflow in a stream of particles; a noxious odor or vapor
apotheosis
deification, glorification to godliness
enormity
excessive wickedness; evilness (Don't confuse with "enormousness," which means great size)
sophomoric
self-assured though immature, affected, bombastic, overblown, lacking maturity
torpor
lethargy, sluggishness, dormancy
feckless
lacking purpose or vitality; ineffective; careless
pith
heart of the matter, basic trait. Also force, strength, or vigor
penchant
strong inclination, a liking
enervate
weaken, deprive of strength, attenuate
qualify
to limit
reprobate
person hardened in sin; one devoid of decency
libertine
immoral person
nascent
coming into existence, emerging
phlegmatic
calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional
partisan
one-sided, committed to a party, biased or prejudiced
malinger
to fake illness or injury, in order to shirk a duty
decorum
propriety, properness
raffish
low, vulgar, base, tawdry
loquacious
talkative, garrulous
piquant
agreeably pungent, stimulating
beatify
to bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to. Regard as saintly (Don't confuse with "beautify," which means to make beautiful)
forbearance
patience, willingness to wait
truculence
aggressiveness, ferocity
mellifluous
sweetly flowing; usually used to describe use of words (sweetly flowing words, as when the speech is characterized by high volubility
pariah
an outcast, a rejected and despised person
desiccate
to dry up, dehydrate
taciturn
untalkative, silent
pillory
to punish, hold up to public scorn
imprecation
an invocation of evil; a curse
apostate
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
countenance
(n) mien, face (v) approve of
dogmatic
positive, certain, arbitrary, without room for discussion
felicitous
apt; suitably expressed, well chosen, apropos
vituperate
berate, rail against, attack verbally
indefatigability
not easily exhaustible; tirelessness
fatuous
complacently stupid
salubrious
healthful
tenuous
unsubstantial, flimsy, weak
odium
contempt, dislike, aversion
obdurate
hardened and unrepentant; stubborn, inflexible
incredulous
skeptical, unwilling to believe (NOT "incredible," as many think)