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Acerbic
Having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
Aggrandize
To increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige
Alchemy
A medieval science aimed at the transmuation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
Amenable
Agreeable; responsive to suggestion
Anachronism
Someting or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
Astringent
Having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe
Bombast
Self-important or pompous writing or speech
Contiguous
Sharing a border; touching; adjacent
Convention
A generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
Credulous
Tending to believe too readily; gullible
Cynicism
An attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
Decorum
Polite or appropirate conduct or behavior
Derision
Scorn; ridicule; contemptuous
Desiccate
To dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
Dilettante
One with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
Disparage
To slight or belittle
Divulge
To disclose something secret
Fawn
To flatter or praise excessively
Flout
To show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
Garrulous
Pointlessly talkative, talking too much
Glib
Marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
Hubris
Overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
Imminent
About to happen; impending
Immutable
Not capable of change
Impetuous
Hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
Indifferent
Having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
Inimical
Damaging; harmful; injurious
Intractable
Not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
Intrepid
Steadfast and courageous
Laconic
Using few words; terse
Maverick
An independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
Mercurial
Characterized by rapid and unpredicatable change in mood
Mollify
To calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
Neophyte
A recent convert; a beginner; novice
Obfuscate
To deliberately obscure; to make confusing
Obstinate
Stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
Ostentatious
Characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy
Pervade
To permeate throughout
Phlegmatic
Calm; sluggish; unemotional
Plethora
An overabundance; a surplus
Pragmatic
Practical rather than idealistic
Presumptuous
overstepping due bounds; takig liberties
Pristine
Pure; uncorrupted; clean
Probity
Adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
Proclivity
A natural predisposition or inclination
Profligate
Excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
Propensity
A natural inclination or tendency, penchant
Prosaic
Dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
Pungent
Characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
Quixotic
Foolishlyimpractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
Quotidian
Occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
Rarefy
To make or become thin, less dense; to refine
Recondite
Hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
Refulgent
Radiant; shiny; brilliant
Renege
To fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
Sedulous
Diligent; persistent; hardworking
Shard
A piece of broken pottery or glass
Soporific
Causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
Sparse
Thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
Spendthrift
One who spends money wastefully
Subtle
Not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
Tacit
Implied; not explicityly stated
Terse
Brief and concise in wording
Tout
To publicly praise or promote
Trenchant
Sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
Unfeigned
Genuine; not false or hypocritical
Untenable
Indefensible; not viable; unihabitable
Vacillate
To waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another; waver
Variegated
Multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
Vexation
Annoyance; irritation
Vigilant
Alertly watchful
Vituperate
To use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate
Volatile
Readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive