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aggrandize
to increase in intensity, power or prestige
alchemy
medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, esp into gold
anachronism
something or someone put out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
astringent
harsh severe
contiguous
sharing a border
convention
a generally agreed upon practice or attitude
cynicism
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
decorum
polite
derision
scorn
desiccate
to dry out, dehydrate, make dull
dilettante
one with amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
disparage
to slight, belittle
divulge
to disclose something secret
immutable
not capable of change
inimical
damaging, harmful
intractable
stubborn
neophyte
recent convert, beginner, novice
probity
uprightness
proclivity
natural predisposition or inclination
profligate
excessively wasteful
propensity
a natural inclination or tendancy
prosaic
dull
pungent
strong sharp smell or taste
quixotic
foolishly impractical
quotidian
occuring or recurring daily
rarefy
to make or become thin
recondite
hidden, concealed
refulgent
radiant
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
tacit
implied
terse
brief
tout
publicly praise
trenchant
sharply perceptive
unfeigned
genuine
vacillate
to waver indecisively
variegated
multicolored
vexation
irritation
vigilant
alertly watchful
vituperate
to berate