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probity
honesty, integrity, uprightness
recreant
cowardly or craven
recidivism
a tendancy to lapse into a previous condition or pattern of behavior, especially criminal behavior
vitiate
to impair quaity or effectiveness
pithy
precisely meaningful in few words
intransigent
refusing to agree or compromise
intractable
hard to control or manage
turgid
bombastic
abjur
to renounce, esp. under oath
prolix
long and wordy
occlude
to stop up, to shut in
lugubrious
mournful in a way that seems feigned
sententious
abounding in pithy aphorisms
untoward
unfavorable or unfortunate, hard to control
abrogate
to annul or abolish by authoritative act
obviate
to anticipate and prevent by effective means, to render unnecessary
refractory
hard or impossible to manage
perigrination
traveling from place to place, esp. by foot
stultify
to render futile and ineffective
impecunious
penniless
perspicacious
keenly perceptive and observent
renitent
resisting pressure
enjoin
to order with authority
asperity
roughness or harshness, ill temper
aspersion
slander
factitious
lacking authority or genuineness, sham
revile
to denounce with abusive language
inveigh
to protest vehemently
objurgate
to berate, to scold sharply
opprobium
a scornful reproach
excoriate
to denounce, to censor strongly
peremptory
expecting to be obeyed
obloquy
abusive language, slander, calumny
redress
to set something right
palliate
to conceal the gravity of an offense
expiate
to atone or make amends for
inviduous
calculated to create ill will
recondite
requiring special knowledge in order to be understood
diffident
shy, lacking self-confidence
riposte
a quick sharp return in speaking
turbid
unclear, cloudy
turpitude
a base, depraved act
specious
having the ring, taste, or probability of, but actually fallacious
prevaricate
to speak misleadingly, to lie
spurious
not genuine or sincere (a spurious gesture)
truculent
cruel, savagly brutal
quiescent
being at rest, inactive
inimical
harmful, adverse, unfavorable
ostensile
outwardly showy and pretentious
unctuous
characterized by affected or insincere exuberence
remonstrate
to say or plead in protest/objecton
unstinting
bestowed liberally
vitriolic
harsh or corrosive in tone
rancor
hatred, bitter resentment or ill will
penurious
stingy
fulsome
offensively flattering
minatory
menacing
abeyance
a temporary cessation
fealty
fidelity
stultify
to render futile and ineffective
expatiate
to be copious in description, to wander intellectually (expatiate upon a theme)
desultory
jumping from one thing to another, disconnected
disabuse
to set right something wrong, to free from error
dessicate
to dry out, to remove vitality from
sedulity
diligence
inscrutable
mysterious, cannot be scrutanized or understood
recondite
dealing with abstract or profound subject matter
pernicious
causing insiduous harm

pernicious=baneful=baleful
anathema
a person or thing detested or loathed
racuous
harsh, grating
torpid
in a dormant state. lacking in energy
diurnal
daily
threnody
a poem or song of lamentation
blandishments
cajoling and flattering speeches and actions used to coax someone into doing something
Expurgate
to censor, to remove obscenities
ineluctable
inescapable
modality
mode, way of doing something
dampen
restrain
abstemious
one who abstains from certain pleasures
mawkish
sickenly sentimental
bawdy
lewd, racy
rarefy
to make thin or lessen the consistency of (to rarify a gas. The bones are rarified). To make more refined, spiritual, or exalted
peroration
1. a long speech characterized by lofty and often pompous language.
2.
Rhetoric. the concluding part of a speech or discourse, in which the speaker or writer recapitulates the principal points and urges them with greater earnestness and force.
perigee
the point in the orbit of a heavenly body, esp. the moon, or of an artificial satellite at which it is nearest to the earth.
refulgent
shining brightly; radiant; gleaming: Crystal chandeliers and gilded walls made the opera house a refulgent setting for the ball.
petrous
like stone, hardness, rocky
precept
a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct.
2.
an injunction as to moral conduct; maxim.
3.
a procedural directive or rule, as for the performance of some technical operation.
plangent
Loud and resounding: plangent bells.
Expressing or suggesting sadness; plaintive: "From a doorway came the plangent sounds of a guitar" (Malcolm Lowry)
regale
to entertiain lavishly. a feast
rebus
a representation of a word or phrase by pictures, symbols,
etc., that suggest that word or phrase or its syllables:
contiguous
1.touching; in contact.
2.in close proximity without actually touching; near.
3.adjacent in time: contiguous events.
propinquity
1. Nearness in place; proximity._
2. Nearness in time._
3. Nearness of relation; kinship.
“I was stunned by the propinquity of the events: I had never been in the same room with anyone who was later murdered.”
redolent
1. Having or exuding fragrance; scented; aromatic._
2. Full of fragrance; odorous; smelling (usually used with 'of' or 'with')._
3. Serving to bring to mind; evocative; suggestive; reminiscent (usually used with 'of' or 'with').
ramify
1. To have complicating consequences or outgrowths:
The problem merely ramified after the unsuccessful meeting.
2. To send out branches or subordinate branchlike parts.
recumbent
lying down, leaning. inactive
proscribe
1. To denounce, condemn, or forbid as harmful; to prohibit._
2. To put outside the protection of the law; to outlaw._
3. To publish the name of (a person) as condemned to death with his property forfeited to the state.
picaresque
involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction; "picaresque novels"; "waifs of the picaresque tradition"; "a picaresque hero"
trenchant
1. having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect; "searching insights"; "trenchant criticism" [syn: searching]
2.
characterized by or full of force and vigor; "a hard-hitting expose"; "a trenchant argument" [syn: hard-hitting]
3.
clear-cut, clearly or sharply defined to the mind; "clear-cut evidence of tampering"; "trenchant distinctions between right and wrong" [syn: clear-cut]
puissance
power, might, or force
poignant
affecting the emotions
vigilant
watchful to prevent danger
precis
a concise summary
punctilious
Strictly attentive to the details of form in action or conduct; precise; exact in the smallest particulars.

Example: The convert who is more punctilious in his new faith than the lifelong communicant is a familiar figure in Catholic lore.
repine
to fret, complain
raffish
cheap and showy, tawdry, gaudy
plumb
To determine the depth of with a plumb; sound.
To test the verticality or alignment of with a plumb.
To straighten or make perpendicular: plumb up the wall.
To examine closely or deeply; probe: "Shallow ideas are plumbed and discarded"
mettle
1. Courage and fortitude; spirit: troops who showed their mettle
in combat
Inherent quality of character and temperament
flout
to treat with or regard with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock: to flout the rules of propriety.
lassitude
weariness
militate
have force or influence; bring about an effect or change; "Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed"
maunder
to digress
maverick
an independent person
soporific
causing sleepiness
malinger
to feign illness, esp. to avoid work or duty
labile
apt to or open to change. Adaptable. (an emotionally labile person)
mettelsome
courageous
halcyon
1. calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather.
2. happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth.
nugatory
inconsequential, of no real worth or value, trifling
glib
readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so: a glib talker; glib answers.
2. easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners
interdict
to command against. To prohibit.

Also, an ecclesiastical censure by the Roman Catholic Church withdrawing certain sacraments and Christian burial from a person or all persons in a particular district
nadir
the lowest point
overweening
presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud: a
brash, insolent, overweening fellow.
“In a story as old as the Greeks, overweening pride brought condign disaster
condign
well-deserved; fitting; adequate: condign punishment
meretricious
cheap, showy, gaudy, tawdry, pertaining to a prostitute
multifarious
Having great diversity or variety; of various kinds; diversified.
peccadillo
a minor offense, a minor sin
insouciant
Marked by lighthearted unconcern or indifference; carefree;
nonchalant.
involute
intricate, complex
macerate
to waste away
luculent
easily understood. Clear or lucid. Convincing, cogent. (a luculent explanation)
obstreperous
noisy, clamorous, or boisterous: obstreperous children
inveterate
1. settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler.
2. chronic, firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, etc.;
natty
trimly neat and tidy. neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance;
spruce: a natty white uniform
mellifluous
sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous
voice; mellifluous tone
nostrum
questionable remedy
hubris
arrogant pride
nexus
a connection
inimitable
unable to be imitated or reproduced, one-of-a-kind
ossified
conventional; tending to become more rigid
polemical
controversial. Argumentative
jocose
humorous, playful: a jocose and amusing manner.
jejune
without interest or significance; dull; insipid: a jejune novel.
juvenile; immature; childish: jejune behavior.
lacking knowledge or experience; uninformed: jejune attempts to
design a house.
phlegmatic
calm
mendicant
beggar
germane
relevant
bellicose
inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.
prurient
having lasviscious or lustful thoughts
lubricious
arousing or expressive of sexual desires