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abscond
to depart clandestinely: to steal off and hide
verb. He absconded with the class money.
aberrant
deviating from the norm.
adjective. Every tenth product was aberrant from the others in the production line.
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
noun. The crowd was alacrity in anticipation of the next bingo number.
approbation
an expression of approval or praise
noun. After completing probation his family had words of approbation for him.
assuage
to ease or lessen: to appease or pacify
verb. He needed to assure them of their safety so he used words of assuage in nature
austure
without adornment; bare; severely simple
the art that he produced was austere in on the huge canvas.
axiomatic
taken as a given; posessing self evident truth, (noun form axiom)
It was easy to reach a verdict for his words were axiomatic.
canonical
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards (noun form canon)
The contract was canonical in its format.
capricious
inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
the young man was capricious in his political views.
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
He fell for the flimfam mans chicanery .
disabuse
to undeceive, to set right
To correct his past abuses he set out to disabuse his lifestyle.
disparate
fundamentally distinct or dissimillar
He was one of a kind beating his drum to a disparate tune.
efrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
The new boss was quiet then his personality took turn toward effrontery.
enervate
to weaken: to reduce in vitality
The pills had the opposite effect than intended and enervated the body.
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy.
Faced with ennui every day he wanted a new lifestyle.
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (equivocal)
The smooth talker used words to equivocate him out of his life savings.
erudite
adj. very learned, scholarly
She was classified as erudite before she attedned pre-k classes.
exculpate
verb exonerate, to clear of blame
The prisoner was hoping to get a pardon to exculpate him from the charges.
exigent
adj. urgent, pressing, requiring immediate action or attention
She had 3 boxes for work on his desk. OIn , out, and exigent.
fulminate
verb to loudly attack or denounce
He used lots of fuel whrn he set out to fulminate an opponent.
ingenuous
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication.
His interview came off as being ingenuous rather than genuine.
inured
adj. accustomed to accepting something undesireable.
Not having much or expecting much he became inured in accepting things from others.
irascible
adj. easily angered; prone to tempermental outbursts.
The little rascal was irascible at nap time.
lucid
clear, easily understood
He was not lucid anymore after the 8th round of the fight.
magnanimity
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart esp. in forgiving (adj. form magnanimous)
He was lauded for his magnanmimity with others.
mundane
of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary.
He was tired of his mundane lifestyle.
nascent
coming into being: in early development stages.
The software for a smart house was still in its nascent stage.
nebulous
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form.
He looked up into the nebulous sky and tried to make out the form of a dog chasing a cat.
neologism
a new word, expression, or usage; the creation of new words or senses.
He had to purchase a new dictionary due to the neologism of the last 5 years.
obviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary.
He made improvements in the design to obviate going back to the drawing board.
onerous
troubling; burdensome
His conscious bothered him so much that it became onerous.
paean
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
It was required that one paean in the pilgrims time.
perfidy
noun intentional breach of faith; treachery
He was found guilty of espionage due to the act of perfidy.
perfunctory
cursory: done without care or interest
He cursed the fun factory for producing a poor product.
perspicious
adj. acutely preceptive; having keen discernment (noun form perspicacity)
The little girl was very perspicious in all subjects.
prattle
verb to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty idle manner
After the accident the best he could do was prattle for extended period of time.
precipitate
adj. acting with excessive haste or impulse.
What caused him to precipitate in such a manner is unknown.
precipitate
verb to cause or happen before anticipated or required.
What precipitated the accident is unknown.
predilection
a disposition in favor of something; preference
As predicted the predilection by the judge was in their favor.
prescience
foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
The soothsayer had prescience of the event.
prevaricate
to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
He tried to prevaricate to avoid jail time for the crime he committed.
qualms
misgivings, reservations; causes for hesitancy
He had qualms about doing what others had asked him to do.
relegate
verb to forceably assign, esp. to a lower place or position.
Due to cut backs he was forced to relegate some positions.
reticent
adj. quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings.
The defendent was reticent during the trial.
solicitous
concerned and attentive; eager
The waiter is very solicitous at our favorite resteraunt.
stupefy
verb to stun; baffle, or amaze
He was said to have the power to stupefy his audience.
truculent
adj. fierce and cruel; eager to fight
The new dog was truculent in the dog park.
Virulent
noun extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
A virulent substance was the cause of death.