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extemporaneous
adj; imporvised; done without preparation
catalyst
noun; a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
cacophony
noun; harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
facetious
adj; playful; humorous
castigation
noun; severe criticism or punushment
bombast/bombastic
noun/adjective: self-evident or pompous writing or speech; pompous;grandiloquent.
bucolic
adjective; rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
capricious
adjective; inclined to change one's mind implusively; erratic; unpredictable
burgeon
verb; to grow rapidly; to flourish
canon
noun; an established set of principles or code of laws, oftern religious in nature
canonical
adjective; following or in agreement with orthodox requirements
complaisance
noun; the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
caustic
adjective; burning or stinging; causing corrosion
chary
adjective; wary; cautious
cynicism
noun; an attitude or quality of belief that all people are otivated by selfishness
censure
verb; to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
cogent
adj; appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
chicanery
noun; trickery or subterfuge
culpable
adj; deserving blame
contrite
adj; regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
contentious
adj; argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
connoisseur
noun; an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
convention
noun; a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
credulous
adj; tending to believe too readily; gullible
convoluted
adj; complex or complicated
dearth
noun; smallness of quanitity or number;, scarcity; a lack
ebullience
noun; the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
demur
verb; to question or oppose
decorum
noun; polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
derision
noun; scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
diatribe
noun; a harsh dununciation
desiccate
verb; to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
dilettante
noun; one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
didactic
adj; intended to teach or instruct
disabuse
verb; to undeceive; to set right
dogmatic
adj; stubbornly opinionated
discretion
noun; cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
fallacy
noun; an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
discordant
adj; conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparage
verb; to slight or belittle
disinterested
adj; indifferent; free from self-interest
dissemble
verb; to disguise or conceal; to mislead
disparate
adj; fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
divulge
verb; to disclose something secret
eccentric
adj; departing from norms or conventions
emollient
adj; soothing, expecially to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying
effrontery
noun; extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eclectic
adj; composed of elements drawn from various sources
eloquent
adj; well-spoken; expressive; articulate
elegy
noun; a mournful poem, expecially one lamenting the dead
empirical
adj; based on observation or experiment
endemic
adj; characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
ennui
noun; dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
enervate
verb; to weaken, to reduce in vitality
enigmatic
adj; mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
esoteric
adj; intended for or understood by a small, specific group
erudite
adj; very learned; scholarly
ephemeral
adj: brief; fleeting
equivocate
verb; to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
exacerbate
verb; to make worse or more severe
exonerate
verb; to remove blame
eulogy
noun; speech honoring the dead
evanescent
adj; tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
exigent
adj; urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
exculpate
verb; exonerate; to clear of blame