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acumen
keen, accurate judgement or insight
adulterate
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
amalgamate
to combine with several elements into a whole
archaic
outdated; associated with an eralier perhaps more primitive, time
aver
to state as a fact; to declare or assert
bolster
to provide support or reinforcement
bombastic
pompoud; gandiloquent
diatribe
a harsh denunciation
dissemble
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
eccentric
departing from norms or conventions
endemic
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
evanescent
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
exacerbate
to make worse or more severe
fervent
greatly emotional or zealous
fortuitous
happening by accident or chance
germane
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
grandiloquence
pompous speech or expression
hacneyed
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
halcyon
calm and peaceful
hegemony
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
iconoclast
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
idolatrous
given to intense or excessive devotion to something
impassive
revealing no emotion
imperturbable
marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
implacable
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
impunity
immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate
in an initial stage; not fully formed
infelicitous
unfortunate; inappropriate
insipid
without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
loquacious
extremely talkative
malevolent
having or showing often vicious ill will, spite or hatred
mendacity
the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
meticulous
characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
misanthrope
one who hates all other humans
mitigate
to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
obdurate
unyielding; hardhead; intractable
obsequious
exhibititng a fawning attentiveness
occlude
to obstruct or block
opprobrium
disgrace; contempt; scorn
pedagogy
the profession or principles of teaching or instructing
pedantic
overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge
penury
poverty, destitution
pervasive
having a tendency to permeate or spread thruout
pine
to yearn intesely; to languish; to lose vigor
pirate
to illegally se or reproduce
pith
the essential or central part
pithy
precise and brief
placate
to appease; to calm by make concessions
platitude
a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful
plummet
to plunge or drop straight down
polemical
controversial; argumentative
prodigal
recklessly wasteful; extravagany; profuse; lavish
profuse
given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
proliferate
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
queries
questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
querulous
prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish
rancorous
characterized by butter, long-lasting resentment
recalcitrant
obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
repudiate
to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
rescind
to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
reverent
marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
rhetoric
the art or study of efective use of language for communication and persuasion
salubrious
promoting health or well being
solvent
able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
specious
seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive plaussbile but false
spurious
lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
subpoena
a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
succinct
brief; concise
superfluous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
surfeit
an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
tenacity
the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination
tenuous
having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
tirade
a long and ectremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
transient
fleeting; passing quickly; brief
zealous
fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause
acerbic
having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
alchemy
a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
amenable
agreeable; responsive to suggestion
anachronism
something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
astringent
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe;
contiguous
sharing a border; touching; adjacent
convention
a generally agreed upon practice or attitude
credulous
tending to elieve too readily; gullible
cynicism
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
decorum
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
derision
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
desiccate
to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superfiial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
divulge
to disclose soemthing secret
fawn
to flatter or priase 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 deph; superficial
hubris
overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
imminent
about to happen
immutable
not capable fo change
impetuous
hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
indifferent
having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
inimical
damaging; harmfu; 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 unpredictable 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 give to pretentious display, showy
pervade
to permeate thruout
phlegmatic
calm; sluggish; unemotional
plethora
an overabundance; a surplus
pragmatic
practical rather than idealistic
presumptuous
overstepping due bonds (as of propriety or courtesy) taking 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
pungnet
characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
quixotic
foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic idels
quotidian
occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
rerefy
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; hard-working
shard
a piece of broken pottery or glass
soporific
causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
sparse
thin; not dense; arranged at widely space intervals
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
subtle
not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
tacit
implied; not explicitly state
terse
brief and consie in wording
tout
to publicly praise or promote
trenchant
sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
unfeigned
genuine; not false or hypocritical
untenable
indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
vacillate
to waver indecisively between one course or 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 severly or abusively; berate
volatile
readily changing to a vapor; changeable, fickle; explosive