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ACERBIC (adj)
having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
AGGRANDIZE (verb)
to increase in intensity, power, influence or prestige
ALCHEMY (noun)
a medieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
AMENABLE (adj)
agreeable; responsive to suggestion
ANACHRONISM (noun)
something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
ASTRINGENT (adj/noun)
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue
CONTIGUOUS (adj)
sharing a border; touching; adjacent
CREDULOUS (adj)
tending to believe too readily; gullible (credulity)
CYNICISM (noun)
an attitude or quality of belief that all ppl are motivated by selfishness
DECORUM (noun)
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
DERISION (noun)
scorn; ridicule, contemptuous treatment (derisive; deride)
DESICCATE (noun)
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
DISPARAGE (verb)
to slight or belittle
DIVULGE (verb)
to disclose something secret
FAWN (verb)
to flatter or praise excessively
FLOUT (verb)
to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
GARRULOUS (adj)
pointlessly talkative, talking too much
GLIB (adj)
marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
HUBRIS (noun)
overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
IMMINENT (adj)
about to happen; impending
IMMUTABLE (adj)
not capable of change
IMPETUOUS (adj)
hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
INIMICAL (adj)
damaging; harmful; injurious
INTRACTABLE (adj)
not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
INTREPID (adj)
steadfast and courageous
LACONIC (adj)
using few words; terse
MAVERICK (noun)
an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
MERCURIAL (adj)
characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
MOLLIFY (verb)
to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
NEOPHYTE (noun)
a recent convert; a beginner; a novice
OBFUSCATE (verb)
to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
OBSTINATE (adj)
stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
OSTENTATIOUS (adj)
characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy
PERVADE (verb)
to permeate throughout (adj form pervasive)
PHLEGMATIC (adj)
calm; sluggish; unemotional
PLETHORA (noun)
an overabundance; a surplus
PRAGMATIC (adj)
practical rather than idealistic
PRESUMPTUOUS (adj)
overstepping due bounds; taking liberties; going beyond what is right or proper
PRISTINE (adj)
pure; uncorrupted; clean
PROBITY (noun)
adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
PROCLIVITY (noun)
a natural predisposition or inclination; a propensity
PROFLIGATE (adj)
excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
PROPENSITY (noun)
a natural inclination or tendency; penchant; a proclivity
PROSAIC (adj)
dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
PUNGENT (adj)
characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
QUIXOTIC (adj)
foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
QUOTIDIAN (adj)
occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
RAREFY (verb)
to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
RECONDITE (adj)
hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
REFULGENT (adj)
radiant; shiny; brilliant
RENEGE (verb)
to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
SEDULOUS (adj)
diligent; persistent; hard-working
SHARD (noun)
a piece of broken pottery or glass
SPARSE (adj)
thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
SPENDTHRIFT (noun)
one who spends money wastefully
TACIT (adj)
implied; not explicitly stated
TERSE (adj)
brief and concise in wording
TOUT (verb)
to publicly praise or promote
TRENCHANT (adj)
sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
UNFEIGNED (adj)
genuine; not false or hypocritical
UNTENABLE (adj)
indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
VACILLATE (verb)
to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another; waver
VARIEGATED (adj)
multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
VEXATION (noun)
annoyance; irritation (noun form vex)
VIGILANT (adj)
alertly watchful
VITUPERATE (verb)
to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate
VOLATILE (adj)
readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive