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abscond
(v) to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
aberrant
(adj) deviating from the norm

(noun form: aberration)
alacrity
(n) eager and enthusiastic willingness
anomaly
(n) deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality

(adj. form: anomalous)
approbation
(n) an expression of approval or praise
arduous
(adj) strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
assuage
(v) to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
audacious
(adj) daring and fearless; recklessly bold

(noun form: audacity)
austere
(adj) without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic

(noun form: austerity)
axiomatic
(adj) taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth

(noun form: axiom)
canonical
(adj) following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards

(noun form: canon)
capricious
(adj) inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
censure
(v) to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chicanery
(n) trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
(n) an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
convoluted
(adj) complex or complicated
disabuse
(v) to undeceive; to set right
discordant
(adj) conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
(adj) fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery
(n) extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eloquent
(adj) well-spoken, expressive, articulate

(noun form: eloquence)
ennervate
(v) to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ennui
(n) dissatisfaction and restlessness from boredom or apathy
equivocate
(v) to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent

(adj. form: equivocal)
erudite
(adj) very learned; scholarly

(noun form: erudition)
exculpate
(v) exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent
(adj) urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous
(adj) improvised; done without preparation
filibuster
(n) intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate
(v) to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous
(adj) artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
inured
(adj) accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
(adj) easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
laud
(v) to praise highly

(adj. form: laudatory)
lucid
(adj) clear; easily understood
magnanimity
(n) the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving

(adj. form: magnanimous)
martial
(adj) associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
(adj) of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
(adj) coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous
(adj) vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
neologism
(n) a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
noxious
(adj) harmful, injurious
obtuse
(adj) lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate
(v) to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous
(adj) troubling; burdensome
paean
(n) a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody
(n) a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
perennial
(adj) recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfidy
(n) intentional breach of faith; treachery

(adj. form: perfidious)
perfunctory
(adj) cursory; done without care or interest
perspicacious
(adj) acutely perceptive; having keen discernment

(noun form: perspicacity)
prattle
(v) to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
precipitate
(adj) acting with excessive haste or impulse
precipitate
(v) to cause or happen before anticipated or required
predilection
(n) a disposition in favor of something; preference
prescience
(n) foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring

(adj. form: prescient)
prevaricate
(v) to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
qualms
(n) misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
recant
(v) to retract, esp. a previously held belief
refute
(v) to disprove; to successfully argue against
relegate
(v) to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
reticent
(adj) quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous
(adj) concerned and attentive; eager
sordid
(adj) characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
sporadic
(adj) occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squander
(v) to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
(adj) not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
stupefy
(v) to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
(v) to block; thwart
synthesis
(n) the combination of parts to make a whole

(verb form: synthesize)
torque
(n) a force that causes rotation
tortuous
(adj) winding, twisting; excessively complicated
truculent
(adj) fierce and cruel; eager to fight
veracity
(n) truthfulness, honesty
virulent
(adj) extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
(adj) having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
waver
(v) to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion