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abscond
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
aberrant
deviating from the norm
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
anomaly
deviation from the normal order, form or rule; abnormality
approbation
an expression of approval or praise
assuage
to ease or lessen, to appease or pacify
arduous
strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort
audacious
daring and fearless, recklessly bold
austere
without adornment, bare, severely simple, ascetic
axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
canonical
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
capricious
inclined to change one's mind impulsively, erractic, unpredictable
censure
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chicanery
tricky or subterfuge
connoisseur
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste, expert
convoluted
complex or complicated
disabuse
to undeceive,to set right
discordant
conflicting, dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery
extreme boldness,presumptuousness
eloquent
well-spoken, expressive, articulate
enervate
to weaken, to reduce in vitality
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
erudite
very learned, scholarly
exculpate
exonerate, to clear of blame
exigent
urgent, pressing, requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous
improvised, done without preparation
filibuster
intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to dely legislative action
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous
artless, frank and candid, lacking in sophistication
irascible
easily angered, prone to temperamental outbursts
laud
to praise highly
lucid
clear, easily understood
magnanimity
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart
martial
associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
of the world, typicalof or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
coming into being, in early developmental stages
nebulous
vague, cloudy, lacking clearly defind form
neologism
a new word, expression, or usage, the creation or use of new words or senses
noxious
harmful,injurious
obtuse
lacking sharpness of intellect, not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous
troubling, burdensome
paean
a song of hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody
a humorous imitation intended to ridicule or comic effect
perennial
recurrent through the year or many years, happening repeatedly
perfidy
intentional breach of faith, treachery
perfunctory
cursory, done without care or interest
perspicacious
acutely perceptive, having keen discernment
prattle
to babble meaninglessly, to talk in an empty and idle manner
precipitate
to cause or happen before anticipated or required
perdilection
a disposition in favor of something preference
prescience
foreknowledge of events, knowing of events prior to their occuring
prevaricate
to deliberately avoid the truth, to mislead
qualms
misgivings, reservations, causes for hesitancy
recant
to retract, a previously held belief
refute
to disprove, to successfully argue against
relegate
to forcibly assing, to a lower place or position
reticent
quiet, reserved, reluctant to express thoughts or feelings
solicitous
concerned and attentive, eager
sordid
characterized by filth, grime or squalor, foul
sporadic
occuring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
not moving, active or in motion, at rest
stupefy
to stun, baffle or amaze
sythesis
the combination of parts to make a whole
truculent
fierce and cruel, eager to fight
veracity
truthfullness, honesty
virulent
extremely harmful or poisonous, bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit, ravenous
waver
to move to and fro, to sway, to be unsettled in opinion