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acumen
keenness and depth of perception. accurate judgement or insight
discernment
the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure : skill in discerning
adulterate
to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element; especially : to prepare for sale by replacing more valuable with less valuable or inert ingredients
amalgamate
to merge into a single body. to combine several elemnts into a whole
aver
to declare positively. to state as fact, assert
bolster
to provide support or reinforcement
bombastic
pompous, grandiloquent
grandiloquent
a lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language
diatribe
a harsh denunciation
dissemble
to hide under a false appearance. to put on a false appearance : conceal facts, intentions, or feelings under some pretense
eccentric
departing from norms or conventions
endemic
belonging or native to a particular people or country. characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment
evanescent
tending to vanish like vapor
exacerbate
to make worse or more severe
fervent
exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : ZEALOUS. greatly emotional or zealous.
fortuitous
occurring by chance. FORTUNATE, LUCKY. happening by accident
germane
being at once relevant and appropriate : FITTING (omit details that are not germane to the discussion)
hackneyed
to make common or frequent use of. to make trite, vulgar, or commonplace
halcyon
calm and peaceful
hegemony
preponderant influence or authority over others : DOMINATION. the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group
iconoclast
a person who attacks settled beliefs or institutions or conventions
idolatrous
Given to idolatry: 1 : the worship of a physical object as a god
2 : immoderate attachment or devotion to something
impassive
giving no sign of feeling or emotion : EXPRESSIONLESS. revealing no emotion
imperturbable
marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness : SERENE
implacable
not capable of being appeased, significantly changed, or mitigated
impunity
exemption or freedom from punishment, harm, or loss
inchoate
being only partly in existence or operation. in an initial stage, not fully formed.
infelicitous
not appropriate or well-timed. unfortunate. inappropriate.
insipid
1 : lacking taste or savor : TASTELESS *insipid food*
2 : lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge : DULL, FLAT
malevolent
having, showing, or arising from intense often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
mendacity
to be mendacious: given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth. dishonesty
misanthrope
a person who hates or distrusts humankind
obdurate
1 a : stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing b : hardened in feelings
2 : resistant to persuasion or softening influences. unyielding.
obsequious
marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
fawning
to show affection
occlude
to obstruct or block off
opprobrium
1 : something that brings disgrace
2 a : public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong or vicious
pedagogy
the art, science, or profession of teaching or instructing
pedantic
from pedant: one who makes a show of knowledge b : one who is unimaginative or who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the presentation or use of knowledge
penury
poverty. destitution
pervasive
having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
pine
to yearn intensely and persistently especially for something unattainable
pith
the essential part : CORE
pithy
precise and brief.
placate
to soothe or mollify especially by concessions : APPEASE
platitude
a superficial remark, especially one offered as meaningful
polemical
being a polemic : CONTROVERSIAL, argumentative
prodigal
characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure : LAVISH. extravagant
querulous
habitually complaining
rancorous
being rancor: bitter deep-seated ill will
recalcitrant
1 : obstinately defiant of authority or restraint
2 a : difficult to manage or operate b : not responsive to treatment c : RESISTANT
repudiate
2 : to refuse to have anything to do with : DISOWN
3 a : to refuse to accept; especially : to reject as unauthorized or as having no binding force *repudiate a contract* b : to reject as untrue or unjust *repudiate a charge*
salubrious
favorable to or promoting health or well-being
specious
seeming true,but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
spurious
2 : outwardly similar or corresponding to something without having its genuine qualities : FALSE *the spurious eminence of the pop celebrity*
3 a : of falsified or erroneously attributed origin : FORGED *a spurious signature* b : of a deceitful nature or quality *spurious excuses*
succinct
brief, concise
superflous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
surfeit
1 : an overabundant supply : EXCESS
2 : an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something (as food or drink)
tenuous
having little substance or strength : FLIMSY, WEAK
transient
fleeting, passing quickly, brief