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acerbic
acid in temper, mood, or tone. having a bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
aggrandize
2 : to make appear great or greater : praise highly
3 : to enhance the power, wealth, position, or reputation of
amenable
agreeable, responsive to suggestion
anachronism
an error in chronology; especially : a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other
astringent
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with tightening effect on tissue
contiguous
being in actual contact : touching along a boundary or at a point
credulous
tending to believe too readily; gullible
cynicism
an attitude of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
decorum
propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance
derision
1 a : the use of ridicule or scorn to show contempt b : a state of being derided
2 : an object of ridicule or scorn
desiccate
1 : to dry up
2 : to preserve (a food) by drying : DEHYDRATE
dilettante
2 : a person having a superficial interest in an art or a branch of knowledge : DABBLER
disparage
1 : to lower in rank or reputation : DEGRADE
2 : to depreciate by indirect means (as invidious comparison) : speak slightingly about
fawn
to flatter or praise excessively
flout
to treat with contemptuous disregard : SCORN (as in a rule or convention
garrulous
talking too much. given to prosy, rambling, or tedious loquacity : pointlessly or annoyingly talkative.
glib
marked by ease or informality, nonchalant, lacking in depth; superficial
hubris
exaggerated pride or self-confidence. arrogance
immutable
not capable of change
impetuous
marked by impulsive vehemence or passion. rashly energetic
inimical
2 a : having the disposition of an enemy : HOSTILE *inimical factions* b : reflecting or indicating hostility : UNFRIENDLY
intractable
not easily governed, managed, or directed
intrepid
steadfast and courageous. characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance *an intrepid explorer*
laconic
using or involving the use of a minimum of words : concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious. terse
mercurial
characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood *a mercurial temper*
mollify
1 : to soothe in temper or disposition : APPEASE *mollified the staff with a raise*
2 : to reduce the rigidity of : SOFTEN
3 : to reduce in intensity : ASSUAGE, TEMPER
neophyte
a new convert. a beginner, a novice
obfuscate
to make obscure. to make confusing
ostentatious
characterized by or given to pretentious display, showy
phlegmatic
calm, sluggish, unemotional
probity
adherence to the highest principles and ideals.
proclivity
an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially : a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable
profligate
excessively wasteful, recklessly extravagant
prosaic
dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
quixotic
foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action
quotidian
occurring every day. commonplace, ordinary
rarefy
make rare, thin, porous, or less dense. to refine.
recondite
1 : hidden from sight : CONCEALED
2 : difficult or impossible for one of ordinary understanding or knowledge to comprehend : DEEP. OBSCURE
refulgent
radiant, shiny, brilliant
sedulous
diligent in application or pursuit. persistent, hard-working.
shard
a piece or fragment of a brittle substance (glass)
soporific
1 a : causing or tending to cause sleep *soporific drugs* b : tending to dull awareness or alertness
2 : of, relating to, or marked by sleepiness or lethargy
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
tacit
implied, not explicitly stated
trenchant
sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating; sharp
unfeigned
genuine; not false or hypocritical
untenable
1 : not able to be defended *an untenable position*
2 : not able to be occupied *untenable apartments*
vacillate
to waver in mind, will, or feeling : hesitate in choice of opinions or courses. WAVER
variegated
1 : to diversify in external appearance especially with different colors : DAPPLE
2 : to enliven or give interest to by means of variety
vexation
1 : the act of harassing or vexing : TROUBLING
2 : the quality or state of being vexed : IRRITATION. Annoyance
vituperate
to abuse or censure severely or abusively : BERATE. harsh condemnatory language