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aggrandize
to increase in inter
alchemy
a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals
anachronism
something or someone out of place in terms of chronological context
astringent
harsh
contiguous
sharing a border
convention
a generally agreed-upon practice
cynicism
a belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
decorum
polite or appropriate conduct
derision
ridicule; scorn
dessicate
to dry out
dilettante
one with superficial interest in the arts
disparage
to belittle
divulge
to disclose something secret
immutable
not capable of change
inimical
harmful
intractable
stubborn
neophyte
a beginner
presumptuous
overstepping due bounds
pristine
pure; uncorrupted
probity
adherence to highest principles
proclivity
a natural inclination
profligate
excessively wasteful
propensity
a natural inclination
prosaic
dull
pungent
characterized by strong smell or taste
quixotic
foolishly impractical
quotidian
occuring or recurring daily
rarefy
less dense; to make thin
recondite
difficult to understand
refulgent
radiant; shiny
renege
to go back on a promise
shard
a piece of broken glass
sparse
thin; not dense
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
subtle
not obvious; elusive
tacit
implied
terse
brief and concise in wording
tout
to pubicly praise or promote
trenchant
keen
unfeigned
not false or hypocritical
untenable
indefensible
vacillate
to waver indecisively
variegated
mutlicolored
vexation
annoyance
vigilant
alertly watchful
vituperate
to use harsh condemnatory language
volatile
changeable
acumen
accurate knowledge or insight
adulterate
to reduce purity by combining with indferior ingredients
archaic
outdated
aver
to confirm or support
dissemble
to mislead
eccentric
departing from the norms
endemic
often found in a particular locality or people
evanescent
vanishing
exacerbate
to make worse
grandiloquence
pompous speech
hackneyed
commonplace by frequent usage
hedonism
devotion to pleasurable pursuits
hegemony
the dominance of one state or ideology over others
iconoclast
one who undermines traditional conventions
impassive
revealing no emotion
impunity
immunity from punishment
inchoate
not fully formed
infelicitous
unfortunate
insipid
bland
loquacious
extremely talkative
luminous
characterized by brightness
malevolent
having ill-wited spite or hatred
misanthrope
one who hates all humans
mitigate
to make less severe
occlude
to obstruct or block
pedagogy
the art of teaching or training
penury
poverty
pine
to yearn intensely
pith
the essential or central part
pithy
precise and brief
placate
to calm by making concessions
platitude
a superficial remark
plummet
to plunge or drop straight down
prodigal
extravagant
profuse
extravagant
proliferate
to grow or increase abundantly
queries
questions
querulous
quarrelsome
recalcitrant
difficult to manage
repudiate
to disown
rescind
to invalidate
reverent
marked by expressing a feeling of respect
specious
seeming true, but actually being fallacious
spurious
false
subpoena
a court order requiring appearance
succinct
brief;concise
superfluous
exceeding what is necessary
surfeit
excess
tenacity
persistance to something valued
tenuous
flimsy
tirade
extremely critical speech
transient
passing quickly
zealous
fervent; ardent