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prevaricate
v. lie
probity
n. uprightness, incurruptibility
propitiate
v. appease. to propitiate the gods
proscribe
v. ostracize, banish, outlaw. to proscribe the criminals from town
quibble
n. minor objection or complaint
quiescent
at rest, dormant, temporarily inactive
rareified
made less dense (of a gas). mountain climbers have a hard time breathing in the rareified atmosphere
recalcitrant
obstinately stubborn, determined to resist authority
recondite
abstruse, profound, secret. you need lots of recondite material for a thesis
refractory
stubborn, unmanageable
reprobate
person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency
reticent
reserved, uncommunicative, inclined to silence
salubrious
healthful
solicitous
worried, concerned. you can be solicitous about a co-workers health
soporific
sleep-causing, marked by sleepiness
specious
seemingly reasonable but incorrect, misleading (often intentionally)
stolid
dull, impassive
tacit
understood, not put into words
tangential
peripheral, only slightly connected. you often make tangential remarks when trying to avoid a question
tenuous
thin, rare, slim
torpor
lethargy, sluggishness, dormancy
truculence
agressiveness, ferocity
vacillate
to waver, fluctuate
vituperative
abusive, scolding
welter
turmoil, bewildering jumble
attenuate
to make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force, degree)
aver
assert confidently or declare, state formally as a law
belie
contradict, give false impression
burgeon
grow forth, send out buds
burnish
make shiny by rubbing, polish
cogent
convincing
compendium
brief, comprehensive summary
craven
cowardly
derivative
unoriginal, obtained from another source
desultory
aimless, haphazard
disabuse
correct a false impression, undeceive
dissemble
disguise, pretend
ebullient
showing excitement, over flowing with enthusiasm
efficacy
power to produce desired effect
effrontery
impudence, shameless boldness, sheer nerve, presumptuousness
equanimity
calmness of temperment, composure
esoteric
hard to understand, known by only a chosen few
exigency
urgent situation, pressing needs or demands, state of requiring immediate attention
fatuous
brainless, inane, foolish, yet smug
felicitous
apt, suitably expressed, well-chosen
flout
reject, mock, show contempt for
foment
to stir up, instigate
gainsay
deny. you can be too honest to gainsay gossip
garrulous
wordy, talkative
goad
to urge on
guileless
without deceit
harangue
long, passionate and vehement speech
iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
inchoate
recently begun, rudimentary, elementary
indigence
poverty
indolent
lazy
insipid
lacking in flavor, dull
intransigence
refusal of any compromise, stubbornness
inured
accustomed, hardened
invective
abuse
irascible
irritable, easily angered
irresolute
uncertain how to act, weak
laconic
brief and to the point
lassitude
languor, weariness
levity
lack of seriousness or steadiness, frivolty
malingerer
one who feigns illness to escape duty
mendacious
lying, habitually dishonest
obdurate
stubborn
obsequious
slavishly attentive, servile
obviate
to make unnecessary, get rid of
occlude
shut, close
officious
meddlesome, excessively pushy in offering one's services
onerous
burdensome
opprobrium
infamy, villification
paragon
model of perfection
paucity
scarcity
penury
severe poverty, stinginess
perfidious
treacherous, disloyal
perfunctory
superficial, not thorough, lacking interest, care or enthusiasm
phlegmatic
calm, not easily disturbed