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perfidious
punic: tending to betray
prevaricate
beat around the bush: be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
dissemble
disguise or conceal the real nature of
spate
batch: (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
sycophant
a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
pusillanimous
lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
sybarite
voluptuary: a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses
ascetic
abstainer: someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
doldrums
stagnation: a state of inactivity
recidivism
habitual relapse into crime
jingoism
extreme patriotism
churl
impolite and mean person
gadfly
an annoying person, esp. one who provokes other to action by criticism
impenitent
not feeling shame or regret
rueful
expressing sorrow or regret
incisive
accurate and sharply focused
vitiate
spoil or impair the efficienty of
mawkish
sentimental in a feeble or sickly way; having a faint sickly flavor
moribund
Dying; at the point of death.
gainsay
challenge or oppose
"That none may gainsay"
cipher
a message written in a secret code
cryptic
concealed, hidden
fastidious
excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater.
maelstrom
A violent or turbulent situation: caught in the maelstrom of war.
stricture
a remark or comment, esp. an adverse criticism: The reviewer made several strictures upon the author's style.
sere
dry; withered.
The desert was edged with sere vegetation
wax
to grow or become: He waxed angry at the insinuation.
compunction
A strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt.
malediction
blessing
infraction
misdemeanor: a crime less serious than a felony
whitewash
cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error;
perjury
lying while under oath.
sphinx
an inscrutable person who keeps his thoughts and intentions secret
minotaur
a creature that was half man and half bull
magnanimous
greathearted: noble and generous in spirit
ebullient
cheerful and happy
mutability
The ability to change.
ineluctable
Impossible to avoid or evade; inevitable.
modality
Method or procedure (of something)
caucus
is a group of people who share something in common, or their meeting
tonic
a medicine that strengthens and invigorates
pyre
A ceremonial construction made of wood and fire, designed to reduce a corpse to ashes
centurion
A Roman officer in command of a century.
augury
an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come; "he hoped it was an augury"; "it was a sign from God"
upbraid
to criticize or scold
recast
cast or model anew
deposition
giving sworn evidence
repine
express discontent
undergird
lend moral support to
make secure underneath; "undergird the ship"
censorious
harshly critical or expressing censure; "was censorious of petty failings"
undercut
weaken
noxious
injurious to physical or mental health
enigma
mystery: something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"
millinery
The craft of making hats
abut
To touch or border upon
amalgamate
mix: to bring or combine together or with something else
blithe
carefree and happy and lighthearted
precipitate
bring about abruptly
opprobrious
abusive: expressing offensive reproach; deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
irreproachable
blameless: free of guilt; not subject to blame
pernicious
having a harmful effect
inefficacious
lacking the power to produce a desired effect; "laws that are inefficacious in stopping crime"