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interlocutor
n. a person who takes part in a conversation or dialogue; a person who questions; interrogator
churl
n. a rude, boorish, or surly person
whet
v. to sharpen (a knife, tool, etc.) by grinding or friction; to make keen or eager; stimulate:
blunt (adj)
adj. Abrupt and often disconcertingly frank in speech; Slow to understand or perceive; dull; Lacking in feeling; insensitive.
blunt (v)
v. To dull the edge of;
To make less effective; weaken
decorum
n. dignified propriety of behavior, speech, dress, etc.; orderliness; regularity
castigate
v. criticize or reprimand severely; punish in order to correct
palliate
v. relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate; try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.
indue
v. endue
imbrue
v. stain; impregnate or imbue (usually fol. by with or in)
embrue
v. imbrue; to stain: He refused to imbrue his hands with the blood of more killing.; to impregnate or imbue (usually fol. by with or in): They are imbrued with the follies of youth.
illusory
adj. illusive
charlatan
n. person who pretends to more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses; quack
politic
adj. shrewd or prudent in practical matters; tactful; diplomatic; contrived in a shrewd and practical way; expedient
potentiate
v. cause to be potent; make powerful; increase the effectiveness of; intensify
hale (v)
v. compel (someone) to go; to haul; pull
malinger
v. feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.
dint
n. power; force
vituperation
n. verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation
wheedle
v. endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts; obtain (something) by artful persuasions
beguile
v. influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude; charm or divert
provident
adj. having or showing foresight; providing carefully for the future; mindful in making provision;
salubrious
adj. favorable to or promoting health; healthful
insolent
adj. boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting
adduce
v. bring forward in argument or as evidence; cite as pertinent or conclusive
exorable
adj. susceptible of being persuaded or moved by entreaty
inure
v. accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate;
raillery
n. good-humored ridicule; banter; a bantering remark
elusory
adj. /ɪˈlusəri, -zə-/ also elusive eluding clear perception or complete mental grasp; hard to express or define: an elusive concept.; cleverly or skillfully evasive: a fish too elusive to catch.
paroxysm
any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion: paroxysms of rage.
2. Pathology. a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usually recurring periodically.
fastidious
excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater.;
requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking.
colonnade
n. Architecture. a series of regularly spaced columns supporting an entablature and usually one side of a roof. Compare arcade.; a series of trees planted in a long row, as on each side of a driveway or road.
signal (adj)
adj. unusual; notable; outstanding: a signal exploit.
ossify
v. to convert into or cause to harden like bone; to become rigid or inflexible in habits, attitudes, opinions, etc.: a young man who began to ossify right after college.
rampant
adj. violent in action or spirit; raging; furious: a rampant leopard.; Rearing on the hind legs
dupe
n. a person who is easily deceived or fooled; gull.; a person who unquestioningly or unwittingly serves a cause or another person: a dupe of the opponents.
concupiscent
adj. /kɒnˈkyupɪsənt, kɒŋ-/ lustful or sensual.; eagerly desirous.
sanguine
adj. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations.; reddish; ruddy: a sanguine complexion.
ebb
v. to flow back or away, as the water of a tide (opposed to flow).; to decline or decay; fade away: His life is gradually ebbing.
doughty
adj. steadfastly courageous and resolute; valiant.
expostulate
v. to reason earnestly with someone against something that person intends to do or has done; remonstrate: His father expostulated with him about the evils of gambling.
jeremiad
n. a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint.
philippic
n. any of the orations delivered by Demosthenes, the Athenian orator, in the 4th century b.c., against Philip, king of Macedon.; (lowercase) any speech or discourse of bitter denunciation.
lucubratory
adj. Composed by candlelight, or by night; of or pertaining to night studies; laborious or painstaking.
otiose
adj. /ˈoʊʃiˌoʊs, ˈoʊti-/ being at leisure; idle; indolent.; ineffective or futile.; superfluous or useless.
peripatetic
adj. walking or traveling about; itinerant.; (initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum of ancient Athens.; (initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Aristotelian school of philosophy.
ataxia
n. loss of coordination of the muscles, esp. of the extremities.