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aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
antipathy
extreme dislike
ardor
intense and passionate feeling
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
audacious
fearless and daring
austere
stern or severe in appearance; undecorated
banal
predictable, cliched, boring
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
credulous
too trusting; gullible
desiccate
to dry out thoroughly
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
diffident
lacking self-confidence
dilatory
intended to delay
disabuse
to set right; to free from error
dessemble
to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character
elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech
enervate
to reduce in strength
engender
to produce, cause, or bring about
enigma
a puzzle; mystery
equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
erudite
learned, scholarly, bookish
estimable
admirable
exculpate
to clear from blame; prove innocent
exigent
urgent; requiring immediate action
fervid
intensely emotional; feverish
florid
excessively decorated or embellished
foment
to arouse or incite
garrulous
tending to talk a lot
guile
deceit or trickery
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
impetuous
quick to act wihtout thinking
inchoate
not fully formed; disorganized
inimical
hostile; unfriendly
inteansigent
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
laconic
using few words
loquacious
talkative
malinger
to evade responsbility by pretending to be ill
obdurate
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
obsequious
overly submissive and easger to please
obviate
to prevent; to make unnecessary
opprobrium
public disgrace
pedant
someone who shows off learning
perfidious
wililng to betray one's trust
perfunctory
done in a routine wat; indifferent
prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
propitiate
to conciliate; to appease
prudence
wisdom, caution, or restraint
quiescent
motionless
reticent
silent, reserved
rhetoric
effective writing or speaking
specious
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
stolid
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
sublime
lofty or grand
torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
vex
to annoy