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burgeon
grow forth, send out buds
boorish
crude, offensive, rude
pungency
sharpness; stinging quality
castigate
to chastise, correct by punishing
recreancy
cowardice, a cowardly giving up
torpor
lethargy, sluggishness, dormancy
multifarious
varied, motley, greatly diversified
quiescent
at rest, dormant, torpid
laconic
brief, to the point, terse
discomfit
to defeat, put down
tenacity
firmness, persistency, adhesiveness, tending to hang on
hirsute
hairy, shaggy
imprecation
an invocation of evil; a curse
welter
turmoil; a bewildering jumble
audacious
daring; bold
lachrymose
causing tears, tearful
apostate
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
turbid
muddy, having the sediment stirred up
venal
corruptible, bribable, unprincipled
squalid
foul, filthy
ossify
to turn to bone; to settle rigidly into an idea or practice, become closed-minded
insensible
unconscious, unresponsive, unaffected
disingenuous
sophisticated, artful, trying to deceive, cunning
epitome
representative, a summary or abstract, a typical example
saturnine
gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
erudite
learned, scholarly
diaphanous
transparent, gauzy
abeyance
suspended action
misogynist
one who hates women/females
misanthrope
one who hates mankind
auspicious
favorable, successful, prosperous
auspice
protection or support, patronage
refractory
stubborn, unmanageable, intractable
apprehension
misgiving, dread. Also a stopping or arrest. Also an understandingprosaic
credulous
gullible, too willing to believe
verisimilitude
appearing true or real
edacious
voracious, devouring
punctilious
precise, paying attention to trivialities, especially in regard to etiquette
urbane
elegant, refined in manners
contentious
quarrelsome, competitive, quick to fight, pugnacious
boisterous
loud, noisy, rough, lacking restraint
guileless
without deceit, honest
implacable
incapable of being placated, unpleasable
render
deliver, provide, represent
hallow
to make holy; consecrate
baleful
harmful, ominous, causing evil
garner
to gather and save; to store up
dissemble
present false appearance; deceive
dilatory
causing delay, procrastinating
lugubrious
mournful, excessively sad
intractable
unruly, refractory, stubborn
fervid
intense, zealous
exscind
to cut out, cut away
nostrum
a quack remedy, an untested cure
quail
lose courage, turn frightened
wend
to go, proceed
imbroglio
difficult or embarrassing situation
salutary
remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
salacious
obscene
personable
pleasing in appearance, attractive
expostulate
argue earnestly to dissuade, correct, or protest
sublime
lofty, noble
aver
affirm, assert, prove, justify
upbraid
reprove, reproach
pellucid
transparent, easy to understand
craven
cowardly
lassitude
weariness, tiredness
effete
infertile, worn out, weak
supine
lying on the back. Also slow to act, passive.
pith
heart of the matter, basic trait. Also force, strength, or vigor
contumacious
insubordinate, rebellious
obstreperous
noisy, loud
arrant
in every way, being completely such.
feckless
lacking purpose or vitality; ineffective; careless
remonstrate
to protest, object
impute
to attribute to a cause or source, ascribe
inveigh
to attack verbally, denounce, deprecate
anachronism
something out of place for its time
pragmatic
practical, favoring utility.
precepts
rules establishing standards of conduct
veritable
unquestionable, true.
decorum
propriety, properness.
arabesque
a complex, ornate design. Also a dance position.
penchant
strong inclination, a liking.
garrulity
talkativeness. Adjective is garrulous
equivocate
lie, mislead, conceal the truth.
seminal
like a seed; constituting a source, originative.
striated
striped, grooved, or banded. Having stripes.
assay
an analysis, examination, test. To put to a test
consequential
pompous, self important. Also having consequence, important. Also following as a result, or being an effect of some cause.
paucity
scarcity, a lacking of
malinger
to fake illness or injury, in order to shirk a duty.
assiduous
diligent, hard-working, sedulous.
enervate
weaken, deprive of strength, attenuate.
precarious
uncertain, risky, dangerous.
attenuate
make thin. weaken, enervate.
partisan
one-sided, committed to a party, biased or prejudiced.
complaisance
tending to comply, obliging, willingness to please
ostensible
seeming, appearing as such, professed
tractable
easily influenced, obedient, docile
qualify
to limit
phlegmatic
calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional
ignoble
dishonorable, common, undignified
inimitable
defying imitation, unmatchable
mince
pronounce or speak affectedly, euphemize, speak too carefully. Also to take tiny steps, tiptoe
obdurate
stubborn, inflexible, adamant
inveterate
deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
tyro
novice, amateur
forswear
renounce, disallow, repudiate
umbrage
offense, resentment
extirpate
to destroy, exterminate, cut out, exscind
lucubrate
write in scholarly fashion
irresolute
unresolved, indecisive
wag
to be incessantly active, to waddle; also a mischievous person
overweening
presumptuously arrogant, overbearing, immoderate, being a jerk
transient
temporary, fleeting
illusory
deceptive; an illusion
impair
worsen, diminish in value
cabal
a scheme or plot, a group of plotters
sycophant
flatterer, parasite; a suck-up
bellicose
belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
perfunctory
superficial, listless, not thorough
impetuous
impulsive, forceful, with energy
libertine
immoral person
luculent
easily understood, lucid, clear
nascent
coming into existence, emerging
polemical
controversial, argued
apprise
give notice to, inform
pusillanimous
cowardly, craven
reprobate
person hardened in sin; one devoid of decency
Quixotic
extravagantly chivalrous, romantically idealistic, impractical
equipoise
equal distribution of weight; equilibrium
impassive
without feeling, not affected by pain
harrow
to distress, create stress or torment
dross
waste product, sludge; something worthless, common, or trivial
prodigal
wasteful, reckless with money
intrepid
fearless, brave, undaunted
salient
conspicuous, highly relevant, prominent
demur
to hesitate, raise objections
morose
gloomy, sullen
piquant
agreeably pungent, stimulating
raffish
low, vulgar, base, tawdry
tawdry
cheap, gaudy, showy, tacky
loquacious
talkative, garrulous
desiccate
to dry up, dehydrate
nice
precise, sensitive to subtleness
volubility
fluency, verbosity, easy use of spoken language
abysmal
extreme; low, like an abyss
ardor
warm interest, passion, enthusiasm, zeal
insouciant
unconcerned, carefree
anomalous
unexpected, not normal, odd
mellifluous
sweetly flowing; usually used to describe use of words (sweetly flowing words, as when the speech is characterized by high volubility.
dulcet
melodious, harmonious
approbation
approval
taciturn
untalkative, silent
stolid
showing no emotion; impassive
raffish
disreputable; tawdry
pariah
an outcast, a rejected and despised person
pique
resentment at being slighted
provident
frugal; looking to the future
ascetic
practicing self-denial, austere, stark
daunt
intimidate, make fearful
delineate
to portray, depict, sketch out
indefatigability
not easily exhaustible; tirelessness
desuetude
cessation of use; disuse
denouement
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
conundrum
a riddle, dilemma, enigma
perfidious
violating good faith, treacherous, dishonest
sodden
soaked, saturated
quaff-drink large quantities
fulminate
berate, vituperate, to thunder out, to explode,
dynamo
a generator, something that produces electric current; an energetic person
sophistry
fallacious reasoning, faulty logic
felicitous
apt; suitably expressed, well chosen, apropos
disabuse
to undeceive, correct a false impression
vituperate
berate, rail against, attack verbally
diffidence
shyness
apropos
appropriate to the situation; apt
strut
a supporting bar
gainsay
deny
resigned
unresisting, submissive
countenance
(n) mien, face (v) approve of
prevaricate
stray from or avoid the truth; equivocate
dogmatic
positive, certain, arbitrary, without room for discussion
antipathy
aversion, dislike
inveigle
wheedle, led astray
hapless
unlucky, unfortunate
adamant
hard and inflexible; unyielding
]pillory
to punish, hold up to public scorn
turgid
excessively ornate; swollen or bloated