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harangue
a long, passionate speech
pedestrian
commonplace, trite, unremarkable
rubric
heading, title, or category
probity
uprightness, incorruptibility, principle
exculpate
to clear from a charge of guilt
calumny
slander, aspersion
propinquity
nearness in time or place, affinity of nature
fulsome
disgusting, offensive due to excessiveness
interdict
prohibit, forbid
petrify
to make hard, rocklike
petrous
like a rock, hard, stony
pundit
a learned scholar, an authority on a subject
idyll
a carefree episode or experience; a short poem describing a picturesque episode
conjoin
to join together
penury
extreme poverty
nexus
a connection, tie, or link
quotidian
daily; commonplace, pedestrian
expurgate
to remove obscenity, purify, censor
malleable
yielding; easily shaped; moldable; adapting
eulogy
formal praise; panegyric
chauvinist
a blindly devoted patriot
itinerate
to travel from place to place, to peregrinate
veritably
unquestionably, certainly
rarefy
to make thin, to make less dense, to purify or refine
sagacious
having sound judgment; perceptive, wise; like a sage
lubricious
lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery
bilge
bulge, the protuberance of a cask
virago
a loud, domineering woman; a scold or nag
impecunious
poor, penniless
querulous
complaining, peevish, discontented
recondite
not easily understood, abstruse, inscrutable
plaintive
mournful, melancholy, sorrowful
obviate
to make unnecessary, get rid of
excoriate
to flay, strip off the skin; to denounce sharply
extenuate
reduce the strength of, lessen seriousness, partially excuse
deprecate
protest against, express disapproval of
countenance
to favor or approve of
censure
expression of blame or disapproval; a rebuke
succor
assistance, relief in time of distress
opprobrious
shameful, expressing disgrace
obloquy
abusively detractive language, sharp criticism, vituperation
proscribe
ostracize, banish, outlaw
impetuous
having sudden energy, impulsive, thrusting ahead, forceful
platitude
a trite or banal statement; unoriginality
deposition
accretion, depositing, building up layer by layer
regale
to delight or entertain; to feast
timorous
fearful, timid, afraid
redoubtable
formidable, causing fear
debacle
a breakup, overthrow, sudden disaster
specious
illogical, of questionable truth or merit
effrontery
boldness, impudence, arrogance
inured
accustomed to, adapted
accretion
growth, increase by successive addition, building up
volatile
changeable, inconstant, fickle, unstable, explosive
pernicious
deadly, very destructive
blandishment
flattery, enticement
sanguine
cheerful, confident, optimistic
temerity
boldness, brashness, intrepidness
prevaricate
to equivocate, to stray from the truth
surfeit
satiate, feed to fullness or to excess
consternation
sudden confusion or amazement
scurvy
mean, contemptible
evince
to show clearly, to indicate
palliate
to make something appear less serious, to alleviate, to gloss over, put a positive spin on
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm; showing excitement
precipitous
rash, foolhardy; dropping sharply, dangerous
importune
ask incessantly, to beg, to nag
involute
intricate, complex
floridness
ruddiness; heavily decorated; ornateness
precipitate
(v) to hurl down, to fall headlong (adj) speeding, acting recklessly
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
contemn
to scorn or despise
obtain
to be established, accepted, or customary
vitiate
to pervert, debase, make ineffective
poseur
someone taking on airs to impress others; a phony
stanch
to stop the flow of a fluid
grievous
causing grief or pain; serious, dire, grave
sententious
short and pithy, full of maxims/proverbs
tautology
a repetition, a redundancy
suppliant
asking humbly, beseeching
arduous
steep, difficult ascent; laborious
encomium
warm or glowing praise; eulogy, panegyric
abjure
recant solemnly, repudiate, renounce
stint
to be thrifty, to set limits
imperiousness
arrogance, commanding presence, overbearingness
propitious
auspicious, presenting favorable circumstances
petulant
impatient, irritable
exsert
thrust out, push forth
ramify
to be divided or subdivided; to branch out
prosaic
everyday, mundane, commonplace, trite, pedestrian
epitome
brief summary or abstract; representative example; a typical model
belie
contradict, give a false impression
venal
corruptible, open to bribery
dissemble
to hide, conceal, disguise
engender
cause, produce, give rise to
poignant
physically painful, distressing, pertinent, touching, stimulating, emotional
pugnacious
contentious, quarrelsome, contumacious, given to fighting, belligerent
inchoate
not yet fully formed, rudimentary, elementary
equanimity
calmness of temperament
salient
prominent, protruding, conspicuous, highly relevant
ameliorate
improve, make better
exigency
emergency, an urgent situation
peremptory
urgent, imperative, unchallengeable, ending debate
obtrusive
projecting, prominent, undesirably noticeable
hermetic
sealed by fusion
indomitable
not easily discouraged or subdued
slake
to assuage, to satisfy, allay
maladroit
clumsy, bungling
philistine
a smug ignorant person; one who lacks knowledge
reticent
reserved, untalkative, silent, taciturn
endemic
prevailing in a specific area
fervor
zeal, ardor, intense emotion
coeval
of the same period, coexisting
capricious
fickle, whimsical, given to change, unpredictable
rapacious
voracious, greedy, plundering
pristine
primitive, unspoiled, pure, as in earlier times, unadulterated
austere
forbiddingly stern, simple, unadorned, very plain
indolence
laziness
propitiate
appease, mitigate
facetious
humorous, funny, jocular
calumniate
to slander, present false accusal
stygian
gloomy, dark
detumescence
diminishing or lessening of swelling
irascible
irritable, easily angered
baneful
causing harm or ruin, pernicious, destructive
occult
hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension
forestall
prevent by taking action in advance, preempt
edifying
enlightening
expatiate
to roam, wander freely
trenchant
forceful, effective, vigorous; extremely perceptive, incisive
abstruse
difficult to comprehend; obscure
intransigence
unwillingness to compromise, stubbornness, intractability
mitigate
appease, lessen, propitiate
mundane
worldly as opposed to spiritual; commonplace, everyday
stymie
to hinder, obstruct, or block
desultory
aimless, haphazard, digressing at random
mercurial
quick, changeable in character, fleeting
sanctimony
self-righteousness, hypocritical, with false piety
inscrutable
incapable of being discovered or understood
sundry
various, miscellaneous, separate
contentious
argumentative, pugnacious, combative, quarrelsome
derivative
unoriginal, obtained from another source
elegy
a lament, a melancholy composition
supercilious
disdainful; characterized by haughty scorn
broach
bring up, announce, begin to talk about
detraction
slandering, verbal attack, aspersion
foment
to stir up, arouse, incite
turpitude
wickedness, shamefulness
paean
a song of praise or triumph
obfuscate
to darken, make obscure, muddle
flout
reject, mock, to go against (as in going against tradition or conventions)
splenetic
bad-tempered, irritable
alacrity
cheerful promptness
perverted
twisted, corrupted, turned from normal course
zenith
top, the highest point
untoward
perverse, unruly, unseemly
prolix
long and wordy
ignominious
shameful, dishonorable, undignified, disgraceful
chastened
corrected, punished
insularity
narrow-mindedness, isolated
abrogate
abolish or annul by authority; put down
bane
cause of injury, poison, source of harm
brook
to tolerate, endure
conciliatory
reconciling, soothing, comforting, mollifying
maverick
rebel, nonconformist
fatuous
complacently stupid
sophomoric
self-assured though immature, affected, bombastic, overblown, lacking maturity
dissolution
disintegration, looseness in morals
odium
contempt, dislike, aversion
effluvia
outflow in a stream of particles; a noxious odor or vapor
burnish
to polish, rub to a shine
denigrate
blacken, belittle, sully, defame
tenuous
unsubstantial, flimsy, weak
repudiate
disown, disavow, reject as untrue
nadir
bottom, the lowest point
panegyric
formal praise, eulogy
spurious
false, counterfeit
paradigm
a model, example, or pattern
cogent
convincing
officious
meddlesome, pushy in one's services
apotheosis
deification, glorification to godliness
alloy
to debase by mixing with something inferior
salubrious
healthful
bedizen
to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner
peregrination
traveling about, wandering
mollify
to soothe
acarpous
effete, no longer fertile, worn out
doggerel
trivial, poorly constructed verse
pedantic
bookish, showing off learning
fecund
fertile
propitiatory
conciliatory, appeasing, mitigating
mendicant
a beggar
peripatetic
walking
episodic
loosely connected, not flowing logically
ineluctable
certain, inevitable
inherent
ingrained within one's nature; firmly established; a natural part of; definitionally so
profligate
wasteful, prodigal, licentious, extravagant
recidivism
relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior
gainsay
to deny, declare false, to oppose
iconoclastic
attacking cherished beliefs
undulate
to move in wavelike fashion, fluctuate
sinuous
winding, undulating, serpentine
judicious
sound in judgment; wise
recondite
profound, abstruse, obscure
gregarious
sociable, outgoing
torpid
sleeping, sluggish, lethargic, dormant