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refulgent
radiant
trenchant
incisive or penetrating, as perception or wit
variegated
showing variety or diversity, esp. in having patches, spots, streaks, or the like of various colors
alloy
to make impure by combining with something else; the combination of metals
essay
to attempt to do something
fell
ruthless, destructive, fatal
guy
a rope or similar device used to guide or secure something
meet
proper; suitable
pied
multi-colored
prize
like to pry out
scurvy
vile, contemptible, or worthless
stand
group of trees
strut
a brace used to support a structure against pressures from the side
wag
one who is humorous, droll, or mischievous; joker
adumbrate
vaguely foreshadow; sketchily outline
anodyne
relieves physical or emotional suffering
apostate
a person who abandons her religious faith, principles, etc
celerity
alacrity; speed
cavil
petty compliants or objections
captious
faultfinding; intended to deceive
desuetude
lack of use
execrate
to loathe; to denounce
exegesis
a critical explanation or interpretive analysis, esp. of religious texts
expiate
to make amends for something
fractious
cranky, quarrelsome; unruly
heterodox
deviating from an officially approved belief or doctrine
insouciant
carefree
jejune
childish, juvenile, or unsophisticated
lubricious
slippery; shifty; lewd
meretricious
lacking sincerity; showy and shallow
minatory
threatening, menacing
nadir
low point
nonplussed
perplexed, bewildered
palliate
to lessen the effect of; make less severe

(esp. illness or crime)
pellucid
transparent (light or meaning)
peroration
summing up points in a conclusion;
a flowery, bombastic speech
plangent
deep, loud, mournful sound
puissance
great strength or power
salutary
beneficial; heathful
sententious
marked by pompous moralizing; using truisms
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
tendentious
biased