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abscond
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
"He is just the man to abscond with all the money and leave us in the lurch, the scoundrel!" Balzac - Old Goriot
aberrant
deviating from the norm
“The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellencies, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations” - Descartes
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
"I have not that alacrity of spirit, nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have." Shakespeare
anomaly
deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
In the annals of English literature, Burns is a kind of anomaly. He defies classification.
approbation
an expression of approval or praise
"Superstars strive for approbation; heroes walk alone." Kissinger
arduous
strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
"Thoroughly to unfold the labyrinths of the human mind is an arduous task." Fielding
assuage
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
"Nor will the love, gay as any leaf, assuage his anguish." Larkin
audacious
daring and fearless; recklessly bold
"I have come, Sire, to complain of one of your subjects who has been so audacious as to kick me in the belly." Marie Antoinette
austere
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
"A self-denial, no less austere than the saint's, is demanded of the scholar." Emerson
axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing a self-evident truth
canonical
following or in agreement with accepting, traditional standards
capricious
inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
censure
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
convoluted
complex or complicated
disabuse
to undeceive; to set right
discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
fundamentally disctint or dissimilar
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eloquent
well-spoken, expressive, articulate
enervate
to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
erudite
very learned; scholarly
exculpate
exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent
urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous
improvised; done without preparation
filibuster
intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
"I confess that I do not see what good it does to fulminate against the English tyranny while the Roman tyranny occupies the palace of the soul." J Joyce
ingenuous
artless; frank and candid; lackiing in sophistication
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
laud
to praise highly
lucid
clear; easily understood
magnanimity
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
martial
associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
neologism
a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
noxious
harmful, injurious
obtuse
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
"When the elder Osborne gave what he called a hint, there was no possibility for the most obtuse to mistake his meaning." Thackeray
obviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous
troubling; burdensome
paean
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody
a humorous imitaton intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
perennial
recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfidy
intentional breach of faith; treachery
"They offer a false affection; for perfidy lurks within their clothing." 1001 Nights
perfunctory
cursory; done without care or interest
perspicacious
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
prattle
to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
precipitate (adj)
acting with excessive haste or impulse
precipitate (v)
to cause or happen before anticipated or required
prevaricate
to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
qualms
misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
recant
to retract, esp. a previously held belief
refute
to disprove; to sucessfully argue against
relegate
to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
reticent
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous
concerned and attentive; eager
sordid
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
sporadic
occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
stupefy
to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
to block; thwart
synthesis
the combination of parts to make a whole
torque
a force that causes rotation
tortuous
winding, twisting; excessively complicated
truculent
fierce and cruel; eager to fight
veracity
truthfulness, honesty
virulent
extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
waver
to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion