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diffident
lack of self-confidence
indolent
habitually lazy (indulging in laziness)
exigent
urgent
apocryphal
doubtful authenticity
endemic
inherent or belonging to a particular area
phlegmatic
sluggish temperament
rustic
rural
banal
predictable, boring
engender
to cause or bring about
dither
act w/o clear purpose
inundate
overwhelm
inure
accustom or become used to
imprecate
curse
benediction
blessing
rejoinder
a response
proclivity
natural inclination or predisposition
opprobrium
public disgrace
umbrage
offense "to take umbrage, to take offense"
noisome
stinking, odorous
maudlin
overly sentimental
largess
generous giving or benevolence
hegemony
domination of one group over another group
intrepid
steadfast, courageous
penury
extreme poverty
cosset
pamper or treat w/ great care
lampoon
to ridicule with satire
ossify
to harden or set in a rigid pattern, or to change into bone
husband
to manage economically (to husband resources)
quiescent
motionless or dormant
sardonic
cynical or scornfully mocking
specious
deceptively attractive, seemingly plausible but actually false
salubrious
healthful or therapeutic
diaphanous
delicate, gauzy
trenchant
incisive, sharp, caustic
sanguine
cheerfully optimistic
satiate
to satisfy fully (even to overindulgence)
kindle
ignite or inspire
disabuse
to set right or free from error
slake
to calm down or moderate
furtive
secret, stealthy, even underhanded
foment
arouse or incite
quash
squash, suppress, put down
hoary
very old
unconscionable
unfair or unjust, even indefensibly so
monastic
plain, austere
voluble
talkative, or speaking easily
reticent
reserved, silent
turgid
bloated or swollen
latent
hidden potential
tawdry
gaudy, cheap, and showy
inchoate
disorganized, incoherent, not yet fully formed (thought)
fanatical
excessive enthusiasm, unquestioning devotion (w/ a negative connotation)
lacrymose
tearful, weepy
sanguine
cheerfully optimistic, rosey like (think blood and wine)
perspicacious
keenwitted, astute, shrewd
inimical
hostile, unfriendly ("inimical to each other")
surly
rude and bad-tempered
glib
easily and casually fluent, overtones of insincerity, quick and superficial, not in depth: "a glib response to a complex question"
ignoble
not noble
lionize
to treat as a celebrity, to honor
palliate
mitiage, ease something onerous
vex
annoy, irritate, to confuse or puzzle
torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
vim
vitality and energy
polemic
a verbal attack or argument
invective
abusive language
chicanery
deception by craft or guile
obsequious
overly flattering or servile
impudence
trait of being offensively bold, impertinence, insolence
vigilant
alertly watchful
bawdy
racy, lewd
prudish
proper
gaunt
thin, bleak and desolate, barren
ethereal
heavenly, immaterial
dispassionate
unbiased, objective
sentient
conscious, aware
panegyric
formal, elaborate praise (oral/written)
prolix
wordy
pithy
to the point
recalcitrant
obstinately defiant of authority or guidance, difficult to manage