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austerity
noun

severity of manner, life, etc.
strict economy
harsh, strict

synonyms: severity, asperity, grimness, etc

The austerity of the economic sanctions against Greece were unfavorable to the Democratic party.
asperity
noun

sharpness or harchness in tone, temper or mannerisms
rougness of a surface

The cause of her anger did not warrant such asperity
galvanize
verb

to startle into sudden activity; stimulate

synonyms: inspire, stimulate, awaken, astonish, motivate

The orator's speech galvanized the crowds enthusiasm
miscreant
adjective

depraved, villanous, or base

synonyms: immoral, culprit, outlaw

The miscreant protestors pushed through the police.
deprave
verb

to make morally bad or vile
moot
adjective

open to discussion or debate; doubtful; of little or no practical value

A moot point.

verb

to present or introduce
to reduce or remove the practical significance of
technocrat
noun

a supporter of technology
a technological expert

Senator Something, a technocrat from LA, lead the session today.
indefatigable
adjective

incapable of becoming fatigued or tired out
equivocal
adjective

allowing the possibility of several different meanings
doubtful nature in character or nature

He had an equivocal stance on abortion rights.
anathema
noun

a person or thing to be loathed

Doing taxes were an anathema to the group.

syn: abomination, bane, enemy
clout
noun

a blow with the hand
pull; strong influence; political power

Dr. Sanders has a lot of clout as head of the local hospital
impasse
noun

situation for which there is no escape; dealock
reticent
adjective

reserved, reluctant to speak, restrained

Mary was reticent and did not enjoy speaking in front of large groups
congenial
adjective

agreeable, suitable, pleasant in nature

The wedding was congenial
brusque
adjective

abrupt or blunt in manner

Jerry gave me a brusque welcome to the office.
scurrilous
adjective

grossly or obscenely abtrusive

A scurrilous attack on the mayor
lucid
adjective

easily understood
clear perception and understanding

The results of the exam were lucid
pan (informal)
to criticize
infallibility
adjective

absolute trustworthiness
unfailing effectiveness
abjure
verb

to renounce or retract

The mayor abjured his promise
nepotism
noun

to show favoritism on the basis of family heritage
malfeasance
noun

the performance of an illegal act by a public official, usually in violation of public trust
sardonic
adjective

characterized by bitter or scornful derision

His remarks were sardonic
ingenuous
adjective

artless; innocent; naive; free from reserve; sincere

His ingenuous actions will always be remembered
apocryphal
adjective

doubtful in authenticity
acumen
noun

keen insight; shrewdness

His acumen for econometrics helped him flourish in his PhD program.
mellifluous
adjective

sweetly or smoothly flowing
flowing with honey
euphonic
adjective

pertaining to being agreeable in sound
extirpate
verb

to remove or destroy entirely
recondite
adjective

dealing with very profound and difficult subject matter
beyond ordinary understanding

Quantum physics is recondite to most of Americans
bedlam
noun

scene of wild uproar or confusion
punctilious
adjective

strict in the exact observance of formalities
vociferous
adjective

crying out noisily
mien
noun

air, bearing, demeanor
enfeebled
verb

to make weak
redolent
adjective

having a pleasant odor
reminiscent
panegyrical
noun

lofty oration of praise to a person or thing
ebullient
adjective

overflowing with fever, enthusiasm or excitement

Jane was way too ebullient about the Michael JAckson concert
phlegmatic
adjective

not easily excited to action or display of emotion, apathetic
vacillating
adjective

not resolute; wavering; indecisive
catholic
adjective

broad or wide range of tastes, interests, and the like
ambrosial
adjective

exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell
protracted
to lengthen out

the turtle's neck protracted out of its shell
precarious
dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain;unstable;insecure

The unemployed college student lived a precarious life.
tenuous
1. long, slender, thin
2. lacking sound bias, as in reason; unsubtantiaed, weak

His argument was tenuous
rife
of common or frequent occurence

His complaints were rife with the manager of the store.
replete
abundantly supplied; filled

His song was replete with romantic sentiments.
hegemonic
leadership or of predominant influence over others

The Americans believe they are hegemonic innovators.
polemical
arguing passionately

There was a polemical debate at the ice cream store over which flavor to get.
oblique
not straightforward
inveterate
settled or confirmed in habit

he was an inveterate tobacco chewer
dulcet
pleasing to the ear; melodious
soothing

The music box was dulcet to the child
recalcitrant
resistant to authority
perspicuous
clearly expressed or presented
gentrified
an area that was once poor and is not inhabited by the rich
bucolic
pertaining to shepards; pastoral
idyllic rural life