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Pernicious
Extremely harmful; Potentially causing death
Virulent
Extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
Perfidy
interntional breech of faith; treachery
Avarice
Greed; Esp for wealth
Castigation
Severe criticism or punishment
Caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
Chary
wary; cautious sparing
Cogent
Convincing; appealing foricbly to the mind or reason
Contrite
Regretful; penitent; seeking forgivness
Putrefy
To rot' to decay and give off foul odor
Odious
Evoking intense aversion or dislike
Inveigle
To obtain by deception or flattery
Intransigent
Refusing to compromise
Inert
Unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
Impecunious
lacking funds; w/o money
Heretical
Violating accepted dogma or convention
Harrangue
To deliver a pompous speach or tirade
Esoteric
Intended for or understood by a small, specific group
Dogmatic
Stubbornly opinionated
Demur
to question or oppose
Dearth
Smallness or quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
Fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
Aberrant
deviating from the norm
Austere
w/o adornment; bare; severly simple
Ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religous devotion
Ephemeral
brief; fleeting
Oviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary
Onerous
troubling; burdensom
Perfunctory
Cursory; done w/o care or interest
Prevaricate
to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
Relegate
to focibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
Penurious
Penny-pinching; excessivly thrifty; ungenerous
Inured
Accustomed to accepting something undesirable
Stymie
to block; thwart
Effrontery
Extreme boldness; presumptuousness
Reticent
Quiet; reserved; reluctant to espress thoughts and feelings
Contentious
arumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
Irascible
Easily angered; prone to tempramental outbursts
Enervate
to weaken; to reduce in vitality
Equivocate
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
Bombast
self-important or pompous writing or speech
Diatribe
a harsh denunciation
Flout
to demonstrate contempt for, as in a rule or convention
Garrulous
Pointlessly talkative; talking to much
Glib
marked by ease or infromatlity; non-chalant; lacking in depth; superficial
Hubris
Arrogant presumption or pride
Idolatrous
Given to intense or excessive devotion to something
Impetuous
Hastily or rashly engergetic; implusive and vehement
Implacable
Not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
Laconic
Using few words; terse
Mendacity
Dishonesty
Mercurial
Characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
Odburate
Unyeilding; hardhearted; intractable
Obfuscate
To deliberatly obscure; to make confusing
Obstinate
stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
Opprobrium
Disgrace; contempt
Phlegmatic
Calm; sluggish; unemotional
Polemical
Controversial; Argumentative
Rancorous
Characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
Soporific
Causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
Anachronism
Something or someone out of place in terns of historical or chronological context
Derision
Scorn; ridicule; contemptuous treatment
Desiccate
to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
Dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
Inimical
Damaging; harmful; injurious
Intractable
Not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obistinate
Profligate
Excessivly wasteful; recklessly extravagant
Quixotic
foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romancti ideals
Recondite
hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
Renege
To fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
Spendthrift
One who spends money wastefully
Tacit
Implied; not explicitly stated
Untenable
Indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
Vacillate
To waver indecisively b/w one course of action or opinion and another; to waver
Vexation
Annoyance; Irritation
Vituperate
To use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severly or abusivly; to berate
Dissemble
To mislead; to disguise or conceal
Grandiloquence
Pompous speech or expression
Hackneyed
Rendered trite or common place by frequent usage
Hegemony
The consistent dominance of one state or ideaology over others
Iconoclast
One who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
Impassive
Revealing no emotion
Inchoate
In an intial stage; not fully formed
Infelicitous
Unfortunate; inappropriate
Occlude
To obstruct or block
Penury
Poverty; desititution
Querulous
Prone to complaining or grumbling
Reclacitrant
Obstinately defiant of authority; diffifult to manage
Tenuous
Having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
Surfeit
Excess; overindulgence
Spurious
Lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
Specious
Seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive
Repudiate
to refuse to have anything to do with; to disown.