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Decorum
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior

"Please try and conduct yourself with some amount of decorum during your graduation ceremony."
Pith
an essential or central part; precise and brief

"It is pretty rare for a teacher to be so pithy in describing his political views."
Repudiate
to refuse to have anything to do with; disown; deny

"The man refused to repudiate the claims that he had molested snowmen and snowomen."
Prosaic
dull; unimaginative

"He wanted to do something new; he was tired of the prosaic activities his parents suggested each day."
Onerous
troubling; burdensome

"His explanation of the path we were to take down the mountain was more than a little onerous."
Occlude
to obstruct or block

"A blood clot occluded an artery to the heart."
Impassive
revealing no emotion

"Spock was impassive when presented with the news of his uncle's castration."
Spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully

"We would have had money to buy lotto tickets for the entire preschool if your aunt wasn't such a spendthrift."
Bolster
to provide support or reinforcement

"We told him that he was a grower not a shower in order to boost his self confidence."
Censure
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke

"President Imtikar was censured for his spending of taxpayer money on action figures."
Waver
to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion

"When presented with the evidence in the OJ simpson case the jury began to waver in deciding guilt or innocence."
Obdurate
unyielding; hardhearted; intractable

"The customer was completely obdurate despite the manager's many concessions."
Tenuous
having little substance or strenth; flimsy; weak

"His excuse for coming home late, that his pants needed starching, was tenuous at best."
Iconoclast
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions

"Kato Kaylin is an iconoclast in the history of celebrity witnesses."
Effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness

"We never believed the criminals would have had the effrontery to steal the desert forks."
Spurious
lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit

"One benefit of the antiques roadshow is to help sort out spurious items from authentic ones."
Meticulous
characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail

"The man was as meticulous as a brain surgeon when it came to building his model pirate ships."
Hedonism
devotion to pleasurable pursuits, expecially to the pleasures of the senses

"Most of the passengers on the cruise ship came for no other reason than their hedonistic pursuit of gravy."
Truculent
fierce and cruel; eager to fight

"The man found that Bloomington-Normal was filled with a new kind of more truculent driver than he remembered ever having to deal with in the past."
Untenable
indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable

"It was unfortunate that in his first debate he was expected to defend such untenable positions."
Propensity
a natural inclination or tendency; penchant

"Freddie Mercury definitely had a propensity for miniature golf."
Query
question; inquiry; doubt in the mind; reservation

"I will attempt to answer your numerous queries into the recent failure of the snow cone machine."
Cynicism
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness

"Many of your students are growing tired of your cynicism."
Innocuous
harmless; causing no damage

"Yes you can ship watermelon, it is considered to be completely innocuous."
Derision
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment

"The company fight song was held in derision by many members of the board."
Dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge

"What do you expect when you ask such a dilettante to develop your photos of humping chickens."
Filibuster
intentional obstruction, especially using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action

"Your monkey is attempting to pull off a filibuster in the senate."
Empirical
based on observation or experiment

"Most chickens are skeptical about the so called empirical evidence presented in support of the mendel gerban project."
Tirade
a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation

"So I proceeded to launch into a long tirade about the bank's inept customer service."
Disparage
to slight or belittle

"There is no need to disparage the man, he is only trying to help."
Enigmatic
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand

"I find that matters of faith tend to be too enigmatic for me to attempt to write about.
Zealous
fervent; ardent; impassioned

"You are definitely a zealous tug boat sailsmen to be sure."
Stupefy
to stun, baffle, or amaze

"Miriam's lack of effort in solving the Corgian rift dilemma will stupefy you."
Recant
to retract, especially a previously held belief

"The evidence caused him to recant his previous statement."
Reverent
marked by, feeling, or expressing profound awe and respect

"They approached the golden fire truck with a reverence i had not seen before."
Shard
a piece of broken pottery or glass

"I cut his finger off with a shard of a budweiser bottle."
Proclivity
a natural predisposition or inclination

"Like I said, Freddie Mercury has a definite proclivity for violence on the miniature golf course."
Adulterate
to reduce purtity by combining with inferior ingredients

"Do not adulterate your art with silly advertisements in the middle."
Rarefy
to make or become thin, less dense; to refine

"The bag of chocolate began to rarefy in the heat of the magma."
Exonerate
to remover blame

"President Forligat asked that the librarian be exonerated of the fooseball robbery she was convicted of having masterminded."
Culpable
deserving blame

"Steven, In the matter of the stolen chicken, you seem somewhat culpable."
Intransigent
refusing to compromise

"the Schwan's truck driver was intransigent in his belief of karmatic debt."
Stymie
to block; thwart

"We will stymie any attempt to buy garrison's tomato toothpaste."
Neophyte
a recent convert; a beginner; novice

"To be honest, I was a neophyte in the matters of food safety and preparation.
Refute
to disprove; to successfully argue against

"Ron will attempt to refute your claim that he capsized your whaling ship."
Approbation
an expression of approval or praise

"Mike was delighted to be met with approbation rather than derision on returning from the stolen whaling ship."
Tortuous
winding; twisting; excessively complicated

"We will not be playing Gurlenbhart's third movement due to it's tortuous middle section."
Eloquent
well spoken; expressive; articulate

"I thought he presented an eloquent explanation of such an enigmatic issue."
Relegate
to focibly assign, especially to a lower place or position

"Garret Fulribat was relegated to a position in the mailroom after the discovery of his animated panty film."
Mendacity
the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty

"I will not hire a monkey with a tendency towards mendacity rather than veracity."
Aesthetic
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful

"It is difficult to find paintings for an art dealer whose aesthetic tends towards such morose subjects."
Intractable
not easily managed or directed; stubborn, obstinate

"Most of my coworker's are intractable idiots."
Trenchant
sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating

"It is highly valuable to have a friend who gives such trenchant advice."
Specious
seeming true, but actually being fallicious; misleadingly attractive

"Unfortuately, the jury did not see past the specious arguments of the defense lawyer and voted not guilty on all counts."
Sanction
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance

"The sanctions against Iraq seem as though they are not having the intended affect on Saddham Hussein's regime"
Amenable
agreeable; responsive to suggestion

"State Farm does not tend to hire personalities that are not amenable to their strange corporate culture."
Pedantic
the parading of learning; excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules

"It is difficult to find application for his lectures when he is so pedantic."
Incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent

"There was an incipient star system off to the left of our rocket ship."
Think of inception
Soporific
Causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep

"Medications that are indicated as soporific should not be taken when you need to drive."
Harangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade

"When he finally stopped his haranguing, I responded calmly."
Misanthrope
one who hates all other humans

"It would be easy to have labeled him as a misanthrope but in truth he just enjoyed being alone'
Laconic
Using few words; terse

"We respected the speakers laconic introduction for the lifetime achievement award
Loquacious
extremelty talkative

"I will have an extremely high cell phone bill due to my loquacious mother-in-law"
Expiation
to make amends, show remore=se, or suffer punishment
Repose
state of rest or inactivity
ponderous
lumbering and laborious in movement
profligate
extremely wasteful; extravagant
calumniate
to accuse somebody falsely or slander somebody
inexorable
impossible to stop not capable of being persuaded
dissuasion
to persuade somebody not to do something, not to believe, think, or feel
sublime
not to be excelled; supreme; inspiring awe; impressive
obsequious
full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning
sycophant
a servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people
pusillanimous
lacking courage; cowardly
asperity
harshness or severity of manner or tone. something hard to bear because of it's harshness or severity
gambol
to leap or skip about playfully
lackluster
lacking energy, excitement, enthusiasm or passion
incisive
penetrating, clear and sharp, as in operation or expression
virtuosity
technical skill, fluency or style exhibited by a virtuoso or a composition
sepulchral
suggesting or posessing the characteristics associated with the grave, for example, gloominess
flout
to show contempt for a law or convention by openly disobeying or defying it
flaunted
to display something ostentatiously
affect
doing or bringing about the change
effect
receiving the change
immigrate
to enter in to a new country for settling
emigrate
to leave a place especially a native country, to go and live in another country
principal
first and foremost
principle
an important underlying law or assumption required in a system of thought
urbane
showing sophistication, refinement, or courtesy
dissolution
bringing to an end, separating, decomposing, termination of a legal relationship, end of an organization or institution
oblique
not straightforward or direct
apotheosis
the highest point of glory, power or importance. best example of something. a human into a diety
parsimonious
very frugal or ungenerous; requiring a minimum of detail as an explanation
abrogate
to repeal or abolish something formally and publicly
stilted
pompous or unduly formal.
lacking fluency, halted
ungainly
lacking grace while moving
awkward to handle
long - limbed
mirth
happiness or enjoyment, especially accompanied by laughter
petulance
being ill-tempered or sulky in a peevish manner
hedge
an evasive or non-commital statement
a means of protecting against something
redoubtable
with personal qualities worthy of respect or fear
unimposing
not forcing to agree with you
tractable
being very easy to control or persuade / work with
precipitate
to make something happen suddenly or quickly
gaucheness
lacking grace or tact in social situations
circumspect
showing unwillingness to act w/o first weighing risks / consequences
taciturn
habitually uncommunicative or reserved in speech and manner
decorous
conforming to what is acceptable iin formal or solemn settings
understated and dignified
egoism
looking out for yourself and your interests
abnegation
giving up or renouncing something
rococo
an overly ornate or fancy style
reticent
unwilling to talk, communicate, reveal facts
palliated
to reduce the intensity or severity of something
indolence
lethargic state, not showing interest or making effort
lugubrious
extremely mournful, sad or gloomy
loquacious
talkative, tending to talk a great deal
ostensible
presented as being true or appearing to be true but hiding a different motive or meaning
vaunted
boasted or praised in an ostentaious manner
brooked
put up with something
repose
a state of rest or inactivity
abeyance
temporary inactivity or non-operation
condition in which legal ownership has not been established
recidivist
lapsing into a previous undesirable type of behaviour, crime
felicitous
appropriate or highly suitable pleasing or agreeable, happy, fortunate
recreant
somebody who is disloyal or deserts a cause
supplicant
someone who addresses a humble but heart-felt appeal to someone who has the power to grant his / her request
gregarious
very friendly and sociable
protozoan
single-celled
supercilious
full of contempt and arrogance
dilatory
intended to cause or waste time
denigrate
to defame somebody's character or reputation
aggrieved
to be in a state of pain, trouble or distress
expunge
to delete something from a written record
to destroy or put an end to something
terse
brief and unfriendly; often conveying annoyance
exigent
needs immediate action
making heavy demands on someone
prolix
tiresomely wordy
florid
having an unhealthy glowing pink or red complexion
titular
having a title or rank but not having the power associated with that position
autocrat
a ruler who holds an unlimited power and who is answerable to no other person
banal
boringly ordinary and lacking in originality
concatenation
to connect separate units or items into a linked system
expurgate
to remove words or passages considered offensive or unsuitable from a book before publication
enervate
to weaken somebody's physical, mental, or moral vitality
obsequious
excessively eager to please or to obey all instructions
panacea
a supposed cure for all diseases or problems
apostate
somebody who has renounced a religious or political belief or allegiance
preponderance
a large number or the majority
dominance or superiority
jaundiced
an attitude that is characterized by cynical hostility, jealousy or prejudice
cursory
done in a quick or superficial way
sanguine
cheerfully optomistic
a healthy rosy color
bellicose
ready or inclined to quarrel, fight or go to war
untrammeled
not restrained or restricted
soporific
causing a deep sleep or drowsiness; boring
foundering
to become filled w/ water and sink, to give way
mendicant
begging for and living on alms
munificent
very generous in giving
coterie
a small exclusive group of people who share the same interests
paucity
an inadequacy or lack of something
a small number
sycophantic
servile flatterer who praises for personal gain
craven
so lacking in courage as to be worthy of contempt
temerity
reckless confidence that might be offensive
timorousness
showing fear or hesitancy
insouciance
cheerful lack of anxiety or concern
plebiscite
a vote by a whole electorate to decide a question of importance
moribund
nearly dead
having lost all sense of purpose or vitality becoming obsolete
conspicuous
easily or clearly visible
inconspicuous
not easily seen or noticed
propogate
to reproduce a plant or animal
to spread ideas or customs to many people
to move or transmit something forward in space
dubious
uncertain about an outcome or conclusion
likely to be dishonest, untrustworthy
perfunctory
done as a matter of custom w/o thought, attention or geunine feeling
done hastily or superficially
distend
to expand, swell or inflate as if by pressure from within
boggle
to astonish or confuse somebody
to be overwhelmed
crestfallen
dispirited and depressed; dejected
pertinacious
determinedly resolute in purpose, belief, or action
highly persistent
nettle
to irritate or annoy somebody, sting
cavil
to make objections about something on small and unimportant points
occlude
to block or stop up something such as a passage, to cut off
ignominious
involving a total loss of dignity and pride and making somebody or something appear shamefully weak and ineffective
auspicious
lucky, marked by the promise of success or happiness
desultory
moving or jumping from one thing to another
occuring haphazardly; random
pulchritude
that quality of appearance which pleases the eye; beauty; comeliness; grace; loveliness
gamely
in a spirite manner; with courage
vouchsafe
to promise, agree, or allow something;
splenetic
extremely bad-tempered or spiteful
luminous
characterized by brightness and the emission of light
squalid
dirty and wretched, as from poverty or lack of care
spasmodically
relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive
extemporaneous
improvised; done w/o preparation
pragmatic
practical rather than idealistic
fortuitous
happening by fortunate accident or chance
hackneyed
overfamiliar through overuse
conspicuous
easy to notice; obvious
prodigal
reckless and wasteful; extravagant
aver
state as a fact; confirm
lucid
clear; easily understood
vigorous
strong; active in mind or body; robust
forestall
delay, hinder
satire
literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
vigilant
alert; watchful
garroulous
talk too much
exigent
pressing; urgent
burgeon
grow rapidly; flourish
fawn
flatter or praise excessively
recalcitrant
defiant of authority; difficult to manage
transient
fleetin; passing quickly
axiom
universal principle; given; self evident truth
ameliorate
make better or more tolerable
elegy
mournful poem, especially lamenting the dead
renege
fail to honor a commitment; go back on a promise
connoisseur
expert in a matter of taste
pungent
strong odor, smell or taste
astringent
tightening living tissue; harsh; sever
avarice
greed, especially for wealth
morose
sad; sullen; melancholy
surfeit
excess; overindulgence
heretical
violating acceptable dogma or convention
sparse
thin; not dense; widely spaced
imminent
about to happen; impending
enervate
to weaken; reduce in vitality
canonical
in agreement with orthodox requirements
torpid
lethargic; sluggish
exculpate
exonerate; to clear of blame
acerbic
sour or bitter taste or character
solicitous
concerned and attentive; eager
anomaly
abnormality; derivation from the normal order
reticent
quiet; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings; reserverved
assuage
ease or lessen; pacify
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlesness resulting from boredom or apathy
peruse
to examine w/ great care
pontificate
to express opinions or judgements in a dogmatic way
impecunious
lacking funds; w/o money
prodigious
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
inert
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish; non-reactive
presumptive
providing a reasonable basis for belief or acceptance
fobbed
to put off or appease by deceitful or deceptive means
volition
free will; an instance of making a conscious choice or decision
vitreous
glass; glassy; having the nature of glass
archipelago
a large group of islands
excelsior
slender curved wood shavings used for packing
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
adroit
displaying physical or mental skill
meretricious
attracting attention in a vulgar manner
reproach
to express disapproval of, criticism or, dissappointment in
castigation
sever criticism or punishment
demur
to question or oppose
tenacity
persistence; adherence
pernicious
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
middling
of medium size, position or quality
mendacity
condition of untruthfulness, a lie; falsehood
arrogated
to take or claim for oneself w/o right
mitigate
to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
disinterested
indifferent; free from self-interest
perfidy
intentional breach of faith; treachery
egregious
conspicuously bad or offensive
credulous
gullible; tending to believe too readily
fervent
greatly emotional or zealous
jauntily
having a buoyant or self confident air; brisk
injunction
a command imposing with authority; order; directive
sedulous
diligent; persistent; hardworking
virulent
harmful; poisonous; antagonistic
magnanimity
generously noble especially in forgiving
penury
poverty; destitution
neologism
a new word; expression
profuse
coming forth abundantly
profligate
excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
obviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary
phlegmatic
calm; sluggish; unemotional
ostentatious
very pretentious
perennial
recurrent through the year or many years; repeatedly
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
abscond
to steal away and hide; leave stealthy
dogmatic
stubbornly opinionated
glib
superficial; ease or informality
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
endemic
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
probity
adherence to highest principles; uprightness
querulous
prone to complaining or grumbling; quarrelsome
exacerbate
to make worse or more severe
maverick
an independent individual who does not go along w a group or party
laud
to praise highly
obstinate
stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
archaic
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive time
fallacy
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
contentious
argumentative; causing controversy
erudite
very learned; scholarly
immutable
no capable of change
opaque
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
pervasive
having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
pirate
to illegally use or reproduce
catalyst
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction w/o changing. person or thing that causes change
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
preen
to dress up; to primp; groom oneself w/ elaborate care
precipitate
to cause or happen before anticipated or required; acting w/ excessive haste or impulse
pervade
to permeate throughout
precursor
one that indicates or announces someone or something to come
plummet
to plunge or drop straight down
pristine
pure; uncorrupted; clean
grandiloquence
pompous speech or expression
partisan
biased in support of a party, group or cause
remunerate
to pay suitable amount in return for goods, services or losses incurred
transgressive
Of or relating to a genre of fiction, filmmaking, or art characterized by graphic depictions of behavior that violates socially acceptable norms, often involving violence, drug use, and sexual deviancy
quaff
to drink deeply
ephemeral
brief; fleeting
tacit
implied; not explicitly stated
bayed
a deep prolonged bark
veracity
truthfulness; honesty
vituperate
to use harsh, condemning language; to abuse or censure severely
prescience
foreknowledge of events
penurious
penny pinching; thrifty
vacuous
having no content
emollient
soothing; making less harsh
tout
to praise publicly or promote
esoteric
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
divulge
to disclose something secret
sordid
filth, grime or squalor
torque
a force that causes rotation
variegated
multicolored; lots of different colors
parody
humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect
mollify
to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
obtuse
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
mercurial
rapid and unpredictable changes in mood
accolade
an expression of praise
prattle
babble meaninglessly
presumptuous
overstepping bounds; taking liberties
irascible
easily angered; prone to tempermental outbursts
malevolent
having or showing often vicious ill will, spite or hatred
gregarious
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of others
rescind
to take back; invalidate
discretion
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make wise decisions
discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
squalid
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
alchemy
medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, especially base metals, into gold
mundane
ordinary, of the world; typical
malleable
capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
subtle
not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
idolatrous
given to intense or excessive devotion to something
synthesis
combining parts to make whole
audacious
daring and fearless; recklessly bold
eccentric
departing from norms or conventions
contrite
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
vacillate
to waver indecisively; swing back and forth
cacophony
harsh; jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
halcyon
calm and peaceful
impunity
exempt from punishment or penalty
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
convoluted
complex or complicated
ascetic
one who practices rigid self denial, especially for religious purposes
viscous
thick, sticky
caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
adulation
excessive praise; intense adoration
subpoena
a court order requiring appearance and / or testimony
superfluous
exceeding what is necessary
unfeigned
genuine; not false or hypocritical
solvent
able to pay
imperturbable
extreme calm, impassivity, steadiness
germane
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
volatile
readily changing to a vapor; explosive
evanescent
tending to disapperar like vapor; vanishing
desiccate
to dry out; make dry or dull
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
rhetoric
the art or study of language for communication and persuasion
redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
vilify
to defame; to chacterize harshly
succint
brief; concise
eulogy
speech honoring the dead
anachronism
out of place in history or chronological context
ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time; widespread
quotidian
recurring daily; common
hubris
overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance
aberrant
deviating from the norm
convention
generally agreed upon practice
amalgamate
combine several elements into a whole
acumen
quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
aggrandize
to increase in intensity, power, or prestige
complaisance
willingness to comply with the wihes of others
austere
w/o adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
gerontocratic
governing by a group of elders
berate
to rebuke or scold angrily and at length
compensatory
to make satisfactory reocompense, reimburse
deft
quick and skillful, adroit
granular
appearing to be composed of granules or grains
incredulity
skeptical; disbelieving
dilettante
someone who dabbles in an art or a field of knowledge
dubious
fraught with uncertainty or doubt; arousing doubt
fraught
filled with elements of
quixotic
foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
insipid
w/o taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
placate
to appease; to calm by making concesssions
perfunctory
cursory; done w/o care or interest
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery
obsequious
exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
platitude
a superficial remark, especially one offered as meaningful
opprobrium
disgrace; contempt; scorn
nascent
coming into being; in early developmental stages
paen
song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
noxious
harmful; injurious
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
putrefy
to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
pious
reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
furtive
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
prevaricate
to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
ebullience
lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
disabuse
to undecieve; to set right
facetious
playful; humorous
equivocate
to use ambiguous language w/ a deceptive intent
urbane
sophisticated; refined; elegant
rancorous
bitter long-lasting resentment
perspicacious
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
infelicitous
unfortunate; inappropriate
impetuous
hastily or rashly energetc; impulsive and vehement
vexation
annoyance; irritation
ingenuous
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
hegemony
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
keening
to wail in lamentation
inimical
damagin; harmful; malevolent
implacable
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
inchoate
in an initial stage; not fully formed
intrepid
steadfast and courageous
flout
to demonstrate contempt for, as in a rule or convention
capricious
inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
supplant
to take the place of; supersede
refulgent
radiant; shiny; brilliant
disparate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
obfuscate
to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
polemical
argumentative; controversial
qualm
misgiving; reservation; cause for hesitancy
chary
wary; cautious
diatribe
a harsh denunciation
recondite
hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
dissemble
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
bombast
self-evident or pompous writing or speech; pompous; grandiloquent
quiescence
stillness; motionless; quality of being at rest
oscillation
the act or state of swinging back and forth w/ a steady, uninterupted rhythm
proliferate
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
martial
of or relating to war and the armed forces
dearth
a small amount; lack
predilection
a dispositon in favor of something; preference
prolific
producing large volumes or amounts; productive
pine
to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
canon
established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
salubrious
promoting health or well-being
plethora
an overabundance; a surplus
nebulous
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
pedagogy
the art or profession of training, teaching, or instructing
sporadic
occuring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
voracious
having an instiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
indifferent
having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
arduous
strenous, taxing, requiring significant effort
cogent
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
stoic
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast