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circumspect
cautions, aware of potential consequences
banal
predictable, cliched, boring
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
caustic
biting in wit
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
chaos
great disorder or confused situation
burgeon
to grow and flourish
decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
chauvinist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group that he or she belongs to
burnish
to polish
chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
cacaphony
harsh, jarring noise
abscond
to leave secretly
aberrant
deviating from what is normal or expected
advocate
to speak in favor of
abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity

ebb, moderate, subside, lapse, relent, let up, slacken, wane
abyss
an extremely deep hole

chasm, void
adulterate
to make impure

doctor, debase, load
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence and reputation

amplify dignify ennoble magnify apotheosize elevate exalt swell wax augment enlarge glorify uplift
candid
impartial and honest in speech

direct honest straight forthright open straightforward frank sincere undisguised
coalesce
to grow together to form a single whole

amalgamate condense blend consolidate unite coalesce fuse
catalyst
something that brings about a change in something else
bolster
support, prop up

brace prop sustain buttress stay underpinning crutch support uphold
capricious
changing one's mind quickly and often

arbitrary erratic mercurial chance fickle random willful changeable inconstant whimsical
corroborate
supporting evidence

authenticate buttress validate back confirm bear out substantiate verify
crescendo
steadily increasing in volume or force
connoisseur
a person with expert knowledge or discriminating tastes

authority gastronome epicure expert gourmet
abstain
to choose not to do something

forbear refrain withhold
aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty

artistic tasteful
condone
to overlook, pardon or disregard

exculpate excuse remit pardon
convoluted
intricate and complicated

byzantine intricate perplexing complex knotty elaborate labyrinthine tangled
credulous
too trusting; gullible

naive susceptible trusting
cogent
convincing and well-reasoned

convincing sound persuasive telling solid valid
deride
to speak of or treat with contempt, to mock

gibe ridicule jeer scoff taunt mock sneer
deference
respect, courtesy

obeisance honor respect veneration homage reverence
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

aimless haphazard objectless stray indiscriminate purposeless unconsidered erratic objectless random unplanned
desiccate
to dry out thoroughly

parch dehydrate
diffident
lacking self-confidence

backward demure self-effacing bashful modest shy coy retiring timid
diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech

fulmination jeremiad harangue malediction tirade invective obloquy
dilatory
intended to delay

dragging lagging slow-going flagging slow slow-paced laggard slow-footed tardy
dilate
to make larger, expand

aplify enlarge develop expand elaborate expatiate
sublime
lofty or grand

august grand majestic resplendent exalted magnificent noble glorious magnificent regal superb
tacit
done without using words

implicit unsaid implied undeclared unuttered
tirade
long, harsh speech or verbal attack

diatribe obloquy fulmination revilement harangue vilification
taciturn
silent, not talkative

laconic reticent