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impetuous
adj. hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
importune
v. to ask incessantly, beg, nag
indefatigable
adj. not easily exhaustible, tireless, dogged
indolent
adj. lazy, listless, torpid
ineluctable
adj. certain, inevitable
inert
adj. unmoving, lethargic, sluggish, not reactive chemically
infelicitous
adj. unfortunate; inappropriate
inimical
adj. damaging, harmful, injurious, hostile, unfriendly
inimitable
adj. one of a kind, peerless
iniquity
n. wickedness, gross injustice
innervate
v. to suppy with nerves, energize
innocuous
adj. harmless; causing no damage
inscrutable
adj. incapable of being discovered or understood, mysterious
insensible
adj. unconscious, unresposive, unaware, unaffected, numb
insouciant
adj. unconcerned, carefree, nonchalant
insular
adj. parochial, narrow-minded, like an island
interdict
v. prohibit, forbid, ban, halt
inured
adj. accustomed to accepting something undesirable
inveigh
v. to attack verbally, denounce, deprecate
inveigle
v. to obtain by deception or flattery
inveterate
adj. deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
jejune
adj. vapid, uninteresting; childish, immature; lacking nutrition
jibe
v. to agree, to be in accord
jocose
adj. given to joking; humorous
labile
adj. readily open to change, unstable
lachrymose
adj. causing tears, tearful, showing sorrow`
lassitude
n. listlessness, languor, weariness
laud
v. to praise highly
libertine
n. someone unrestrained by morality or convention or leading a dissolute life
limn
v. to draw, outline in detail
limpid
adj. transparent, serene, clear and simple in style, untroubled
list
v. to tilt or lean to one side
malinger
v. to feign illness so as to avoid work
martial
adj. associated with war and the armed forces
maunder
v. to talk or move aimlessy, mutter
maverick
n. an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
mendacity
n. the condition of being untruthful, dishonesty
mendicant
n. a beggar, supplicant
mercurial
adj. characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
meretricious
adj. tawdry, pretentious, attractive but false, showy, having to so with prostitution
mettlesome
adj. courageous, high-spirited
militate
v. to have weight or bearing on, to argue (against)
minatory
adj. menacing, threatening
mince
v. pronounce or speak affectedly or too carefully, euphemise, take tiny steps, tiptoe
misogynist
n. one who hates women
mitigate
v. to make or become less severe or intense, moderate
multifarious
adj. varied, motley, greatly diversified
nascent
adj. coming into being; in early developmental stages
natty
adj. trimly neat and tidy, dapper
nebulous
adj. vague, cloudy, lacking clearly defined form
nexus
n. a connection, tie, or link; center or focus
nice
adj. exacting, extremely or even excessively precise; done with delicacy or skill
noisome
adj. offensive, especially to one's sense of smell, fetid
nonplussed
adj. baffled, in a quandry, at al los for what to say, do or think
nostrum
n. cure-all, placebo, questionable remedy
obfuscate
v. to deliberately obscure, to make confusing
obstreperous
adj. noisy, loudly stubborn, boisterous
obtain
v. to be established, accepted, or customary, prevail
obtuse
adj. lacking sharpness of intellect, not clear or precise in thought or expression
occlude
v. to obstruct of block
occult
adj. hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension
officious
adj. troubling, burdensome
opprobrium
n. disgrace, contempt, scorn
ostensible
adj. seeming, appearing as such, professed
ostentatious
adj. characterized by or given to pretentiousness
overweening
adj. presumptuously arrogant, overbearing, immoderate
paean
n. a song or expression of praise and thanksgiving
palliate
v. to make something appear less serious, gloss over, mitigate
pariah
n. an outcast, a rejected and despised person
parry
v. to block, evade or ward off, as a blow
partisan
adj. one-sided, committed to a party, biased or prejudiced
paucity
adj. scarcity, a lacking of
peccadillo
n. a slight offense, literally, a minor sin
pedagogy
n. the art or profession of training, teaching, or instructing
pedestrian
adj. commonplace, trite, unremarkable
penchant
n. strong inclination, a liking
penurious
adj. penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
peremptory
adj. admitting of no contradiction, putting an end to further debate, haughty, imperious
perennial
adj. recurrent through the year or many years, happening repeatedly
perfidy
n. intentional breach of faith, treachery
peripatetic
adj. itinerant, traveling, nomadic
pernicious
adj. extremely harmful, potentially causing death
personable
adj. pleasing in appearance, attractive
perspicacious
adj. acutely perceptive, having keen discernment
peruse
v. to examine with great care
pervade
v. to permeat throughout
petrous
adj. like a rock, hard, stony
philistine
n. a crass individual guided by material rather than itellectual or artistic values
phlegmatic
adj. calm, sluggish, unemotional, stoic
picaresque
adj. involving clever rogues or adventurers
pied
adj. multi-colored, usually in blotches
pillory
v. to punish, hold up to public scorn
pine
v. to yearn intensely, to languish, to lose vigor
piquant
adj. agreeably pungent, spicy, stimulating
pique
n. resentment, feeling of irritation due to hurt pride
pith
n. the essential or central part

(pithy means precise and brief)
plaintive
adj. mournful, melancholy, sorrowful
plangent
adj. pounding, thundering, resounding
platitude
n. a superficial or trite remark, especially one offered as meaningful
pluck
n. courage, spunk, fortitude
plumb
v. to measure the depth (as with a plumb line), to examine critically
poignant
adj. distressing, pertinent, touching, stimulating, emotional
polemical
adj. controversial, argumentative
prate
v. chatter, babble
prattle
v. to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner