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incredulous
skeptical, not believing
ingenuous
having a frank and open nature
apposite
adj. apt, pertinent, appropriate
complacent
self-satisfied
complaisant
eager to please, obliging
aberrant
adj. abnormal, traying from the normal or usual path
arcane
adj. obscure, secret, mysterious
aspersion
n. slanderous statement; a damaging or derogatory criticism
assiduous
adj. carefully attentive, industrious
attenuate
v. to make thin or slender, to weaken or dilute
baleful
adj. harmful, malign, detrimental
bombast
n. pompous speech, pretentious words
cant
n. insincere or hypocritical statements of high ideals, the jargon of a particular group or occupation
caprice
n. a sudden, unpredictable, or whimsical change
chicanery
n. trickery or deception
churlishness
n. crude or surly behavior, behavior of a peasant
cloture
n. a parliamentary procedure to end debate and begin to vote
cogent
adj. to the point, clear, convincing in its clarity and presentation
cogitate
v. to think hard, ponder, meditate
commodious
adj. spacious and convenient, roomy
connotative
adj. containing associated meanings in addition to the primary one
constrain
v. to force, compel, to restrain
contentious
adj. quarrelsome
contiguous
adj. touching, or adjoining and close, but not touching
contravene
v. to act contrary to; to oppose or contradict a puzzle or riddle
coterie
n. a clique; a group who meet frequently, usually socially
debacle
n. disaster; collapse; a rout
decorous
adj. suitable, proper, seemly
denigrate
v. to defame, to blacken or sully, to belittle
deprecate
v. to express disapproval of to protest against
deride
v. to laugh at with contempt; to mock
derision
n. the act of mocking; ridicule, mockery
diatribe
n. a bitter or abusive speech
diffident
adj. timid; lacking self-confidence
disparate
adj. unequal, dissimilar; different
dissemble
v. to pretend; to feign; to conceal by pretense
ebullience
n. an overflowing of high spirits; effervescence
ellipsis
n. omission of words that would make the meaning clear
emollient
adj. sofetning or soothing to the skin; having power to soften or relax living tissues
encomium
n. high praise
exigent
adj. requiring immeidate action; urgent, pressing
extemporize
v. to improvise; to make it up as you go along
gainsay
v. to speak against; to contradict; to deny
inchoate
adj. not yet fully formed rudimentary
ingenuous
adj. noble; honorable; candid; also, naive
insipid
adj. uninteresting, boring, flat, dull
intractable
adj. stubborn, obstinate; not easily taught or disciplined
intransigent
adj. uncompromising
irascible
adj. prone to anger
macerate
v. to soften by steeping in liquid (including stomach juices)
maculate
adj. spotted, blotched; hence defiled, impure (opposite: immaculate)
maculate
v. to stain, spot, defile
magnanimity
n. a quality of nobleness ot mind, disdaining meanness or revenge
misanthrope
n. a hater of mankind
obdurate
adj. stubborn
obsequious
adj. servilely attentive; fawning
obviate
v. to make unnecessary
panegyric
n. high praise
parsimonious
adj. very frugal; unwilling to spend
pedantic
adj. emphasizing minutiae or form in scholarship or teaching
penurious
adj. stingy, miserly
perfunctory
adj. done in a routine, mechanical way, without interest
rancor
n. strong ill will; enmity
recalcitrant
adj. stubbornly rebellious
recondite
adj. hard to understand; concealed; characterized by profound scholarship
sagacious
adj. wise
salubrious
adj. promoting good health
sinuous
adj. full of curves; twisting and turning
specious
adj. plausible, but deceptive; apparently, but not actually, true
spurious
adj. not genuine, false; bogus
sycophant
n. a flatterer of important people
taciturn
adj. inclined to silence; speaking little; dour, stern
tenuous
adj. thin, slim, delicate; weak
tortuous
adj. full of twists and turns; not straightforward; possibly deceitful
truculent
adj. fierce, savage, cruel
vacuous
adj. dull, stuid; empty-headed
welter
n. a confused mass; turmoil
tractable
adj. easily managed (opposite: intractable)
subjugate
v. to dominate or enslave
petulant
adj. peevish, cranky, rude
prevaricate
v. to speak equivocally or evasively to lie
quiescence
n. state of being at rest or wthout motion
garrulous
adj. extremely talkative or wordy
laconic
adj. sparing of words; terse, pithy
loquacious
adj. very talkative; garrulous
palpable
adj. touchable; clear, obvious
paradigm
n. model, prototype; pattern
paradox
n. a tenet seemingly contradictory or false, but actually true
implacable
adj. unwilling to be pacificed or appeased
banal
adj. trite; without freshness or originality