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abscond (v.)
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide.
aberrant (adj.)
deviating from the norm
noun form: aberration
alacrity (n.)
eager and enthusiastic willingness
anomaly (n.)
deviation from the normal order, for, or rule; abnormality.
adj form: anomalous
approbation (n.)
an expression of approval or praise
arduous (adj.)
strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort
assuage (v.)
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
audacious (adj.)
daring and fearless; recklessly bold
noun form: audacity
austere (adj.)
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
noun form: austerity
axiomatic (adj.)
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
noun form: axiom
canonical (adj.)
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
noun form: canon
capricious (adj.)
inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
censure (v.)
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chicanery (n.)
trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur (n.)
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert.
convoluted (adj.)
complex or complicated
disabuse (v.)
to undeceive; to set right
discordant (adj.)
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate (adj.)
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery (n.)
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eloquent (adj.)
well-spoken; expressive; articulate
noun form: eloquence
enervate (v.)
to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ennui (n.)
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate (v.)
to use ambiguous language with deceptive intent
adj form: equivocal
erudite (adj.)
very learned; scholarly
noun form: erudition
exculpate (v.)
exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent (adj.)
urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous (adj.)
improvised; done without preparation
filibuster (n.)
intentional obstruction, especially using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate (v.)
to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous (adj.)
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
inured (adj.)
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible (adj.)
easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
laud (v.)
to praise highly
adj form: laudatory
lucid (adj.)
clear; easily understood
magnanimity (n.)
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, especially in forgiving
adj form: magnanimous
martial (adj.)
associated with war and the armed forces
mundane (adj.)
of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent (adj.)
coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous (adj.)
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
neologism (n.)
a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
noxious (adj.)
harmful; injurious
obtuse (adj.)
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate (v.)
to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous (adj.)
troubling; burdensome
paean (n.)
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody (n.)
a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, especially in literature and art
perennial (adj.)
recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfidy (n.)
intentional breach of faith; treachery
adj form: perfidious
perfunctory (adj.)
cursory; done without care or interest
perspicacious (adj.)
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
noun form: perspicacity
prattle (v.)
to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
precipitate (v.)
acting with excessive haste or impulse
precipitate (v.)
to cause or happen before anticipated or required
predilection (n.)
a disposition in favor of something; preference
prescience (n.)
foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
adj form: prescient
prevaricate (v.)
to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
qualms (n.)
misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
recant (v.)
to retract, especially a previously held belief
refute (v.)
to disapprove; to successfully argue against
reticent (adj.)
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous (adj.)
concerned and attentive; eager
sordid (adj.)
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
sporadic (adj.)
occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squander (v.)
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static (adj.)
not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
relegate (v.)
to forcibly assign, especially to a lower place or position
stupefy (v.)
to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie (v.)
to block; thwart
synthesis (n.)
the combination of parts to make a whole
verb form: synthesize
torque (n.)
a force that causes rotation
tortuous (adj.)
winding; twisting; excessively complicated
truculent (adj.)
fierce and cruel; eager to fight
veracity (n.)
truthfulness; honesty
virulent (adj.)
extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious (adj.)
having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
waver (v.)
to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion