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acumen (n.)
keen, accurate judgment or insight
adulterate (v.)
to reduce in purity by combining with inferior ingredients
amalgamate (v.)
to combine with several elements into a whole
noun form: amalgamation
archaic (adj.)
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
aver (v.)
to state as a fact; to declare or assert
bolster (v.)
to provide support or reinforcement
bombastic (adj.)
pompous; grandiloquent
noun form: bombast
diatribe (n.)
a harsh denunciation
dissemble (v.)
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
eccentric (adj.)
departing from norms or conventions
endemic (adj.)
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
evanescent (adj.)
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
exacerbate (adj.)
to make worse or more severe
fervent (adj.)
greatly emotional or zealous
noun form: fervor
fortuitous (adj.)
happening by accident or chance
germane (adj.)
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
grandiloquence (n.)
pompous speech or expression
adj form: grandiloquent
hackneyed (adj.)
calm and peaceful
hedonism (n.)
devotion to pleasurable pursuits, especially to the pleasures of the sense
hegemony (n.)
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
iconoclast (n.)
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
idolatrous (adj.)
given to intense or excessive devotion to something
noun form: idolatry
impassive (adj.)
revealing no emotion
imperturbable (adj.)
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
impunity (n.)
immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate (adj.)
in an initial stage; not fully formed
infelicitous (adj.)
unfortunate; inappropriate
insipid (adj.)
without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
loquacious (adj.)
extremely talkative
noun form: loquacity
luminous (adj.)
characterized by brightness and the emission of light
malevolent (adj.)
having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, hatred
noun form: malevolence
malleable (adj.)
capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
mendacity (n.)
the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
adj form: mendacious
meticulous (adj.)
characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
misanthrope (n.)
one who hates all other humans
adj form: misanthropic
mitigate (v.)
to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
obdurate (adj.)
unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
obsequious (adj.)
exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
occlude (v.)
to obstruct or block
opprobrium (n.)
disgrace; contempt; scorn
pedagogy (n.)
the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
pedantic (adj.)
the parading of learning; excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules
penury (n.)
poverty; destitution
pervasive (adj.)
having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
pine (v.)
to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
pirate (v.)
to illegally use or reproduce
pith (n.)
the essential or central part
pithy (adj.)
precise and brief
placate (v.)
to appease; to calm by making concessions
platitude (n.)
a superficial remark, especially one offered as meaningful
plummet (v.)
to plunge or drop straight down
polemical (adj.)
controversial; argumentative
prodigal (adj.)
recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish
profuse (adj.)
given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
proliferate (v.)
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
queries (n.)
questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
querulous (adj.)
prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish
rancorous (adj.)
characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
noun form: rancor
recalcitrant (adj.)
obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
repudiate (v.)
to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
rescind (v.)
to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
reverent (adj.)
marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
noun form: reverence
rhetoric (n.)
the art of study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
salburious (adj.)
promoting health or well-being
solvent (adj.)
able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
specious (adj.)
seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
spurious (adj.)
lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
subpoena (n.)
a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
succint (adj.)
brief; concise
superfluous (adj.)
exceedingly what is sufficient or necessary
surfeit (n./v.)
an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
tenactiy (n.)
the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination
adj form: tenacious
tenuous (adj.)
having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
tirade (n.)
a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
transient (adj.)
fleeting; passing quickly; brief
zealous (adj.)
fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause
a zealot is a zealous person