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abscond
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
aberrant
deviating from the norm
alacrity
eager and enthusastic willingness
anomaly
deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
approbation
an expression of approval or praise
arduous
strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort
assuage
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
audacious
daring and fearless; recklessly bold
austere
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
canonical
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
capricious
inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
censure
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
convoluted
complex or complicated
disabuse
to undeceive; to set right
discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eloquent
well-spoken; expressive; articulate
enervate
to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
erudite
very learned; scholarly
exculpate
exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent
urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous
improvised; done without preparation
filibuster
intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
laud
to praise highly
lucid
clear; easily understood
magnanimity
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
martial
associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
neologism
a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
noxious
harmful; injurious
obtuse
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous
troubling; burdensome
paean
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody
a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
perennial
recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfidy
intentional breach of faith; treachery
perfunctory
cursory; done without care or interest
perspicacious
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
prattle
to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
precipitate
acting with excessive haste or impulse
predilection
a disposition in favor of something; preference
prescience
foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
prevaricate
to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
qualms
misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
recant
to retract, esp. a previously held belief
refute
to disprove; to successfuly argue against
relegate
to forcible assign, esp. to a lower place or position
reticent
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelinds
solicitous
concerned and attentive; eager
sordid
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
sporadic
occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
stupefy
to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
to block; thwart
synthesis
the combination of parts to make a whole
torque
a force that causes rotation
tortuous
winding; twisting; excessively complicated
truculent
fierce and cruel; eager to fight
veracity
truthfulness; honesty
virulent
extremely harmful or poisonout; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
waver
to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettle in opinion
abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
accolade
an expression of praise
adulation
excessive praise; intense adoration
aesthetic
dealing with, appreciatiation of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
avarice
greed, esp. for wealth
axiom
a universally recognized principle
burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
cacophony
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
canon
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religous in nature
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
catalyst
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
chary
wary; cautious; sparing
cogent
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controvresy or disagreement
contrite
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
culpable
deserving blame
dearth
smallness of quantity or number, scarcity; a lack
demur
to question or oppose
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
discretion
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
free of bias or self-interest; impartial
dogmatic
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
elegy
a mournful poem; esp. one lamenting the dead
emollient
soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
empirical
based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
ephemeral
brief; fleeting
esoteric
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
eulogy
a speech honoring the dead
exonerate
to remove blame
facetious
playful; humorous
fallacy
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
furtive
marked by stealthl covert; surreptitious
gregarious
sociable, outgoing; enjoying the company of others
harrangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
impecunious
lacking fonds; without money
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
inert
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
innocuous
harmless; causing no damage
intransigent
refusing to compromise
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery
morose
sad; sullen; melancholy
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
opaque
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
oscillation
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
penurious
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
pernicious
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
peruse
to examine with great care
ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
urbane
sophisticated; refined; elegant
vilify
to defame; to characterize harshly
viscous
thick; sticky
acumen
keen, accurate judgment or insight
adulterate
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
amalgamate
to combine several elements into a whole
archaic
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
aver
to state as a fact; to declare or assert
bolster
to provide support or reinforcement
bombastic
pompous; grandiloquent
diatribe
a harsh denunciation
dissemble
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
eccentric
departing from norms or conventions
endemic
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region or people
evanescent
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
exacerbate
to make worse or more severe
fervent
greatly emotional or zealous
fortuitous
happening by accident or chance
germane
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
grandiloquence
pompous speech or expression
hackneyed
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
halcyon
calm and peaceful
hedonism
devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the peasures of the senses
hegemony
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
iconoclast
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
idolatrous
given to intense or excessive devotion to something
impassive
revealing no emotion
imperturbably
marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
implacable
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
impunity
immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate
in an initial stage; not fully formed
infelicitous
unfortunate; inappropriate
insipid
without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
loquacious
extremely talkative
luminous
characterized by brighthness and the emission of light
malevolent
having or showing often vissious ill will, spite, or hatred
malleable
capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
mendacity
the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
meticulous
characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
misanthrope
one who hates all other humans
mitigate
to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
obdurate
unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
obsequious
exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
occlude
to obstruct or block
opprobrium
disgrace; contempt; scorn
pedagogy
the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
pedantic
the parading of learning; excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules
penury
poverty; destitution
pervasive
having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
pine
to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
pirate
to illegally use or reproduce
pith
the essential or central part
pithy
precise and brief
placate
to appease; to calm by making concessions
platitude
a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful
plummet
to plunge or drop straight down
polemical
controversial; argumentative
prodigal
recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish
profuse
given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
proliferate
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
queries
questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
querulous
prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish
rancorous
characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
recalcitrant
obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
repudiate
to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
rescind
to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
reverent
marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
rhetoric
the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
salubrious
promoting health or well-being
solvent
able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
specious
seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
spurious
lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
subpoena
a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
succinct
brief; concise
superfluous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
surfeit
an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
tenacity
the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination
tenuous
having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
tirade
a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
transient
fleeting; passing quickly; brief
zealous
fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause
acerbic
having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
aggrandize
to increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige
alchemy
a midieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
amenable
agreeable; responsive to suggestion
anachronism
something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
astringent
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue
contiguous
sharing a border; touching; adjacent
convention
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
credulous
tending to believe too redily; gullible
cynicism
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
decorum
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
derision
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
desiccate
to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the ar ts or a branch of knowledge
disparage
to slight or belittle
divulge
to disclose something secret
fawn
to flatter or priase excessively
flout
to show contempt for, as in rule or convention
garrulous
pointlessly talkative, talking too much
glib
marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
hubris
overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
imminent
about to happen; impending
immutable
not capable of change
impetuous
hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
indifferent
having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
inimical
damaging; harmful; injurious
intractable
not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
intrepid
steadfast and courageous
laconic
using few words; terse
maverick
an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
mercurial
characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
mollify
to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
neophyte
a recent convert; a beginner; novice
obfuscate
to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
obstinate
stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
ostentatious
characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy
pervade
to permeate throughout
phlegmatic
calm; sluggish; unemotional
plethora
an overabundance; a surplus
pragmatic
practical rather than idealistic
presumptuous
overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties
pristine
purel uncorrupted; clean
probity
adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
proclivity
a natural predisposition or inclination
profligate
excessively wasteful; reclessly extravagant
propensity
a natural inclination or tendency, penchant
prosaic
dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
pungent
characterized by a smtrong, sharp, smell or taste
quixotic
foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
quotidian
occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
rarefy
to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
recondite
hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
refulgent
radiant; shiny; brilliant
renege
to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
sedulous
diligent; persistent; hard-working
shard
a piece of broken pottery or glass
soporific
causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
sparse
thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
subtle
not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
tacit
implied; not explicitly stated
terse
brief and concise in wording
tout
to publicly praise or promote
trenchant
sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
unfeigned
genuine; not false or hypocritical
untenable
indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
vacillate
to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another; waver
variegated
multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
vexation
annoyance; irritation
vigilant
alertly watchful
vituperate
to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate
volatile
readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive