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Impetuous
Marked by impulsive anger or violence, as in a hasty and forceful expression of anger
Lionize
v. To esteem highly, treat as if of high importance
Aesthetic
adj. Pertaining to beauty or to art
Commensurate
adj. Equal or in proper proportion
Cordial
adj. Courteous and gracious

While the neighbors were not friends particularly, they were always cordial to one another, greeting each other as they came in and out of their houses
Autonomy
n. Control over one's own person; the right of self-government, independence from outside governance
Temestuous
adj. Stormy
Bequest
That which is left by will, esp. personal property; a legacy; also, a gift
Penury
n. State of extreme poverty.

Jobless, and facing many expensive medical bills, Maria found herself in a state of hardship and penury.
Sanction
v. Allow, approve, endorse
Overwrought
adj. Overworked; overexcited
Ameliorate
v. To improve`
Blasphemy
n. An indignity offered to a god in words or writing; speaking evil of a god
Supplicant
One who entreats or asks submissively
Peccadillo
n. Tiny fault; slight transgression
Chronic
adj. Long lasting or constant, typically used in a negative sense
Sybarite
Person devoted to luxury and pleasure
Largess
n. A generous gift; generosity and tendency to give
Colloquial
adj. Pertaining to, or used in, conversation, especially common and familiar conversation
Conviction
n. Strong belief; a proof or decision of guilt in a courtroom setting
Rectify
v. To make or set right; to correct from a wrong
Aberration
n. Something not normally expected; a deviation
Clamorous
adj. Loud and noisy, perhaps in protest
Cede
v. To yield or surrender; to give up; to resign
Fallible
adj. Liable to err or to be mistaken
Realpolitik
n. Politics based on practical matters, not ethical principles
Eddy
n. A current of water or air moving in a circular direction; a whirlpool
Malfeasance
n. Evil conduct; an illegal deed
Obtrude
v. To thrust impertinently; to present without warrant or solicitation
Demagogue
n. Someone who appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the poeple in an attempt to gain power
Staid
Sober; grave; sedate
Catholic
adj. Universal or general; not narrow-minded
Trepidation
n. Fear, trembling, apprehensiveness

As the day of his first trial approached, the young lawyer felt growing trepidation about how he would perform before a judge and a jury
Hedonist
n. One who indulges in pleasure
Invective
n. Abusive, insulting language
Buoyant
adj. Tending to rise or float; lighthearted; cheerful
Aplomb
n. Composure and self-assurance
Timorous
adj. Fearful of danger; timid; deficient in courage

The lion, who was known to be timorous, hoped the wizard could help him become more courageous
Stolid
adj. Showing little emotion, impassive
Derogatory
adj. Insulting, negative, intended to lower the repuation of
Ungainly
adj. Clumsy, awkward
Nepotism
n. Favoritism shown to family (especially in politics or business)
Ductile
Easily led; tractable; complying; yielding to motives, persuasion, or instruction; capable of being drawn out
Knotty
Something difficult or intricate
Suffused
Filled or covered by something; overspread with
Captious
adj. At or disposed to find fault
Moratorium
n. A hiatus or pause; a period during which an obligor has a legal right to delay meeting an obligation
Consternation
Dismay. Sudden amazement or dread that results in confusion
Sinecure
n. Office or appointment that requires little responsibility
Vitriol
n. Sharpness or bitterness of feeling
Clemency
n. Forgiveness; mercy; the disposition to treat softly
Middling
adj. Average, mediocre
Provisional
adj. Temporary, providing for a temporary need
Haughty
adj. Excessively proud; arrogant
Loquacious
adj. Given to continual talking
Unencumbered
adj. Without burden, free
Convoluted
adj. Containing many folds, bends, and/or twists
Preordained
adj. Decreed beforehand
Bulwark
n. A rampart; a fortification; that which defends an enemy attack

The castle's deep moat and imposing walls proved an effective bulwark against the enemies.
Aver
v. To declare true; to assert with confidence.

Many athletes aver that success in their sport requires mental and physical conditioning.
Facile
adj. Easily done; overly simplistic
Savant
n. A man of learning; one versed in literature or science