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scurrilous
containing obscenities, abuse, or slander; using or given to coarse language
sedulous
involving or accomplished with careful perseverance: diligent in application or pursuit
sententious
terse, aphoristic, or moralistic in expression, pithy; given to or abounding in aphoristic expression
silage
fodder converted into succulent feed for livestock through processes of anaerobic acid fermentation
sinuous
marked by strong lithe movements; intricate, complex
slake
satisfy, quench
solipsism
theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing
solvent
something that eliminates or attenuates something especially unwanted; something that provides a solution
specious
having a false look of truth or genuineness; having deceptive attraction or allure
splenetic
marked by bad temper, malevolence, or spite
stanch
to stop the flow of blood from (a wound); to stop or check in its course
stentorian
extremely loud
stolid
having or expressing little or no sensibility; unemotional
stanch
to stop the flow of blood from (a wound); to stop or check in its course
striated
Marked or characterized by striæ, furrowed, streaked
stymie
to present an obstacle to : stand in the way of
succor
relief; something that furnishes relief
sundry
miscellanious, various
supercilious
coolly and patronizingly haughty
supine
exhibiting indolent or apathetic inertia or passivity; especially : mentally or morally slack
tamp
to put a check on; reduce, lessen
tautology
needless repetition of an idea, statement, or word
teetotal
total, complete; relating to the principle or practice of complete abstinence from alcoholic drinks
temerity
unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger or opposition; rashness, recklessness
tenuous
having little substance or strength, flimsy, weak
termagant
an overbearing or nagging woman; overbearing, shrewish
tortuous
marked by repeated twists, bends, or turns; marked by devious or indirect tactics, crooked, tricky
torpid
lacking in energy or vigor, apathetic, dull
touchstone
a fundamental or quintessential part or feature; a test or criterion for determining the quality or genuineness of a thing
traduce
expose to shame or blame by means of falsehood and misrepresentation; violate, betray
trenchant
vigorously effective and articulate <a trenchant analysis>; caustic; keen, sharp
truculent
feeling or displaying ferocity, cruel, savage; deadly, destructive
turgid
excessively embellished in style or language; bombastic, pompous; swollen, bloated
turpitude
inherent baseness, depravity
tutelary
having the guardianship of a person or a thing (diety
ubiquitous
existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered
umbrage
resentment; anger; sense of injury or insult
undulate
to rise and fall in volume, pitch, or cadence; to present a wavy appearance
untoward
unruly, intractible; adverse, unpropitious; improper, indecorous
upbraid
to criticize severely : find fault with; to reproach severely : scold vehemently
vagary
caprice, whim
vaunt
brag, boast
venal
originating in, characterized by, or associated with corrupt bribery; mercenary
veneer
a thin sheet of a material; a superficial or deceptively attractive appearance, display, or effect
verdant
green in tint or color; green with growing plants; unripe in experience or judgment
vertiginious
characterized by vertigo
vicissitude
the quality of being changeable, mutability; a favorable or unfavorable event that occurs by chance, a fluctuation of state or condition; a difficulty or hardship attendant on the way of life
vitiate
to make faulty or defective; to debase in moral or aesthetic status
vitriol
something felt to resemble vitriol especially in caustic quality; especially : virulence of feeling or of speech
virago
A man-like, vigorous, and heroic woman; a female warrior; an amazon
visceral
not intellectual; dealing with crude or elemental emotions; instinctive; unreasoning
vitiate
to make faulty or defective; to debase in moral or aesthetic status
vituperate
to use harsh condemnatory language, scold
volubility
characterized by ready or rapid speech, glib, fluent
waggery
mischievous merriment
welter
to rise and fall or toss about in or with waves; to be in turmoil
winnow
to remove (as chaff) by a current of air; separate, sift
heuristic
involving or serving as an aid to learning, discovery, or problem-solving by experimental and especially trial-and-error methods
coterie
an intimate and often exclusive group of persons with a unifying common interest or purpose
execration
the act of cursing or denouncing; also : the curse so uttered; an object of curses : something detested
hegemony
preponderant influence or authority over others
diaspora
the breaking up and scattering of a people; people settled far from their ancestral homelands
mimetic
relating to, characterized by, or exhibiting mimicry
opiate
something that induces rest or inaction or quiets uneasiness
dirge
a song or hymn of grief or lamentation; especially : one intended to accompany funeral or memorial rites
chimerical
existing only as the product of unchecked imagination : fantastically visionary or improbable
affectation
the act of taking on or displaying an attitude or mode of behavior not natural to oneself or not genuinely felt
vapid
lacking liveliness, tang, briskness, or force
congenial
existing or associated together harmoniously; having the same nature, disposition, or tastes, kindred
potentate
one who wields great power or sway
refectory
dining hall (as in a monastery or college)
factious
of or relating to faction; caused by faction
votary
a devout or zealous worshiper; a staunch believer or advocate
stultify
to impair, invalidate, or make ineffective; to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical; to allege or prove to be of unsound mind and hence not responsible
perfidy
the quality or state of being faithless or disloyal, treachery
enthymeme
argument based on merely probable grounds; a rhetorical argument as distinguished from a demonstrative one.
excoriate
to censure scathingly; wear off the skin of : abrade
esurient
hungry, greedy
tyro
a beginner in learning, novice
novitiate
the period or state of being a novice; a house where novices are trained; a novice
mainstay
a chief support
proselyte
a new convert
mordant
biting and caustic in thought, manner, or style
ribald
characterized by or using coarse indecent humor
ersatz
being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation
mendacious
given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth
periphrasis
use of a longer phrasing in place of a possible shorter form of expression
prolix
marked by or using an excess of words; drawn out
pertinacious
stubborn; persistant
reintent
resisting constraint or compulsion; recalcitrant
laconic
using or involving the use of a minimum of words : concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious
recreant
unfaithful to duty or allegiance
enervate
lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor; to reduce the mental or moral vigor of
abnegation
denial, especially self-denial
oppugn
to fight against; to call into question
flag
to become unsteady, feeble, or spiritless b : to decline in interest or attraction
pith
the essential part, core; importance
halcyon
calm, peaceful
lugubrious
exaggeratedly or affectedly mournful
halcyon
calm, peaceful
tenacious
persistent in maintaining or adhering to something valued or habitual