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punctilious
marked by precise accordance with details
pundit
an expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public
purvey
supply with provisions
pusillanimous
showing a lack of courage or determination; timid
quell
suppress or crush completely
overcome or allay
quiescent
in a state or period of inactivity or dormancy
quixotic
not sensible about practical matters, unrealistic
quotidian
found in the ordinary course of events
rabble
a disorderly crowd of people
disparaging terms for the common people
raffish
unconventional and slightly disreputable, esp. in an attractive manner
ramify
form branches or offshoots; spread or branch out
rancorous
showingg deep-seated resentment
rapacious
aggressively greedy or grasping
rarefy
-weaken the consistency of
-make more subtle or refined
-lessen the density or solidity of
rebuff
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt or ungracious manner
recalcitrant
marked by stubborn resistance to authority
recidivism
habitual relapse into crime
recondite
difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
redoubtable
inspiring fear
having or worthy of pride
refractory
-stubborn or unmanageable
-resistant to a process or stimulus
refulgent
shining brightly
regale
entertain or amuse (someone) with talk
regicide
the act of killing a king
relegate
consign or dismiss to an inferior rank or position
remonstrate
make a forcefully reproachful protest
repast
a meal
reprobate
an unprincipled person
repudiate
refuse to accept or be associated with
requite
make appropriate return for (a favor or service); reward
restive
unable to keep still or silent and becoming increasingly difficult to control, esp. because of impatience, dissatisfaction; or boredom
reticent
not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily
rubric
a heading on a document
sagacious
having or showing ken mental discernment and good judgment; shrewd
salacious
(of writing, pictures, or talk) treating sexual matters in an indecent way and typically conveying undue interest in or enjoyment of the subject
salient
most noticeable or important
salubrious
health-giving; healthy
salutary
(esp. with reference to something unwelcome or unpleasant) producing good effects; beneficial
sanctimony
the quality of being hypocritically devout
sanguine
cheerfully optimistic
sate
satisfy (a desire or an appetite) to the full
saturnine
(of a person or their manner) slow and gloomy
savant
someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
scabbard
a sheath for a sword or dagger or bayonet
sedulous
marked by care and persistent effort
seminal
containing seeds of later development
sententious
given to moralizing in a pompous or affected manner
serrated
notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apex
shard
a broken piece of a brittle artifact
shunt
implant consisting of a tube made of plastic or rubber; for draining fluids within the body
sinuous
curved or curving in and out
skiff
any of various small boats propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor
slake
cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water
make less active or intense
satisfy (thirst)
sodden
thoroughly wet
somatic
affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
sophistry
a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone
sordid
involving ignoble actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt
specious
superficially plausible, but actually wrong
splenetic
very irritable
splice
joint made by overlapping two end and joining them together
a junction where two things have been joined together
squalid
(of a place) extremely dirty and unpleasantg, esp. as a result of poverty or neglect
stentorian
(of a person's voice) loud and powerful
stolid
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
stygian
dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades
hellish
stymie
a thwarting and distressing situation
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
suborn
bribe or otherwise induce (someone) to commit an unlawful act such as perjury
subsume
consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
contain or include
succor
assistance in time of difficulty
help in a difficult situation
summarily
without delay; in a summary manner
sundry
miscellaneous unspecified objects
supercilious
behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others
supine
offering no resistance
lying face upward
suppliant
one praying humbly for something
supplicate
ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer
surfeit
eating until excessively full
the quality of being so overabundant that prices fall
sycophant
a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
tamp
press down tightly
tangential
of superficial relevance if any
tautology
useless repetition
a statement that is necessarily true
tawdry
cheap and shoddy
tenuous
having little substance or significance
very thin in gauge or diameter
torpid
slow and apathetic
tout
one who sells advice about gambling or speculation
someone who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way
tractable
readily reacting to suggestions and influences
trenchant
vigorous or incisive in expression or style
truculence
obstreperous and defiant aggressiveness
turbid
clouded as with sediment
turgid
swollen and distended or congested
(of language or style) tediously pompous or bombastic
turpitude
a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice
tyro
someone new to a field or activity
untoward
unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient
urbane
(of a person, esp. a man) suave, courtous, and refined in manner
vagary
an unexpected and inexplicable change in something
venal
capable of being corrupted
veracity
conformity to facts; accuracy
verisimilitude
the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
verve
an energetic style
vilify
spread negative information about
virago
a large strong and aggressive woman
a noisy or scolding or domineering woman
virulent
infectious
harsh or corrosive in tone
visceral
obtained through intuition rathr than from reasoning or observation
vitiate
take away the legal force of or render ineffective
make imperfect
vituperate
spread negative information about