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abscond
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide; run from the law
a: abide
ameliorate
to make better/more tolerable
A: exacerbate
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp as an act of religious devotion
A: gluttonous/self-indulgent
austere
without adornment; bare; severely simple
axiom
a universally recognized principle; adage
axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic or rural areas and their inhabitants
canonical
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
A: unorthodoxed
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement; belligerent
A: passive
culpable
deserving blame
disabuse
to set right; to free from falsehood
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
ephemeral
brief/fleeting/momentary; living for a day
a: eternal
erudite
very learned; scholarly
A:ignorant
extemporaneous
improvised; done without prep
facetious
playful; humorous
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce/vilify
A; praise
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, often used in a figure of speech "this book weighs a ton"
lucid
clear; easily understood
oscillation
uninterrupted rythm; the act of winging to and fro
paean
a song or humn of praise and thanksgiving
penurious
cheap; penny pinching; ungenerous
perfidy
intentional breech of faith; treachery; disloyalty
pernicious
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
perspicacious
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment; observant
A: oblivious
pious
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
precipitate (V)
to cause or happen before anticipated or required
precipitate (A)
acting with excessive haste
precursor
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
predilection
a disposition in favor of something; preference
prolific
producing large columes or amounts; productime
quiscence
stillness; motionlessness (static) quality of being at rest
recant
to retract, exp a previously held belief
redoubtable
awe inspiring; worthy of honor
reticent
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
sordid
characterized by filth, grime
"a sordid affair"
squalid
sordid; wretched and dirty from neglect
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
stoic
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
stymie
to block; thwart
A:
supplant
to take the place of; supersede
synthesis
the combination of parts to make whole
torpid
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
torque
a force that causes rotation
ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time; sonstantly encountered widespread
veracity
truthfulness/honesty
vilify
to defame; the characterize harshly
virulent
extremely harmful