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alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
"Right away!"
approbation
expression of approval or praise
syn, panegyric
axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
"Well, duh!"
capricious
inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
99% of celebrities are this
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
While it was annoying, no one was really surprised that she employed chicanery to get her promotion.
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
audacity
enervate
to weaken; to reduce in vitality
His presence enervated her.
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (adj, equivocal)
The constituency is getting really tired of politicians' equivocal statements.
exculpate
to exonerate; to clear of blame
Lord Peter Wimsey exculpates the wrongly accused in many of Dorothy Sayers' mysteries.
exigent
urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
He called an ambulance because of his younger brother's exigent injury.
extemporaneous
improvised; done without preparation
ex-outside of; temp-time
filibuster
intentional obstruction, especially using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
The Senate's constant filibusters are getting a little ridiculous.
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
When the boss was fulminated by several employees, the district manager had to get involved.
ingenuous
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication; disingenuous: withholding information or insincere
His manner may be ingenuous, but his poetry is sublime.
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
Though she wanted a better life, she was inured to her codependent relationship.
irascible
easily angered; prone to tempermental outbursts
We were glad when he went into the navy because of his irascible temperament.
magnanimity
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, especially in forgiving
The author Robin Hardy creates memorable characters who are often marked by their touching magnanimity.
nascent
coming into being; in early developmental stages
It is always exciting to see the nascent phase of a worthwile project.
neologism
a new word, expression or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
neo-new; logos-word; ism-the state of
noxious
harmful, injurious
The entertainment turned into a noxious disaster.
obtuse
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression.
Martha remarked: "She's a little obtuse, no?"
Billy glanced at Martha momentarily, and then brightened. "Oh, you mean she' no' the brightes' cray-on in the box, now, donchye?"
obviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary
Because she was suspicious of the dilapidated vehicle, she stayed well away from it and in doing so obviated any braking or swerving.
perennial
recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
Terri was getting sick of her perennial illnesses.
perfidy
intentional breach of faith; treachery
His signing the contract with no intention of paying was an act of perfidy.
perspicacious
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment (noun: perspicacity)
Because Elena warned the manager that the patron was carrying a weapon, they were able to alert the police. When asked how she knew, Elena described his manner, proving her amazingly perspicacious.
predilection
preference
My predilection is Mexican food and small, limited government.
prescience
foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occuring (adj: prescient)
While weather prediction is getting better, it's still a long shot from anything resembling prescient.
solicitous
concerned and attentive; eager
Her solicitous manner really annoyed him.
stymie
to block or thwart
Where are all the good TV shows, where the hero would stymie the criminal before anything bad could happen?
torque
a force that causes rotation
If you take a physics class, you will learn all about the torque force.
tortuous
winding, twisting; excessively complicated
My grad school application is a tortuous nine-step process, replete with no less than three separate essays, a GRE score, a long application, two recommendations, all transcripts of any college ever attended, a quasi-optional interview and, of course, a check.
truculent
fierce and cruel; eager to fight
His issues with his father made him a very truculent little boy.
veracity
truthfulness, honesty
Veracity is relatively easy to establish in most cases.
avarice
greed
His avarice is affecting every aspect of his life.
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
While the bucolic countryside was not anything unexpected, it did still suprise Stacie with its pleasantness.
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
censure
caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
Her caustic remarks came near to ending the two-year relationship.
chary
wary; cautious; sparing
Her chary nature saved her a lot of trouble, but it also made her hard to get close to anyone.
cogent
appearing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
Will's cogent arguments could not simply be ignored. Everyone agreed that he deserved an answer.
complaisance
the willingness to comply wiht the wishes of others
Her complaisant nature made her very popular.
demur
to delay; to question or oppose (not to be confused with demure: affectedly shy)
I demurred the issue of student taxes.
emollient
soothing, especially to the skin
His touch was an emollient to my hand, but it was even more so to my heart.
empirical
based on observation or experiment
I have a professor who is trying to bring sociology up to an empirical science.
ephemeral
fleeting
So many aspects of life are ephemeral that it is sometimes hard to find what lasts.
gregarious
social, outgoing
From a very young age, she has always had a gregarious personality.
impecunious
lacking funds; without money
She wouldn't always be in such an impecunious state if she would just exercise a little self-discipline.
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
similar to nascent
intransigent
refusing to compromise
The intransigent state of opposing political parties is becoming warisome to everybody.
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery
While we would like to think that most businesses are honest, the FTC and BBB are finding that more and more companies are inveigling profits at the expense of their customers as well as their employees.
penurious
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
As a server at a restaurant frequented by seniors, it was sometimes hard to remember that bad tips were not an insult--it was from a penurious Depression-era generation that didn't know it needed to change.
pernicious
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
"How many experimental drugs are pernicious?" Alice asked, eyeing the advertisement for a diabetes study.
prodigious
abundant in size, force or extent; extraordinary
His intellect was prodigious, as he was accepted into a Korean physics university program at age eight.
quaff
to drink deeply
Beowulf and football games have one (of many) things in common: they both involve quaffing large amounts of beer.
quiescence
stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
Her quiescence indicated something was wrong.
redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
It had been a long time since anyone in that town saw such a redoubtable action.
torpid
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
"Why is he so torpid?" Kim frowned. "Did you see how much beer he drank?" Jimmy replied. "Oh."
ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; wide-spread
The recession was not local; it was a ubiquitous phenomenon.
urbane
sophisticated; refined; elegant
Darcy put off an urbane air.
viscous
thick; sticky
The viscosity of the play-dough made Marie wonder what she did wrong.
acumen
keen, accurate judgment or insight
Some people say I have an acumen with literature, but I'm not so sure about that.