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aberrant
adj. deviating from the norm
alacrity
n. eager and enthusiastic willingness
anomaly
n. deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
approbation
n. an expression of approval or praise
assuage
v. to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
audacious
adj. daring and fearless; recklessly bold
capricious
adj. inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
censure
v. to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chicanery
n. trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
n. an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
discordant
adj. conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
adj. fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
eloquent
adj. well-spoken; expressive; articulate
enervate
v. to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ennui
n. dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate
v. to use ambiguious language with a deceptive intent
exculpate
v. exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent
adj. urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
filibuster
n. intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
ingenuous
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
inured
adj. accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
adj. easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
laud
v. to praise highly
magnanimity
n. the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
martial
adj. associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
adj. of the world; typical or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
adj. coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous
adj. vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
neologism
n. a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of senses
noxious
adj. harmful; injurious
obtuse
adj. lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate
v. to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous
adj. troubling; burdensome
parody
n. a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
perennial
adj. recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfunctory
adj. cursory; done without care or interest
prattle
v. to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
prescience
n. foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
prevaricate
v. to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
refute
v. to disprove; to successfully argue against
relegate
v. to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
solicitous
adj. concerned and attentive; eager
sporadic
adj. occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
static
adj. not moving, active or in motion; at rest
stupefy
v. to stun, baffle, or amaze
tortuous
adj. winding; twisting; excessively complicated
truculent
adj. fierce and cruel; eager to fight
voracious
adj. having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
waver
v. to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion