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Abscond
verb; to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
Aberrant
adjective; deviating from the norm (noun form: aberration)
Alacrity
noun; eager and enthusiastic willingness
Anomaly
noun; deviation from the normal order, rule, or form; abnormality (adj. form: anomalous)
Approbation
noun; an expression of approval or praise
Arduous
adjective; strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort
Assuage
verb; to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
Austere
adjective; without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic (noun form: austerity)
axiomatic
adjective; taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth (noun form: axiom)
canonical
adjective; following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards (noun form: canon)
capricious
adjective; inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
censure
verb; to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chicanery
noun; trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
noun; an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
convoluted
adjective; complex or complicated
disabuse
verb; to undeceive, to set right
discordant
adjective; conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
adjective; fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery
noun; extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eloquent
adjective; well-spoken; expressive; articulate (noun form: eloquence)
Enervate
verb; to weaken; to reduce in viability
Ennui
noun; dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
Equivocate
verb; to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (adjective form: equivocal)
Erudite
adjective; very learned; scholarly (noun form: erudition
Exculpate
verb; exonerate; to clear of blame
Exigent
adjective; urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
Extemporaneous
adjective; improvised; done without preparation
Filibuster
noun; intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
Fulminate
verb; to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous
adjective; artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
Inured
adjective; accustomed to accepting something undesirable
Irascible
adjective; easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
Laud
verb; to praise highly (adj. form: laudatory)
Lucid
adjective; clear; easily understood
Magnanimity
noun; the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving (adj form: magnanimous)
Martial
adjective; associated with war and the armed forces
Mundane
adjective; of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
Nascent
adjective; coming into being; in early developmental stages
Nebulous
adjective; vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
Neologism
noun; a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
Noxious
adjective; harmful, injurious
Obtuse
adjective; lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
Obviate
verb; to anticipate and make unnecessary
Onerous
adjective; troubling; burdensome
Paean
noun; a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
Parody
noun; a humerous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
Perennial
adjective; recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
Perfidy
noun; intentional breach of faith; treachery (adj form: perfidious)
Perfunctory
adjective; cursory; done without care or interest
Perspicacious
adjective; acutely perceptive; having keen discernment (noun form: perspicacity)
Prattle
verb; to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
Precipitate (adjective)
adjective; acting with excessive haste or impulse
Precipitate (verb)
verb; to or happen before anticipated or required
Predilection
noun; a disposition in favor of something; preference
Prescience
noun; foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occuring (adj. form: prescient)
Prevaricate
verb; to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
Qualms
noun; misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
Recant
verb; to retract, esp. a previously held belief
Refute
verb; to disprove; to successfully argue against
Relegate
verb; to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or question
Reticent
adjective; quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts or feelings
Solicitous
adjective; concerned and attentive; eager
Sordid
adjective; characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
Sporadic
adjective; occuring only occasionally; or in scattered instances
Squander
verb; to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
Static
adjective; not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
Stupefy
verb; to stun, baffle, or amaze
Stymie
verb; to block, thwart
Synthesis
noun; the combination of parts to make a whole (vern form: synthesis)
Torque
noun; a force that causes rotation
Tortuous
adjective; winding, twisting; excessively complicated
Truculent
adjective; fierce and cruel; eager to fight
Veracity
noun; truthfullness, honesty
Virulent
adjective; extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
Voracious
adjective; having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
Waver
verb; to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in an opinion