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abscond
v. to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
ameliorate
v. to make better or more tolerable
arduous
adj. strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort
ascetic
n. one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
austere
adj. without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
axiom
n. a universally recognized principle
axiomatic
adj. taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
bucolic
adj. rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
canonical
adj. following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
contentious
adj. argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
convoluted
adj. complex or complicated
culpable
adj. deserving blame
disabuse
v. to undeceive; to set right
eclectic
adj. composed of elements drawn from various sources
effrontery
n. extreme boldness; presumptuousness
ephemeral
adj. brief; fleeting
erudite
adj. very learned; scholarly
eulogy
n. a speech honoring the dead
extemporaneous
adj. improvised; done without preparation
facetious
adj. playful; humorous
fulminate
v. to loudly attack or denounce
hyperbole
n. an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
lucid
adj. clear; easily understood
oscillation
n. the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
paean
n. a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
penurious
adj. penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
perfidy
n. intentional breach of faith; treachery
pernicious
adj. extremely harmful; potentially causing death
perspicacious
adj. acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
pious
adj. extremely reverent or devoted; showing strong religious devotion
precipitate (adj.)
adj. acting with excessive haste or impulse
precipitate (v.)
to cause or happen before anticipated or required
precursor
n. one that precedes and indicates or announces another
predilection
n. a disposition in favor of something; preference
prolific
adj. producing large volumes or amounts; productive
qualms
n. misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
quiescence
n. stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
recant
v. to retract; esp. a previously held belief
redoubtable
adj. awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
reticent
adj. quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
satire
n. a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
sordid
adj. characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
squalid
adj. sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
squander
v. to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
stoic
adj. indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
stymie
v. to block; thwart
supplant
v. to take the place of; supersede
synthesis
n. the combination of parts to make a whole
torpid
adj. lethargic; sluggish; dormant
torque
n. a force that causes rotation
ubiquitous
adj. existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
veracity
n. truthfulness; honesty
vilify
v. to defame; to characterize harshly
virulent
adj. extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic