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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, uninterupted 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 devout; showing strong religious devotion
precipitate
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 ro using irresponsibly
stoic
adj
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
stymie
v
to block; thward
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