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aggrandize
v. to increase in intensity, power, or prestige
alchemy
n. a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
anachronism
n. something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
astringent
adj. having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe
contiguous
adj. sharing a border; touching; adjacent
convention
n. a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
cynicism
n. an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
decorum
n. polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
derision
n. scorn, ridicule, contemptuous behavior
desiccate
v. to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
dilettante
n. one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
disparage
v. to slight or belittle
divulge
v. to disclose something secret
immutable
adj. not capable of change
inimical
adj. damaging; harmful; injurious
intractable
adj. not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
neophyte
n. a recent convert; a beginner; novice
presumptuous
adj. overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties
pristine
adj. pure; uncorrupted; clean
probity
adj. adherence to highest principles; uprightness
proclivity
n. a natural predisposition or inclination
profligate
adj. excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
propensity
n. a natural inclination or tendency, penchant
prosaic
adj. dull; unimaginative
pungent
adj. characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
quixotic
adj. foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
quotidian
adj. occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
rarefy
v. to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
recondite
adj. hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
refulgent
adj. radiant; shiny; brilliant
renege
v. to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
shard
n. a piece of broken pottery or glass
sparse
adj. thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
spendthrift
n. one who spends money wastefully
subtle
adj. not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
tacit
adj. implied; not explicitly stated
terse
adj. brief and concise in wording
tout
v. to publicly praise or promote
trenchant
adj. sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
unfeigned
adj. genuine; not false or hypocritical
untenable
adj. indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
vacillate
v. to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another; waver
variegated
adj. multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
vexation
n. annoyance; irriation
vigilant
adj. alertly watchful
vituperative
v. to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure abusively; berate
volatile
adj. readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive