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