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acumen
n. quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
adulterate
v. to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
archaic
adj. outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
aver
v. to state as a fact; to confirm or support
dissemble
v. to disguise or conceal; to mislead
eccentric
adj. departing from norms or conventions
endemic
adj. characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
evanescent
adj. tending to disappear like vapor, vanishing
exacerbate
v. to make worse or more severe
grandiloquence
n. pompous speech or expression
hackneyed
adj. rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
hedonism
n. devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses
hegemony
n. the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
iconoclast
n. one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
impassive
adj. revealing no emotion
impunity
n. immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate
adj. is an initial stage; not fully formed
infelicitous
adj. unfortunate; inappropriate
insipid
adj. without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
loquacious
adj. extremely talkative
luminous
adj. characterized by brightness or the emission of light
malevolent
adj. having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
misanthrope
n. one who hates all other humans
mitigate
v. to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
occlude
v. to obstruct or block
pedagogy
n. the art or profession of training, teaching, or instructing
penury
n. poverty; destitution
pine
v. to yearn intensely for; to languish; to lose vigor
pith
n. the essential or central part
pithy
adj. precise and brief
placate
v. to appease; to calm by making concessions
platitude
n. a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful
plummet
v. to plunge or drop straight down
prodigal
adj. recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish
profuse
adj. given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
proliferate
v. to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
queries
n. questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
querulous
adj. prone to complaining or grumbling; quarrelsome
recalcitrant
adj. obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
repudiate
v. to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
rescind
v. to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
reverent
adj. marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
specious
adj. seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive
spurious
adj. lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
subpoena
n. a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
succinct
adj. brief; concise
superfluous
adj. exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
surfeit
v. excess; overindulgence
tenacity
n. the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued
tenuous
adj. having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
tirade
n. a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
transient
adj. fleeting; passing quickly; brief
zealous
adj. fervent; ardent; impassioned