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outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time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