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abscond
v to depart clandestinely, to steal off and hide
aberrant
a deviating from the norm
alacrity
n eager and enthusiastic willingness
anomaly
n deviation from the normal order, form, or rule, abnormality
arduous
n strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort
approbation
an expression of approval or praise
assuage
v to ease or lessen, to appease or pacify
audacious
a daring and fearless, recklessly bold
austere
a without adornment, bare severely simple, ascetic
axiomatic
a taken as a given, possessing self-evident truth
canonical
a following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
capricious
a inclined to change one's mind impulsively, erratic, unpredictable
censure
v to criticize severely, to officially rebuke
chicanery
n trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
n an informed and astute judge in matters of taste, expert
convoluted
a complex or complicated
diabuse
v to undecieve, to set right
discordant
a conflicting, dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
a fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery
n extreme boldness, presumtuousness
eloquent
a well-spoken, expressive, articulate
enervate
v to weaken, to reduce in vitality
ennui
n dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate
v to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
erudite
a very learned, scholarly
exculpate
v exonerate, to clear of blame
exigent
a urgent, pressing, requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous
a improvised, done without preparation
filibuster
n intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate
v to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous
a artless, frank and candid, lacking in sophistication
inured
a accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
a easily angered, prone to tempermental outbursts
laud
v to praise highly
lucid
a clear, easily understood
magnanimity
n the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
martial
a associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
a of the world, typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
a coming into being, in early developmental stages
nebulous
a vague, cloudy, lacking clearly defined form
neologism
n a new word, expression, or usage, the creation or use of new words or senses
noxious
a harmful, injurious
obtuse
a lacking sharpness of intellect, not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate
v to anticipate and make unneccessary
onerous
a troubling, burdensome
paean
n a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody
n a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
perennial
a recurrent through the year or many years, happening repeatedly
perfidy
n intentional breach of faith, treachery
prefunctory
a cursory, done without care or interest
perspicacious
a acutely perceptive, having keen discernment
prattle
v to babble meaninglessly, to talk in an emtpy and idle manner
precipitate
a acting with excessive haste or impulse
precipitate
n to cause or happen before anticipated or required
predilection
n a disposition in favor of something, preference
prescience
n forknowledge of events, knowing of events prior to their occuring
prevaricate
v to deliberately avoid the truth, to mislead
qualms
n misgivings, reservations, causes for hesitancy
recant
v to retract, esp. a previously held belief
refute
to disprove, to successfully argue against
relegate
v to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
reticent
a quiet, reserved, reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous
a concerned and attentive, eager
sordid
a characterized by filth and grime, squalor, foul
sporadic
a occuring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
static
a not moving, active or in motion, at rest
squander
v to waste by spening or using irresponsibly
stupefy
v to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
v to block, thwart
synthesis
n the combination of parts to make a whole
torque
n a force that causes rotation
tortuous
a winding, twisting, excessively complicated
truculent
a fierce and cruel, eager to fight
veracity
n truthfulness, honesty
virulent
a extremely harmful or poisonous, bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
a having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit, ravenous
waver
v to move to and fro, to sway, to be unsettled in opinion