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acumen
n keen, accurate judgement or insight
adulterate
v to reduce purity by combining with inferior elements
amalgamate
v to combine several elements into a whole
archaic
a outdated, associated with an earlier, perhaps primitive time
aver
v to state as a fact, to declare or assert
bolster
v to provide support or reinforcement
bombastic
a pompous, grandiloquent
diatribe
n a harsh denounciation
dissemble
v to disguise or conceal, to mislead
eccentric
a departing from norms or convention
endemic
a characteristic of or often found in a particular region, locality, or people
evanescent
a tending to disappear like vapor, vanishing
exacerbate
v to make worse or more severe
fervent
a greatly emotional or zealous
fortuitous
a happening by accident or chance
acumen
n keen, accurate judgement or insight
adulterate
v to reduce purity by combining with inferior elements
amalgamate
v to combine several elements into a whole
archaic
a outdated, associated with an earlier, perhaps primitive time
aver
v to state as a fact, to declare or assert
bolster
v to provide support or reinforcement
bombastic
a pompous, grandiloquent
diatribe
n a harsh denounciation
dissemble
v to disguise or conceal, to mislead
eccentric
a departing from norms or convention
endemic
a characteristic of or often found in a particular region, locality, or people
evanescent
a tending to disappear like vapor, vanishing
exacerbate
v to make worse or more severe
fervent
a greatly emotional or zealous
fortuitous
a happening by accident or chance
germane
a relevant to the subject at hand, appropriate in subject matter
grandiloquence
n pompous speech or expression
hackneyed
a rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
halycon
a calm and peaceful
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
idolatrous
a given to intense or excessive devotion to something
impassive
a revealing no emotion
imperturbable
a marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
implacable
a not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
impunity
n immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate
a in an initial stage, not fully formed
infelicitous
a unfortunate, innappropriate
insipid
a without taste or flavor, lacking in spirit, bland
loquacious
a extremely talkative
luminous
a characterized by brightness and the emission of light
malevolent
a having or showing often vicious ill will, spite or hatred
malleable
a capable of being shaped or formed, tractable, pliable
mendacity
n the condition of being untruthful, disthonesty
meticulous
a characterized by extreme care and precision, attentive to detail
misanthrope
n one who hates all other humans
mitigate
v to make or become less severe or intense, to moderate
obdurate
a unyielding, hardhearted, intractable
obsequious
a exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
occlude
v to obstruct or block
opprobrium
n disgrace, contempt, scorn
pedagogy
n the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
pendantic
a overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education, show-offish about one's knowledge
penury
n poverty, destitution
pervasive
a having the tendancy to permeate or spread throughout
pine
v to yearn intensely, to languish, to lose vigor
pirate
v to illegally use or reproduce
pith
n the essential or central part
pithy
a 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
polemical
a controversial, argumentative
prodigal
a recklessly wasteful, extravagant, profuse, lavish
proliferate
v to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
queries
n questions, inquiries, doubts in the mind, reservations
querulous
a prone to complaining or grumbling, peevish
rancorous
a characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
recalcitrant
a 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
a marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
rhetoric
n the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
salubrious
a promoting health or well-being
solvent
a able to meet financial obligations, able to dissolve another substance
specious
a seeming true, but actually being fallacious, misleadingly attractive, plausible but false
spurious
a lacking authenticity or validity, false, counterfeit
subpoena
n a court order requiring appearance and or testimony
succinct
a brief, concise
superfluous
a exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
surfeit
n/v an overbundant supply, excess, to feed or supply to excess
tenacity
n the quality of adherance or persistence to something valued, persistent determination
tenuous
a having little substance or strength, flimsy, weak
tirade
n a long and extremely critical speech, a harsh denunciation
transient
a fleeting, passing quickly, brief
zealous
a fervent, ardent, imassioned, devoted to a cause