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acerbic
a having a sour or bitter taste or character, sharp, biting
aggrandize
v to increase in intensity, power, influence or prestige
alchemy
n a medieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
amenable
a agreeable, responsive to suggestion
anachronism
n something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological content
astringent
a/n having a tightening effect on living tissue, harsh, severe
contiguous
a sharing a border, touching, adjacent
convention
n generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
credulous
a tending to believe too readily, gullible
cynacism
n an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
decorum
n polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
derision
n scorn, ridicule, contemtuous treatment
dilettante
n one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
disparage
v to slight or belittle
desiccate
v to dry out or dehydrate, to make dry or dull
divulge
v to disclose something secret
fawn
v to flatter or praise escessively
flout
v to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
garrulous
a pointlessly talkative, talking too much
glib
a marked by ease or informality, nonchalant, lacking in depth, superficial
hubris
n overbearing presumption or pride, arrogance
imminent
a about to happen, impending
immutable
a not capable of change
impetuous
a hastily or rashly energetic, impulsive or vehement
indifferent
a having no interest or concern, showing no bias or prejudice
inimical
a damaging, harmful, injurious
intractible
a not easily managed or directed, stubborn, obtstinate
intrepid
a steadfast and courageous
laconic
a using few words, terse
maverick
n an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
mercurial
a characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
mollify
v to calm or soothe, to reducy in emotional intensity
neophyte
n a recent convert, a beginner, novice
obstinate
a stubborn, hardheaded, uncompromising
ostentatious
a characterized by or given to pretentious display, showy
pervade
v to permeate throughout
phlegmatic
v calm, sluggish, unemotional
plethora
n an overbundance, a surplus
pragmatic
a practical rather than idealistic
presumtuous
a overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy), taking liberties
pristine
a pure, uncorrupted, clean
probity
n adherance to highest principles, complete and confirmed integrity, uprightness
proclivity
n a natural predisposition or inclination
profligate
a excessively wasteful, recklessly extravagant
propensity
n a natural inclination or tendency, penchant
prosaic
a dull, lacking in spirit or imagination
pungent
a characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
quixotic
a foolishly impractical, marked by lofty romantic ideals
quotidian
a occuring or recurring daily, commonplace
rarefy
v to make or become thin, less dense, to refine
recondite
a hidden, concealed, difficult to understand, obscure
refulgent
a radiant, shiny, brilliant
renege
v to fail to honor a commitment, to go back on a promise
sedulous
a diligent, persistent, hard-working
shard
n a piece of proken pottery or glass
soporific
a causing drowsiness, tending to induce sleep
sparse
a thin, not dense, arranged at widely spaced intervals
spendthrift
n one who spends money wastefully
subtle
a not obvious, elusive, difficult to discern
tacit
a implied, not explicitly stated
terse
a brief and concise in wording
tout
v to publicly praise or promote
trenchant
a sharply perceptive, keen, penetrating
unfeigned
a genuine, not false or hypocritical
untendable
a indefensible, not viable, uninhabitable
vacillate
v to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another, waver
variegated
a multicolored, characterized by a variety of patches of different color
vexation
n annoyance, irritation
vigilant
a alertly watchful
vituperate
v to use harsh condemnatory language, to abuse or censure severely or abusively, berate
volatile
a readily changing to a vapor, changable, fickle, explosive
terse
a brief and concise in wording
tout
v to publicly praise or promote
trenchant
a sharply perceptive, keen, penetrating
unfeigned
a genuine, not false or hypocritical
untendable
a indefensible, not viable, uninhabitable
vacillate
v to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another, waver
variegated
a multicolored, characterized by a variety of patches of different color
vexation
n annoyance, irritation
vigilant
a alertly watchful
vituperate
v to use harsh condemnatory language, to abuse or censure severely or abusively, berate
volatile
a readily changing to a vapor, changable, fickle, explosive
dilettante
n one with an amateurish or superficial interst in the arts or a branch of knowledge
obfuscate
v to deliberately obscure; to make confusing