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Unctuous
Excessively suave to the point of being fake, obviously exaggerated earnestness
Transcend
To surpass, pass beyond the limits
Provincial
Uncultured in thought and manner
Innuendo
Insinuation
Prerogative
An exclusive right or privilege held by a person or group
Decadence
A process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline
Intercede
To plead on someone else's behalf, to mediate an argument
Hackneyed
Greatly overused; trite
Petulant
Easily irritated, ill-tempered, peevish
Lurid
Causing shock or horror, grotesque
Expostulate
To reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct
Approbation
Formal or official approval; also, praise
Hiatus
A gap or interruption, break, interval
Meritorious
Deserving reward or praise
Simulate
Imitate
Coalition
Combination in a body or mass
Assuage
To cause to be less harsh, violent, or severe
Jaded
Worn out; wearied
Umbrage
Offense, resentment
Elicit
To educe or extract gradually or without violence
Lassitude
State of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness
Stringent
Imposing rigid standards of performance; Severe; Strict
Bombastic
Pompous in speech or writing
Permeate
To spread or diffuse through
Exhort
To urge by strong, argument, admonition, or advice
Interloper
One that interferes with the affairs of others, often for selfish reasons; a meddler
Callow
Immature, inexperienced
Precipitate
To cause to happen early or prematurely
Inveigh
To attack with harsh criticism
Drivel
Foolish talk or thinking, nonsense
Surmise
To conjecture, guess, to believe without certainty
Ex Officio
By virtue of office or position
Intrinsic
Inherent, relating to the essential nature of a thing
Epitome
A simplified representation, a summary
Ingratiate
To win confidence or good graces for oneself
Inveigh
To attack with harsh criticism
Enjoin
To instruct with authority; To forbid or prohibit
Acculturation
The adoption of behaviors from a surrounding society
Peculate
To embezzle funds or engage in embezzlement
Circuitous
Taking a roundabout, lengthy course
Inadvertent
Accidental, unintentional
Nominal
In name only; Insignificantly small, minor
Wheedle
To persuade by flattery or guile; cajole
Seditious
Trying to overthrow the government, subversive
Tenuous
Having little substance; flimsy
Expedite
To hasten the movement or progress of
Adventitious
Accidental, resulting from chance
Vitriolic
Bitterly scathing; Cruel and sarcastic
Ascribe
To assign as a quality or attribute
Expiate
To make amends for
Abominate
To detest or hate intensely
Commiserate
To feel or express sorrow or pity for; sympathize with
Sangfroid
Coolness and composure, especially in trying circumstances
Noncommittal
Not decisive; Unwilling to make a decision
Proclivity
A natural propensity or inclination; Tendency
Ferment
To make turbulent; excite or agitate
Reverberate
To resound in a succession of echoes
Sleazy
Shabby, dirty, and vulgar; Tawdry
Aura
Pervasive psychic influence supposed to emanate from persons
Amorphous
Without determinate shape
Aggrandize
To make something appear greater than it actually is; Exaggerate
Infer
To conclude from facts or premises
Irrevocable
Impossible to retract or take back
Retrench
To cut down or reduce in extent or quantity
Contraband
Prohibited, illegal, or forbidden
Repudiate
To refuse to have anything to do with; To reject
Insular
Narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
Scurrilous
Grossly indecent or vulgar; Foul-mouthed
Sedulous
Constantly working hard, busy, hard-working
Gossamer
Thin, light, delicate, flimsy
Remonstrate
To present and urge reasons in opposition; To protest
Affable
Easy to speak to; Friendly
Querulous
Habitually complaining, whining
Archetype
An ideal example; Model or quintessence
Propensity
An innate inclination; a tendency
Erudite
Characterized by extensive knowledge and book smarts
Resilient
Able to recover quickly; Able to return to an original form
Inscrutable
Difficult to understand or fathom
Nonplussed
In a state of perplexity, confusion, or bewilderment
Flout
To show dislike for; To mock
Tortuous
marked by repeated turns and bends
Prosaic
Commonplace and dull, lacking imagination
Unwieldy
Moved or managed with difficulty, as from great size or awkward shape
Sear
To burn or char on the surface
Censurable
Deserving of blame or censure
Novice
A beginner in any occupation or activity that requires skill
Collate
To examine and compare carefully in order to note points of disagreement
Evanescent
Fleeting or passing away quickly
Gauntlet
An onslaught or attack from all sides; A protective glove from medieval times
Cupidity
An eager or excessive desire to possess; Greed
Politic
Prudent and shrewd in practical ways
Inculcate
To teach by repetition
Implicit
Implied, rather than openly stated
Fractious
Inclined to make trouble; Unruly
Pillage
To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war
Torpid
Sluggish or inactive
Gauche
Lacking in social grace; tactless
Equitable
Characterized by fairness
Inauspicious
Not favorable
Onus
A burden; an obligation
Imperious
Overbearing or demanding or seeking to dominate
Supplicate
To beg
Nebulous
Hazy, vague or indistinct
Caricature
A picture or representation in which natural characteristics are exaggerated or distorted
Deleterious
Harmful and injurious
Obdurate
Impassive to feelings of humanity or pity
Culpable
Guilty or deserving of blame
Dissipate
To disperse or disappear
Carnage
Massacre
Surfeit
To feed to fullness or to satiety
Salient
Noticeable, prominent or standing out
Requisite
Necessary
Contrive
To plan with cleverness or ingenuity; To devise
Immutable
Not subject or susceptible to change
Potpourri
A miscellaneous combination of unrelated things
Transient
Only of temporary existence; Fleeting
Efficaious
Effective or able to produce a desired effect
Jejune
Not interesting, dull; lacking in maturity, childish
Sepulchral
Suggestive of the grave; melancholy
Equivocate
To be deliberately vague or use unclear expressions
Bedlam
A scene of confusion and noisy disturbance
Adamant
Not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding
Grisly
Fear-inspiring
Aver
to assert as true
Incisive
Penetrating, sharp or piercing, as in a suggestion
Connonisseur
A critical judge of art, especially one with thorough knowledge and sound judgment of art
Cloy
To fill with overly rich or sweet things
Florid
Very ornate and overdecorated
Stipend
A sum of money allotted on a regular basis; usually for some specific purpose
Extricate
To free or release from a difficulty or entanglement
Inception
The beginning
Supposition
The act of assuming or supposing without proof
Impassive
devoid of emotion; also, showing no emotion
Annotation
A note or comment of critique or explanation usually added to a text
Enthrall
To charm or captivate
Debonair
Having courteous or polished manners or charm
Disavow
To deny responsibility for
Redundant
Exceeding more than is necessary; Repetitive
Modicum
A moderate or small amount
Insurgent
One who rebels against authority
Disconcert
To cause to lose one's composure
Sententious
Concise and full of meaning
Rejoinder
An answer, especially to a reply
Cajole
To influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
Encumber
To impede with obstacles
Reprove
To voice or convey disapproval of; to scold
Remit
To transmit in payment
Discursive
Rambling or moving aimlessly from topic to topic
Contiguous
Touching, in contact, side-by-side
Scintillating
Brilliant and sparkling, in terms of personality
Perfidy
Faithlessness; Treachery
Resuscitate
To restore or revive from death or unconciousness
Intemperate
Excessive use, especially with alcoholic beverages; Lack of self-control
Procrastinate
To delay or put off until later
Accentuate
To give emphasis to or to stress
Desecrate
To violate the sacred character of; To commit sacrilege
Recondite
Dealing with abstract or hard to understand information
Extraneous
coming from the outside; also, not essential; also, irrelevant
Susceptible
Easily influenced by power or emotion
Blatant
Noisily or offensively loud or clamorous
Anomalous
Deviating from the normal
Perceptive
Showing a keen sense of understanding or insight
Expurgate
To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from a text
Foment
To promote the growth of; incite
Providential
Effected by divine guidance