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cursory
going rapidly over something; hasty
computer mouse
preclude
to prevent the presence of
prevent include
abject
utterly hopeless; wretched
predilection
preference; liking
abjure
to renounce an oath
ab=without
impetuous
characterized by sudden rash action or emotion
ablution
act of cleansing
like absolution
importune
to urge or press with excessive persistence
deign
to think fit or in accordance with one's dignity
presentiment
a feeling of anticipation over a future event
abrogate
to abolish by formal means
impugn
to challenge as false
prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
abstruse
hard to understand; secret, hidden
rejoinder
to reply; retort
inchoate
not fully formed; disorganized
derision
an act of mockery
deride
irascible
easily made angry
irritable
proclivity
inclination; bias
acrimonious
caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature
acrid
incursion
a hostile entrance into a place
querulous
full of complaints
negative queries
desultory
jumping from one things to another
proffer
to offer
just like it sounds
epithet
a word or phrase, used invectively as a term of abuse
adjure
to beg or command
recumbent
lying down; reclining
admonish
to counsel against something
adventitious
accidental
refractory
stubborn, rebellious
indolence
state of being lazy or slothful
disabuse
to set right
dis-abuse
aver
to affirm, to declare to be true
not to waver
diffident
lacking self-confidence
promulgate
to make known by open declaration
coming out of the closet
laconic
using few words
propitiate
to conciliate; appease
propecia for hair loss
disport
to divert or amuse oneself
eugenics
improvement of qualities of race by control of inherited characteristics
true genes
propound
to set forth for consideration
congressman propounds an amendment to a bill
doctrine
a particular principle advocate
propriety
correct behaviour, obedience to rules and customs
the propriety in some cultures is to marry who you are betrothed to
avocation
something one does in addition to a principle occupation
not your vocation
proscribe
to condemn as harmful or odious
proselytize
to convert or attempt to recruit
door to door mormons goal
magnate
a powerful or influential person
animus
hostile feeling or attitude
HP towards sirius' animagus
protract
to prolong, draw out
remonstrate
to say or plead in protest, objection or reproof
insidious
intended to trap or beguile
dour
sullen, gloomy
benevolent
desiring to do good to another
puerile
childish, immature
puerile behaviour is rampant at OI
maladroit
clumsy, tactless
apotheosis
glorification; glorified ideal
people often give religion apotheosis
insolent
boldly rude or disrespectful
adolescents are insolent to authority
pugilist
a fighter or boxer
pugilists punch
replete
abundantly supplied
opposite of deplete
approbation
praise, consideration
pugnacioius
to quarrel or fight readily
too much testosterone
benign
having a kindly disposition
a nice tumor
arrogate
to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously
arrogance
intransigent
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
malapropism
humorous misuse of a word
assiduous
diligent, persistent
an assiduous person is an asset to a company
invective
of, relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse
reprobate
a depraved or wicked person
pusillanimous
lacking courage or resolution
malevolent
characterized by or expressing bad will
malificent was malevolent
epigram
a witty or pointed saying tersely expressed
reticent
silent, reserved
upstairs neighbors are anything but
malfeasance
misconduct or wrong-doing often committed by a public official
expound
to set forth in detail
revile
to criticize with harsh language
malign
to speak harmful untruths about, to slander
circumspect
watchful and discreet
maxim
an expression of general truth or principle
mellifluous
pleasing, musical
cognate
related by blood; having a common ancester
minatory
menacing, threatening
sedition
incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government
complaisant
inclined or disposed to please
misanthrope
a person who dislikes others
foment
to arouse or incite
subjugate
to conquer
fortuitous
happening by luck
subterfuge
an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule
conscription
draft
nascent
starting to develop
think prenatal
fractious
irritable, peevish
supplicate
to make humble and earnest entreaty
contravene
to come into conflict with
neologism
a newly coined word, phrase or expression
neo-log
neophyte
a recent convert
grandiloquent
pompous or inflated in language
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
obdurate
hardened in feelings; resistant to persuasion
guile
deceit or trickery
tenable
capable of being held, maintained or defended
peripatetic
walking or traveling about; itinerant
obfuscate
to render indistinct or dim
tendentious
having a predisposition towards a point of view
petulant
showing sudden irritation, esp. over some annoyance
conflagration
a large destructive fire
tractable
easily managed or controlled
philology
the study of literary texts to establish their authenticity
transcendent
going beyond ordinary limits
perspicacious
having keen mental perception and understanding
obviate
to prevent; to make unnecessary
transitory
temporary; lasting a brief time
pertinacious
persistent, stubborn
occlude
to stop up; to prevent the passage of
unconscionable
unscrupulous
precept
a commandment given as a rule of action or conduct
noisome
offensive to the point of arousing disgust; foul
onerous
troublesome and oppressive
dearth
a scarce supply; a lack
rapacious
greedy; ravenous; taking by force
verdure
fresh rich vegetation
divestiture
the sale, liquidation or spinoff of a corporate division or subsidiary
panegyric
formal or elaborate praise at an assembly
vociferous
crying out noisily
panoply
a wide-ranging an impressive array or display
gossamer
something delicate, light or flimsy