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abandon
total lack of inhibition
abscond
to leave quickly in secret (scond=hide)
acuity
sharp vision or perception
adroit
skillful
alimentary
pertaining to food, nutrition, or digestion
anthropomorphic
suggesting human characteristics for animals and inanimate things
appropriate
to assign/allocate
assent
to agree, as to a proposal
ballast
a stabilizing structure
beneficent
pertaining to an act of kindness
bovine
relating to cows
cacophony
bad noise
caustic
biting, sarcastic
chimerical
fanciful, imaginary, impossible
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
contentious
quarrelsome, disagreeable
countervail
to act or react with equal force
declaim
to speak loudly and vehemently
dilapidated
in disrepair, rundown
dissident
disagreeing with an established religious or political system
elude
to avoid cleverly
equivocate
to avoid committing oneself in what one says, to be deliberately unclear
excoriate
to censure scathingly; to express strong disapproval of
extrude
to form or shape something by pushing it out; to force out
forego
to precede, go ahead of
forgo
do without, abstain from
furlough
a leave of absence
grotto
a small cave
hubris
excessive pride or self-confidence
imperious
commanding, domineering; urgent
impute
to lay the responsibility or blame for, often unjustly
indomitable
incapable of being dominated/conquered
insular
isolated, narrow viewpoint
intractable
not easily managed or manipulated
irreverent
disrespect in a gentle or humorous way
largess
generous giving to others who may seem inferior
licentious
immoral, unrestrained by society
malaise
a feeling of unease or depression
morose
gloomy, sullen
neonate
a newborn child
obstinate
unreasonably persistent
ornery
having an irritable disposition, cantankerous
palatial
relating to a palace; magnificent
paradigm
an outstandingly clear or typical example
patrician
aristocratic; upper class
penury
an oppressive lack of monetary resources, severe poverty
plaintive
expressive of suffering or woe, melancholy
portentous
foreshadowing, ominous, eliciting amazement and wonder
prestidigitation
manual dexterity in tricks; a cleverly executed trick or deception; sleight of hand
legerdemain
manual dexterity in tricks; a cleverly executed trick or deception; sleight of hand
promulgate
to proclaim, make known by open declaration
psuedonym
a fictitious name (penname)
rancor
hatred, ill will
reactionary
marked by extreme conservatism, especially in politics
remuneration
payment for goods or services or to recompense for losses
resilient
able to recover quickly, able to bounce back to shape
saccharine
excessively sweet or sentimental
scrupulous
having a sense of right/wrong; scruples=principles
simian
apelike
specious
having the ring of truth but actually being false
tautological
having to do with needless repetition, redundancy
tenuous
having little substance or strength
trajectory
to path followed by a moving object
tutelage
guardianship, guidance
veracity
truthfulness
vim
vitality and energy
voluble
talkative, speaking easily, glib
glib
lacking intellectual depth, superficial, artfully persuasive
worst
to gain the advantages over; to defeat