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invective
Denunciatory or abusive language; vituperation.
apostate
One who has abandoned one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
officious
Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others: an officious host; officious attention.
Informal; unofficial.
redoubtable
Arousing fear or awe; formidable.
Worthy of respect or honor.
aboveboard
Without deceit or trickery; straightforward.
mendicant
A beggar.
A member of an order of friars forbidden to own property in common, who work or beg for their living.
impecunious
Lacking money; penniless.
timorousness
Full of apprehensiveness; timid.
temerity
Foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness.
craven
Characterized by abject fear; cowardly
splenetic
Of or relating to the spleen.
Affected or marked by ill humor or irritability.

A person regarded as irritable.
nettle
To sting with or as if with a nettle.
To irritate; vex.
exhort
To make urgent appeal.
cadenza
An elaborate, ornamental melodic flourish interpolated into an aria or other vocal piece.
An extended virtuosic section for the soloist usually near the end of a movement of a concerto.
provident
Providing for future needs or events.
Frugal; economical.
turbid
Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended; muddy: turbid water.
Heavy, dark, or dense, as smoke or fog.
In a state of turmoil; muddled: turbid feelings.
diaphanous
Of such fine texture as to be transparent or translucent: diaphanous tulle.
Characterized by delicacy of form. See Synonyms at airy.
Vague or insubstantial: diaphanous dreams of glory.
disingenuos
Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating: “an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who... exemplified... the most disagreeable traits of his time” (David Cannadine).
Pretending to be unaware or unsophisticated; faux-naïf.
skein
A length of thread or yarn wound in a loose long coil.
Something suggesting the coil of a skein; a complex tangle: a twisted skein of lies.
A flock of geese or similar birds in flight. See Synonyms at flock1.
nomenclature
A system of names used in an art or science: the nomenclature of mineralogy.
The procedure of assigning names to the kinds and groups of organisms listed in a taxonomic classification: the rules of nomenclature in botany.
turpitude
Depravity; baseness.
A base act.
celerity
Swiftness of action or motion; speed
indigent
Experiencing want or need; impoverished.
Lacking or deficient
pertinacious
Holding tenaciously to a purpose, belief, opinion, or course of action.
Stubbornly or perversely persistent.
perfunctory
Done routinely and with little interest or care: The operator answered the phone with a perfunctory greeting.
Acting with indifference; showing little interest or care.
asperity
roughness
sycophantic
servile self seeker
virulence
Extremely infectious, malignant, or poisonous. Used of a disease or toxin.
Capable of causing disease by breaking down protective mechanisms of the host. Used of a pathogen.
Bitterly hostile or antagonistic; hateful: virulent criticism. See Synonyms at poisonous.
Intensely irritating, obnoxious, or harsh.
irridescent
colorful
dispassionate
Devoid of or unaffected by passion, emotion, or bias
specious
Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious: a specious argument.
Deceptively attractive.
munificent
Very liberal in giving; generous.
Showing great generosity
vouchsafe
To condescend to grant or bestow (a privilege, for example); deign.
jettison
The act of discarding or casting overboard
indigent
Lacking or deficient.
desultory
Moving or jumping from one thing to another; disconnected: a desultory speech.
Occurring haphazardly; random
assiduous
Constant in application or attention; diligent: an assiduous worker who strove for perfection. See Synonyms at busy.
Unceasing; persistent:
abstruse
Difficult to understand; recondite.
hide-bound
Stubbornly prejudiced, narrow-minded, or inflexible.
Having abnormally dry, stiff skin that adheres closely to the underlying flesh. Used of domestic animals such as cattle.
Having the bark so contracted and unyielding as to hinder growt
gambol
To leap about playfully; frolic.
descry
To catch sight of (something difficult to discern). See Synonyms at see1.
To discover by careful observation or scrutiny; detect:
boggle
1: startle with amazement or fear 2: hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear 3: overcome with amazement
belied
To picture falsely; misrepresent: “He spoke roughly in order to belie his air of gentility” (James Joyce).
To show to be false: Their laughter belied their outward grief.
To be counter to; contradict
moribund
Approaching death; about to die.
On the verge of becoming obsolete
mellifluous
Flowing with sweetness or honey.
Smooth and sweet
hedge
To take compensatory measures so as to counterbalance possible loss.
To avoid making a clear, direct response or statement.
hortatory
Marked by exhortation or strong urging: a hortatory speech.
abrogate
To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
admonish
scold gently
warn
cogent
powerfully convincing
deify
To make a god of; raise to the condition of a god.
To worship or revere as a god: deify a leader.
To idealize; exalt: deifying success.
effusive
higly emotional
lachrymose
Weeping or inclined to weep; tearful.
Causing or tending to cause tears.
recreant
Unfaithful or disloyal to a belief, duty, or cause.
Craven or cowardly.
tenacity
perssitent
stubborn
skinflint
One who is very reluctant to spend money; a miser.
vantage
An advantage in a competition or conflict; superiority.
A position, condition, or opportunity that is likely to provide superiority or an advantage.
A vantage point
putative
commonly accepted
supposed
diffident
timid
lacking self confidence
desultory
without plan or purpose
myopic
lack of foresight