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expound
to explain in detail;to clarify
cajole
to persuade with false promises and flattery
inscrutable
not easily understood; hard to fathom
balk
to refuse stubbornly or abruptly; to stop short and refuse to go on
acrimony
illnatured, bitter hostility
dour
stern and illhumored
exult
to rejoice; to feel triumphant
feasible
reasonable; capable of being carried out
omniscient
having unlimited knowledge; all knowing
fiasco
a complete, ridicuous failure
métier
the work one is especially suited for; one's specialty; an occupation
fluctuate
to rise and fall; to vary irregulary
harry
to annoy or harass
incognito
disguised; pretending not to be oneself
lethargy
lack of energy; sluggishness
epistle
a letter or literary compostition in letter form
avid
enthusiastic; extremely interested
gadfly
an irritating and persistent person
humility
absence of vanity; humbleness
dolorous
exhibiting sorrow or pain
gargantuan
of huge or extraordinary size and power
arduous
difficult; requiring much effort
affable
friendly; agreeable; easy to talk to
grandiloquent
pompous or high flown in speech
agrarian
concerning farms, farmers, or the use of land
grimace
a facial expression of fear, disapproval, or pain
harangue
a long, strongly expressed speech or lecture
formidable
arousing fear or awe
sycophant
a flatterer; one who fawns on others in order to gain favor
explicit
clearly and openly stated; leaving nothing to the imagination
altercation
a heated argument
lexicon
a dictionary; a specialized vocabulary used in a particular field or place
hue
a particular shade of a given color
galvanize
to startle into sudden activity
sanction
permission; support
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration for effect and not meant to be taken literally
ominous
threatening; foreboding evil
audacity
rude boldness; nerve
evince
to demonstrate clearly; to prove
implacable
unable to be appeased or pacified
exhort
to urge on with stirring words
incarcerate
to put into prison; to confine
incisive
sharp; keen; cutting straight to the heart of the matter
expedient
practical; providing an immediate advantage (especially when serving one's self interest)
pertinent
having to do with the subject at hand; relevant
inert
unable to act or move; inactive; sluggish
circumvent
to get around; to bypass
clandestine
secret
acquit
to find not guitly of a fault or crime
deprecate
to express strong disapproval of
barrister
lawyer (British)
adulation
excessive praise or admiration
culinary
having to do with the kitchen or cooking
bawdy
indecent; humorously obscene
chastise
to punish severely
jocose
joking; humorous
myriad
n. a very large number
adj. too numerous to be counted
latent
present, but not active; hidden
pernicious
destructive; deadly
frugal
thrifty; economical in money matters
levity
lightness of dispositon; lack of seriousness
hoax
a practical joke; a trick
amicable
friendly; peaceable
obstreperous
aggressively boisterous; stubborn and defiant
enraptured
delighted beyond measure
marital
having to do with marriage
bask
to expsoe oneself to pleasant warmth
genial
friendly; amiable
charlatan
one who pretends to have knowledge in order to swindle others
mundane
commmonplace; earthly and not spiritual
fickle
likely to change on a whim or without apparent reason
juggernaut
a terrible destructive or irresistible force
naive
simple in outlook; not affected or worldly; especially innocent
nocturnal
having to do with the night; occurring at night
novice
a beginner; one who is inexperienced
noxious
harmful to the health
connive
to cooperate secretly in wrongdoing
chutzpah
nerve; audacity
liege
a lord, master, or sovereign
odium
hatred
crass
coarse; tasteless
hypercritical
overcritical; too severe in judgment
fallacy
a mistaken notion; a misconception
complacent
self satisfied; smug
befuddle
to confuse; to perplex
pandemonium
a wild disorder, noise, or confusion
parsimonious
excessively thrifty; stingy
verbose
using more words than are need; wordy
laudable
worthy of praise; commendable
indiscreet
not wise or judicious; imprudent, as in speech or action