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restive
"Uneasily impatient under restriction
laconic
Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.
spate
"A sudden flood
presentiment
A sense that something is about to occur; a premonition.
ponderous
Unwieldy from weight or bulk.
haphazard
Dependent upon or characterized by mere chance.
congruous
Corresponding in character or kind; appropriate or harmonious.
palpable
Easily perceived; obvious
dilatory
Intended to delay.
grandstand (v)
To perform ostentatiously so as to impress an audience.
hedge
To perform ostentatiously so as to impress an audience.
equivocate
to use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead
upbraid
To reprove sharply; reproach.
pejorative
Disparaging; belittling.
equable
Not easily disturbed; serene
ascendancy
Superiority or decisive advantage; domination:
plumb
To determine the depth of with a plumb; sound.
gaffe
a socially awkward or tactless act
decorum
propriety in manners and conduct
indomitable
impossible to subdue
inexorable
Not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; relentless
whet
To sharpen
obsequious
Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
sycophant
A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
guile
Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit.
pusillanimous
Lacking courage; cowardly.
caprice
An impulsive change of mind.
prosaic
Matter-of-fact; straightforward; Lacking in imagination and spirit; dull.
propitious
Presenting favorable circumstances; auspicious.
ken
Range of vision.
stalwart
Having or marked by imposing physical strength.
censorious
Tending to censure; highly critical.
refractory
Obstinately resistant to authority or control.
nominal
Insignificantly small; trifling
baroque
extravagant, flamboyant
turbid
Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended; muddy
prosaic
Matter-of-fact; straightforward.
factional
interested?
disingenuous
Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating
specious
Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious
vicissitudinous
Full of, or subject to, changes.
balk
To stop short and refuse to go on
tractable
Easily managed or controlled; governable
truculent
Expressing bitter opposition; scathing
transcendent
Surpassing others; preeminent or supreme.
petulant
Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered
stricture
A restraint, limit, or restriction.
fastidious
Possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail.
malinger
To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.
caustic
Causing a burning or stinging sensation, as from intense emotion
immemorial
Reaching beyond the limits of memory, tradition, or recorded history.
affable
Easy and pleasant to speak to; approachable.
furtive
Expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty.
heterodox
Not in agreement with accepted beliefs, especially in church doctrine or dogma.
countermand
To cancel or reverse (a previously issued command or order)
perfdious
tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character
jejune
Not interesting; dull
flout
To show contempt for; scorn
rail (v)
To express objections or criticisms in bitter, harsh, or abusive language.
proselytize
To induce someone to join one's own political party or to espouse one's doctrine.
desultory
Moving or jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
stolidity
Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; impassive
panegyric
A formal eulogistic composition intended as a public compliment.
goldbrick (v)
To shirk one's assigned duties or responsibilities.
supine
Lying on the back or having the face upward.
spate
A sudden flood, rush, or outpouring
emollient
Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
trenchant
Forceful, effective, and vigorous
unflappable
Persistently calm, whether when facing difficulties or experiencing success
mediate (adj)
Acting through, involving, or dependent on an intervening agency.
recant
To make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed oneself).
strident
Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant.
precipitous
Resembling a precipice; extremely steep.