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bucolic
rustic and pastoral
alchemy
old medieval science relating to metals, particularly those mixed with gold
bombast/-ic
overly self-confident in speech or writing; pompous
ascetic
self-sacrificial person
dictum
authorotative, formal pronouncement
axiom/-atic
universally accepted principle
alacrity
eager willingness
amalgamate
to bring together several pieces to make a whole
cacophony
harsh, jarring sound
censure
to criticize severely; officially rebuke
maunder
(v) To talk incoherently, ramble; To wander aimlessly
abscond
to hide away
avarice
greed, especially for wealth
assuage
to ease, pacify
caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
catalyst
person or thing that causes change
astringent
(adj) tightening of tissue; severe, harsh
capricious
whimsical; spontaneous; unpredictable
canonical
following orthodox
abate
to lessen in intensity
bolster
to provide support or reinforcement
accolade
praise
aberrant
deviating from the norm
aesthetic
having to do with art or beautiful
acerbic
sour or bitter in taste
adulterate
unpurify
castigation
punishment
burgeon
to flourish, grow
arduous
strenuous
aggrandize
to increase in power or intensity
archaic
outdated
quagmire
difficult situation; predicament; muddy land
ameliorate
to make better
amenable
agreeable
austere
without adornment; severely simple
anomaly
difference from the norm
anachronism
something/one that does not fit historically or chronologically
audacious
daring and fearless
adulation
excessive flattery or admiration
quixotic
overly romantic in thinking; idealistic; capricious; impulsive
canon
established set of principles (religious)
aver
to declare; state as true
approbation
praise
acumen
keen insight