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empirical
(adj) based on observation or experiment
endemic
(adj) characteristic of or often found in a particular region or people
enervate
(v) to weaken; to reduce in vitality
enigmatic
(adj) mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
ennui
(n) dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
ephemeral
(adj) brief; fleeting
equivocate
(v) to use vague language with a deceptive intent
erudite
(adj) very learned; scholarly
esoteric
(adj) intended for or understood by a small, specific group
eulogy
(n) speech honoring the dead
divulge
(v) to disclose something secret
credulous
(adj) gullible; believes too readily
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
demur
(v) to question or oppose
convoluted
(adj) complex or complicated
derision
(n) scorn, ridicule; contemptuous treatment
discretion
(n) cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
(adj) indifferent; free from self-interest
disparage
(v) to slight or belittle
dissemble
(v) to disguise or conceal; to mislead
dogmatic
(adj) stubbornly opinionated
ebullience
(n)quality of lively or enthusaistic expression of thoughts and feelings
eccentric
(adj) departing from norms or conventions
eclectic
(adj) composed of elements drawn from different sources
effrontery
(n) extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eloquent
(adj) well-spoken; articulate
disabuse
(v) to undeceive; to set right
convention
(n) generally agreed-upon practice
emollient
(adj) soothing (to the skin); making less harsh
contrite
(adj) regretful; pertinent; seeking forgiveness
dearth
(n) smallness of quantity; scarcity; lack
decorum
(n) polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
cynicism
(n) attitude that all people are motivated by selfishness
complaisance
(n) willingness to comply wiht wishes of others
culpable
(adj) deserving blame
cogent
convincing; appealing to the mind or reason
chary
(adj) wary, cautious
dessicate
(v) to dry out or dehydrate; make dry or dull
contentious
(adj) argumentative; quarrelsome
dilettante
(n) one with superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
didactic
(adj) intended to teach or instruct
diatribe
(n) harsh denunciation
elegy
(n) mournful poem
connoisseur
(n) expert; astute judge in matters of taste
discordant
(adj) conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound