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Inveterate
something that is long-established and unlikely to change
He was an inveterate gambler.
Undergird
provide support or a firm basis for.
Mealymouthed
afraid to speak frankly or straightforwardly
Mealy-mouthed excuses.
Pyre
a heap of combustible material, esp. one for burning a corpse as part of a funeral ceremony.
Illusory
based on illusion; not real
He knew the safety of her room was illusory.
Feckless
lacking in efficiency or vitality
• unthinking and irresponsible
the feckless exploitation of the world's natural resources.
Onerous
involving an amount of effort and difficulty that is oppressively burdensome

• Law involving heavy obligations : a
He found his duties increasingly onerous.
An onerous lease.
Dote
be extremely and uncritically fond of
she doted on her two young children
Patronize
frequent

restaurants remaining open in the evening were well patronized


give encouragement and financial support to
Consternation
feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected :
I always welcomed clover, much to the consternation of the neighbors.
Sanguine
hopeful
Effusive
too emotional
Garbled
scrambled (purposefully)
Concupiscent
lustful
Parasitic
living off of others
Saprophytic
living on decaying matter
Misoneism
fear and hatred of innovation
Recidivism
tendency to relapse into criminal behavior
Gauchie
Abjure
Adjure
lacking social grace;
renounce (abjure)
urge (adjure)
Suave
Smooth
Bumptious
Obstinate
Ostensible
impertinent (rude)
Vitriolic
Caustic
harshly sarcastic, bitter
Edifice

Facade
building (imposing)

front of building