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engender
to bring into existence; give rise to
vitiate
to reduce the value or impair the quality of
pacify
to ease the anger or agitation of
dearth
a scarce supply; a lack
indolence
being disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy
marred
being disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy
indolent
disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy
supercilious
feeling or showing haughty disdain
squander
to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
ardent
expressing or characterized by warmth of feeling; passionate
beset
to trouble persistently; harass
countenance
appearance-especially the expression of the face
cursory
performed with haste and scant attention to detail
charisma
a rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm
demagogue
a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace
engender
to bring into existence; give rise to
vitiate
to reduce the value or impair the quality of
pacify
to ease the anger or agitation of
dearth
a scarce supply; a lack
indolence
being disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy
marred
being disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy
indolent
disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy
supercilious
feeling or showing haughty disdain
squander
to spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate
ardent
expressing or characterized by warmth of feeling; passionate
beset
to trouble persistently; harass
countenance
appearance-especially the expression of the face
cursory
performed with haste and scant attention to detail
charisma
a rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm
demagogue
a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace
placate
to allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease
indigenous
intrinsic; innate
labyrinth
an intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one's way
exacerbate
to increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate
incense
to cause to be extremely angry; infuriate
daunt
to abate the courage of; discourage
rudimentary
of or relating to basic facts or principles; elementary
credulous
disposed to believe too readily; gullible
lucid
easily understood; intelligible
sacrosanct
regarded as sacred and inviolable
docile
ready and willing to be taught; teachable
impartial
not partial or biased; unprejudiced
precedent
an act of instance that may be used as an example in dealing with subsequent similar instances
figurative
based on or making use of figures of speech; metaphorical
reiterate
to say or do again or repeatedly
prudent
careful in regard to one's own interest; provident
negligence
failure to exercise the degree of care considered reasonable under the circumstances; carelessness
innocuous
having no adverse effect; harmless
lax
lacking in rigor, strickness, or firmness; careless
precipitate
to cause to happen, especially suddenly or prematurely
equivocate
to avoid making an explicit statement
assiduous
constant in application or attention; diligent
aptitude
an inherent ability, as for learning; a talent
circumspect
heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent
metamorphosis
a transformation, as by magic or sorcery
substantive
not imaginary; actual; real
nepotism
favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business
solicitous
marked by or given to anxious care and often hovering attentiveness
inclement
stormy; showing no clemency; unmerciful
obscure
not clearly understood or expressed; ambiguous or vague
jeopardy
risk of loss or injury; peril or danger
nebulous
lacking definite form or limits; vague
diverse
differing one from another
stratum
a horizontal layer of material, especially one of several parallel layers arranged one on top of another
anarchy
absence of any form of political authority
acrimonious
bitter, sharp, ill-natured animosity, especially as it is exhibited in speech or behavior
abstruse
difficult to understand; recondite
elusive
difficult to define or describe
taciturn
habitually untalkative
ephemeral
lasting for a markedly brief time
quantitative
of or relating to number or quantity
relegate
to send to a place of exile; banish
conciliatory
to make or attempt to make compatible; reconcile
appropriate
to take possession of or make use of exclusively for oneself, often without permission
concurrent
happening at the same time
complicity
involvement as an accomplice in a questionable act or a crime
lampoon
a broad satirical piece that uses ridicule to attack a person, a group or an institution
reparation
the act or process of making amends
parochial
narrowly restricted in scope or outlook; provincial
monolithic
something suggestive of a large block of stone, as in immovability, massiveness, or uniformity
patriarch
a man who rules a family, or tribe
sensory
of or relating to the senses or sensation
qualitative
of, relating to, or concerning quality
misanthropic
hating or mistrusting humankind
felicity
great happiness; bliss
obsequious
full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning
equitable
marked by or having equity; just and impartial
expropriate
to deprive of possession officially
noxious
harmful to living things; injurious to health
chivalrous
demonstrating the qualities idealized by knighthood, bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women
complicity
involvement as an accomplice in a questionable act or a crime
lampoon
a broad satirical piece that uses ridicule to attack a person, a group or an institution
reparation
the act or process of making amends
parochial
narrowly restricted in scope or outlook; provincial
monolithic
something suggestive of a large block of stone, as in immovability, massiveness, or uniformity
patriarch
a man who rules a family, or tribe
sensory
of or relating to the senses or sensation
qualitative
of, relating to, or concerning quality
misanthropic
hating or mistrusting humankind
felicity
great happiness; bliss
obsequious
full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning
equitable
marked by or having equity; just and impartial
expropriate
to deprive of possession officially
noxious
harmful to living things; injurious to health
chivalrous
demonstrating the qualities idealized by knighthood, bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women
compose
to make or create by putting together parts or elements
apathy
lack of interest or concern; especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference
cacophony
jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
exalt
to glorify, praise, or honor
poignant
keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
predilection
a partiality or disposition in favor of something; a preference
propensity
an innate inclination; a tendency
sloth
aversion to work or exertion; laziness; indolence
existential
of relating to, or dealing with existence
auspicious
attended by favorable circumstances; propitious
heterogeneous
completely different; incongruous
fickle
characterized by erratic changeableness or instability, especially with regard to affections or attachments; capricious
indiscreet
lacking discretion; injudicious
diligent
marked by persevering, painstaking effort
constitute
to be the elements or parts of; compose
ameliorate
to make or become better; improve
consonate
being in agreement or accord
concord
harmony or agreement of interests or feelings; accord
deleterious
having a harmful effect; injurious
peripatetic
walking about or from place to place; traveling on foot
loquacious
very talkative; garrulous
propitious
presenting favorable circumstances; auspicious
vestige
a visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more
notorious
known widely and usually unfavorably; infamous
polarize
to cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions
implement
to put into practical effect; carry out
viable
capable of living, or developing, under favorable conditions
arbitrary
determined by chance, whim, or impulse, and not by necessity, reason or principle
endemic
prevalent in or peculiar to a particular locality, region, or people
vacuous
lacking intelligence; stupid
provincial
limited in perspective; narrow and self-centered
chasm
a deep, steep-sided opening in the earth's surface; an abyss or a gorge
contrived
obviously planned or calculated; not spontaneous; labored
consecrate
to declare or set apart as sacred
paternal
relating to or characteristic of a father or fatherhood; fatherly
inherent
existing as an essential constituent or characteristic; intrinsic
gesticulate
to make gestures especially while speaking, as for emphasis
insatiable
impossible to satiate or satisfy
blithe
carefree and lighthearted
belittle
to cause to seem less than another or little
coherent
logically connected
vitriolic
bitterly scathing; caustic
apartheid
any policy or practice of separating or segregating groups
corollary
a natural consequence or effect; a result
parody
a literary or artistic work that imitates the style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule
idyllic
a scene or an event of a simple and tranquil nature
ponderous
lacking grace or fluency; labored and dull
wanton
gratuitously cruel; merciless; marked by unprovoked, gratuitous maliciousness; capricious and unjust
secular
worldly rather than spiritual
recondite
not easily understood; abstruse
inveterate
persisting in an ingrained habit; habitual
malleable
capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure
martial
of, relating to, or suggestive of war
virtuoso
a musician with masterly ability, technique, or personal style
copious
large in quantity; abundant
patent
obvious; plain
conspicuous
attracting attention, as by being unusual or remarkable; noticeable
amenable
responsive to advice, authority, or suggestion; tractable
ambulatory
capable of walking; moving about; not bedridden
forsake
to leave altogether; abandon
hindrance
an obstruct or delay to progress
farcical
like a ludicrous, empty show; a mockery
elliptical
marked by deliberate obscurity of style or expression
prolific
producing abundant works or results
assimilate
to incorporate and absorb
celibacy
abstinence from sexual intercourse, especially by reason of religious vows
palpable
easily perceived; obvious
grandiose
characterized by feigned or affected grandeur; pompous
despot
a ruler with absolute power
reverberate
to resound in or as if in a succession of echoes; re-echo
rogue
an unprincipled, deceitful, unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal
pathology
the scientific study of the nature of disease and its causes, processes, development, and consequences
frugal
practicing or marked by economy, as in the expenditure of money or the use of material resources
autonomous
not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent
machination
a crafty scheme or cunning design to accomplish a sinister end