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dire
Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences
Urgent; desperate: in dire need; dire poverty.
accede
To give one's consent, often at the insistence of another
vernacular
The standard native language of a country or locality.
refractory
Obstinately resistant to authority or control; unruly
bowdlerize
To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.
fervent
Having or showing great emotion or zeal; enthusiastic
denizen
An inhabitant; a resident
paramount
Of chief concern or importance

Supreme in rank, power, or authority
dichotomy
Division into two usually contradictory parts or opinions
pragmatic
Dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical
draconian
Exceedingly harsh; very severe
hector
A bully
saturnine
Melancholy or sullen.
Having or marked by a tendency to be bitter or sardonic: a saturnine expression on his face.
sybarite
a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses
martinet
One who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules.
specious
plausible but false
qualm
doubt; An uneasy feeling about the propriety or rightness of a course of action
boorish
Rude; ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance
Supine
sluggishly inactive
brusque
discourteous and abrupt
incipient
Beginning to exist or appear
mendacity
The condition of being mendacious; untruthfulness.

A lie; a falsehood.