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aggrandize
to increase in intensity, power or prestige
alchemy
a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
anachronism
something or someone out of place in terms of historical context
astringent
haivng a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh, severe
contiguous
sharing a border; touching; adjacent
convention
a generally agreed upon practice or attitude
cynicism
an attitude that all people are motivated by selfishness
decorum
polite or appropriate conduct
derision
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
dessicate
to dry out or dehydrate
dilettante
one with an superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
disparage
to slight or belittle
divulge
to disclose something secret
immutable
not capable of change
inimical
damaging; hurtful; injurious
intractable
not easily managed; subborn; obstinate
neophyte
a recent convert; a beginner; a novice
presumptuous
overstepping due bounds; taking liberties
pristine
pure; uncorrupted; clean
probity
adherence to highest principles; uprightness
proclivity
a natural predispotion or inclination
profligate
excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
propensity
a natural includination or tendency
prosaic
dull; unimaginative
pungent
characterized by a strong sharp smell or taste
quixotic
foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
quotidian
occuring daily; commonplace
rarefy
to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
recondite
hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
refulgent
radiant; shiny; brilliant
renege
to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
shard
piece of broken pottery or glass
sparse
thin; not dence, widely spaced
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
subtle
not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
tacit
implied; not explicitly statede
terse
brief and concise in wording
tout
to publicly praise or promote
trenchant
sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
unfeigned
genuine; not false or hypocritical
untenable
indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
vacillate
to waver indecisively
variegated
multicolored
vexation
annoyance; irritation
vituperate
to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely; to berate
volatile
readily changing to a vapor; changeable, fickle, explosive