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apotheosis
APOTHEOSIS =
a model of perfection or deification (paragon)
asseverate
ASSEVERATE =
to assert, aver or challenge
augury
AUGURY =
an omen, a portent
celerity
CELERITY
speed or alacrity
*think accelerate=speed
contumacious
CONTUMACIOUS =
insubordinate, rebellious

*contumely=insult, scorn, aspersion
credulous
CREDULOUS = gullible
desuetude
DESUETUDE =
disuse, not in use
dilletante
DILETANTE =
one with an amateur or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
discretion
DISCRETION =
ability to make good decisions
or cautious reserve in speech
evanescent
EVANESCENT =
vanishing or tending to disappear like vapor
exegesis
EXEGESIS =
critical examination or explication
extemporaneous
EXTEMPORANEOUS = improvised
extirpate
EXTIRPATE = to exterminate, destroy or to excsind
fulminate
FULMINATE =
to denounce or loudly attack
furtive
FURTIVE =
stealthy, covert, surreptitious
heretical
HERETICAL =
violating accepted dogma or convention
heterodox
HETERODOX =
unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic
infelicitious
INFELICITIOUS =
unfortunate, inappropriate
intrepid
INTREPID =
steadfast and courageous
inveigle
INVEIGLE =
to obtain by deception or flattery
lubricious
LUBRICIOUS =
slippery, lewd, wanton, greasy
meretricious
MERETIRICOUS =
showy, cheap, flashy, gawdy, tawdry
noxious
NOXIOUS = harmful
ossified
OSSIFIED =
becoming rigid with age
*literally turned into bone
parsimony
PARSIMONY =
stinginess, frugality
peroration
PERORATION =
the ending of a speech or flowery, rhetorical speech
prattle
PRATTLE =
to babble meaninglessly
prodigious
PRODIGIOUS =
extraordinary or abundant in size, force, extent
prolix
PROLIX =
verbose, long-winded
puissance
PUISSANCE =
power, strength
*puissant=powerful, strong
quotidian
QUOTIDIAN =
daily, commonplace, trite, hackneyed
redoubtable
REDOUBTABLE =
awe-inspiring, worhty of honor
rhetoric
RHETORIC =
the art of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
sanguine
SANGUINE =
cheery, optimistic
stand
STAND =
a group of trees
sycophant
SYCOPHANT =
one who flatters for self gain
stygian
STYGIAN =
dark, gloomy, saturnine
trenchant
TRENCHANT =
effective, articulate, clear cut
tyro
TYRO =
novice, greenhorn
urbane
URBANE =
sophisticated, refined
vilify
VILIFY =
to defame or lower in importance
*vilification=opprobrium
virulent
VIRULENT =
very harmful or poisonous, bitterly hostile or antagonistic