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nebulous
adj. vagues; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
astringent
adj. having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe
axiom
n. a universally recognized principle
axiomatic
adj. taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
bucolic
adj. rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
canon
n. an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
canonical
adj. following or in agreement with accepted, traditiona standards
catalyst
n. a person or thing that causes change
censure
v. to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chary
adj. wary; cautious; sparing
contiguous
adj. sharing a border; touching; adjacent
convention
n. a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
credulous
adj. tending to believe too readily; gullible
culpable
adj. deserving blame
dearth
n. smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
demur
v. to question or oppose
dilettante
n. one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
discretion
n. cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
divulge
v. to disclose something secret
eccentric
adj. departing from norms or conventions
eloquent
adj. well-spoken; expressive; articulate
emollient
adj. soothing, especially to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying
enigmatic
adj. mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
ennui
n. dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
evanescent
adj. tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
exonerate
v. to remove blame
fervent
adj. greatly emotional or zealous
filibuster
n. intentional obstruction, especialy using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
flout
v. to demonstrate contempt for, as in a rule or convention
fulminate
v. to loudly attack or denounce
furtive
adj. marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
germane
adj. relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject manner
glib
adj. marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
halcyon
adj. calm and peaceful
hegemony
n. the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
hubris
n. arrogant presumption or pride
imminent
adj. about to happen; impending
impecunious
adj. lacking funds; without money
impetuous
adj. hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
impunity
n. immunity from punishment or penalty
incipient
adj. beginning to come into being or to become apparent
infelicitous
adj. unfortunate; inappropriate
inimical
adj. damaging; harmful; injurious
intrepid
adj. steadfast and courageous
inveigle
v. to obtrain by deception or flattery
malevolent
adj. having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
mercurial
adj. characterized by rapid and unpredictabe change in mood
nascent
adj. coming into being; in early developmental stages
noxious
adj. harmful; injurious
obfuscate
v. to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
obtuse
adj. lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
odious
adj. evoke intense aversion or dislike
paean
n. a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
pedagogy
n. the art or profession of training, teaching or instructing
perfidy
n. intentional breach of faith; treachery
pernicious
adj. extremely harmful; potentially causing death
pernurious
adj. penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
perspicacious
adj. acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
peruse
v. to examine with great care
pervade
v. to permeate throughout
pith
n. the essential or central part
pithy
adj. precise and brief
polemical
adj. controversial; argumentative
prattle
v. to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
predilection
n. a disposition in favor of something; preference
preen
v. to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
prescience
n. foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
proclivity
n. a natural predisposition or inclination
prodigious
adj. abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
profligate
adj. excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
profuse
adj. given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
prosaic
adj. dull; unimaginative
putrefy
v. to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
quaff
v. to drink deeply
qualms
n. misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
querulous
adj. prone to complaining or grumbling; quarrelsome
quixotic
adj. foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideas
quotididan
adj. occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
rancorous
adj. characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
redoubtable
adj. awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
refulgent
adj. radiant; shiny; brilliant
renege
v. to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
rhetoric
n. the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
sedulous
adj. diligent; persistent; hard-working
solvent
adj. able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
sordid
adj. characterize by filth, grime or squalor; foul
spendthrift
n. one who spends money wastefully
squalid
adj. sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
stoic
adj. indifferent to or unaffected by pleaure or pain; steadfast
stupefy
v. to stun, baffle or amaze
stymie
v. to block; thwart
succinct
adj. brief; concise
superfluous
adj. exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
supplant
v. to take the place of; supercede
surfeit
v. excess; iverindulgence
tenacity
n. the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued
terse
adj. brief and concise in wording
torque
n. a force that causes rotation
tout
v. to publicly praise or promote
transient
adj. fleeting; passing quickly; brief
trenchant
adj. sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
ubiquitous
adj. existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
unfeigned
adj. genuine; not false or hypocritical
untenable
adj. indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
urbane
adj. sophisticated;; refined; elegant
variegated
adj. multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
vexation
n. annoyance; irritation
vigilant
adj. alertly watchful
vilify
v. to defame; to characterize harshly
virulent
adj. extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic