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Acumen
Acumen - quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
Ascetic
Ascetic - practiceses ridgid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
Astringent
Astringent - having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh, severe
Avarice
Avarice - greed, esp. for wealth
Aver
Aver - to state as fact; to confirm or support
Bucolic
Bucolic - rustic & pastoral; characteristic of rural areas & rural folk
Canon
Canon - established set of principles or code of laws, esp religious in nature
Canonical
Canonical - following or in agreement w/ orthodox requirements
Chary
Chary - wary; cautious
Cynicism
Cynicism - belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
Dearth
Dearth - smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
Demur
Demur - to question or oppose
Didactic
Didactic - intended to teach or instruct
Dilettante
Dilettante - one with amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
Dissemble
Dissemble - to disguise or conceal; to mislead
Ebullience
Ebullience - quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings
Effrontery
Effrontery - extreme boldness; presumptuousness
Emollient
Emollient - soothing, esp. to skin; making less hars; mollifying
Empirical
Empirical - based on observation or experience
Ennui
Ennui - dissatisfaction & restlessness resulting from boredome or apathy
Evanescent
Evanescent - tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
Filibuster
Filibuster - intentional obstruction, esp. prolonged speechmaking intending to delay legislation
Flout
Flout - to demonstrate contempt for, as in a rule or convention
Fulminate
Fulminate - to loudly attack or denounce
Furtive
Furtive - marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
Germane
Germane - relavant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
Glib
Glib - marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth
Grandiloquence
Grandiloquence - pompous speech or expression
Hackneyed
Hackneyed - rendered trite or commonplace by frequent use
Halcyon
Halcyon - calm and peaceful
Harangue
Harangue - to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
Hegemony
Hegemony - consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
Heretical
Heretical - violating acecpted dogma or convention
Hubris
Hubris - arrogant presumption of pride
Hyperbole
Hyperbole - an exaggerated statement, usually a figure of speech
Idolatrous
Idolatrous - given to intense or excessive devotion to something
Immutable
Immutable - not capable of change
Impassive
Impassive - revealing no emotion
Impecunious
Impecunious - lacking funds; without money
Impunity
Impunity - immunity from punishment or penalty
Incipient
Incipient - beginning to come into being, or to become apparent
Infelicitious
Infelicitious - unfortunate, inappropriate
Intractable
Intractable - not easily managed or directed; stubborn, obstinate
Intrepid
Intrepid - steadfast and courageous
Inured
Inured - accustomed to accepting something undesireable
Inveigle
Inveigle - to obtain by deception or flattery
Magnanimity
Magnanimity - quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
Mendacity
Mendacity - condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
Mercurial
Mercurial - characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
Nascent
Nascent - come into being; in early development stages
Nebulous
Nebulous - vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
Neologism
Neologism - a new word, expression or usage; creation or use of new words or senses
Neophyte
Neophyte - a recent convert; a beginer, novice
Obfuscate
Obfuscate - to deliberately obscure; to make confusuing
Obtuse
Obtuse - lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
Odious
Odious - evoking intense aversion or dislike
Paean
Paean - a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
Parody
Parody - a humours imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
Pedagogy
Pedagogy - the art or profession of training, teaching or instructing
Pedantic
Pedantic - the parading of learning; excessive attention to minutea and formal rules
Penurious
Penurious - penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
Penury
Penury - poverty; destitution
Pernicious
Pernicious - extremely harmful; potentially causing death
Perspicacious
Perspicacious - acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
Pine
Pine - to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
Pith/Pithy
Pith/Pithy - the essential or central part; precise and brief
Polemical
Polemical - controversial; argumentative
Prattle
Prattle - to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
Precursor
Precursor - one that indicates or announces someone or something to come
Preen
Preen - to dress up; to primp; to groom one-self with elaborate care
Prescience
Prescience - foreknowledge of events; knowing of events before they occur
Prodigious
Prodigious - abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
Profligate
Profligate - excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
Profuse
Profuse - given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
Prolific
Prolific - producing large volumes or amounts; productive
Prosaic
Prosaic - dull, unimaginative
Putrefy
Putrefy - to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
Quaff
Quaff - to drink deeply
Querulous
Querulous - prone to complaining or grumbling; quarrelsome
Quixotic
Quixotic - foolisly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
Quotidian
Quotidian - occuring or recurring daily; common place
Rancorous
Rancorous - characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
Recalcitrant
Recalcitrant - obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
Recondite
Recondite - hidden, concealed; difficult to understand; obsucre
Redoubtable
Redoubtable - awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
Refulgent
Refulgent - radiant, shiny, brilliant
Repudiate
Repudiate - to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
Salubrious
Salubrious - promoting health or well-being
Satire
Satire - a literary work that ridicules or criticizes human vice through humor or derision
Sedulous
Sedulous - diligent, persistent, hardworking
Solicitious
Solicitous - concerned and attentive; eager
Solvent
Solvent - able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
Sordid
Sordid - characterized by filth, grime or squalor; foul
Spurious
Spurious - lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfit
Squalid
Squalid - sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
Static
Static - not moving, active or in motion; at rest
Stymie
Stymie - to block; thwart
Supplant
Supplant - to take the place of; supercede
Surfeit
Surfeit - excess; overindulgent
Terse
Terse - brief and concise in wording
Tortuous
Tortuous - winding; twisting; excessivley complicated
Tout
Tout - to publicly priase or promote
Trenchant
Trenchant - sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
Truculent
Truculent - fierce and crule; eager to fight
Ubiquitious
Ubiquitious - existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
Untenable
Untenable - indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
Urbane
Urbane - sophisticated; refined; elegant
Variegated
Variegated - multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different colors
Vilify
Vilify - to defame; to characterize harshly
Virulent
Virulent - extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
Vituperate
Vituperate - to use harsh, condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severly or abusively; berate