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acumen

n
keen, accurate judgment or insight
adulterate

v
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
amalgamate

v
to combine several elements into a whole
(noun form: amalgamation)
arhaic

a
outdated; assosciated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
aver

v
to state as a fact; to declare or assert
bolster

v
to provide support or reinforcement
bombastic

a
pompous; grandiloquent
(noun form: bombast)
diatribe

n
a harsh denunciation
dissemble

v
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
eccentric

a
departing from norms or conventions
endemic

a
characteristic of or often found in a particualar locality, region, or people
evanescent

a
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
exacerbate

v
to make worse or more severe
fervent

a
greatly emotional or zealous
(nouns form: fervor)
fortuitous

a
happening by accident or chance
germane

a
relevant to the subject at hand; appopriate in subject matter
grandiloquence

n
pompous speech or expression
(adjective form: grandiloquent)
hackneyed

a
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
halcyon

a
calm and peaceful
hedonism

n
devotion to pleasurable pursuits, especially to the pleasures of the senses
(a hedonist is someone who pursues pleasure)
hegemony

n
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
iconoclast

n
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
idolatrous

a
given to intense or excessive devotion to something
(noun form: idolatry)
impassive

a
revealing no motion
imperturbable

a
marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
implacable

a
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
impunity

n
immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate

a
in initial stage; not fully formed
infelicitous

a
unfortunate; inappropriate
insipid

a
without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
loquacious

a
extremely talkative
(noun form: loquacity)
luminous

a
characterized by brightness and the emission of light
malevolent

a
having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
(noun form: malevolence)
malleable

a
capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
mendacity

n
the conidition of being untruthful; dishonesty
(adjective form: mendacious)
meticulous

a
characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
misanthrope

n
one who hates all other humans
(adjective form: misanthropic)
mitigate

v
to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
obdurate

a
unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
obsequious

a
exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
occlude

v
to obstruct or block
opprobrium

n
disgrace; contempt; scorn
pedagogy

n
the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
pedantic

a
overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge
penury

n
poverty; destitution
pervasive

a
having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
pine

v
to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
pirate

v
to illegally use or reproduce
pith

n
the essential or central part
pithy

a
precise and brief
placate

v
to appease; to calm by making concessions
platitude

n
a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful
plummet

n
to plunge or drop straight down
polemical

a
controversial; argumentative
prodigal

a
recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish
profuse

a
given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
proliferate

v
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
queries

n
questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
querulous

a
prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish
rancorous

a
characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
(noun form: rancor)
recalcitrant

a
obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
repudiate

v
to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
rescind

v
to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
reverent

a
marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
(noun form: reverence)
rhetoric

n
the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
salubrious

a
promoting health or well-being
solvent

a
able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
specious

a
seeming true, but actually being fallacious, misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
spurious

a
lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
subpoena

n
a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
succinct

a
brief; concise
superfluous

a
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
surfeit

n/v
an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply excess
tenacity

n
the quality of ahderance or persistence to something valued; persistent determination
(adjective form: tenacious)
tenuous

n
having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
tirade

n
a long and extremely crtical speech;
a harsh denunciation
transient

a
fleeting; passing quickly; brief
zealous

a
fervent; ardent; impassioned devoted to a cause
(a zealot is a zealous person)