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acumen
noun

keen, accurate judgement or insight
adulterate
verb

to reduce purity by combining w/ inferior ingredients
amalgamate
verb

to combine several elements into a whole
archaic
adjective

outdated; associated w/ an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
aver
verb

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

to provide support or reinforcement
bombastic
adjective

pompous; grandiloquent
diatribe
noun

a harsh denunciation
dissemble
verb

to disguise or conceal; to mislead
eccentric
adjective

departing from norms or conventions
endemic
adjective

characteristic of or often fround in a particular locality, region, or people
evanescent
adjective

tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
exacerbate
verb

to make worse or severe
fervent
adjective

greatly emotional or zealous
fortuitous
adjective

happening by accident or chance
germane
adjective

relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
grandiloquence
noun

pompous speech or expression
hackneyed
adjective

rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
halcyon
adjective

calm or peaceful
hedonism
noun

devotion to pleausureable pursuits, esp. to pleasures of the senses
hegemony
noun

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

one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
idolatrous
adjective

given to intense or excessive devotion to something
impassive
adjective

revealing no emotion
imperturable
marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
implacable
adjective

not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
impunity
noun

immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate
adjective

in an initial stage; not fully formed
infelicitous
adjective

unfortunate; inappropriate
insipid
adjective

w/out taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
loquacious
adjective

extremely talkative
luminous
adjective

characterized by brightness & the emission of light
malevolent
adjective

having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
malleable
adjective

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

the condition of being untruthful; dishonest
meticulous
adjective

characterized by extreme care & precision; attentive to detail
misanthrope
noun

one who hates all other humans
mitigate
verb

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

unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
obsequious
adjective

exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
occlude
verb

to obstruct or block
opprobium
noun

disgrace; contempt; scorn
pedagogy
noun

the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
pedantic
adjective

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

poverty; destitution
pervasive
adjective

having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
pine
verb

to yearn intensively; to languish; to lose vigor
pirate
verb

to illegally use or reproduce
pith
noun

the essential or central part
pithy
adjective

precise & brief
placate
verb

to appease; to calm by making concessions
platitude
noun

a superficial remark, esp. offered as meaningful
plummet
verb

to plunge or drop straight down
polemical
adjective

controversial; argumentative
prodigal
adjective

recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse, lavish
profuse
adjective

given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
proliferate
verb

to grow or increase swiftly & abundantly
queries
noun

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

prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish
rancorous
adjective

characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
recalcitrant
adjective

obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
repudiate
verb

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

to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
reverent
adjective

marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe & respect
rhetoric
noun

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

promoting health or well-being
solvent
adjective

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

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

lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
subpoena
noun

a court order requiring appearance &/or testimony
succinct
adjective

brief; concise
superfluous
adjective

exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
surfeit
noun/verb

an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
tenacity
noun

the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination
tenuous
adjective

having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
tirade
noun

a long & extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
transient
adjective

fleeting; passing quickly; brief
zealous
adjective

fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to teh cause