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narcissism
excessive love of one's body or oneself
nebulous
vague, hazy, indistinct
neologism
a new word or phrase; a new usage of a word
neophyte
a novice or beginner
noisome
offensive or disgusting; stinking, noxious
noxious
harmful, offensive
nuance
a dubtly difference or distinction
numerology
the study of numbers for the purposes of predicting the future
obdurate
stubborn, insensitive, unyielding, resistant to persuasion
obeisance
deep reverence; a bow or curtsy
obfuscate
to darken or confuse
obsequious
fawning, subserviant, servile, excessively deferential
odometer
instrument that neasures how many miles one has traveled
olfactory
pertaining to the sense of smell
oligarchy
government by only a very few people
ornate
very fancy, usually refers to tangible objects
palliative
something that provides temporary relief without getting rid of the problem
paltry
insignificant; worthless
panacea
something that cures everything
panache
flair, verve; dashing elegance
paragon
a model of execellence
peccadillo
a minor offense or error
pedantic
boringly scholarly or academic; overconcerned with details
penurious
extremely stingy, porr, or miserly
perfidy
treachery
perfunctory
unenthusiastic, careless
pernicious
deadly, extremely evil
perquisite
a privilege that goes along with a job, a perk
philistine
a smugly ignorant personw ith no appreciation for intellectual or artistic matters
piquant
pleasantly sharp in flavor; interestingly provocative or stimulating
plebian
common, vulgar, low-class
poignant
painfully emotional, extremely moving, sharp, or astute
polemic
a powerful argument often made to attack or refute a controversial issue
portent
an oment, a sign of something coming
potentate
a person who possesses great power
predilection
a natural preference for something
preempt
to seize something by prior right
prescient
having knowledge of things before they exist or happen
priggish
very fussy, self righteous, high maintenance, usually regers to people
profligate
extravagantly wasteful; wildly immoral
prolific
abundatly productive, fruitful, or fertile
promulgate
to publicly or formally declare something
prosaic
dull, unimaginative
pugnacious
quarrelsome, combative, always ready to fight
pulchritude
physical beauty
queue
a line; to line up
quiescent
motionless; at rest; still
quintessential
being the most perfect example of
quixotic
idealistic to a follish or impractical defree
quotidian
daily; everyday; ordinary
raze
to completely destroy or level something
rebuke
to crticize sharply
recapitulate
to review or summarize
recidivism
the act of repeating an offense
redolent
fragrant
renege
to go back ona get or promise
retrenchment
cutting down or off, reduction
rhetoric
the sudy or art of using language well; the use of undue exaggeration
sacrosanct
sacred, held to be inviolable
sanguine
cheerful, optimistic, hopeful
sardonic
mocking, scornful
saturnine
gloomy or taciturn
scrupulous
strict, careful; hesitant for ethical reasons
semantic
pertaining to the meaning of words or symbols
semaphore
system of signaling, usually through the use of flags
seredipity
accidental good fortune, discovering good things without looking for them
skinflint
a mean, penny-pinching person
smidgen
a very small amount
somber
depressed, dismal, gloomy
specious
deceptively plausible or attractive; misleading; like an answer choice joe bloggs would fall for
stand
a group of trees
sublime
of great intellectual, moral, or spiritual value
subsidy
a gift of money
subterfuge
deceptive strategy used to conceal, escape, or evade
supercilious
haughty, patronizing
supplicate
to ask or beg humbly
tenable
valid, capable of being argued successfully
threadbare
falling apart, meager, poor, old
truculent
fierce, cruel, savagely brutal
turbid
unclear or opaque, lacking clairty or purity
uncanny
extraordinary, mysterious, uncomfortable strange
unilateral
involving one side only; done on behalf of one side only
usury
the practice of lending money at a high interest rate
vacuous
empty of content; lacking in ideas or intelligence
vapid
dull, spiritless
verdant
covered with green plants; leafy; inexperienced
vernacular
everyday speech, slang, idiom
vestige
a remaining bit of something, a last trace
vilify
to say vile things about; to defame
wane
to decrease in strenth or intensity; to fade away; tod ecling in power
wanton
malicious, unjustifiable, unprovoked, egregious
wizened
shriveled, withered, shrunken
zeitgeist
the mood or spirit of the the times
zenith
the highest point; peak; pinnacle