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anomalous
abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
aspersion
a damaging or derogatory statement, act of slandering or defaming
bizarre
extremely strange, unusual, atypical
brusque
abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
cajole
to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to decieve with soothing thoughts or false promises
castigate
to punish severely; to criticize severely
contrive
to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan
demagogue
a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
disabuse
to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking
ennui
weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupatioin or interest, boredom
fetter
(n) a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural) anything that confines or restrains
(v) to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent
heinous
very wicked, offensive, hateful
immutable
not subject to change, constraint
insurgent
(n) one who rebels or rises against authority
(adj) rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on
megalomania
a delusion marker by a feeling of power, wealth, talent etc., far in excess of reality
sinecure
a position requiring little or no work; an easy job
surreptitious
stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud
transgress
to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law
transmute
to change from one nature, substance, or form to another
vicarious
performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another
amnesty
a general pardon for an offense against the government; in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution
autonomy
self-government, political control
axiomatic
self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule
blazon
to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely
caveat
a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
equitable
fair, just, embodying principles of justice
extricate
to free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort
filch
to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts
flout
to mock, treat with contempt
fractious
tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrlesome, contrary; unpredictable
precept
a rule of conduct or action
salutary
beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome
scathing
bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm
scourge
(v) to whip, punish severely
(n) a cause of affliction or suffering; a source of severe punishment or criticism
sepulchral
funeral, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal
soporific
(adj) tendin to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy
(n) something that induces sleep
straitlaced
extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical
transient
lasting only a short time, fleeting
(n) one who stays only a short time
unwieldy
not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity
vapid
dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force
affable
courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
aggrandize
to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
amorphous
shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion
aura
that which surrounds; a distinctive air or personal quality
contraband
illegal traffic, smuggled goods; illegal, prohibited
erudite
scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
gossamer
thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; a very thin, light cloth
infer
to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply
inscrutable
incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically
insular
relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
irrevocable
incapable of being changed or called back
propensity
a natural inclination or predilection toward
querulous
peevish, complaining, fretful
remonstrate
to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
repudiate
to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
resilient
able to return to an original shape of form; able to recover quickly
reverberate
to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly
scurrilous
coarsely abusive, vulgar or low, foul-mouthed
sedulous
persistent, showing industry and determination
sleazy
thin of flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable