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scuttle
to sink; to scrap or discards
fallacious
containing or based on faulty reasoning, misleading
malefactor
a wrongdoer
paradigm
a model, way of looking at things
malinger (v.)
to deliberately avoid work
proclivity
(n) tendency towards
charlatan
a trickster who claims knowledge he doesn't have, fraud
unwitting
not delibreate, unconscious
chary
wary of, cautious about

reluctant to give
Ex) a person chary of compliments
dilatory
slow, falling behind in one's work
prodigal
wasteful, extravagant
sequester
to isolate
upbraid
to scold, tell off, reprimand
antediluvian
outdated, prehistoric, old-fashioned
fastidious
overly particular, finicky

Ex) Fastidious workmanship
indolence
habitual laziness, sloth

Ex)The deadly sin of indolence
serendipity
fortunate coincidence, unsought discovery
chicanery
deception by trickery, subterfuge

Ex)Using skilfuly chicanery, the student was able to conceal the fact that she had cheated.
upshot
outcome

Ex) The game's upshot was not determined until the last second.
anthropocentrism
putting human beings at the center of one's philosophy

Ex) Big Business preaches a form of anthropocentrism that has no regard for our natural surroundings.
chimerical
changeable, unstable
urbane
sophisticated, suave
choleric
easily angered
fecund
fertile

Ex) The scientist was fecund in the bedroom and fecund in the library.
felicitous
admirably suited, apt
ineffable
cannot be expressed in words

Ex) My feelings toward you are ineffable; not even Shakespeare would be able to express them verbally.
martinet
person who believes in strict discipline
proletarian
member of the working class
apochryphal
of doubtful origin
parry
to deflect or ward off; to avoid