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Maelstrom
A violent or turbulent situation
Philistines
A smug, ignorant, especially middle-class person who is regarded as being indifferent or antagonistic to artistic and cultural values
Paragons
A model of excellence or perfection of a kind
Sporadic
Occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time
Sycophant
A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
kleptomaniac
An obsessive impulse to steal regardless of economic need.
novice
A person new to a field or activity; a beginner
parsimony
Unusual or excessive frugality; extreme economy or stinginess
equivocal
Open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead; ambiguous
categorical
Being without exception or qualification; absolute
unwonted
unusual
obdurate
Stubborn in wrongdoing or wickedness
iridescent
Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful in effect or appearance
veracious
honest
innocuous
harmless
acquiescence
agreement without protest
enervating
To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of
tonic
An agent, such as a medication, that restores or increases body tone
reprimanded
To reprove severely, especially in a formal or official way
placate
appease
dearth
A scarce supply
calumny
A false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation
plethora
an excess
anomaly
Deviation or departure from the normal or common order
clemency
A disposition to show mercy, especially toward an offender or enemy
insurgence
The action or an instance of rebellion
perspicacity
Acuteness of perception, discernment, or understanding
forbearance
Tolerance and restraint in the face of provocation; patience
discomfiture
Frustration or disappointment
inane
One that lacks sense or substance
salubrious
Conducive or favorable to health or well-being
fatuous
unconsciously foolish
perpetual
Lasting for eternity
effervescence
To emit small bubbles of gas, as a carbonated or fermenting liquid
enthralling
To hold spellbound; captivate
auspicious
Attended by favorable circumstances
acerbic
Sour or bitter tasting
resilient
Marked by the ability to recover readily, as from misfortune
prescience
Knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight.