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assertion
a declaration or statement
clarity
clearness in thought or expression
cogent
convincing; reasonable
coherent
logically connected
cohesive
condition of sticking together
didactic
intended to instruct
discourse
verbal expression or exchange; conversation
eloquence
the ability to speak vividly or persuasively
emphasize
to give special attention to something, to stress
fluid
easily flowing
implication
the act of suggesting or hinting
lucid
easily understood; clear
pundit
an authority who expresses his/her opinions
rhetoric
the art of using language effectively and persuasively
artbiter
a judge who decides a disputed issue
biases
prejudiced
exculpate
to free from guilt or blame
impartial
not in favor of one side or the other, unbiased
incontrovertible
indisputable; not open to question
integrity
trustworthiness; completeness
jurisprudence
the philosophy or science of law
objectivity
treating facts without influence from personal feelings or prejudices
penitent
expressing remorse for one's misdeeds
plausible
seemingly valid or acceptable
substantiated
supported with proof or evidence
vindicated
freed from blame
condescending
treating people as weak or inferior
contemptuous
feeling hatred; scornful
despotic
exercising absolute power; tyrannical
dictatorial
domineering; opressively overbearing
disdain
contempt, scorn
haughty
arrogant; vainly proud
imperious
arrogantly domineering or overbearing
partonizing
treating in a condescending manner
convoluted
intricate; complex
cryptic
difficult to comprehend
futile
having no useful purpse; pointless
impede
to slow the progress of
obscure
relatively unknown
quandary
a state of uncertainty or perplexity
dilatory
habitually late
indolent
lazy
insipid
unintersting; unchallenging
listless
lacking energy
torpor
laziness; inactivity; dullness
alienated
removed or disassociated from (friends, family, or homeland)
alliance
a union of two or more groups
disparity
inequality in age, rank or degree; difference
servile
submissive; like a servant
suppressed
subdued; kept from being circulated
embellish
to make beautiful by ornamenting; to decorate
florid
describing flowery or elaborate speech
opulent
exhibiting a display of great wealth
ornate
elaborately decorated
ostentatious
describing a showy or pretentious display
poignant
profoundly moving; touching
ebullience
intense enthusiasm
effusive
emotionally unrestrained; gushy
egregious
conspicuously bad or offensive
flagrant
extremely or deliberately schocking or noticeable
frenetic
wildly excited or active
pratuitous
given freely; unearned; unwarranted
superfluous
extra; unnecessary
ample
describing a large amount of something
comprehensive
large in scope or content
copious
plentiful; haivng a large quantity
permeated
spread or flowing throughout
pervasive
dispersed throughout
prodigious
enormous
replete
abundantly supplied; filled to capacity
alleviate
to ease a pain or a burden
asylum
a place of retreat or security
auspicious
favorable; promising
benevolent
well-meaning; generous
benign
kind and gentle
emollient
softening and soothing
mollify
to calm or soothe
reclamation
the act of making something useful again
sanction
to give official authorization or approval
dubious
doubtful; of unlikely authenticity
fabricated
made; concocted in order to decieve
hypocrisy
the practice of pretending to be sometihng one is not
slander
false charges and malicious oral statements about someone
spurious
not genuine; false; counterfeit
astute
shrewd; clever
camouflage
to hide by blending with surroundings
clandestine
secretive
coup
a brilliantly executed plan
disingenuous
not straightforward; crafty
ruse
a crafty trick
strategem
a clever trick used to deceive or outwit
surreptitiously
done by secretive means
wary
on guard; watchful
wily
cunning
ambiguous
open to more than one interpretation
ambivalent
simultaneously having opposing feelings; uncertain
apathetic
feeling or showing little emotion
arbitrary
determinde by impulse rather than reason
capricious
impulsive and unpredictable
equivocate
to avoid amking a definite statement
indifferent
not caring one way or the other
spontaneous
unplanned; naturally occurring
whimsical
subject to erratic behavior; unpredictable
inconsequential
unimportant
superficial
concerned only with what is on the surface or obvious; shallow
tenuous
having little substance or strength; shaky; unsure; weak
trivial
of little importance or significance
assiduous
hard-working
compelling
forceful; urgently demanding attention
diligent
marking by painstaking effort
dogged
stubbornly preserving
endure
to put up with
intrepid
courageous; fearless
maverick
one who is independent and resissts adherence to a group
obdurate
stubborn; inflexible
obstinate
stubbornly adhering to an opinion or a course of action
proliferate
to grow or increase rapidly
tenacity
persistence
vitality
energy
assimilation
to absorb; to make similar
consensus
general agreement
context
circumstances of a situation
derived
copied or adapted from a source
incumbent
imposed as a duty; obigatory
inevitable
certain to happen, unavoidable
malleable
easily shaped or formed; easily influence
subdue
to restrain; to hold back
acquired
developed or learned; not naturally occurring
conception
the ability to form or understand an idea
conviction
a fixed or strong belief
dogmatic
stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proved beliefs
enlightening
informative; contributing to one's awaresness
impression
a feelings or understanding resulting from an experience
intuition
the power of knowing things without thinking
inherent
inborn; built-in
inveterate
long established; deep-rooted; haitual
omnipotent
all-powerful
proximity
closeness
elusive
difficultto capture, as in someting actually fleeting
emigrate
to leave one country and settle in another
transient
passing away with time; passing from one to another
transitory
short-lived or temporary
affable
easy-going; friendly
amenable
responsive; agreeable
camaraderie
goodwill between friends
cordial
friendly; sincere
facetious
playfully humorous
impinge
hinder; interfere with
lament
express grief for; mourn
sanction
an economic or military measure put in place to punish another country
truncated
shortened; cut-off
aesthetic
having to do with the appreciate of beauty
anthology
a collection of literary pieces
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial understanding of a field or knowledge
parody
an artistic work that imitates the style of another work for comic effect
realism
artistic representation that aims from visual accuracy
decorous
proper; marked by good taste
equanimity
the quality of being calm and even-temmpered; composure
propriety
appropriateness of behavior
prudent
exercising good judgement or common sense
staid
unemotional; serious
discredit
to cause to be doubted
disparages
to speak of in a slighting way or negatively
pejorative
describing words or phrases that belittle or speak negatively of someone
vilify
to make vicious statements about
brusque
rudely abrupt
caustic
bitingly sarcastic or witty
feral
savage; unamed
fractious
quarrelsome; unruly
incorrigible
unagle to be reformed
ingrate
an ungrateful person
insoletn
insulting in manner or speech
notorious
known widely and usually unfavorably; infamous
pugnacious
combative; belligerent
reprehensible
worthy of blame
deleterious
having a harmful effect
enmity
mutual hatred or ill will
heinous
hatefull evil
malfeasance
misconducts or wrongdoing, especially by a public official
putrid
rotten
rancorous
hateful; marked by deep-seated ill will
hackneyed
worn-out through overuse
obsolete
no longer in use
austere
without decoration; strict
mundane
commonplace; ordinary
ponderous
extremely dull
prosaic
unimaginative
harbinger
something that indicates what is to come
ominous
menacing; threatening
timorous
timid; fearful about the future
trepidation
uncertainty
nascent
coming into existence; emerging
novel
strikingly new or unusual
candor
sincerity
conflagration
a widespread fire
sonorous
producing a deep or full sound
fastidious
possessing careful attention to detial
laudatory
giving praise
venerated
highly respected
pragmatic
practical
solvent
able to pay one's debts
abstract
not applied to actual objects
cartographer
one who designs or makes maps
vocation
an occupation or profession