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breadth
distance from side to side
intricacy
having many complexly interrelating parts or elements
composure
a calmness or repose especially of mind, bearing, or appearance
perspicacity
of acute mental vision or discernment
discomfiture
to defeat in battle
forbearance
a refraining from the enforcement of something (as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due
benevolence
a compulsory levy by certain English kings with no other authority than the claim of prerogative
prophetic
foretelling events
salubrious
favorable to or promoting health or well-being
olfactory
of or relating to the sense of smell
litigation
to contest at law
aesthetic
appreciative of, responsive to, or zealous about the beautiful; also : responsive to or appreciative of what is pleasurable to the senses
clandestine
marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy
homogeneous
of the same or a similar kind or nature
eclectic
selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles
conventional
formed by agreement or compact
intrinsic
belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing
belittle
to speak slightingly of
gratuitous
given unearned or without recompense b : not involving a return benefit, compensation, or consideration
indigence
a level of poverty in which real hardship and deprivation are suffered and comforts of life are wholly lacking
enervation
to reduce the mental or moral vigor of
opulence
WEALTH, AFFLUENCE
impracticability
not practicable : incapable of being performed or accomplished by the means employed or at command
effervescence
to bubble, hiss, and foam as gas escapes
vindication
justification against denial or censure
enthralling
to hold in or reduce to slavery
auspicious
affording a favorable auspice
volatile
readily vaporizable at a relatively low temperature
insipid
lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge
acerbic
acid in temper, mood, or tone
besiegers
to surround with armed forces
hoarded
to keep (as one's thoughts) to oneself
superfluous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
unerringly
committing no error
prudent
marked by wisdom or judiciousness
irreconcilable
impossible to reconcile
exacerbated
to make more violent, bitter, or severe
imponderable
incapable of being weighed or evaluated with exactness
eradicated
to do away with as completely as if by pulling up by the roots
cloisters
a monastic establishment
obscured
to make dark, dim, or indistinct
prescient
foreknowledge of events
skeptical
an attitude of doubt or a attitude of disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object
equitable
dealing fairly and equally with all concerned
laudatory
of, relating to, or expressing praise
capricious
governed by a sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated notion or action
deleterious
harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way
conventional
formed by agreement or compact
embezzlement
to appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use
subordination
to make subject or subservient
scrutiny
a searching study, inquiry, or inspection
sentimental
marked or governed by feeling, sensibility, or emotional idealism
altruistic
unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others
ulterior
going beyond what is openly said or shown and especially what is proper
intrinsic
belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing
exhibitionist
a perversion in which sexual gratification is obtained from the indecent exposure of one's genitals
hedonist
the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the sole or chief good in life
adversary
one that contends with, opposes, or resists
egoist
an egocentric or egotistic person
introvert
to turn inward or in upon itself: as a : to concentrate or direct upon oneself
trite
hackneyed or boring from much use
fictitiuos
conventionally or hypothetically assumed or accepted
debacle
a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river
blockbuster
one that is notably expensive, effective, successful, large, or extravagant
deluge
an overwhelming amount or number
gala
a festive celebration; especially : a public entertainment marking a special occasion
milestone
a significant point in development
accolades
a ceremonial embrace
vindicated
to free from allegation or blame
charitable
full of love for and goodwill toward others
deferential
showing or expressing deference
querulous
querulous
biased
to give a settled and often prejudiced outlook to
bemused
to cause to have feelings of wry or tolerant amusement
overawed
to restrain or subdue by awe
peevish
querulous in temperament or mood
splurge
an ostentatious effort, display, or expenditure
munificently
characterized by great liberality or generosity
conserve
to keep in a safe or sound state <he conserved his inheritance>; especially : to avoid wasteful or destructive use of
intangibly
not tangible
stint
to limit within certain boundaries
temporize
to act to suit the time or occasion
austerely
stern and cold in appearance or manner
exorbitantly
exceeding the customary or appropriate limits in intensity, quality, amount, or size
hospitable
given to generous and cordial reception of guests
exemplary
serving as an example, instance, or illustration
parasitic
something that depends and houses itself on something else
autonomous
having the right or power of self-government
obvious
being in the way or in front
innocuous
not likely to give offense or to arouse strong feelings or hostility
anomalous
inconsistent with or deviating from what is usual, normal, or expected
enviable
highly desirable
auspicious
observation by an augur especially of the flight and feeding of birds to discover omens
urbane
notably polite or polished in manner
prudent
characterized by, arising from, or showing prudence : as a : marked by wisdom or judiciousness
convivial
relating to, occupied with, or fond of feasting, drinking, and good company
imperious
befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments
objective
relating to or existing as an object of thought without consideration of independent existence -- used chiefly in medieval philosophy
transitory
tending to pass away : not persistent
stringent
marked by rigor, strictness , or severity especially with regard to rule or standard
callous
being hardened and thickened
inordinate
exceeding reasonable limits
inadequate
not adequate : INSUFFICIENT
unassailable
not assailable : not liable to doubt, attack, or question
disparaging
to lower in rank or reputation : DEGRADE
shortsighted
lacking foresight
furtive
obtained underhandedly
meticulous
marked by extreme or excessive care in the consideration or treatment of details
cryptic
having or seeming to have a hidden or ambiguous meaning
scanty
limited or less than sufficient in degree, quantity, or extent
vigilant
alertly watchful especially to avoid danger
primitive
of or relating to the earliest age or period
overweening
ARROGANT, PRESUMPTUOUS
IMMODERATE, EXAGGERATED
innocuous
not likely to give offense or to arouse strong feelings or hostility
monolithic
constituting a massive undifferentiated and often rigid whole
symbiotic
the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms
debilitating
to impair the strength of
stereotype
to repeat without variation : make hackneyed
billowing
to bulge or swell out (as through action of the wind)
imminent
ready to take place; especially : hanging threateningly over one's head
averted
to turn away or aside (as the eyes) in avoidance
averted
to see coming and ward off
admonished
to indicate duties or obligations to
untenable
not able to be defended <an untenable position>
salubrious
favorable to or promoting health or well-being <salubrious habits>
copious
yielding something abundantly <a copious harvest> <copious springs>
diversified
to balance (as an investment portfolio) defensively by dividing funds among securities of different industries or of different classes
didactic
designed or intended to teach
articulate
divided into syllables or words meaningfully arranged
acrimonious
caustic, biting, or rancorous especially in feeling, language, or manner
deteriorating
to make inferior in quality or value
coincidental
occurring or existing at the same time
plausible
superficially fair, reasonable, or valuable but often specious
ambiguity
the quality or state of being ambiguous especially in meaning
assertion
the act of asserting; also : DECLARATION, AFFIRMATION
estranged
to arouse especially mutual enmity or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
disillusionment
to free from illusion; also : to cause to lose naive faith and trust
ambivalence
simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action
antagonism
opposition of a conflicting force, tendency, or principle <the antagonism of democracy to dictatorship> b : actively expressed opposition or hostility <antagonism between factions>
antiquarianism
dealing in old or rare books
anachronism
an error in chronology; especially : a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other
assiduous
marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application <an assiduous book collector> <tended her garden with assiduous attention>
ingenuously
showing innocent or childlike simplicity and candidness
voluminously
consisting of many folds, coils, or convolutions
sporadically
occurring occasionally, singly, or in irregular or random instances
agoraphobic
abnormal fear of being helpless in an embarrassing or unescapable situation that is characterized especially by the avoidance of open or public places
kleptomaniac
a person evidencing kleptomania
hypochondriac
of, relating to, or being the two regions of the abdomen lying on either side of the epigastric region and above the lumbar regions
therapeutic
of or relating to the treatment of disease or disorders by remedial agents or methods
claustrophobic
affected with or inclined to claustrophobia
fickle
marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability : given to erratic changeableness
swarthy
of a dark color, complexion, or cast
raucous
disagreeably harsh or strident
cordial
tending to revive, cheer, or invigorate
versatile
changing or fluctuating readily
cloister
a monastic establishment
panorama
an unobstructed or complete view of an area in every direction
arboretum
a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes
granary
a chief source or storehouse
succinct
marked by compact precise expression without wasted words
redundant
exceeding what is necessary or normal
discursive
moving from topic to topic without order
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
provincial
a person of local or restricted interests or outlook
transitory
tending to pass away : not persistent
utilitarian
an advocate or adherent of utilitarianism
eclectic
selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles
implausible
not plausible : provoking disbelief
designated
to indicate and set apart for a specific purpose, office, or duty
disinclined
to make unwilling
demoted
to reduce to a lower grade or rank
exonerated
to relieve of a responsibility, obligation, or hardship
impoverishment
to deprive of strength, richness, or fertility by depleting or draining of something essential
enervated
to reduce the mental or moral vigor of
upheavals
extreme agitation or disorder
euphoric
feeling of well-being or elation
wayward
following one's own capricious, wanton, or depraved inclinations
methodical
arranged, characterized by, or performed with method or order
rancorous
marked by rancor : deeply malevolent
timorous
expressing or suggesting timidity <proceed with doubtful and timorous steps
emulate
to equal or approach equality with
abet
to actively second and encourage
ebb
the reflux of the tide toward the sea
untarnished
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zenith
the point of the celestial sphere that is directly opposite the nadir and vertically above the observer
untainted
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brink
a bank especially of a river
vainglorious
marked by vainglory
pugnacious
having a quarrelsome or combative nature
dubious
giving rise to uncertainty
nonchalance
quality having an air of easy unconcern or indifference
fervor
intensity of feeling or expression
intermittently
coming and going at intervals
hysteria
a psychoneurosis marked by emotional excitability and disturbances of the psychic, sensory, vasomotor, and visceral functions
sporadically
occurring occasionally, singly, or in irregular or random instances
indolent
causing little or no pain