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abstruse
difficult to understand, abstract
acumen
intelligence, canniness, wit
adroit
skillful, clever
affectation
a false or inauthentic way of behaving
affront
an insult
anachronism
something that is out of place in time
arcane
magical, mysterious
articulate
to speak clearly OR speaking clearly
austere
stern, forbidding
autonomy
independence
belittle
to put down, insult, disparage
byzantine
complex, tortuous
clairvoyant
person who can tell the future, also an adjective
conscientious
careful, diligent, scrupulous
contract
paper recording an agreement OR to catch a disease
convoluted
twisted, windy
corroborate
to provide evidence for, support
credulous
gullible, easily tricked
culpable
guilty
curtail
to shorten, cut off
debunk
to prove something is false (bunk is nonsense)
devious
tricky, deceitful
didactic
related to teaching
disparage
to put down, insult
effervescence
the quality of having bubbles
eloquent
able to speak well
epitome
high point, best example of something
esoteric
known only to a few
etch
to make a drawing by scratching into metal or stone
extrapolate
to hypothesize, predict
exult
to delight, take pride or joy in
flippant
not serious, sarcastic, joking
foster
to promote, encourage
gaunt
skinny, angular
gore
to pierce (like stabbing) OR blood and guts
indiscretion
a mistake or error, a failure of proper behavior
ingenuous
naive, innocent
insinuate
to hint OR to worm your way into somewhere
insolence
arrogance, haughtiness
intemperate
rash, bold, reckless
intuition
a guess or hunch, not logical
irreverent
without reverence, disrespectful
lackadaisical
half-hearted, no effort
license
paper allowing you to do something
lucid
clear, understandable
magnanimity
generosity, large-heartedness
malleable
able to be molded or shaped
maverick
a rebel, iconoclast (NOT a small cow)
methodology
the theory of methods, study of how to do things
multifarious
taking many forms, having many aspects
mundane
worldly, ordinary, boring
nefarious
evil, ill-willed
onerous
burdensome, difficult
opportunist
person who is interested in self-advantage
ornate
elaborately decorated, fancy
partisan
taking a particular side, not neutral
patron
supporter
perpetuate
to continue, to allow to continue
petty
small, overly concerned with minor issues
prevaricate
to tell a small lie
profligate
wasteful
proponent
supporter, believer in
savant
wise person
scrutinize
to examine carefully, peruse
solicitous
caring, convernted, charitable
solidarity
support, a group of people united, unity
sophistry
false, specious, facetious reasoning
spare
to lend or allow OR (adj.) trim, nothing extra, lean
squeamish
easily upset or nauseated
sinister
evil, threatening
slipshod
bad work, lazy, incorrect, mediocre work
staid
calm, emotionless
substantiate
to prove to be true
sycophant
flatterer, butt-kisser
taciturn
doesn't like to talk
tortuous
twisted, contorted, windy (NOT "like torture," that's "torturous")
undermine
to weaken, subvert
variegated
having different colors, many-colored
venturesome
willing to take risks, adventurous
veracity
truthfulness, honesty
verbose
wordy
virtuoso
a highly skilled person (like a musician)
warrant
permission to do something
witticism
a witty remark, joke