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erudition
deep, extensive learning
husbandry
application of scientific principles to agriculture, esp. to animal breeding
didactic
instructive
euphemism
a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt or offensive term
extrapolate
to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information
pedantic
excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
insinuate
to introduce or communicate stealthily
perspicacious
shrewd; clear-sighted
rhetoric
the art of using language effective and persuasively
acumen
quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight
adroit
dexterous; deft
ascertain
to find out, as through investigation or experimentation
astute
shrewd; clever
circumspect
careful; prudent; discreet
pragmatic
practical
precocious
exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity
prospectus
formal proposal
abstruse
difficult to understand
convoluted
intricate; complex
enigma
a puzzle, mystery, or riddle
reticent
inclined to keep silent; reserved
staid
unemotional; serious
arcane
known or understand by only a few
derivative
something that comes from another source
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a small group
gaffe
a clumsy social error; a faux pas
insular
isolated; narrow or provincial
potentate
one who has the power and position to rule over others; monarch
censure
to issue official blame
denounce
to condemn openly
relinquish
to retire from; give up or abandon
renounce
to give up (a title, for example) especially by formal announcement
vituperative
marked by harshly abusive condemnation
conciliatory
appeasing; soothing; showing willingness to reconcile
exonerate
to free from blame
incontrovertible
indisputable; not open to question
indict
to officially charge with wrongdoing or crime
litigious
prone to engage in lawsuits
partisan
devoted to our biased in support of a party, group, or cause
parity
equality, as in amount, status, or value (ant: disparity)
rectitude
moral uprightness; righteousness
remiss
lax in attending to duty; negligent
repudiate
to reject the validity or authority of
scrupulous
principled, having a strong sense of right and wrong; conscientious and exacting
solicitous
concerned
vindicate
to free from blame
chicanery
trickery
obsequious
fawning and servile
sycophant
insincere, obsequious flatterer
altruism
unselfish, concern for the welfare of others; selflessness
eminent
distinguished; prominent
extol
to praise highly
magnanimous
courageously or generously noble in mind and heart
expurgate
to remove objectionable
extirpate
to destroy
stymie
to thwart or stump
abase
to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem
deride
to mock contemptuously
disparage
to speak of negatively
effrontery
brazen boldness; presumptuousness
impugn
to attack as false or questionable
vex
to annoy or bother; to perplex
vindictive
disposed to seek revenge; revengeful; spiteful
bombastic
given to pompous speech or writing
ebullience
intense enthusiasm
exorbitant
exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness
flagrant
extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable
gratuitous
given freely; unearned; unneccessary
opulent
displaying great wealth
amalgam
a combination of diverse elements
inundate
to overwhelm as if with a flood; to swamp
multifarious
diverse; various
multiplicity
state of being various or maniful; a great number
palliative
relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure
felicitous
admirably suited; apt
belie
to misrepresent
debunk
to expose
duplicitous
deliberately deceptive
specious
having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually false
ambivalent
simultaneously feeling opposing feelings; uncertain
capricious
impulsive and unpredictable
erratic
markedly inconsistent
impetuous
suddenly and forcefullye nergetic or emotional; impulsive and passionate
impetus
an impelling force or stimulus
flog
to decline in vigor or strength; to tire; to droop