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dwindled
diminish: to decrease little by little in size
extrapolated
infer: to use known facts as the starting point from which to draw inferences or conclusions about something unknown
elitist
belief in control by small group
derivative
unoriginal
viable
practicable or worthwhile
pretentious
acting as though more important or special than is warranted, or appearing to have an unrealistically high self-image
supercilious
contemptuously indifferent: full of contempt and arrogance
fastidious
demanding
garbled
jumble meaning of something
(noun)confused meaning
cantankerous
grouch, easily angered
impervious
not responsive: remaining unmoved and unaffected by other people's opinions, arguments, or suggestions
iconoclastic
somebody challenging tradition
venerated
respect somebody
promulgate
declare something officially
presupposed
require something as prior condition
deprecated
condemn something or somebody
rhapsodic
enthusiastic
lyrical
gushingly complimentary: wildly enthusiastic and emotional about something
frenetic
frenzy
didatic
fond of instructing or advising others: tending to give instruction or advice
aloof
remote in manner
formidable
difficult to deal with
derisive
showing contempt
notorious
famous for something bad: well known for some undesirable feature, quality
chagrin
anger at being let down: a feeling of vexation or humiliation due to disappointment about something
exasperation
annoyance: annoyance and frustration
renegade
rebel
nonchalant
indifferent: calm and unconcerned about things
fortitude
determination
veneration
feeling of respect
plastic
able to be molded: able to be shaped or modeled
; changing
autonomy
political independence and self-government
dictum
an authoritative saying, statement, or pronouncement
irk
to irritate
prospective
likely to be, expected
exonerate
free from blame
resonance
underlying meaning
idiosyncrasy
a way of behaving, thinking, or feeling that is peculiar to an individual or group, especially an odd or unusual one
antedate
to come from an earlier time in history than something else
opalescent
having colours that shine and seem to change
admonition
reprimand, scolding
sycophant
fawning flatterer: a servile or obsequious person who flatters somebody powerful for personal gain
martinet
someone who is very strict and makes people obey rules exactly
maverick
innovator
coined
to invent a new word or expression, especially one that many people start to use
disseminate
spread out
refute
to prove that a statement or idea is not correct
enthralling
fascinating
itinerant
traveling from place to place, especially to find work or as part of your work
riles
to make angry
belies
give false impression:
placates
make somebody less angry
vindictive
vengeful
dilatory
slow
chary
wary
impervious
not capable of being penetrated
conventional
ordinary
assailed
attack somebody
thwarted
frustrate something
provisional
temporary or conditional
deprecatory
critical
unassuming
modest
abrasions
wearing away by friction
predicaments
difficult situations
tract
pamphlet: a pamphlet that sets out a position or an analysis, especially one dealing with a political or religious issue
allegorical
using symbolic work
dogma
religious belief
scrutiny
careful inspection: close, careful, and thorough examination or inspection
ample
large
tilled
prepare land for crops
inscrutable
mysterious; hard to interpret
empathy
understanding of another's feelings: the ability to identify with and understand somebody else's feelings or difficulties
exemplar
typical example
analytic
skilled in or using analysis
constructive
promoting improvement; useful
formulate
express in a definite way
immaculate
perfectly clean
radically
favoring basic change
perspicacious
keen judgment
phlegmatic
sluggish
sedate
calm
propitious
favorible
heraldic
relating to messenger
ravenous
hungry
exclusive
selective: excluding or intending to exclude many from participation or consideration
prolific
highly productive: producing ideas or works frequently and in large quantities
exorbitant
unreasonably high or large: far greater or higher than is reasonable
impertinent
brash: showing a bold or rude lack of respect, especially to a superior
relegated
demote sombeody or something
vitiated
make something ineffective
umbrage
offense: resentment or annoyance arising from some offense
composure
emotional control: calm and steady control over the emotions
indubitable
not to be doubted: obvious or definitely true, and not to be doubted
audacity
boldness or daring
nubile
young and desirable
abatements
The amount lowered; a reduction
milestones
An important event, as in a person's career, the history of a nation, or the advancement of knowledge in a field; a turning point.
cogent
Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing: a cogent argument.
imminent
about to occur
frenetic
Wildly excited or active; frantic; frenzied.
condescenscion
looking down upon
accentuate
To stress or emphasize; intensify
fastidious
Possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail
collegiate
of college
tantamount
the same as: equivalent to a particular thing in effect, outcome, or value, especially something unpleasant
precarious
unsafe
tattered
ragged, trned
belied
give false impression: to disguise the true nature of something
reviled
attack somebody or something verbally: to make a fierce or abusive verbal attack on somebody or something
defiled
corrupt something: to corrupt or ruin something
blemished
spoiling mark or flaw: a mark or imperfection that spoils the appearance of something
plainively
sad-sounding: expressing sadness or sounding sad
stiffly
rigidly
innuendoes
hint of something improper: an indirect remark or gesture that usually carries a suggestion of impropriety
shoddy
poorly made: poorly or carelessly made or done
fervent
showing passionate enthusiasm: showing ardent or extremely passionate enthusiasm
lackadaiscal
without enthusiasm: without much enthusiasm, energy, or effort
flippant
not taking something seriously enough: showing a lack of seriousness that is thought inappropriate
equipoise
balanced state
blemished
spoiling fault
effervescence
be lively: to behave in a lively, high-spirited, or highly excited way
mandate
authoritative order: an official command or instruction from an authority
dissension
disagreement: disagreement or difference of opinion, especially when leading to open conflict
induce
persuade somebody to do something: to persuade or influence somebody to do or think something
regard(n)
attention
grandiose
consider somebody or something
repercussion
result of action: something, especially an unforeseen problem, that results from an action
vituperation
use of abusive language
immaculately
faultlessly
defeatist
expecting failure
privation
lack of life's necessities
degredation
great humiliation: great humiliation brought about by loss of status, reputation, or self-esteem
deprecate
condemn something or somebody: to express condemnation of something or somebody
fanatical
extremely enthusiastic: excessively enthusiastic about a particular belief, cause, or activity

extremely enthusiastic: excessively enthusiastic about a particular belief, cause, or activity

extremely enthusiastic: excessively enthusiastic about a particular belief, cause, or activity
deplorable
extremely unacceptable: worthy of severe condemnation
redolent
suggesting: suggestive or reminiscent of something
subsequent
later: later in time or order than something else
debacles
chaotic failure: a sudden disaster, defeat, or humiliating failure
thwarted
frustrate something
haranguing
address somebody loudly and forcefully: to criticize or question somebody,
intemperate
lacking self-control: having or showing a lack of self-contro
unfathomable
impossible to measure
insular
limited in outlook: concerned only with local matters and not interested in new ideas or different cultures
adulation
excessively admiring behavior: excessive flattery or admiration
toadies
somebody servile and ingratiating:
arable
suitable for growing crops
viscous
thick and sticky:
membranous
relating to membrane: relating to or similar to a membrane, especially in being thin, pliable, and often translucent
intonation
pitch of voice: the rising or falling pitch of the voice when somebody says a word or syllable
palliative
soothing: soothing anxieties or other intense emotions
litigious
quarrelsome: inclined to quarrel or argue
derpreciatory
critical: belittling or critical
compendious
full and concise: containing a wide range of information in a concise form