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harangue
to speak pompously or bombastically
bombastic
arrogant
conciliatory
easing the anger or disturbance of
solicitous
anxious or concerned
adulation
excessive praise or flattery
sycophant
someone who flatters in a servile way
wistful
sadly or vainly yearning
magnanimous
having or showing admirable generosity of spirit towards another person or people; big-hearted
dilatory
slow in doing things; inclined to or causing delay
gratuitous
done without good reason; unnecessary or unjustified
imperious
arrogant, haughty and domineering
pundit
an authority or supposed authority on a particular subject, especially one who is regularly consulted
equivocate
to use ambiguous words in order to deceive or to avoid answering a question
spurious
false, counterfeit or untrue, especially when superficially seeming to be genuine
reclamation
the act of making something useful again
auspicious
promising future success; favourable
indolent
lazy; disliking and avoiding work and exercise
prodigious
1 extraordinary or marvellous. 2 enormous; vast
staid
serious or sober in character or manner, especially to the point of being dull
decorous
correct or socially acceptable; showing proper respect
rancorous
hateful; marked by deep-seated ill will
obdurate
1 hard-hearted. 2 stubborn; difficult to influence or change, especially morally
dilettante
someone who has an interest in a subject, especially art, literature or science, but does not study it very seriously or in depth
dogmatic
forcefully and arrogantly stated as if unquestionable
fractious
cross and quarrelsome; inclined to quarrel and complain
pejorative
disapproving, derogatory, disparaging or uncomplimentary
insolent
rude or insulting; showing a lack of respect
dogged
determined; resolute
assiduous
1 hard-working. 2 done carefully and exactly
maverick
a determinedly independent person; a nonconformist
reprehensible
deserving blame or criticism
facetious
intending or intended to be amusing or witty, especially unsuitably so
equanimity
calmness of temper; composure
paradigm
an example, model or pattern
austere
1 severely simple and plain. 2 serious; severe; stern. 3 severe in self-discipline
ponderous
1 said of speech, humour, etc: heavy-handed, laborious, over-solemn or pompous. 2 heavy or cumbersome; lumbering in movement. 3 weighty; important
vanguard
1 the part of a military force that advances first. 2 a a person or group that leads the way, especially by setting standards or forming opinion; b a leading position
impetuous
acting or done hurriedly and without thinking; rash
illusory
1 seeming to be, or having the characteristics of, an illusion. 2 deceptive; unreal.
ignoble
1 said of an action, etc: causing shame; dishonourable; mean. 2 said of a person, etc: of humble or low birth; not noble
adventitious
happening by chance; accidental
blandishments
flattery intended to persuade
vicissitude
an unpredictable change of fortune or circumstance
beatific
expressing or revealing supreme peaceful happiness
adumbrate
to suggest or indicate (something likely to happen in the future); to foreshadow
bumptious
offensively or irritatingly conceited or self-important
august
noble; imposing
antipathy
a feeling of strong dislike or hostility
abashed
embarrassed or disconcerted, especially because of shyness
calumny
an untrue and malicious spoken statement about a person; slander; defamation
affray
a fight in a public place
beguile
to charm or captivate; to cheat, trick or deceive
capitulate
1 to surrender formally, usually on agreed conditions. 2 to give in to argument or persuasion
alacrity
quick and cheerful enthusiasm
baleful
1 evil; harmful. 2 threatening; gloomy
vilify
to say insulting or abusive things about someone or something; to malign or defame someone
effrontery
shameless rudeness; impudence
imprudent
lacking in good sense or caution; rash; heedless
querulous
complaining, grumbling or whining
exigent
pressing; urgent
profligate
immoral and irresponsible; licentious or dissolute
licentious
immoral or promiscuous
dissolute
indulging in pleasures considered immoral; debauched
obstreperous
noisy and hard to control; unruly
evanescent
1 quickly fading. 2 short-lived; transitory
enervate
to take energy or strength from something
sedulous
assiduous and diligent; steadily hardworking
petulant
ill-tempered; peevish
approbation
approval; consent