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ebullient

(ih-BULL-yint)
(adj) overflowing with enthusiasium
acerbic

(a-CER-bic)
(adj) sharp-tempered; an in-your-face cutting/biting temperment; sour/bitter tasting
bellicose

(BELL-ih-cose)
(adj) aggressive; warlike in manner
mollify

(MOLL-i-fy)
(v) to smooth things out; to calm; to lessen the intensity
ravine
(n) deep narrow gorge in the earth or mountainside
alacrity

(a-LAC-crity)
(adj) quickness/speed; cheerful willingness
query

(KWEER-ee)
(n/v) question
impassive
(adj) showing no emotion
appease
(v) to calm/pacify; to mollify an enemy by granting concessions (often used derogatively)
pedagogical

PED-a-GODGE-i-cal
(adj) related to the teaching arts/skills/processes
eclectic

(ih-KLECK-tic)
(adj) selecting from various sources
scrupulous

(SCROOP-you-lus)
(adj) very thorough, meticulous; conscentious; exacting; detailed attention to correctness
scathing

(SCAYth-ing)
(adj) very severe or harsh
assessment

(a-SESS-ment)
(n) an appraisal of something/situation
Renaissance

(REN-a-sahnce)
(n) rebirth/revival; humanistic revival period of classical art/learning during 14-16th centuries; "Renaissance man" = someone with numerous widely diverse interests and knowledge
perspective
(n) one's point of view on/toward something
savant

(saa-VANT)
(n) a learned person/scholar (NOTE: idiot savant = an otherwise mentally retarded person with extraordinary abilities in a highly specific area like math or music)
reclusive
(adj) seeking seclusion
pique

(peek)
(v) to arouse (along the lines of "to provoke")