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acumen; noun
quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
the detective, with a high degree of acumen, figured the case out in a couple of hours
adulterate; verb
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
Someone adulterated the sugar, there's rat poison mixed in.
Archaic; adj
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive time
The C64 is an archaic gaming machine… I haven't seen one in twenty years!
aver; verb
t ostate as a fact; to confirm or support
Over and over the witnesses aver that she was there; it must be the truth
dissemble; verb
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
I will not dissemble my happiness to appease you; just because you're sad doesn't mean I have to pretend to be.
eccentric; adj
departing form norms or conventions; having an axis other than the geometric center
The old woman was considered eccentric, never actually fitting in or conforming, she chose to live far from the city center.
endemic; adj
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality; region, or people; native to a region
Endemic diseases of the tropics are rare in northern, developed countries.
evanescent; adj
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
The magician, evanescent in his departure, seemed to just poof away.
exacerbate; verb
to make worse or more severe
Don't itch the bite, you'll only exacerbate it!
grandiloquence; noun
pompous speech or expression
The pompous executive spoke in grandiloquence every time he began a staff meeting.
hackneyed; adj
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
His hackneyed phrases didn't phase me anymore; they became so trite and trivial, they lost any meaning.
hedonism; noun
devotion to pleasurable pursuits; esp. to the pleasures of the senses
Always doing what you want and never doing what you have to do is just plain hedonism; grow up!
hegemony; noun
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
The dictator was proud of his hegemony- he wanted supreme power since birth.
iconoclast; noun
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
The neophyte proved to be an iconoclast- destroying our traditional ideas and institution.
impassive; adj
revealing no emotion
Don't be so impassive, smile or laugh or something!
impunity; noun
immunity from punishment or penalty
The judge granted him impunity; he'll never be punished for his picketing.
inchoate; adj
in an initial stage; not fully formed
It's only a vague, inchoate idea. I've only just started thinking of it.
Infelicitous; adj
unfortunate; inappropriate; unhappy
The infelicitous child sulked in the corner, unhappy he didn't get cake.
insipid; adj
without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
Sip after sip, the drink remained insipid; the flu rendered all foods bland and tasteless.
loquacious; adj
extremely talkative
what a loquacious child; does she ever shut up?
luminous; adj
characterized by brightness and the emission of light; intelligent & inspiring
The house was luminous through the windows, indicating someone was home
malevolent; adj
having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
Maleficent, the witch in Sleeping Beauty, was malevolent- wanting the princess to die.
misantrhope; noun
one who hates all other humans
the misanthrope remained recluse in the hills away from everyone else
mitigate; verb
to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
The brother served to mitigate the fight between the two sisters, easing their tensions.
occlude; verb
to obstruct or block
If you eat a high fat diet and don't exercise, you're bound to occlude your coronary arteries
pedagogy; noun
the art or profession of training, teaching or instructing
In order to be proficient in pedagogy, one must be taught the art of teaching.
penury; noun
poverty; destitution
After the Great Depression, many families were in a state of penury having lost everything.
pine; verb
to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
I'll pine for my lost lover under that pine tree and pine away till I die of loneliness.
pith; noun
the essential or central part
Without divulging too much detail, they understood the pith of the idea.
pithy; adj
precise and brief
Please be pithy and just give me the pith without the detail.
placate; verb
to appease; to calm by making concessions
just placate the customer- give her a discount so she can stop complaining.
platitude; noun
a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful; banality
don't accept platitude from them, they just say what you want to hear, when it is really superficial and trite
plummet; verb
to plunge or drop straight down
the plump plum plummeted to the ground perfectly ripe to the push.
prodigal; adj
recklessly wasteful; extravagant profuse; lavish
our prodigal obsession for oil is an unnecessary lavish and wasteful characteristic
profuse; adj
givin or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
I apologized profusely, until she finally accepted.
proliferate; verb
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
nuclear weapons proliferated during the cold war, and now we have enough to obliterate five planets
queries; noun
questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
I have a few queries, do you have a few moments to answer them?
querulous; adj
prone to complaining or grumgling; quarrelsome
After a night of no sleep, my sister complained of everything aching in a querulous voice
recalcitrant; adj
obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
the recalcitrant teenager would always break curfew
rescind; verb
to invalidate; to repeal to retract
The governor tried to rescind his own comments, but it was too late to take them back, the woman was offended
reverent; adj
marked by, feeling or expressing a feeling of profound awe or respect
The audience maintained a reverent silence while during the minute of observance for the deceased.
specious; adj
seemingly true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive
the contest was to choose the true story out of the specious ones backed by pseudoscience
succinct; adj
brief, concise
it was a succint report, adhering only to the main points of the investigation
superfluous; adj
exceeding what is necessary or sufficient
the extra gadgets were superfluous, but I just had to have the best car around
surfeit; noun (can be verb)
excess; overindulgence
in sheer surfeit, she ate the box of chocolates to her hearts content
tenacity; adj
the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued
the li'l dog bit with tenacity, only letting go when a steak was set down next to him
tenuous; adj
having little substance or strength; weak; flimsy
it was a tenuous argument, the defense bulldozed right over it with more strength and substance
tirade; noun
a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
Off on a tirade, the drunkard criticized everything from the government to the liquour he was drinking
transient; adj
fleeting; brief; passing quickly
the particle has a transient existence in the vacuum, so it is deemed a "virtual particle"
zealous; adj
fervent; ardent; impassioned
he's a bit over zealous about the Rangers; he's even got wall-paper dedicated to the team