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aberrant
deviating from normal or correct.
ambiguous
vague; subject to more than one interpretation
anomalous
peculiar; unique, contrary to the norm (n: anomaly)
antediluvian
ancient; outmoded; (literally,before the flood)
audacious
extremely bold; fearless, especially said of human behavior (n: audacity)
banal
commonplace or trite (n: banality)
barefaced
unconcealed, shameless, or brazen
caustic
capable of dissolving by chemical action; highly critical: "His caustic remarks spoiled the mood of the party."
complaisant
willingly compliant or accepting of the status quo (n: complaisance)
corporeal
of or having to do with material, as opposed to spiritual; tangible. (In older writings, coeporeal could be a synonym for corporal. This usage is no longer common)
corporal
of the body: "corporal punishment." a non-commissioned officer ranked between a sergeant and a private.
craven
cowardly; a coward
culpable
deserving of blame (n: culpability)
diffident
lacking self-confidence, modest (n: diffidence)
disabuse
to free a person from falsehood or error: "We had to disabuse her of the notion that she was invited."
disparaging
belittling (n: disparagement. v. disparage)
dispassionate
calm; objective; unbiased
dogged
stubborn or determined: "Her dogged pursuit of the degree eventually paid off."
dogmatic
relying upon doctrine or dogma, as opposed to evidence
eclectic
selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources: "Many modern decorators prefer an eclectic style." (n: eclecticism)
effluent
the quality of flowing out. something that flows out, such as a stream from a river (n: effluence)
emollient
softening; something that softens
endemic
prevalent in or native to a certain region, locality, or people: "The disease was endemic to the region." Don't confuse this word with epidemic.
ephemeral
lasting for only a brief time, fleeting (n: ephemera)
equivocal
ambiguous; unclear; subject to more than one interpretation -- often intentionally so: "Republicans complained that Bill Clinton's answers were equivocal." (v. equivocate)
erudite
scholarly; displaying deep intensive learning. (n: erudition)
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a few: "The esoteric discussion confused some people." (n: esoterica)
exorbitant
exceeding customary or normal limits, esp. in quantity or price: "The cab fare was exorbitant."
extant
in existence, still existing: The only extant representative of that species."
fervid, fervent
highly emotional; hot: "The partisans displayed a fervent patriotism." (n: fervor)