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Acquisitive
(adj) able to retain ideas/informations, concerned with acquiring wealth/money - greedy
Arrogate
(v) to take without claim/right - commandeer
Banal
(adj) hackneyed, trite, commonplace - stale
Belabor
(v) to work on excessively; to thrash soundly - overwork
Carping
(adj) tending to find fault (in petty, nasty, hairsplitting way), (n) petty, nagging critism - nit-picking
Coherent
(adj) holding/sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible - connected
Congeal
(v) to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible/rigid - solidfy
Emulate
(v) to imitate with the intent of equaling/surpassing the model - copy
Econium
(n) a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute - commendation
Eschew
(v) to avoid, shun, keep away from - forgo
Germane
(adj) relevant, appropriate, fitting
Insatiable
(adj) so great/demanding as not to be satisfied - unquenchable
Intransigent
(adj) refusing to compromise, irreconcilable - unyielding
Invidious
(adj) offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment - malicious
Largesse
(n) Generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions - liberally
Reconnaissance
(n) a survey for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination - RECON
Substantiate
(v) to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to - verify
Taciturn
(adj) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little - uncommunicative
Temporize
(v) to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise - procrastinate
Tenable
(adj) capable of being held/defended - defensible
Accost
(v) to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging/aggressive way - confront
Animadversion
(n) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval - rebuke
Avid
(adj) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager - enthusiastic
Brackish
(adj) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
Celerity
(n) swiftness, rapidity of motion/action - promptness
Devious
(adj) straying or wandering from a straight/direct course, done or acting in a shifty/underhanded way - sly
Gambit
(n) in chess, an opening move that involves risk/sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage + anything of this type - maneuver
Halcyon
(n) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; (adj) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, pleaceful; happy, golden; prosperous - tranquil
Histrionic
(adj) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artifical; melodramatic
Incendiary
(adj) deliberately setting/causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife/rebellion (n) one who deliberately sets fires, ARSONIST, one who causes strife - (adj) provocative, (n) firebrand
Maelstrom
(n) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction - chaos (think WoW maelstrom)
Myopic
(adj) nearsighted; lacking a braod, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight/discernment - shortsighted
Overt
(adj) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized - obvious
Pejorative
(adj) tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, belittling
Propriety
(n) the state of being proper, appropriateness; (pl) standards of what is proper/socially acceptable - decorum
Sacrilege
(n) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred - desecration
Summarily
(adv) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely - promptly
Suppliant
(adj) asking humbly and earnestly; (n) one who makes a resquest humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
Talisman
(n) an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish - (Necklace!)
Undulate
(v) to move in waves/with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance/form - ripple
Articulate
(v) to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to connect by a joint(s) (adj) expressed clearly and forcefully - (v) pronounce (adj) eloquent
Cavort
(v) to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry
Credence
(n) belief, mental acceptance - trust
Decry
(v) to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate - denounce
Dissemble
(v) to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression - feign
Distraught
(adj) very much agitated or upset as a result of emotion or mental conflict
Eulogy
(n) a formal statement of commendation; high praise
Evince
(v) to display clearly, make evident, provoke
Exhume
(v) to remove from a grave; to bring to light - unearth
Feckless
(adj) lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak, irresponsible, unreliable
Murky
(adj) dark and gloomy, obscure; lacking in clarity and precision - cloudy
Nefarious
(adj) wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standards - think nasty boss in WoW
Piquant
(adj) stimulating to the taste or mind; spicy, pungent, appealingly provocative - tangy
Primordial
(adj) developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times/earliest stage; fundamental, basic - primal
Propinquity
(n) nearness in place or time; kinship - proximity
Unwonted
(adj) not usual or expected, not in character - unusual
Utopian
(adj) founded upon or involving a visionary view of an ideal world; impractical - idealistic
Verbiage
(n) language that is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense/content, wordiness; a manner of expression
Verdant
(adj) green in tint/color, immature in experience/judgement - naive
Viscous
(adj) having a gelatinous or gluey quality, lacking in easy movement/fluidity - sticky