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mutation
n. a significant change; in biology, a permanent change in hereditary metrial
monotonous
adj. tediously uniform, unchanging
monopolistic
n. a person or business that has a monopoly
meticulous
adj. very careful with details; characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail; excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous
martial
adj. of, relating to, or suited to military life; associated with war and the armed forces; warlike
lien
n. a claim against a property for the satisfaction of a dept
laconic
adj. using few words; terse; concise to the point of terseness; taciturn
intrinsically
adv. essentially, inherently
intransigent
adj. unwilling to compromise
interim
n. a break or interlude
insoluble
adj. unable to be solved, irresolvable; indissoluble
insensible
adj. unaware, incognizant; unconscious, out cold
inimical
adj. unfriendly, hostile; damaging; harmful; injurious
inevitable
adj. unavoidable
indefatigable
adj. tireless
incursion
n. a hostile entrance into a territory; a foray into an activity or venture
incongruous
adj. unlikely
inchoate
adj. only partly formed or formulated; in an initial stage; not fully formed; rudimentary; elementary
incessant
adj. unceasing
implacable
adj. unbending, resolute; not capable of being appeased or significantly changed; incapable of being pacified
immaterial
adj. of no consequence, unimportant
immaculate
adj. totally unblemished, spotlessly clean
idyll
n. a rustic, romantic interlude; poetry or prose that celebrates simple pastoral life
homogenous
adj. uniform, made entirely of one thing
haughty
adj. overly proud
hackneyed
adj. without originality, trite; rendered trite or commonplace by frequent use
fracas
n. a noisy fight; a brawl
fluctuation
n. a shifting back and forth
feint
n. a bluff; a mock blow
feckless
adj. weak and ineffective; irresponsible
expedient
adj. providing an immediate advantage or serving immediate self-interest
exigent
adj. urgent, requiring immediate attention
excoriation
n. a condemnation using harsh words
eulogy
n. a formal tribute usually delivered at a funeral
estimable
adj. worthy of esteem and admiration
equable
adj. steady, uniform
epicure
n. a person who appreciates fine wine and fine food, a gourmand
enigmatic
adj. puzzling, mysterious; difficult to understand
encomium
n. a formal expression of praise
emollient
n. a substance that softens or soothes; making less harsh
adj. soothing, esp. to the skin
embellished
adj. to make beautiful with ornamentation
elegy
n. a song or poem expressing sorrow; a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
dormant
adj. temporarily inactive, as if asleep
dolt
n. a stupid or foolish person
discrete
adj. separate, unconnected
discreet
adj. showing good judgement in speech and behavior
despotic
adj. oppressive and tyrannical
demonstratively
adv. openly displaying feeling
demographic
adj. relating to the statistical study of population
demagogue
n. a leader who plays dishonestly on the prejudices and emotions of his followers
debilitating
adj. weakening; sapping the strength
curmudgeon
n. a crusty, ill-tempered person
cryptic
adj. puzzling, ambiguous
credulous
adj. ready to believe; gullible
covert
adj. secret, clandestine
corroborating
adj. supporting with evidence; confirming
convoluted
adj. twisting, complicated, intricate; complex; coiled around; involved; intricate
condensation
n. a reduction to a denser from ( from steam to water); an abridgement of a literary work
conceivable
adj. possible, imaginable
complaisant
adj. tending to bow to others' wishes; amiable
circumspect
adj. prudent, cautious
chary
adj. slow to accept, cautious; wary; sparing; restrained about giving
brazenly
adv. acting with disrespectful boldness
bogus
adj. phony, a sham
benevolent
adj. wishing or doing good
authoritative
adj. official, conclusive
audacious
adj. recklessly bold, daring and fearless, adventurous
articulate
adj. to express oneself clearly and effectively
arid
adj. very dry; boring and meaningless
ardor
n. a strong feeling of passion, energy, or zeal
archaic
adj. old-fashioned, obsolete; outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
apprehension
n. a feeling of fear or foreboding; an arrest
antipathy
n. a long-held feeling of dislike or aversion
anarchy
n. absence of law or order
anachronistic
adj. out of the proper time
agitation
n. a disturbance; a disturbing feeling or upheaval and excitement
affinity
n. a feeling of shared attraction, kinship; a similarity; fondness; likeness
adroit
adj. skillful, adept
accretion
n. a gradual build-up or enlargement
abeyance
n. a temporary lapse in activity; suspension
aberration
n. a deviation from what is normal or natural, an abnormality
arduous
adj. strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
austere
adj. without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
axiomatic
adj. taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
eloquent
adj. well-spoken, expressive, articulate
erudite
adj. very learned; scholarly
mundane
adj. of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary; worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday
nebulous
adj. vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form; hazy
neologism
n. a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
onerous
adj. troubling; burdensome
paean
n. a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving; joy
parody
n. a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art; spoof; takeoff; travesty
perennial
adj. recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly; something long-lasting
perfidious
adj. treacherous; disloyal; willing to betray one's trust
predilection
n. a disposition in favor of something; preference
reticent
adj. quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
torque
n. a force that causes rotation; twisting force
tortuous
adj. winding; twisting; excessively complicated; full of curves
axiom
n. a universally recognized principle
bucolic
adj. rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
catalyst
n. a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
contrite
adj. regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
ebullient
adj. showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
gregarious
adj. sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
heretical
adj. violating accepted dogma or convention
inert
adj. unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
intransigent
adj. refusing to compromise
prolific
adj. producing large volumes or amounts, productive
satire
n. a form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule are employed to attack vice and folly
squalid
adj. sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
urbane
adj. sophisticated; refined; elegant; suave
viscous
adj. thick; sticky, gluey
evanescent
adj. tending to disappear like vapor, vanishing/ fleeting
germane
adj. relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter/ pertinent; bearing upon the case at hand
grandiloquent
adj. pompous, bombastic, using high-sounding language
impassive
adj. revealing no emotion; without feeling; imperturbable
infelicitous
adj. unfortunate; inappropriate
obdurate
adj. unyielding; hardhearted; intractable; stubborn; unwilling to change; inflexible
pedantic
adj. overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge/ bookish; academic
pithy
adj. precise and brief/ concise; meaningful; substantial; meaty
platitude
n. a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful; trite remark; commonplace; a trite remark; cliche
prodigal
adj. recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish/ reckless with money
querulous
adj. prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish, fretful; whining
salubrious
adj. promoting health or well-being/ healthful
specious
adj. seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false; misleading (often intentionally)
subpoena
n. a court order requiring appearance and/ or testimony; writ summoning a witness to appear,
tirade
n. a long and extremely cynical speech; a harsh denunciation; extended scolding; harangue
alchemy
n. a medieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
contiguous
adj. sharing a border; touching; adjacent
convention
n. a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
cynical
adj. skeptical or distrustful of human motives
intrepid
adj. steadfast and courageous
neophyte
n. a recent convert; a beginner; a novice
obstinate
adj. stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising; hard to control or treat; unyielding
pragmatic
adj. practical rather than idealistic; concerened with the practical worth or impact of something
presumptuous
adj. overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties; arrogant; taking liberties; going beyond the limits of courtesy or appropriateness
pristine
adj. pure; uncorrupted; clean; characteristic of earlies; primitive; unspoiled
proclivity
n. a natural predisposition or inclination; natural tendency
propensity
n. a natural inclination or tendency, penchant
quotidian
adj. occurring or recurring daily; commonplace; customary
refulgent
adj. radiant; shiny; brilliant; brightly shining; gleaming
shard
n. a piece of broken pottery or glass; fragment, generally of pottery
sparse
adj. thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals; not thick; thinly scattered; scanty
trenchant
adj. sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating; forceful and vigorous; cutting
volatile
adj. readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive; evaporating rapidly
noisome
adj. putrid, fetid, noxious
oblivious
adj. unaware, unconscious
partisan
adj. reflecting strong allegiance to a particular party or cause
pastoral
adj. simple and rustic; bucolic, rural
patron
n. a special guardian or protector; a wealthy or influential supporter of the arts
peccadillo
n. a minor offense, a lapse
pedestrian
adj. unimaginative, ordinary
prolixity
n. a diffuseness; a rambling and verbose quality
reactionary
adj. ultra conservative. opposing political or social liberalizations or reform
reclusive
adj. withdrawn from society
refractory
adj. stubbornly resisting control or authority
reproof
n. a reprimand, a reproach, or castigation
requiem
n. a musical composition or poem written to honor the dead
rogue
n. a mischievously dishonest person; a scamp
ruffian
n. a brute, roughneck, or bully
rarefied
adj. of interest or relating to a small, refined circle; less dense, thinner
sage
n. a person of great wisdom, a knowing philosopher
salutary
adj. restorative, healthful; tending to improve; beneficial wholesome
scurvy
adj. shabby, low; despicable; contemptible
sidereal
adj. relating to the stars or the constellations
substantiated
adj. verified or supported by evidence
subterranean
adj. under the surface of the earth
summarily
adv. quickly and concisely
superficial
adj. on the surface only; without depth or substance
surge
n. a gush; a swelling or sweeping forward
tangential
adj. touching lightly; only slightly connected or related
terrestrial
adj. of the earth
throwback
n. a reversion to an earlier type; an atavism
tiff
n. a small, almost inconsequential quarrel or disagreement
treacherous
adj. untrustworthy or disloyal; dangerous or unreliable
unalloyed
adj. unqualified, pure
univocal
adj. with a single voice
veneer
n. a superficial or deceptive covering
veracious
adj. truthful, earnest
vindictive
adj. spiteful
viscid
adj. sticky
vituperative
adj. verbally abusive, insulting
analogous
adj. similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
dogma
n. a firmly health opinion, often a religious belief
erratic
adj. wandering and unpredictable
frugality
n. a tendency to be thrifty or cheap
metaphor
n. a figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol
paragon
n. a model of excellence or perfection
stigma
n. a mark of shame or discredit
taciturn
adj. silent, not talkative
transitory
adj. temporary, lasting a brief time
abrupt
adj. sudden, unexpected
abstract
adj. theoretical; complex; difficult
acidulous
adj. sour in taste or manner
acute
adj. sharp, pointed
adamant
adj. uncompromising, unyielding
adverse
adj. unfavorable, unlucky, harmful
agile
adj. well coordinated, nimble
aligned
adj. precisely adjusted; committed to one side or party
allusiveness
adj. quality of making many indirect references