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acquisitive
able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property
arrogate
to claim or take without right
banal
hackneyed, trite, commonplace
belabor
to work on excessively; to thrash soundly
carping
tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; petty, nagging criticism
coherent
holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful
congeal
to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid
emulate
to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
encomium
a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute
eschew
to avoid, shun, keep away from
germane
relevant, apropos, fitting
insatiable
so great or demanding as not to be satisfied
intransigent
refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
invidious
offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
largesse
generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions
reconnaissance
a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
substantiate
to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to
taciturn
habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
temporize
to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise
tenable
capable of being held or defended
accost
to apporach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
animadiversion
a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
avid
desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
brackish
having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
celerity
swiftness, rapidity or motion or action
devious
straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
gambit
in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type
halcyon
a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; calm, peaceful, happy, golden, prosperous, affluent
histrionic
pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
incendiary
deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up rebellion; arsonist
maelstrom
a whirpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirpool in violence and destruction
myopic
nearsighted, lacking a broad realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
overt
open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in away that is easily recognized
pejorative
tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
propriety
the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
sacrilige
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
summarily
without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
suppliant
asking humbly and earnestly; one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a suitor
talisman
an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
undulate
to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
articulate
to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to connect by a joint or joints; expressed clearly and forcefully; able to employ language clearly and forcefully; jointed
cavort
to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry
credence
belief, mental acceptance
decry
to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate
dissemble
to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression
distraught
very much agitated or upset as a result of emotion or mental conflict
eulogy
formal statement of commendation; high praise
evince
to display clearly, to make evident, to provoke
exhume
to remove from a grave; to bring to light
feckless
lacking in spirit or strength; ineffective, weak, irresponsible, unreliable
murky
dark and gloomy, obscure; lacking in clarity and precision
nefarious
wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standards
piquant
stimulating to the taste or mind; spicy, pungent; appealingly provocative
primordial
developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stages; fundamental, basic
propinquity
nearness in place or time; kinship
unwonted
not usual or expected, not in character
utopian
founded upon or involving a visionary view of an ideal world; impratical
verbiage
language taht is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense or content, wordiness; a manner of expression
verdant
green in tint or color; immature in experience or judgment
viscous
having a gelatinous or gluey quality, lacking in easy movement or fluidity
atrophy
the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure; to waste away
bastion
a fortified place, stronghold
concord
a state of agreement, harmony, unanimity; a treaty, pact, covenant
consummate
complete or perfect in the highest degree; to bring to a state of completion or perfection
disarray
disorder, confusion; to throw into disorder
exigency
urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
flotsam
floating debris; homeless, impoverished people
frenetic
frenzied, highly agitated
glean
to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers
grouse
type of game bird; a complaint; to complain, grumble
incarcerate
to imprison, confine, jail
incumbent
obligatory, required; one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
jocular
humourous, jesty, jolly, joking
ludicrous
ridiculous, laughable, absurd
mordant
biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
nettle
a prickly or stinging plant; to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely
pecuniary
consisting of or measured in money; of or related to money
pusillanimous
contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
recumbent
in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting
stratagem
a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end
acuity
sharpness (particularly of the mind or senses)
delineate
to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to present pictorially
depraved
marked by evil or corruption, devoid of moral principles
enervate
to weaken or lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of; enfeeble, hamstring
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
fecund
fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
fiat
an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
figment
a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary notion
garner
to acquireas the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
hallow
to set apart as holy or sacred, sanctify, consecrate; to honor greatly, revere
idiosyncrasy
a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify
ignominy
shame and disgrace
mundane
earthly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
nuance
a subtle or slight variation (as in color, meaning, quality), delicate gradutaion or shade of difference
overweening
conceited, presumptuous; excessive, immoderate
penchant
a strong attraction or inclination
reputed
according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation; alleged
sophistry
reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy
sumptuous
costly, rich, magnificent
ubiquitous
present or existing everywhere
abject
degraded; base, contemptible; cringing, servile; complete and unrelieved
agnostic
one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic; without faith, skeptical
complicity
involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
derelict
someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; left abandoned, neglectful of duty
diatribe
a bitter and prolonged verbal attack
effigy
a crude image of a despised person
equity
the state or quality of being just, fair, or impartial; fair and equal treatment; something that is fair; the money value of a property above and beyond any mortgage or other claim
inane
silly, empty of meaning or value
indictment
the act of accusing; a formal accusation
indubitable
certain, not to be doubted or denied
intermittent
stopping and beginning again, sporadic
moot
open to discussion and debate, unresolved, to bring up for discussion, hypothetical law case argued by students
motif
a principal idea, feature, theme, or element; a repeated or dominant figure in a design
neophyte
a new convert, beginner, novice
perspicacity
keeness in observing and understanding
plenary
complete in all aspects or essentials; absolute; attended by all qualified members
surveillance
a watch kept over a person; careful, close, and disciplined observation
sylvan
pertaining to or characteristic of forests; living or located in a forest; wooded, woody
testy
easily irritated; characterized by impatience and exasperation
travesty
a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex; to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fashion