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cavil
(v.) to find fault in a petty way, carp; (n.) a trivial objection or criticism
charlatan
(n.) one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, imposter, or quack
decimate
(v.) to kill or destroy a large part of
foible
(n.) a weak point, failing, minor flaw
forgo
(v.) to do without, abstain from, give up
fraught
(adj.) full or loaded with; accompanied by
inure
(v.) to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
obsequious
(adj.) marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
peremptory
(adj.)having the nature of a command that leaves no opportuinity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial; determined, resolute
rebuff
(v.) to snub; to repel, drive away; (n.) a curt rejection, a check
abrogate
(v.) to repeal, cancel, declare null and void
ambient
(adj.) completely surrounding, encompassing
asperity
(n.) roughness, severity; bitterness or tartness
cabal
(n.) a small group working in secret
eclectic
(adj.) drawn from different sources; (n.) one whose beliefs are drawn from various sources
impecunious
(adj.) having little or no money
inexorable
(adj.) inflexible, beyond influence; relentless, unyielding
moribund
(adj.) dying, on the way out
onerous
(adj.) burdensome; involving hardship or difficulty
sequester
(v.) to set apart, separate for a special purpose; to take possession of and hold in custody
aesthetic
(adj.) pertaining to beauty; sensitive or responsive to beauty
defunct
(adj.) no longer in existence or functioning, dead
gregarious
(adj.) living together in a herd or group; sociable, seeking the company of others
importune
(v.) to trouble with demands; to beg for insistently
laconic
(adj.) concise, using few words
languish
(v.) to become weak, feeble, or dull; to droop; to be depressed or dispirited; to suffer neglect
mendacious
(adj.) given to lying or deception; untrue
nadir
(n.) the lowest point
perfunctory
(adj.) done in a superficial or halfhearted manner; without interest or enthusiasm
requite
(v.) to make suitable repayment, as for kindness, service, or favor; to make retaliation, as for an injury or wrong; to reciprocate