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Acquisitive
Adjective; Able to get and retain information
Arrogate
Verb; To claim or take without right
Banal
Adjective; commonplace, trite
Belabor
verb; to work on excessively
Carping
adjective; tending to find fault
Coherent
adjective; understandable, connected
Congeal
verb; to change from a liquid to a solid
Emulate
verb; to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
encomium
noun; a formal expression of praise
eschew
verb; to avoid, shun
Germane
adjective; relevant, apropos
Insatiable
adjective; unquenchable
Intransigent
adjective; refusing to compromise
invidious
adjective; offensive, hateful
largesse
noun; generosity in giving
reconnaissance
noun; any kind of preliminary inspection
substantiate
verb; to establish by evidence
taciturn
adjective; habitually quiet
temporize
verb; to stall in order to gain time
tenable
adjective; capable of being held or defended
Accost
verb; to approach and speak to first
animadversion
noun; a comment indicating strong criticism
avid
adjective; intensely eager
brackish
adjective; salty and unpleasant to drink
celerity
noun; swiftness
devious
adjective; straying from a straight course
gambit
noun; an opening move in chess
halcyon
noun; a legendary bird
histronic
adjective; of or related to actors
incendiary;
adjective; deliberately setting or causing fires
maelstrom
noun; a whirlpool of great size
myopic
adjective; near sighted
overt
adjective; open, not hidden
pejorative
adjective; tending to make worse
propriety
noun; the state of being proper
sacrilege
noun; improper treatement of something held sacred
summarily
adverb; without delay
suppliant
adjective; asking humbly
talisman
noun; an object that serves as a charm
undulate
verb; to move in a wavelike motion
articulate
adjective; expressed clearly
cavort
verb; to romp or prance around merrily
credence
noun; a belief
decry
verb; to condemn
dissemble
verb; to disguise or conceal
distraught
adjective; very agitated
eulogy
noun; high praise
evince
verb; to display clearly
exhume
verb; to remove from a grave, to bring to light
feckless
adjective; lacking in spirit and strength
murky
adjective; dark and gloomy
nefarious
adjective; wicked and depraved
piquant
adjective; stimulating to the taste or mind
primordial
adjective; created at the very beginning
propinquity
noun; nearness in place or time
unwonted
adjective; not usual or expected
utopian
adjective; based upon an ideal view of the world
verbiage
noun; language that is excessively wordy
verdant
adjective; green in tint or color
viscous
adjective; having a gluey quality
atrophy
noun; the wasting away of body tissue
bastion
noun; a fortified place
concord
noun; a state of agreement
consummate
adjective; complete or perfect in the highest degree
disarray
noun; disorder, confusion
exigency
noun; urgency, pressure
flotsam
noun; floating debris
frenetic
adjective; frenzied, highly agitated
glean
verb; to gather bit by bit
grouse
noun; a type of game bird
incarcerate
verb; to imprison
incumbent
adjective; obligatory
jocular
adjective; humorous, jesting
ludicrous
adjective; ridiculous, laughable
mordant
adjective; biting in thought, manner or style
nettle
verb; to arouse displeasure
pecuniary
adjective; consisting of or measured in money
pusillanimous
adjective; cowardly or mean-spirited
recumbent
adjective; in a reclining position
stratagem
noun; a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent
acuity
noun; sharpness (particularly of the mind or senses)
delineate
verb; to portary in vivid detail
depraved
adjective; marked by evil or corruption
enervate
verb; to weaken or lessen the mental, moral or physical vigor
esoteric
adjective; understood by only a select few
fecund
adjective; intellectually productive
fiat
noun; a command of consciousness
figment
noun; a fabrication of the mind
garner
verb; to acquire as the result of effort
hallow
verb; to set apart as holy or sacred
indiosyncrasy
noun; a peculiarity that serves to identify
ignominy
noun; shame and disgrace
mundane
adjective; earthly , worldly
nuance
noun; a subtle variation
overweening
adjective; conceited, presumptous
penchant
noun; a strong attraction or inclination
reputed
adjective; according to reputation or general belief
sophistry
noun; reasoning that seems plausible but is actually a fallacy
sumptous
adjective; costly, rich
ubiquitous
adjective; present or existing everywhere
abject
adjective; degraded, base
agnostic
noun; one who believes that nothing can be known about God
complicity
noun; involvement in wrongdoing
derelict
noun; someone or something that is abandoned
diatribe
noun; a bitter and prolonged verbal attack
effigy
noun; a crude image of a despised person
equity
noun; the state or quality of being just or fair
inane
adjective; silly, empty of meaning
indictment
noun; the act of accusing
indubitable
adjective; certain, not to be doubted
intermittent
adjective; stopping and beginning again
moot
adjective; open to discussion and debate
motif
noun; a repeated theme or element
neophyte
noun; a beginner, novice
perspicacity
noun; keenness in observing
plenary
adjective; complete in all aspects
surveillance
noun; a watch kept over a person
sylvan
adjective; of or relating to forests
testy
adjective; easily irritated
travesty
noun; an extremely inferior imitation
allay
verb; to calm or pacify
bestial
adjective; beastlike, brutal
convivial
adjective; festive, sociable
coterie
noun; a circle of acquaintances
counterpart
noun; a person or thing cloesly resembling another
demur
verb; to object to
effrontery
noun; shameless boldness
embellish
verb; to decorate, adorn
ephemeral
adjective; short-lived
felicitous
adjective; appropraite, well-chosen
furtive
adjective; done slyly or stealthily
garish
adjective; glaring, tastelessly showy
illusory
adjective; misleading, deceptive
indigent
adjective; needy, impoverished
inordinate
adjective; far too great
jettison
verb; to cast overboard
misanthrope
noun; a person who hates or despises people
pertinacious
adjective; very persistent
picayune
adjective; of little value or importance
raiment
noun; clothing, garments
allege
verb; to assert without proof or confirmation
arrant
adjective; shameless, blatant
badinage
noun; light and playful conversation
conciliate
verb; to overcome the distrust of
countermand
verb; to cancel or reverse one order with another that is contrary to the first
echelon
noun; level, rank
exacerbate
verb; to make more violent
fatuous
adjective; stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way
irrefutable
adjective; impossible to disprove
juggernaut
noun; a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes everything in its path
lackadaisical
adjective; lacking spirit or interest
litany
noun; a prayer consisting of short appeals to God, a repetetive chant
macabre
adjective; grisly, gruesome
paucity
noun; an inadequate quality
portend
verb; to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen
raze
verb; to tear down
recant
verb; to withraw a statement or belief
saturate
verb; to soak thoroughly
saturnine
adjective; of a gloomy or surly disposition
slough
verb; to cast off, discard