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aberrant
adj. abnormal; straying from the normal or usual path
acerbic
adj. sour or bitter in taste or manner
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness or speed
allude
v. to refer indirectly to something
allusion
n. indirect refernce (often literary); a hint
amalgamate
v. to merge, mix, combine
arduous
adj. laborious, difficult; strenous
arid
adj. extremely dry, parched; barren, unimaginative
archetype
n. the first model from which others are copied; prototype
articulate (adj.)
adj. clear, distinct; expressed with clarity; skillful with words
articulate (v.)
v. to utter clearly and distinctly
autocracy (n.)
n. an abosolute monarchy; government where one person holds power
autocracy (n.)
n. an absolute ruler
baleful
adj. harmful, malign, detrimental
banal
adj. trite; without freshness or originality
bombast
n. pompous speech; pretentious words
bilateral
adj. pertaining to or affecting both sides or two sides; having two sides
beneficent
adj. conferring benefits; kindly; doing good
burgeon
v. to grow or develop quickly
cacophony
n. a harsh, inharmonious collection of sounds; dissonance
cant
n. insincere or hypocritical statesments of high ideals; the jargon of a particular group or occupation
caprice
n. a sudden, unpredictable, or whimsical change
catharsis
n. a purging or relieving of the body or soul
chicanery
n. trickery or deception
chuclishness
n. crude or surley behavior; behavior of a peasant
circumlocution
n. a roundabout or indirect way of speaking; not to the point
cloture
n. a parliamentary procedure to end debate and begin to vote
cloying
adj. too surgary; too sentimental or flattering
coda
n. in music, a concluding passage
codify
v. to organize laws or rules into a systematic collection (cede)
cogent
adj. to the point; clear; convincing in its clarity and presentation
cogitate
v. to think hard; ponder, meditate
cognitive
adj. possessing the power to think or meditate; meditative; capable of perception