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acquisitive
able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property; GREEDY
arrogate
to claim or take without right; USURP
banal
hackneyed, trite, commonplace; STALE
belabor
to work on excessively; to thrash soundly; OVERWORK
carping
tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty or hairsplitting way; petty, nagging criticism; NIT-PICKING
coherent
holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful; CONNECTED
congeal
to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid; SOLIDIFY
emulate
to imitate with the intent or equaling or surpassing the model; COPY
encomium
a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute; COMMENDATION
eschew
to avoid, shun, keep away from; ABSTAIN FROM
germane
relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting; PERTINENT
insatiable
so great or demanding as not to be satisfied; UNQUENCHABLE
intransigent
refusing to compromise, irreconcilable, UNCOMPROMISING
invidious
offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment; MALICIOUS
largesse
generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions; BOUNTY
reconnaissance
a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination; SCOUTING EXPEDITION
substantiate
to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to; VERIFY
taciturn
habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little; TIGHT-LIPPED
temporize
to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise; PROCRASTINATE, HEDGE
tenable
capable of being held or defended; DEFENSIBLE
accost
to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way; CONFRONT
animadversion
a comment indicating a strong criticism or disapproval; REBUKE
avid
desirous or something to the point of greed; intensely eager; GRASPING
brackish
having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink; BRINY
celerity
swiftness, rapidity of motion or action; SPEED
devious
straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way; TRICKY
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; MANEUVER
halcyon
a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent; TRANQUIL
histrionic
pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic; AFFECTED, STAGY
incendiary
deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife
maelstrom
a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence or destruction; CHAOS
myopic
nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment; SHORTSIGHTED
overt
open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized; OBVIOUS
pejorative
tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, belittling
propriety
the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable; CORRECTNESS
sacrilege
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
summarily
without delay or formality; briefly, concisely; PROMPTLY
suppliant
asking humbly and earnestly; one who makes a request humbly and earnestly; a petitioner, 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; RIPPLE
articulate
to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to connect by a joint or joints; expressed clearly and forcefully; able to employ a language clearly and forcefully; jointed
cavort
to romp or prance around exhuberantly; to make merry
credence
belief, mental acceptance; TRUST
decry
to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate; DEVALUE
dissemble
to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression; MASK
maelstrom
a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence or destruction; CHAOS
myopic
nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment; SHORTSIGHTED
overt
open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized; OBVIOUS
pejorative
tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, belittling
propriety
the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable; CORRECTNESS
sacrilege
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
summarily
without delay or formality; briefly, concisely; PROMPTLY
suppliant
asking humbly and earnestly; one who makes a request humbly and earnestly; a petitioner, 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; RIPPLE
articulate
to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to connect by a joint or joints; expressed clearly and forcefully; able to employ a language clearly and forcefully; jointed
cavort
to romp or prance around exhuberantly; to make merry
credence
belief, mental acceptance; TRUST
decry
to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate; DEVALUE
dissemble
to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression; MASK
distraught
very much agitated or upset as a result of emotion or mental conflict; FRANTIC
eulogy
a formal statement of commendation; high praise; TRIBUTE
evince
to display clearly, to make evident, to provoke; EXHIBIT
exhume
to remove from a grave; to bring to light; UNCOVER, UNEARTH
feckless
lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable; INCOMPETENT
murky
dark and gloomy, obscure; lacking in clarity and precision; UNCLEAR, CLOUDY
nefarious
wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standards
piquant
stimulating to the taste or mind; spicy, pungent; appealingly provocative; TANGY
primordial
developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stage; fundamental, basic; PRIMEVAL
propinquity
nearness in place or time; kinship; SIMILARITY
unwonted
not usual or expected; not in character; UNEXPECTED
utopian
founded upon or involving a visionary view of an ideal world; impractical; IDEALISTIC
verbiage
language that 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; NAIVE
viscous
having a gelatinous or gluey quality, lacking in easy movement or fluidity; GUMMY
atrophy
the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure; to waste away; WITHER
bastion
a fortified place, stronghold
concord
a statement 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; CONCLUDE
disarray
disorder, confusion; to throw into disorder; DISHEVEL
exigency
urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency; CRISIS
flotsam
floating debris; homeless, impoverished people; FLOATING WRECKAGE
frenetic
frenzied, highly agitated; FRANTIC
glean
to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers; COLLECT
grouse
a 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; MANDATORY
jocular
humorous, jesting, jolly, joking; WITTY
ludicrous
ridiculous, laughable, absurd; PREPOSTEROUS
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; PEEVE
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 gain an end; TRICK
aculty
sharpness (particularly of the mind or senses)
delineate
to portray, sketch or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to represent pictorially
depraved
marked by evil and corruption, devoid of moral principles; CORRUPT
enervate
to weaken or lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of; enfeeble, hamstring; CRIPPLE
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
fecund
fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive; PROLIFIC
fiat
an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
figment
a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary notion; INVENTION
garner
to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use; COLLECT
hallow
to set apart as holy or sacred, sanctify, consecrate; to honor greatly, revere; BLESS
idiosyncrasy
a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify; QUIRK
ignominy
shame and disgrace; HUMILIATION
mundane
earthly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary; ROUTINE
nuance
a subtle or slight variation (as in color, meaning, quality), delicate gradation or shade of difference
overweening
conceited, presumptuous; excessive, immoderate; ARROGANT
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; UNIVERSAL