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manifest
visible; evident
conventional
common; customary; unexceptional
partisan
one who supports a particular person, cause, or idea
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome
lament
to mourn
allusion
an indirect reference to something else, especially something in literature; a hint
arbiter
one who decides; a judge
inherent
part of the essential nature of something; intrinsic
paradox
a true statement or phenomenon that nonetheless seems to contradict itself; an untrue statement or phenomenon that nonetheless seems logical
cynic
one who deeply distrusts human nature; one who believes people are motivated only by selfishness
exposition
expounding or explaining; explanatory treatise
consensus
unanimity or near unanimity
comprehensive
covering or including everything
sagacious
wise; possessing wisdom derived from experience or learning
precipitate
to cause to happen abruptly
pervade
to spread throughout
discourse
to converse; to formally discuss a subject
conjure
to summon or bring into being as if by magic
sanction
authorize or approve; ratify or confirm
genial
cheerful and pleasant; friendly; helpful
indulgent
lenient; yielding to desire
inert
inactive; sluggish; not reacting chemically
levee
an embankment designed to prevent the flooding of a river
erratic
unpredictable or wandering
luminous
giving off light; glowing; bright
abstinent
abstaining; voluntarily not doing something
placid
pleasantly calm; peaceful
exuberant
extremely joyful or vigorous; profuse in growth
impede
to hinder; to obstruct; to slow something down
permeate
to spread or seep through; to penetrate
audacity
boldness; reckless daring; impertinence
indignant
angry, especially as a result of something unjust or unworthy
implicit
implied rather than expressly stated
renaissance/ renascence
a rebirth or revival
superfluous
extra; unnecessary
litigate
to try in court; to engage in legal proceedings
vex
to annoy; to pester; to confuse
anomaly
an aberration; an irregularity; a deviation
bereave
to deprive or leave desolate, especially through death
connoisseur
an expert, particularly in matters of art or taste
corroborate
to confirm; to back up with evidence
frenetic
frantic; frenzied
polemic
a powerful argument made in refutation of something
synthesis
the combining of parts to form a whole
feasible
able to be done
forbear
to refrain from; to abstain
genre
an artistic class or category
vindicate
to clear from all blame or suspicion
conciliatory
making peace; attempting to resolve a dispute through goodwill
squalid
filthy; repulsive; wretched; degraded
inept
clumsy; incompetent
mandatory
authoritatively ordered or commanded; necessary
disseminate
to scatter or spread widely
eclectic
choosing the best from many sources; drawn from many sources
idyllic
charming in a rustic way; naturally peaceful
pristine
original; unspoiled; pure
prodigy
an extremely talented child; an extraordinary accomplishment or occurrence
frugal
economical; penny-pinching
qualify
to modify or restrict
decorous
in good taste; orderly
infer
to conclude; to deduce
ostentatious
excessively conspicuous; showing off
pathology
the science of diseases; any deviation from a healthy, normal condition
plumb
to measure the depth of something
spurious
doubtful; bogus; false
subjugate
to subdue and dominate; to enslave
visionary
a dreamer; someone with impractical goals or ideas about the future
reciprocal
mutual; shared; interchangeable
antipathy
firm dislike; dislike; hatred
dissonant
inharmonious; in disagreement
palliate
to hide the seriousness of something with excuses or apologies
substantive
having substance; real; essential; solid; substantial
surreptitious
sneaky; secret
equivocal
ambiguous; intentionally confusing; capable of being interpreted in more than one way
flippant
frivolously shallow and disrespectful
impervious
not allowing anything to pass through; impenetrable
judicious
exercising sound judgment
laconic
using few words, especially to the point of being rude
piquant
pungent
satiric
using sarcasm or irony
sullen
gloomy or dismal
tacit
implied; not spoken
tractable
easily managed or controlled; obedient
impromtu
without preparation; on the spur of the moment
parallel
a comparison made between two things
sterile
unimaginative; unfruitful; infertile
debauchery
corruption by sensuality; intemperance; wild living
deleterious
harmful
disinterested
unbiased
fecund
fertile; productive
hermetic
impervious to external influence; airtight
salubrious
promoting health
foster
to promote the growth or development of
transitory
not staying for a long time; temporary
cacophony
a harsh-sounding mixture of words, voices, or sounds
goad
to urge forcefully; to taunt someone into doing something
implement
to carry out
ingenuous
unwarily simple; candid; naive
malleable
easy to shape or bend
pungent
forceful; sharp or biting to the taste or smell
savor
to linger on the taste or smell of something
correlate
to find or show the relationship of two things
facetious
humorous; not serious; clumsily humorous
kinship
natural or family relationship
petulant
rude; cranky; ill tempered
rampart
a fortification; a bulwark or defense
temerity
boldness; recklessness; audacity
truculent
savagely brutal; aggressively hostile
incisive
cutting right to the heart of the matter
aberration
something not typical; a deviation from the standard
abstemious
sparing or moderate, especially in eating and drinking
alacrity
cheerful readiness; liveliness or eagerness
allocate
to distribute; assign; allot
arid
extremely dry; unimaginative; dull
beget
to cause or produce; to engender
conundrum
a puzzle; a riddle
debacle
violent breakdown; sudden overthrow
doggerel
comic, loose verse
exorbitance
an exceedingly large amount
garrulous
extremely chatty or talkative; wordy or diffuse
intransigent
uncompromising; stubborn
maverick
a nonconformist; a rebel
turpitude
shameful wickedness or depravity
axiom
a self-evident rule or truth; a widely accepted saying
beneficent
doing good
capricious
unpredictable; likely to change at any moment
circumlocution
an indirect expression; use of wordy or evasive language
impugn
to attack, especially to attack the truth or integrity of something
incursion
a hostile invasion
invective
insulting or abusive language
placate
to pacify; to appease; to soothe
temperament
one's disposition or character
antiseptic
free from germs; exceptionally clean
lax
not strict or firm; careless or negligent; loose or slack
accolade
an award or honor; high praise
assiduous
hardworking; busy; diligent
brook
to bear or tolerate; to put up with something
desiccate
to dry out
erudite
scholarly; deeply learned
flag
to weaken; to slow down
impudent
bold; impertinent
baleful
menacing; harmful
divergent
differing in opinion; deviating
effluvium
a disagreeable or noxious vapor; an escaping gas
evanescent
vanishing or fading; scarcely perceptible
exigent
demanding prompt action; urgent
exonerate
to free completely from blame
flaunt
to show off; to display ostentatiously
improvident
lacking prudent foresight; careless
ineluctable
inescapable; unavoidable
mellifluous
sweetly flowing
oscillate
to swing back and forth; to fluctuate
ossify
to convert into bone; to become rigid
probity
integrity; uprightness; honesty
proselytize
to convert someone from one religion or doctrine to another; to recruit converts to a religion or doctrine
pundit
a learned person; an expert in a particular field
recondite
hard to understand; over one's head
spendthrift
extravagant or wasteful, especially with money
vacuous
lacking ideas or intelligence
coda
a passage concluding a composition (in music)
penchant
strong taste or liking
abstruse
hard to understand or grasp
congnizant
perceptive; observant
gainsay
to deny; to speak or act against
garner
to gather and store
obdurate
stubborn; inflexible
propinquity
nearness
ribald
vulgar or indecent speech or language, as in a ribald joke
siuous
having many curves
veracity
truthfulness
chronology
an order of events from earliest to latest
economical
frugal; thrifty
conjoin
to join or act together
panegyric
lofty praise
pedagogue
a strict, overly, academic teacher
reprobate
a wicked, sinful, depraved person
untoward
unfavorable or unfortunate; improper
welter
a confused mass; a commotion or turmoil
inchoate
just beginning; not organized or orderly
problematic
doubtful or questionable
timbre
the quality of a sound independent of pitch and loudness
disavow
to deny
gerrymander
to divide a state or county into election districts to gain political advantage
repugnant
distasteful or offensive
taut
tightly drawn, as a rope; emotionally tense
cajole
to deceptively persuade someone to do something he or she doesn't want to do
discomfit
to confuse, deject, frustrate, deceive
accrete
to increase by growth or addition
contumacious
stubbornly rebellious or disobedient
fulsome
disgusting or repulsive
homeostasis
the tendency of an organic system to maintain internal stability
hone
to sharpen
insolvent
unable to pay one's bills
ligneous
woodlike
motility
spontaneous movement
munificent
very generous; lavish
neophyte
a beginner
rivet
to fix one's attention on
saturnine
a sluggish, gloomy temperament
viscous
thick and sticky