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acrid
sharp, pungent (used of smells and tastes)
boorish
ill-mannered
cynical
believing that people act only out of selfish motives
epistle
a letter (form of communication)
heresy
against orthodox opinion
lance
spear, spike, javelin
obscure
difficult to understand, partially hidden
poignant
deeply moving, strongly affecting the emotions
respite
a break, intermission
terse
concise, to the point
acrophobia
fear of heights
bourgeois
middle class
debility
weakness, incapacity
epistolary
concerned with letters, through correspondence
hiatus
interruption, pause
languid
tired, slow
obscured
hidden, covered, buried
poised
calm, collected, self-possessed
resplendent
shining, glowing
therapeutic
medicinal, curative
acuity
sharpness (mental or visual)
braggart
someone who boasts
debunking
exposing false claims or myths
epitomized
typified, characterized, personified
hidebound
rigid in opinions
languish
decay, fade away, get weaker
obsequious
servile, submissive
polemical
causing debate or argument
restorative
a tonic
thwart
prevent, frustrate
adamant
forceful, inflexible
brawny
muscular
decathlon
an athletic competition with ten events
equivocate
speak ambiguously; avoid telling the truth
hieroglyphics
picture writing; writing difficult to read; enigmatic
larceny
theft, robbery, stealing
obsession
a dominating concern
ponderous
weighty, slow and heavy
retention
preservation, withholding
timorous
cowardly, fearful
adroit
skillful
brevity
being brief
decorum
dignified, decent, correct behavior (adj. Decorous)
err
make a mistake
hinder
obstruct
largess
generousity
obsolete
no longer valid
pontificate
speak pompously, dogmatically
reticent
restrained, holding something back, uncommunication
tirade
stream of verbal abuse
adulation
strong admiration, worship
bristle
to show irritation
decoy
lure, trap, trick
erratic
wandering, irregular
histrionic
theatrical, exaggerated
laud
praise
obstreperous
noisy and boisterous
portend
foretell
retration
withdrawal, cancellation of a statement
tutter
giggle quietly
adversity
hardship
broach
start to discuss, approach
deference
respect
esoteric
obscure and difficult to understand
hoary
old
lavish
on a grand scale, wasteful
obtuse
mentally dull
portent
a warning sign, omen
revere
worship
tome
large book
advocate
support
brusque
blunt, abrupt
defoliate
cause leaves to fall off
espouse
promote, take up, support
hone
sharpen, increase, whet
lax
careless, not strict
obviate
avoid, make unnecessary
poseur
someone who puts on an act
riddled
full of (usually full of holes)
torpid
inactive, lazy, stagnant
aesthetic
concerning art or beauty
bulwark
fortification, barricade, wall
defunct
no longer in existence
etymology
the study of word origins
hyperbole
grossly exaggerated speech
legend
1) key to map 2) myth or story
odious
hateful
posterity
future generations
rife
common
torpor
dormancy, sluggishness, inactivity
affable
friendly, social, easygoing
bureaucracy
officialdom
degradation
deprivation, poverty, debasement
eulogy
praise
hypochondriac
a person obsessed with health; having imaginary illnesses
legion
in large numbers
officious
domineering; intrusive; meddlesome
posthumous
after death
rigor
thoroughness
totter
walk unsteadily