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alacrity
eagerness, enthusiasm, quickness
burgeon
grow, flourish, put forth new shoots
deleterious
harmful
euphemism
a polite phrase to cover something unpleasant
hypocritical
insincere
lethargic
tired, without energy
ogle
stare at, observe in an obvious manner
postulate
hypothesize, propose
robust
strong, healthy, tough
tractable
obedient, dutiful, polite
alchemy
medieval chemistry; attempt to change base metal
burnish
polish
deliberate
to think over deeply
Euphony
pleasant sounds
iconoclast
person who opposes orthodoxy
levity
flippancy, joking about serious matters
olfactory
concerned with the sense of smell
potable
suitable for drinking
rotund
round
tranquil
peaceful
alibi
an excuse that shows someone was not at a crime scene
buttress
strengthen, support
delineation
demarcation, explanation, definition, outlining
evacuate
vacate, empty, abandon
idiosyncrasy
a personal peculiarity; something unique to an individual
libertarian
someone who opposes tyranny
ominous
threatening
potent
powerful, compelling, strong
ruminate
think over something, ponder
transcribe
copy
allay
to lessen
byline
the line that tells you who wrote an article
demur
hesitate, refuse
exacerbate
make worse
ignominious
shameful
liniment
soothing lotion
omnipotent
all-powerful
pragmatic
practical
ruse
trick, stratagem
transgress
go astray, disobey, commit a sin
alleviate
make less severe
cacophony
discordant loud noises
denounce
condemn, speak out against
exasperated
frustrated, annoyed
ignominy
shame (adj. ignominious means shameful)
lithe
flexible, supple
omniscient
all-knowing
pragmatist
concerned with usefulness
saccharin
falsely sweet
transient
short-lived, ephemeral
aloof
distant, detached, cold
cajole
coax
deplete
use up, lessen
exceptionable
very bad (something which we should object to)
illuminate
to light up or make clear
livid
very angry
onerous
burdensome, hard to undertake
preamble
introductory material
sacrosanct
very holy, inviolable
traverse
cross
altruism
putting others first, being self-sacrificing
caldron
huge cooking pot
deplore
regret
exculpate
free someone from blame, pardon, acquit
illusory
deceptive, false, misleading
lobbyist
tries to persuade someone to support a particular cause
onus
burden
precarious
unstable, risky
sagacious
wise
trepidation
fear
amass
accumulate
callow
immature
depravity
moral corruption
execrable
very, very bad
immoderate
excessive, extreme, flattering
lofty
snooty, arrogant, haughty
opaque
does not let light through
precedent
a previous occurrence used as a guide
sage
a wise person
trinket
something of little value, knick-knack
ambiguity
uncertainty, vagueness
candid
frank, honest
deprecate
criticize, denounce
exegesis
scholarly explanation or interpretation
immutable
unchanging, permanent
longevity
long life
opulent
wealthy, rich, magnificent
precept
guiding principle
salacious
lecherous, erotic
trite
unoriginal, dull
ambiguous
unclear in meaning, can be interpreted in different ways
candor
frankness, openness
deride
ridicule, make fun of, mock
exemplary
outstandingly good, setting a fine example
impartial
unbiased, neutral
loquacious
talkative
ordain
destine; confer holy orders on a priest
precinct
district of a city
sallow
yellowish
trivial
unimportant