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recondite
obscure; abstruse; complex; esoteric
genial
kind; mild; amiable
lionize
glorify; idolize; praise
denigrate
defame; disparage and belittle; criticize harshly
adjudicate
decide legally; decide about
candor
open and sincere in speech
surreptitious
secret; stealthy; furtive
rife
widespread; common; ubiquitous
overt
done without concealment
uncouth
uncivilized; rude; coarse
sedulous
working persistently; painstaking
wake
track in water
rut
narrow groove; boring situation
ennui
boredom; languor; tedium
atavistic
relating to genetic reappearance; uncivilized and instinctive
edulcorate
purify
adumbrate
sketchily indicate; foreshadow; conceal
imperious
arrogant; superior; authoritative
internecine
internal; mutually destructive
provenance
origin; attribution; derivation
salient
noticeable or striking; projecting; jumping
reify
treat concept as object
hyperbole
a figure of speech in which the expression is an evident exaggeration of the meaning intended to be conveyed
innuendo
a remote allusion or reference, usually derogatory to a person or thing not named
minatory
threatening or menacing
genuflect
to bend the knee in prayer
asperity
harshness, roughness of temper
vagary
a whim; a wandering of the thoughts
quorum
minimum number of people required to hold an official meeting
impudent
bold and sassy; marked by disregard for others
sustain
to bear; to uphold; to support
quotidian
commonplace, ordinary
repugnant
hostile; disposed to war; offensive
abberation
something not normally expected; a deviation
canny
clever and cautious
ameliorate
to improve
brash
impetuous, aggressively self-assertive, rash
harrowing
terrifying, tormenting, causing great discomfort
ineffable
indescribable, either because something cannot be expressed verbally, or because its description is limited by social or religious constraints
ingratiate
to elicit affect or gain favor through deliberate effort; the person who does this is often (but not always) insincere
functionary
one charged with the performance of a position or office
flax
a plant fiber used to make linen
sundry
various; miscellaneous
sybarite
person devoted to luxury and pleasure
viscous
adhesive or sticky
tendentious
favoring a certain (often unpopular) point of view
expiation
atonement, the making of amends
unfeigned
genuine, without deception, without hypocrisy
soliloquy
a monologue; a discourse made by one alone to one's self
traduce
to expose to contempt or shame; to represent as blamable; to calumniate; to vilify; to defame
skimp
to save; to be parsimonious or niggardly
indulge
to grant free rein, to allow
provisional
temporary, providing for a temporary need
ceremonious
formal or proper
unrequited
not repaid or returned
vacillate
to fluctuate in mind or opinion; to be unsteady or inconstant; to waver
efficacious
able to produce the intended effect
emaciate
to become or to cause to become very thin, as when starving
sodden
soaking wet; heavy with moisture
auspice
patronage, assistance or protection (often given by a large entity to a smaller one); a sign or omen (as in prophecy)