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peripheral
marginal; outer
pervasive
pervading; spread throughout every part.
pessimism
belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess
philanthropist
lover of mankind; doer of good
piety
religious devotion; godliness
placate
pacify; conciliate
ponderous
having much weight; heavy
pragmatic
practical; concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
preclude
make impossible; eliminate
precocious
advanced in development
predecessor
former occupant of a post ; someone who precedesgoes before) another in office or position
presumptuous
overconfident(presume you are...)
pretentious
ostentatious; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious
prevalent
widespread; generally accepted
prodigal
wasteful; reckless with money
profane
violate; treat unworthily
profound
deep; not superficial; complete
profusion
overabundance; lavish expenditure
proliferation
rapid growth; spread; multiplication. proliferate
prolific
abundantly fruitful; producing offspring, young, fruit, etc
proximity
nearness(think "approximaely")
prudent
cautious; careful
quandary
dilemma
rancor
bitterness; hatred
rebuttal
refutation; response with contrary evidence
recluse
loner
rectify
set right; correct
redundant
superfluous; repetitious; excessively wordy
refute
disprove
relegate
banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
renounce
abandon; disown
reprehensible
deserving blame
reprimand
reprove severely; rebuke(stern disapproval of)
reprove
censure; rebuke(stern disapproval of)
repudiate
disown; disavow
reticence
reserve; silence; uncommunicativeness
retract
withdraw; take back
rhetorical
pertaining to effective communication; insincere in language
sanction
approve; ratify
satirical
mocking
scrupulous
conscientious; extremely thorough
scrutinize
examine closely and critically
servile
slavish(characteristics of a a slave); cringing
skeptic
doubter; person who suspends judgement until evidence supporting a point of view has been examined; skepticism
somber
gloomy; depressing
stagnant
motionless; stale
substantiate
verify; establish by evidence; support
succinct
brief; terse; compact
superficial
trivial; shallow
superfluous
unnecessary; excessive; overabundant
surpass
exceed
surreptitious
secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
sycophant
servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes-man
taciturn
habitually silent; talking little
terse
concise; abrupt
transient
momentary; temporary; staying for a short time
turbulence
state of violent agitation
undermine
weaken; sap
usurp
seize another's power or rank
vacillate
waver; fluctuate
surpass
exceed
surreptitious
secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
sycophant
servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes-man
taciturn
habitually silent; talking little
terse
concise; abrupt
transient
momentary; temporary; staying for a short time
turbulence
state of violent agitation
undermine
weaken; sap
usurp
seize another's power or rank
vacillate
waver; fluctuate
venerate
revere; to regard with respect
verbose
wordy
vilify
slander; to speak ill of
virtuoso
highly skilled artist
volatile
changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
zealot
fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal