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abscond
1) to depart clandestinely
2) to steal off and hide
aberrant
deviating from the norm
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
anomaly
1) deviation from the normal order, form, or rule
2) abnormality
approbation
an espression of approval or praise
arduous
strenous, taxing, requiring significant effort
assuage
1) to ease or lessen
2) to appease or pacify
audacious
1) daring and fearless
2) recklessly bold
austere
1) without adornment
2) bare
3) severly simple
4) ascetic
axiomatic
1) taken as a given
2) possessing self-evident truth
canonical
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
capricious
1) inclined to change one's mind impulsively
2) erratic
3) unpredictable
censure
1) to criticize severely
2) to officially rebuke
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
1) an informed and astute judge in matters of taste
2) expert
convoluted
complex or complicated
disabuse
1) to undeceive
2) to set right
discordant
1) conflicting
2) dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery
1) extreme boldness
2) presumptuousness
eloquent
1) well-spoken
2) expressive
3) articulate
enervate
1) to weaken
2) to reduce in vitality
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with deceptive intent
erudite
1) very learned
2) scholarly
exculpate
1) exonerate
2) to clear of blame
exigent
1) urgent
2) pressing
3) requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous
1) improvised
2) done without preparation
filibuster
intentional obstruction, especially using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous
1) artless
2) frank and candid
3) lacking in sophistication
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
1) easily angered
2) prone to temperamental outbursts
laud
to praise highly
lucid
1) clear
2) easily understood
magnanimity
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, especially in forgiving
martial
associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
1) of the world
2) typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
1) coming into being
2) in early developmental stages
nebulous
1) vague
2) cloudy
3) lacking clearly defined form
neologism
1) a new word, expression, or usage
2) the creation or use of new words or senses
noxious
1) harmful
2) injurious
obtuse
1) lacking sharpness of intellect
2) not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous
1) troubling
2) burdensome
paean
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody
a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, especially in literature and art
perennial
1) recurrent through the year or many years
2) happening repeatedly
perfidy
1) intentional breach of faith
2) treachery
perfunctory
1) cursory
2) done without care or interest
perspicacious
1) acutely perceptive
2) having keen discernment
prattle
1) to babble meaninglessly
2) to talk in an empty, idle manner
preciptate (adj)
acting with excessive haste or impulse
precipitate (verb)
to cause or happen before anticipated or required
predilection
1) a disposition in favor or something
2) preference
prescience
1) foreknowledge of events
2) knowing of events prior to their occurring
prevaricate
1) to deliberately avoid the truth
2) to mislead
qualms
1) misgivings
2) reservations
3) causes for hesitancy
recant
to retract, especially a previously held belief
refute
1) to disprove
2) to successfully argue against
relegate
to forcibly assign, especially to a lower place or position
reticent
1) quiet
2) reserved
3) reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous
1) concerned and attentive
2) eager
sordid
1) characterized by filth, grime, or squalor
2) foul
sporadic
occurring only occassionally, or in scattered instances
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
1) not moving, active, or in motion
2) at rest
stupefy
to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
1) to block
2) thwart
synthesis
the combination of parts to make a whole
torque
a force that causes rotation
tortuous
1) winding
2) twisting
3) excessively complicated
truculent
1) fierce and cruel
2) eager to fight
veracity
1) truthfullness
2) honesty
virulent
1) extremely harmful or poisonous
2) bitterly hostile or antagonastic
voracious
1) having an insation appetite for activity or pursuit
2) ravenous
waver
1) to move to and fro
2) to sway
3) to be unsettled in opinion