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virulent
extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
vilify
to defame; to characterize harshly
veracity
truthfulness; honesty
ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
torque
a force that causes rotation
torpid
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
synthesis
the combination of parts to make a whole
supplant
to take the place of; supersede
stymie
to block; thwart
stoic
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
squalid
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
sordid
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
satire
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
reticent
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
recant
to retract, esp. a previously held belief
quiescence
stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
qualms
misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
prolific
producing large volumes or amounts; productive
predilection
a disposition in favor of something; preference
precursor
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
precipitate
to cause or happen before anticipated or required
pious
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
perspicacious
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
pernicious
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
perfidy
intentional breach of faith; treachery
penurious
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
paean
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
oscillation
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
lucid
clear; easily understood
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
facetious
playful; humorous
extemporaneous
improvised; done without preparation
eulogy
a speech honoring the dead
erudite
very learned; scholarly
ephemeral
brief; fleeting
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
disabuse
to undeceive; to set right
culpable
deserving blame
convoluted
complex or complicated
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
canonical
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
axiom
a universally recognized principle
austere
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
arduous
strenuous; taxing; requiring significant effort
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
abscond
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide