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viscous: thick; sticky

urbane: sophisticated; refined; elegant

sanction: authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance

quaff: to drink deeply

putrefy: to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor

prodigious: abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary

preen: to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care

peruse: to examine with great care

opaque: impenetrable by light; not reflecting light

odious: evoking intense aversion or dislike

morose: sad; sullen; melancholy

inveigle: to obtain by deception or flattery

intransigent: refusing to compromise

innocuous: harmless; causing no damage

inert: unmoving; lethargic; sluggish

incipient: beginning to come into being or to become apparent

impecunious: lacking funds; without money

heretical: violating accepted dogma or convention

harangue: to deliver a pompous speech or tirade

gregarious: sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people

furtive: marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious

fallacy: an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief

exonerate: to remove blame

esoteric: intended for or understood by a small, specific group

enigmatic: mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand

empirical: based on observation or experiment

emollient: soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh

elegy: a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead

ebullience: the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings

dogmatic: stubbornly opinionated

disinterested: indifferent; free from self-interest

discretion: cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions

didactic: intended to teach or instruct

demur: to question or oppose

dearth: smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack

contrite: regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness

complaisance: the willingness to comply with the wishes of others

cogent: appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing

chary: wary; cautious; sparing

caustic: burning or stinging; causing corrosion

catalyst: a person or thing that causes change

castigation: severe criticism or punishment

canon: an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature

cacophony: harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance

burgeon: to grow rapidly or flourish

avarice: greed, esp. for wealth

aesthetic: dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful

adulation: excessive praise; intense adoration

accolade: an expression of praise

abate: to lessen in intensity or degree

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