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zealous: fervent; ardent; impassioned

transient: fleeting; passing quickly; brief

tirade: a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation

tenuous: having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak

tenacity: the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued

surfeit: excess; overindulgence

superfluous: exceeding what is sufficient or necessary

succinct: brief; concise

subpoena: a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony

spurious: lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit

specious: seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive

reverent: marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect

rescind: to invalidate; to repeal; to retract

repudiate: to refuse to have anything to do with; to disown

recalcitrant: obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage

querulous: prone to complaining or grumbling; quarrelsome

queries: questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations

proliferate: to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly

profuse: given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant

prodigal: recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish

plummet: to plunge or drop straight down

platitude: a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful

placate: to appease; to calm by making concessions

pithy: precise and brief

pith: the essential or central part

pine: to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor

penury: poverty; destitution

pedagogy: the art or profession of training, teaching, or instructing

occlude: to obstruct or block

mitigate: to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate

misanthrope: one who hates all other humans

malevolent: having or showing often vicious ill-will, spite, or hatred

luminous: characterized by brightness and the emission of light

loquacious: extremely talkative

insipid: without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland

infelicitous: unfortunate; inappropriate

inchoate: in an initial stage; not fully formed

impunity: immunity from punishment or penalty

impassive: revealing no emotion

iconoclast: one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions

hegemony: the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others

hedonism: devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses

hackneyed: rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage

grandiloquence: pompous speech or expression

exacerbate: to make worse or more severe

evanescent: tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing

endemic: characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people

eccentric: departing from norms or conventions

dissemble: to disguise or conceal; to mislead

aver: to state as a fact; to confirm or support

archaic: outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time

adulterate: to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients

acumen: quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight

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