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abjure: Solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)

abrogate: Repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement)

acerbic: Sour or bitter.

acrimony: sharp and bitter hatred

acumen: quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination

adumbrate: To foreshadow vaguely.

alacrity: Brisk and cheerful readiness

anathema: Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes

antipathy: Contrariety or opposition in feeling; settled aversion or dislike; repugnance; distaste.

approbation: Approval or praise

arrogate: Take or claim (something) for oneself without justification

ascetic: One who is devoted to the practice of self-denial, either through seclusion or stringent abstinence.

aspersion: An attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something

assiduous: Hard-working, diligent or regular (in attendance or work); industrious.

blandish: to persuade someone by using flattery; to cajole

boon: A blessing or benefit.

brusque: Rudely abrupt, unfriendly.

buffet: strike against forcefully;

burnish: To make smooth or shiny by rubbing; to polish; to shine.

buttress: A source of defense or support

cacophony: A mix of discordant sounds; dissonance.

cajole: To encourage or persuade by effort; to coax.

calumny: a falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another.

capricious: Impulsive and unpredictable; determined by chance, impulse, or whim

clemency: Mercy; lenience

cogent: Reasonable and convincing; based on evidence.

concomitant: Naturally accompanying or associated

conflagration: A large fire extending to many objects, or over a large space; a general burning.

contrite: Feeling or expressing remorse or penitence; affected by guilt

conundrum: A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer.

credulity: A willingness to believe in someone or something in the absence of reasonable proof.

cupidity: Extreme greed, especially for wealth.

cursory: Brief or broad; not close, cautious, nor detailed.

decry: To denounce as harmful.

defile: to make impure; to make dirty. Less strong than to pollute

deleterious: harmful or hurtful, to physical, mental or moral health.

demure: Quiet, modest, reserved, or serious.

deprecate: to express disapproval of

deride: To harshly mock; ridicule.

desecrate: Treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect; violate

desiccated: Lacking interest, passion, or energy

diaphanous: Transparent; allowing light to pass through; capable of being seen through.

diffident: Modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence

discursive: Tending to digress from the main point; rambling.

dissemble: Conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs

dither: To be uncertain or unable to make a decision about doing something.

ebullient: Cheerful and full of energy

effrontery: insolent and shameless audacity

effulgent: shining, resplendent, with radiant splendor

egregious: Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.

enervate: Lacking in energy or vitality

ephemeral: Lasting for a short period of time.

eschew: To avoid; to shun.

evanescent: vanishing, disappearing, fleeting

evince: Reveal the presence of (a quality or feeling)

exculpate: To clear of or free from guilt; exonerate.

execrable: of the poorest quality

exigent: Urgent; needing immediate action.

expiate: To atone or make reparation for.

expunge: To erase or strike out.

extant: Still in existence.

extol: Praise enthusiastically

fallacious: Deceptive or misleading.

fastidious: Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details.

fatuous: Obnoxiously stupid, vacantly silly, content in one's foolishness.

fecund: Highly fertile; able to produce offspring.

feral: wild, untamed, especially of domesticated animals having returned to the wild

fetid: Foul-smelling.

florid: having a rosy or pale red colour; ruddy

fractious: Easily irritated; bad-tempered

garrulous: Excessively or tiresomely talkative.

grandiloquence: lofty, pompous or bombastic speech or writing

gregarious: Describing one who enjoys being in crowds and socializing.

hackneyed: Repeated too often.

hapless: Very unlucky; ill-fated.

harangue: Lecture (someone) at length in an aggressive and critical manner

hegemony: Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one political group over a society or by one nation over others

iconoclast: A destroyer of images used in religious worship, in particular

ignominious: Deserving or causing public disgrace or shame

impassive: Having, or revealing, no emotion.

imperious: Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

impertinent: Not showing proper respect; rude

impervious: unaffected or unable to be affected by

impetuous: Making arbitrary decisions, esp. in an impulsive and forceful manner.

impinge: Have an effect or impact, esp. a negative one

implacable: Relentless; unstoppable

impudent: Not showing due respect; impertinent; bold-faced

inchoate: Recently started but not fully formed yet; just begun; only elementary or immature.

incontrovertible: Not capable of being denied, challenged, or disputed; closed to questioning.

indefatigable: Extremely persistent and untiring.

ineffable: Beyond expression in words; unspeakable.

inexorable: Unable to be persuaded; relentless; unrelenting

ingenuous: naïve and trusting

inimical: Tending to obstruct or harm

iniquity: Immoral or grossly unfair behavior

insidious: Producing serious harm in a stealthy, often gradual, manner.

intransigent: Unwilling to compromise or moderate a position; unreasonable; irreconcilable; stubborn.

inure: To cause to become accustomed to something unpleasant by prolonged exposure.

invective: Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language

inveterate: Having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change

jubilant: In a state of elation.

juxtaposition: The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect

laconic: Using as few words as possible; pithy and concise.

languid: Heavy; dull; dragging; wanting spirit or animation; listless; apathetic.

largess: Generosity in the giving of gifts or money.

latent: Existing or present but concealed or inactive.

legerdemain: Sleight of hand; "magic" trickery

licentious: Disregarding accepted rules or conventions, esp. in grammar or literary style

limpid: Clear, transparent or bright.

maelstrom: A large and violent whirlpool.

magnanimous: Noble and generous in spirit.

malediction: A curse

malevolent: having or displaying ill will; wishing harm on others

manifold: Something with many different parts or forms, in particular

maudlin: Self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness

mawkish: Sentimental in a feeble or sickly way

mendacious: lying, untruthful or dishonest

mercurial: Subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind

modicum: A small, modest or trifling amount.

morass: A complicated or confused situation

multifarious: Many and of various types

munificence: The quality or action of being lavishly generous; great generosity

myriad: Countless or extremely great in number

nadir: The lowest point in the fortunes of a person or organization

nascent: Emerging; just coming into existence.

nefarious: infamous for being wicked

neophyte: A beginner.

obdurate: Stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent.

obfuscate: Render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible

oblique: Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.

obsequious: Obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree

obstreperous: Noisy and difficult to control

obtuse: Blunt; not sharp.

odious: Extremely unpleasant; repulsive

officious: Assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, esp. with regard to petty or trivial matters

opulent: luxuriant, and ostentatiously magnificent

ostensible: Stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so

palliate: To lessen the severity of; to extenuate.

pallid: appearing weak, pale, or wan

panacea: A remedy believed to cure all disease and prolong life that was originally sought by alchemists; a cure-all.

paragon: A person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality

pariah: An outcast

parsimony: Great reluctance to spend money unnecessarily.

pathos: A quality that evokes pity or sadness

paucity: Fewness in number; a small number.

pejorative: Expressing contempt or disapproval

pellucid: Lucid in style or meaning; easily understood

penurious: Extremely poor; poverty-stricken

perfidious: disloyal to what should command one's fidelity or allegiance.

perfunctory: Carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection

pernicious: Having a harmful effect, esp. in a gradual or subtle way

perspicacity: The quality of having a ready insight into things; shrewdness

pertinacious: Holding tenaciously to an opinion or purpose.

petulance: The quality of being childishly sulky or bad-tempered

pithy: Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief.

platitude: An often-quoted saying that is supposed to be meaningful but has become unoriginal or hackneyed through overuse; a cliché.

plethora: An excessive amount or number; an abundance.

polemic: A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something

portent: A sign or warning that something, esp. something momentous or calamitous, is likely to happen

precocious: Characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity.

prescient: Having knowledge of events before they take place;

primeval: Belonging to the first ages.

probity: The quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency

proclivity: A tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition toward a particular thing

promulgate: To make known or public.

propensity: An inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way

propitious: Giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable

prosaic: Straightforward; matter-of-fact; lacking the feeling or elegance of poetry.

proscribe: To forbid or prohibit.

protean: Tending or able to change frequently or easily

prurient: Having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters

puerile: Childishly silly and trivial

pugnacious: Naturally aggressive or hostile; combative; belligerent.

pulchritude: Physical beauty.

punctilious: Showing great attention to detail or correct behavior

quagmire: An awkward, complex, or hazardous situation

querulous: Often complaining; suggesting a complaint in expression; fretful, whining.

quixotic: Exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical

rancor: Bitterness or resentfulness, esp. when long-standing

rebuke: A harsh criticism.

recalcitrant: marked by a stubborn unwillingness to obey figures of authority

rectitude: Morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness

replete: Filled or well-supplied with something

reprobate: Express or feel disapproval of

reprove: Reprimand or censure (someone)

repudiate: To reject the truth or validity of something; to deny.

rescind: To repeal, annul, or declare void.

restive: Impatient under delay, duress, or control.

ribald: Coarsely, vulgarly or lewdly humorous.

rife: Widespread, common (especially of unpleasant or harmful things).

ruse: a trick

sacrosanct: beyond alteration, criticism, or interference, especially due to religious sanction; inviolable.

sagacity: The quality of being sage, wise, or able to make good decisions.

salient: prominent, worthy of note; pertinent or relevant

sanctimonious: Making a show of being morally better than others, especially hypocritically pious.

sanguine: Having the colour of blood; red.

scurrilous: Making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation

serendipity: The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way

servile: of or pertaining to a slave

solicitous: Characterized by or showing interest or concern

solipsistic: With consideration only for one's own interest

somnolent: Drowsy or sleepy.

spurious: false, not authentic, not genuine

staid: Serious, organized, and professional; sober

stolid: Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility.

stupefy: Make (someone) unable to think or feel properly

surfeit: An excessive amount of something.

surmise: A supposition that something may be true, even though there is no evidence to confirm it

surreptitious: stealthy, furtive, well hidden, covert (especially movements)

sycophant: One who uses compliments to gain self-serving favor or advantage from another.

tacit: Understood or implied without being stated

taciturn: Silent; temperamentally untalkative; disinclined to speak.

tantamount: To amount to as much; to be equivalent.

temerity: Reckless boldness; foolish bravery.

tenuous: Thin in substance or consistency.

timorous: fearful, afraid, timid

torpid: Mentally or physically inactive; lethargic

tractable: Easy to control or influence

transient: Remaining for only a brief time.

transmute: Change in form, nature, or substance

trenchant: Vigorous or incisive in expression or style

truculent: Eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant

turgid: Tediously pompous or bombastic (of language or style)

turpitude: Inherent baseness or depravity; corruptness and evilness.

ubiquitous: Being everywhere at once: omnipresent.

umbrage: Feeling of anger or annoyance caused by something offensive.

unctuous: Oily or greasy.

undulate: To cause to move in a wavelike motion.

upbraid: Find fault with (someone); scold

usurp: To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.

vacillate: To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.

vacuous: Showing a lack of thought or intelligence; vacant

vapid: lifeless, dull or banal

variegated: very colorful.

venerate: To treat with great respect and deference.

veracity: Truthfulness

verdant: Green in colour.

vex: To annoy.

vicarious: Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person

vicissitude: A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant

vilify: To say defamatory things about someone or something.

viscous: Having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid

vitriolic: Filled with bitter criticism or malice

vituperate: Blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language

wanton: Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.

winsome: Charming; inspiring trust and approval; especially if in an innocent manner.

wistful: full of yearning or longing

wizened: withered; lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness

zenith: The time at which something is most powerful or successful

zephyr: a light wind from the west

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