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abrogate: To annul by an authoritative act.

abstruse: concealed or hidden out of the way.

calipers: A device used to measure thickness between two surfaces, especially for small or precise measurements.

canon: A generally accepted principle.

cantankerous: Stubborn, cranky,surly, ill-humored,irritable

canvass: a solicitation of voters or opinions

capacitor: especially one consisting of two conductors separated by a dielectric.

capitulate: To end all resistance; to give up; to go along with or comply;

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

captious: Having a disposition to find fault unreasonably or to raise petty objections.

carp: To complain about a fault; to harp on.

cartography: The creation of charts and maps based on the layout of a territory's geography.

castigate: To punish severely; to criticize severely; to reprimand severely.

catalyst: A substance which increases the rate of a chemical reaction without being consumed in the process.

catharsis: A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience.

cavil: To criticise for petty or frivolous reasons.

censure: The act of blaming, criticizing, or condemning as wrong; reprehension.

chagrin: Distress of mind caused by a failure of aims or plans, want of appreciation, mistakes etc; vexation or mortification.

chicanery: Deception by use of trickery, quibbling, or subterfuge.

chimerical: Being a figment of the imagination.

choleric: Easily becoming angry.

circumvent: to avoid or get around something; to bypass

closefisted: Unwilling to spend money; stingy

coalesce: To join into a single mass or whole.

cogitate: To meditate, to ponder, to think deeply.

colloquial: Denoting a manner of speaking or writing that is characteristic of familiar conversation; informal.

conscript: One who is compulsorily enrolled, often into a military service; a draftee.

corroborate: To confirm, strengthen or support something with additional evidence; to attest or vouch.

coterie: A circle of people who associate with one another.

coy: bashful, shy

craven: Unwilling to fight; lacking even the rudiments of courage; extremely cowardly.

curmudgeon: A miser.

dearth: A period or condition when food is rare and hence expensive; famine.

debacle: An event or enterprise that ends suddenly and disastrously, often with humiliating consequences.

deft: Quick and neat in action; skillful

dehydrate: to lose or remove water; to dry

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

demagogue: An orator or leader who gains favor by exciting the passions and prejudices of the audience.

demography: the study of human populations, and how they change

desalinate: To remove the salt from something, especially from seawater for use in a domestic water supply

desiccate: to dry

diplomatic: Concerning the relationships between the governments of countries.

discomfit: To defeat completely; to rout.

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

divisive: Having a quality that divides or separates

draconian: Very severe, oppressive or strict.

ebullient: boiling, agitated, enthusiastic

eclectic: Selecting a mixture of what appear to be best of various doctrines, methods or styles.

effigy: a dummy or other crude representation of a person, group or object that is hated.

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

elliptical: oval.

endemic: Native to a particular area or culture; originating where it occurs.

ephemeral: Lasting for a short period of time.

equine: Of or relating to a horse or horses

equivocal: A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term;

ersatz: Made in imitation; artificial, especially of an inferior quality.

ethereal: Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; otherworldly;

etymology: The study of the historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words.

euphonious: Pleasant-sounding; agreeable to the ear;

evanescent: vanishing, disappearing, fleeting

evince: To show or demonstrate clearly; to manifest.

execrate: To feel loathing for; abhor.

exhume: To dig out of the ground; to take out of a place of burial; to disinter.

exonerate: To free from accusation or blame.

expeditious: Fast, prompt, speedy.

expiate: To atone or make reparation for.

expunge: To erase or strike out.

facile: Easy.

fervent: Exhibiting particular enthusiasm, zeal, conviction, persistence, or belief.

feign: To give a mental existence to something that is not real or actual; to imagine; to invent; to pretend; to form and relate as if true.

flaccid: Flabby.

florid: having a rosy or pale red colour; ruddy

flout: To express contempt for the rules by word or action.

ford: A location where a stream is shallow and the bottom has good footing, making it possible to cross from one side to the other with no bridge, by walking, riding, or driving through the water; a crossing.

forensics: the study of formal debate; rhetoric

fortuitous: Happening by chance; coincidental or accidental.

fracas: A noisy disorderly quarrel, fight, brawl, disturbance or scrap.

furrow: A trench cut in the soil, as when plowed in order to plant a crop.

gaffe: A foolish error, especially one made in public.

galvanize: to startle into sudden activity; stimulate.

germane: Related to the topic being discussed or considered.

glower: To look or stare with anger.

goldbrick: (slang) A shirker or malingerer

grandiloquent: overly wordy, pompous, flowery, or elaborate.

gratuitous: Given freely; unearned.

glut: an excess, too much

hackneyed: Repeated too often.

halcyon: In classical legends, a bird said to nest on the sea and to calm the waters to make this possible.

harbinger: A person or thing that foreshadows or foretells the coming of someone or something.

hedonism: A general devotion to the pursuit of pleasure.

hegemony: Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one political group over a society or by one nation over others (e.g.: internationally among nation-states, and regionally over social classes, between languages or even culture).

hermetic: Of or pertaining to alchemy or occult practices.

homily: A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter

hubris: Excessive pride, presumption or arrogance (originally toward the gods).

humanist: In the Renaissance, a scholar of Greek and Roman classics

hybrid: Offspring resulting from cross-breeding different entities, e.g. two different species or two purebred parent strains.

hypodermic: introduced under the skin: a hypodermic medication.

ignominy: Great dishonor, shame, or humiliation.

importune: Harass with persistent requests.

inane: Lacking sense or meaning (often implying, "to the point of boredom or annoyance").

incantation: the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.

incarnate: Embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form; personified.

incensed: Enraged; infuriated; spitefully or furiously angry.

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

indignant: Showing anger or indignation, especially at something unjust or wrong.

indolent: Habitually lazy, procrastinating, or resistant to physical labor/labour.

ineffable: Beyond expression in words; unspeakable.

inexorable: Unable to be persuaded; relentless; unrelenting

inoculate: To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.

insouciant: carefree; nonchalant; indifferent; casually unconcerned.

irascible: Easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable.

jaunt: A wearisome journey.

jejune: Not nutritious.

jettison: Collectively, items that have been or are about to be ejected from a boat or balloon.

jingoist: One who advocates an aggressive nationalism; one who vociferously supports a nation's military aims.

jurisprudence: The philosophy, science and study of law and decisions based on the interpretation thereof

karma: action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation.

kudos: Praise; accolades.

lambaste: To scold, reprimand or criticize harshly.

lament: An expression of grief, suffering, or sadness.

laudatory: Of or pertaining to praise, or the expression of praise;

lax: Lenient and allowing for deviation; not strict.

lexicon: A dictionary that includes or focuses on lexemes.

limpid: Clear, transparent or bright.

liniment: A topical medical preparation intended to be rubbed into the skin with friction, such as to relieve symptoms of arthritis.

liquidate: To settle a debt by paying the outstanding amount.

lugubrious: gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree.

luminary: One that is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in his chosen field; a leading light.

maudlin: Extravagantly or excessively sentimental; self-pitying.

mellifluous: sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding.

mendacious: lying, untruthful or dishonest

meritorious: deserving of merit or commendation; deserving reward

mirth: The emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.

misanthrope: One who hates all mankind; one who hates the human race.

mollify: To ease a burden; make less painful; to comfort

moribund: Approaching death; about to die; expiring

narcissism: Love of oneself.

nebulous: In the form of a cloud or haze; hazy.

neologism: A word or phrase which has recently been coined; a new word or phrase.

neophyte: A beginner.

noisome: Morally hurtful or noxious.

noxious: unpleasant and possibly also harmful, typically in reference to odorous fumes

nuance: A minor distinction.

numerology: The study of the purported mystical relationship between numbers and the character or action of physical objects and living things.

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

obeisance: Taking a bow, to show an obedient attitude.

obfuscate: To make dark; overshadow

obsequious: Obedient, compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.

odometer: An instrument attached to the wheel of a vehicle, to measure the distance traversed.

olfactory: Concerning the sense of smell.

oligarchy: A government run by only a few, often the wealthy.

ornate: flashy, flowery or showy

palliative: Minimising the progression of a disease and relieving undesirable symptoms for as long as possible, rather than attempting to cure the (usually incurable) disease.

paltry: trashy, trivial, of little value

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

panache: An ornamental plume on a helmet.

paragon: A person or thing viewed as a model of excellence.

peccadillo: a small flaw or sin

pedantic: Being showy of one’s knowledge, often in a boring manner.

penurious: Miserly; excessively cheap.

perfidy: A state of act of violating faith or allegiance.

perfunctory: Performed out of routine and with little care.

pernicious: Causing death or injury; deadly.

perquisite: Any monetary or other incidental benefit beyond salary.

philistine: Lacking in appreciation for art or culture

piquant: Engaging; charming.

pique: A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury.

plebeian: Of or pertaining to the Roman plebs, or common people.

poignant: sharp-pointed; keen.

portent: an omen.

potentate: A powerful leader; a monarch; a ruler

predilection: Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity;

preempt: to appropriate something (before someone else does)

prescient: Having knowledge of events before they take place;

priggish: Self-righteously moralistic and superior.

profligate: Inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly.

prolific: Present in large numbers or quantities; plentiful.

promulgate: To make known or public.

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

pugnacious: Naturally aggressive or hostile; combative; belligerent.

pulchritude: Physical beauty.

queue: A line of people, vehicles or other objects.

quiescent: Inactive, at rest, quiet.

quintessential: ultimate.

quixotic: Possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality.

quotidian: daily; occurring or recurring every day.

raze: To demolish; to level to the ground.

rebuke: A harsh criticism.

recapitulate: to summarize or repeat in concise form

recidivism: Committing new offenses after being punished for a crime.

redolent: fragrant or aromatic; having a sweet scent

renege: To break a promise or commitment; to go back on one's word.

retrenchment: A defensive entrenchment consisting of a trench and parapet

rhetoric: The art of using language, especially public speaking, as a means to persuade.

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

sanguine: Having the colour of blood; red.

sardonic: Scornfully mocking or cynical.

saturnine: Slow and gloomy.

scrupulous: Exactly and carefully conducted.

semantic: Reflecting intended structure and meaning.

semaphore: Any visual signaling system with flags, lights, or mechanically moving arms.

serendipity: An unsought, unintended, and/or unexpected discovery and/or learning experience that happens by accident and sagacity.

skinflint: one who is excessively stingy or cautious with money; a tightwad; a miser

smidgen: A very small quantity or amount.

somber: Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

specious: Superficially plausible, but actually wrong.

stand: To be upright, support oneself on the feet in an erect position.

sublime: Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.

subsidy: financial support or assistance, such as a grant.

subterfuge: Deceit used in order to achieve one's goal.

supercilious: showing contemptuous indifference; haughty.

supplicate: To humble oneself before another in making a request; to beg.

tenable: capable of being maintained or justified; well-founded

threadbare: shabby, frayed and worn to an extent that warp threads show

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

turbid: Cloudy, opaque, or thick with suspended matter.

uncanny: strange, and mysteriously unsettling (as if supernatural); weird

unilateral: done by one side only

usury: An exorbitant rate of interest, in excess of any legal rates or at least immorally.

vacuous: Showing a lack of thought or intelligence; vacant

vapid: lifeless, dull or banal

verdant: Green in colour.

vernacular: The language of a people, a national language.

vestige: A trace of something that is disappearing or no longer exists.

vilify: To say defamatory things about someone or something.

wane: A gradual diminution in power, value, intensity etc.

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

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

zeitgeist: The spirit of the age; the taste, outlook, and spirit characteristic of a period.

zenith: The highest point reached by a celestial or other object.

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