All terms in this list:
ameliorate: To make better, to improve; to heal; to solve a problem.
calumny: a falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another.
avarice: Excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
abeyance: Expectancy; condition of being undetermined.
contumacious: Willfully disobedient to the summons or orders of a court.
consternation: Amazement or horror that confounds the faculties, and incapacitates for reflection; terror, combined with amazement; dismay.
aspersion: A sprinkling of holy water.
ascendancy: The process or period of one's ascent
assail: To attack violently.
sinuous: having curves in alternate directions; meandering
vituperation: Criticism or invective which is sustained and considered to be overly harsh; abuse; severe censure; blame.
piquant: Engaging; charming.
scrupulous: Exactly and carefully conducted.
saturnine: containing lead, or suffering from lead poisoning (saturnia)
petulant: easily irritated or annoyed
precarious: dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous
sequester: To separate from all external influence.
sagacious: Having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness.
phlegmatic: Not easily excited to action or passion; calm; sluggish.
ethereal: Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; otherworldly;