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aesthetic

appealing to the sense of beauty

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eclectic

choosing from a variety of sources

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enigma

a puzzle or riddle

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anomalous

deviating from a general; out of place; incongruous

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caustic

biting; stinging; cutting; scathing

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paradox

a seemingly contradictory statement that nonetheless expresses a truth

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reprimand

sharp criticism; bitter speech

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mitigate

to relieve; to lessen

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perspicacious

very perceptive; astute; penetrating

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tirade or diatribe

sharp criticism; bitter speech; a long, angry speech of criticism or accusation

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brusque or curt

blunt in manner or speech, often to the point of being rude

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extol, laud, or acclaim

to praise

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hackneyed

something that is cliche; overused; unoriginal

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precocious

someone who is unusually advanced for their age; mature; gifted

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haughty

someone who thinks very highly of themselves; believes they are superior to others; arrogant; vain; conceited

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surreptitious

stealthy and secretive; covert; sneaky

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assiduous

working hard; paying very close attention to detail; diligent; careful; meticulous

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engender

to cause or bring about; to rouse; produce

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harbinger

a bad omen; a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another

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laconic

when you don't use many words, elaborate, or go into detail, brief, concise

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archetype

perfect example; embodiment; standard

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odious

offensive, repulsive, extremely unpleasant

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magnanimous

something that is kind and noble, generous, unselfish

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emulate

to copy; to try to follow in someone's footsteps; imitate

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destitution

poverty; poorness

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cantankerous

angry; ornery; quick to pick a fight; cranky; testy; irritable

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incessant

nonstop; something that never ends; constant; unceasing

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reclusive

to isolate yourself from others; to live in seclusion; a person living a voluntary life of isolation

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belligerent

hostile; aggressive; eager to fight

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opulent

anything that possesses or exhibits great wealth; something characterized by extravagance; rich; affluent