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1

savant

n.
1. A learned person; a scholar.
2. A person with savant syndrome.

2

unctuous

adj.
1. Excessively ingratiating or insincerely earnest: was annoyed by the unctuous waiter.
2.
a. Containing or composed of oil or fat.
b. Having the quality or characteristics of oil or ointment; oily; slippery.
3. Abundant in organic materials; soft and rich: unctuous soil.

3

ingratiating

adj.
1. Pleasing; agreeable
2. Calculated to please or win favor: an unctuous, ingratiating manner.

4

analogous

adj.
Similar or alike in such a way as to permit the drawing of an analogy.

5

caustic

adj.
1. Capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action.
2. Sarcastic or cutting; biting: caustic jokes
3. Given to making caustic remarks: a caustic TV commentator.

6

extol

v.
To praise highly; exalt.

7

incipient

adj.
Beginning to exist or appear: detecting incipient tumors; an incipient personnel problem.

8

magnanimous

adj.
Highly moral, especially in showing kindness or forgiveness, as in overlooking insults or not seeking revenge; generous; big-hearted.

9

palisade

n.
a. A fence of pales/posts forming a defense barrier or fortification.
b. One of the pales of such a fence.

10

prescience

n.
Knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight.

11

anarchy

n.
1. Absence of any form of political authority.
2. Political disorder and confusion.
3. Absence of any cohesive principle, such as a common standard or purpose.

12

cavalcade

n.
1. A procession of riders or horse-drawn carriages.
2. A ceremonial procession or display.
3. A succession or series: starred in a cavalcade of Broadway hits.

13

extradite

v.
1. To give up or deliver (a fugitive, for example) to the legal jurisdiction of another government or authority; to deport.
2. To obtain the extradition of.

14

magnate

n.
A powerful or influential person, especially in business or industry: an oil magnate.

15

palliate

v.
1.
a. To make less severe or intense; mitigate.
b. To alleviate the symptoms of (a disease or disorder); note: not cure
2. To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.

16

presentiment

n.
A sense that something is about to occur; a premonition.

17

underscore

v.
1. To underline
2.
a. To put emphasis on; stress
b. To cause to appear important or deserving of attention: The energy crisis underscored the need to increase fuel efficiency.

18

celerity

n.
Swiftness of action or motion; speed.

19

extraneous

adj.
1. Not constituting an essential or vital element or part: school rules forbidding extraneous clothing like hats.
2. Unrelated to the topic or matter at hand; irrelevant
3. Coming from the outside: extraneous noise.

20

maladroit

adj.
Marked by a lack of adroitness; inept.

21

pallid

adj.
1. Having an abnormally pale or wan complexion: the pallid face of the invalid.
2. Lacking intensity of color or luminousness.
3. Lacking in radiance or vitality; dull: pallid prose.

22

presumptuous

adj.
Going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward; assuming too much; arrogant: felt it was presumptuous of him to assume they had become friends.

23

scrupulous

adj.
1. Conscientious and exact; painstaking.
2. Having scruples; principled.

24

unequivocal

adj.
Admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; clear and unambiguous: an unequivocal success.

25

censorious

adj.
1. Tending to censure; critical.
2. Expressing censure.