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1

provincial

adj.
1. Of or relating to a province.
2. Of or characteristic of people from the provinces; not fashionable or sophisticated
3. Limited in perspective; narrow and self-centered.

2

specious

adj.
1. Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious: a specious argument.
2. Deceptively appealing

3

venial

adj.
Easily excused or forgiven; pardonable: a venial offense.

4

coddle

v.
1. To cook in water just below the boiling point: coddle eggs.
2. To treat indulgently; baby; pamper.

5

innocuous

adj.
1. Having no adverse effect; harmless.
2. Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid.

6

peerless

adj.
Being such as to have no match; incomparable.

7

veracity

v.
1. Adherence to the truth; truthfulness.
2. Conformity to fact or truth; accuracy: a report of doubtful veracity.
3. A true statement: the stern veracities of science

8

ascetic

adj.
Relating to, characteristic of, or leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial, especially for spiritual improvement; severely simple; without luxuries

9

fortuitous

adj.
1. Happening by accident or chance.
2. Resulting in good fortune; lucky.

10

pejorative

adj.
Disparaging; belittling: pejorative connotation

11

puerile

adj.
Immature, especially in being silly or trivial; childish.

12

verbose

adj.
Using or containing a great and usually an excessive number of words; wordy.

13

assiduous

adj.
Showing or characterized by persistent attention or untiring application; diligent; thorough: an assiduous worker who strove for perfection; did assiduous research before writing the book.

14

cogent

adj.
Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing: a cogent argument.

15

inscrutable

adj.
Difficult to understand or interpret; impenetrable.

16

mettle

n.
The ability to meet a challenge or persevere under demanding circumstances; determination or resolve: a race that tested the best runners' mettle.

17

pellucid

adj.
1. Admitting the passage of light; transparent or translucent.
2. Transparently clear in style or meaning: pellucid prose.

18

punctilious

adj.
1. Strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct; meticulous.
2. Precise; scrupulous.

19

spurious

adj.
1. Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine: spurious poems attributed to Shakespeare.
2. Not trustworthy; dubious or fallacious: spurious reasoning; a spurious justification.

20

assuage

v.
1. To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe; relieve: assuage her grief.
2. To satisfy or appease (e.g. hunger or thirst).
3. To appease or calm: assuaged his critics.

21

cogitate

v.
To take careful thought or think carefully about; ponder.

22

insentient

adj.
Devoid of sensation or consciousness; inanimate.

23

milieu

n.
An environment or a setting.

24

purloin

v.
To steal, especially in a stealthy way.

25

astute

adj.
Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns; perceptive; sharp-witted.