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1

laconic

brief and to the point; effectively cut short

Jessica is so talkative that her sister thought the situation warranted conciseness, and her being laconic.

2

insipid

lacking taste or flavor

Too much sugar tends to make this otherwise delightful fruit pie insipid.

3

iconoclast

someone who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions

Irrespective of his actuating motives, his deeds as an iconoclast will be treated harshly and is answerable in court.

4

arduous

difficult to accomplish, hard to endure

James and Matthew are planning to leave next week for their Masters, following months of arduous GRE preparation.

5

profligate

recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources

The senate is particularly perturbed over our profligate use of natural resources such as forest, oil, water, land, and minerals.

6

prosaic

commonplace; dull and lacking excitement; not challenging

The project was full of prosaic ideas, such as using sand and stone to raise natural walls around monument built in honor of the late president.

7

amellorate

make, become better

Increase in penalties and effective awareness programs would ameliorate the growing pollution levels it may have generated.

8

obsequlous

obedient or attentive to an excessive degree

It was evident that the manager was flattering -- from his obsequious manner in receiving his boss.

9

capricious

given to sudden behavior change

The recent recession is yet another example of how making rules without forethought and acting without thinking the arbitrary and capricious effects these changes in policies have on our economy.

10

fortuitous

happening by accident or chance

The alignment timing proved to be scientifically fortuitous of planetary astronomers, who already have a orbital satellite stationed around the moon.

11

orthodox

conforming to all the traditional beliefs and religious practices

Alice describes her childhood in a conservative Orthodox community in Iraq, which kept to traditional religious beliefs.

12

alacrity

lively and cheerful readiness

After marriage, Jenny rushed off with excitement to visit her parents, but her father did not accept their marriage with equal alacrity.

13

pellucid

translucently clear

The river water was so pellucid that Mary could see clearly that it swarmed with countless small fish and loaves.

14

corroborate

confirm or give support to

The police officials said, allegations of misconduct by the officer have been corroborated by video from closed circuit cameras.

15

scrupulous

diligent, thorough, and extremely careful

The health inspector during his usual visit found pests in the restaurant's kitchen and hence ordered the owner to observe scrupulous hygiene to stop spreading illness or he would issue an immediate closure notice.

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prolific

fruitful, present in large number

Ryan is furiously prolific, releasing albums on Maple, Mr. Siebel's label, as well as his own label.

17

dogmatic

inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true; dictatorial, opinionated

Most Americans have less dogmatic, more open-ended views and would ignore such as request, but Mr. Johns did not hesitate, and removed his coat immediately.

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placate

make (someone) less angry or hostile

Sam started working at an unsustainable pace in order to placate the company investors and shareholders.

19

mercurial

subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood; temperamental

The mercurial senator, who retained office for more than 25 years, has frequently gone back and forth on his resignation.

20

exacerbate

infuriate, make worse

Hummingbird declines have been connected to a lack of appropriate habitat, so increasing the number of Washington's hives could exacerbate the issue.

21

hackneyed

unoriginal and trite

Girls dreaming their way to a wonderland to marry a prince and live happily ever after was already a hackneyed notion by the time Snow White was written.

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prudent

acting with or showing care and thought

When the food manufacturer discovered toxins in a product sample case of one of its containers, it made a prudent decision to destroy all the boxes from the shipment.

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esoteric

mysterious, obscure; intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest

A couple of months ago, Mr. Niobe submitted a thesis with his analysis and computations -- a fairly esoteric mathematical dissent about how best to gather rational generalizations on the origin of the universe theory.

24

cacophony

a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds

The cacophony surrounding the multi-billion dollar buyout of leading messaging service by a social networking company shook the whole tech industry.

25

impetuous

acting or done quickly without thought or care

Michael is methodical, barely the impetuous kind, and he has had ample time to come to a consolidated opinion of the university he wishes to apply for.

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idiosyncrasy

an odd habit or peculiar behavior; behavior or way of thought specific to an individual

Her worst idiosyncrasy involved repeating back every word that was said to her.

27

didactic

intended to teach, educational

Though more didactic, Rama's story of the triumph over evil and of a king's dharma and nobility is quite powerful and enchanting.

28

pithy

brief, to the point

The professor was not known for talking much, but what he did say was always pithy.

29

copious

abundant in supply or quantity

Matthew insisted that Sophie track all her household expenditures, including every penny spent for hair clips, in copious account books.

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adulterate

alter or debase, often for profit

Of all teas, I love green tea the most and would never adulterate it with sweeteners; even a pitch of sugar would be a desecration.