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perambulate

to walk around

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pedantic / didactic

lecturing others; talking like a book

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pedagogue

a teacher

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cloying / treacly

sickeningly sweet

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prodigal

wastefully extravagant

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gauche

awkward or impolite

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phlegmatic

unemotional and calm; stolid

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peregrinate

to wander from place to place

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homogeneous

the same throughout

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heterogenous

composed of different elements; mixed

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bombastic

pompous; overblown

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esoteric / arcane

known only to a small group

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sundry

of various kinds; several; diverse

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lugubrious

dismal; depressed

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consummate

of the highest degree; perfect

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dissemble

to disguise or conceal

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specious / fallacious

convincing but false

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impunity

immunity; exemption from punishment; "acting with impunity"

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didactic

intending to teach; educational OR patronizing

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auspicious

promising; being a good omen

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ubiquitous

found everywhere; widespread

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ebullient

cheerful and full of energy; bubbly

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tenuous

weak or insubstantial -- "a tenuous link"

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mercurial

volatile; fickle; moody

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replete (with)

full (of)

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obstinate

stubborn

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vacuous

silly; inane

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amiable

friendly

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suffuse

spread throughout; pervade

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candid

direct and honest

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fastidious

fussy

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persnickety

fussy; placing too much emphasis on minor details

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gregarious

sociable; friendly

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charlatan / mountebank

a trickster; a con artist

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copious

abundant

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fecund

fertile

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caustic

harsh; biting

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enervate

to weaken or sap of energy

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sagacious

wise

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insipid

bland; uninteresting

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effusive

gushing; enthusiastic

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lush

(of vegetation) abundant; (of food or music) luscious; sumptuous

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incisive

shrewd and penetrating

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convivial

jovial; lively

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cosmopolitan

sophisticated; worldly

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cordial

warm and friendly

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phantasmagoria

dreamlike images

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sycophant

a yes-man; a flatterer

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provincial

small-minded; unsophisticated

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urbane

suave and refined; cultured

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obsequious

servile; overly attentive

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complaisant (NOT complacent!)

agreeable; willing to please others

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prolific

productive; creating a lot (fruit, books, etc.)

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opulent

lavish in a showy, ostentatious manner; overly fancy

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cogent

(of an argument) clear and convincing