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Acumen (n.)

Keen; accurate judgement or insight

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Abate (v.)

To lessen in intensity

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Abscond (v.)

To steal and hide

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Amenable (adj.)

Agreeable; responsive to suggestion

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Alacrity (n.)

Eager and enthusiastic willingness

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Approbation (n.)

Expression of approval

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Aver (v.)

To state as fact

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Ascetic (n.)

One who practice self-denial (act of religious devotion)

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Dissemble (v.)

To disguise or conceal; to mislead

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Credulous (adj.)

Tending to believe too readily; gullible

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Desiccate (v.)

To dry out or dehydrate; to make dry

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Dilettante (n.)

One with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge

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Fervent (adj.)

Greatly emotional or zealous

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Flout (v.)

To show contempt for, as in rule or convention

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Fortuitous (adj.)

Happening by accident or chance

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Glib (adj.)

Marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; superficial

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Halcyon (adj.)

Calm and peaceful

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Inimical (adj.)

Damaging; harmful; injurious

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Hegemony (n.)

The consistent dominance of one ideology over others

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Disabuse (n.)

To undeceive

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Obfuscate (v.)

To deliberately obscure; to make confusing

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Obstinate (adj.)

Stubborn; hard-headed; uncompromising

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Contrite (adj.)

Regretful; seeking forgiveness

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Ostentatious (adj.)

Characterised by or given to pretentious display; showy

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Infelicitous (adj.)

Unfortunate; inappropriate

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Probity (n.)

Adherence to highest principles; uptightness

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Ebullience (n.)

Quality of lively expression of feelings

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Propensity (n.)

A natural inclination or tendency; penchant

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Emollient (adj.)

Soothing (to the skin)

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Recondite (adj.)

Hidden; concealed; obscure

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Quotidian (adj.)

Occurring or recurring daily; commonplace

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Obdurate (adj.)

Unyielding; hardhearted

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Refulgent (adj.)

Radiant; shiny; brilliant

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Obsequious (adj.)

Exhibiting a fawning attentiveness

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Occlude (v.)

To obstruct or block

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Opprobrium (n.)

Disgrace; contempt; scorn

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Sedulous (adj.)

Diligent; persistent; hard-working

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Pedagogy (n.)

The profession or principles of teaching

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Pedantic (adj.)

Overly concerned with trivial details of learning; show-offish about one's knowledge

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Spendthrift (n.)

One who spends money wastefully

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Exigent (adj.)

Urgent

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Trenchant (adj.)

Sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating

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Penury (n.)

Poverty; destitution

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Untenable (adj.)

Indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable

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Variegated (adj.)

Multicoloured; characterised by a variety of patches of different colour

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Vituperante (v.)

To use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; to berate

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Inured (adj.)

Accustomed to something undesirable

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Furitive (adj.)

Marked by stealth; covert

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Facetious (adj.)

Playful; humorous

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Proliferate (v.)

To grow or increase swiftly or abundantly

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Incipient (adj.)

Beginning to come into being

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Recalcitrant (adj.)

Obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage

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Repudiate (v.)

To disown; refuse anything to have anything to do with

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Intransigent (adj.)

Refusing to compromise

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Inveigle (v.)

To obtain by deception

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Morose (adj.)

Sad; Melancholy

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Specious (adj.)

Seeming true, but actually fallacious; misleadingly attractive

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Odious (adj.)

Evoking intense aversion or dislike

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Spurious (adj.)

Lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit

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Penurious (adj.)

Penny-pinching; thrifty

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Surfeit (v.)

An over-abundant supply; excess

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Pernicious (adj.)

Extremely harmful; potentially causing death

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Transient (adj.)

Fleeting; passing quickly; brief

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Tenuous (adj.)

Having little substance or strength; filmsy; weak

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Perfunctory (adj.)

Done without care or interest

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Perspicacious (adj.)

Acutely perceptive

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Precipitate (Adj.)

Acting with haste or impulse

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Precipitate (v.)

To cause before anticipated or required

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Redoubtable (adj.)

Awe-inspiring; worthy of honor

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Squalid (adj.)

Sordid; wretched as form of neglect

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Prevaricate (v.)

To avoid truth; mislead

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Solicitous (adj.)

Concerned and attentive; eager

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Esoteric (adj.)

Understood by a small, specific group

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Truculent (adj.)

Fierce and cruel

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Reticent (adj.)

Quiet; reserved; reluctant to express feelings

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Perfidy (n.)

Intentional breach of faith; treachery