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Acerbic (adj.)

Having a sour or bitter taste or character

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Aggrandize (v.)

To increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige

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Alchemy (n.)

A medieval science aimed at transmutation of metals

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Amenable (adj.)

Agreeable; responsive to suggestion

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Anachronism (n.)

Something or someone out of place in terms of history or chronological context

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Astringent (adj.)

Having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh

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Contiguous (adj.)

Sharing a border; adjacent

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Convention (n.)

A generally agreed upon practice

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Credulous (adj.)

Tending to believe too readily; gullible

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Cynicism (n.)

An attitude of belief that all people motivated by selfishness

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Decorum

Polite or appropriate conduct or behaviour

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Derision

Scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment

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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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Disparage (v.)

To slight or belittle

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Divulge (v.)

To disclose something secret

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Fawn (v.)

To flatter or praise excessively

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Flout (v.)

To show contempt for, as in rule or convention

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Garrulous (adj.)

Pointlessly talkative, talking too much

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Glib (adj.)

Marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; superficial

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Hubris (n.)

Overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance

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Imminent (adj.)

About to happen; impending

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Immutable (adj.)

Not capable of change

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Impetuous (adj.)

Hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement

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Indifferent (adj.)

Having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice

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Inimical (adj.)

Damaging; harmful; injurious

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Intractable (adj.)

Not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate

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Intrepid (adj.)

Steadfast and courageous

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Laconic (adj.)

Using a few words; terse

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Maverick (n.)

An independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

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Mercurial (adj.)

Characterised by rapid and unpredictable change in mood

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Mollify (v.)

To calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity

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Neophyte (n.)

A recent covert; a beginner; novice

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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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Ostentatious (adj.)

Characterised by or given to pretentious display; showy

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Pervade (v.)

To permeate throughout

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Phlegmatic (adj.)

Calm; sluggish; unemotional

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Plethora (n.)

An overabundance; a surplus

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Pragmatic (n.)

Practical rather than idealistic

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Presumptuous (adj.)

Overstepping due bounds (as of courtesy); taking liberty

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Pristine (adj.)

Pure; uncorrupted; clean

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Probity (n.)

Adherence to highest principles; uptightness

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Proclivity (n.)

A natural predisposition or inclination

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Profligate (adj.)

Excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant

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Propensity (n.)

A natural inclination or tendency; penchant

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Prosaic (adj.)

Dull; lacking in spirit or imagination

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Pungent (adj.)

Characterised by a strong, sharp smell or taste

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Quixotic (adj.)

Foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals

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Quotidian (adj.)

Occurring or recurring daily; commonplace

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Rarefy (v.)

To make or become thin, less dense; to refine

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Recondite (adj.)

Hidden; concealed; obscure

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Refulgent (adj.)

Radiant; shiny; brilliant

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Renege (v.)

To fail to honour a commitment; to go back on a promise

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Sedulous (adj.)

Diligent; persistent; hard-working

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Shard (n.)

A piece of broken pottery or glass

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Soporific (adj.)

Causing drowsiness; rending to induce sleep

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Sparse (adj.)

Thin; not dense

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Spendthrift (n.)

One who spends money wastefully

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Subtle (adj.)

Not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern

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Tacit (adj.)

Implied; not explicitly stated

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Terse (adj.)

Brief and concise in wording

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Tout (n.)

To publicly praise or promote

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Trenchant (adj.)

Sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating

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Unfeigned (adj.)

Genuine; not false or hypocritical

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Untenable (adj.)

Indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable

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Vacillate (n.)

To waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another

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Variegated (adj.)

Multicoloured; characterised by a variety of patches of different colour

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Vexation (n.)

Annoyance; irritation

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Vigilant (adj.)

Alertly watchful

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Vituperante (v.)

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

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Volatile (adj.)

Readily changing to a vapour; changeable; fickle; explosive