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Alacrity

cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
liveliness; briskness.

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Obviate

to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary: to obviate the risk of serious injury.

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Emolument

profit, salary, or fees from office or employment; compensation for services: Tips are an emolument in addition to wages.

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Intransigent

One who refuses to agree or compromise

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Mordant

Sharply caustic or sarcastic,

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Sagacious

having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd: a _ lawyer.

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Acerbic

Sour or astringent taste, harsh

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Succor

Person/thing that gives aid, help, relief

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Importune

To annoy by making urgent or persistent solicitations.
to make improper advances toward another person.

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Palliate

to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate.
to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate.

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Wizened

withered; shriveled: a wizened old man; wizened features.

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Captious

Apt to find trivial fault. Hard to please.

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Emendation

Act if emending. Emend- to edit or change (a text). to free from faults or errors; correct.

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Truculent

fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.

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Expurgate

to amend by removing words, passages, etc., deemed offensive or objectionable: Most children read an expurgated version of Grimms' fairy tales.
to purge or cleanse of moral offensiveness.

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Reprobate

a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drunken reprobate.
a person rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.

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Spurious

Not genuine, authentic. Illegitimate birth.

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Volition

Own will

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Interpolate

to alter or corrupt (as a text) by inserting new or foreign matter. to insert (words) into a text or into a conversation

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Adduce

to offer as example, reason, or proof in discussion or analysis

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Miscreant

infidel, heretic. one who behaves criminally or viciously

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Quixotic

foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action

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Suppurate

To form or discharge pus

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Martinet

Strict disciplinarian, rigid adherence to rules.

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Compunction

anxiety arising from awareness of guilt. distress of mind over an anticipated action or result.

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Mercurial

having qualities of eloquence, ingenuity, or thievishness attributed to the god Mercury or to the influence of the planet Mercury
characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood

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Nostrum

a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims and with no demonstrable value; quack medicine. Panacea. a medicine made by the person who recommends it.

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Propitiate

: to gain or regain the favor or goodwill of : appease, pacify

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Efficacy

noun plural ef·fi·ca·cies.
capacity for producing a desired result or effect; effectiveness: a remedy of great efficacy.

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Tantamount

equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification: His angry speech was tantamount to a declaration of war.

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Pariah

an outcast.
any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.

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Germane

Closely related, relevant. Keep your opinions _ to the discussion.

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Licentious

Unrestrained sexually, by law, morals.

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Superannuated

retired because of age or infirmity.
too old for use, work, service, or a position.
antiquated or obsolete: superannuated ideas.

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Egregious

extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar.

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Vapid

Having lost life. Dull. It became a very _ party.

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Crotchet

an odd fancy or whimsical notion.
a small hook.

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Epigraph

an inscription, especially on a building, statue, or the like.

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Expatiate

to enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in description or discussion: to expatiate upon a theme.

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Sinecure

an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable returns.

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Predilection

a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference: a predilection for Bach.

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Imbroglio

a misunderstanding, disagreement, etc., of a complicated or bitter nature, as between persons or nations.
an intricate and perplexing state of affairs; a complicated or difficult situation.

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Ineffable

incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy.

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Stolid

adjective
not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.

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Offal

Rubbish food. the parts of a butchered animal that are considered inedible by human beings; carrion.

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Lissome

Flexible, agile, nimble of body

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Mellifluous

sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones.

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Surfeit

excess; an excessive amount: a surfeit of speechmaking.

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Blandishment

something, as an action or speech, that tends to flatter, coax, entice, etc.

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Variegated

Varied