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acerbic (adj.)

having sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting

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aggrandize (verb)

to increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige

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alchemy (noun)

a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metas, especially base metals into gold (an alchemist is one who practices alchemy)

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amenable (adj.)

agreeable; responsive or suggestion

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anachronism (noun)

something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context

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astringent (noun)/(adj.)

having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue

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contiguous (adj.)

sharing a border; touching; adjacent

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convention (noun)

a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude

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credulous (adj.)

tending to believe too readily; gullible (noun form: credulity)

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cynicism (noun)

an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness (adj. form: cynical)

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decorum (noun)

polite or appropriate conduct or behavior (adj. form: decorous)

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derision (noun)

scorn, ridicule, contemptuous, treatment (adj. form: derisive; verb form: deride)

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desiccate (verb)

to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull

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dilettante (noun)

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

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disparage (verb)

to slight or belittle

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divulge (verb)

to disclose something secret

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fawn (verb)

to flatter or praise excessively

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flout (verb)

to show contempt for, as n a rule or convention

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garrulous (adj.)

pointless talkative; talking too much

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glib (adj.)

marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial

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hubris (noun)

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.)

lastly 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 few words; terse

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maverick (noun)

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

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mercurial (adj.)

characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood

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mollify (verb)

to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity

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neophyte (noun)

a recent convert; a beginner; a novice

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obfuscate (verb)

to deliberately obscure; to make confusing

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obstinate (adj.)

stubborn; hard-headed; uncompromising

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ostentatious (adj.)

characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy

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pervade (verb)

to permeate throughout (adj. form: pervasive)

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phlegmatic (adj.)

calm; sluggish; unemotional

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plethora (noun)

an overabundance; a surplus

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pragmatic (adj.)

practical rather than idealistic

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presumptuous (adj.)

overstepping the bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); talking liberties

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pristine (adj.)

pure; uncorrupted; clean

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probity (noun)

adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness

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proclivity (noun)

a natural predisposition or inclination

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profligate (adj.)

excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant (noun form: profligacy)

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propensity (noun)

a natural inclination or tendency; penchant

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prosaic (adj.)

dull; lacking in spirit or imagination

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pungent (adj.)

characterized 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 (verb)

to make or become thin, less dense; to refine

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refulgent (adj.)

radiant; shiny; brillant

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renege (verb)

to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise

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sedulous (adj.)

diligent; persistent; hard-working

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shard (noun)

a piece of broken pottery or glass

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soporific (adj.)

causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep

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sparse (adj.)

thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals

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spendthrift (noun)

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 EXPLICITY STATED

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terse (adj.)

brief and concise in wording

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tout (verb)

to publicly precise 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 (verb)

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

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variegated (ade.)

multicolored; characterized by a variety of patched of different color

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vituperate (verb)

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

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volatile (adj.)

readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive (noun form: volatility)