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effusive

showing excessive emotion; overflowing

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euphemism

a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term

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acumen

quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight

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ascertain

to find out, as through investigation or experimentation

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persipacious

shrewd; clear-sighted

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precocious

exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity

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prolific

very productive; producing great quantities

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prospectus

formal proposal

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convoluted

intricate; complex

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reticent

inclined to keep silent; reserved

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staid

unemotional; serious

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gaffe

a clumsy social error; a faux pas

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insular

isolated; narrow or provincial

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castigate

to scold, rebuke or harshly criticize

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censure

to issue official blame

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indict

to officially charge with wrongdoing or a crime

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parity

equality, as in amount, status, or value; disparity

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repudiate

to reject the validity or authority of

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chicanery

trickery

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stymie

to thwart or stump

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vignette

a short scene or story

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amalgam

a combination of diverse elements; a mixture

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inundate

to overwhelm as if with a flood; to swamp

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cathartic

relaxing after an emotional outburst

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belie

to misrepresent

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capricious

impulsive and unpredictable

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impetuous

suddenly and forcefully energetic or emotional; impulsive and passionate

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impetus

an impelling force or stimulus

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flag

to decline in vigor or strength; to tire; to dropp

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jaded

worn out; wearied

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mercenary

motivated solely by a desire for money or material gain; a professional soldier

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novel

fresh; original; new

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superfluous

extra; unnecessary

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synergy

combined action or operation

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strident

loud, harsh, grating, or shrill

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tumultuous

noisy and disorderly

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redolent

fragrant; aromatic; suggestive

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austere

without decoration; strict

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expedient

appropriate to a purpose; convenient; speedy

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distend

to swell out or expand from internal pressure, as when overly ful

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dogmatic

stubbornly attached to insufficiently proven beliefs

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intransigence

refusal to moderate a position or to compromise

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contentious

quarrelsome

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exacerbate

to increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate

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pernicious

extremely or irrevocably harmful; deadly

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supercilious

disdainful; haughty; arrogant

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invocation

a call (usually upon a higher power) for assistance, support, or inspiration