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Churlish

Rude, unmannered

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Martinet

A strict disciplinarian

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Polyglot

A person who knows and is able to use several languages

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Brusque

Abrupt or offhand in speech or manner, blunt

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Perfunctory

Something done without energy or enthusiasm, with minimum effort

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Unseemly

Not proper or appropriate

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Aphorism

A pithy preservation that contains a general truth. Ex. If it ain't broke, don't fix it

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Pithy

Concise and effective. Succinct

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Ignominy

Public shame or disgrace

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Hackneyed

A phrase or idea lacking significance through having been overused; dull, unoriginal, trite, worn out

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Dissemble

To give false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of

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Polemical

Strongly critical, controversial writing or speech

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Exaltation

1. Extreme happiness

2. Elevating someone in rank, power or character

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Notoriety

Being famous for a bad quality

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Edifice

1. A large, imposing building

2. A complex system of beliefs

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Precipitate

1. Reckless - done without careful consideration

2. To cause an undesirable event to happen suddenly

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Coy

Shy, reserved

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Propriety

Good manners, respectability

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Surly

Bad tempered, unfriendly

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Sycophantic

Behaving in a way to gain advantage. Fawning, brown nosing

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Hapless

Unfortunate

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Preeminent

Distinguished, surpassing others

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Congenial

Friendly

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Prolific

1. Present in large numbers

2. Marked by inventiveness or productivity ex. A prolific author

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Admonish

To reprimand

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Maverick

An unorthodox, independent person

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Colossus

A person of enormous size, importance, or ability

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Delineate

To describe or portray something exactly

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Bromide

A trite, unoriginal idea or remark

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Ephemeral

Lasting for a very short time. Brief

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Hermetic

1. Airtight
2. Of or relating to ancient tradition with alchemy, astrology

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Alchemy

Magical process of transformation, creation or combination

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Sedulous

Showing dedication and diligence

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Exculpate

To show or declare that someone is not guilty of wrongdoing

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Disparage

Regard or represent as being of little worth

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Proscribe

To forbid, condemn, especially by law

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Intransigent

Unwilling or refusing to change one'a views or to agree about something

Stubborn

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Abject

Extremely bad, unpleasant, miserable

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Vitiating

To spoil or impair the quality of

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Limpid

Clear, unclouded

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Demotic

Language of ordinary people, colloquial

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Labile

Liable to change, easily altered

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Abnegation

The act of renouncing or rejecting something

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Transgression

An act that goes against a law, rule or code of conduct; an offense

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Misogyny

Dislike for or prejudice against women

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Concomitant

Naturally accompanying or associated

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Indigence

A state of extreme poverty

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Miscellany

A mixture

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Homily

A sermon

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Platitude

A remark or statement that has been used too often to be interesting; bromide

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Epithet

A term used to characterize a person or thing, such as rosy-fingered

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Paradigm

A typical example, a model

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Arcane

Understood by few; mysterious or secret

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Tome

A large, heavy, scholarly book

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Insipid

Lacking flavor

Lacking vigor or interest

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Nefarious

Wicked or criminal

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Desultory

Lacking a plan, purpose or enthusiasm

Occurring randomly or occasionally

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Sportive

Playful, lighthearted

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Commensurate

Corresponding in size or degree; in proportion

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Purportedly

Believed to be the case; alleged; reputed

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Felicitously

Admirably suited, appropriate in manner or style

Marked by happiness or good fortunate

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Preternaturally

In a supernatural manner

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Vacillating

To alternate or waver between different opinions; to be indecisive

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Pellucid

Clear, easily understood

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Salient

Most noticeable or important

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Obtuse

Annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand; ignorant, simple minded

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Obsequious

Obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree

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Edifying

Providing moral or intellectual instruction

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Unconscionable

Not right or reasonable

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Paragon

A person or thing viewed as a model of excellence

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Malign

To speak about someone in a spitefully critical manner

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Sanctioned

To give official permission or approval for

To impose a sanction or penalty on

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Execrable

Extremely bad or unpleasant

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Machiavellian

Cunning, devious, especially in politics

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Unscrupulous

Having or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair

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Subsume

To include or absorb in something else

"Most of these phenomena can be subsumed under two broad categories"

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Etymology

Study of the history and origin of words and their meanings have changed over time

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Cognate

Related, connected

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Abeyance

Temporary suppression or suspension

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Abject

Miserable, pitiful

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Abjure

To reject (a belief or cause), renounce

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Abscission

The act of cutting

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Abscond

To depart secretly

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Abstemious

Moderate in appetite

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Accretion

Growth in size or increase in amount

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Adjunct

Something added or joined

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Admonish

To caution or reprimand

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Adulterate

To corrupt or make impure

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Affected

Pretentious, phony, artificial, designed to impress

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Aggrandize

To make larger or greater

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Alacrity

Cheerful willingness; eagerness; speed

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Alchemy

Medieval chemical philosophy based on changing metal into gold; a seemingly magical power or process of transmutation

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Allay

To lessen, ease, sooth

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Alloy

A combination; mixture of two or more metals

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Allure

The power to entice by charm

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Amalgamate

To combine into a unified whole

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Maverick

An unorthodox or independent minded person

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Profuse

If something pours our in abundance

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Contentious

Likely to cause an argument, controversial

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Equivocate

To speak vaguely, usually with the intention to mislead or deceive.

The findings of the study were equivocal - the two researchers had divergent opinions on what the results signified

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Sedulous

To show dedication and diligence. OPP of being sedentary

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Ambivalent

To have mixed or conflicting emotions about something

Sam was ambivalent about studying for the GRE because it are up a lot of her time, yet she learned many words and improved reading comprehension

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Unequivocally

To state something in such a way that there is no room for doubt

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Intransient

Permanent, not transient

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Importune

To press someone persistently to do something

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Jingoism

Extreme patriotism

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Probity

Having strong moral principles

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Volubility

Talking fluently, incessantly

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Graft

Corruption, bribery

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Chauvinist

A person displaying excessive, aggressive patriotism

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Philistine

A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them

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Renounce

To formally declare one's abandonment of

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Cravenness

Cowardliness

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Harried

Harassed

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Mollified

Soothed

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Besieged

Surrounded and harassed

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Volatile

Changing unpredictably

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Imperiled

Put at risk of being harmed, injured or destroyed

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Pristine

In it's original condition, I spoilled

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Dispersal

A scattering of something

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Intrepid

Brave

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Sordid

Disgraceful

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Cavil

To criticize petty things

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Carping

To find fault

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Respite

Break

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Duress

Threats, violence brought to bear on someone to do something against their will

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Gambit

An action or opening remark typically one entailing risk, calculated to gain an advantage