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1

Lambaste

denounce; strongly criticize

2

Quiescient

marked by inactivity; in a state of quiet repose

3

repose

a state of rest, sleep, or tranquility

4

provisional

tentative, temporary, for the time being

5

lurid

vividly shocking or sensational (lurid details of a crime or sexual matter)

6

truculent

eager to fight or argue

7

pugnacious

eager to fight or argue (truculent and belligerent)

8

belligerent

hostile and agressive

9

bella- (prefix)

war eg antebellum - before war
bellicose - fond of war

10

propitiate

to win or regain the favor of someone ; to appease

11

Elan

vigorous spirit, great enthusiasm (noun)

12

perfunctory

in a spiritless, mechanical, and routine manner

13

aplomb

self-assurance; confident composure; admirable poise under pressure (noun)

14

opaque

difficult to understand, unclear, mysterious

15

craven

lacking the least bit of courage; contemptibly faint-hearted

16

base

without morals or principles; ignoble

17

Venal

corrupt; dishonest; open to bribery

18

licentious

immoral; dissolute; debauched

19

noxious

harmful, poisonous, or very unpleasant

20

pernicious

having a harmful effect

21

duplicitous

deliberately deceptive in behavior or speech

22

profligate

wasteful; squandering time and money by living for the moment

23

insidious

harmful in a subtle manner

24

vacuous

having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence

25

inane

silly, stupid

26

Harbinger

a person or thing that signals the arrival of something

27

portent

a sign or warning of something momentous or calamitous

28

presage

a sign or warning that something will happen

29

beleaguer

troubled, beset with difficulties

30

burgeon

to grow or increase rapidly, to flourish

31

imperious

domineering and arrogant; haughty

32

domineer

asserting one's will over another's in an arrogant way

33

petulant

childish, sulky, or bad-tempered (Ronaldo)

34

Querulous

complaining in a petulant or whining manner

35

complaisant

willing to please others, obliging, agreeable

36

obsequious

excessively obedient and attentive

37

obdurate

stubborn (intransigent)

38

intransigent

stubborn (obdurate)

39

redolent

strongly reminiscent or suggestive of something

40

chicanery

the deliberate use of trickery

41

artifice

a clever or cunning device used to decieve

42

slight

to deliberately ignore, to disrespect

43

capitulate

to surrender, to comply without protest

44

apochryphal

of doubtful authenticity, false, spurious(false or fake)

45

magestarial

learned and authoritative

46

chagrin

embarassment

47

obstreperous

noisy and difficult to control

48

dilapidated

broken down, in a state of despair, deplorable condition

49

extemporize

imrpovise

50

dilatory

slow to act

51

vituperative

bitter and abusive

52

perfidy

deliberate breach of faith or trust, disloyalty

53

indomitable

very determined, unwavering, resolute

54

moribund

approaching death, about to become obsolete

55

flippant

not showing a serious or respectful attitude

56

facetious

treating a serious issue with deliberately inappropriate humor

57

credulous

easily convinced, tending to believe too easily, gullible

58

florid

flowery in style, very ornate

59

excoriating

scathing, expressing strong disapproval

60

interloper

and intruder

61

cerebral

intellectual rather than emotional

62

visceral

instinctive rather than rational

63

nonplussed

utterly perplexed, completely puzzled, confounded

64

ignominious

shameful, humiliating, disgraceful

65

euphony

mellifluous or pleasant sounds

66

vacillate

alternate or waver, to be indecisive

67

timorous

showing nervousness or fear

68

impudent

insolent, not showing due respect