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Idiosyncrasy

a train or mannerism that is peculiar to an individual

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censorious

severely critical of others

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captious

tending to find fault or raise petty objections

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consternation

a great sense of dismay or confusion

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didactic

tending to give instruction or advice, inclined to teach or lecture others; containing an educational or moral lesson

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elucidate

to make clear or plain, especially by explanation

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effusive

expressing excessive emotion in an unrestrained manner; gushing

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furor

general commotion; an uproar

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marginal, peripheral

of secondary importance; not central, on the perimeter

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obfuscate

to deliberately confuse; to make something so confusing it is hard to understand

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Flummoxed

confused or perplexed

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spate

a large number or amount

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ineffable

too overwhelming to be put into words, indescribable, inexpressable

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histrionic

excessively theatrical or melodramatic

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overwrought

in a state or nervous excitement or anxiety

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eschew

to avoid, to stay clear of; to shun

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stopgap

a temporary solution designed to meet an urgent need

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flotsam; jetsam

debris; part of a ships cargo that is thrown overboard (jettisoned) to decrease weight

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churlish, sullen, sulky

ill tempered; rude; childish

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restitution

the act of making good or compensating for a loss, damage, or injury

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disquieting

disturbing, upsetting, vexing, causing unease, worrisome

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execrable

extremely bad or unpleasant

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odious

extremely unpleasant, repulsive

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perspicacious

insightful

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prescient

having or showing knowledge of events before they take place

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discerning

having or showing good judgment

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hiatus

a pause or a gap in a sequence, series, or process

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vertiginous

having a feeling of whirling or spinning, having vertigo

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esoteric

intended for or likely to be understood by a small number of people with specialized knowledge

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arcane

understood by few, mysterious,secret

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supercilious

showing haughty disdain or arrogant superiority

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blithe

joyous; sprightly; mirthful; light; vivacious

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mirth

amusement, merriment

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underwrite

to assume financial responsibility for

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discomfited

uneasy; embarassed

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taciturn

habitually quiet; uncommunicative

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sinecure

an office or position that provides an income for little or no work

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cosmopolitan

worldy; sophisticated; open-minded and aware of the big picture

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parochial, provincial

having a limited or narrow outlook or scope

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insular

ignorant of or uninterested in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one's own experience.

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fecund

intellectually productive or inventive, fertile

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ostentatious

flashy, intended to attract attention and notice, pretentious, gaudy

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guile

duplicity, cunning, skillful deceit

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sanguine

cheerfully confident, optimistic

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scintillating

sparkling; shining; brilliantly clever

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refractory

stubborn or unmanageable

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garrulous

excessively talkative (voluble)

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voluble

excessively talkative (garrulous)

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convivial

sociable, fond of feasting, drinking and good company, outgoing

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brusque, curt

abrupt in speech; blunt

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tepid

lukewarm, mild, halfhearted

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protean

readily taking on varied forms and meanings

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solicitous

showing great care and concern, attentive

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ingenuous

innocent and unsuspecting (disingenuous is insincere, oblique, and not candid)

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venerate, revere

to regard with great respect, to hold to high esteem

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contentious

quarrelsome, argumentative, disputatious

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preclude

to make impossible, to rule out, to prevent

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compunction, contrition, penitence

feelings of sincere and deep regret

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bombastic

pompous or pretentious in speech or writing; ostentatiously lofty in style

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forbearance

abstaining from the enforcement of a right; the act of refraining from acting on a desire or impulse

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unfettered

free of restraint, free

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prescribe

to require; to order; to direct

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proscribe

to forbid; to prohibit; to outlaw

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puerile

childishly silly and trivial

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callow

inexperienced and immature

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sophomoric

juvenile, childish, immature

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Profundity

Intellectual depth