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impunity

exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action

2

untenable

not able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection

These untenable explanations are not helping your case.

3

taut

stretched or pulled tight; not slack; (of writing, music, etc.) concise and controlled

The fabric stays taut without adhesive

4

ornery

bad-tempered and combative; stubborn

Some hogs are just mean and ornery.

5

inimical

tending to obstruct or harm; unfriendly, hostile

6

onerous

involving an amount of effort and difficulty that is oppressively burdensome; (of law) involving heavy obligations

He found his duties burdensome and onerous.

7

alchemy

a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination

Finding the person who is right for you requires a very subtle alchemy.

8

probity

the quality of having strong moral principles; honestly and decency

9

chary

cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something

Most people are chary of allowing themselves to be photographed.

10

compendium

a collection of concise but detailed information about a particular subject, especially in a book or other publication; a collection of things, especially one systematically gathered

The program is a compendium of outtakes from our archives.

11

miscellany

a group or collection of different items; a mixture; a book containing a collection of pieces of writing by different authors

12

surfeit

an excessive amount of something; cause someone to desire no more of something as a result of having consumed or done it to excess

After the huge Thanksgiving meal and dessert, we will be all be surfeited with food.

13

paucity

the presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities or amounts; scarcity

The police cannot act with such a paucity of evidence.

14

spurious

not being what it purports to be; false or fake; (of a line of reasoning) apparently but not actually valid

This spurious reasoning results in nonsense.

15

delectable

to remove, erase, cancel, strike out

16

deleterious

causing harm of damage

Divorce is assumed to have deleterious effects on children.

17

profligacy

wildly extravagant; the act of recklessly wasting money on extravagant luxury

18

pathos

a quality that evokes pity or sadness

19

acrimony

bitterness or ill feeling

20

pariah

an outcast

21

discomfit

to make someone feel uneasy or embarrassed

He was not noticeably discomfited by her bitter tone.

22

pernicious

having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way

23

intrepid

fearless; adventurous

24

facetious

treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant

25

fulminate

express vehement protest

The exhausted students all fulminated against the new curriculum.

26

laconic

using very few words

His laconic reply suggested a lack of interest in the topic.

27

divulge

make known (private or sensitive information)

28

perennial

lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring

29

mollify

appease the anger or anxiety of someone

Nature reserves were set up around the power stations to mollify local conservationists.

30

peeve

to annoy, to irritate