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abortive

(adjective)
failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose; only partially or imperfectly developed

2

bruit

(verb)
to spread the news, reports, or unsubstantiated rumors

3

contumelious

(adjective)
insolent or rude in speech or behavior; insultingly abusive; humiliating

4

dictum

(noun)
a short saying; an authoritative statement

5

ensconce

(verb)
to settle comfortably and firmly in position; to put or hide in a safe place

6

iconoclastic

(adjective)
attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, ideas, or institutions

7

in media res

(adverb)
in or into the middle of a plot; into the middle of things

8

internecine

(adjective)
mutually destructive; characterized by great slaughter and bloodshed

9

maladroit

(adjective)
lacking in skill or dexterity; lacking tact, perception, or judgment

10

maudlin

(adjective)
excessively or effusively sentimental

11

modulate

(verb)
to change or vary the intensity or pitch; to temper or soften; to regulate, adjust

12

portentous

(adjective)
foreshadowing an event to come; causing wonder or awe; self-conciously weighty, pompous

13

prescience

(noun)
knowledge of events or actions before they happen; foresight

14

quid pro quo

(noun)
something given in exchange or return for something else

15

salubrious

(adjective)
conducive to health or well-being; wholesome

16

saturnalian

(adjective)
characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness

17

touchstone

(noun)
a means of testing worth or genuineness

18

traumatic

(adjective)
so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and substantial psychological damage

19

vitiate

(verb)
to weaken, debase, or corrupt; to impair the quality or value of

20

waggish

(adjective)
fond of making jokes; characteristic of a joker; playfully humorous or droll