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Candid

(adj.) completely honest, straightforward

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conjecture

(n) inference; guesswork

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didactic

(adj.) instructive

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euphemism

(n) a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term

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extrapolate

(v) to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information

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incoherent

(adj.) lacking cohesion or connection

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insinuate

(v.) to introduce or communicate stealthily

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lucid

(adj.) easily understood; clear

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rhetoric

(n) the art of using language effectively and persuasively

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acumen

(n) quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight

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adroit

(adj) dexterous; deft

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ascertain

(v) to find out, as through investigation or experimentation

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astute

(adj) shrewd; clever

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circumspect

(adj) careful; pruent; discreet

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disseminate

(v) to scatter widely, as in sowing seed

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erudition

(n) deep, extensive learning

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husbandry

(n) the application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding

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pedantic

(adj) excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules

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perspicacious

(adj) shrewd; clear-sighted

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pragmatic

(adj) practical

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precocious

(adj) exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity

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prospectus

(n) formal proposal

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rudimentary

(adj) basic; elementary; in the earliest stages of development

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abstruse

(adj) difficult to understand

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callous

(adj) emotionally hardened; unfeeling

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convoluted

(adj) intricate; complex

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enigma

(n) a puzzle, mystery, or riddle

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inscrutable

(adj) difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable

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reticent

(adj) inclined to keep silent; reserved

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staid

(adj) unemotional; serious

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arcane

(adj) known or understood by only a few

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assimilate

(v) to absorb or become absorbed; to make or become similar

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autonomy

(n) independence; self-determination

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cosmopolitan

(adj) worldly; widely sophisticated

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derivative

(adj) something that comes from another source

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entourage

(n) a group of attendants or associates; a retunue

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esoteric

(adj) intended for or understood by only a small group

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gaffe

(n) a clumsy social error, a faux pas

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idiosyncrasy

(n) characteristic peculiar to an individual or group

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insular

(adj) isolated; narrow or provincial

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orthodox

(adj) adhering to the traditional and established, especially in religion

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potentate

(n) one who has the power and position to rule over others; monarch

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castigate

(v) to scold, rebuke, or harshly criticize

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censure

(v) to issue official blame

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denounce

(v) to condemn openly

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reclusive

(adj) seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation

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relinquish

(v) to retire from; give up or abandon

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renounce

(v) to give up, especially by formal announcement

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vituperative

(adj) marked by a harshly abusive condemnation

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circumscribe

(v) to draw a circle around; to restrict

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contiguous

(adj) sharing an edge of boundary; touching