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Abscond

(verb)
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide

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Aberrant

(adj.)
deviating from the norm (noun form: aberration)

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Alacrity

(noun)
eager and enthusiastic willingness

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Anomaly

(noun)
deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality (adj. form: anomalous)

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Approbation

(noun)
an expression of approval or praise

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Arduous

(adj.)
strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort

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Assuage

(verb)
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify

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Audacious

(adj.)
daring and fearless; recklessly bold (noun form: audacity)

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Austere

(adj.)
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic (noun form: austerity)

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Axiomatic

(adj.)
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth (noun form: axiom)

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Canonical

(adj.)
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards (noun form: canon)

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Capricious

(adj.)
inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable

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Censure

(verb)
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke

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Chicanery

(noun)
trickery or subterfuge

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Connoisseur

(noun)
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert

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Convoluted

(adj.)
complex or complicated

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Disabuse

(verb)
to undeceive; to set right

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Discordant

(adj.)
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound

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Disparate

(adj.)
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar

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Effrontery

(noun)
extreme boldness; presumptuousness

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Eloquent

(adj.)
well-spoken, expressive, articulate (noun form: eloquence)

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Enervate

(verb)
to weaken; to reduce in vitality

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Ennui

(noun)
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy

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Equivocate

(verb)
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (adj. form: equivocal)

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Erudite

(adj.)
very learned; scholarly (noun form: erudition)

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Exculpate

(verb)
exonerate; to clear of blame

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Exigent

(adj.)
urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention

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Extemporaneous

(adj.)
improvised; done without preparation

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Filibuster

(noun)
intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action

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Fulminate

(verb)
to loudly attack or denounce

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Ingenuous

(adj.)
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication

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Inured

(adj.)
accustomed to accepting something undesirable

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Irascible

(adj.)
easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts

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Laud

(verb)
to praise highly (adj. form: laudatory)

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Lucid

(adj.)
clear; easily understood

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Magnanimity

(noun)
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving (adj. form: magnanimous)

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Martial

(adj.)
associated with war and the armed forces

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Mundane

(adj.)
of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary

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Nascent

(adj.)
coming into being; in early developmental stages

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Nebulous

(adj.)
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form

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Neologism

(noun)
a new word, expression, or usage; the creating or use of new words or senses

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Noxious

(adj.)
harmful, injurious

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Obtuse

(adj.)
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression

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Obviate

(verb)
to anticipate and make unnecessary

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Onerous

(adj.)
troubling; burdensome

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Paean

(noun)
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving

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Parody

(noun)
a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art

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Perennial

(adj.)
recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly

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Perfidy

(noun)
intentional breach of faith; treachery (adj. form: perfidious)

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Perfunctory

(adj.)
cursory; done without care or interest

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Perspicacious

(adj.)
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment (noun form: perspicacity)

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Prattle

(verb)
to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner

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Precipitate (adj.)

(adj.)
acting with excessive haste or impulse

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Precipitate (verb)

(verb)
to cause or happen before anticipated or required

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Predilection

(noun)
a disposition in favor of something; preference

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Prescience

(noun)
foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring (adj. form: prescient)

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Prevaricate

(verb)
to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead

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Qualms

(noun)
misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy

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Recant

(verb)
to retract, esp. a previously held belief

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Refute

(verb)
to disprove; to successfully argue against

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Relegate

(verb)
to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position

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Reticent

(adj.)
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings

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Solicitous

(adj.)
concerned and attentive; eager

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Sordid

(adj.)
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul

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Sporadic

(adj.)
Occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances

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Squander

(verb)
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly

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Static

(adj.)
not moving, active, or in motion; at rest

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Stupefy

(verb)
to stun, baffle, or amaze

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Stymie

(verb)
to block; to thwart

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Synthesis

(noun)
the combination of parts to make a whole (verb form: synthesize)

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Torque

(noun)
a force that causes rotation

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Tortuous

(adj.)
winding, twisting; excessively complicated

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Truculent

(adj.)
fierce and cruel; eager to fight

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Veracity

(noun)
truthfulness, honesty

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Virulent

(adj.)
extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic

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Voracious

(adj.)
having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous

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Waver

(verb)
to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion