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Temperance

Moderation or self restraint

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Notoriety

The state of being well known for some bad quality or deed

3

Eminence

Fame or recognized superiority

4

Tumultuous

Making a loud confused noise

5

Imperceptibly

In a way that is so slight as not to be perceived

6

Orthodox

Not independent minded

7

Trifling

A thing of little value or importance
A small amount of something

8

Ameliorated

To make better

9

Ascertained

Find out for certain
Make sure of

10

Centralization

The concentration of control of an activity or organization under a single authority

11

Improvisation

The act of improvising

12

Prophetic

Accurately predicting what will happen in the future

13

Monotonous

Dull, tedious and repetitive

14

Virtual

Almost as described but not completely to strict definition

15

Harbingers

A person or a thing that announces the thing of another
A forerunner of something

16

Affability

The quality of being affable (friendly)

17

Incongruous

Not in harmony or keeping with the surrounding

18

Fastidiousness

Very attentive and concerned about attention and detail

19

Polemical

Involving strong critical or controversial writing or speech

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Debunking

Expose the falseness or hollowness

21

Obsolete

No longer produced or used

22

Exacting

Making great demands on ones skill, attention or other recourses

23

Copious

large in quantity or number; abundant; plentiful

24

Acerbic

Sour in taste
Harsh or severe as of temper or expression

25

Scathing

Bitterly severe as a remark
Harmful

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Meticulous

Showing great attention to detail
Very careful and precise

27

Diffidence

The quality or state of being different

28

Illiberality

Narrow minded

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Engaged

Busy or occupied
Involved

30

Fanciful

characterized by or showing fancy
. capricious or whimsical in appearance

31

Inconsequential

Not important

32

Disinterestedness

Lack of self interest

33

Endorsed

Declare ones public approval or support of

34

Belies

To show to be false
Contradict
Misrepresent

35

Overshadows

To be more important in comparison

36

Injudicious

Showing lack of judgement
Unwise

37

Frivolity

The state of being frivolous ( not having a serious purpose)

38

Impenetrability

The state of being impenetrable; impossible to pass through

39

Penitential

Relating to or expressing penitence ( sorrow or regret)

40

Intractable

Hard to control or deal with
Difficult, stubborn

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Austerity

Very stern in manner

42

Impetuous

Done quickly without thought or care

43

Prodigality

Spending resources carelessly
Wastefully extravagant

44

Taciturnity

Reserved in communication
Saying little

45

Volubility

Talkativeness

46

Pellucidity

Allowing the maximum passage of light

47

Eclipse

A reduction of status
To make less important

48

Bolster

To support

49

Intrinsic

Belonging naturally
Essential

50

Peripheral

Of minor importance

51

Rumination

Deep thought about something

52

Prosaic

Dull
Lacking poetic beauty

53

Hackneyed

Lacking significance through being overused

54

Aloof

Not friendly
Cool and distant

55

Placid

Not easily upset or excited
Calm and peaceful

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Restive

Impatient of control
Stubborn

57

Vociferous

Crying out noisily
Clamorous

58

Circumscribed

Restrict within limits

59

Fortuitous

Happening by chance

60

Indecorous

Improper

61

Unseemly

Not proper
Inappropriate

62

Cow

To frighten with threats/ violence

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Scornful

Full of mockery

64

Irksome

Irritating, annoying

65

Pivotal

Of crucial important in relation to the development of something else

66

Recondite

Little known
Abstruse

67

Impediments

A hinderance in doing something

68

Testable

Able to be tested or tried

69

Implemented

Put into effect

70

Canonize

To regard as being of great significance

71

Fecklessness

Lacking innovative or strength of character

72

Dynamism

great energy, force, or power; vigor

73

Egoism

the habit of valuing everything only in reference to one's personal interest; selfishness

74

Punctiliousness

strict in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct

75

Scintillating

Animated
Brilliantly clever

76

Incendiary

tending to arouse strife, sedition, etc.;
inflammatory

77

Veracious

habitually speaking the truth; truthful;
honest

78

Clangorous

a loud, resonant sound;
clang.

79

Tepid

characterized by a lack of force or enthusiasm
Moderately warm

80

Augment

to make larger;
enlarge;
increase

81

Sensational

designed to produce a startling effect, strong reaction, intense interest, etc.

82

Corroborate

to make more certain;
confirm

83

Dubious

doubtful

84

Exacerbating

to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.);
aggravate.

85

Mitigate

To lessen in force or intensity
To make less severe

86

Precocious

unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development
Premature development

87

Impecunious

Penniless
Having little or no money

88

Assiduous

Showing great care or perseverance
Constant

89

Dissemble

to give a false or misleading appearance to;
conceal the truth or real nature of

90

Fleeting

Lasting for a very short time

91

Abstruse

Difficult to understand
Obscure

92

Hortatory

urging to some course of conduct
exhorting;
encouraging

93

Transgress

to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.;
offend;
sin
To pass over or go beyond

94

Trifling

of very little importance;
trivial;
insignificant

95

Malign

to speak harmful untruths about; speak evil of;
slander;
defame

96

Antagonistic

acting in opposition;
opposing, especially mutually.
hostile;
unfriendly.

97

Penchant

a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something

98

Conspire

to agree together, especially secretly, to do something wrong, evil, or illegal
To plot

99

Promulgated

to make known by open declaration;
publish;
proclaim formally or put into operation

100

Marginalized

to place in a position of marginal importance, influence, or power

101

Relish

liking or enjoyment of the taste of something

102

Insipid

without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualitie

103

Fortuitous

happening or produced by chance;
accidental

104

Serendipitous

come upon or found by accident; fortuitous

105

Lucrative

profitable;
moneymaking;
remunerative

106

Pretensions

a claim or title to something.

107

Commensurate

corresponding in amount, magnitude, or degree
Proportionate

108

Kindred

a person's relatives collectively; kin

109

Incensed

to perfume with incense.
to burn or offer incense

110

Coalescing

to grow together or into one body

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Doctrinaire

dogmatic about others' acceptance of one's ideas;
Impractical

112

Heterodox

not in accordance with established or accepted doctrines or opinions;
unorthodox.

113

Dogmatic

asserting opinions in a doctrinaire or arrogant manner;
opinionated

114

Synthesizing

To form by combing parts

115

Ubiquitous

being everywhere, especially at the same time;
omnipresent

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Omnipresent

present everywhere at the same time

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Meager

deficient in quantity or quality; lacking fullness or richness; scanty;
inadequate

118

Acute

sharp or severe in effect;
intense
extremely great or serious;
crucial;

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Prolix

extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length;
long and wordy

120

Explicit

fully and clearly expressed or demonstrated;
leaving nothing merely implied; unequivocal

121

Exacerbate

To make worse
to increase the severity
Aggravate

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Disparate

distinct in kind;
essentially different;
dissimilar:

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Quotidian

Daily
usual or customary;
everyday:

124

Herald

a person or thing that precedes or comes before;
forerunner;
harbinger:

125

Panacea

a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all.
An answer of all problems

126

Harbinger

a person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another;
Anything that foreshadows;
herald

127

Cursory

going rapidly over something, without noticing details;
hasty;
superficial

128

Perfunctory

performed merely as a routine duty;
hasty and superficial:
lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm;
indifferent or apathetic

129

Ruthless

without pity or compassion;
cruel;
merciless

130

Canny

careful;
cautious;
prudent:
Shrewd

131

Industrious

working energetically and devotedly;
hard-working;
diligent:
Skillful

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Shrewd

astute or sharp in practical matters
Piercing

133

Disseminated

to scatter or spread widely;
promulgate extensively; broadcast;
disperse

134

Revered

to regard with respect tinged with awe;
venerate:

135

Refuge

shelter or protection from danger, trouble

136

Arcane

known or understood by very few; mysterious;
secret;
obscure;
esoteric:

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Sanguine

Optimistic

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Irresolute

not resolute;
doubtful;
infirm of purpose;

139

Opulent

wealthy, rich, or affluent

140

Eclectic

choosing from various sources

141

Bucolic

relating to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life

142

Enigmatic

resembling an enigma, or a puzzling occurrence, situation, statement, person, etc.; perplexing;
mysterious:

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Adroit

cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious

144

Unpretentious

not pretentious;
modest;
plain:

145

Impetus

a moving force;
impulse;
stimulus

146

Feebleness

Physically weak
weak intellectually or morally

147

Lucidity

the quality of being easily understood, completely intelligible, or comprehensible:

148

Vindicated

to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like
To justify

149

Boon

something to be thankful for; blessing;
benefit.

150

Debacle

a general breakup or dispersion; sudden downfall or rout:

151

Hidebound

narrow and rigid in opinion; inflexible

152

Orthodox

conforming to beliefs, attitudes, or modes of conduct that are generally approved.

153

Surly

churlishly rude or bad-tempered:
Sullen
Grumpy

154

Dubious

doubtful;

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Contending

to struggle in opposition

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Juxtaposition

placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.

157

Scuffle

to struggle or fight in a rough, confused manner.

158

Buoyant

Lighthearted

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Premonitory

giving premonition;
serving to warn beforehand

160

Laudatory

Flattering

161

Temperate

moderate or self-restrained;
not extreme in opinion, statement, etc

162

Provincial

belonging to some particular province(an administrative division or unit of a country);
local

163

Capricious

subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change;
erratic:
Obsolete

164

Obstinate

firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.;
not yielding to argument

165

Noxious

Harmful

166

Erratic

deviating from the usual or proper course in conduct or opinion; eccentric;
queer:

167

Laboriously

requiring much work, exertion, or perseverance:
Characterized by extreme care and much attention to detail

168

Assiduous

constant;
unremitting

169

Loquacious

talking or tending to talk much or freely;
talkative;
chattering;
babbling;
garrulous

170

Diffident

lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness;
timid;
shy.

171

Stanched

To stop the flow of

172

Accentuate

to give emphasis or prominence to.

173

Taciturnity

the state or quality of being reserved or reticent in conversation.

174

Alacrity

cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness

175

Rhapsody

an ecstatic expression of feeling or enthusiasm.

176

Quandary

a state of perplexity or uncertainty;
dilemma.

177

Deleterious

injurious to health:
Harmful

178

Inconsequential

of little or no importance; insignificant;
trivial.

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Zealot

a person who shows zeal (eager desire)

180

Egotist

a conceited, boastful person.
Selfish

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Sycophant

a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite

182

Adulate

to show excessive admiration or devotion to;
flatter or admire servilely.

183

Braggart

a person who does a lot of bragging.

184

Mercurial

Changing

185

Blithe

joyous, merry, or happy in disposition;
glad;
cheerful:

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Phlegmatic

Unemotional

187

Aghast

struck with overwhelming shock or amazement;
filled with sudden fright or horror:

188

Bemused

bewildered or confused

189

Prescience

Foresight

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Obdurate

unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings;
stubborn;
unyielding

191

Caprice

a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one's mind

192

Foresight

the act or power of foreseeing; prevision;
prescience

193

Obsolescence

becoming outdated or outmoded, as machinery or weapons.

194

Redouble

to double;
make twice as great:
To echo

195

Institutionalize

to make institutional (established by institution)

196

Futile

incapable of producing any result; ineffective;
useless;
not successful

197

Ephemeral

lasting a very short time;
short-lived;
transitory

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Transitory

lasting only a short time;
brief;
short-lived;
temporary.

199

Perspicacity

keenness of mental perception and understanding;
discernment;
penetration

200

Callous

Insensitive

201

Pastoral

having the simplicity, charm, serenity, or other characteristics generally attributed to rural areas:

202

Spurious

not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source;
counterfeit.

203

Ridicule

to deride;
make fun of.