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  1. Acumen (n)
    keen, accurate judgment or insight
  2. Adulterate (v)
    to reduce purity by combing with inferior ingredients
  3. Amalgamate (v)
    to combine several elements into a whole
  4. Archaic (adj)
    outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
  5. Aver (v)
    to state as a fact; to declare or assert
  6. Bolster (v)
    to provide support or reinforcement
  7. Bombastic (adj)
    pompous; grandiloquent
  8. Diatribe (n)
    a harsh denunciation
  9. Dissemble (v)
    to disguise or conceal; to mislead
  10. Eccentric (adj)
    departing from norms or conventions
  11. Endemic (adj)
    characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region or people
  12. Evanescent (adj)
    tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
  13. Exacerbate (v)
    to make worse or more severe
  14. Fervent (adj)
    greatly emotional or zealous
  15. Fortuituous (ajd)
    happening by accident or chance
  16. Germane (adj)
    relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
  17. Grandiloquence (n)
    pompous speech or expression
  18. Hackneyed (adj)
    rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
  19. Halcyon (adj)
    calm and peaceful
  20. Hedonism (n)
    devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses
  21. Hegemony (n)
    the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
  22. Iconoclast (n)
    one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
  23. Idolatrous (adj)
    given to intense or excessive devotion to something
  24. Impassive (adj)
    revealing no emotion
  25. Imperturbable (adj)
    marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness
  26. Implacable (adj)
    not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
  27. Impunity (n)
    immunity from punishment or penalty
  28. Inchoate (adj)
    in an initial stage; not fully formed
  29. Infelicitous (adj)
    unfortunate; inappropriate
  30. Insipid (adj)
    without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
  31. Loquacious (adj)
    extremely talkative
  32. Luminous (adj)
    characterized by brightness and the emission of light
  33. Malevolent (adj)
    having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
  34. Malleable (adj)
    capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
  35. Mendacity (n)
    the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
  36. Meticulous (adj)
    characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
  37. Misanthrope (n)
    one who hates all other humans
  38. Mitigate (v)
    to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
  39. Obdurate (adj)
    unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
  40. Obsequious (adj)
    exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
  41. Occlude (v)
    to obstruct or block
  42. Opprobrium (n)
    disgrace; contempt; scorn
  43. Pedagogy (n)
    the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
  44. Pedantic (adj)
    overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge
  45. Penury n)
    poverty; destitution
  46. Pervasive (adj)
    having the tendancy to permeate or spread throughout
  47. Pine (v)
    to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
  48. Pirate (v)
    to illegally use or reproduce
  49. Pith (n)
    the essential or central part
  50. Pithy (adj)
    precise and brief
  51. Placate (v)
    to appease; to calm by making concessions
  52. Platitude (n)
    a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful
  53. Plummet (v)
    to plunge or drop straight down
  54. Polemical (adj)
    controversial; argumentative
  55. Prodigal (adj)
    recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish
  56. Profuse (adj)
    given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
  57. Proliferate (v)
    to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
  58. Queries (n)
    questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
  59. Querulous (adj)
    prone to complaining or grubling; peevish
  60. Rancorous (adj)
    characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
  61. Recalcitrant (adj)
    obstinately diffiant of authority; difficult to manage
  62. Repudiate (v)
    to refuse to have anything to do with; to disown
  63. Rescind (v)
    to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
  64. Reverent (adj)
    marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
  65. Rhetoric (n)
    the art or study of effective use of language for communication or persuasion
  66. Salubrious (adj)
    promoting health or well-being
  67. Solvent (adj)
    able to meet financial oligations; able to dissolve another substance
  68. Specious (adj)
    seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
  69. Spurious (adj)
    lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
  70. Subpoena (n)
    a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
  71. Succinct (adj)
    brief; concise
  72. Superfluous (adj)
    exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
  73. Surfeit (v)
    an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
  74. Tenacity (n)
    the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination
  75. Tenuous (adj)
    having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
  76. Tirade (n)
    a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
  77. Transient (adj)
    fleeting; passing quickly;brief
  78. Zealous (adj)
    fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause
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