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  1. Acerbic (adj)
    having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
  2. Aggrandize (v)
    to increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige
  3. Alchemy (n)
    a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
  4. Amenable (adj)
    agreeable; responsive to suggestion
  5. Anachronism (n)
    something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
  6. Astringent (adj)
    having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue
  7. Contiguous (adj)
    sharing a border; touching; adjacent
  8. Convention (n)
    a generally agree-upon practice or attitude
  9. Credulous (adj)
    tending to believe too readily; gullible
  10. Cynicism (n)
    an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
  11. Decorum (n)
    polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
  12. Derision (n)
    scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
  13. Desiccate (v)
    to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
  14. Dilettante (n)
    one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
  15. Disparage (v)
    to slight or belittle
  16. Divulge (v)
    to disclose something secret
  17. Fawn (v)
    to flatter or praise excessively
  18. Flout (v)
    to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
  19. Garrulous (adj)
    pointlessly talkative; talking too much
  20. Glib (adj)
    marked by ease or informality; onchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
  21. Hubris (n)
    overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
  22. Imminent (adj)
    about to happen; impending
  23. Immutable (adj)
    not capable of change
  24. Impetuous (adj)
    hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
  25. Indifferent (adj)
    having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
  26. Inimical (adj)
    damaging; harmful; injurious
  27. Intractable (adj)
    not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
  28. Intrepid (adj)
    steadfast and courageous
  29. Laconic (adj)
    using few words; terse
  30. Maverick (n)
    an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
  31. Mercurial (adj)
    characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
  32. Mollify (v)
    to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
  33. Neophyte (n)
    a recent convert; a beginner; novice
  34. Obfuscate (v)
    to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
  35. Ostentatious (adj)
    characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy
  36. Pervade (v)
    to permeate throughout
  37. Phlegmatic (adj)
    calm; sluggish; unemotional
  38. Plethora (n)
    an overabundance; a surplus
  39. Pragmatic (adj)
    practical rather than idealistic
  40. Presumptuous (adj)
    overstepping due bounds (as a propriety or courtesy); taking liberties
  41. Pristine (adj)
    pure; uncorrupted; clean
  42. Probity (n)
    adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
  43. Proclivity (n)
    a natural predisposition or inclination
  44. Profligate (adj)
    excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
  45. Propensity (n)
    a natural inclination or tendency; penchant
  46. Prosaic (adj)
    dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
  47. Pungent (adj)
    characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
  48. Quixotic (adj)
    foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
  49. Quotidian (adj)
    occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
  50. Rarefy (v)
    to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
  51. Recondite (adj)
    hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
  52. Refulgent (adj)
    radiant; shiny; brilliant
  53. Renege (v)
    to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
  54. Sedulous (adj)
    diligent; persistent; hard-working
  55. Shard (n)
    a piece of broken pottery or glass
  56. Soporific (adj)
    causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
  57. Sparse (adj)
    thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
  58. Spendthrift (n)
    one who spends money wastefully
  59. Subtle (adj)
    not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
  60. Tacit (adj)
    implied; not explicitly stated
  61. Terse (adj)
    brief and concise in wording
  62. Tout (v)
    to publicly praise or promote
  63. Trenchant (adj)
    sharply perceptive; keen ; penetrating
  64. Unfeigned (adj)
    genuine; not false or hypocritical
  65. Untenable (adj)
    indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
  66. Vacillate (v)
    to waver indecively between one course of action or opinion and another
  67. Variegated (adj)
    multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
  68. Vexation (n)
    annoyance; irritation
  69. Vigilant (adj)
    alertly watchful
  70. Vituperate (v)
    to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; to berate
  71. Volatile (adj)
    readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive

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