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having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
Sour patch kids are very acerbic.
a medieal science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
The ideology of recycling is the alchemist's ultimate dream: turn waste back into gold
agreeable; responsive to suggestion
The husband tried to be amenable to his wife's suggestion that he help with household chores by doing the laundry that night.
having a tightening effect on the living tissue; harsh; severe
I use astringent at night to tighten my pores.
sharing a border; touching; adjacent
The contiguous United States does not include Alaska and Hawaii.
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
Double-spacing a paper was a convention many teachers enforced in high school.
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
Larry's cynicism prevents him from ever finding the good in other people.
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
Synonyms: courtliness, demeanor
Her daughter acted very decorum at her mother's lavishly decorated wedding.
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
Once Denise felt her confidence rise, her husband fed her with derision and she felt even worse than ever.
to slight or belittle
Synonyms: discourage, disdain, vilify
Her son disparaged her cooking of the asparagus.
to disclose or make known something secret
She divulged to her friend her desire to dive into an affair with a married man.
to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
Synonyms: affront, defy, repudiate
Fishers are still flouting the law and fishing for trout the in banned lake.
pointlessly talkative; talking too much
Synonyms: babbling, prattling, glib
I become very garrulous after I have been drinking a lot.
marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
Synonyms: eloquent, loquacious, facile
It was a glib response to a complex question.
overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
Synonyms: audacity, cockiness
The husband was very hubris and was on his fifth wife.
about to happen, impending
Synonyms: next, inevitable
THe immigrant's deportation was imminent once he was reported.
not capable of change
Synonyms: abiding, perpetual
The mutation that appeared on her face was immutable.
hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
Synonyms: sudden, impassioned, ardent
Her decision to by a pet snake was impetuous.
damaging; harmful; injurious
Synonyms: pernicious, repugnant
The enemy had very inimical intentions.
not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
synonyms: tenacious, headstrong, obstinate, obdurate
She was intractable when she was told to retract her statement about the lesibians.
an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
Tom Cruise was called a maverick in the movie because of the way he flew his plane.
characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood.
Synonyms: temperamental, capricious, erratic
THe mercury in the thermometer must be mercurial to detect the change in temperature.
a recent covert; a beginner; novice
Synonyms: tyro, rookie
He was a neophyte to the fight club and got the shit kicked out of him.
to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
Synonyms: baffle, confound
The diet obfuscated the obese lady and caused her to eat even more.
stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
Synonyms: obdurate, dogmatic, intransigent, adamant
She was obstinate when her boyfriend wanted to have sex because she wanted to abstain from sex before marriage.