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  1. abscond
    to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
  2. aberrant
    deviating from the norm
  3. alacrity
    eager and enthusiastic willingness
  4. anomaly
    deviation from the normal order
  5. approbation
    an expression of approval or praise
  6. arduous
    strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
  7. assuage
    to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
  8. audacious
    daring and fearless; recklessly bold
  9. austere
    without adornment; bare; severly simple
  10. axiomatic
    taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
  11. canonical
    following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
  12. capricious
    inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
  13. censure
    to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
  14. chicanery
    trickery or subterfuge
  15. connoisseur
    an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
  16. convoluted
    complex and complicated
  17. disabuse
    to undeceive; to set right
  18. discordant
    conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
  19. disparate
    fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
  20. effrontery
    extreme boldness; presumptuousness
  21. eloquent
    well-spoken, expressive, articulate
  22. enervate
    to weaken
  23. ennui
    dissatistaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
  24. equivocate
    to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
  25. erudite
    very learned; scholarly
  26. exculpate
    exonerate; to clear of blame
  27. exigent
    urgentm pressing, requiring immediate action or attention
  28. extemporaneous
    improvised; done without preparation
  29. filibuster
    intentional obstruction
  30. fulminate
    to loudly attack or denounce
  31. ingenuous
    artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
  32. inured
    accustomed to accepting something undesirable
  33. irascible
    easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
  34. laud
    to praise highly
  35. lucid
    clear; easily understood
  36. magnanimity
    the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart
  37. martial
    associated with war and the armed forces
  38. mundane
    of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
  39. nascent
    coming into being; in early developmental stages
  40. nebulous
    vague; clouldy; lacking clearly defined form
  41. neologism
    a new word, expression, or usage
  42. noxious
    harmful or injurious
  43. obtuse
    lacking sharpness of intellect
  44. obviate
    to anticipate and make unnecessary
  45. onerous
    troubling; burdensome
  46. paean
    a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
  47. parody
    a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or somic effect
  48. perennial
    recurrent through the year or many years
  49. perfidy
    intentional breach of faith
  50. perfunctory
    cursory; done without care or interest
  51. perspicacious
    acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
  52. prattle
    to babble meaninglessly
  53. precipitate
    acting with excessive haste or impulse (adj) to cause or happen before anticipated or required (v)
  54. predilection
    a disposition in favor of something; preference
  55. prescience
    forknowledge of events
  56. prevaricate
    to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
  57. qualms
    misgivings; reservations; causes fro hesitancy
  58. recant
    to retract
  59. refute
    to disprove; to successfully argue against
  60. relegate
    to forcibly assign
  61. reticent
    quiet; reserved
  62. solicitous
    concerned and attentive; eager
  63. sordid
    characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
  64. sporadic
    occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
  65. squander
    to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
  66. static
    not moving, active, or in motion
  67. stupefy
    to stun, baffle, or amaze
  68. stymie
    to block; thwart
  69. synthesis
    the combination of parts to make a whole
  70. torque
    a force that causes rotation
  71. tortuous
    winding, twisting; excessively complicated
  72. truculent
    fierce and cruel; eager to fight
  73. veracity
    truthfulness, honesty
  74. virulent
    extremely harmful or poisonous
  75. voracious
    having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
  76. waver
    to move to and fro; to sway
  77. abate
    to lessen in intensity or degree
  78. accolade
    an expression of praise
  79. adulation
    excessive praise; intense adoration
  80. aesthetic
    dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
  81. ameliorate
    to make better or more tolerable
  82. ascetic
    one who practices rigid self-denial
  83. avarice
  84. axiom
    a universally recognized principle
  85. burgeon
    to grow rapidly or flourish
  86. bucolic
    rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
  87. cacophony
    harsh, jarring, discordant sound
  88. canon
    an established set of principles or code of laws
  89. castigation
    severe criticism or punishment
  90. catalyst
    a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing
  91. caustic
    burning or stinging; causing corrosion
  92. chary
    wary; cautious; sparing
  93. cogent
    appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
  94. complaisance
    the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
  95. contentious
    argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
  96. contrite
    regretful; seeking forgiveness
  97. culpable
    deserving blame
  98. dearth
    smallness of quantity or number; scarcity
  99. demur
    to question or oppose
  100. didactic
    intended to teach or instruct
  101. discretion
    cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
  102. disinterested
    free of bias or self-interest; impartial
  103. dogmatic
    expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or unprovable principles
  104. ebullience
    the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
  105. eclectic
    composed of elements drawn from various sources
  106. elegy
    a mournful poem
  107. emollient
    soothing esp to the skin; making less harsh
  108. empirical
    based on observation or experiment
  109. enigmatic
    mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
  110. ephemeral
    brief; fleeting
  111. esoteric
    intended for or understood by a small, specific group
  112. eulogy
    a speech honoring the dead
  113. exonerate
    to remove blame
  114. facetious
    playful; humorous
  115. fallacy
    an invalid or incorrec notion; a mistaken belief
  116. furtive
    marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
  117. gregarious
    sociable; outgoing
  118. harangue
    to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
  119. heretical
    violating accepted dogma or convention
  120. hyperbole
    an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
  121. impecunious
    lacking funds; without money
  122. incipient
    beginning to come into being or to become apparent
  123. inert
    unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
  124. innocuous
    harmless; causing no damage
  125. intransigent
    refusing to compromise
  126. inveigle
    to obtain by deception or flattery
  127. morose
    sad; sullen; melancholy
  128. odious
    evoking intense aversion or dislike
  129. opaque
    impenetrable by light
  130. oscillation
    the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
  131. penurious
    penny-pinching; excessively thrifty
  132. pernicious
    extremely harmful; potentionally causing death
  133. peruse
    to examine with great care
  134. pious
    extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
  135. precursor
    one that precedes and indicates or annouces another
  136. preen
    to dress up; to primp
  137. prodigious
    abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
  138. prolific
    producing large volumes or amounts; productive
  139. putrefy
    to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
  140. quaff
    to drink deeply
  141. quiescence
    stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
  142. redoubtable
    awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
  143. sanction
    authoritative permission or approval
  144. satire
    a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
  145. squalid
    sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
  146. stoic
    indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain
  147. supplant
    to take the place of
  148. torpid
    lethargic; sluggish; dormant
  149. ubiquitous
    existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered
  150. urbane
    sophisticated; refined; elegant
  151. vilify
    to defame
  152. viscous
    thick; sticky
  153. acumen
    keen, accurate judgment or insight
  154. adulterate
    to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
  155. amalgamate
    to combine several elements into a whole
  156. archaic
    outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
  157. aver
    to state as a fact; to declare or assert
  158. bolster
    to provide support or reinforcement
  159. bombastic
    pompous; grandiloquent
  160. diatribe
    a harsh denunciation
  161. dissemble
    to disguise or conceal; to mislead
  162. eccentric
    departing from norms or conventions
  163. endemic
    characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
  164. evanescent
    tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
  165. exacerbate
    to make worse or more severe
  166. fervent
    greatly emotional or zealous
  167. fortuitous
    happening by accident or chance
  168. germane
    relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
  169. grandiloquence
    pompous speech or expression
  170. hackneyed
    rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
  171. halcyon
    calm and peaceful
  172. hedonism
    devotion to pleasurable pursuits
  173. hegemony
    the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
  174. iconoclast
    one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
  175. idolatrous
    given to intense or excessive devotion to something
  176. impassive
    revealing no emotion
  177. imperturbable
    marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
  178. implacable
    not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
  179. impunity
    immunity from punishment or penalty
  180. inchoate
    in an inital stage; not fully formed
  181. infelicitous
    unfortunate; inappropriate
  182. insipid
    without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
  183. loquacious
    extremely talkative
  184. luminous
    characterized by brightness and the emission of light
  185. malevolent
    having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
  186. malleable
    capable of being shaped or formed; pliable
  187. mendacity
    the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
  188. meticulous
    characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive detail
  189. misanthrope
    one who hates all other humans