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abscond to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hind
aberrant deviating from the norm
alacrity eager and enthusiastic williness
anomaly deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
approbation an expression of approval or praise
arduous strenuous,taxing; requiring significant effort
assuage to ease or lesson; to appease or pacify
audacious daring and fearless; recklessly bold
austere without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
axiomatic taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
canonical following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
capricious inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
censure to criticize severly; to officially rebuke
chicanery trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
convoluted complex or complicated
disabuse to undeceive; to set straight
discordant conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery extrem boldness, presumptuousness
eloquent well-spoken, expressive, articulate
enervate to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ennui dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
erudite very learned; scholarly
exculpate exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous improvised; done without preparation
filibuster intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate to loudly attack or denounce
ingenuous artless; frank and candis; lacking in sophistication
inured accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
laud to praise highly
lucid clear; easily understood
magnanimity the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
martial associated with war and the armed forces
mundane of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
neologism a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
noxious harmful, injurious
obtuse lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or exprssion
obviate to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous troubling; burdensome
paean a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
parody a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, ex. in literature and art
perennial recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfidy intentional breach of faith; treachery
perfunctory cursory; done without care or interest
perspicacious acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
prattle to babble meaninglessly; to talk in and empty and idel manner
precipitate to cause or happen before anticipated or required
precipitate to cause or happen before anticipated or required
predilection a disposition in favor of something; preference
prescience foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to thir occurring
prevaricate to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
qualms misgivings; reservation; causes for hesitancy
recant to retract; ex. a previously held belief
refute to disprove; to successfully argue against
relegate to forcibly assign, ex. to a lower place or position
reticent quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitous concerned and attentive; eager
sordid characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
sporadic occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squandor to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static not moving, active, or in motion
stupefy to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie to block; thwart
synthesis the combination of parts to make a whole
torque a force that causes rotation
tortous winding, twisting, excessively complicated
truculent fierce and cruel; eager to fight
veracity truthfulness, honesty
virulent extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
waver to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion.
Created by: rachel krueger