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acclaim

enthusiastic approval or welcome

belie

to show to be false; to disprove

candid

frank, open; honest in speech

debunk

to expose as false

ebullient

overflowing with excitement

reciprocity

a mutual exchange

torpor

sluggish inactivity or indifference

intrepid

resolutely fearless

exacerbate

to increase in severity

embellish

to beautify or enhance

stark

harsh, grim, or desolate

renounce

to give up voluntarily

nomad

a member of a tribe that has no permanent home

pragmatic

practical

conformist

a person who follows a group without questioning

volatile

highly unstable; explosive

epitome

the best or most typical example

impose

to forcibly place upon

prosperity

wealth or success

mandate

a document giving an official instruction or command

enterprise

an important or difficult project

futile

incapable of producing results

commend

to present as worthy of notice or praise

pliant

bending readily

cryptic

mysterious or ambiguous in nature

adroit

expert, skilled, or nimble

astute

having practical intelligence

procrastinate

to defer action

exploit

to use selfishly or for profit

redolent

having a pleasant odor

complacent

pleased with oneself

devoid

lacking; to be without

discredit

to injure the credit or reputation of

exonerate

to clear from guilt or blame

waver

to sway, shake, or tremble

understated

restrained in design or presentation

regenerate

to bring into existence again

mock

to attack or treat with ridicule

pedantic

having a narrow focus on the small details of a subject

iconoclastic

pertaining to image breaking, or an attack on beliefs

fervent

having or showing intensity of spirit

demeanor

conduct or behavior

disseminate

to scatter or spread widely

burgeon

to grow or develop quickly

affable

easy to approach or talk to

captivate

to attract or hold the interest of

vindication

something that clears someone from suspicion or accusation

revival

restoration to life or health

obfuscate

to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy

pompous

characterized by display of importance

inhibit

to restrain or hinder

conventional

conforming to accepted standards

articulate

using language easily or clearly

spellbinding

holding interest as if by a spell

presumption

assumption or supposition

abstinence

denial of indulgence or appetite

dormant

inactive, as if asleep

gullible

easily deceived or cheated

legitimate

according to law; lawful

retention

ability to recall or recognize things learned or experienced

routine

customary or commonplace

ephemeral

lasting a short time

serene

calm or peaceful

diversity

of a different kind, form, or character

indifference

having no interest or concern

bereft

deprived or made desolate

disparity

lack of similarity or equality

itinerant

traveling from place to place

metaphor

a direct comparison between two dissimilar things

validate

to make valid or confirm

naive

lacking sophistication or experience

animated

lively; spirited

alleviate

to make easier to endure

contentious

quarrelsome, inclined to argue

suppress

to stop by force, put down

sarcasm

sneering or cutting remarks

rudimentary

relating to basic facts or principles

paragon

a model or pattern of excellence

mundane

uninteresting; common

ambivalent

uncertainty or fluctuation; mixed feelings

apprehensive

uneasy or fearful

cosmopolitan

at home in the world; sophisticated

deprecate

to express disapproval of

excoriate

to criticize or berate severely

formulaic

made according to formula

authenticity

the quality of being authentic or genuine

circumscribe

to draw a line around or enclose

cavalier

showing arrogant disregard

diffedent

lacking self-confidence

distinguish

to mark as different

cynical

distrusting the motives of others

impulsive

done without thinking

erudite

learned or scholarly

ineffable

incapable of being expressed in words

obsolete

no longer in use

ostentatious

intended to attract notice

resolute

firmly determined

temperament

natural character or personality

tenet

a principle held as true by a group or movement

versatile

capable of adapting easily

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