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specious

looking good on first sight, but actually not so

anomaly

something that deviates from the normal

amorphous

having no definite form or distinct shape

circumscribe

to surround by a boundary

veracity

truthfulness

buffet

strike, beat repeatedly

dearth

a lack, scarcity

contemptuous

lacking respect; scornful

avert(ed)

to turn or direct away; to prevent

ingenuous

innocent, simple; frank, sincere

sullen

resentfully silent

complacent

self-satisfied

lamentable

pitiable, regrettable

bellicose

hostile in manner; pugnacious

apprehensive

fearful or anxious, especially about the future

indignation

anger as a result of something unjust

vituperation

a severe or abusive scolding

nebulous

vague, confused, indistinct

arduous

difficult; requiring much effort

sophomoric

immature and overconfident

a

not, without

morph

form

circum

around

bibliophile

a lover of books

philanthropist

one who loves people, particularly one who gives money to benefit humanity

sedentary

doing or requiring a lot of sitting

cryptic

having a hidden meaning

centennial

the 100th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

brazen

made of brass; impudent or defiant

ingress

the act of entering; entrance

dauntless

fearless

trenchant

incisive, keen; forceful, effective

revel

to take great pleasure in; a wild celebration

approbation

approval

decorum

proper behavior, good taste; orderliness

capricious

subject to whims or passing fancies; unpredictable

lethargy

abnormal drowsiness

retribution

payback; a deserved punishment

perfidious

faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy

placate

to appease, soothe, pacify

duplicity

doubleness of thought, speech or action; treachery, deception

supercilious

haughtily contemptuous

raucous

loud and boisterous, harsh, disorderly

phil

to love

sed

to sit

crypt

hidden

cent

hundred

anachronism

something out of place in time

perfidy

treachery

panacea

a remedy for all ills or difficulties

sylvan

relating to or characteristic of the forest

translucent

allowing light to partially pass through

imperceptible

very slight, gradual, or subtle

benign

having a kind or friendly disposition

dilatory

tending to delay

convoluted

rolled up, coiled or twisted together

ornithology

the scientific study of birds

somnolent

sleepy, drowsy

anonymity

the state of being unknown

squalor

filth

prowess

distinguished bravery; superior ability

alacrity

cheerful readiness

demure

shy and modest; reserved

ponderous

heavy, massive, awkward

patent

exclusive rights to an invention

clandestine

secret, underhanded

tangible

capable of being touched; real

chron

time

sylva

forest

tortuous

marked by repeated turns and bends

odoriferous

having or giving off an odor

hypocrisy

stating a belief or feeling that one does not hold

telepathy

communication through means other than the senses

mellifluous

smooth and sweetly flowing

urbane

polite, refined, elegant

pejorative

disparaging, belittling

vociferous

loud and noisy

abstruse

difficult to understand

strident

loud, harsh, shrill

lugubrious

Mournful, dismal

venal

capable of being bribed or corrupted

elusive

tending to avoid capture; hard to define or describe

protracted

drawn out in time; made longer

antediluvian

old, ancient

pretense

an appearance or action intended to deceive

fracas

a noisy quarrel or brawl

quandary

a state of uncertainty or perplexity

respite

a short period of rest or relief

quintessence

the purest and most concentrated essence of something

tort

twist

fer

bear, carry

hypo

under

ambidextrous

equally skillful with each hand

credulous

believing on slight evidence, gullible

acrophobia

fear of high places

neophyte

novice; beginner

obsequious

overly submissive and eager to please

venerable

respectable due to age

sundry

various, several, miscellaneous

impudent

disrespectful, characterized by improper bold behavior

altercation

a noisy or angry dispute

oblique

slanting or sloping; not straightforward

acrimonious

stinging, bitter in temper or tone

prerogative

a special right or privilege

resilient

able to recover quickly

tacit

unspoken, silent; implied, inferred

myopic

nearsighted; deficient of foresight

succinct

terse, curt, concise

zenith

the highest point

officious

meddling; excessively forward in offering services

ephemeral

lasting a very short time

truculent

fierce and cruel; aggressive

ambi

both, around

cred

to believe

acro

topmost, high

sequ

to follow

malefactor

a criminal

prognosticate

to predict

aqueduct

A large pipe or channel designed to transport water from a distant source

euphonious

having a pleasant sound

abjure

renounce upon oath

nonchalant

confident, unconcerned

elucidate

to clarify, explain

facetious

not meant to be taken seriously or literally

garrulous

talkative

indemnity

a payment for damage or loss

limpid

clear, transparent; easily understood

mercurial

characterized by rapid and unpredictable changes in mood

spartan

sternly disciplined

reticent

not inclined to speak

temerity

foolish boldness

supple

bending easily

consecrate

to make or declare sacred

tepid

lukewarm; unenthusiastic

compunction

remorse, regret

duc

to lead

eu

good, well

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