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candid

completely honest, straightforward

conjecture

inference; guesswork

didactic

instructive

euphemism

a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term

extrapolate

to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information

incoherent

lacking cohesion or connection

insinuate

to introduce or communicate stealthily

lucid

easily understood; clear

rhetoric

the art of using language effectively and persuasively

acumen

quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight

adroit

dexterous; deft

ascertain

to find out, as through investigation or experimentation

astute

shrewd; clever

circumspect

careful; prudent; discreet

disseminate

to scatter widely, as in sowing seed

erudition

deep, extensive learning

husbandry

the application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding

pedantic

excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules

perspicacious

shrewd; clear-sighted

pragmatic

practical

precocious

exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity

prospectus

formal proposal

rudimentary

basic; elementary; in the earliest stages of development

abstruse

difficult to understand

callous

emotionally hardened; unfeeling

convoluted

intricate; complex

enigma

a puzzle, mystery, or riddle

inscrutable

difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable

indignant

feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment

tenable

able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection

disposition

the prevailing tendency, mood, or inclination

cantankerous

difficult or irritating to deal with

phlegmatic

having or showing a slow and stolid temperament

mercurial

changeable, volatile, fickle, flighty, or erratic

succinct

briefly and clearly expressed

aggregation

several things grouped together or considered as a whole

preeminence

the quality or state of having paramount rank, dignity, or importance; supreme

verbose

using or containing too many words

unequivocal

leaving no doubt

incorrigible

incapable of being corrected or amended

pretentious

intended to attract notice and impress others

ephemeral

enduring a very short time

retrenchment

the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable

stringent

demanding strict attention to rules and procedures

obtrusive

sticking out

sundry

miscellaneous unspecified objects

bucolic

a short descriptive poem of rural or pastoral life

remonstrance

the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest

chicanery

the use of tricks to deceive someone

facetious

cleverly amusing in tone

reticent

inclined to keep silent; reserved

staid

unemotional; serious

arcane

known or understood by only a few

assimilate

to absorb or become absorbed; to make or become similar

autonomy

independence; self-determination

cosmopolitan

worldly; widely sophisticated

derivative

something that comes from another source

entourage

a group of attendants or associates; a retinue

esoteric

intended for or understood by only a small group

gaffe

a clumsy social error; a faux pas

idiosyncrasy

characteristic peculiar to an individual or group

insular

isolated; narrow or provincial

orthodox

adhering to the traditional and established, especially in religion

potentate

one who has the power and position to rule over others; monarch

castigate

to scold, rebuke, or harshly criticize

censure

to issue official blame

denounce

to condemn openly

reclusive

seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation

relinquish

to retire from; give up or abandon

renounce

to give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement

vituperative

marked by harshly abusive condemnation

circumscribe

to draw a circle around; to restrict

contiguous

sharing an edge or boundary; touching

conciliatory

appeasing; soothing; showing willingness to reconcile

credible

capable of being believed; plausible

exonerate

to free from blame

incontrovertible

indisputable; not open to question

indict

to officially charge with wrongdoing or a crime

litigious

prone to engage in lawsuits

partisan

devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause

parity

equality, as in amount, status, or value (antonym: disparity)

rectitude

moral uprightness; righteousness

remiss

lax in attending to duty; negligent

repudiate

to reject the validity or authority of

sanctimonious

feigning piety or righteousness

scrupulous

principled, having a strong sense of right and wrong; conscientious and exacting

solicitous

concerned

sophistry

plausible but misleading or fallacious argument

substantiate

to support with proof or evidence; verify

veracity

adherence to the truth; truthfulness

vindicate

to free from blame

cajole

to urge with repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery

obsequious

fawning and servile

sycophant

insincere, obsequious flatterer

altruism

unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness

eminent

distinguished; prominent

empathetic

identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives

extol

to praise highly

laudatory

full of praise

magnanimous

courageously or generously noble in mind and heart

philanthropic

humanitarian; benevolent; relating to monetary generosity

reciprocate

to mutually take or give; to respond in kind

defunct

no longer existing or functioning

eradicate

to get rid of as if by tearing it up by the roots; abolish

expurgate

to remove objectionable content before publication or release

extirpate

to destroy

quell

to put down forcibly; suppress

raze

to level to the ground; demolish

squelch

to crush as if by trampling; squash

supplant

to usurp the place of, especially through intrigue to underhanded tactics

stymie

to thwart or stump

abase

to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem

deride

to mock contemptuously

derogatory

insulting or intended to insult

disparage

to speak of negatively; to belittle

effrontery

brazen boldness; presumptuousness

ignominy

great personal dishonor or humiliation; disgraceful conduct

impugn

to attack as false or questionable

mar

to damage, especially in a disfiguring way

pejorative

disparaging, belittling, insulting

vex

to annoy or bother; to perplex

vindictive

disposed to seek revenge; revengeful; spiteful

bombastic

given to pompous speech or writing

ebullience

intense enthusiasm

exorbitant

exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness

exuberant

full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy

embellish

to ornament or decorate; to exaggerate

flagrant

extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable

gratuitous

given freely; unearned; unnecessary

lavish

extravagant

lugubrious

mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree

opulent

displaying great wealth

ornate

elaborately decorated

penchant

a strong inclination or liking

redundant

needlessly repetitive

ubiquitous

being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent

vicarious

felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another

vignette

a short scene or story

amalgam

a combination of diverse elements; a mixture

inundate

to overwhelm as if with a flood; to swamp

multifarious

diverse; various

multiplicity

state of being various or manifold; a great number

alleviate

to ease a pain or burden

ameliorate

to make something better; improve

beneficial

producing or promoting a favorable result; helpful

curative

able to heal or cure

palliative

relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure

therapeutic

having or exhibiting healing powers

complement

something that completes, goes with, or brings to perfection

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