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irascible

easily angered

precipitous

sudden; dangerously steep

avarice

greed

incessant

continuing without interruption

palatable

pleasant to taste; acceptable

placid

peaceful; calm

gingerly

cautious

banal

trite; devoid of originality

ruse

trick

hackneyed

banal; overly familiar through overuse

affinity

natural attraction to a person or thing

duplicity

double-dealing; deceitfulness

efface

to erase completely

auspicious

favorable; of good omen

ambiance

atmosphere of a place

cower

to shrink back in fear

encumber

to be a burden to

deleterious

harmful

pungent

having a sharp, strong smell or taste

charlatan

person who falsely claims to have a special skill

malleable

able to be reshaped without breaking

rancor

enduring bitterness; malignant hate

comely

beautiful to look at

accolade

praise; acknowledgement of merit

imminent

about to happen

affix

to attach; an addition

ruthless

without pity or compassion

inadvertent

unintentional; accidental

thwart

to prevent a plan from being accomplished

allusion

an indirect reference to something

saccharine

overly sweet or sentimental

incongruous

out of place; absurd

piety

religious devotion

raconteur

gifted storyteller

germane

relevant to the topic

anomaly

something different from the norm

emanate

to flow from a source

mortify

to cause someone to feel shame or embarrassment

travail

drudgery; painful mental or physical work

amenable

agreeable; tractable

divulge

to reveal a secret

altercation

a loud argument

juxtapose

to place things side by side

lampoon

satirical attack

complement

something that completes another thing

secular

not religious; related to worldly matters

ameliorate

to make or become better; to improve

levity

lack of serious thought; undignified behavior

antecedent

preceding thing, event, or circumstance

verdant

having green vegetation

antithesis

a direct opposite

copious

abundant; plentiful

apex

highest point

respite

break; time of rest or relief from an activity

virulent

strongly poisonous or disease-inducing

attrition

process of reduction in numbers or strength

dearth

a lack of; scarcity

apogee

highest or most distant point

zenith

highest point

innocuous

harmless

arable

describing land suitable for farming

retract

to with draw

crass

grossly stupid or insensitive

resilient

able to recover from abuse, shock, or depression

nocturnal

happening or active at night

revere

to have deep respect for; to venerate

volition

exercise of one's will

culinary

related to cooking

cosmopolitan

knowing many parts of the world

elicit

to draw out a response

emulate

to imitate, trying to equal or exceed

amass

to gather, accumulate, or heap together

sect

group of people subscribing to religious doctrines usually different from those of the established organization from which they have separated

passive

not active but acted upon; submissive

parody

humorous, exaggerated imitation of something

subsequent

following later as a consequence

reproachful

expressing disapproval to someone

urbane

suave, elegant, and refined in manner

sedate

calm and dignified; to induce rest with medication

seep

to ooze out

verbose

overly wordy

uniform

constant in time or conforming to the same pattern, opinion, etc.

rupture

burst or break; disagreement

abdicate

to give up or renounce a duty, esp. the throne

decoy

bait; enticement

bequeath

to leave something to someone via a will

inkling

slight suspicion

maxim

a general truth expressed in a sentence

scrutinize

to examine carefully

underscore

to underline

scrupulous

conscientious; careful to avoid mistakes

patronize

to treat with condescension; to be a customer of a business

oblivion

state of being forgotten

pummel

to hit repeatedly with a fist

sap

to weaken; vital juice circulating in plants

brevity

conciseness or shortness of time

incite

to stir up

defamation

the act of attacking the good reputation of a person or thing

translucent

semi-transparent

deface

to spoil the appearance of

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