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accrue

to grow or accumulate over time; to happen as a natural result

annotation

a critical or explanatory note or comment, especially for a literary work

bedlam

a state or scene of uproar and confusion

covert

hidden, disguised, purposefully kept secret; sheltered, secluded; a sheltered place, a hiding place

debonair

pleasant, courteous, lighthearted; smooth and polished in manner and appearance

dun

to demand insistently, especially in payment of a debt; a creditor, dark, dull, drab, dingy

efficacious

effective, producing results

equanimity

calmness, composure, refusal to panic

fortuitous

accidental, occurring by a happy chance

gist

the essential part, main point, or essence

gratuitous

freely given; not called for by circumstances, unwarranted

imperious

overbearing, arrogant; seeking to dominate pressing, compelling

invective

a strong denunciation or condemnation; abusive language, abusive, vituperative

motley

showing great variety; composed of different elements or many colors; a jester's costume; a jester

munificent

extremely generous, lavish

procrastinate

to delay, put off until later

provocative

tending to produce a strong feeling or response; arousing desire or appetite, irritating, annoying

recondite

exceeding ordinary knowledge and understanding

reprobate

a depraved, vicious, or unprincipled person, scoundrel; wicked, corrupt, or unprincipled; to disapprove of, condemn

sedentary

characterized by or calling for continued sitting; remaining in one place

abstemious

moderate, sparing (as in eating and drinking); characterized by abstinence and self-discipline

censurable

deserving of blame or correction

contingent

likely but not certain to happen,possible; dependent on uncertain events or conditions; happening by chance; a representative group forming part of a larger body

corroborate

to confirm, make more certain, bolster, substantiate, verify

denizen

an inhabitant, resident; one who frequents a place

discursive

passing aimlessly from one place or subject to another rambling, roving, nomadic

disseminate

to scatter or spread widely

dowdy

poorly dressed, shabby; lacking smartness and good taste

florid

highly colored, reddish; excessively ornate, showy

foist

to impose by fraud; to pass off as worthy or genuine; to bring about by stealth, dishonesty, or coercion

gauche

awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy

heresy

an opinion different from accepted belief; the denial of an idea that is generally held sacred

inculcate

to impress on the mind by repetition, teach persistently and earnestly

palpable

capable of being touched or felt; easily seen, heard, or recognized

perceptive

having sympathetic insight or understanding, capable of keen appreciation

pernicious

extremely harmful; deadly, fatal

salient

leaping, jumping,or springing forth, prominent, standing out, conspicuous; a projection or bulge, a land form that projects upward or outward

satiate

to satisfy completely; to fill to excess; full, satisfied

sear

to make or become dry and withered; to chat or scorch the surface of; to harden or make unfeeling; to parch, dessicate, singe

specious

deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit

absolve

to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt

caricature

a representation (especially a drawing) in which the subject's characteristic features are deliberately exaggerated; to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way

clangor

a loud ringing sound; to make a loud ringing noise

contiguous

side by side, touching, near; adjacent in time

cupidity

an eager desire for something, greed

deleterious

harmful, injurious

enhance

to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of

enthrall

to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave, to imprison

extenuate

to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses

implicit

implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning, potentially contained in

incisive

sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)

ostentatious

marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy

paragon

a model of excellence or perfection

paraphrase

to restate in other words; a statement that presents a given idea in new language

politic

prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient

prosaic

dull, lacking in distinction and originality, matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic

redundant

extra, excess, more than is needed; wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush

sanctimonious

making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou

scintillating

sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities)

winsome

charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence)

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