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assertive

acting with confidence and force; sure of one's self

brazen

extremely bold; shamelessly rude or defiant

complaisant

wanting to please; willing to do what pleases others; cheerfully obliging

docile

Gentle; easily manageable or teachable; tame

flamboyant

showy, flashy, vivid or dramatic

intrepid

fearless; having unwavering courage

mellow

a. relaxes and unhurried; easygoing b. to become more relaxed or pleasant

pacific

of a peaceful nature; calm

strident

loud, harsh, grating, or shrill

unabashed

a. not embarrassed; composed b. not hidden or disguised; obvious

affect

a. to influence; to change b. to put on a false show or display of c. feeling or emotion, especially as shown in facial expressions or body language

effect

a. a result b. to bring about

depredation

a. a predatory attack; a raid b. damage, destruction or loss

deprivation

the state of lacking or doing without something; loss

disinterested

impartial; free of bias or self-interest in an outcome

uninterested

without interest; having no interest or concern in a matter

emigrate

to leave one country or region and settle in another

immigrate

to settle in a country or region where one is not a native

precede

to come before

proceed

to go forward or onward

didactic

a. intended to teach b. overly moralistic; preachy

edify

to instruct for intellectual, moral, or spiritual movement

elucidate

to explain or make clear

erudite

possessing great knowledge or scholarship

esoteric

understood only by and elite, scholarly, or elusive group; obscure

imbue

a. to inspire or influence thoroughly b. to stain or dye thoroughly

indoctrinate

to instruct in or impart certain principles or ideology

pedagogy

a. the art or profession of teaching b. the body of knowledge related to education and teaching

pedantic

overly concerned with or narrowly focused on book learning or formal rules

pundit

a. a person of great learning about a particular topic; an expert b. a source of opinion; a critic

aegis

protection; sponsorship; guidance

amends

something done to make up for a wrong, an injury, or a mistake; compensation

conciliatory

peacemaking; appeasing; intended to overcome distrust. animosity, or conflict

conducive

tending to cause or bring about; favorable to

extricate

to free from difficulty or entanglement

importune

to annoy with repeated and insistent requests; to ask for urgently or repeatedly

mediate

to help opposing sides reach and agreement; to intervene in a conflict in order to improve the situation

mitigate

to make less severe; to soften, lessen, or moderate

patronize

a. to support or sponsor b. to go as a customer; to shop at regularly c. to treat as inferior

renovate

to restore something to an earlier condition, be repairing or remodeling

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