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robust

having or showing vigor, strength, or firmness

galvanize

to stimulate to action

conduit

a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass

pantheon

a group of people held in high esteem for their great achievements

derelict

a person unable to support himself

cavernous

like a large cave in size or darkness

thrum

sound with a monotonous hum

bristling

showing irritation

repository

a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping

fidelity

accuracy with which an electronic system reproduces the sound or image of its input signal; faithfulness

lurid

causing horror or revulsion : gruesome

malapropism

the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar

gaffe

a socially awkward or tactless act; a faux pas

gaggle

a flock of geese

repudiate

reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust

liability

the quality of being something that holds you back

legion

in large numbers (adj... cool)

gloat

malicious satisfaction

humor

put into a good mood

idle

silly or trivial; without a basis in reason or fact

quixotic

not sensible about practical matters

sensible

marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters

detractor

one who disparages or belittles the worth of something

cannily

with foresight

vignette

a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)

ostensibly

from appearances alone

paean

a formal expression of praise

factotum

a servant employed to do a variety of jobs

grovel

show submission or fear

largess

a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually ostentatiously

ostentatious

intended to attract notice and impress others

dote

shower with love

grandees

people of high rank

flail

give a thrashing to

slender

meager; small in quantity

derail

cause to run off the tracks

gravitas

formality in bearing and appearance

testy

easily irritated or annoyed

nincompoop

a stupid foolish person

burnish

polish and make shiny

exemplar

something to be imitated

charlatan

a flamboyant deceiver

vet

examine carefully

scalable

capable of being scaled

consternation

fear resulting from the awareness of danger

punctiliousness

strict attention to minute details

symbiosis

the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent

perspicacity

the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions

malevolence

wishing evil to others

alterity

otherness; specifically : the quality or state of being radically alien to the conscious self or a particular cultural orientation

vanilla

flavored with the extract of the vanilla bean
2 : lacking distinction : plain, ordinary, conventional (beige)

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