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adulation

high praise

adversity

misfortune

aesthetic

pertaining to beauty

amicable

agreeable

anachronistic

out-of-date

arid

extremely dry

assiduous

hard-working

benevolent

friendly, helpful

camaraderie

trust among friends

censure

to criticize harshly

circuitous

indirect, roundabout

clairvoyant

able to see the future

condescending

patronizing, believing you are better than others

conformist

follower of customs

congregation

crowd of people

deleterious

harmful

demagogue

rabble-rousing leader

digression

straying from main point

diligent

hard-working

disdain

to regard with scorn

empathy

sharing of feelings

emulate

follow an example

enervating

tiring, weakening

ephemeral

momentary, fleeting

evanescent

short-lived, as an image

exasperation

irritation, frustration

exemplary

outstanding

extenuating

guilt diminishing

florid

flushed, ornate, very fancy

fortuitous

lucky

frugal

thrifty, economical

hackneyed

overused, cliched

hedonist

pleasure seeker

impetuous

rash, impulsive

impute

to say that someone or something is guilty of

inconsequential

trivial

intrepid

fearless, adventurous

jubilation

joy, exultation

lobbyist

persuader of legislators

mundane

ordinary, common

nonchalant

calm, casual

opulent

wealthy

orator

speaker

ostentatious

displaying wealth

parched

dried up

perfidious

disloyal

precocious

talented beyond one's age

pretentious

pompous, self-important

prosaic

run-of-the-mill, ordinary

prudent

wise, careful, cautious

rancorous

hateful

reclusive

withdrawn, hermit-like

resilient

quick to recover

reverence

profound respect

sagacity

wisdom

scrutinize

to observe carefully

spurious

phony, false

substantiate

to verify, confirm

subtle

elusive, sly, ambiguous, not obvious

superficial

lacking in depth

superfluous

more than enough

suppress

to end an activity

surreptitious

secret, stealthy

tactful

diplomatic, polite

tenacious

persistent, resolute

transient

temporary, fleeting

venerable

respectable due to age

vindicate

to clear from blame

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