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demotic

of the common people

vituperate

to address severely or abusively

insipid

lacking excitement or interest

fortitude

strength of mind that allows one to endure pain with courage

exhort

to make urgent appeal

doctrinaire

a person inflexibly attached to a practice or theory without regard to its practicality

idyllic

having a natural charm and picturesqueness

advocate

to speak in favor of

deft

quick and skillful

ebullient

expressing feelings or ideas in an enthusiastic manner

covert

concealed, hidden, secret

compunction

a strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt

rapport

relationship, especially one of mutual trust

acerbic

sour or bitter in taste or expression

crux

a crucial moment

futility

ineffectiveness, uselessness

maudlin

effusively or tearfully sentimental

fraught

filled or charged with something

writhe

to twist or squirm in pain, struggle, or embarrassment

dupe

a person who is easily deceived

recondite

not easily understood

inexorable

not capable of being persuaded

didactic

intend to instruct

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances

termagant

a quarrelsome, scolding woman

exonerate

to free from blame

irksome

causing annoyance

feign

to give a false appearance of

ulterior

lying beyond the area of immediate interest

attenuate

to make slender, fine, or small

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