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absolve

declare free from guilt or punishment

aloof

cool and distant

archetypal

very typical of

axiom

an established principle

botch

to mess up with clumsiness

charlatan

a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge

concede

admit

convivial

sociable

decry

to speak out against

detractors

a person who disparages someone

disperse

spread over a whole area

embroiled

involve in conflict

equitable

fair and impartial

felicitous

well suited

foreseen

predict

haphazard

lacking organization

incantation

magic spell

inertness

lacking strength to move

intermittently

not continuous or steady

lassitude

mental weariness

mandate

official order

nebulous

ill-defined

overwrought

nervous excitement

perennial

lasting for a long time

plight

dangerous, difficult situation

probity

honesty and decency

purported

claimed to be

regression

return to less developed state

retract

withdraw a statement as untrue; to take back

singularly

strange or eccentric

spoofs

mocking imitations

strident

lound and harsh

taciturn

saying little

trepidation

feeling of fear or anxiety

vapid

offering nothing that is stimulating; lacking liveliness

vituperative

bitter and abusive

abstemious

temperate in diet

altruistic

devoted to the welfare of others

archipelago

extensive group of islands

banal

lacking in originality an boring

boulder

large rock

chicanery

trickery

conciliatory

intended to pacify; soothing

convoluted

extremely complex

deface

spoil the surface/appearance of

dexterous

having skill

disquieting

including feelings of anxiety

emissary

one sent on a special mission

equivocation

ambiguous expression

finesse

delicacy in action

forestall

to anticipate; prevent by action in advance

hapless

unfortunate; luckless

incarnation

a living being embodying a deity

inexplicable

unable to be explained

interstellar

between stars

laud

to praise

manifest

clear, obvious, evident

negating

make ineffective

palliate

to relieve or lessen

perfidious

deceitful

ploy

a cunning plan

prodigious

impressively great in extent and size

quaint

unusual in an interesting way

rehash

reuse old ideas or material

revelation

making known of something previously unkown

skeptical

having doubts

sporadic

happening at irregular intervals

stunted

prevent from growing

tainted

to infect, corrupt, or spoil

triage

determination of priorities

veer

change direction suddenly

vocation

occupation

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