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Calumny

slander

Abrogate

to void; cancel; end

Abcission

sudden termination

Abjuration

to recant under oath

Egregious

conspicuously bad

Exiguous

inadequately; scanty

Puissance

power

Officious

overly obliging

Apostate

one who gives up his faith

Dessicant

a substance that induces dryness

Perfidy

deliberate breach of faith; treachery

Epistemology

the study of knowledge

Aberration

deviation from the norm

Abeyance

temporary inactivity

Acceration

a gradual increase in the amount of something

Amenable

responsive to suggestion

Asperity

roughness; severity

Assay

analysis; examination

Assiduous

hard-working

Aver

to declare as true

Cadge

to beg; obtain something to which one is not entitled

Commensurate

corresponding in size, degree, or duration

Convivial

festive; sociable

Denigrate

to speak ill of; belittle

Desultory

inconsistent; irregular; aimless

Dissemble

to conceal

Divest

to get rid of

Espouse

to choose to follow/support something

Excoriate

to denounce

Exigent

urgent

Extant

currently existing

Fatuous

foolish; smug

Foment

to agitate

Gainsay

to deny/contradict

Garrison

a military post

Immutable

not subject to change

Impetus

a stimulus

Inchoate

poorly formed

Inimical

harmful or unfriendly

Insular

isolated; narrow-minded

Interpolate

to insert or introduce between

Inundate

to quickly overwhelm or exceed capacity

Inure

to habituate; get used to

Irascible

easily angered

Lambaste

to scold; to beat

Obdurate

firm; stubborn

Obviate

to render unnecessary

Parse

to break down into components

Mendicant

a beggar

Quixotic

foolishly impractical

Refulgent

shining brightly

Surfeit

excess; to supply to excess

Fulminate

to loudly attack or denounce

Apocryphal

of dubious authenticity; fictitious

Improvident

not having foresight; spendthrift; thoughtless

Approbation

an expression of praise

Axiomatic

taken as a given

Paean

a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving

Prescience

foreknowledge of events

Stymie

to block; to thwart

Virulent

extremely harmful; antagonistic

Perspicacious

acutely perceptive

Prevaricate

to lie; mislead

Ossified

turn into bone; become stagnant or rigid

Anomalous

deviating from what is standard

Ascetic

practicing self-denial; one who practices self-denial

Bucolic

rustic; characteristic of rural areas

Burgeon

to grow rapidly; flourish

Ebullience

the quality of overflowing with enthusiasm

Impecunious

lacking funds

Inveigle

to obtain by deception or flattery

Penurious

penny-pinching; thrifty

Redoubtable

awe-inspiring; worthy of honor

Opprobrium

disgrace; contempt; scorn

Chary

cautious; wary

Nescience

Lack of knowledge or awareness

Acumen

keen; accurate insight

Halcyon

calm

Hegemony

the consistent dominance of one ideology over others

Polemical

controversial; argumentative

Spurious

lacking validity; false

Acerbic

having sour/bitter taste/character; sharp

Contiguous

adjacent

Dilettante

one with superficial interest in a branch of knowledge

Obfuscate

to confuse; to bewilder

Proclivity

inclination

Profligate

excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant

Renege

to go back on a promise

Sedulous

diligent; hardworking

Untenable

indefensible; not viable

Variegated

multicolored

Vituperate

to use harsh language

Abstemious

sparing esp. in eating and drinking

Anathema

something/someone loathed; formal curse or excommunication

Ancillary

subordinate; providing assistance

Apposite

suitable; pertinent

Arrant

unmitigated; very bad

Catholic

universal; embracing everything

Cavil

to quibble; raise trivial objections

Contumely

rudeness; arrogance

Coterie

a select group of close associates

Doggerel

comic, loose verse

Epicure

a person with refined taste in wine and food

Evince

to show; manifest

Fulsome

insincere; repulsive

Hermetic

impervious to external influence; airtight

Ineluctable

unavoidable

Inveterate

habitual; deeply rooted

Licentious

lewd; amoral

Noisome

offensive/disgusting; noxious

Patina

surface discoloration

Presage

to foreshadow

Privation

poverty

Ligneous

wood-like

Limn

to draw; to outline in detail; to describe

List

to tilt

Lubricious

lewd; slippery; greasy

Meet

fitting; proper

Meretricious

plausible but false/insincere; gaudy

Minatory

menacing

Nice

exacting; fastidious

Otiose

lazy; futile

Panegyric

formal/elaborate praise

Pellucid

transparent; easy to understand; limpid

Perorate

to speak formally

Plangent

pounding; resounding

Prolix

verbose

Propitiate

to appease

Pulchritude

physical beauty

Pusillanimous

cowardly; craven

Saturnine

melancholy; sullen

Sidereal

relating to the stars

Sinecure

a position requiring little work; usually providing an income

Stentorian

extremely powerful and loud

Stygian

gloomy; dark

Tendentious

argumentative; biased

Turbid

murky; opaque

Vagary

whim

Voluble

fluent

Antediluvian

of or relating to the period before the biblical flood

Lionization

look on/treat like a celebrity

Sartorial

of or relating to a tailor or tailored clothes

Capitulate

surrender

Vitiate

to make faulty or defective

Rapacious

aggressively greedy

Pertinacious

holding firmly to an opinion/course of action

Denouement

the result of a complex series of events

Putative

commonly accepted; supposed; reputed

Quay

wharf; pier

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