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intrepid

fearless, resolutely courageous

inundate

to cover with a flood; to overwhelm as if with a flood

itinerant

wandering from place to place; unsettled

laudable

deserving of praise

levity

an inappropriate lack of seriousness, overly casual

libertarian

one who advocates individual rights and free will

libertine

a free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint

malaise

a feeling of unease or depression

malediction

a wish of evil upon another

mannered

artificial or stilted in character

microcosm

a small scale representation of a larger system

misanthrope

a person who hates or distrusts mankind

misnomer

an error in naming a person or place

mollify

to soothe in temper or disposition

necromancy

the practice of communicating with the dead in order to predict the future

nihilism

belief that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is useless; belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable

oligarchy

a government in which a small group exercises supreme control

onus

a burden, an obligation

opine

to express an opinion

oscillate

to swing back and forth like a pendulum; to vary between opposing beliefs or feelings

paean

a song or expression of praise

palatial

relating to a place; magnificent

palpable

capable of being touched or felt; easily perceived

panache

flamboyance or dash in style and action

pandemic

occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting a large portion of the population

paradigm

an outstandingly clear or typical example

patent

obvious, evident

pathogenic

causing disease

patrician

aristocratic

penitent

expressing sorrow for sins or offenses, repentant

phalanx

a compact or close-knit body of people, animals, or things

philistine

a person who is guided by materialism and is disdainful of intellectual or artistic values

phlegmatic

having a sluggish, unemotional temperament

pique

to arouse anger or resentment in; provoke

platitude

overused and trite remark

plebeian

crude or coarse; characteristic of commoners

politic

shrewd and crafty in managing or dealing with things

portentous

foreshadowing, ominous; eliciting amazment and wonder

posit

to assume as real or conceded; propose as an explanation

potable

suitable for drinking

precipitous

steeply; hastily

presage

something that foreshadows; a feeling of what will happen in the future

preternatural

existing outside of nature; extraordinary; supernatural

prodigal

recklessly extravagant, wasteful

proffer

to offer for acceptance

progenitor

an ancestor in the direct line, forefather; founder

prosaic

relating to prose (as opposed to poetry); dull, ordinary

prostrate

lying face downward in adoration or submission

provincial

limited in outlook, narrow, unsophisticated

pugilism

boxing

pundit

one who gives opinions in an authoritative manner

purport

to profess suppose, claim

rancor

bitter hatred

reactionary

marked by extreme conservatism, especially in politics

refract

to deflect sound or light

relegate

to send into exile, banish; assign

remuneration

payment for goods or services or to recompense for losses

reprove

to criticize or correct, usually in a gentle manner

requite

to return or repay

salacious

appealing to sexual desire

salient

prominent, of notable significance

satiate

to satisfy (as a need or desire) fully or to excess

scrupulous

acting in strict regard for what is considered proper; punctiliously exact

seamy

morally degraded, unpleasant

simian

apelike; relating to apes

sojourn

a temporary stay

sophomoric

exhibiting great immaturity and lack of judgment

sportive

frolicsome, playful

stalwart

marked by outstanding strength and vigor of body, mind or spirit

stint

to be sparing or frugal; to restrict with respect to a share or allowance

stipulate

to specify as a condition or requirement of an agreement or offer

stringent

imposing severe, rigorous standards

supersede

to cause to be set aside; to force out of use as inferior, replace

tempestuous

stormy, turbulent

tenacious

tending to persist or cling; persistent in adhering to something valued or habitual

tenet

a principle, belief, or doctrine accepted by members of a group

tremulous

trembling, timid; easily shaken

trounce

to beat severely, defeat

unfrock

to dethrone, especially of priestly power

veracity

accuracy, truth

verbose

wordy

veritable

being without question, often used figuratively

vilify

to slander, defame

virulent

extremely poisonous; malignant; hateful

visceral

instinctive, not intellectual; deep, emotional

volley

a flight of missile; round of gunshots

wan

sickly pale

winsome

charming, happily engaging

worst

to gain the advantage over, defeat

abate

to decrease, to reduce

abjure

to renounce under oath, to abandon forever; to abstain from

abnegate

to give up; to deny to oneself

abstemious

done sparingly; consuming in moderation

adjure

to appeal to

adroit

skillful; accomplished; highly competent

adumbrate

to give a hint or indication of something to come

animus

a feeling of animosity or ill will

anodyne

a source of comfort; a medicine that relieves pain

aphorism

a short statement of a principle

arable

suitable for cultivation

arrogate

claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right

askance

with disapproval; with a skeptical sideways glance

atavistic

characteristic of former era, ancient

avuncular

like an uncle in behavior, especially in kindness and warmth

bucolic

pastoral, rural

cacophony

a jarring, unpleasant noise

calumny

a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation

captious

marked by the tendency to point out trivial faults; intended to confuse in an argument

celerity

speed, haste

censorious

critical; tending to blame and condemn

chary

watchful, cautious; extremely shy

chimerical

fanciful; imaginary, impossible

cogent

logically forceful; compelling, convincing

concomitant

existing concurrently

conflagration

big, destructive fire

confluence

to act of two things flowing together; the junction or meeting place where two things meet

consanguineous

having the same lineage or ancestry; related by blood

contiguous

sharing a boundary; neighboring

continence

self-control, self-restraint

coterie

an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose

countervail

to act or react with equal force

declaim

to speak loudly and vehemently

demagogue

leader, rabble-rouser, usually using appeals to emotion or prejudice

diluvial

pertaining to a flood

discomfiting

to disconcert, to make one lose one's composure

dissident

disagreeing with an established religious or political system

doctrinaire

rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality; dogmatic

effluvia

waste, odorous fumes given off by waste

epochal

momentous, highly significant

eponymous

giving one's name to a place, book, restaurant

equivocate

to avoid committing oneself in what one says, to be deliberately unclear

ersatz

being an artificial and inferior substitute or imitation

excoriate

to censure scathingly; to express strong disapproval of

extirpate

to root out, eradicate, literally or figuratively; to destroy wholly

extrapolation

using known data and information to determine what will happen in the future, prediction

extrinsic

external, unessential; originating from the outside

extrude

to form or shape something by pushing it out, to force out, especially through a small opening

fallacious

tending to deceive or mislead; based on a fallacy

febrile

feverish, marked by intense emotion or activity

feckless

ineffective, worthless

fictive

fictional, relating to imaginative creation

filibuster

to use obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speech making, in order to delay something

fortuitous

by chance, especially by favorable chance

frenetic

frantic, frenzied

fulsome

abundant; flattering in an insincere way

galvanize

to shock; to arouse awareness

gamely

spiritedly, bravely

gauche

lacking social refinement

grandiloquence

pompous talk; fancy but meaningless language

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