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knotty

complex; difficult to solve

abasement

humiliation, degradation

harangue

noisy, attacking speech

plaudit

statement giving strong praise

reprehensible

deserving blame or punishment

absolution

forgiveness; pardon; release

hasten

act or move at high speed

laceration

a torn ragged wound

obdurate

stubborn

reprieve

a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort

tawdry

tastelessly showy

abstain

To choose not to do something

blighted

damaged; destroyed; ruined

credulous

gullible

lachrymose

tearful; sad

obfuscate

deliberately make something difficult to understand

tedium

boredom

blithe

carefree and happy and lighthearted

lackluster

dull

pliable

easily bent, flexible; easily influenced

acquiesce

to agree or express agreement

bombast

arrogant, pompous language

curtail

to cut short

epicure

someone who appreciates good food and drink

resonant

echoing

ameliorate

to improve

assent

to agree or express agreement

haphazard

by chance, not planned; lacking order

incontrovertible

indisputable; not open to question

intangible

not touchable

negate

prove negative

potent

powerful, having a strong effect

rigorous

difficult, challenging

spurious

false

therapeutic

healing

altercation

a heated argument

circumspect

careful

deference

respect

guile

the quality of being crafty

impassive

showing no emotion

malevolent

evil

placate

to calm

pugnacious

quarrelsome, fond of fighting

tirade

a long angry speech

volatile

changeable

amorphous

without shape

bourgeois

middle class

arcane

mysterious

coalesce

to come together

debunk

to expose a lie

efface

to destroy

garish

very bright in color

maudlin

overly emotional

prosaic

unimaginative

rebuke

to criticize

torpid

slow

undermine

to weaken

unwitting

unaware

covet

to desire

astute

smart

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