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cynical

doubtful or distrustful of goodness of sincerity of human motives

ambivalent

having opposing attitudes or feelings toward a person, thing, or idea; unable to decide

demagogue

a leader who appeals to citizens' emotions to obtain power

demure

quiet and modest; reserved

intrepid

without fear; brave

destitute

extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter

erudite

scholarly; learned

dilemma

a choice between two unpleasant or difficult options

culmination

the highest point of attainment; the end or climax

concur

to be of the same opinion; to agree with

abate

to lessen in violence or intensity

decorum

conformity to accepted standards of conduct; proper behavior

abhor

to detest; to hate strongly

dole

to distribute; to five out sparingly

gamut

the whole range or extent

extrovert

one who is outgoing; one who is energized rather than drained by interactions with others

droll

amusing in an odd or whimsical way

duplicity

intentional deceit in speech or conduct

effigy

a crude dummy or image representing a hated person or group

austere

stern; severe; plain

emulate

to strive to be equal; to imitate

sere

dry and withered

enhance

to increase the value or beauty of something

contrite

felling regret for having committed some wrongdoing

magnanimous

noble; generous in forgiving; free from petty feelings or acts

enunciate

to state clearly and distinctly to pronounce

collaborate

to work with another toward a goal

impound

to confine; to retain in legal custody

impeccable

faultless; without sin or blemish

evoke

to summon forth

inane

without sense or meaning; silly

unctuous

exaggeratedly or insincerely polite

expatriate

someone who chooses to live outside of or renounce, his or her native country

frowzy

unkempt

heinous

hatefully or shockingly evil

expound

to explain in detail; to clarify

cajole

to persuade with false promises and flattery

inscrutable

not easily understood; hard to fathom

balk

to refuse stubbonrnly or abruptly; to stop short and refuse to go on

acrimony

ill-natured, bitter hostility

dour

stern and ill-humored

exult

to rejoice; to fell triumphant

omniscient

having unlimited knowledge

feasible

reasonable; capable of being carried out

fiasco

a complet, ridiculous failure

métier

to work one is especially suited for; one;s specialty; an occupation

fluctuate

to rise and fall; to vary irregularly

harry

to annoy or harass

incognito

disguised; pretending not to be oneself

lethargy

lack on energy; sluggishness

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