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prescience

n. foreknowledge of events

prevaricate

v. to deliberately avoid the truth

qualm

n. misgivings; reservation; causes for hesitancy

recant

v. to retract, esp. a previously held belief

refute

v. to prove to be false; to deny the accuracy of

relegate

v. to forcibly assign to a lower rank

reticent

adj. quiet; reserved

solicitous

adj. concerned and attentive

sordid

adj. characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul

sporadic

adj. occurring only occasionally

squander

v. to wast by spending or using irresponsibly

static

adj. not moving, active, or in motion

stupefy

v. to stun, baffle, or amaze

stymie

v. to block, to thwart

synthesis

n. the combination of parts to make a whole

torque

n. a force that causes rotation

tortuous

adj. winding, twisting; excessively complicated

truculent

adj. fierce and cruel; eager to fight

veracity

n. truthfulness, honesty

virulent

adj. extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic

voracious

adj. having an insatiable appetite for an pursuit; ravenous

waver

v. to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettle in opinion

avarice

n. greed for wealth

axiom

n. a universally recognized principle

canon

n. an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature

castigation

n. severe criticism

catalyst

n. a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change

chary

adj. wary; cautious; sparing

cogent

adj. appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing

complaisance

n. the willingness to comply with the wishes of others

contentious

adj. argumentative; quarrelsome

contrite

adj. regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness

dearth

n. smallness of quantity or number

demur

v. to question or oppose

didactic

adj. intended to teach or instruct

discretion

n. cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions

disinterested

adj. free of bias of self-interest

dogmatic

adj. expressing a rigid opinion based

ebullience

n. the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings

eclectic

adj. composed of elements drawn from various sources

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