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idiosyncrasy

a trait peculiar to an individual

censorious

highly critical

consternation

a state of dismay and confusion

didactic and edify

intended to teach

elucidate

to make clear

effusive

unrestrained praise

prolific

productive

furor

commotion, uproar

paranoia

irrational fear

marginal

of secondary importance

obfuscate

to deliberately confuse

flummox

to confuse, perplex

spate

a large number

ineffable

indescribable

histrionic

excessively dramatic

placate

to appease, soothe

eschew

to avoid, shun

stopgap

a temporary solution to an urgent demand

flotsam

debris, floating wreckage

restitution

the act of compensating for a loss or damage

churlish, sullen, surly

ill tempered, rude

disquieting

disturbing, upsetting, causing unease

ornate

elaborate and expensive decorations, lavish

execrable, odious, repugnant

repulsive, detestable, repulsive

perspicacious, prescient, discerning

insightful, perceptive

eclectic

coming from a variety of sources

hiatus

a gap or break

vertiginous

suffering from dizziness, having vertigo

esoteric, arcane

obscure, knowledge known only to few

supercilious

disdain, arrogant superiority

cupidity

avarice, greedy

underwrite

to assume financial responsibility

discomfited

uneasy, embarrassed

taciturn

quiet, uncommunicative

sinecure

an easy job

lugubrious

sad and mournful

cosmopolitan

worldly and sophisticated

provincial, parochial, insular

narrow minded, limited in perspective

fecund

intellectually productive and inventive

ostentatious

showy, pretentious

guile

cunning, deceit

sanguine

confident, optimistic

scintillating

sparkling, brilliantly clever

pristine

pure, untouched

rampant

unchecked, unrestrained

pernicious

injurious, harmful

oblivious

lacking awareness

refractory

resistant to authority

garrulous, verbose, loquacious

talkative

convivial

fond of partying

brusque and curt

abrupt and discourteous

tepid

lukewarm, half-hearted

protean

constantly changing

solicitous

showing great care, attentive

disingenuous

not straightforward, insincere

venerate, revere

to regard with great respect

contentious

quarrelsome, argumentative

preclude

to make impossible, rule out, prevent

compunction, contrition, remorse

regretful

demography

the study of characteristics of human populations

axiom, aphorism

a universally accepted statement

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