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complacent
self-satisfied and unaware of possible dangers; satisfied, smug, unworried
jostle
to knock or bump against somebody, or push or elbow somebody deliberately, sometimes as an expression of aggression or hostility; push, shove, manhandle
distrait
inattentive and slightly distracted or absent-minded; distracted, dreamy, inattentive
resolution
the process of resolving something such as a problem or dispute; decree, declaration, decision
parsimonious
very frugal or ungenerous; thrifty, economical, prudent
formidable
difficult to deal with or overcome; inspiring respect or wonder because of size, strength, or ability; alarming, frightening, dreadful
chimerical
having no existence in reality or no likelihood of existing or happening; tending to indulge in unrealistic fantasies; absurd, fanciful, imaginary
morose
having a withdrawn gloomy personality; miserable, depressed, pessimistic
zenith
the high point or climax of something; the point of the celestial sphere that is directly over the observer and 90 degrees from all points on that person's horizon; peak, summit, pinnacle
haughty
Disdainfully proud; scornfully arrogant; snobbish; proud, arrogant, conceited
inane
irritatingly silly or time-wasting; empty, insubstantial, or void; silly, absurd, ridiculous
guile
a cunning, deceitful, or treacherous quality; cunning, astuteness, slyness
prodigal
spendthrift or extravagant to a degree bordering on recklessness; giving or producing something in large amounts; wasteful, reckless, dissolute
implacable
impossible to pacify or to reduce in strength or force; pitiless, merciless, relentless
paramount
greatest in importance or significance; supreme, dominant, chief
canard
a deliberately false report or rumor, especially something silly intended as a joke; exaggeration, fabrication, hoax
elicit
to cause or produce something as a reaction or response to a stimulus of some kind; to bring something to light or cause something to be disclosed, especially by a process of questioning or research; draw out, obtain, extract
flay
to whip or beat a person or animal severely; to remove the skin or outer covering from somebody or something; whip, lash, thrash
penchant
a strong liking, taste, or tendency for something; liking, fondness, desire
nocturnal
occurring at night, as opposed to during the day; night-time, of the night, night
temporize
to use delaying tactics to gain time, especially in order to avoid coming to a decision or committing yourself; delay, stall, procrastinate
recondite
requiring a high degree of scholarship or specialist knowledge to be understood; dealing with material that is too difficult to be understood by those without special knowledge; obscure, abstruse, complex
knell
the sound of a bell rung slowly, associated with solemnity or mourning, used to announce a death or funeral; something that signals death, disaster, or the end of something; bell, proclaim, ring
terse
abruptly concise; curt; brusque
abrupt, short, brief
prerogative
an exclusive privilege or right enjoyed by a person or group occupying a particular rank or position; privilege, right, due
imponderable
not quantifiable in terms of importance or effect; an event, factor, or other matter whose importance or effects cannot be calculated; indistinct, indiscernible, unobservable
coterie
a small exclusive group of people who share the same interests; assembly, association, gang
moot
open to argument or dispute; (also, of little or no practical value) debatable, arguable, doubtful
culpable
deserving blame or punishment for a wrong; guilty, in the wrong, to blame
timorous
showing fear or hesitancy; nervous, fearful, timid
éclat
brilliant success; dynamism, vitality, zest
rubicund
with the reddish skin color that is widely regarded as a sign of good health in people with white skin; colored, flushed, ruddy
convivial
enjoyable because of its friendliness; fond of the company of others; welcoming, warm, friendly
foible
an idiosyncrasy or small weakness; fault, shortcoming, quirk
manacle
either of a pair of metal rings joined by a chain and fastened around the wrists of a prisoner to be restrained; handcuff, chain, shackle
dissolute
overindulging in physical pleasures in a way that is considered immoral or harmful; degenerate, depraved, immoral
meander
to follow an indirect route or course, especially one with a series of twists and turns; to move in a leisurely way, especially for pleasure or because of a lack of motivation; wander, roam, amble
ephemeral
lasting for only a short period of time and leaving no permanent trace; short-lived, transient, fad
vagary
an unpredictable or eccentric change, action, or idea; inconsistency, whimsy, fickleness
euphonious
Pleasing in sound; agreeable to the ear; harmonious, sweet-sounding; melodious
vociferous
shouting in a noisy and determined way; characterized by noisy and determined shouting; vocal, loud, voluble
wan
unhealthily pale, especially from illness or grief; suggesting ill health or unhappiness; pale, pallid, ashen
raucous
loud and harsh-sounding; characterized by loud noise, shouting, and ribald laughter; rough, harsh, strident
conventional
conforming to socially accepted customs of behavior or style, especially in a way that lacks imagination; using well-established methods or styles; conservative, conformist, straight
deluge
a sudden heavy downpour of rain or torrent of water; an overwhelming amount of something; flood, inundation, torrent
servile
too willing to agree with somebody or to do anything, however demeaning, that somebody wants; relating to work that is considered menial or degrading; beggarly, obedient, slavish
heresy
the holding of, or adherence to, an opinion or belief that contradicts established religious teaching, especially one that is officially condemned by religious authorities; dissent, deviation, unorthodoxy
inimical
unfavorable to something; showing hostility; unfavorable; contrary; opposed
harlequin
a comic character featured in the Italian commedia dell'arte, usually shown wearing multicolored diamond-patterned tights and a black mask; buffoon, jester, clown
mien
somebody's facial expression or general appearance, bearing, or posture, taken as an indication of his or her mood or character; appearance; expression