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truncate`
to shorten by cutting off a part; cut short
incontrovertible`
not controvertible; not open to question or dispute
profuse
spending or giving freel and in large amount; often to excess; extravagant
introspection
observation or examination of one's own mental and emotional state, mental processes etc; the act of looking within one self
duplicitous
marked or characterized by deceitfulness in speech or conduct as by speaking or acting in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter
arcane
known or understood by very few; mysterious; secret; obscure
treatise
a formal and systematic exposition in writing of the principles or a subject, generally longer and more detailed than an essay
deplore
to regret deeply or strongly
aural
of or pertaining to a distinctive and pervasive quality or character; air; atmosphere
cacophony
harsh sounding
egregious
flagrant; glaring
archetype
original versiou of something;a model of the first form
epithet
to express hostility; invective; abusive words
mores
accepted set of customs, convictions or beliefs
abdication
the act or state of formally renouncing a title
blitheness
feeling of random happiness; carefree attitude
nuance
a sublte difference in meaning, expression or tone
abominable
hateful, loathsome, despicable; bad, poor, inferior
byzantine
complex or intricate in style
obfuscate
to confuse, bewilder, stupify
penchant
a liking to something/ to do something
modicum
a small amount of something
portent
foreshadowing somethng negative; indication of an omen of something to happen
subterfuge
an artifice used to evade a rule; escape a consequence; hide something
veracity
truthfulness accuracy of something
epitome
a person who represents the best of a whole of something
orthodox
an approved form or set of practices, doctrines, philosophy.
vignette
a decorative design or small illustration used on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter.
capricious
pertainint to whim, whimsical, fanciful, to change quickly; impulsive
exorbitant
highly excessive
aesthetic
pertaining to the senses of what is beautiful
defunct
no longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning
deleterious
injurious to health; harmful
innocuous
not harmful or injurious; harmless
vicarious
to live through someone or something in its place
philanthropy
altruistic to the welfare of others; manifested by donations of money, property, or work
flagrant
shockingly noticeable; evident
specious
pleasing to the eye, but deceptive in reality
tenuous
weak; tiny; not of great imporance
parity
equality
adroit
expert or nimble in the use of hands or body
amalgam
a mixture or combination of something
conciliatory
to reconcile; to make compatible/to win over
dearth
an inadequate supply; scarcity; lack of food
scintillating
animated, vivacious, effervescent; witty
dirge
a funeral song or tuen
gaffe
to make a careless small mistake; faux pas
jocular
facetious suited for joking or jesting
sycophant
a self seeking servile submissive flatterer
ubiquitous
present everywhere, especially at the same time
altruism
the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others
ameliorate
to make or become better; to improve
disseminate
to scatter or spread widely; to make known
extol
to praise highly; to laud
jaded
dulled or satisfied by overindulgence; worn out
onerous
burdensome; oppressive; troublesome
raze
to tear down; demolish; level to the ground
staid
to make permanent
stymie
a difficult situation that hinders you from attempting to deal with it; to frustrate
supplant
to take the place of another, as through force scheming strategy
vacillate
to waver in mind or opinion; to be indecisive or irresolute
privy
being a part of something secret
levity
lightness of mind; facetious
mar
to damage or spoil
conviction
firm belief
reproach
to find fault with a person
supercilious
arrogant
fractious
readily angered; peevish; irritable
wistful
characterized by melancholy; longing; nostalgia
pungent
sharp, biting smell, acrid
deft
nimble, clever, or skillful
fervent
having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit
peremptory
imperative; dictatorial
transcendent
going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding
sumptuous
luxuriously find or large; lavish; splendid
pastoral
having the simplicity, charm generally attributed to rural areas
harrow
to destroy or to demolish
nebulous
hazy, cloud-like
laudable
deserving praise
insidious
intended to entrap or beguile
ineffable
incapable of being expressed in words
genial
warmly, cheerful
menagerie
collection of wild animals
affront
offensive word or language
tumult
violent; noisy commotion
truculent
fierce; cruel; savagely brutal
provincial
a person who lacks urban sophistication