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encomium
(n.) a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute
coherent
(adj.) holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful
belabor
(v.) to work on excessively; to thrash soundly
eschew
(v.) to avoid, shun, keep away from
acquisitive
(adj.) able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property
emulate
(v.) to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
arrogate
(v.) to claim or take without right
banal
(adj.) hackneyed, trite, commonplace
excoriation
(n.) a strong denunciation; the act or state of stripping or wearing off the skin
congeal
(v.) to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid
carping
(adj.) tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; petty, nagging criticism
substantiate
(v.) to establish by evidence, prove
temporize
(v.) to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise
largesse
(n.) generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions
tenable
(adj.) capable of being held or defended
insatiable
(adj.) so great or demanding that it cannot be satisfied
reconnaissance
(n.) a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
germane
(adj.) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
ramify
(v.) to divide and spread out like branches
intransigent
(adj.) refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
taciturn
(adj.) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
invidious
(adj.) offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness