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abominate
(V.) to have an intense dislike or hatred for
circuitous
(adj.) roundabout, not direct
proclivity
(n.) a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
sangfroid
(n.) composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
amorphous
(adj.) shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion
erudite
(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
irrevocable
(adj.) incapable of being changed or called back
repudiate
(v.) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
autonomy
(n.) self-government, political control
extricate
(v.) to free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort
scathing
(adj.) bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm
transient
(adj.) lasting only a short time, fleeting; (n.) one who stays only a short time
cajole
(v.) to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises
ennui
(n.) weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
surreptitious
(adj.) stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud
vicarious
(adj.) performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another
desecrate
(v.) to commit sacrilege upon, treat irreverently; to contaminate, pollute
punctillious
(adj.) very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety
dispassionate
(adj.) impartial; calm, free from emotion
expurgate
(v.) to remove objectionable passages or words from a written text; to cleanse, purify
perdify
(n) betrayal, disloyalty, treason, duplicity
abate
(v.) to make less in amount, degree, etc.; to subside, become less; to nullify; to deduct, omit
avarice
(n.) a greedy desire, particularly for wealth
bedlam
(n.) a state or scene of uproar and confusion
efficacious
(adj.) effective, producing results
corroborate
(v.) to confirm, make more certain, bolster, substantiate, verify
gauche
(adj.) awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy
pernicious
(adj.) extremely harmful; deadly, fatal