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pedagogy
the art or profession of training, teaching, or instructing; the profession of teaching
penury
poverty, destruction; a state of extreme poverty or destitution
probity
adherence to the highest principles; uprightness; complete and confirmed
salubrious
promoting health or well being
perfunctory
cursory; done without care or interest; hasty and without attention to detail not thorough
vituperate
to use harsh, condemnatory language; curse; vilify; revile; rail
lissome
nimble; gracefully slender; moving and bending with ease; lithe; lithesome; slender
gaffe
social blunder
abscond
to leave secretly and hide; often to avoid the law
obsequious
exhibiting a fawning attentiveness; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery; fawning; sycophantic; toad
ingenuous
unsophisticated; artless; straightforward; candid; lacking in sophistication or worldliness
ingenious
clever
innocuous
harmless; having no adverse affect; not likely to provoke strong emotion; not causing disapproval
ionoclast
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
idolatrous
given to intense or excessive devotion to something; whorshiping idols
immutable
not capable of change
impassive
revealing no emotion; showing no sign of feeling
impecunious
lacking funds; without money; having little or money
imperturbable
marked by extreme calm; impassivity and steadiness
impetuous
hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement; acting or done quickly and with little thought or care
implacable
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed; not to be appeased, mollified, or pacified
impunity
immunity from punishment or penalty; with impunity with freedom from punishment or injury
inchoate
in an initial stage; not fully formed; just begun and therefore not fully formed or developed
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent; in its early stages
infelicitous
unfortunate; inappropriate; not appropriate in application or expression
inimical
damaging; harmful; malevolent; unfriendly; hostile
insipid
without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland; having almost no taste or flavor
intractable
not easily managed or directed; stubborn
intransigent
refusing to compromise or to abandon an extreme position or attitude
intrepid
steadfast and courageous; fearless; brave
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable; accustomed to; adapted; made tough by habitual exposure
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery; persuade somebody to go somewhere or do something by using flattery and deception
irascible
easily angered; prone to temperamental outburst; (of a person)
laconic
using few words; terse; using or involving the use of a minimum of words
imperious
commanding
improvidence
an absence of foresight; a failure to provide for future needs or events
indelible
permanent, un erasable, strong
ineffable
indescribable, inexpressible in words, unspeakable
insensible
numb, unconscious
insular
of or pertaining to an island, thus, excessively exclusive
leviathan
giant whale, therefore, something very large
misogynist
one who hates women
mitigate
to make less forceful; to become more moderate; to make less harsh or undesirable
noisome
harmful, offensive, destructive
obdurate
hardened against influence or feeling
obviate
to prevent by anticipatory measure; to make unnecessary
panegyric
a writing or speech in praise of a person or thing
peccadillo
a small sin or fault
pedantic
showing a narrow concern for rules or formal book learning; making an excessive display of one's own learning
perfidious
deliberately treacherous, dishonest; tending to betray
phlegmatic
not easily excised; cool slugish
philanthropy
tendency or action for the benefit of others as in donating money or property to a charitable orgaization
placate
to calm or reduce anger by making concessions
precipice
cliff with a vertical or nearly vertical face; metaphorically, a very risky circumstance
prevaricate
to stray from or evade the truth
prodigal
rashly wasteful
pulchritudinous
beautiful
pusillanimous
cowardly, timid, or irresolute, pretty
quiescence
inactivity, stillness; dormancy
spurious
false; forged; bastard
sagacious
skillful in statecraft and management;
sapient
acutely insightful and wise, perspicacious; sagacious
pro forma
as a formality only; perfunctory
supple
readily adaptable; gracefully slender; moving and bending with ease
mercurial
characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
misanthrope
one who hates all other humans
compendium
a brief treatment or account of a subject esp. an extensive subject; concise treatment
mollify
to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
nebulous
vague, cloudy; lacking clearly defined form; cloud like, hazy
neologism
a new word, expression or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses; newly-invented word
neophyte
a recent convert; a beginner; novice; person recently converted to some belief or religion; a new convert
obstinate
stubborn, hardheaded; uncompromising; refusing to change one's opinion
occlude
to obstruct or block; to close up or block off; obstruct
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike; deserving or causing hatred
onerous
troubling, burdensome, needing effort
opprobrium
disgrace, contempt; scorn, public disgrace and shame
paen
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
penurious
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous; very poor; poor stingy
perspicacious
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
peruse
to examine with great care
pious
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
pith
the essential or central part; soft spongy substance that fills the stems of certain plants
pithy
precise and brief; concise and full of meaning; terse; having substance and point
platitude
a banal, trite, or stale remark, a trite or banal statement un-originality"
polemical
controversial; arguementative
prattle
to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and ideal
precipitate
acting with excessive haste or impulse; to cause or to happen before anticipated or required
predilection
a disposition in favor of something; preference
preen
to dress up/ to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
prescience
foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring; foresight
prodigious
abundant in size, force or extent; extraordinary; enormous, wonderful
profligate
excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant; wildly extravagant; prodigal
profuse
given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant; abundant; lavish
propensity
a natural inclination or tendency; penchant
prosaic
dull; unimaginative; uninspired; everyday
quaff
to drink deeply; drink (something) by swallowing large amounts at a time
qualm
misgiving; reservation; cause for hesitancy; a sudden feeling of sickness or nausea
quotidian
occurring or recurring daily
rancorous
characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment; feeling bitterness
rarefy
to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
recalcitrant
obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage; disobedient
recant
to retract especially a previously held belief; formally reject (a former opinion, belief etc,) as being wrong
recondite
hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure; little known; abstruse
redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
impugned
To attack as false or questionable; challenge in argument
veracity
Adherence to the truth; truthfulness.
hallmark
a distinctive characteristic or attribute; trademark
scintilla
spark, trace; smudge
controvert
to dispute or oppose by reasoning
erudition
extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books
bemused
To cause to be bewildered; confuse; daze
impress
force into surface; to affect strongly, often favorable
pluck
courage or audacity
vim
vitality; vigor
gaucherie
social awkwardness
brusque
blunt; curt
excoriate
express strong disapproval of
donnybrook
is an obscure word for an uproar, a free for all, or a brawl
brazen
insolently bold or forward
pernicious
extremely harmful
licentious
immoral
sybarite
a person who is devoted to the enjoyment of worldly pleasures
megalomaniac
a person who has delusional fantasies about wealth or power
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable; improve, make better
astringent
having a tightening effort on living tissue; harsh, severe; binding; causing contraction; substance that shrinks
austere
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic; markedly simple or unadorned
aver
to state as a fact; to confirm or support; to assert or affirm with confidence
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural area and their inhabitants
acnon
as established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
demur
to question or oppose; to make objection esp. on the grounds of scruples; take exception
disabuse
to undeceive; to set right; to free from error, fallacy, or misconception; to undeceive
discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound; not in agreement; conflicting
discretion
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions; quality of being discreet; good judgment;
emollient
soothing, especially to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying
enervate
to weaken; to reduce in vitality; cause to lose strength of energy
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
ephemeral
brief; fleeting; living lasting etc for a very short time; short lived; fleeting
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
evanescent
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing; quickly fading
exigent
urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
extemporaneous
improvised; done without preparation
fervent
greatly emotional or zealous; ardent, hot; showing warmth and sincerity of feeling
flout
to demonstrate contempt for; as in a rule or convention
fulminate
to loudly attach or denounce; protest strongly and loudly
furtive
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious; done secretly and quietly so as not to be noticed
germane
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
glib
marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
hackneed
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage; used so often that it has become trite and dull
halcyon
calm; peaceful; happy
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; to address in a ranting way; long, loud, serious and use angry speech
hedonism
devotion to pleasurable pursuits, especially to the pleasures of the senses
hegemony
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others; leadership esp by one state in a group of states
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
relegate
to forcibly assign, especially to a lower place or position; banish
renege
to fail or honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
repudiate
to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
rescind
to invalidate; to repeal; to retract;cancel or repeal (a law, contract) annul
refulgent
radiant, shiny, brilliant, gloriously bright
choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
cistern
tank for rainwater
coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
cognomen
family name; any name, especially a nickname
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commodious
roomy, spacious
compunctious
feeling guilty or having misgivings
conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility
congenial
similar in tastes and habits
contentious
quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
contumacious
rebellious
corpulence
obesity, fatness, bulkiness
corrugate
to mold in shape with parallel grooves and ridges
coterie
small group of persons with a similar purpose
declivity
downward slop
deleterious
harmful, destructive, detrimental
deluge
flood
demagogue
leader or rabble rouser who usually appeal to emotion or prejudice
denigrate
to slur or blacken someone's reputation
descry
to discover or reveal
dictum
authoritative statement; popular saying
diluvial
relating to the flood
distaff
the female branch of the family
dither
to move or act confusedly or without clear purpose
dolor
sadness
doughty
courageous
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable
effluvia
outpouring of gases or vapors
effulgent
brilliantly shining
egregious
conspicuously bad
emend
to correct a text
encomium
warm praise
endemic
belonging to a particular area, inherent
chagrin
shame, embarrassment, humiliation
bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
balk
to refuse, shirk; prevent
benison
blessing
bifurcate
divide into two parts
bilious
easily irritated, relating to bile
bonhomie
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
bulwark
defense wall; anything serving as defense
calamitous
disastrous, catastrophic
canard
lie
carom
to shake and rebound
cavalcade
a processesion
charlatan
quack, fake
chattel
piece of personal property
itinerant
wandering from place to place; unsettled
invidious
likely to provoke ill will; offensive
obfuscate
to confuse, to bewilder, to stupefy
allay
to lessen or relieve, mitigate, to alleviate
perquisite
a reward over and above one's salary
quixotic
romantic, unrealistic, visionary, impractical
ineluctable
inescapable, doomed
dissipated
indulging in or characterized by excessive devotion to pleasure;
levity
lightness of mind; silliness; frivolity; amusement
syncopated
cut short; abbreviated
saturnine
sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn
culpable
deserving blame or censure; blameworthy; fault, guilt; onus
anathematize
damn, curse
contrition
compunction, remorse, repentance, rue, attrition, humiliation
pique
dudgeon, huff, miff, resentment, offend, affront, egg on, foment
mawkish
maudlin, romantic, soft, mushy, nauseous
temerity
recklessness, audacity, gall, effrontery
jejune
bland, innocuous, immature, childish (callow), dull, empty flat
vitiate
impair the quality of, blemish, distract, canker, impair, mar