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demotic
of the common people
vituperate
to address severely or abusively
insipid
lacking excitement or interest
fortitude
strength of mind that allows one to endure pain with courage
exhort
to make urgent appeal
doctrinaire
a person inflexibly attached to a practice or theory without regard to its practicality
idyllic
having a natural charm and picturesqueness
advocate
to speak in favor of
deft
quick and skillful
ebullient
expressing feelings or ideas in an enthusiastic manner
covert
concealed, hidden, secret
compunction
a strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt
rapport
relationship, especially one of mutual trust
acerbic
sour or bitter in taste or expression
crux
a crucial moment
futility
ineffectiveness, uselessness
maudlin
effusively or tearfully sentimental
fraught
filled or charged with something
writhe
to twist or squirm in pain, struggle, or embarrassment
dupe
a person who is easily deceived
recondite
not easily understood
inexorable
not capable of being persuaded
didactic
intend to instruct
propitious
presenting favorable circumstances
termagant
a quarrelsome, scolding woman
exonerate
to free from blame
irksome
causing annoyance
feign
to give a false appearance of
ulterior
lying beyond the area of immediate interest
attenuate
to make slender, fine, or small