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cynical
doubtful or distrustful of goodness of sincerity of human motives
ambivalent
having opposing attitudes or feelings toward a person, thing, or idea; unable to decide
demagogue
a leader who appeals to citizens' emotions to obtain power
demure
quiet and modest; reserved
intrepid
without fear; brave
destitute
extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter
erudite
scholarly; learned
dilemma
a choice between two unpleasant or difficult options
culmination
the highest point of attainment; the end or climax
concur
to be of the same opinion; to agree with
abate
to lessen in violence or intensity
decorum
conformity to accepted standards of conduct; proper behavior
abhor
to detest; to hate strongly
dole
to distribute; to five out sparingly
gamut
the whole range or extent
extrovert
one who is outgoing; one who is energized rather than drained by interactions with others
droll
amusing in an odd or whimsical way
duplicity
intentional deceit in speech or conduct
effigy
a crude dummy or image representing a hated person or group
austere
stern; severe; plain
emulate
to strive to be equal; to imitate
sere
dry and withered
enhance
to increase the value or beauty of something
contrite
felling regret for having committed some wrongdoing
magnanimous
noble; generous in forgiving; free from petty feelings or acts
enunciate
to state clearly and distinctly to pronounce
collaborate
to work with another toward a goal
impound
to confine; to retain in legal custody
impeccable
faultless; without sin or blemish
evoke
to summon forth
inane
without sense or meaning; silly
unctuous
exaggeratedly or insincerely polite
expatriate
someone who chooses to live outside of or renounce, his or her native country
frowzy
unkempt
heinous
hatefully or shockingly evil
expound
to explain in detail; to clarify
cajole
to persuade with false promises and flattery
inscrutable
not easily understood; hard to fathom
balk
to refuse stubbonrnly or abruptly; to stop short and refuse to go on
acrimony
ill-natured, bitter hostility
dour
stern and ill-humored
exult
to rejoice; to fell triumphant
omniscient
having unlimited knowledge
feasible
reasonable; capable of being carried out
fiasco
a complet, ridiculous failure
métier
to work one is especially suited for; one;s specialty; an occupation
fluctuate
to rise and fall; to vary irregularly
harry
to annoy or harass
incognito
disguised; pretending not to be oneself
lethargy
lack on energy; sluggishness