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qualified
adj. (1) made fit (by training, experience) to do specific job; (2) limited in some manner (secondary meaning); (1) competent, capable, fit, (2) restricted, partial
quandary
n. state of perplexity; dilemma, predicament
quell
v. put an end to; overwhelm, extinguish, subdue, suppress, quiet
querulous
adj. habitually fussy and full of complaints; fretful, whining, petulant, peevish
quiescent
adj. temporarily inactive; at rest; dormant, quiet, still
quixotic
adj. idealistic but impractical; unrealistic, impracticable, visionary, unpredictable
ramble
v. wander aimlessly (physically or verbally); amble; stroll, meander, disgress
rancor
n. lasting resentment; bitterness, hatred
random
adj. without definite purpose, plan, or aim; haphazard, accidental
rant
v. also n. speak wildly, noisily, or grandiloquently; scold forcefully; rave, clamor, carry on, storm, declaim
ratify
v. approve formally; confirm, corroborate
rationale
n. fundamental reason or justification (not always reasonable); logic, basis, grounds, explanation
raucous
adj. disorderly and boisterous harsh and shrill; rambunctious, rowdy, hoarse, rasping, strident, grating
rebuttal
n. response with contrary evidence; reply pointing out flaws in opponent's argument; refutation, disproof, denial
recant
v. retract a previous statement; openly confess error; disclaim, disavow, renounce, repudiate
recluse
n. someone who withdraws from society; hermit, loner
recount
v. give a detailed account; tell, narrate
rectify
v. set right; correct, remedy, fix
redundant
adj. excessively wordy; more than needed; superfouous, unneeded, unnecessary
refute
v. prove false; overthrow by means of evidence; disprove, counter
regimen
n. systematic program or plan; regular course of training; routine, rule
relegate
v. consign to an inferior position; assign, delegate, banish
remorse
n. deep regret for past misdeeds; self-reproach, penitence, guilt
renounce
v. give up voluntarily; abandin, disown, repudiate
repel
v. drive away; create distaste in; resist, discourage, disgust, revolt, nauseate
reprehensible
adj. deserving blame; culpable, blameworthy, disgraceful, wicked
reprimand
n. also v. strong rebuke; scolding, reproof
reprove
v. scold, generally ina a gentle manner; correct, censure, rebuke
repudiate
v. refuse to have anything to do with; reject the authority of; disown, disavow
rescind
v. make (an act or contract) void; cancel, repeal, void, retract, revoke
reserve
n. formal but distant manner avoidamce of intimacy; self-restraint, aloofness, distance
resigned
adj. accepting one's fate; unresisting, submissive, acquiescent
resolution
n. firmness of purpose; formal expression of opinion; separation into elements; determination, resolve, purposefulness
resolve
n. firmness of purpose; determination, resolution, steadfastness
restraint
n. influence that curbs or brings under control; self-discipline, self-control, command, limitation
reticent
adj. inclined to be silent; uncommunicative, reserved, taciturn
retract
v. take back; draw back; withdraw, disavow
reverent
adj. showing deep respect or adoration; respectful, worshipful, awed
rhetorical
adj. concerned with the persuasive use of language; pertaining to effective communication; used merely for style; oratorical, bombastic
rigorous
adj. demanding strict attention to meeting standards; severe, harsh, exacting
robust
adj. possessing or showing strength; strong, hardy, hearty, healthy
sage
n. also adj. person celebrated for wisdom; pundit, savant, guru
sanction
v. also n. make valid; give consent to; approve, ratify
satirical
adj. using biting wit to attack folly; mocking, ironical, sardonic
scrupulous
adj. conscientious and exact; extremely thorough; principled, painstaking, meticulous
scrutiny
n. close and critical examination; inspection, examination, search
seclusion
n. state of being removed from social contact; isolation, solitude, privacy, separation
servile
adj. slavishly submissive; fawning, subservient, abject, cringing
skeptic
n. person who suspends judgment until the evidence supporting a point of view has been examined; doubter, disbeliever, cynic
sluggish
adj. disinclined to exert oneself; slow to react; lethargic, indolent, listless, slow, lazy
somber
adj. dark and gloomy; depressing in nature; dismal, grave, melancholy, drab
soporific
adj. also n. marked by or inducing sleepiness; sleep-causing, dull, monotonous
specious
adj. seemingly reasonable but incorrect; superficially plausible; false, erroneous, misleading
sporadic
adj. occuring irregularly; recurring unpredictably; irregular, intermittent, random
spurious
adj. not genuine or authentic; false, counterfeit, forged, fake
squander
v. spend foolishly; waste, dissipate, throw away
stagnant
adj. not following; not advancing; motionless, inactive, stale, dull
static
adj. showing little or no change; lacking development; still, stationary, motionless, unchanging
strident
adj. loud and harsh; shrill, raucous
submissive
adj. giving way to someone or something that one is unable to resist; yielding, obedient, docile, meek, unassertive
subordinate
adj. also n. occupying a lower rank; inferior, lesser
subside
v. settle down; sink to the bottom; decrease, dwindle, abate, lessen
substantiate
v. establish by evidence or proof; verify, support, affirm, corroborate
succinct
adj. without wasted words; short and to the point; brief, terse, compact, concise
superficial
adj. on the surface; not thorough; trivial, shallow, insignificant, external
superfluous
adj. more than required; unnecessary, excessive, unessential, extra
supplant
v. replace another, especially by force; displace, unseat, supersede, oust
surpass
v. go beyond the powers; exceed, outdo, transcend
surreptitious
adj. done by stealth; secret, furtive, sneaky, hidden
susceptible
adj. easily influenced; open to impression; having little resistance, as to a disease; impressionable, receptive
sustain
v. live through; keep up; give support to; bear up under; experience, maintain, nourish, support
taciturn
adj. disinclined to talk; silent, laconic, reserved, uncommunicative
tantamount
adj. corresponding in some respects; alike in quantity, effect, or value; equivalent, synonymous
tenacity
n. stubborn determination to reach a goal, and unwillingness to admit defeat; persistence, doggedness, stubbornness, resolve
tentative
adj. showing uncertainty; not fully developed; hesitant, cautious, unsure, provisional
terse
adj. concise and to the point; abrupt, pithy, clipped, curt
tirade
n. extended forceful speech, generally critical in nature; harangue, rant, outburst, diatribe
transient
adj. staying for a short time; momentary, temporary, fleeting
trepidation
n. nervous apprehension; fear, anxiety, uneasiness
trifling
adj. of very little significance; unimportant, trivial, negligible, petty
trite
adj. not fresh or original; hackneyed, unoriginal, commonplace, tired, stale, pedestrian
turbulent
adj. violently agitated; tumultuous, chaotic, unruly
turmoil
n. great commotion and confusion; chaos, disorder, uproar, tumult
undermine
v. chip away at; weaken, sap, undercut, damage
uniformity
n. the quality of always having the same form of manner; sameness, monotony, standardization
unprecedented
adj. never before experienced or known; unparalleled, exceptional, extraordinary, novel
unwarranted
adj. having no justification or grounds; unjustified, groundless, baseless
unsurp
v. seize another's power, rank, or authority; take, commandeer, appropriate
vacillate
v. hesitate in making choice; waver, oscillate, fluctuate
venerate
v. regard with esteem; revere, worship, idolize
verbose
adj. using or containing more words than needed; long-winded, wordy, talkative, redundant
vestigial
adj. relating to visible traces left by something that no longer exists; residual, primitive
viable
adj. practical or workable; capable of maintaining life; feasible, practicable
vigor
n. active physical or mental strength; energy, force, vitality, drive
vindicate
v. (1) clear from blame; (2) provide justification or support for; exonerate, exculpate, justify, defend
virulent
adj. (1) extremely severe; highly noxious (2) spitefully hostile; (1) poisonous, toxic, destructive, (2) bitter
volatile
adj. (1) evaporating rapidly; (2) tending to explode into violence or to change unexpectedly; changeable, fickle, explosive, evanescent
voluble
adj. tending to talk easily or rapidly; fluent, glib, talkative
whimsical
adj. full of sudden, eccentric notions; fanciful, capricious, quirky
zealot
n. person who shows excessive religious or political fervor; fanatic, militant