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83 terms

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candid
completely honest, straightforward
conjecture
inference; guesswork
didactic
instructive
effusive
showing excessive emotion; overflowing
extrapolate
to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information
lucid
easily understood; clear
rhetoric
the art of using language effectively and persuasively
acumen
quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight
adroit
dexterous, deft
ascertain
to find out, as through investigation or experimentation
circumspect
careful; prudent; discreet
disseminate
to scatter widely, as in sowing seed
erudition
deep, extensive learning
pedantic
excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
perspicacious
shrewd; clear-sighted
pragmatic
practical
prospectus
formal proposal
abstruse
difficult to understand
callous
emotionally hardened; unfeeling
disaffected
having lost faith or loyalty; discontent
inscrutable
difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable
reticent
inclined to keep silent; reserved
staid
unemotional; serious
arcane
known or understood only by a few
assimilate
to absorb or become abosrbed; to make or become similar
autonomy
independence; self-determination
cosmopolitan
worldly; widely sophisticated
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a small group
insular
isolated; narrow or provincial
potentate
one who has the power and the position to rule over others; monarch
castigate
to scold, rebuke, or harshly criticize
censure
to issue official blame
vituperative
marked by harshly abusive condemnation
contiguous
to share an edge or boundary; touching
conciliatory
appeasing; soothing; showing willingness to reconcile
exonerate
to free from blame
incontrovertible
indisputable; not open to question
indict
to officially charge with wrongdoing or a crime
litigious
prone to engage in lawsuits
parity
equality, as in amount, status or value
rectitude
moral uprightness; righteousness
remiss
lax in attending to duty; negligent
repudiate
to reject the validity or authority of
sanctimonious
feigning piety or righteousness
solicitous
concerned
substantiate
to support with proof or evidence; verify
cajole
to urge with repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery
chicanery
trickery
obsequious
fawning and servile
sycophant
insincere, obsequious flatterer
altruism
unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness
extol
to praise highly
laudatory
full of praise
magnanimous
courageously or generously noble in mind and heart
defunct
no longer existing or functioning
eradicate
to get rid of as if by tearing it up by the roots; abolish
quell
to put down forcibly; suppress
raze
to level the ground; demolish
supplant
to usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics
stymie
to thwart or stump
abase
to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem
deride
to mock contemptuously
disparage
to speak negatively; to belittle
effrontery
brazen boldness; presumptuousness
ignominy
great personal dishonor or humiliation; disgraceful conduct
impugn
to attack as false or questionable
bombastic
given to pompous speech or writing
ebullience
intense enthusiasm
exorbitant
exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness
lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
opulent
displaying great wealth
ubiquitous
being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent
vignette
a short scene or story
amalgam
a combination of diverse elements; a mixture
inundate
to overwhelm as if with a flood; to swamp
multifarious
diverse; various
cathartic
relaxing after an emotional outburst
palliative
relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure
felicitous
admirably suited; apt
belie
to misrepresent or disguise
debunk
to expose untruths, shams, or exaggerated claims
mendacious
lying; untruthful
specious
having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually false