1. gravity
    extreme or alarming seriousness or importance; solemnity

    the gravity of the crime
  2. transient
    momentary; temporary; lasting for a short time; impermanent

    transient symptoms
  3. adversary
    opponent; enemy

    a fierce adversary
  4. inadvertent
    not resulting from or achieved through deliberate planning; unintentional; negligent; careless

    messing up inadvertently
  5. digression
    departure from the main subject; wandering off-topic; aside

    going off on a digression
  6. prolific
    abundantly fruitful; highly productive; fertile

    prolific breeders
  7. gregarious
    sociable; fond of company

    gregarious penguin flocks
  8. turbulent
    violently agitated; tumultuous; chaotic; unruly

    turbulent waters
  9. exemplary
    serving as a model; outstanding; worthy of imitation; illustrative

    • exemplary conduct
  10. scrutiny
    close and critical examination; inspection; a searching look

    public scrutiny
  11. astute
    having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one's advantage; wise; shrewd; keen

    an astute observer
  12. laconic
    brief and to the point; using few words

    the laconic answer, "nope".
  13. fervor
    glowing ardor; intense and passionate feeling; earnestness of emotion

    patriotic fervor
  14. superfluous
    unnecessary; excessive; more than required

    delete superfluous words!
  15. ephemeral
    short-lived; fleeting; transient

    as ephemeral as a cloud
  16. resolution
    determination; firmness of purpose; formal expression of opinion; separation into elements

    a firm resolution
  17. debunk
    expose as false or exaggerated; ridicule as a sham

    debunk myths
  18. preclude
    make impossible; prevent; keep from happening; exclude the possibility

    preclude a meaningful comparison
  19. expedient
    suitable; convenient and practical (although possibly improper or immoral); advantageous; profitable

    a politically expedient policy
  20. skeptic
    doubter; a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions

    a global warming skeptic
  21. condone
    accept and allow behaviour that is considered morally wrong or offensive to continue (with reluctance)

    condoning torture
  22. opportunist
    individual who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans

    unprincipled opportunists
  23. abridge
    shorten without losing the sense

    abridge a text
  24. impair
    weaken or damage

    impair one's health
  25. abstract
    theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational

    an abstract notion

    extract or remove (something)
  26. impeccable
    in accordance with the highest standards of propriety; faultless; flawless; irreproachable

    an impeccable reputation
  27. acclaim
    praise enthusiastically and publicly

    acclaim the conquering hero
  28. impede
    delay or prevent by obstruction; hinder

    roadblocks impede traffic
  29. adulation
    obsequious (excessive) flattery; excessive admiration or praise

    flattering adulation
  30. implement
    put into effect; supply with tools

    implement a program
  31. adversity
    difficulties; misfortune

    struggling with adversity
  32. inane
    silly; stupid

    inane questions
  33. advocate
    publicly recommend or support

    advocate gun control
  34. incite
    encourage or stir up (violent or unlawful behaviour)

    incite a riot
  35. aesthetic
    concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty

    aesthetically pleasing
  36. incongruous
    not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something; inappropriate; incompatible

    an incongruous juxtaposition
  37. affirmation
    positive assertion; confirmation; solemn declaration made by a person who refuses to take an oath

    solemn affirmations
  38. incorrigible
    incapable of being reformed, correctable or improved; irredeemable

    an incorrigible practical joker
  39. alleviate
    make less severe; make more bearable; relieve; mitigate

    alleviate suffering
  40. indifferent
    unmoved or unconcerned by; apathetic; uninterested and unsympathetic

    indifferent toward suffering
  41. allusion
    indirect reference; passing or casual mention

    literary allusion
  42. induce
    persuade; convince; stimulate

    induce someone to do something
  43. altrusitic
    unselfishly generous; concerned for others; charitable; philanthropic

    altruistic generosity
  44. inherent
    permanent, essential, characteristic; firmly established; built in; intrinsic

    an inherent task
  45. ambiguous
    open to interpretation; having a double meaning; unclear or inexact

    ambiguous instructions
  46. innate
    inborn, natural; inherent

    innate talent
  47. ambivalence
    mixed or contradictory feelings about something

    divided by ambivalence
  48. innocuous
    not harmful or offensive; insipid

    an innocuous home remedy
  49. anarchy
    a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority

    lawlessness and anarchy
  50. insipid
    lacking flavour; dull; bland

    insipid fruit
  51. anecdote
    a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person

    telling a personal anecdote
  52. instigate
    bring about or initiate; start; provoke

    instigate a fight
  53. apathy
    lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern

    political apathy
  54. intrepid
    fearless; adventurous

    an intrepid warrior
  55. arbitrary
    based on random choice or personal whim rather than reason; unrestrained and autocratic in the use of authority

    make arbitrary decisions
  56. capricious
    given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behaviour

    a capricious climate
  57. ironic
    resulting in an unexpected and poignantly incongruous or unwanted outcome

    an ironic twist
  58. poignant
    evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret

    a poignant reminder
  59. ascetic
    practicing self-denial; severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence

    ascetic discipline
  60. jocular
    joking; humorous or playful

    a jocular comedian
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