1. acerbic - A
    having a sour or bitter taste or character, sharp, biting
  2. aggrandize - V
    to increase in intensity, power, influence or prestige
  3. alchemy - N
    a medieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
  4. amendable - A
    agreeable; responsive to suggestion
  5. anachronism - N
    something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
  6. astringent - A/N
    having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh
  7. contiguous - A
    sharing a border; touching; adjacent
  8. convention - N
    a generally agreed upon practice or attitude
  9. credulous - A, credulity - N
    tending to believe too readily; gullible
  10. cynicism - N, cynical - A
    an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
  11. decorum - N, decorous - A
    polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
  12. derision - N, derisive - A, deride - V
    scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
  13. desiccate - V
    to dry or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
  14. dilettante - N
    one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
  15. disparage - V
    to slight or belittle
  16. divulge - V
    to discrete something secret
  17. fawn - V
    to flatter or praise excessively
  18. flout - V
    to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
  19. garrulous - A
    pointlessly talkative, talking too much
  20. glib - A
    marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
  21. hubris - N
    overbearing, presumption or pride; arrogance
  22. imminent - A
    about to happen; pending
  23. immutable - A
    not capable of change
  24. impetuous - A
    hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
  25. indifferent - A
    having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
  26. inimical - A
    damaging; harmful; injurious
  27. intractable - A
    not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
  28. intrepid - A
    steadfast and courageous
  29. laconic - A
    using few words; terse
  30. maverick - N
    an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
  31. mercurial - A
    characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
  32. mollify - V
    to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
  33. neophyte - N
    a recent convert; a beginner; novice
  34. obfuscate - V
    to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
  35. obstinate - A
    stubborn, hardheaded, uncompromising
  36. ostentatious - A
    characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy
  37. pervade - V, pervasive - A
    to permeate throughout
  38. phlegmatic - A
    calm, sluggish, unemotional
  39. plethora - N
    an overabundance; a surplus
  40. pragmatic - A
    practical rather than idealistic
  41. presumptuous - A
    overstepping due bounds (as of property or courtesy); taking liberties
  42. pristine - A
    pure; uncorrupted; clean
  43. probity - N
    adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
  44. proclivity - N
    a natural predisposition or inclination
  45. profligate - A, profligacy - N
    excessively wasteful, recklessly extravagant
  46. propensity - N
    a natural inclination or tendency, penchant
  47. prosaic - A
    dull, lacking in spirit or imagination
  48. pungent - A
    characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
  49. quixotic - A
    foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
  50. quotidian - A
    occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
  51. rarefy - V
    to make or become less thin, less dense, or refine
  52. recondite - A
    hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
  53. refulgent - A
    radiant, shiny, brillant
  54. renege - V
    to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
  55. sedulous - A
    diligent; persistent; hard-working
  56. shard - N
    a piece of broken pottery or glass
  57. soporific - A
    causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
  58. sparse - A
    thin, not dense, arranged at widely spaced intervals
  59. spendthrift - N
    one who spends money wastefully
  60. subtle - A
    not obvious, elusive, difficult to discern
  61. tacit - A
    implied; not explicitly stated
  62. terse - A
    brief and concise in wording
  63. tout - V
    to publicly praise or promote
  64. trenchant - A
    sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
  65. unfeigned - A
    genuine; not false or hypocritical
  66. untenable - A
    indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
  67. vacillate - V
    to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another; waver
  68. variegated - A
    multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
  69. vexation - N, vex - V
    annoyance, irritation
  70. vigilant - A, vigilance - N
    alertly watchful
  71. vituperate - V
    to use harsh, condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate
  72. volatile - A, volatility - N
    readily changing to a vapor, changeable, fickle, explosive
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