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abnegate
VERB (transitive)

deny, renounce
spurious
adjective

false; forged; outwardly similar or corresponding to something without having its genuine qualities
po·lem·ic
noun

an aggressive attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another
an·tip·a·thy
noun

settled aversion or dislike
dif·fi·dent
adjective

hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence
invective (n)
an abusive expression or speech
invective (adj)
of, relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse
mercenary (n)
one that serves merely for wages; especially : a soldier hired into foreign service
mercenary (adj)
serving merely for pay or sordid advantage
pundit
noun

1. a learned man
2. one who gives opinions in an authoritative manner : CRITIC
imperiousness
adjective

1. befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments
2. marked by arrogant assurance
boggle
verb, trans & instrans

1. to start with fright or amazement : be overwhelmed (intransitive)

2. to hesitate because of doubt, fear, or scruples (transitive)
rapacious
adjective

1. excessively grasping or covetous
2. living on prey
extant
adjective

2a. currently or actually existing
aver
verb, transitive

1a. to verify or prove to be true in pleading a cause
1b. to allege or assert in pleading
2. to declare positively
sedulous
adjective

1. involving or accomplished with careful perseverance
2. diligent in application or pursuit
intransigent
adjective

1. uncompromising; refusing to compromise or to abandon an extreme position or attitude
laconic
adjective

using or involving the use of a minimum of words : concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious
hapless
adjective

having no luck : UNFORTUNATE
dirge
noun

a song or hymn of grief or lamentation
miscreant (n)
noun

infidel, heretic
miscreant (adj)
adjective

unbelieving, heretical
heretic
noun

a dissenter from established religious dogma; especially : a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church who disavows a revealed truth
recalcitrant
adjective

obstinately defiant of authority or restraint
chary
adjective

discreetly cautious
exigent
adjective

requiring immediate aid or action
epithet
noun

a disparaging or abusive word or phrase
viscid
adjective

having an adhesive quality : STICKY
aspersion
noun

a false or misleading charge meant to harm someone's reputation

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