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precocious
exceptionally eraly in development; characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude); "a precocious child"; "a precocious achievement"
apex
pinnacle;
vertex: the highest point (of something); "at the peak of the pyramid"
gusto
enthusiasm;
vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
phlegmatic
easy-going
showing little emotion; "a phlegmatic...and certainly undemonstrative man"
deprecation
disapproval;
the act of expressing disapproval (especially of yourself)
avaricious
greedy;
immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
pertinacious
persistent;
dogged: stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion
voluminous
immense;
large in volume or bulk; "a voluminous skirt"
idiosyncrasies
unusual mannerisms;
peculiar to the individual; "we all have our own idiosyncratic gestures"; "Michelangelo's highly idiosyncratic style of painting"
sardonic
bitter or scornful;
Like sarcastic, but more in order to cause amusement than insult.
disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking; "his rebellion is the bitter, sardonic laughter of all great satirists"-
inveigle
beguile;
wheedle: influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along"
impresario
director;
showman: a sponsor who books and stages public entertainments
expostulate
to reason earnestly;
reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion
wizened
ages;
shriveled: lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness; "the old woman's shriveled skin";
apoplexy
a stroke caused by a borken blood vessel in the brain

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