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alacrity
n. promptness, cheerful readiness
"We accepted the invitation with ______".
demurrage
n. detention of a boat or railroad car when being loaded or unloaded
"The ____ of the boat was an inconvenience."
circumspect
adj. watchful, discreet, cautious
"You must be ___ when holding a newborn baby."
"The ___ cat hid in the bushes before pouncing on its prey."

tractable
adj. easily led or controlled, docile, yielding, obedient
biddable
adj. willing to do what is asked, docile, obedient
THINK: You will BIDE
docile
adj. easily trained or taught, tractable
THINK: Can keep on TRACK
torpid
adj. lethargic, lazy
"The torpid turtles tan on toasty Tuesdays."
deign
v. to condescend to grant something
"The king would not deign them freedom from war."
dispatch (n.)
quick efficiency
"Proceed with all possible dispatch."
sedulous
diligent, persevering; applying oneself faithfully to a task
"Sue Sylvester maintains sedulous mockery of Mr. Shoester and his Glee club throughout the show."
indelibility
n. characteristic of a thing or memory that cannot be removed
"The indelibility of the shockingly gruesome film kept the images on my mind for months."
Insulary
solitary, isolated, bigoted, narrow-minded, provincial
THINK: Like an island, cut off
insolent
adj. boldly rude or disrespectful
gossamer
thin, filmy, or delicate; characterized things, not people
"The gossamer strands of the spiders web were ripped apart by the wind."
ponderous
adj. Heavy and possibly cumbersome, awkward, massive
Petulant
adj. easily annoyed and angered
"The mother became petulant after her child had been misdiagnosed and mistreated by many doctors. No one dared go near her."
Presumptuous
assuming too much
"The teach was ____ in thinking that she could have the illiterate children reading chapter books by the end of the semester."
Scrupulous
adj. Having a strong regard for what one considers right; Principled.
"The old man was ___ about keeping up his appearance and wore a suit every day."
"The trick-or-treaters were ___ and never missed a house."

provident
cautious, having foresight
profligate
adj. utterly immoral or extravagant
unyielding
not giving in; noncompliant
cursory
adj. hasty (going over rapidly, while overlooking details)
caprice
n. sudden, unpredictable change (such as in the weather)
expiation
making of atonement/reparation
strident
adj. harsh, noisy, vociferous, raucous
summary (n.)
uncharacteristically fast
protract
draw out or lengthen (usually in time); prolong
equivocal
of doubtful nature or character or significance; dubious
stalwart
adj. strong and brave; valiant; steadfast in support
censorious
adj. severely critical; carping; querulous
rancorous
adj. possessing long-lasting resentment or ill will
conciliatory
adj. trying to gain goodwill or reconciliation
arcane
adj. mysterious, secret, obscure, known to few
adjudicate
v. to settle through laws
vestigial
characteristic of evidence of something no longer in existence
turgid
adj. swollen, overdone, pompous
moribund
adj. near death
gadfly
n. someone who persistently annoys
churl
n. a rude, boorish person
insipid
adj. vapid, without interesting quality
bungler
a clumsy, awkward person
plumb
v. to measure depth
belies
v. contradicts
trenchant
adj. incisive or keen (language or person)
platitude
n. a trite, dull remark issued as though it should be profound
eg. The ____ of most political oratory.
myopic
adj. shortsighted
discerning
adj. showing outstanding judgement
miser
n. a stingy person who may even live in horrible circumstances to save money
munificent
adj. generous in giving of money
spate
n. a sudden outpouring; flood, inundation
ribald
irreverent, vulgar
scurrilous
describing coarse language
desultury
without order
fatuous
foolish; without sense of reality
cunning
adj. adept, skillful
erudite
very learned or scholarly
"Einstein had a ___ mind."
inchoate
not fully developed; rudimentary
"Our measures are still ___ for the DHS grant."
perquisites
extra perks above a regular wage
prerogative
a right or privilege
tenet
dogma, opinion, principle...held true by a group
umbrage
offense, annoyance
"I took ___ at his extreme rudeness."
probity
integrity and honesty
incorrigible
bad beyond reform
ignominious
characterized by disgrace and shame
froward
not easily managed
anodyne
something that soothes or alleviates pain
plangent
plaintive or mournful
dogmatic
asserting opinions in an arrogant manner (according to doctrine/beliefs)
hedonist
person whose purpose is to seek self satisfaction and pleasure
taciturn
reticent (habitually silent)
inveigled
enticed by flattery
"We knew just how to make her ___ into joining us."
obtuse
dull, not intellectually quick
obviate
prevent or eliminate the chance of something happening
laconic
concise, and to the point
pernicious
causing severe harm
"She died early after living a short and ___ life."
saccharine
sickeningly sweet
pundit
expert
(opposite of tyro, novice)
mulct
a fine for a misdemeanor
procumbent
lying down
edacious
voracious, rapacious, esurient (greedily hungry)
aver
v. to declare true
despoiling
deprive something of value
inscrutable
difficult to understand
improvident
not planning for the future
fecund
intellectually or physically fertile
minatory
threatening
vociferous
noisy
intransigent
difficult to sway
refulgent
shining
"Edward was ___ in the sunlight."
mercurial
volatile; prone to quick changes
precipitate
to bring about violently
aegis
protection; agency
solecism
violation of etiquette
panegyric
elaborate praise
"Her parents always make a ___ to their friends about her good grades."
harrow
to break up (the ground)
prevarication
to stray from the truth
toady
sychophant, eccessive flatterer
obsequious
showing servile flattery
"The intern flooded her boss with ___ compliments to get on her good side."
abrogate
to abolish, to put an end to
quixotic
overly romantic
mendacious
full of lies; untrue

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