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impetuous:
/ɪm'pɛtjʊəs/ a. Syn. violent; hasty; rash.
marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate

implacable:
/ɪm'plækəb(ə)l/ a.
incapable of being pacified; not to be relieved;

impunity:
/ɪm'pju:nɪtɪ/ n.
freedom from punishment or harm; exemption from injury, suffering, or discomfort

inchoate:
/'ɪnkoʊət/ a. Syn. rudimentary; elementary
recently begun; imperfectly formed or developed; elementary

incipient:
/ɪn'sɪpɪənt/ a. Syn. beginning
beginning to exist or appear; in an early stage

indifferent:
/ɪn'dɪfrənt/ a. Syn. apathetic; average
having no particular interest or concern; being neither good nor bad

inert:
/ɪ'nɜrt/ a. Syn. inactive
inactive; lacking power to move; unable to move or act

ingenuous:
/ɪn'dʒɛnjʊəs/ a. Syn. young; unsophisticated
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated

inimical:
/ɪ'nɪmɪk(ə)l/ a. Syn. unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental
unfriendly; hostile; harmful; detrimental

innocuous:
/ɪ'nɒkjʊəs/ a. Syn. harmless
having no adverse effect; harmless

insipid:
/ɪn'sɪpɪd/ a. Syn. dull
lacking flavor or zest; not tasty; dull

intractable:
/ɪn'træktəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. unruly; stubborn; unyielding
difficult to manage or govern; stubborn; unyielding

intrepid:
/ɪn'trɛpɪd/ a. Syn. fearless; brave
fearless; indicating or springing from courage

inured:
/ɪ'njʊə(r)d/ a. Syn. accustomed
accustomed; made tough by habitual exposure

irascible:
/ɪ'ræsɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. irritable
irritable; easily angered; excited by or arising from anger

laconic:
/lə'kɒnɪk/ a. Syn. concise
brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words

laud:
/lɔ:d/ v. Syn. praise
give praise to; glorify; celebrate or honor

loquacious:
/lɒ'kweɪʃəs/ a. Syn. talkative
talkative; given to continual talking; chattering

lucid:
/'lu:sɪd/ a. Syn. clear; intelligible
easily understood; clear; intelligible

luminous:
/'lu:mɪnəs/ a. Syn. shining
shining; emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light

malevolent:
/mə'lɛvələnt/ a. Syn. malicious
having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious

malleable:
/'mælɪəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. impressionable
capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable

martial:
/'mɑrʃ(ə)l/ a. Syn. warlike
relating to, or suggestive of war; connected with the armed forces

maverick:
/'mævərɪk/ n. Syn. nonconformist
one that refuses to abide or be independent; an unbranded range animal

mercurial:
/mɜrkjʊərɪəl/ a. Syn. capricious
capricious; liable to sudden unpredictable change; quick and changeable in temperament

meticulous:
/mɪ'tɪkjʊləs/ a. Syn. scrupulous; cautious
excessively careful; marked by extreme care in treatment of details

misanthrope:
/'mɪsənθroʊp/ n.
one who hates or mistrusts mankind

mitigate:
/'mɪtɪgeɪt/ v. Syn. moderate
make less severe or harsh; moderate

mollify:
/'mɒlɪfaɪ/ v.
make less rigid or softer; calm in temper or feeling

morose:
/mə'roʊs/ a. Syn. sullen; gloomy
ill humored; sullen; depressingly dark; gloomy; persistent

mundane:
/'mʌndeɪn/ a. Syn. worldly; earthly; secular
belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; concerned with commonplaces; ordinary

nebulous:
/'nɛbjʊləs/ a. Syn. vague; hazy; cloudy
lacking definite form or limits; hazy; cloudy

neologism:
/ni:'ɒlədʒɪz(ə)m/ n.
new or newly invented word or phrase

neophyte:
/'ni:oʊfaɪt/ n. Syn. beginner
recent convert to a belief; one newly initiated

noxious:
/'nɒkʃəs/ a. Syn. harmful
harmful to living things; injurious to health

obdurate:
/'ɒbdjʊrɪt/;/'ɑbdərɪt/ a. Syn. stubborn; inflexible
hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion

obfuscate:
/'ɒbfʌskeɪt/ v. Syn. confuse; muddle
confuse; muddle; cause confusion; make needlessly complex

obsequious:
/əb'si:kwɪəs/ a.
slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

obstinate:
/'ɒbstɪnət/ a. Syn. stubborn
stubbornly adhering to an attitude or opinion; hard to control or treat

obtuse:
/əb'tju:s/;/əb'tu:s/ a. Syn. stupid
lacking in insight or discernment; stupid

obviate:
/'ɒbvɪeɪt/ v.
bypass requirement or make it unnecessary; get rid of

odious:
/'oʊdɪəs/ a. Syn. hateful; vile
hateful; arousing strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure

onerous:
/'ɒnərəs, 'oʊnərəs/ a. Syn. burdensome; wearing
burdensome or oppressive; not easily borne; wearing

opaque:
/oʊ'peɪk/ a. Syn. nontransparent; obscure
impenetrable by light; not transparent; not reflecting light; having no luster

ostentatious:
/ɒstɛn'teɪʃəs/ a. Syn. showy; pretentious
showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention

paean:
/'pi:ən/ n.
song of praise or joy; loud and joyous song; song of triumph

parody:
/'pærədɪ/ n.
work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony; make fun of

pedagogy:
/'pɛdəgɒdʒɪ/ n. Syn. teaching
teaching; art of education; science of teaching

pedantic:
/pɪ'dəntɪk/ a. Syn. bookish
marked by narrow focus on or display of learning, especially formal rules and trivial points

penury:
/'pɛnjʊrɪ/ n. Syn. poverty; insufficiency
extreme poverty; lack of something; barrenness; insufficiency

perennial:
/pə'rɛnɪəl/ n.
lasting indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal; remaining active throughout all the time

perfidy:
/'pɜrfɪdɪ/ n.
act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow, or of trust reposed; faithlessness; treachery

perfunctory:
/pə'fʌŋktərɪ/ a. Syn. superficial
done routinely and with little interest or care; acting with indifference; showing little interest or care

pernicious:
/pə'nɪʃəs/ a. Syn. deadly
very destructive; tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly

perspicacious:
/pɜrspɪ'keɪʃəs/ a. Syn. penetrating; astute; shrewd
having keen insight; mentally perceptive; astute

peruse:
/pə'ru:z/ v.
read or examine, typically with great care

pervade:
/pə'veɪd/ v.
pass or flow through, as an aperture; permeate; pass or spread through the whole extent of

pervasive:
/pə'veɪsɪv/ a. Syn. pervading
pervading; spread throughout every part

phlegmatic:
/flɛg'mætɪk/ a. Syn. calm
calm; not easily disturbed; not easily excited to action or passion

pine:
/paɪn/ v. Syn. yearn
have desire for something or someone; yearn; grieve or mourn for

pious:
/'paɪəs/ a. Syn. devout; religious
devout; religious; exhibiting strict, traditional sense of virtue and morality

pirate:
/'paɪərət/ n.
robber on seas; one who by open violence takes the property of another on seas

pithy:
/'pɪθɪ/ a. Syn. concise
precisely meaningful; forceful and brief

placate:
/plə'keɪt/;/'pleɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. pacify; conciliate
appease or pacify; bring peace to

platitude:
/'plætɪtju:d/;/-tu:d/ n.
dullness; insipidity of thought; commonplace statement; lack of originality

plethora:
/'plɛθərə/ n. Syn. excess; overabundance
excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance

plummet:
/'plʌmɪt/ v.
fall straight down; plunge; decline suddenly and steeply

polemical:
/pə'lɛmɪk(ə)l/ a. Syn. disputatious
aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious

pragmatic:
/præg'mætɪk/ a. Syn. practical
practical as opposed to idealistic; concerned with the practical worth or impact of something

prattle:
/'præt(ə)l/ v.
speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly; talk artlessly and childishly

precipitate:
/prɪ'sɪpɪteɪt/ a. Syn. rash; premature; hasty
rash; moving rapidly and heedlessly; speeding headlong; occurring suddenly

precursor:
/pri:'kɜrsə(r)/ n. Syn. forerunner
forerunner; one who precedes an event and indicates its approach

predilection:
/pri:dɪ'lɛkʃ(ə)n/;/prɛdl'ɛkʃən/ n. Syn. partiality; preference
condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; preference

preen:
/pri:n/ v.
make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction

prescience:
/'prɛsɪəns/ n.
ability to foretell future; knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight

presumptuous:
/prɪ'zʌmptjʊəs/ a. Syn. overconfident
overconfident; going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward

prevaricate:
/prɪ'værɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. lie
lie; stray from or evade truth; behave in evasive way such as to delay action

pristine:
/'prɪsti:n, 'prɪstaɪn/ a. Syn. primitive; primary
uncorrupted by civilization; primitive; remaining free from dirt or decay

proclivity:
/prə'klɪvɪtɪ/ n. Syn. inclination
inclination; natural tendency; readiness; facility of learning

prodigal:
/'prɒdɪg(ə)l/ a. Syn. wasteful
wasteful; reckless with money

prodigious:
/prə'dɪdʒəs/ a. Syn. marvelous; enormous
impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous

profligate:
/'prɒflɪgət/ a.
inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly; wildly immoral

profuse:
/prə'fju:s/ a.
in great quantity or abundance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal

proliferate:
/prə'lɪfəreɪt/;/proʊ-/ v.
grow rapidly; propagate; reproduce

prolific:
/prə'lɪfɪk/ a. Syn. productive; fruitful
producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile

propensity:
/prə'pɛnsɪtɪ/ n. Syn. tendency; predilection
natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection

prosaic:
/proʊ'zeiɪk/ a. Syn. factual
dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual

pungent:
/'pʌndʒənt/ a. Syn. stinging; caustic
stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic

quaff:
/kwɒf, kwɑrf/;/kwæf/ v.
drink with relish; swallow hurriedly or greedily

qualm:
/kwɑrm/ n.
sudden feeling of sickness or faintness; sudden attack of illness

querulous:
/'kwɛrʊləs/ a. Syn. fretful; whining
habitually complaining; expressing complaint or grievance

query:
/'kwɪərɪ/ n. Syn. inquiry; question
inquiry; doubt in the mind; mental reservation

quixotic:
/kwɪk'sɒtɪk/ a.
idealistic without regard to practicality

rarefy:
/'rɛərɪfaɪ/ v.
weaken the consistency; purify or refine; lessen the density

recalcitrant:
/rɪ'kælsɪtrənt/ a.
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority

recant:
/rɪ'kænt/ v. Syn. renounce
retract a previous statement; sing over again; utter repeatedly in song

redoubtable:
/rɪ'daʊtəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. formidable
formidable; arousing fear or awe; worthy of respect or honor

refute:
/rɪ'fju:t/ v. Syn. disprove
disprove; prove to be false or incorrect

relegate:
/'rɛlɪgeɪt/ v. Syn. delegate; assign
assign to obscure place, position, or condition; delegate; assign

renege:
/rɪ'ni:g/ v. Syn. deny
deny; go back on; fail to fulfill promise or obligation

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