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  1. bowdlerize

    edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  2. esoteric

    understandable only by an enlightened inner circle
  3. lugubrious

    excessively mournful
  4. gauche

    lacking social polish
  5. extrinsic

    not forming an essential part of a thing
  6. prurient

    characterized by lust
  7. protean

    taking on different forms
  8. tautology

    useless repetition
  9. deciduous

    shedding foliage at the end of the growing season
  10. pragmatic

    concerned with practical matters
  11. diminutive

    very small
  12. moiety

    one of two approximately equal parts
  13. recapitulate

    summarize briefly
  14. unctuous

    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating
  15. remunerative

    for which money is paid
  16. pithy

    concise and full of meaning
  17. fiduciary

    relating to or of the nature of a legal trust
  18. circumlocution

    an indirect way of expressing something
  19. fractious

    easily irritated or annoyed
  20. fatuous

    devoid of intelligence
  21. gerrymander

    divide voting districts unfairly and to one's advantage
  22. paradigm

    a standard or typical example
  23. euphony

    any pleasing and harmonious sounds
  24. onus

    a burdensome or difficult concern
  25. docket

    a temporally organized plan for matters to be attended to
  26. chicanery

    the use of tricks to deceive someone
  27. acumen

    shrewdness shown by keen insight
  28. expurgate

    edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  29. pecuniary

    relating to or involving money
  30. abrogate

    revoke formally
  31. jejune

    lacking interest or significance or impact
  32. auspicious

    indicating favorable circumstances and good luck
  33. abstemious

    marked by temperance in indulgence
  34. churlish

    having a bad disposition; surly
  35. quotidian

    found in the ordinary course of events
  36. abjure

    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief
  37. jibe

    shift from one side of the ship to the other
  38. loquacious

    full of trivial conversation
  39. timorous

    shy and fearful by nature
  40. supercilious

    having or showing arrogant disdain or haughtiness
  41. insipid

    lacking interest or significance or impact
  42. diffident

    showing modest reserve
  43. sycophantic

    attempting to win favor by flattery
  44. aberrant

    markedly different from an accepted norm
  45. meretricious

    tastelessly showy
  46. ingratiating

    capable of winning favor
  47. pasquinade

    a composition that humorously imitates somebody's style
  48. parsimony

    extreme stinginess
  49. cabal

    a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue
  50. sobriquet

    a familiar name for a person
  51. amenable

    disposed or willing to comply
  52. austere

    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor
  53. stochastic

    being or having a random variable
  54. rarefied

    of high moral or intellectual value
  55. hirsute

    having or covered with hair
  56. bibulous

    given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol
  57. fulsome

    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating
  58. insouciant

    marked by unconcern
  59. osculate

    kiss
  60. reify

    consider an abstract concept to be real
  61. cetacean

    large aquatic carnivorous mammal with fin-like forelimbs
  62. susurration

    an indistinct sound, as of whispering or rustling
  63. insouciant

    marked by unconcern
  64. recreant

    having deserted a cause or principle
  65. importunate

    making persistent or urgent requests
  66. empyrean

    of or relating to the sky or heavens
  67. teleological

    explaining phenomena by their ends or purposes
  68. supernumerary

    more than is needed, desired, or required
  69. idempotent

    unchanged in value following multiplication by itself
  70. limn

    make a portrait of
  71. flagitious

    extremely wicked, deeply criminal
  72. limpid

    clear and bright
  73. orison

    reverent petition to a deity
  74. magnate

    a very wealthy or powerful businessperson
  75. eleemosynary

    generous in assistance to the poor
  76. macerate

    soften and cause to disintegrate as a result
  77. coruscate

    reflect brightly
  78. detente

    the easing of tensions or strained relations
  79. contretemps

    an awkward clash
  80. scion

    a descendent or heir
  81. potentate

    a powerful ruler, especially one who is unconstrained by law
Created on November 22, 2013
(updated November 23, 2013)

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