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dogmatic
stubbornly sticking to opinions, claiming (own) statements to be undoubtedly true
fastidious
displaying meticulous attention to detail, hard to please
deleterious
harmful or damaging; detrimental, inimical, pernicious
benevolent
kindly, generous, showing good will, well meaning; beneficent
ameliorate
to make better, improve (conditions, situation etc.)
ascetic
practicing severe self-denial, avoiding physical pleasures, living simply, abstemious
expedient
appropriate to a purpose, advantageous, convenient although immoral
disparage
1. speak of slightingly, without respect 2. speak of to lower in rank or reputation; defame
assuage
to soothe, moderate, or relieve (e.g. a pain), alleviate, appease, mollify, mitigate
immutable
unchangeable (over time), unalterable
acquiesce
comply with, assent to, passively accept
paucity
scarcity, smallness of number
surreptitious
clandestine; stealthy
prosaic
to be 1. unimaginative or commonplace 2. using the style or diction of prose
contrite
feeling remorseful for a sin or shortcoming
flagrant
openly scandalous, egregious
adulation
a show of excessive admiration or devotion
evanescent
1.(esp. literary) fleeting, passing away from memory etc. 2.(physics) of a field or wave with a diminishing amplitude
engender
produce, cause
complacent
pleased or satisfied with oneself
candor
the quality of frankness or outspokenness
capricious
to be erratic, led by whim, unpredictable or fickle
dubious
doubtful
elucidate
clarify, explain, throw light upon
extol
praise in the highest terms; laud
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