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trenchant

incisive; forceful; effective

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pique

to hurt feelings of / make resentful

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obstreperous

noisy; boisterous; unruly

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hapless

unfortunate

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tantamount

equivalent to something

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surreptitious

secretive; covert

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timorous

nervous; fearful; lacking confidence

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pedantic

overly concerned with details

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subterfuge

plan of action used to evade something difficult or unpleasant

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preclude

to make impossible or unlikely

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propitiation

appeasement of wrath by offering of gift or sacrifice

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sycophant

one who tries to win favor or advance himself by flattering persons of influence

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prodigious

enormous; extraordinary; marvelous

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hedonist

one who pursues pleasure

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quid pro quo

something in return; an equivalent

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tenable

capable of being defended against an assailant or against dispute

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mawkish

sentimental in a sweet or sickly way

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insane

ridiculous

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sesquipedalian

long; characterized by long words; long-winded

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neophyte

person who is new to subject, skill, or belief

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