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credulous: inclined to believe too readily. termagant: a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman. pantheon: the collective gods of a people; also, a group of highly esteemed persons. redound: to have a consequence or effect. moil: to labor; to toil; to drudge. sapid: having flavor, especially a strong pleasant flavor. pastiche: a hodgepodge; a potpourri. intransigent: uncompromising. celerity: quickness; swiftness. denouement: the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work. acrimony: bitter, harsh, or biting sharpness. nonpareil: having no equal. doughty: valiant; brave. internecine: destructive; especially, mutually destructive; also, relating to conflict within a group. vitiate: to make faulty or imperfect. penchant: a strong liking. flagitious: grossly wicked; scandalous. bombast: pompous or pretentious speech or writing. veritable: real; true; genuine. furtive: obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy. insuperable: incapable of being passed over, surmounted, or overcome. delectation: great pleasure; delight. redolent: having or exuding fragrance; also, evocative, reminiscent. polymath: a person of great or varied learning. fiat: an arbitrary or authoritative command or order. bon vivant: a person with refined and sociable tastes. appellation: a name, title, or designation. enunciate: to utter articulately; also, to state or set forth precisely or systematically. fecund: fruitful; prolific. chortle: to utter, or express with, a snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle. disconsolate: hopelessly sad; also, saddening; cheerless.

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