VW 1

acquisitive

able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property

arrogate

to claim or take without right

banal

hackneyed, trite, commonplace

belabor

to work on excessively; to thrash soundly

carping

tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; petty, nagging criticism

coherent

holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful

congeal

to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid

emulate

to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model

encomium

a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute

eschew

to avoid, shun, keep away from

germane

relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting

insatiable

so great or demanding as not to be satisfied

intransigent

refusing to compromise, irreconcilable

invidious

offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment

largesse

generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions

reconnaissance

a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination

substantiate

to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to

taciturn

habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little

temporize

to stall or act evasively to gain time, to avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise

tenable

capable of being held or defended