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charlatan - quack; pretender to knowledge (esp. in medicine)
colander - utensil with perforated bottom used for straining
restive - impatiently restless (induced by external coercion or restriction); restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control; Ex. restive horses because of wolves; CF. not a general synonym for `restless'
derision - ridicule; ADJ. derisive; CF. derisory
venerate - revere; treat with great respect
affable - easily approachable; easy to talk to; warmly friendly
hubris - arrogance; excessive self-conceit
smolder - smoulder; burn slowly without flame; be liable to break out at any moment; exist in a suppressed state; Ex. smoldering anger
irretrievable - impossible to recover or regain; CF. retrieve
shambles - (place or scene of) complete disorder or ruin; wreck; mess; Ex. After the hurricane, the coast was a shambles.