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abate
(v) to make less in amount, degree, etc.; to subside, become less; to nullify; to deduct, omit
wait until the storm abates before going outside again; to abate her picture from the website as per her request
abstemious
(adj) moderate, sparing (as in eating and drinking); characterized by abstinence and self-discipine
frugal and abstemious in their habits
adamant
(adj) firm in purpose or opinion, unyielding;
(n) an extremely hard substance
adamant in their refusal to countenance the plan
adulation
(n) praise or flattery that is excessive
enjoyed the adulation of the fans
amenable
(adj) willing to follow advice or authority, tractable, submissive; responsive;
amenable to: liable to be held responsible for
a leader who is amenable to reason
anathema
(n) an object of intense dislike, a curse or strong denunciation (often used adjectivally without the artice)
declare racial prejudice to be anathema
astute
(adj) shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom
shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom
aver
(v) to affirm, declare confidently
aver that she would give us assistance
berate
(v) to scold sharply
berate the tardy students
carnage
(n) large-scale slaughter or loss of life
the carnage caused by the explosion
credulous
(adj) too ready to believe, easily deceived
credulous customers
expatiate
(v) to expand on, write or talk at length or in detail; to move about freely
expatiate on her previous suggestions
extraneous
(adj) coming from the outside, foregin; present but no essential, foreign
removed the extraneous substance in the solution
jejune
(adj) lacking in nutritive value; lacking in interest or substance; immature, juvenile
woefully jejune comments
obdurate
(adj) stubborn, unyielding
obdurate in his opposition to change
ostensible
(adj) apparent, appearing to be true or actual; capable of being shown or exhibited
doubted his obstensible reason for being in town
precocious
(adj) showing unusually early development (especially in talents or mental capacity)
displaying a precocious talent for science
sadistic
(adj) delighting in cruelty, excessively cruel
condemned the sadistic dictator
sententious
(adj) self-righteous, characterized by moralizing; given to use of maxis or adages; saying much in few words, pithy
sententious advice
supplicate
(v) to beg earnestly and humbly
supplicate the court for mercy
surfeit
(n) an excess or overindulgence, as in eating or drinking; causing disgust; (v) to feed or supply with anything to excess
a surfeit of gossip and innuendo
tortuous
(adj) winding, twisted, crooked; highly involved, complex; devious
a tortuos path up the mountain
turgid
(adj) swollen, loated, filled to excess; overdecorated or excessive in language
a turgid writing style

think of turgor pressure
criterion
(n) a rule, test; a standard for judgment or evaluation
the criterion by which we judge great art
deplete
(v) to use up as a result of spending or consumption; to diminish greatly
deplete the treasury through extravagance
culpable
(adj) deserving blame, worthy of condemnation
culpable neglect of their duties
equivocate
(v) to speak or act in a way that allowes of more than one interpretation; to be deliberately vague or ambiguous
an annoying tendency to equivocate
irresolute
(adj) unable to make up one's mind, hesitating
be irresolute in a time of danger
succinct
(adj) expressed breifly and clearly; (clothing) lacking in fullness of cut
issue a succinct statement
egregious
(adj) conspicuous, standing out from the mass (used particularly in an unfavorable sense)
guilty of an egregious blunder
modicum
(n) a small or moderate amount
try to get by with a modicum of effort
penury
(n) extreme poverty; barreness, insuffficiency
the penury of their circumstances
recapitulate
(v) to review a series of facts; to sum up
pause to recapitulate the main points
recapitulate
(v) to review a series of facts; to sum up
pause to recapitulate the main points
resuscitate
(v) to revive, bring back to consciousness or existence
resuscitate the rescued swimmer
censurable
(adj) deserving of blame or correction
a censurable act
contingent
(adj) likely but not certain to happen, possible; dependent on uncertain events or conditions; happening by chance
(n) a representative group forming a part of a larger body
contingent on my parents' approval
discursive
(adj) passing aimlessly from one place or subject to another, rambling, roving, nomadic
a discursive account of his life
disseminate
(v) to scatter widely

disseminations (n) The act of disseminating, or the state of being disseminated; diffusion for propagation and permanence; a scattering or spreading abroad, as of ideas, beliefs, etc.
in order to disseminate her views
dowdy
(adj) poorly dressed, shabby; lacking smartness and good taste
her dowdy appearance
inculcate
(v) to impress on the mind by repetition, teach persistently and earnestly
inculcate good work habits in young students
palpable
(adj) capable of being touched or felt; easily seen, heard, or recognized
a palpable absurdity
perceptive
(adj) having sympathetic insight or understanding, capbale of keen appreciation
have a perceptive eye for values
pernicious
(adj) extremely harmful; deadly, fatal
a pernicious influence on young people
quail
(v) to shrink back in fear, lose heart in a difficult or dangerous situation
quail at the thought of being discovered
salient
(adj) leaping, jumping, or springing forth; prominent, standing out, conspicuous
(n) a projection or bulge, a land form that projects upward or outward
the salient feature of the new plan
satiate
(v) to satisfy completely; to fill to excess;
(adj) full, satisfied
satiate with too much moviegoing
specious
(adj) deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit
a specious claim on our support
winsome
(adj) charming, attractive, pleasing (ogften suggesting a childlike charm and innocence)
delighted by her winsome personality
blatant
(adj) noisy in a coarse, offensive way; obvious or conspicuous, especially in an unfavorable sense
a blatant hypocrite
broach
(v) to break the surface of the water, to turn sideways to the wind and waves; tp bring up or begin to talk about (a subject); to announce; to pierce (a keg or cask) in order to draw off liquid;
(n) a spit for roasting, a tool for tapping casks
unwilling to broach so touchy a subject
buttress
(v) to support, prop up, strengthen;
(n) a supporting structure
buttress and argument
carousal
(n) noisy revelry or merrymaking (often witha suggestion of heavy drinking)
drowning care in a perpetual carousal
collate
(v) to compare critically in order to note differences, similarities, etc.; to arrange in order for some specific purpose
collate the pages of the manuscript
connoisseur
(n) an expert; one who is well qualified to pass critical judgments, especially in one of the fine arts
a connoisseur of modern American painting
disconsolate
(adj) deeply unhappy or dejected ; without hope, beyond consolation
a loss that left him disconsolate
encumber
(v) to weigh down or burden (with difficulties, cares, debt, etc.); to fill up, block, hinder
encumber with heavy packages
foment
(v) to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm
attempted to foment a riot
herculean
(adj) (capital H) relating to Hercules;
(lowercase h) charaterized by great strength; very hard to do in the sense of requiring unusual strength
dismayed by the herculean task ahead
impassive
(adj) showing no feeling or emotion; inanimate; motionless
study the judge's impassive face
incontrovertible
(adj) unquestionable, beyond dispute
a person of incontrovertible honesty
magniloquent
(adj) expressed in lofty or high-flown language (often in the sense of being pompous or over-elaborate)
a magniloquent orator
opportune
(adj) suitable or convenient fora particular purpose; occurring at an appropriate time
to pick a most oppurtune moment
nonplussed
(adj, part.) puzzled, not knowing what to do, at a loss
nonplussed by the sudden turn of events
prolific
(adj) abundantly productive; abundant, profuse
a prolific composer; a prolific harvest
inception
(n) the beginning, start, earliest stage of some process, institution, etc.
at the inception of a new program
bumptious
(adj) offensively self-assertive, excessively and arrogantly self-confident
a bumptious young chauvinist
choleric
(adj) easily made angry, bad-tempered
a choleric person is not pleasant to be around as they always fly up the wall from almost any subject
curtail
(v) to cut short, bring to a halt or end sooner than expected; to reduce
to curtail expenses
definitive
(adj) conclusive, final, representing the limit of what can be done
the definitive biography of Lincoln
enigmatic
(adj) puzzling, perplexing, not easily understood, mysterious
as enigmatic as the Sphinx
heresy
(n) an opinion different from accepted belief; the denial of an idea that is generally held sacred
be accused of heresy
inauspicious
(adj) unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future
an inauspicious beginning
impromptu
(adj, adv) without preparation, offhand, suddenly or hastily done
(n) an extemporaneous composition or remark; a miniaml piece suggestive of improvisation
called on for some impromptu remarks
infirmity
(n) a weakness or ailment (physical, mental, moral, etc.)
the infirmity of old age
mawkish
(adj) excessively and objectionably sentimental; having a mildly sickening flavor
poignant without being mawkish
remit
(v) to send or hand in (as money), to cancel (as a penalty or punishment), forgive, pardon; to lessen, diminsih; to put off, postpone, defer
refused to remit the funds requested
sartorial
(adj) of or pertaining to a tailor or his work; having to do with clothes or dress (especially men's)
admire his sartorial splendor
profligate
(adj) given over to dissipation and self-indulgence, immoral; recklessly extravagant
(n) a person given to self-indulgent and wild spending
too profligate a use a public funds
novice
(n) one who is just a beginner at some activity requiring skill and experience (also used adjectivally)
mistakes typical of a novice