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* Abate
v. subside or moderate
*Aberrant
adj. abnormal or deviant
* Abeyance
n. suspended action
* Abscond
v. depart secretly and hide
*Abstemious
adj. sparing in eating and drinking, temperate
*anorexics abstain from food*
*Adulterate
v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
*Aesthetic
adj. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
*Aggregate
v. gather; accumulate
*Alacrity [uh-lak-ri-tee]
n. cheerful promptness; eagerness
*Alleviate
v. relieve
*Ambiguous
adj. unclear or doubtful in meaning
*Ambivalence
n. the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
*Ameliorate
v improve
*Anachronism
n something or someone misplaced in time
*Analogous
adj. comparable
*Anarchy
n. absence of governing body; state of disorder
*Anomalous
adj abnormal; irregular
*Antipathy
v. aversion; dislike
*Apathy
n. lack of caring; indifference
*Appease
v. pacify
*Apprise
v. inform
*Approbation
n approval
*Appropriate
v acquire; take possession of for one's own use
*Arduous
adj. hard; strenuous
*Artless
adj. without guile; open and honest
*Ascetic
adj. practicing self denial; austere
*Assiduous
adj. diligent
*Assuage
v. ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
*Attenuate
v make thinner; weaken or lessen (intensity, force, degree)
*Audacious
adj daring; bold
*Austere
adj. forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
*Autonomous
adj. self-governing
*Aver
v assert
*Banal
adj. hawneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality
*Beneficent
adj. kindly; doing good
*Bolster
v support; reinforce
*Bombastic
adj pompous; using inflated language
*Boorish
adj rude; insensitive
*Burgeon
v grow forth; send out buds
*Burnish
v. make very shiny by rubbing; polish
*Buttress
v. support; prop up
*Cacophonous [kuh-kof-uh-nuhs]
adj. discordant; inharmonious
*Capricious [kuh-prish-uhs]
adj. unpredictable; fickle
*Castigation
n. punishment; severe criticism
*Catalyst
n. agent that influences the pace of a chemical reaction while it remains unaffected and unchanged; person or thing that causes action
*Caustic
adj. burning; sarcastically biting
*Chicanery [shi-key-nuh-ree]
n. trickery; deception
*Coagulate
v. thicken; congeal; clot
*Coda
n. concluding section of a musical or literary composition; something that rounds out, summarizes or concludes
*Cogent
adj. convincing
*Commensurate
adj. corresponding in extent, degree, amount, etc.; proportionate
*Compendium
v brief, comprehensive summary
*Complaisant
adj. trying to please; overly polite; obliging
*Compliant
adj. yielding; conforming to requirements
*Conciliatory
adj. reconciling; soothing
*Condone
v. overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse
*Confound
v. confuse; puzzle
*Connoisseur
n person competent to act as a judge of art, etc; a lover of an art
*Contention
n. claim; thesis
*Contentious
adj. quarrelsome
*Contrite
adj. penitent; remorseful
*Conundrum
n. riddle; difficult problem
*Converge
v. approach; tend to meet; come together
*Convoluted
adj. coiled around; involved; intricate
*Craven
adj. cowardly
*Daunt
v intimidate; frighten
*Decorum
n. propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
*Default
n failure to act
*Deference
n courteous regard for another's wish
*Delineate
v. portray; depict; sketch
*Denigrate
v. blacken
*Deride
v. ridicule; make fun of
*Derivative
adj. unoriginal; obtained form another source
*Desiccate
v. dry up
*Desultory
adj. aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
*Deterrent
n something that discourages; hindrance
*Diatribe
n bitter scolding; invective
*Dichotomy
n split; branching into two parts (especially contradictory ones)
*Diffidence
n. shyness
*Diffuse
adj wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas)
*Digression
n. wandering away from the subject
*Dirge
n lament with music
*Disabuse
v. correct a false impression; undeceive
*Discerning
adj. mentally quick and observant; having insight
*Discordant
adj. not harmonious; conflicting
*Discredit
v. defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve
*Discrepancy
n difference; inconsistency
*Discrete
adj. separate; unconnected; consisting of distinct parts
*Disingenuous
adj. lacking genuine candor; ; insincere
*Disinterested
adj unprejudiced; impartial; indifferent
*Disjointed
adj lacking coherence; separated at the joints
*Dismiss
v. eliminate form consideration; reject
*Disparage
v. belittle
*Disparate
adj. basically different; unrelated
*Dissemble
v. disguise; pretend
*Disseminate
v distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds)
*Dissolution
n disintegration, looseness in morals
*Dissonance
n discord; opposite of harmony
*Distend
v. expand; swell out
*Disinterested
adj unprejudiced
*Disjointed
adj lacking coherence; separated at the joints
*Dismiss
v. eliminate form consideration; reject
*Disparage
v. belittle
*Disparate
adj. basically different; unrelated
*Dissemble
v. disguise; pretend
*Disseminate
v distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds)
*Dissolution
n disintegration, looseness in morals
*Dissonance
n discord; opposite of harmony
*Distend
v. expand; swell out
*Distill
v. purify; refine; concentrate
*Diverge
v. vary; go in different directions from the same point
*Divest
v. strip; deprive
*Document
v. provide written evidence
*Dogmatic
adj. opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
*Dormant
adj. sleeping; lethargic; latent
*Dupe
n someone easily fooled
*Ebullient
adj. showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
*Eclectic
adj. selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources
*Efficacy
n. power to produce desired effect
*Effrontery
n. impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve; presumptuous
*Elegy
n poem or song expressing lamentation
*Elicit
v. draw out by discussion
*Embellish
v. adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story
*Empirical
adj. based in experience
*Emulate
v. imitate; rival
*Endemic
adj. prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country
*Enervate
v. weaken
*Engender
v. cause; produce
*Enhance
v. increase; improve
*Ephemeral
adj. short-lived; fleeting
*Equanimity
adj. tranquil; steady; uniform
*Equivocate
v. lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
*Erudite
adj. learned; scholarly
*Esoteric
v hard to understand; known only to the chosen few
*Eulogy
n. expression of praise, often on the occasion of one's death
*Euphemism
n. mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
*Exacerbate
v. worsen; embitter
*Exculpate
v. clear form blame
*Exigency
n. urgent situation; pressing needs or demands; state of requiring immediate attention
*Extrapolation
N. projection, conjecture
*Facetious
adj. joking (often inappropriately; humorous
*Fallacious
adj. false; misleading
*Fatuous
adj. brainless; inane; foolish, yet smug
*Fawning
adj. trying to please by behaving obsequiously, flattering or cringing
*Felicitous
adj. suitably expressed; well chosen
*Fervor
n. glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
*Flag
v. droop; grow feeble
*Fledgling
adj. inexperienced
*Flout
v. reject; mock; show contempt for
*Foment
v. stir up; instigate
*Forestall
v. prevent by taking action in advance
*Frugality
n. thrift; econommy
*Futile
adj. useless; hopeless; ineffectual
*Gainsay
v. deny
*Garrulous
adj. loquacious; wordy; talkative
*Goad
v. urge on
*Gouge
v. overcharge
*Grandiloquent
adj. pompous; bombastic; using high sounding language
*Gregarious
adj. sociable
*Guileless
adj. without deceit
*Gullible
adj. easily deceived
*Harangue
n. long, passionate and vehement speech
*Homogeneous
adj. of the same kind
*Hyperbole
n. exaggeration; overstatement
*Iconoclastic
adj. attacking cherished traditions
*Idolatry
n. worship of idols; excessive admiration
*Immutable
adj. unchangeable
*Impair
v. injure; hurt
*Impassive
adj. without feeling; imperturbable; stoical
*Impede
v. hinder; block
*Impermeable
adj. impervious; not permitting passage through its substance
*Imperturbable
adj. Calm; placid
*Impervious
adj. impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
*Implacable
adj. incapable of being pacified
*Implicit
adj. understood but not stated
*Implode
adj. burst inward
*Inadvertently
adj. unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly
*Inchoate [in-koh-it]
adj. recently begun; rudimentary; elementary
*Incongruity
n. lack of harmony; absurdity
*inconsequential
adj. insignificant; unimportant
*Incorporate
v. introduce something new into a larger whole; combine; unite
*Indeterminate
adj. uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
*Indigence
n. poverty
*Indolent
adj. lazy
*Inert
adj. inactive; lacking power to move
*Ingenuous
adj. naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated; candid
*Inherent
adj. firmly established by nature or habit
*Innocuous
adj. harmless
*Insensible
adj. unconscious; unresponsive
*Insinuate
v. hint; imply
*Insipid
adj. lacking in flavor; dull
*Insularity
n narrow-mindedness; isolation
*Intractable
adj. stubborn; unyielding; unruly
*Intransigence
n. refusal of any compromise; stubbornness
*Inundate
v. overwhelm; flood; submerge
*Inured
adj. hardened; accustomed
*Invective
n. abuse
*Irascible
adj. irritable; easily angered
*Irresolute
adj. weak; uncertain how to act
*Itinerary
n. plan of a trip
*Laconic
adj. brief and to the point
*Lassitude
n. languor, weariness
*Latent
adj. undeveloped potential; dormant; hidden
*the ugly duckling*
*Laud
v. praise
*Lethargic
adj. drowsy; dull
*Levee
n. earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding
*Levity
n. frivolity;lack of seriousness or steadiness
*Log
n. record of a voyage, flight or daily activities
*Loquacious
adj talkative
*Lucid
adj. clear; intelligible; easily understood
*Luminous
adj. shining; giving light
*Magnanimity
n. generosity
*Malingerer
n. one who feigns illness to escape duty
*Malleable
n. impressionable; able to be shaped by pounding (as with soft metals)
*Maverick
n. rebel; nonconformist
*Mendacious
adj. lying; habitually dishonest
*Metamorphosis
n. change of form
*Meticulous
adj. excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous
*Misanthrope
n one who hates mankind
*Mitigate
v. lessen in intensity; moderate; appease
*Mollify
v soothe
*Morose
adj. ill-humored; sullen; melancholy
*Mundane
adj. worldly vs spiritual; everyday
*Negate
v. cancel out; nullify; deny
*Neophyte
n beginner, recent convert
*Obdurate
adj. stubborn
*Obsequious [uhb-see-kwee-uhs]
adj. slavishly attentive;servile;sycophantic; fawning; dutiful
*Obviate [ob-vee-eyt]
v. make unnecessary; get rid of
*Occlude
v. shut; close
*Officious
adj. meddlesome; pushy in offering one's services
*Onerous
adj. burdensome
*Opprobrium
n. infamy; villification
*Oscillate
v. vibrate pendulum-like; waver
*Ostentatious
adj. showy; pretentious

*Ostriches feathers*
*Paragon
n. model of perfection
*Partisan
adj. one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
*Pathological
adj. pertaining to disease
*Paucity
n. scarcity
*Pedantic
adj. showing of learning; bookish
*Penchant
n. strong inclination; liking
*Penury
n. severe poverty
*Perennial
n. something longlasting
*Perfidious
adj. treacherous; disloyal
*Perfunctory
adj. superficial; not thorough
*Permeable
adj. penetrable; porous
*Pervasive
adj. spread throughout
*Phlegmatic
adj. calm; not easily disturbed
*Piety
n. devoutness; reverence for God
*Placate
v. pacify; conciliate
*Plasticity
n. ability to be molded
*Platitude
n. trite remark; commonplace statement
*Plethora
n. excess; overabundance
*Plummet
v. fall sharply
*Porous
adj. full of pores; like a sieve
*Pragmatic
adj. practical (as opposed to idealistic)
*Preamble
n introductory statement
*Precarious
adj. uncertain; risky
*Precipitate
1- adj. rash; premature, hasty; sudden
2- v. throw headlong; hasten
*Precursor
n. forerunner
*Presumptuous
adj. arrogant; taking liberties
*Prevaricate
v. lie (as in to tell a)
*Pristine
adj. primitive; unspoiled; characteristic of earlier times
*Probity
n. uprightness; incorruptability
*Problematic
adj. doubtful; unsettled; questionable
*Prodigal
adj. wasteful; reckless with money
*Profound
adj. deep; not superficial; complete
*Prohibitive
adj. tending to prevent the purchase or use of something; preventative
*Proliferate
v. grow rapidly; spread; multiply
*Propensity
n. natural inclination
*Propitiate
v. appease
*Propriety
n. fitness; correct conduct
*Proscribe
v. ostracize; banish; outlaw
*Prolifers*
*Pungent
adj. stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
*Qualified
adj. limited; restricted
*Quibble
n. minor objection or complaint
*Quiescent
adj. at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
*Rarefied
adj. made less dense (of a gas)
*Recalcitrant
adj. obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
*Recant
v disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement
*Recluse
n hermit; loner
*Recondite
adj. abstruse; profound; secret
*Refractory
adj. stubborn; unmanageable
*Refute
v disprove
*Relegate
v banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
*Reproach
v. express disapproval or disappointment
*Reprobate
n. person hardened in sin; devoid of a sense of decency
*Repudiate
v disown; disavow
*Rescind
v. cancel
*Resolution
n. determination
*Resolve
n. determination
*Reticent
adj. reserved
*Reverent
adj. respectful; worshipful

*a reverend is respected*
*Sage
n. a person viewed as wise
*Salubrious
adj. healthful
*Salad is healthy*
*Sanction
v approve
*Satiate
v. satisfy
*Saturate
v. soak thoroughly
*Savor
v enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell or quality
*Secrete
v. hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism
*Shard
n. fragment, generally of pottery
*Skeptic
n. doubter; person who suspends judgment until there is evidence to support it
*Solicitous
adj. worried; concerned
*Soporific [sop-uh-rif-ik]
adj. sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
*Specious
adj. seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
*Spectrum
n. colored band produced when light passes through a prism
*Sporadic
adj. occurring irregularly
*Stigma
n. token of disgrace; brand
*Stipulate
v. make express conditions; specify
*Stolid
adj. dull; impassive
*Striated
adj. marked with parallel bands; grooved
*Strut
n. supporting bar; pompous walk
*Subpoena
n. writ summoning a witness to appear
*Subside
v. settle down; descend; grow quiet
*Substantiate
v. establish by evidence; verify; support
*Supersede
v. cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
*Supposition
n. hypothesis
*Tacit
adj. understood; not put into words
*Tenuous
adj. thin; rare; slim
*Tirade
n. extended scolding; denunciation, harangue
*Torpor
n. lethargy; sluggishness
*Tortuous
adj. winding; full of curves
*Tractable
adj. docile;easily managed
*Transgression
n. violation of a law; sin
*Truculence
n. aggressiveness; ferocity
*Vacillate
v. waver; fluctuate
*Venerate
v. revere
*Veracious
adj. truthful
*Verbose
adj. wordy
*Viable
adj. practical and workable; capable of maintaining life
*Viscous
adj. sticky; gluey
*Vituperative [vahy-too-per-uh-tiv]
adj. abusive; scolding
*Volatile
adj. changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
*Warranted
adj. justified, authorized
*Wary
adj. very cautious
*Welter
n. turmoil; bewildering jumble
*Whimsical
n. capricious, fanciful
*Zealot
n. fanatic; overzealous person
amalgamate
v. combine; unite in one body
Panacea
A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all.
Cleft
N. Split
Chasm
N. Abyss
Acrimoneous
Adj. Bitter in words or manner
Arcane
Adj- Secret, mysterious, known only to the initiated
Boon
-A benefit bestowed, especially one
bestowed in response to a request.

-A timely blessing or benefit:
Bumptious
adj. Crudely or loudly assertive; pushy.
Consonance
N Harmony, agreement
Cronyism
n.
Favoritism shown to old friends without regard for their qualifications, as in political appointments to office.
Culpable
Adj. Deserving blame
Eschew
V. Avoid
Fallible
Adj. Liable to err
Imbroglio
N. Complicated situation, painful or complex misunderstanding, entanglement, confused mass (as of papers)
Impecunious
Adj. Without money
Jingoism
n.
Extreme nationalism characterized especially by a belligerent foreign policy; chauvinistic patriotism.
Moribund
Adj. Dying
Parable
N. Short, simple story teaching a moral
Portend
V. Foretell, presage
Poseur
N Person who pretends to be sophisticated, elegant etc
Reverence
An act showing respect, especially a bow or curtsy.
Turgid
Muddy, having the sediment disturbed
Venerable
Adj. Deserving high respect
Vestige
N Trace, remains
Vestigial
-Of, relating to, or constituting a vestige

Biology Occurring or persisting as a rudimentary or degenerate structure.