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UPBRAID
1. to find fault with or reproach severely; censure: The military tribunal upbraided the soldier for his cowardice.

**elders criticize severely if their girls UP their BRA
acclaim, adulate, approve, commend, compliment, praise
REPROACH
1. to find fault with (a person, group, etc.); blame; censure.
2. to upbraid.
3. to be a cause of blame or discredit to.
approval, honor, praise, respect
MULTIFARIOUS
1. having many different parts, elements, forms, etc.
2. numerous and varied; greatly diverse or manifold:
multifarious activities.
clear, easy, evident, homogeneous, obvious, plain, simple, uniform
UNDERBID
1. to bid less than (another bid) or less than the bid of (another bidder), esp. in seeking a contract to be awarded to the lowest bid or bidder; make an offer at a lower price than.
CONSTERNATION
a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.
calm, composure, happiness, peacefulness, tranquility
REPINE
to be fretfully discontented; fret; complain.
applaud, approve, be content, be happy, commend, praise, recommend, sanction
INVETERATE
1. settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler.
2. firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, etc.; chronic.


**In this word. we have a root ie.. veter--that have lasted a long time and seem likely to continue. This itself gives an idea of the meaning.
curable, eradicable, intermittent, occasional, temporary
UNDERGIRD
1. to strengthen; secure, as by passing a rope or chain under and around: to undergird a top-heavy load.
2. to give fundamental support; provide with a sound or secure basis: ethics undergirded by faith.

**under + guard. Something which is guarded under hence secured underneath
let down, let go, release
VIRTUOSITY
1. the character, ability, or skill of a virtuoso.
2. a fondness for or interest in virtu.
inability, incapacity, ineptitude
PROMULGATE
1. to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).
2. to set forth or teach publicly (a creed, doctrine, etc.).

**Prom (promote)+ul+gate. So promoting something out of the gate, i.e. to make known by opening the gate (or opening declaration) to everyone out there.
conceal, hide
ABDICATE
1. to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility, or the like, esp. in a formal manner: The aging founder of the firm decided to abdicate.
2. to give up or renounce (authority, duties, an office, etc.), esp. in a voluntary, public, or formal manner: King Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne in 1936.
assert, assume, challenge, claim, defend, defy, hold, maintain, remain, retain, treasure, usurp
ARBITRARY
1. subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one's discretion: an arbitrary decision.
2. decided by a judge or arbiter rather than by a law or statute.
3. having unlimited power; uncontrolled or unrestricted by law; despotic; tyrannical: an arbitrary government.
4. capricious; unreasonable; unsupported: an arbitrary demand for payment.
5. Mathematics. undetermined; not assigned a specific value: an arbitrary constant.
circumspect, rational, reasonable, reasoned, supported
ABROGATE
1. to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal: to abrogate a law.
2. to put aside; put an end to.


**A-BROke-GATE = abolish
approve, establish, fix, institute, legalize, ratify, sanction, support
INCHOATE
beginning to come into existence
developed, grown, mature
VITIATE
to affect slightly with something morally bad or undesirable
aid, assist, help, protect, save
GAMIN
youngster, child
old-timer, adult
CHIMERICAL
not real and existing only in the imagination

<fact-based, actual, existent, existing, real>
LANGUID
weak
<mighty, powerful, rugged, stalwart, stout, strong>
VORACITY
having a huge appetite

<content, full, glutted, sated, satiated, satisfied, stuffed>
PELLUCID
not subject to misinterpretation or more than one interpretation / easily seen through

<turbid, cloudy, opaque>
FOMENT
to bring (something volatile or intense) into being
<prevent, bridle, check, constrain, curb, discourage, hold, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain, tame; allay, calm, quiet, settle, soothe, still, subdue, tranquilize>
REDRESS
payment to another for a loss or injury
<amends, atonement, expiation; refund, reimbursement>
INCREDULOUS
inclined to doubt or question claims

<credulous, gullible (also gullable), trustful, trusting, uncritical, unquestioning>
NIX
nothing

<everything>
LACONIC
marked by the use of few words to convey much information or meaning

<verbose, circuitous, circumlocutory, diffuse, long-winded, prolix, rambling, windy, wordy>
INFLAMMABLE
flammable
<fireproof>
BUCOLIC
rural or rustic
<proscribed, urban>
CALUMNY
slander, defame
<encomium, compliment>
DIASPORA
dispersal
<gathering>
PLATITUDE
common saying, overused
<coinage, nuance>
MERETRICIOUS
gaudy, flashy

**like a merit (meret) certificate.. flashy and attractive in a way.. but of no REAL value.
<genuine, undecorated, understated>
TRITE
silly, commonplace
<uncommon, unique, atypical>
CONDIGN
appropriate, proper

**condign.con+deserve,means to deserves.
<inappropriate, unsuitable, unjustified>
CHARY
careful, cautious
<prodigal, careless, hasty, heedless, incautious, rash, uncareful, willing>
OBSTINATE
stubborn, determined
<agreeable, amenable, cooperative, flexible, helpful, submissive, willing, yielding>
HEDGE
avoid, circumlocute
<confront, declare>
INDOLENCE
laziness, inaction
<characteristic energy, animation, action, ambition, busyness, diligence>
OPPUGN
argue, attack, call into question
<express agreement, affirm, make peace>
CANT
affected piety, deceit, dishonesty, humbug, hypocrisy
<refreshing honesty, pious>
SATIATE
stuff, satisfy completely or excessively
<deprive, leave wanting>
PROSAIC
normal, unimaginative

**taking Prozac makes you "normal" and unimaginative
<out of the ordinary, creative>
SLAKE
decrease, satisfy
<parch, dissatisfy>
INTEGRAL
necessary, basic
<extrinsic, secondary, supplemental, unnecessary>
PREVARICATOR
liar, cheat, con artist, deceiver
<honest person>
CHIDE
criticize, lecture, admonish
<compliment, laud, praise>
DICHOTOMY
difference of opinion, disagreement, disunion, separation, split
<unity, singular, unbroken>
BEVY
group of people, swarm, assembly

**Bevy=be +"we" not me, hence refers to group of people
<individual, one>
TACITURN
uncommunicative, unspoken
<communicative, fluent, talkative, wordy>
AMBROSIAL
cute, lovable
<cursed, despicable, detestable, hateable, hateful>
SUPEREROGATORY
superfluous, fanciful, fickle
<deserved, needed, reasonable, warranted>
NOISOME
immoral, bad, offensive
<good, just, moral, upright>
BROMIDE
platitude, cliche, banality

**bromide is the most COMMON salt ever found
<charmer, exciter, pleasure>
MENDACITY
insincere, misleading; being dishonest

** mend+a+city. during elections, politicians promise that "they will mend the city and make it better" which is a lie....
<frankness, honesty, honor, openness>
AMORPHOUS
without definite shape, character
<definite, distinct, distinctive, shaped, shapely>
BRINE
sea, salt solution, wet
<dehydrate, dry, land>
ANTIPATHY
strong dislike, disgust, nasty behavior or speech
<liking, love, rapport, regard, respect, sympathy>
BLITHE
lighthearted, merry, mirthful, sprightly, sunny, vivacious, happy

** Blithe== Be-light- Hearted. means care free
<heavyhearted, morose, sad, sorrowful, unhappy>
PROCLIVITY
inclination, tendency
<indifference, loathing, repulsion, revulsion>
SYNCOPATED
compact, condense
<blow up, expand, extend, fill, increase, loosen, stretch, uncompress, uncondense>
CASTIGATING
criticize severely
<compliment, laud, praise>
COALESCE
blend, come together
<divide, separate>
DESPAIRING
give up hope
<anticipate, expect, have faith, hope, wish for>
ENCROACH
advance beyond the usual limit
<concur, consent, endorse, help, permit, uphold>
EMBROIDER
make beautiful; decorate
<downplay, deface, disfigure, mar, simplify, spoil, uglify>
EQUITABLE
equalized, impartial
<disproportioned, imbalanced, unequal, unsymmetrical>
DISSEMBLE
disguise, pretend, camouflage

**The word sounds like "resemble"...the person/ a thing of tat type can be in disguise
<reveal, show, uncover>
DISSIMILAR
not alike; not capable of comparison
<alike, compatible, equal, matched, related, same, similar>
FACETIOUS
tongue-in-cheek, kidding
<formal, grave, serious, unfunny>
GARRULOUS
talkative, verbose

**(garrulous can be related to girls when pronounced)and girls talk more than boys
<quiet, reserved, silent, still, untalkative>
LACONIC
short, to the point
<long-winded, verbose, wordy>
RETICENT
secretive, quiet
<communicative, forward, unrestrained>
MAUDLIN
effusively or tearfully sentimental
<austere>
NONPLUS
to confuse
<clarify>
VAUNT
to boast
<Deprecate>
PERSPICUITY
clarity

**same root as acumen or acuity, and thus is associated with clarity
<confusion>
GRANDILOQUENT
lofty, inflated language
<pithy>
GIMCRACK
a tasteless or showy subject
<tasteful>
SPURIOUS
false or lacking validity
<genuine>
ERUDITE
well-educated, cultured
<common, ignorant, uncultured, uneducated>
FERVID
Intensely enthusiastic or passionate
<half-hearted, cool, dispassionate, frigid, indifferent, lukewarm, unenthusiastic>
FUSTAIN
high-flown and rambling speech
<concise>
EQUIVOCAL
Open to more than one interpretation; ambiguous
<certain, unmistakable>
VACILLATE
Alternate or waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive
<committed, unwavering>
DESICCATE
Remove the moisture from
(lacking in interest)
<moist, saturated, interested>
HOE
to tend to, cultivate
<neglect>
MEAN
crude or shabby
<opulent>
LIGHT
to land
<take flight>
ERSATZ
fake
genuine
ACCRETION
slow accumulation
erosion
REPROVE
to disapprove
approve
COSSET
to pamper to care for
to abuse
INIQUITY
sin
virtue