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disparage
to belittle; to say uncomplimentary thinsg about
exacerbate
to make worse
assuage
to sooth; to pacify, to ease teh pain of; to relieve
desiccate
to dry out
proselytize
to convert(someone) from one religion or doctrine to another; to recruit converts to a religion or doctrine
impugn
to attack, especially to attack the truth or integrity of something
venerate
to revere; to reat as somehting holy
reproach
to scold, usually in disappointment; to blame; to disgrace
engender
to bring into existence; to creat, to cause
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
lampoon
to satirize; to mock; to parody
nullify
to make unimportant
transgress
to violate; to sin
enthrall
to thrill
abdicate
to step down from a position of power or responsibility
lament
to mourn
vex
to annoy; to pester; to confuse
mortify
to humiliate
succumb
to yield or submit; to die
chastise
to inflict punishment on; to discipline
scintillate
to sparkle, either literally or figuratively
espouse
to support; to advocate
ruminate
to contemplate; to ponder; to mull over
relegate
to banish; to send away
broach
to open up a subject for discussion, often a delicate subject
burgeon
to expand; to flourish
stigmatize
to brand with disgrace; set a mark of disgrace upon
enfranchise
to grant the privileges of citizenship
expedite
to speed up or ease the progress of
cajole
to persuade someone to do something he/she doesn't want to do
tout
to praise highly; to brag publicly about
concur
to agree
precipitate
to cause to happen abruptly
distend
to swell; to extend a great deal
expatriate
to throw someone out of his or her native land; to move away from one's native land; to emigrate
edify
to enlighten; to instruct
mediate
to help settle differences
sequester
to set or keep apart
reprove
to criticize mildly
discern
to have insight; to see thigns clearly; to discriminate
vacillate
to be indecisive
amass
to accumulate
coalesce
to come together as one; fuse; unite
disseminate
to spread the seeds of something; scatter; make widely known
mitigate
to moderate the effect of something
exonerate
to free completely from blame; to exulpate
recant
to publicly take back and deny; to openly confess error
polarize
to break up into opposing factions or groupings
subjugate
to subdue and dominate
obfuscate
to darken; to confuse; to make confusing
debauchery
wild living; excessive intemperance
aberration
something not typical; a deviation from the standard
surrogate
substitute
glut
surplus; overabundance
reprisal
a military action undertaken in revenge for another
narcissism
excessive love of one's body or oneself
penchant
a strong tast or liking for something
iconoclast
one who attacks popular beliefs
platitude
a dull or trite remark
nihilism
the belief that there are no values or morals in the universe
idiom
a peculiar expression
denizen
an inhabitant
ramification
a consequence; a branching out
tirade
a prolonged, bitter speech
epitome
a brief summary that captures the meaning of the whole; the perfect example of something
compendium
a summary; an abridgment
antithesis
the direct opposite
nostalgia
sentimental longing for the past; homesickness
nuance
a subtle difference or distinction
felicity
happiness; skillfulness
stricture
a restriction; a limitation
guile
cunning; duplicity; artfulness
panacea
something that cures everything
epigram
a brief and usually witty or satirical saying
idiosyncrasy
a peculiarity
hedoism
the pursuit of pleasure as a way of life
perfidy
treachery; treason; a violation of loyalty or faith
rancor
bitter, long-lasting ill will or resentment
catharsis
a purification that brings emotional relief or renewal
demagogue
a leader of the people, but more a rabble rouser
sedition
treason; the incitement of public disorder or rebellion
dilettante
someone with a superficial knowledge
rhetoric
the art of formal speaking or writing
bastion
stronghold; fortress; fortified place
husbandry
thrifty management of resources
legacy
something handed down from the past
magnate
a rich, powerful, or very sucessful business person
heyday
golden age; prime
aggregate
sum total
cynic
one who deeply distrusts human nature; one who believes humans are motivated only by selfishness
debacle
violent breakdown
paucity
scarcity
accolade
an award; an honor
chagrin
humiliation
burlesque
a ludicrous, mocking, or exaggerated imitation
arbiter
one who decides
volition
will
milieu
environment
blasphemy
irreverance
propriety
properness; good manners