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diffidence
shyness
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
amalgamate
combine; unite in one body
ambivalence
state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
anachronism
something or someone misplaced in time
antipathy
aversion; dislike
apathy
lack of caring; indifference
apprise
inform
approbation
approval
artless
without guile; open and honest
ascetic
practicing self-denial
assiduous
diligent
assuage
ease or lessen
attenuate
make thin; weaken
audacious
daring; bold
banal
hackneyed; commonplace; trite
belie
contradict; give a false impression
beneficent
kindly; doing good
boorish
rude; insensitive
burnish
make shiny by rubbing; polish
cacophonous
discordant; inharmonious
capricious
unpredictable; fickle
castigation
severe criticism; punishment
coagulate
thicken; congeal; clot
cogent
convincing
commensurate
equal in extent
compendium
brief, comprehensive summary
compliant
yielding; conforming to requirements
conciliatory
reconciling; soothing
confound
confuse; puzzle
contention
a struggle between or among people or ideas; strife; argument
contentious
quarrelsome
craven
cowardly
daunt
intimidate; frighten
default
failure to act
deference
courteous regard for another's wish
delineate
portray; depict; sketch
denigrate
to deny the worth of;
sneer at;
belittle
deride
ridicule; make fun of
desultory
aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
dirge
lament with music
discerning
mentally quick and observant; having insight
dichotomy
split; branching into two parts
disingenuous
not naive; sophisticated
disinterested
unprejudiced
disparage
belittle
dissonance
discord; opposite of harmony
distend
expand; swell out
divest
strip; deprive
eclectic
selective
efficacy
power to produce desired effect
elicit
draw out by discussion
empirical
based on experience
equanimity
calmness of temperament; composure
equivocate
lie; mislead; attempt to conceal truth
erudite
learned; scholarly
esoteric
hard to understand; known only to the chosen few
euphemism
a mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
exacerbate
worsen; embitter
exingency
urgent situation
extrapolation
projection; conjecture
facetious
joking(often inappropriately)
fatuous
foolish; inane
felicitous
apt; suitable expressed; well chosen
fervor
glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
fledgling
inexperienced
foment
stir up; instigate
futile
useless; hopeless; ineffectual
gainsay
deny
goad
urge on
gouge
overcharge
gregarious
sociable
guileless
without deceit
hyperbole
exaggeration; overstatement
immutable
unchangeable
impede
hinder; block
imperturbable
calm; placid
impervious
impenetrable, incapable of being damaged or distressed
inchoate
recently begun; rudimentary; elementary
incongruity
lack of harmony; absurdity
indigence
poverty
indolent
lazy
ingenuous
naive and trusting; unsophisticated
innocuous
harmless
insipid
lacking in flavor
insularity
narrow-mindedness; isolation
intractable
unruly; stubborn; hard to manage
intransigence
refusal of any compromise; stubbornness
inundate
overwhelm; flood
inured
accustomed; hardened
invective
abuse
irascible
irritable; easily angered
laconic
brief and to the point
lassitude
languor; weariness
latent
potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden
laud
praise
levity
lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity
lucid
easily understood; clear; intelligible
magnanimity
generosity
malingerer
one who feigns illness to escape duty
mendacious
lying; habitually dishonest
misanthrope
one who hates mankind
mitigate
appease; moderate
mollify
soothe
morose
ill-humored; sullen; melancholy
mundane
worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday
neophyte
recent convert; beginner
obdurate
stubborn, unyielding
obsequious
slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic
obviate
anticipate and make unnecessary; get rid of
occlude
shut; close; block
officious
meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services
onerous
burdensome
opprobrium
infamy; vilification
ostentatious
showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
paragon
model of perfection
partisan
one-sided
pathological
pertaining to disease
paucity
scarcity
pendantic
showing off learning; bookish
penchant
strong inclination; liking
penury
severe poverty; stinginess
perennial
long-lasting
perfidious
treacherous; disloyal
perfunctory
superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm
pervasive
spread throughout
phlegmatic
calm; not easily disturbed
piety
devoutness; reverence for God
placate
pacify; conciliate
platitude
trite remark; commonplace statement
pragmatic
practical (as opposed to idealistic)
precarious
uncertain; risky
precipitate
rash; premature; hasty; sudden
prevaricate
lie
pristine
characteristic of earlier times; primitive, unspoiled
probity
uprightness; incorruptibility
prodigal
wasteful; reckless with money
proliferate
grow rapidly; spread; multiply
propitiate
appease
propriety
fitness; correct conduct
proscribe
ostracize; banish; outlaw
pungent
stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
qualified
limited; restricted
quiescent
at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
rarefied
made less dense (of a gas)
recalcitrant
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
recant
disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement
recondite
abstruse; profound; secret
refractory
stubborn; unmanageable
refute
disprove
relegate
banish to an inferior position; delegate
reproach
express disapproval or disappointment
reprobate
person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency
repudiate
disown; disavow
rescind
cancel
resolution
determination
resolve
determination; firmness of purpose
reticent
reserved; uncommunicative
reverent
respectful; worshipful
sage
person celebrated for wisdom
salubrious
healthful
sanction
approve; ratify
secrete
hidden away or cache
shard
fragment
solicitous
worried, concerned
soporific
sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
specious
seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading
stigma
token of disgrace; brand
stint
be thrifty; set limits
stipulate
express conditions; specify
stolid
dull, impassive
supposition
hypothesis; surmise
tacit
understood; not put into words
tenuous
thin; rare; slim
torpor
lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
tortuous
winding; full of curves
tractable
docile; easily managed
transgression
violation of a law; sin
truculence
aggressiveness; ferocity
vacillate
waver; fluctuate
venerate
revere
veracious
truthful
verbose
wordy
viable
practical or workable; capable of maintaining life
viscous
sticky; gluey
vituperative
abusive; scolding
warranted
justified; authorized
wary
very cautious
welter
turmoil; bewildering jumble
zealot
fanatic; excessive zeal