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Abate
subside or moderate
Aberrant
abnormal or deviant
Abeyance
suspended action
Abscond
depart secretly and hide
Abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking
Admonish
warn; reprove
Adulterate
make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
Aesthetic
artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
Aggregate
gather; accumulate
Alacrity
cheerful promptness; eagerness
Alleviate
relieve
Amalgamate
combine; unite in one body
Ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning
Ambivalence
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
Ameliorate
improve
Anachronism
something or someone misplaced in time
Analogous
comparable
Anarchy
absence of governing body; state of disorder
Anomalous
abnormal; irregular
Antipathy
aversion; dislike
Apathy
lack of caring; indifference
Appease
pacify or soothe; relieve
Apprise
inform
Approbation
approval
Appropriate (v.)
acquire; take possession of for one's own use
Arduous
hard; strenuous
Artless
without guile; open and honest
Ascetic
practicing self-denial; austere
Assiduous
diligent
Assuage
ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
Attenuate
make thin; weaken
Audacious
daring; bold
Austere
forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
Autonomous
self-governing
Aver
state confidently
Banal
hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality
Belie
contradict; give a false impression
Beneficent
kindly; doing good
Bolster
support; reinforce
Bombastic
pompous; using inflated language
Boorish
rude; insensitive
Burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
Burnish
polish
Buttress
support; prop up
Cacophonous
discordant; inharmonious
Capricious
unpredictable; fickle
Castigation
punishment; severe criticism
Catalyst
agent that brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged
Caustic
burning; sarcastically biting
Chicanery
trickery; deception
Coagulate
thicken; congeal; clot
Coda
concluding section of a musical or literary composition
Cogent
convincing
Commensurate
equal in extent
Compendium
brief, comprehensive summary
Complaisant
trying to please; obliging
Compliant
yielding; conforming to requirements
Conciliatory
reconciling; soothing
Condone
overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse
Confound
confuse; puzzle
Connoisseur
person competent to act as a judge of art, etc.; a lover of an art
Contention
claim; thesis
Contentious
quarrelsome
Contrite
penitent
Conundrum
riddle; difficult problem
Converge
approach; tend to meet; come together
Convoluted
coiled around; involved; intricate
Craven
cowardly
Daunt
intimidate; frighten
Decorum
propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
Default
failure to act
Deference
courteous regard for another's wish
Delineate
portray; depict; sketch
Denigrate
belittle or defame; blacken
Deride
ridicule; make fun of
Derivative
unoriginal; obtained from another source
Desiccate
dry up
Desultory
aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
Deterrent
something that discourages; hindrance
Diatribe
bitter scolding; invective
Dichotomy
split; branching into two parts (esp. contradictory ones)
Diffidence
shyness
Diffuse
wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas)
Digression
wandering away from the subject
Dirge
lament with music
Disabuse
correct a false impression; undeceive
Discerning
mentally quick and observant
Discordant
not harmonious; conflicting
Discredit
defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve
Discrepancy
lack of consistency; difference
Discrete
separate; unconnected
Disingenuous
lacking genuine candor; insincere
Disinterested
unprejudiced
Disjointed
disconnected
Dismiss
eliminate from consideration; reject
Disparage
belittle
Disparate
basically different; unrelated
Dissemble
disguise; pretend
Disseminate
distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds)
Dissolution
breaking of a union; decay; termination
Dissonance
discord; opposite of harmony
Distend
expand; swell out
Distill
purify; refine; concentrate
Diverge
vary; go in different directions from the same point
Divest
strip; deprive
Document
provide written evidence
Dogmatic
opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
Dormant
sleeping; lethargic; latent
Dupe
somone easily fooled
Ebullient
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
Eclectic
selective; composed of elements drawn from disparate sources
Efficacy
power to produce a desired effect
Effrontery
insolent boldness; temerity
Elegy
poem or song expressing lamentation
Elicit
draw out by discussion
Embellish
adorn; ornament; enhance, as a story
Empirical
based on experience
Emulate
imitate; rival
Endemic
prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country
Enervate
weaken
Engender
cause; produce
Enhance
increase; improve
Ephemeral
short-lived; fleeting
Equanimity
calmness of temperament; composure
Equivocate
intentionally mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
Erudite
learned; scholarly
Esoteric
hard to understand; known only to the chosen few
Eulogy
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
Euphemism
mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
Exacerbate
worsen; embitter
Exculpate
clear from blame
Exigency
urgent state; demand or requirement
Extrapolation
projection; conjecture
Facetious
joking (often inappropriately); humorous
Facilitate
help bring about; make less difficult
Fallacious
false; misleading
Fatuous
foolish; inane
Fawning
courting favor by cringing and flattering
Felicitous
apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
Fervor
glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
Flag (v.)
droop; grow feeble
Fledgling
inexperienced
Flout
reject; mock
Foment
stir up; instigate
Forestall
prevent by taking action in advance
Frugality
thrift; economy
Futile
useless; hopeless; ineffectual
Gainsay
deny
Garrulous
loquacious; wordy; talkative
Goad
urge on
Gouge
overcharge
Grandiloquent
pompous; bombastic; using high-sounding language
Gregarious
sociable
Guileless
without deceit
Gullible
easily deceived
Harangue
long, passionate, and vehement speech
Homogenous
of the same kind
Hyperbole
exaggeration; overstatement
Iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
Idolatry
worship of idols; excessive admration
Immutable
unchangeable
Impair
injure; hurt
Impassive
without feeling; imperturbable; stoical
Impede
hinder; block
Impermeable
impervious; not permitting passage through its substance
Imperturbable
calm; placid
Impervious
impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
Implacable
incapable of being pacified
Implicit
understood but not stated
Implode
burst inward
Inadvertently
unintentionally
Inchoate
recently begun; rudimentary; elementary
Incongruity
lack of harmony; absurdity
Inconsequential
insignificant; unimportant
Incorporate
introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite
Indeterminate
uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
Indigence
poverty
Indolent
lazy
Inert
inactive; lacking power to move
Ingenuous
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
Inherent
firmly established by nature or habit
Innocuous
harmless
Insensible
unconscious; unresponsive
Insinuate
hint; imply; creep in
Insipid
lacking in flavor; dull
Insularity
narrow-mindedness; isolation
Intractable
unruly; stubborn; unyielding
Intransigence
refusal of any compromise; stubbornness
Inundate
overwhelm; flood; submerge
Inured
accustomed; hardened
Invective
abuse
Irascible
irritable; easily angered
Irresolute
uncertain how to act; weak
Itinerary
plan of a trip
Laconic
brief and to the point
Lassitude
languor; weariness
Latent
potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden
Laud
praise
Lethargic
drowsy; dull
Levee
earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding
Levity
lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity
Log
record of a voyage or flight; record of day-to-day activities
Loquacious
talkative
Lucid
easily understood; clear; intelligible
Luminous
shining; issuing light
Magnanimity
generosity
Malingerer
one who feigns illness to escape duty
Malleable
capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable
Maverick
rebel; nonconformist
Mendacious
lying; habitually dishonest
Metamorphosis
change of form
Meticulous
excessively careful; painstaking; scrupulous
Misanthrope
one who hates mankind
Mitigate
appease; moderate
Mollify
soothe
Morose
ill-humored; sullen; melancholy
Mundane
worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday
Negate
cancel out; nullify; deny
Neophyte
recent convert; beginner
Obdurate
stubborn
Obsequious
slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic
Obviate
make unnecessary; prevent problems
Occlude
shut; close
Officious
meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services
Onerous
burdensome
Opprobrium
infamy; vilification
Oscillate
vibrate pendulumlike; waver
Ostentatious
showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
Paragon
model of perfection
Partisan
one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
Pathological
related to the study of disease; diseased or markedly abnormal
Paucity
scarcity
Pedantic
showing off learning; bookish
Penchant
strong inclination; liking
Penury
severe poverty; stinginess
Perennial
something long-lasting
Perfidious
treacherous; disloyal
Perfunctory
superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm
Permeable
penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through
Pervasive
spread throughout
Phlegmatic
calm; not easily disturbed
Piety
devoutness; reverence for God
Placate
pacify; conciliate
Plasticity
ability to be molded
Platitude
trite remark; commonplace statement
Plethora
excess; overabundance
Plummet
fall sharply
Porous
full of pores, like a sieve
Pragmatic
practical (as opposed to idealistic)
Preamble
introductory statement
Precarious
uncertain; risky
Precipitate
rash; premature; hasty; sudden
Precursor
forerunner
Presumptuous
overconfident; impertinently bold; taking liberties
Prevaricate
lie
Pristine
characteristic of earlier times; primitive, unspoiled
Probity
uprightness; incorruptibility
Problematic
doubtful; unsettled; questionable; perplexing
Prodigal
wasteful; reckless with money
Profound
deep; not superficial; complete
Prohibitive
tending to prevent the purchase or use of something; inclined to prevent or forbid
Proliferate
grow rapidly; spread; multiply
Propensity
natural inclination
Propitiate
appease
Propriety
fitness; correct conduct
Proscribe
ostracize; banish; outlaw
Pungent
stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
Qualified
limited; restricted
Quibble (n.)
minor objection or complaint
Quiescent
at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
Rarefied
made less dense [of a gas]
Recalcitrant
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
Recant
disclaim or disavow
Recluse
hermit; loner
Recondite
difficult to understand; profound; secret
Refractory
stubborn; unmanageable
Refute
disprove
Relegate
banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
Reproach
express disapproval or disappointment
Reprobate
scoundrel; person lacking moral principles
Repudiate
disown; disavow
Rescind
cancel
Resolution
determination
Resolve (n.)
determination; firmness of purpose
Reticent
reserved; uncommunicative; inclined to silence
Reverent
respectful; worshipful
Sage
person celebrated for wisdom
Salubrious
healthful
Sanction (v.)
approve; ratify
Satiate
satisfy fully
Saturate
soak thoroughly
Savor
enjoy; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality
Secrete
hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism
Shard
fragment, generally of pottery
Skeptic
doubter; person who suspends judgment until having examined the evidence supporting a point of view
Solicitous
worried; concerned
Soporific
sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
Specious
seemingly reasonable, but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
Spectrum
colored band produced when a beam of light passes through a prism
Sporadic
occurring irregularly
Stigma
token of disgrace; brand
Stint (v.)
be thrifty; set limits
Stipulate
make express conditions; specify
Stolid
dull; impassive
Striated
marked with parallel bands; grooved
Strut (1)

Strut (2)
pompous walk

supporting bar
Subpoena
writ of summoning a witness to appear
Subside
settle down; descend; grow quiet
Substantiate
establish by evidence; verify; support
Supersede
cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
Supposition
hypothesis; surmise
Tacit
understood; not put into words
Tangential
peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing
Tenuous
thin; rare; slim
Tirade
extended scolding; denunciation; harangue
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
Volatile
changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
Warranted
justified; authorized
Wary
very cautious
Welter
turmoil; bewildering jumble
Whimsical
capricious; fanciful
Zealot
fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal