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actuate
Motivate
adjuration
Solemn urging
adventitious
accidental; casual
agog
highly excited; intensily curious
alimentary
supply nurishment
allay
calm; pacify
amenable
readily managed; willing to be led
aplumb
poise; assurance
apocryphal
spurious; not authentic
apothegm
pithy; compact saying
application
dilligent attention
aria
operatic solo
asunder
into parts; apart
auspicious
favoring success
barefaced
shameless; bold; unconcealed
baroque
highly ornate
bawdy
indecent; obscene; ribald
beholden
obligated; indebted
belabor
explain or go over excessively; assail verbally
bemused
confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
beset
harrass or trouble; hem in
besmirch
soil; defile
blandish
cojole; coax with flatery
blowhard
talkative boaster
bluff
rough but good natured
bowdlerize
expurgate; clean offensive parts
brook
tolerate; endure
cant
insincere expression of piety; jargon of theives
captious
faultfinding
contravene
contradict; oppose; break (the law)
controvert
oppose with arguments; refute; contradict
contumacious
disobedient; resisting authority
compunction
remorse
cull
pick out; reject
deprecate
express disapproval; protest against ; belittle
desultory
aimless; haphazard; digressing at random; not keen
diaphonous
sheer; transparent
distrait
inattentive; distracted by anxiety
dote
be excessively fond of; uncritical; show mental decline
dulcet
sweet sounding
edify
instruct, correct morally
effete
lacking vigor; worn out; sterile
ennui
boredom
epigram
witty thought or saying; usually short
excrable
very bad
ewe
female sheep
execrate
curse; express abhorance
expostulation
protest; remonstrance
extenuate
weaken; mitigate
factitious
artificial; sham
fastidious
difficult to please; squeamish
feckless
febble and ineffective; careless; useless
felicitous
apt; suitibly expressed
felicity
happiness; approriate
fell
cruel; deadly
forbearance
patience
forswear
renounce; abandon
froward
difficult to deal with; stubborn
fulminate
denounce thunderously; explode
furtive
stealthy; sneeky
gall
annoy; chafe
gauche
clumsy and uncouth
gaunt
thin; barren
guffaw
boisterous laughter
gull
trick; hoodwink
halcyon
calm; peaceful
horatory
encouraging; exhortive
hovel
shack; small house
immolate
offer as a sacrifice
impecunious
without money
impetuous
violent; hasty; rash
impetus
moving force; incentive
imponderable
cant be assessed
importunate
urging; demanding
impugn
dispute or contradict
inexorable
relentless; unyeilding
iniqitous
wicked; immoral
inordinate
unrestrained; excessive
inscrutable
impenetrable; not readily understood; mysterious
invective
abuse
inveigh
denounce; censure; invective
inviolable
secure from corruption, attack, or violation
irreproachable
blameless; impeccable
jaunt
trip or short journey
junta
cabal
knave
untrustworthy person; rouge; scoundrel
lascivious
lustful
legerdemain
sleight of hand
lithe
flexible; supple
lugubrious
mournful
macabre
gruesome; grisly
magnate
person of prominence or influence
malady
illness
malfeasance
wrongdoing
manifold
numerous; varied
mannered
affected
manumit
free from bondage
matrix
point of orgin; mold or die; array of #'s
mealymouthed
indirect in speech, hyocritical; evasive
medley
mixture
meretricious
flashy; tawdry
mincing
affectedly dainty; delicate, beutiful
miscreant
wretch; villian
missive
letter
mordant
biting; sarcastic
mortify
humiliate
mote
small speck
montebank
charlatan
natty
neatly or smartly dressed
nettle
annoy; vex
nonplus
perplex, and bring to a halt
nostrum
questionable medicine
nugatory
futile; worthless
oblique
indirect; slanting
obloquy
slander; disgrace; infamy
obtuse
blunt; stupid
odium
detestation; hatefullness
ominous
threatening
opulence
extreme wealth
orthography
correct spelling
ostensible
apparent; proffessed; pretended; not sincere
overweening
arrogant; presumptuous
pall
grow tiresom
palliate
ease pain; make less severe
paltry
insignificant; petty
pan
criticize harshly
panegyric
formal praise
parlance
language; jargon
parquete
floor mad of would strips in a mosaic like pattern
pathos
tender sorrow; pity; quality of art that brings about these
pecuinary
pertaining to money
pejorative
negative in connotation; belittling
peregrination
journey
pernicious
very distructive
peroration
conclusion of an orration
perspicacious
astute
perspicuity
clearness of expression; not ambiguous
pert
insolent; rude; forward
pestilential
causing plauge; baneful
petulant
touchy; peevish
philatelist
stampcollecter
philology
study of language
pillory
punish; subject to criticism
pine
languish; yearn for
pinion
restrain
pith
core; essensce
pithy
consice;meaningful
plenary
complete; not qualified
ponderous
weighty; unwieldy
postulate
self evident truth
poultice
soothing application applied to sore
prate
speak foolishly; boast idly
preclude
make impossible; eliminate
precocious
advanced in development
preen
make oneself tidy
prefatory
introductory
prim
very precise and formal
privation
hardship; wont
privy
secret
prolixity
verbosity; wordy
prophylactic
prevents disease
propitious
favorable
prosaic
dull and unimaginitive; factual
prosody
art of making verse
prurient
having lustful thoughts
putative
supposed; reputed
quaff
drink with relish
querulous
whining
queue
line
rakish
stylish; sporty
recondite
abstruse; profound; secret
recriminations
countercharges
redolent
fragrent
regatta
boat race
rent
rip
repine
fret; complain
reprobation
severe disapproval
requite
repay revenge
retinue
following
retiring
modest; shy
rococo
highly ornate
rostrum
pulpit; platform
rote
repitition
rue
regret; mourn
sallow
sickly in color; yellow
sartorial
pertaining to tailors
scad
a great quantity
scotch
hinder; thwart
scurvy
despicable
scuttle
sink
seine
net for catching fish
sententious
terse; conscise; preachy
sheaf
bundle of stalks
sibyilne
prophetic; ornacular
sinecure
well paid position with little responsibility
skinflint
stingy person
skulduggery
dishonest behavior
skulk
move furtively and secretly
slake
quench
slovenly
untidy
spate
sudden flood
staid
sober; sedate
stint
thrifty
stodgy
stuffy; boringly conservateve
stricture
critical comments
sublimate
refine; purify
suborn
persuade to act unlawfully
succor
aid; assist; comfort
sunder
seperate; part
sundry
various; several
supercilious
arrogant; condescending
supererogatory
superfluous; more than needed
suppliant
entreating; beseeching
surreptiitious
secret; furtive; sneaky
syllogism
specious argument
tarry
delay
tautological
neelesly repetitive
temporize
act evasively to gain time
tendentious
biased; having an aim
tiller
handle of a boat rutter
tipple
drink (alcohol) frequently
traduce
expose to slander
transport
strong emotion
tumid
swollen; pompous
turgid
swollen; distended
umbrage
resentment; anger
uncuous
insincerly suave; sycophantic
unexceptionable
not offering basis for comparison; entirely acceptable
unobtrusive
not blatent
unrequited
not reciprocated
unwonted
unaccustomed
vagary
caprice; whim
vapid
dull; insipid
venal
capable of being bribed
venial
forgivable; trivial
verbiage
pompous array of words
verve
enthusiasm
vicissitude
change of fortune
vitiate
spoil the effect of; make inoperable
whelp
young dog; wolf; tiger
winsome
agreeable; gratious
wont
custom; habitual procedure
yen
longing; urge