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abate
v. to lessen in intensity, decrease; R: a-(ad) to
Because she didn't want to serve for life, her wanted the judge to abate his charges.
aberrant
adj. abnormal; R: ab- wander
Non-divorced parents are aberrant in today's society.
abeyance
n. suspended action, inactivity, dormant, latent
During the abeyance of the opera, people huddled outside to smoke a quick cig before returning to Act 3.
abscission
n. removal
The abscission of cancerous cells diminishes the likelihood of proliferation
abscond
v. depart secretly and hide (clandestinely)
Because she knew she wouldn't be missed if she left early, she absconded.
abstemious
adj. sparing in eating/drinking
Because her diet was abstemious, she worried that she might be anorexic.
admonish
v. warn; reprove
She admonished her daughter that its unsafe to walk alone at night.
adulterate
v. reduce purity
aesthetic
adj. dealing w/ arts
aggregate
v. gather, accumulate
alacrity
n. eagerness
alleviate
v. relieve
amalgamate
v. combine
ambiguous
adj. unclear/doubtful
ambivalence
n. contradicting emo attitudes
ameliorate
v. improve
anachronism
n. out of historical/chronological context
apotheosis
n. diefication, glorification, perfect example
approbation
n. approval or praise
appropriate
v. take as own
arduous
adj. strenuous
artless
adj. w/o guile, natural, w/o artificiality
ascetic
n. practice self denial
assauge
v. lessen, pacify
assiduous
adj. hard-working
attenuate
v. rarefy, weaken, lessen
audacious
adj. daring, fearless, bold
austere
adj. w/o adornment, bare, simple
autonomous
adj. self governing
aver
v. state as fact, confirm, support
banal
adj. commonplace, unoriginal
belie
v. misrepresent
beneficent
adj. kindly, doing good
bolster
v. provide support
bombastic
adj. vain
boor
n. rude, insensitive
burgeon
v. rapid growth, flourish
burnish
v. polish
levity
n. not serious (joking), frivolity
buttress
n. support
loquacious
adj. talkative
laconic
adj. using few words
lassitude
n.weariness
latent
adj. potential but underdeveloped, hidden
laud
v. praise highly
lethargic
adj. drowsy, dull
levee
n. earth/stone to prevent flooding
lucid
adj. intelligible, clear
luminous
adj. brightness, light, clear
magnanimity
n. generosity
malingerer
n. one who fakes illness to escape duty
malleable
adj. capable of being shaped by pounding, impressionable
maverick
rebel, nonconformist
mendacious
adj. lying, dishonest
meticulous
adj. excessively careful
misanthrope
n. one who hates mankind
mitigate
v. appease, moderate
mollify
v. soothe
morose
adj. ill-humored, sullen, meloncholy
mundane
adj. worldly, secular, everyday
negate
v. cancel out, nulify, deny
neophyte
n. recent convert, novice
obdurate
adj. stubborn
obsequious
adj. slavishly attentive, servile, sycophantic
obviate
v. make unnecessary, get rid of
occlude
v. shut, close
officious
adj. meddlesome, excessively pushy in offering one's services
An officious person is persistent
onerous
adj. burdonsome
opprobrium
n.infamy, vilification, evil
oscillate
v. vibrate pendulumlike, waver
ostentatious
adj. showy
harangue
long passionate speech
homogeneous
adj. of same kind
hyperbole
n. exaggeration, overstatement
jejune
adj. uninteresting, immature, lacking nutrition
list
v. tilt or lean to side
lachrymose
adj. causing tears
limn
v. draw, outline in detail
libertine
n. unrestrained by morality
labile
adj. readily open to change, unstable
lumber
v. move heavily/clumsily
jocose
adj. given to joking, humorous
jibe
v. agree, accord
limpid
adj. transparent, simple, untroubled
sage
n. person celebrated for wisdom
salubrious
adj. healthful
sanction
v. approve, ratify
secrete
v. hide away, release substance
shard
n. fragment
skeptic
n. doubter
solicitous
adj. worried, concealed
soporific
adj. sleep causing
specious
adj. seeming reasonable, but incorrect, misleading
stigma
n. token of disgrace, brand
stint
v. be thrifty, set limits, n. supply, allotted time, assigned portion of work
stipulate
v. specify
stolid
adj. dull, impassive
strut
v. pompous walk, n. supporting bar
subpoena
n. writ summoning witness to appear
substantiate
v. verify, support
supersede
v. cause to set aside, replace
supposition
n. hypothesis, surmise
gainsay
v. deny
garrulous
adj. loquacious, talktative
goad
v. urge on
gouge
v. overcharge, tear out
grandiloquent
adj. pompous, bombastic, using high sounding language
gregarious
adj. sociable
guileless
adj. w/o deceit
gullible
adj. easily deceived
frugality
n. thrift, economy
fledgling
adj. inexperienced
fervor
n. glowing ardor, intensity of feeling, passion
fatuous
adj. foolish, inane
flout
v. reject, mock
facetious
adj. joking (often inappropriately), humorous
foment
v. stir up, instigate
fallacious
adj. false, misleading
futile
adj. useless, hopeless, ineffectual
fawning
adj. courting favor by cringing and flattering
flag
v. droop, grow feeble
facilitate
v. help bring about, make less difficult
felicitous
adj. apt, suitably expressed, well chosen
daunt
v. intimidate, frighten, discourage
don-tuh
decorum
n. proper, orderliness and good taste in manners
dee-core-um
default
n. failure to act
deference
n. submission to other's wishes
de-fe-rr-ense; S=honor; state of postponing
delineate
v. portray, depict, sketch
dih-lin-E-ate
denigrate
v. blacken
den-ih-grate
deride
v. ridicule
dih-ride
derivative
adj. unoriginal
dih-riv-eh-tive
desiccate
v. dry up
deh-sick-ate
desultory
adj. aimless, random
deh-sull-tori; her desultory speech confused us because she kept jumping from topic to topic
deterrent
n. something that discourages, hinderance
diatribe
n. bitter scolding, invective
diffidence
n. shyness
diffuse
adj. wordy, rambling, spread out
digression
n. wandering away from
dirge
n. lament(expression of grief) w/ music
disabuse
v. correct false impression, undeceive
away from deception
discerning
adj. mentally quick and observant, having insight
discordant
adj. not harmonious, conflicting
discrete
adj. separate, unconnected
disingenuous
adj. not naïve, sophisticated
disinterested
adj. unprejudice
disjointed
adj. disconnected
disparage
v. belittle
disparate
adj. basically different, unrelated
dissemble
v. disguise, pretend
dissolution
n. disintegration, looseness in morals
dissonance
n. discord, opposite of harmony
distill
v. purify, refine, concentrate
dogmatic
adj. opinionated, arbitrary, doctrinal
dormant
adj. sleeping, lethargic, latent
dupe
n. someone easily fooled
divest
v. strip, deprive
disseminate
v. distribute, spread, scatter
cacophonous
adj. discordant
capricious
adj. fickle
castigation
n. punishment, severe criticism
caustic
adj. burning, sarcastically biting
chicanery
n. trickery, deception
coda
n. conclusing section of musical/literary comp
cogent
adj. convincing
commensurate
adj. equal in extent
compendium
n. abstract, summary
complaisant
adj. trying to please, make perfect
concillatory
adj. reconciling, soothing
condone
v. overlook, forgive, give tacit approval
connoisseur
n. person competent to act as judge of art, art lover
contention
n. claim, thesis
contentious
adj. quarrelsome
contrite
adj. penitent, expressing remorse for one's sins
conundrum
n. riddle, difficult problem
convoluted
adj. coiled around, involved, intricate, complicated
craven
adj. cowardly
ebullient
adj. enthusiastic
eclectic
adj. selective, composed of elements drawm from disparate (different) sources
efficacy
n. power to produce desired effect
effrontery
n. shameless boldness
elegy
n. poem/song expressing lamentation (grief)
elicit
v. draw out by discussion
embellish
v. adorn, ornament, enhance
empirical
adj. based on experience
emulate
v. initate, rival
endemic
adj. specific group or region
enervate
v. weaken
engender
v. cause, produce
enhance
v. increase, improve
ephemeral
adj. short-lived, fleeting
equanimity
n. calm temperment, composure
equivocate
v. lie, mislead
erudite
adj. learned, scholarly
esoteric
adj. hard to understand, known only to chosen few
eulogy
n. expression of praise
euphemism
n. mild expression in place of unpleasant one
exacerbate
v. worsen, embittler
exculpate
v. clear from blame
exigency
n. urgent situation
extrapolation
n. projection, conjecture (hypothesize)
iconoclastic
adj. attacking cherished traditions
impair
v. injure, hurt
impassive
adj. w/o feeling, imperturbable, stoical
impede
v. hinder, block
impermeable
adj. impervious, not permiting passage
imperturbable
adj. calm, placid
impervious
adj. impenetrable, incapable of being damaged/distressed
implacable
adj. incapable of being pacified
implicit
adj. understood but not stated
implode
v. burst inward
inadvertently
adj. unintentionally, by oversight, carelessly
inchoate
adj. recently begun, rudimentary, elementary
incongruity
n. discord, absurdity
inconsequential
adj. insignificant, unimportant
indeterminate
adj. uncertain, not clearly fixed, indefinite
indigent
n. adj. poor/poverty
indolent
adj. lazy
inert
adj. inactive, lacking power to move
ingenuous
adj. naïve, trusting, young, unsophisticated
inherent
adj. firmly established by nature/habit
innocuous
adj. harmless
insensible
adj. unconscious, unresponsive
insinuate
v. hint, imply, creep in
insipid
adj. lacking in flavor, dull
tacit
adj. understood, not put into words
tangential
adj. peripheral, only slightly connected, digressing
tenuous
adj. thin, rare, slim
tirade
n. extended scolding, denunciation, harangue
torpor
n. lethargy, sluggishness, dormancy
tortuous
adj. winding, full of curves
tractable
adj, docile, easily managed
transgression
n. violation of law, sin
truculence
n. aggressiveness, ferocity
vacillate
v. waver, fluctuate
venerate
v. revere, regard w/ deep respect
veracious
adj. truthful
verbose
adj. wordy
viable
adj. practical/workable, capable of maintaining life
viscous
adj. sticky
vituperative
adj. abusive, scolding
volative
adj. changeable, explosive, evaporating quickly
qualified
adj. limited, restricted
quibble
n. minor objection/complaint
quiescent
adj. at rest, dormant, temporarily inactive
rarefied
adj. made less dense (of a gas)
recalcitrant
adj. obstinately stubborn, determined to resist authority, unruly
recant
v. disclaim/disavow, retract prev. statement, confess error
recluse
n. hermit, loner
recondite
adj. abstruse, profound, secret
refractory
adj. stubborn, unmanageable
refute
v. disprove
relegate
v. banish to inferior position, delegate, assign
reproach
v. express disapproval/disappointment
reprobate
n. person hardened by sin, devoid of a sense of decency
repudiate
v. disown, disavow
rescind
v. cancel
resolution
n. determination
resolve
n. determination, firmness of purpose
reticent
adj. reserved, uncommunicative, inclined toward silence
reverent
adj. respectful, worshipful
insularity
n. narrowminded, isolation
intractable
adj. unruly, stubborn, unyielding
intrasigence
n. refusal of any compromise, stubborn
inundate
v. overwhelm, flood, submerge
inured
adj. accustomed, hardened
invective
n. abuse
irascible
adj. irritable, easily angered
irresolute
adj. uncertain how to act, weak
paragon
n. model of perfection
partisan
adj. one-sided, prejudiced, committed to a party
pathological
adj. pertaining to disease
paucity
n. scarcity
pedantic
adj. showing off learning, bookish
penchant
n. strong inclination, liking
penury
n. severe poverity, stinginess
perennial
n. something longlasting
perfidious
adj. treacherous, disloyal
perfunctory
adj. superficial, not thorough, lacking interest care or enthusiasm
pervasive
adj. spread throughout
placate
v. pacity, conciliate
plasticity
n. ability to be molded
platitude
n. trite remark, common statement
plethora
n. excess, surplus
pragmatic
adj. practical
preamble
n. intro statement
precarious
adj. uncertain, risky
precipitate
adj. rash, premature, hasty, sudden
presumptuous
adj. arrogant, taking liberties
prevaricate
v. lie
pristine
adj. char of earlier times, primitive, unspoiled
probity
n. uprightness, incorruptibility
prodigal
adj. wasteful, reckless w. money
profound
adj. deep, not superficial, complete
proliferate
v. grow rapidly, spread, multiply
propensity
n. natural inclination
propitiate
v. appease
propriety
n. fitness, correct conduct
proscribe
v. ostracize, banish, outlaw
pungent
adj. stinging, sharp taste/smell, caustic