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zealot
n. fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal
surpass
v. exceed
consensus
n. general agreement
deprecate
v. express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
disdain
v. view with scorn or contempt
reticence
n. reserve; uncommunicativeness; inclination to silence
astute
adj. wise; shrewd; keen
compliance
n. readiness to yield; conformity in fulfilling requirements
prudent
adj. cautious; careful
immutable
adj. unchangeable
eloquence
n. expressiveness; persuasive speech
reprove
v. censure; rebuke
scrutinize
v. examine closely and critically
gravity
n. seriousness
extricate
v. free; disentangled
ambiguous
adj. unclear or doubtful in meaning
laud
v. praise
pervasive
adj. pervading; spread throughout every part
nurture
v. nourish; educate; foster
austere
adj. forbiddingly stern; severely simple
verbose
adj. wordy
ambivalence
n. the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
flagrant
adj. conspicuously wicked; blatant; outrageous
notoriety
n. disrepute; ill fame
stagnant
adj. motionless; stale; dull
quandary
n. dilemma
satirical
adj. mocking
ephemeral
adj. short-lived; fleeting
hierarchy
n. arrangement by ranking or standings; authoritarian body divided into ranks
euphemism
n. mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
divergent
adj. differing; deviating
preclude
v. make impossible; eliminate
superficial
adj. trivial; shallow
superfluous
adj. unnecessary; excessive; overabundant
diminution
n. lessening; reduction in size
hedonist
n. one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life
scrupulous
adj. conscientious; extremely thorough
levity
n. lack of seriousness; lightness
ironic
adj. resulting in an unexpected and contrary outcome
coercion
n. use of force to get someone to obey
concise
adj. brief and compact
placate
v. pacify; conciliate
conciliatory
adj. reconciling; soothing
incite
v. arouse to action
affirmation
n. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath
disseminate
v. distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds)
contentious
adj. quarrelsome
intrepid
adj. fearless
virtuoso
n. highly skilled artist
adultaion
n. flattery; admiration
haughtiness
n. pride; arrogance
recluse
n. hermit; loner
anarchist
n. person who seeks to overturn the established government; advocate of abolishing authority
embellish
v. adorn; ornament
explicit
adj. totally clear; definite; outspoken
rancor
n. bitterness; hatred
somber
adj. gloomy; depressing; dark; drab
criterion
n. standard used in judging
renounce
v. abandon; disown; repudiate
partisan
adj. one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
homogeneous
adj. of the same kind
pretentious
adj. ostentatious; pompous; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious
ponderous
adj. weighty; unwieldy
condone
v. overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse
sanction
v. approve; ratify
corroborate
v. confirm; support
repudiate
v. disown; disavow
disparity
n. difference; condition of inequality
ascetic
adj. practicing self-denial; austere
prodigal
adj. wasteful; reckless with money
relegate
v. banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
mitigate
v. appease; moderate
cursory
adj. casual; hastily done
equivocal
adj. ambiguous; intentionally misleading
terse
adj. concise; abrupt; pithy
innovation
n. change; introduction of something new
furtive
adj. stealthy; sneaky
ingenious
adj. clever; resourceful
rectify
v. set right; correct
extol
v. praise; glorify
apathy
n. lack of caring; indifference
pacifist
n. one oppose to force; antimilitarist
eulogy
n. expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
constraint
n. compulsion; repression of feelings
lethargic
adj. drowsy; dull
altruistic
adj. unselfishly generous; concerned for others
philanthropist
n. lover of mankind; doer of good
cajole
v. coax; wheedle
digression
n. wandering away from the subject
extraneous
adj. not essential; superfluous
innocuous
adj. harmless
trubulence
n. state of violent agitation
exacerbate
v. worsen; embitter
hamper
v. obstruct
deride
v. ridicule; make fun of
reprehensible
adj. deserving blame
insipid
adj. lacking in flavor; dull
taciturn
adj. habitually silent; talking little
pragmatic
adj. practical; concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
malicious
adj. hateful; spiteful
fervor
n. glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
decorum
n. propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
fanaticism
n. excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause
materialism
n. preoccupation with physical comforts and things
alleviate
v. relieve
meticulous
adj. excessively careful; painstaking
advocate
v. urge; plead for
predecessor
n. former occupant of a post
fallacious
adj. false; misleading
incongruous
adj. not fitting; absurd
rhetorical
adj. pertaining to effective communication; insincere in language
duplicity
n. double-dealing; hypocrisy
pessimism
n. belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess
transient
adv. momentary; temporary; staying for a short time
aesthetic
adj. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciation of the beautiful
proximity
n. nearness
frivolous
adj. lacking in seriousness; self-indulgently carefree; relatively unimportant
reprimand
v. reprove severely; rebuke
profound
adj. deep; not superficial; complete
censure
v. blame; criticize
gregarious
adj. socialble
oblivion
n. obscurity; forgetfulness
ostentatious
adj. showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
incorrigible
adj. not correctable
piety
n. religious devotion; godliness
frugality
n. thrift; economy
capricious
adj. unpredictable; fickle
inane
adj. silly; senseless
articulate
adj. effective; distinct
benevolent
adj. generous; charitable
prevalent
adj. widespread; generally accepted
listless
adj. lacking in spirit or energy
abstract
adj. theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational
rebuttal
n. refutation; response with contrary evidence
vacillate
v. waver; fluctuate
opaque
adj. dark; not transparent
precocious
adj. advanced in development
heresy
n. opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion
emulate
v. imitate; rival
instigate
v. urge; start; provoke
innate
adj. inborn
srevile
adj. slavish; cringing
adversary
n. opponent
exonerate
v. acquit; exculpate
censorious
adj. critical
conflagration
n. great fire
discordant
adj. not harmonious; conflicting
substantiate
v. establishing by evidence; verify; support
garrulous
adj. loquacious; wordy; talkative
sycophant
n. servile flatterer; boot licker; yes-man
volatile
adj. changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
commemorate
v. honor the memory of
peripheral
marginal; outer
refute
v. disprove
inherent
adj. firmly established by nature or habit
mundane
adj. worldly as opposed to spiritual; everday
enigma
n. puzzle; mystery
dismiss
v. put away from consideration; reject
succinct
adj. brief; terse; compact
exemplary
adj. serving as a model; outstanding
retract
v. withdraw; take back
conviction
n. judgment that someone is guilty of a crime; strongly held belief
induce
v. persuade; bring about
despondent
adj. depressed gloomy;
esoteric
adj. hard to understand; known only to a chosen few
presumptuous
adj. overconfident; impertinently bold; taking liberties
discerning
adj. mentally quick and observant; having insight
acclaim
v. applaud; announce with great approval
credulity
n. belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivete
impede
v. hinder; block; delay
elusive
adj. evasive; baffling; hard to grasp
skeptic
n. doubter; person who suspends judgment until the evidence supporting a point of view has been examined
morose
adj. ill-humored; sullen; melancholy
guile
n. deceit; duplicity; wiliness; cunning
exhaustive
adj. thorough; comprehensive
brevity
n. conciseness
exuberance
n. overflowing abundance; joyful enthusiasm; flamboyance; lavishness
enhance
v. increase; improved
denounce
v. condemn; criticize
miserly
adj. stingy; mean
redundant
adj. superfluous; repetitious; excessively wordy
disinclination
n. unwillingness
surreptitious
adj. secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
profane
v. violate; desecrate; treat unworthily
opportunist
n. individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances
opulence
n. extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance
disperse
v. scatter
delineate
n. portray
vilify
v. slander
arbitrary
adj. capricious; randomly chosen; tyrannical
belie
v. contradict; give a false impression
adversity
n. poverty; misfortune
usurp
v. seize another's power or rank
discrepancy
n. lack of consistency; difference
abridge
v. condensed or shorten
hypocritical
adj. pretending to be virtuous; decieving
cryptic
adj. mysterious; hidden; secret
eclectic
adj. composed of elements drawn from disparate sources
depravity
n. extreme corruption; wickedness
profusion
n. overabundance; lavish expenditure
erudite
adj. learned; scholarly
expedient
adj. suitable; practical; political
hypothetical
adj. based on assumptions or hypothesis; supposed
indict
v. charge
venerate
v. revere
dogmatic
adj. opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
fastidious
adj. difficult to please; squeamish
inundate
v. overwhelm; flood; submerge
autonomous
adj. self-governing
ascendancy
n. controlling influence; domination
undermine
v. weaken; sap
proliferation
n. rapid growth; spread; multiplication
impair
v. injure; hurt
deterrent
n. something that discourages; hindrance
prolific
adj. abundantly fruitful