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ameliorate
make better; improve
detriment
injury; damage; 'a detriment to your health'
folly
foolishness; foolish action or undertaking
impediment
something that hinders/obstructs
indolent
lazy
invalid
not binding in law
noncarcinogenic
non-cancer-producing
parsimonious
stingy; cheap
raze
demolish
reticent
uncommunicative; inclined to be secretive or silent
subvert
overthrow from the foundation; undermine
tractable
easily led, taught, or controlled; docile
ebullient
very enthusiastic; exuberant
exhort
urge; advise strongly
gall
annoy; irritate mentally
inane
lacking significance or sense; pointless; silly
indemnify
compensate for loss, damage, or injury
Occident
west; countries of America and Europe
peruse
read; study
scuffle
struggle at close quarters; wrestle
spurn
thrust aside w/ disdain or contempt; reject
stipend
fixed pay for services; salary
tepid
lukewarm
wager
risk (something) in a bet
wane
decrease in power or size
abhorrent
(followed by 'to') loathsome; abominable
admonish
reprove gently but seriously; caution
ambrosial
extremely pleasing to taste or smell; delicious
ephemeral
lasting one day only; short-lived
haggle
dispute or argue over price; bargain
immerse
1. plunge or place into a liquid; dip
2. engross; absorb
insomnia
inability to sleep
lapse
1. slip; error; trivial fault
2. interval
probe
critical inquiry into suspected illegal activity
render
hand down officially; deliver (as a verdict)
repast
meal
score
group or set of 20
snub (n)
(n) rebuff; insult
suture
strand or fiber used to sew parts of living body
acquit
1. relieve from an accusation; pronounce not guilty
2. perform one's part
consign
give, transfer, or deliver, as if by signing over
effrontery
shameless boldness; temerity
forbearance
refraining; leniency, patience
hamper
interfere with; hinder; impede
nettlesome
irritating; causing annoyance
oblivious
(followed by 'of') forgetful; not aware
prodigious
extraordinary in amount or size
residue
whatever is left after a part is taken, disposed of, or gone
salutary
favorable to health; curative
scrutinize
examine very closely; inspect
supersede
force out of use; replace
unruffled
not upset or agitated; calm
withdraw
1. take back; remove
2. draw back; retreat
blissful
very happy
buoyant
1. cheerful
2. able to float
complacent
too pleased with oneself, unaware of the dangers; self-satisfied
conviviality
sociability
elation
euphoria
frolic
play and run about happily
jubilation
rejoicing; exultation
supersede
fource out of use; replace
unruffled
calm; unflustered
unwieldy
hard to wield because of size or weight
withdraw
1.take back; remove
2.retreat
bliss
perfect happiness
blithe
1. merry; joyous
2. heedless; neglectful
buoy
keep afloat; raise the spirits of
convivial
fond of eating and drinking w/ friends; sociable
delectable
very pleasing; delightful
ecstasy
state of overwhelming joy
elated
in high spirits; joyful
gala
characterized by festivity
jocund
merry; cheerful
jubilant
showing great joy; rejoicing
ascetic
shunning pleasures; self-denying
chagrin (n)
embarrassment; mortification
compunction
regret; remorse
contrite
showing deep regret and sorrow for wrongdoing
dejected
sad; in low spirits; depressed
disconsolate
cheerless; inconsolable
disgruntled
in bad humor; displeased; discontented
doleful
causing grief or sadness; mournful
glum
moody; gloomy
lament
mourn; deplore
maudlin
weakly sentimental and tearful
nostalgia
homesickness
pathos
quality in events or art that arouses our pity
pensive
thoughtful in a sad way; melancholy
plight
unfortunate state; predicament
poignant
painfully touching; piercing (figurative)
sullen
resentfully silent; glum; gloomy
throes
anguish; pangs
burly
stongly and heavily built (masculine)
buxom
plump and attractive (feminine)
attenuate
make thin; weaken (physical appearance)
emaciated
made unnaturally thin; abnormally lean because of starvation or illness
haggard
careworn; gaunt
lank
lean; ungracefully tall; lanky
svelte
slender; lithe
blandishment
word or deed of mild flattery
cajole
persuade by pleasant words; coax
fulsome
offensive because of insincerity;
ingratiate
work (oneself) into favor
lackey
follower who carries out another's wishes like a servant
obsequious
showing excessive willingness to serve
sycophant
parasitic flatterer
apiary
place where bees are kept
aviary
place where birds are kept
badger
tease; annoy; nag
halcyon
calm; peaceful (not applied to living things)
lionize
treat as highly important
menagerie
place where animals are kept and trained
molt
shed feathers, skin, hair etc.
ornithology
study of birds
parasite
animal, plant, or person living on others
scavenger
animal or person removing refuse, decay, etc.
antidote
remedy for poison or evil
astringent(adj)
1. severe, stern
2. causing contraction
benign
1. not dangerous
2. gentle; kindly
convalesce
recover health after illness; recuperate
lesion
injury; hurt (skin or outer covering)
malignant
1. threatening to cause death
2. very evil
morbid
1. gruesome
2. having to do with disease
regimen
set of rules; especially to improve health
salubrious
healthful
therapeutic
curative
toxic
poisonous
virulent
1. extremely poisonous; deadly; venomous
2. very bitter
acclaim
welcome with approval; applaud loudly
eulogize
praise; laud; glorify
kudos
fame or praise due to achievement
laudable
praiseworthy; commendable
plaudits
applause; enthusiastic praise
derogatory
expressing low esteem; belittling
imputation
charge, esp. an unjust or false charge; accusation
libel
false defamatory printed or written statement
malign
speak evil of
slander
false defamatory spoken statement
stigmatize
brand with a mark of disgrace
banter
playful teasing; joking
caricature
drawing, imitation, or description that ridiculously exaggerates peculiarities or defects
droll
odd and laughter-provoking
facetious
1. in the habit of joking
2. said in jest without serious intent
flippant
treating serious matters lightly
harlequin
buffoon; clown
hilarity
noisy gaiety; jollity; glee
jocose
given to jesting; playfully humorous
levity
lack of proper seriousness
ludicrous
exciting laughter; ridiculous
parody
humorous imitation
sarcasm
sneering and often ironic language intended to hurt feelings
sardonic
bitterly sarcastic
satiric/satirical
given to or expressing satire (language or writing that exposes follies by ridiculing them)
travesty
imitation that makes a serious thing seem ridiculous; mockery