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absetmious
moderate, temperate, abstinent
abhor
to regard with horror or loathing, detest
hoard
a hidden supply for stored or future use, a cache
presumptuous
going beyond what is proper, excessively forward
subtle
so slight as to be difficult to detect, clever, astruse
taint
to contaminate, spoil
plateau
an elevated, level expanse of land; a relatively stable period
replete
abundantly supplied, filled to satiation
superfluous
more than is wanted or needed, unecessary, excessive
surfeit
excess, overindulgence
ambiguous
open to more than one interpretations; doubtful or uncertain
apathy
lack of interest or concern; impassiveness
precarious
dangerously lacking in security or stability
skeptical
marked by or given to doubt; questioning
vacillate
to sway from one side to the other, oscillate
paucity
scarcity, insufficiency
penchant
inclination: decided taste: a strong liking
philanthropy
the effort to increase the well-being of humankind
prodigal
wastefully extravagant; lavish or profuse
spendthrift
one who spends money recklessly or wastefully
utility
the quantity or condition of being useful
versatile
having varied uses or serving many functions
exploit
an act or deed, especially a brillaint or heroic one
integrity
steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code
anomalous
deviating from the general rule, an irregularity
paradox
a seemingly contradictory statement that nonetheless expresses a truth. for example "a place of innocence ruled by corruption"
decorum
proper behavior, appearance, or speech
eclectic
choosing from a variety of sources
aesthetic
appealing to the sense of beauty
pragmatic
practical, down to earth.
satiate
to satisfy (an appetite or desire) fully
condescending
to talk down to someone, to behave in a patronizing manner
gregaious
friendly, outgoing, people who like groups
affable
friendly, outgoing, people who like groups
amiable
friendly, outgoing, people who like groups
elated
really happy, great joy
ecstatic
really happy, great joy
exuberant
really happy, great joy
exhilarated
really happy, great joy
ebullient
really happy, great joy
exultant
really happy, great joy
jubilant
really happy, great joy
ephermeral
very short-lived, brief
evanescent
very short-lived, brief
transient
very short-lived, brief
fleeting
very short-lived, brief
lethargic
sluggish and thus lacks energy and vitality
wan
sluggish and thus lacks energy and vitality
evervated
sluggish and thus lacks energy and vitality
languid
sluggish and thus lacks energy and vitality
indolent
sluggish and thus lacks energy and vitality
torpid
sluggish and thus lacks energy and vitality
phlegmatic
sluggish and thus lacks energy and vitality
elucidate
to clarify, to explain in great detail
explicate
to clarify, to explain in great detail
expound
to clarify, to explain in great detail
obstinate
very stubborn, unyielding, totaly rigid
intractable
very stubborn, unyielding, totaly rigid
recalcitrant
very stubborn, unyielding, totaly rigid
obdurate
very stubborn, unyielding, totaly rigid
intransigent
very stubborn, unyeilding, totally rigid
diatribe
to stronly denounce, a sharp verbal put down
tirate
to stronly denounce, a sharp verbal put down
harangue
to stronly denounce, a sharp verbal put down
scrutinize
to carefully examine
rancourous
bitterness, resentment, ill will
suffuse
to be covered with
servile
to act in an overly submissive manner,, to be a toady
fawning
to act in an overly submissive manner,, to be a toady
obsequious
to act in an overly submissive manner,, to be a toady
egregious
outstandingly bad, as an egregiouis error
revere
to show great honor, reverence
venerate
to show great honor, reverence
flippant
lack of respect or seriousness
impertinent
lack of respect or seriousness
irreverent
lack of respect or seriousness
venal
dishonest, corrupt
anachronism
an error in chronology, a chonological misplacement o fpersons, events, or objects
demystify
to make less baffling, less confusing
atypical
uncommon, unusual, not typical
athiest
someone who is "without" God; who does not believe in God
amorphous
without shape or form
atrophy
the conditon of wasting away or withering away from lack of nourishment
anomaly
an abnormality or departure form the norm
acronym
a word resulting from the beginning letter or letters of a compound term; as NATO or SCUBA
acrophobia
an abnormal fear of great heights or high places
acropolis
the high part of the ancient Greek city, fortified so as to protect the main part of the city
acrobat
a person who performs great feats or stunts requiring physical strength
amicable
characterized by or showing friendliness
amity
peaceful relations
amiable
good natured, friendly affable
cordial
warm and friendly, from the heart
accord
agreement. as in your hearts are like one
discord
lack of harmony, disagreement
cordon
a ribbon or cord worn diagonally across the chest as a badge of honor
ambidextrous
using both hands with equal ability
ambivalent
experiencing both affection and hostility at the same time for someone
ambivert
one who finds satisfaction both within himself and the outside world
ambiguity
a condition of having more than one possible meaning
ambition
a strong desire or drive to succeed or achieve somethign
antecedent
to go before in time, order, or place, to precede
antemeridian
literally, that which comes before the middle of the day, A.M.
anteroom
a room used as an entrance to another room/rooms
antebellum
the period before the civil war 1820-60
antidiluvian
the period or era before the biblical flood
antonym
a word directly oppositte in meaining to another word
antipathy
a feeling of dislike or aversion; antonym of sympathy
antifreeze
a liquid capaple of resisting coldness or freezing
antithesis
direct oppositte
antiquate
to make obsolete or old-fashioned, not new
aquatic
growing or living in or near water
aqueduct
a pipe or channel to transport water
acqueaous
of, relating to, or resembling water
aquifer
a water bearing stratum of permeable rock, sand, gravel
benefit
anything that enhances well-being
benevolent
kindly, full of good will
benefactor
one who does good giving finacial or other aid
beneficiary
person named to receive proceeds or benefit
benediction
the invocation of a blessing usually a the end of a service
benign
a gentle disposition, showing kindness or gentleness
intersect
to cut into or inbetween
interstate
taking place between or among different states
intervene
to come between
intermontane
between the mountains
intercede
to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition: to intercede with the governor for a condemned man.
interject
to insert between other things: to interject a clarification of a previous statement
intermediate
being, situated, or acting between two points, stages, things, persons, etc
interrupt
to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.).
intramural
taking place within the same walls
intrastate
taking place within the same state
introspect, introspection
to look within or into; to examine one's own mind
introduce
to make acquainted formally, to bring into use
intravenous
within the vein
introvert
. a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings , shy
proceed
to go forward in an orderly or regulated way
profuse
to pour forth liberally in great abundance
promote
to advance forward in station, rank, honor
propel
to drive forward or onward by means of a force taht imports motion
proponent
advocate, one who argues for something
recant
to go against or withdraw from a statement
recapitulate
to repeat the principle points or statements of, to summarize
recede
to move backwards or away
repel
to drive away
recidivist
a habitual criminal; one who returns to crime
reiterate
to say or do over again
sequester
to seperate by withdrawing into seclusion
segregate
to seperate or isolate from others or from a main body or group
separate
to keep apart; divide; disunite
secede
to withdraw formally from membership in an organization, association, or alliance
baker's dozen
thirteen
bicentennial
200th anniversary
brace
two of a kind; pair; couple
centenarian
one who is 100 or older
decade
period of ten years
decathlon
track and field contest consisting of ten events
decimate
destroy ten or more percent, or a large portion of
dichotomy
division in two, split
fathom
measure of water depth equaling 6 feet
millenium
period of 1000 years
pentagon
plane figure of five sides and five angles
plurality
number of votes by which a winning candidate exceeds that of the runner up
quadrennial
occuring or being done every four years
quadruped
four footed animal
score
group of twenty, twenty
sesquicentennial
150th anniversary
sexagenarian
one who is at least sixty but less than seventy
tithe
one tenth, or tenth part, or something paid as a contribution or tax to support a religious establishmetn
treble
multiply by three, triple
triumvirate
ruling body of three: troika
acrophobia
abnormal feer of being in high places
audiophile
one especially interested in high fidelity sound production
balletomania
craze for acquiring books, especially rare ones
bibliophile
lover of books
bibliophobia
strong dislike of books
claustrophobia
dread of being in closed or narrow spaces
dipsomaniac
person with an uncontrollable craving for alcoholic beverages
germanophobe
person who intenesly fears or dislikes germany or the germans
kleptomaniac
one who has a persistent neurotic impulse to steal, though not in need
mania
exaggerated enthusiasm, craze; mad impulse
megalomania
mental disorder characterized by fantasies of grandeur, power, wealth, etc
monomania
derangement of the mind on one subject only
phobia
abnormal and persistent fear, dislike, or hatred
photophillic
light-loving; requiring abundant light
photophobia
painfully sensitive to light
pyromaniac
person having an insane impulse to start fires
russophobia
abnormal dislike of russia and and the russians
xenophobia
fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers
photophobic
shunning light, light-hating
monograph
learned treatise on a particular subject; scholarly article
monologue
lengthy talk by one person
monorail
railway whose cars are supported on a single rail
monosyllabic
having one syllable
monotonous
tiersome because of lack of variety
multifaceted
having may aspects
multilateral
having may sides; participated in by more than two participants
multimedia
involving the use of two or more media
multinational
having subsidiaries or operatioins in several countries
polygamist
person married to two or more mates at the same time
polyglot
person who speaks or writes in several languages
polymath
person of great and divesrsified learning
polytechnic
providing instruction in many technical arts and applied sciences
polythiestic
believing in more than one god
unanimous
being of one and the ame opinion, showing complete agreement
unicameral
consisting of or having one legislative chamber
uniform
always the same; not varying in form, degree, or matter
unilateral
involving or affecting one side only; one sided
unique
bieng the only one of its kind, highly unusual
unisex
not disguishable as male or female; designged for both sexes
hyperacidity
excessive acidity, especially in the stomach
hyperactive
extremely active
hypercritical
excessively fault finding: captioius
hypersensitive
abnormally sensitive
hypertension
abnormally high blood pressure
hypodermic
smal syringe with a hollow needle for making injections beneath the skin
hypoglycemic
an abnormally low concentration of sugar in the blood
hyposensitize
to make less sensitive
hypotension
abnormally low blood pressure
hypothermia
subnormal body temp
subaqueous
underwater
subcutaneous
being, living, or introduced beneath the skin
sublethal
insufficient to cause death
submarginal
below minimal standards; inadequate for some end; unproductive
subservient
useful in an "under" or subordinate capacity; excessively submissive
supererogatory
beyond the requirements of duty; performed to an extent not demanded
supernatural
beyond what is natural or observable; not explainable by the laws of nature
supernumerary
exceeding the standard or precribed number, extra
superficial
over or on the surface only,; not profound or thourough
supersonic
having a speed beyond that of sound
bagatelle
trifle, something of little value or importance
exacerbate
make more severe or violent, aggravate
forbearance
self control, patience
garrulous
talking too much about unimportant things, loquatcious, talkative
moment
importance, consequence
penchant
strong leaning; fondness; liking
reconcile
make friendl again, settle, adjust
refractory
hard to control; resisting authority, unruly
slatternly
dirty, untidy, slovenly
transistory
lasting a short time only; temporary, short lived
venial
forgivable, pardonable, excusable
veracity
truthfulness; honesty
supernatural
beyond what is natural or observable; not explainable by the laws of nature
supernumerary
exceeding the standard or precribed number, extra
superficial
over or on the surface only,; not profound or thourough
supersonic
having a speed beyond that of sound
bagatelle
trifle, something of little value or importance
exacerbate
make more severe or violent, aggravate
forbearance
self control, patience
garrulous
talking too much about unimportant things, loquatcious, talkative
moment
importance, consequence
penchant
strong leaning; fondness; liking
reconcile
make friendl again, settle, adjust
refractory
hard to control; resisting authority, unruly
slatternly
dirty, untidy, slovenly
transistory
lasting a short time only; temporary, short lived
venial
forgivable, pardonable, excusable