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abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
aberrant
deviating from the norm
abscond
to steal off and hide
accolade
an expression of praise
acerbic
having a sour or bitter taste
acumen
accurate knowledge or insight
adulation
intense adoration
adulterate
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
aesthetic
appreciative of beauty
aggrandize
to increase; extend; make appear greater
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
alchemy
a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals
amalgamate
to combine several elements into a whole
ameliorate
to make better
amenable
agreeable
anachronism
something or someone out of place in terms of chronological context
anomaly
deviation from the normal order or rule; abnormality
approbation
an expression of approval or praise
archaic
outdated
arduous
strenuous
ascetic
one who practices rigid self- denial
assuage
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
astringent
harsh
audacious
daring and fearless
austere
severely simple
avarice
greed for wealth
aver
to confirm or support
axiom
a universally recognized principle
axiomatic
possessing self-evident truth
bombastic
pompous
bolster
to provide support
bombast
pompous writing or speech
bucolic
characteristic of rural areas
burgeon
to grow rapidly
cacophony
harsh sound
canon
an established set of principles or code of law
canonical
following or in agreement with traditional standards
capricious
changing one's mind impulsively
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
catalyst
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing
catalyst
a person or thing that causes change
caustic
burning or stinging
censure
to criticize severely
chary
cautious
chicanery
trickery
cogent
convincing
complaisance
the willingness to comply with the with the wishes of others
connoisseur
expert
contentious
argumentative
contiguous
sharing a border
contrite
regretful
convention
a generally agreed-upon practice
convoluted
complicated
credulous
gullible
culpable
deserving blame
cynicism
a belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
dearth
smallness of quantity
decorum
polite or appropriate conduct
demur
to question or oppose
derision
ridicule; scorn
desiccate
to dry out
diatribe
a harsh denunciation
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
dilettante
one with superficial interest in the arts
disabuse
to undeceive
discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh sound
discretion
ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
indifferent
disparage
to belittle
disparate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
dissemble
to mislead
divulge
to disclose something secret
dogmatic
stubbornly opinionated
ebullience
the quality of lively expression of thoughts or feelings
eccentric
departing from the norms
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
effrontery
extreme boldness
elegy
a mournful poem
eloquent
well spoken; expressive; articulate
emollient
making less harsh
empirical
based on experiment
endemic
often found in a particular locality or people
enervate
weaken; reduce in vitality
enigmatic
mysterious; difficult to understand
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
ephemeral
brief
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with deceptive intent
erudite
scholarly
esoteric
understood by a small group
eulogy
speech honoring dead
evanescent
vanishing
exacerbate
to make worse
exculpate
exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent
urgent
exonerate
to remove blame
extemporaneous
done without preparation
facetious
humorous
fallacy
a mistaken belief
fawn
to flatter
fervent
greatly emotional
Filibuster
intentional obstruction
flout
to demonstrate contempt for
fortuitous
happening by fortunate chance
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce
furtive
surreptitious
garrulous
talking too much
germane
relevant to the subject at hand
glib
superficial
grandiloquence
pompous speech
gregarious
sociable
hackneyed
commonplace by frequent usage
halcyon
peaceful
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech
hedonism
devotion to pleasurable pursuits
hegemony
the dominance of one state or ideology over others
heretical
violating accepted dogma
hubris
arrogant presumption or pride
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement
iconoclast
one who undermines traditional conventions
idolatrous
excessive devotion to something
imminent
about to happen
immutable
not capable of change
impassive
revealing no emotion
impecunious
without money
imperturbable
marked by extreme calm
impetuous
rashly energetic
implacable
not capable of being significantly changed
impunity
immunity from punishment
inchoate
not fully formed
incipient
beginning to come into being
indifferent
having no interest or concern
inert
lethargic
infelicitous
unfortunate
ingenuous
artless; lacking in sophistication
inimical
harmful
innocuous
harmless
insipid
bland
intractable
stubborn
intransigent
refusing to compromise
intrepid
courageous
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
inveigle
to obtain by deception
irascible
easily angered
laconic
using few words
laud
to praise highly
loquacious
extremely talkative
lucid
easily understood
luminous
characterized by brightness
magnanimity
being noble in mind and heart
malevolent
having ill-witted spite or hatred
malleable
capable of being shaped
martial
associated with war
maverick
independent individual who does not go along w/ a group
mendacity
dishonesty
mercurial
characterized by unpredictable change in mood
meticulous
attentive to detail
misanthrope
one who hates all humans
mitigate
to make less severe
mollify
to calm or soothe
morose
sad
mundane
of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
in early developmental stages
nebulous
vague
neologism
a new word or expression
neophyte
a beginner
noxious
harmful
obdurate
hardhearted
obfuscate
to make confusing
obsequious
exhibiting a flattering attentiveness
obstinate
stubborn
obtuse
lacking sharpness of intellect
obviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary
occlude
to obstruct or block
odious
evoking intense dislike
onerous
troubling
opaque
not reflecting light
opprobrium
disgrace
oscillation
swinging back and forth with steady rhythm
ostentatious
characterized by pretentiousness
paean
a song of praise
parody
a humorous imitation
pedagogy
the art of teaching or training
pedantic
excessive attention to formal rules
penurious
penny-pinching
penury
poverty
perfidy
treachery
perfunctory
done without care or interest
pernicious
extremely harmful
perennial
happening repeatedly
perspicacious
acutely perceptive
peruse
to examine with great care
pervade
to permeate throughout
pervasive
having tendency to permeate
phlegmatic
sluggish
pine
to yearn intensely
pious
showing strong religious devotion
pirate
to illegally use or produce
pith
the essential or central part
pithy
precise and brief
placate
to calm by making concessions
platitude
a superficial remark
plethora
an overabundance
plummet
to plunge or drop straight down
polemical
controversial
pragmatic
practical rather than idealistic
prattle
to babble meaninglessly
precipitate(a)
acting with excessive impulse
precipitate(v)
to cause or happen before anticipated
precursor
one that precedes or announces another
predilection
preference
preen
to dress up
prescience
foreknowledge of events
presumptuous
overstepping due bounds
prevaricate
to mislead
pristine
pure; uncorrupted
probity
adherence to highest principles
proclivity
a natural inclination
prodigal
extravagant
prodigious
extraordinary
profligate
excessively wasteful
profuse
extravagant
proliferate
to grow or increase abundantly
prolific
productive
propensity
a natural inclination
prosaic
dull
pungent
characterized by strong smell or taste
putrefy
to rot
quaff
to drink deeply
qualms
causes for hesitancy
queries
questions
querulous
quarrelsome
quiescence
stillness
quixotic
foolishly impractical
quotidian
occurring or recurring daily
rancorous
characterized by bitter resentment
rarefy
less dense; to make thin
recalcitrant
difficult to manage
recant
to retract
recondite
difficult to understand
redoubtable
worthy of honor
refulgent
radiant; shiny
refute
to disprove
relegate
to forcibly assign
renege
to go back on a promise
repudiate
to disown
rescind
to invalidate
reticent
reserved
reverent
marked by expressing a feeling of respect
rhetoric
the study of effective use of languages for communication
salubrious
promoting health or well-being
sanction
authoritative permission
satire
a literary work that ridicules
sedulous
diligent
shard
a piece of broken glass
solicitous
eager
solvent
able to dissolve another substance; able to meet financial obligations
soporific
causing drowsiness
sordid
characterized by filth or grime
sparse
thin; not dense
specious
seeming true
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
sporadic
occurring only occasionally
spurious
false
squalid
sordid
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
at rest
stoic
unaffected by please or pain
stupefy
to stun or amaze
stymie
to block
subpoena
a court order requiring appearance
subtle
not obvious; elusive
succinct
brief; concise
superfluous
exceeding what is necessary
supplant
to take the place of
surfeit
excess
synthesis
the combination of parts to make a whole
tacit
implied
tenacity
persistence to something valued
tenuous
flimsy
terse
brief and concise in wording
tirade
extremely critical speech
toque
a force that causes rotation
torpid
lethargic; sluggish
tortuous
excessively complicated
tout
to publicly praise or promote
transient
passing quickly
trenchant
keen
truculent
fierce and cruel
ubiquitous
existing everywhere
unfeigned
not false or hypocritical
untenable
indefensible
urbane
elegant
vacillate
to waver indecisively
variegated
multicolored
veracity
honesty
vexation
annoyance
vigilant
alertly watchful
vilify
to defame
virulent
extremely harmful or poisonous
viscous
thick; sticky
vituperate
to use harsh condemnatory language
volatile
changeable
voracious
ravenous
waver
to sway
zealous
fervent; ardent