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abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
aberrant
deviating from what is normal or expected
abscond
to leave secretly
abstain
to choose not to do something
abyss
an extremely deep hole
adulterate
to make impure
advocate
to speak in favor of
aesthetic
concerting the appreciation of beauty
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence and reputation
alacrity
speed or quickness
alleviate
to make more bearable
amalgamate
to combine, to mix together
ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain, can be interpreted several ways
ameliorate
to make better to improve
anachronism
something our of place in time
analogous
similar or alike in some way
anomaly
deviation from what is normal
antagonize
to annoy or provoke to anger
antipathy
extreme dislike
apathy
lack of interest or emotion
apocryphal
of questionable authority or authenticity
approbation
approval and praise
arbitrary
determined by chance or impulse
arbitrate
to judge a dispute between to opposing parties
archaic
ancient, old-fashioned
ardor
intense and passionate feeling
articulate
able to speak clearly and expressively
assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate
reduce in force or degree
audacious
fearless and daring
austere
severe or stern in appearance
banal
predictable, clichéd, boring
bolster
to support, prop up
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
burgeon
to grow and flourish
burnish
to polish
cacophony
harsh, jarring noise
candid
impartial and hones in speech
capricious
changing one’s mind quickly and often
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
catalyst
something that brings about a change in something else
caustic
biting in wit
chaos
great disorder or confused situation
chauvinist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group that he or she belongs to
chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
circumspect
cautious, aware of potential consequences
coalesce
to grow together to form a single whole
cogent
convincing and well-reasoned
condone
to overlook, pardon, or disregard
connoisseur
a person with expert knowledge or discriminating tastes
convoluted
intricate and complicated
corroborate
supporting evidence
credulous
too trusting
crescendo
steadily increasing in volume or force
decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct
deference
respect, courtesy
deride
to speak of or treat with contempt, to mock
desiccate
to dry out thoroughly
desultory
jumping from one thing to another
diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech
diffident
lacking self-confidence
dilate
to make larger, expand
dilatory
intended to delay
dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
dirge
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
disabuse
set right, free from error
discern
to perceive or recognize
disparate
fundamentally different
dissemble
to present a false appearance, to disguise one’s real intentions or
dogma
a firmly held opinion, especially a religious belief
dogmatic
dictatorial in one’s opinions
dissonance
a harsh and disagreeable combination, especially of sounds
dupe
to deceive or a person who is easily deceived
eclectic
selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
efficacy
effectiveness
elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech
eloquent
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
embellish
beautify something; to add ornamental or fictitious details
emulate
to copy
enervate
to reduce in strength
engender
to produce, cause, or bring about
enigma
a puzzle, a mystery
enumerate
to count, list itemize
ephemeral
lasting a short time
equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
erratic
wandering and unpredictable
erudite
learned, scholarly, bookish
esoteric
known or understood only by a few
estimable
admirable
eulogy
speech in praise of someone
euphemism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
exacerbate
to make worse
exculpate
to clear from blame, prove innocent
exigent
urgent
exonerate
to clear of blame
explicit
clearly stated or shown
fanatical
acting excessively enthusiastic, filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion
fawn
to grovel
fervid
intensely emotional, feverish
florid
excessively decorated or embellished
foment
to arouse or incite
fortuitous
happening by chance, fortunate
frugality
tending to be thrifty or cheap
garrulous
tending to talk a lot
gregarious
outgoing, sociable
guile
deceit, trickery
gullible
easily deceived
homogenous
of a similar kind
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed
impervious
impossible to penetrate
impetuous
quick to act without thinking
implacable
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
inchoate
not fully formed, disorganized
ingenuous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
inimical
hostile, unfriendly
innocuous
harmless
insipid
lacking interest or flavor
intransigent
uncompromising, refusing to be reconciled
inundate
to overwhelm, to cover with water
irascible
easily made angry
laconic
using few words
lament
to express sorrow, to grieve
lassitude
tireness and apathy; a state of diminished energy
latent
potential that is not readily apparent
laud
to give praise, to glorify
lavish
extremely generous or extravagant
lethargic
acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
loquacious
talkative
lucid
clear and easily understood
luminous
bright, brilliant glowing
malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
malleable
capable of being shaped
metaphor
a figure of speech comparing two different things, a symbol
meticulous
extremely careful about details
misanthrope
a person who dislikes others
mitigate
to soften, to lessen
mollify
to calm or make less severe
monotony
no variation, tediously the same
naive
lacking sophistication or experience
obdurate
hardened in feeling, resistant to persuasion
obsequious
overly-submissive and eager to please
obstinate
stubborn, unyielding
obviate
to make something unnecessary; to prevent
occlude
to stop up, prevent the passage of
onerous
troublesome and oppressive
opaque
impossible to see through, preventing the passage of light
opprobrium
public disgrace
ostentation
excessive showiness
paradox
a contradiction or dilemma
paragon
model of excellence or perfection
pedant
someone who shows off learning
perfidious
willing to betray one’s trust
perfunctory
done in a routine way
permeate
to penetrate
pervade
to spread throughout; to be present throughout, to permeate
philanthropy
charity, a desire or effort to promote goodness
phlegmatic
calm and unemotional in temperament
placate
to soothe or pacify
plastic
able to be molded, altered or bent
plethora
excess
pragmatic
practical as opposed to idealistic
precipitate
done or acting rashly; hurried; sudden; make something happen quickly; to throw violently or bring about abruptly
prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
pristine
fresh and clean, uncorrupted
probity
complete honesty and integrity
proclivity
a natural inclination or predisposition
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
proliferate
to increase in number quickly
propitiate
to conciliate, to appease
propriety
acting in a proper, manner, obeying rules and customs
prudence
wisdom, caution or restraint
pungent
sharp and irritating to the senses
quiescent
motionless
rarefy
to make thinner or sparser
repudiate
to reject the validity of
reticent
silent, reserved
rhetoric
effective writing or speaking
satiate
to satisfy fully or overindulge
soporific
causing sleep or lethargy
specious
deceptively attractive
stigma
a mark of shame or discredit
stolid
showing no emotion; unconditional, lacking sensitivity
sublime
lofty or grand
tacit
done without using words
taciturn
silent, not talkative
tirade
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
transitory
temporary, lasting a brief time
vacillate
to physically sway or to be indecisive
venerate
to respect deeply
verbose
wordy
vex
to annoy
viscous
thick and adhesive, like a slow flowing fluid
volatile
easily aroused or changeable
waver
to fluctuate between choices
whimsical
lightly acting in a fanciful or capricious manner
zeal
passion, excitement