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abated
verb: to lessen
aberration
noun: a deviation
abeyance
noun: the condition of being temporally suspended
abjure
verb: to give up or abstain from, often under oath
abraded
verb: to wear down
abrogate
verb: to do away with
abscond
verb: to sneak off and hide away
abstemious
adjective: to eat or drink moderately
accretion
noun: the act of increasing in growth or size
acrimonious
adjective: bitter or harsh
acquisitiveness
adjective: having a strong desire to own
admonish
verb: to scold
adroit adjective
: skillful
aesthete
noun: a person who is highly sensitive to beauty
affability
noun: the quality of being friendly
aggrandized
verb: to make greater, especially in wealth or power
ail
verb: to feel sick
amalgamate
verb: to mix or combine
ambivalent
adjective: indifferent or having mixed feelings
amelioration
noun: the act of making better or improving
amenable
adjective: obedient and responsive to authority
anodized
verb: to cover metal with an oxide
anomaly
noun: something unusual or differing from the norm
antiquated
adjective: old or useless
apathy
noun: indifference or lack of interest
arabesque
noun: a complex pattern or design
arboreal
adjective: relating to trees
ardor
noun: intense emotion, usually of enthusiasm or love
ascribe
verb: to attribute to a source or a cause
asperity
noun: condition of being rough or harsh
assuage
verb: to relieve
atonement
noun: to make amends
audacious
adjective: bold and daring
austere
adjective: simple, spare, unadorned
avarice
noun: greed
aver
verb: to affirm or prove
avow
verb: to declare openly
belligerent
adjective: hostile and difficult
beseech
verb: to urgently request
bombast
noun: pretentious words
boor
noun: a crude person lacking culture and refinement
bourgeois
noun: people of the middle class
brevity
noun: condition of being brief in duration
buoyant
adjective: tending to float OR being light-hearted and merry
burgeon
verb: to grow or blossom
burnish
noun: to make smooth and bright by polishing
cacophony
noun: a harsh sound or sounds
cadge
verb: to beg
capricious
adjective: unpredictable and uncertain
castigate
verb: to punish severely
caustic
adjective: corrosive OR sharp and biting
cavern
noun: a cave
centrifuge
noun: a device used to simulate conditions in space
chary
adjective: cautious
churlish
adjective: vulgar and ungracious
coagulant
noun: something that causes a liquid to solidify
coalesce
verb: to come together as one
cogent
adjective: valid or convincing
cognizance
noun: awareness
cohort
noun: a group of people or friends
complaisance
noun: the act of obliging to pleasing others
consternation
noun: the state of being paralyzed with fear
contentiously
adjective: provoking debate or quarrels
conviviality
adjective: enjoying social interaction
convoluted
adjective: coiled together OR complicated
cordon
noun: a line of people or objects around a specific area
corona
noun: a ring around a celestial body, especially the sun and moon
corpuscle
noun: a microscopic particle, most often a cell
corroborative
adjective: tending to confirm with evidence
covert
adjective: secret
covet
verb: to want or desire
covetous
adjective: having a strong desire to own
cower
adjective: to curl up in fear
craven
adjective: cowardly
credence
noun: acceptance of a belief as truth
credulous
adjective: gullible; willing to believe
culpability
adjective: worthy of blame
curmudgeon
noun: an ill-tempered person, often penny-pinching and stubborn
decimation
noun: the act of destroying or killing a large population
deference
noun: yielding to the wishes or opinions of others
demagogue
noun: a leader who uses the emotions of the people to achieve power
dereliction
noun: abandonment or neglect
deride
verb: to mock or ridicule
derision
noun: ridicule
desiccant
noun: a medicine used fro drying up a sore
desiccate
verb: to dry out
despotic
adjective: characteristic of a ruler with absolute power
destitute
adjective: lacking, especially regarding money
desultory
adjective: moving or skipping from one thing to another
diction
noun: word choice in writing
diffidence
noun: the state of being shy and untrusting
dilate
verb: to expand
diminutive
adjective: extremely small
dirge
noun: a mournful song
discern
verb: to understand the difference
discordant
adjective: conflicting
disingenuous
adjective: insincere
disinter
verb: to exhume a grave
disparage
verb: to belittle and dishonor
disparate
adjective: completely different
disputatious
adjective: inclined to dispute or disagree
dissemble
verb: to hide or conceal using a false appearance
dissipation
noun: the act of breaking up and scattering
dissonance
noun: sound that lacks of harmony
distillate
noun: a liquid produced by evaporation during distillation
divestiture
noun: the act of stripping or selling off
dolt
noun: an idiot
dross
noun: waste or refuse
dubious
adjective: doubtful
efficacy
noun: effectiveness
effrontery
adjective: offensively bold
elegy
adjective: a poem of mourning
elucidating
verb: explaining or clarifying
emit
verb: to give off
emollient
noun: something that softens the skin
emulate
verb: to imitate
encapsulate
noun: to put in a capsule
encomium
noun: praise
enervate
verb: to remove courage or nerve
engender
noun: to create or procreate
ennui
noun: boredom
enigmatic
adjective: like a puzzle
entreat
verb: to ask for with sincerity
ephemeral
adjective: very brief in duration, usually only one day
epithet
noun: a descriptive word or phrase
equivocal
adjective: possible meaning two different things; vague or doubtful
erudition
noun: extensive knowledge
esoteric
adjective: known by only a few
ethos
noun: the spirit and character of a community
excoriation
noun: the act of chafing the skin
exculpate
verb: to acquit or clear of blame
exigent
adjective: needing necessary, immediate action
extant
adjective: the opposite of extinct; still existing
extol
verb: to praise
extrapolate
verb: to use past knowledge to hypothesize or estimate
extricable
adjective: able to be freed from entanglement or trouble
fallacious
adjective: false
fatuous
adjective: foolish
feckless
adjective: irresponsible
feint
noun: a false ploy meant to draw attention away from the real purpose
fervent
adjective: passionate
fissure
noun: a crack
floridness
adjective: flushed
flustered
adjective: to be in a state of confusion or uncertainty
foibles
noun: a flaw in character
foment
verb: to excite
foolhardy
adjective: careless
fortuitous
adjective: happening by chance
fracas
noun: a noisy disturbance
frieze
noun: a decorative piece in architecture
gainsay
noun: to deny
garrulous
adjective: extremely talkative
gaseous
adjective: relating to a gas
glib
adjective: done with ease
gossamer
adjective: gauzy, light
gregariousness
adjective: social
grievous
adjective: causing grief or anguish
gristle
noun: tough cartilage in meat
guile
noun: deceit and treachery
gullible
adjective: easily tricked
hackneyed
adjective: predictable and overused
hapless
adjective: unlucky
harbinger
noun: something that foreshadows the future
harrow
noun: a farming tool verb: to bother or torment
heckle
verb: to badger and annoy
herbaceous
adjective: relating to a herb
hew
verb: to cut using an ax
hone
verb: to sharpen
hoodwink
verb: to deceive
iconoclast
noun: one who seeks to overthrow tradition or authority
idiosyncrasy
noun: a peculiarity
idolatry
noun: worship of idols
idyll
noun: a romantic poem
imbroglio
noun: a disagreement
imperceptibly
adjective: difficult to perceive
imperiousness
noun: the condition of being overbearing
imperturbability
noun: self-assured calm and collectiveness
impetuosity
noun: the condition of being impulsive
implacable
adjective: impossible to satisfy
implosion
noun: an inward collapse
inadvertent
adjective: careless
incense
verb: to make angry OR noun: a substance burned to make an aroma
inchoate
adjective: just started
incongruous
adjective: incompatible
incorrigible
adjective: impossible to control or reform
incursion
noun: the act of entering foreign territory
indefatigability
noun: the state of never growing tired
indeterminate
adjective: unable to determine
inimitable
adjective: no capable of being copied or imitated; unique
inscrutability
noun: the state of being hard to understand or investigate
insipid
adjective: boring, tasteless
insolence
noun: the quality of being rude or arrogant
insularity
noun: the state of being isolated like an island
interpolate
verb: to insert, as in text. Often implies corruption
intractable
adjective: difficult and stubborn
intransigence
noun: the condition of being stubborn and uncompromising
intrinsically
adv: naturally inherent
inundate
verb: to flood, or to overwhelm with an overabundance
invective
noun: insulting language
irascible
adjective: easily angered
irresolute
adjective: undecided
jocular
adjective: often joking
labyrinthine
adjective: relating to a maze
laconic
adjective: using few words; concise
lambaste
verb: to scold or beat
laud
verb: to praise
lethargy
noun: a state of great fatigue
levee
noun: a dam
limn
verb: to describe, especially with an illustration
lofty
adjective: elevated in importance; grand
loquacious
adjective: extremely talkative
lucid
adjective: clearly understandable; sane; transparent
lugubrious
adjective: extremely depressed
magnanimous
adjective: generous and noble; kind-hearted
maladroit
adjective: inept; incapable
malinger
verb: to act sick to avoid work
malleable
adjective: capable of being shaped
mar
verb: to damage
mercenary
noun: a hired killer
mercurial
adjective: relating to mercury OR quick tempered
metamorphose
verb: to transform
meticulous
adjective: detailed and precise
milieu
noun: environment
mimicry
noun: the act of mimicking; mocking
misanthrope
noun: person who hates mankind
miscreant
noun: a villain
miser
noun: a person who hoards money; penny-pincher
mitigate
verb: to alleviate
morose
adjective: sad
multifarious
adjective: great variety
myopic
adjective: short-sighted
nadir
noun: lowest point
narcissist
noun: a person who loves themselves
nascent
adjective: beginning to exist
nave
noun: central part of the church or the center of a wheel
nib
noun: the tip
noisome
adjective: offensive odor; toxic
obdurate
adjective: hardened emotionally
obviate
verb: to prevent through anticipation
occult
adjective: relating to the supernatural
odium
noun: the state of being strongly dislike or dishonored
opprobrium
noun: disgrace
ossified
verb: to harden or become bone
ostentatious
adjective: pretentious and boastful
ostracism
noun: the act of excluding
outmoded
adjective: out of fashion
overtly
adv: out in the open
paean
noun: a song of praise
palpable
adjective: touchable or evident
parse
verb: to break a sentence into parts of speech
parsimonious
adjective: miserly and frugal
peccadillo
noun: a small misdeed
pedantic
adjective: having a obsessive focus on book-learning and small details
perfidious
adjective: relating to treachery
peripatetic
adjective: traveling by foot noun: someone who is walking
perpetuating
verb: to cause to continue forever
persevere
verb: to not give up
pervasive
adjective: the quality of invading or permeating'
philistine
noun: one who is ignorant in certain areas like art
pirate
noun: one who robs at sea verb: to steal
pith
noun: the center; the significant part of something
placate
noun: to calm or appease someone who is angry
plasticity
noun: the quality of being like plastic
platitudinous
adjective: dull and unoriginal; clichéd
plausible
adjective: believable
polemic
adjective: relating to controversy
poseur
noun: someone who pretends to be something they're not to impress others
precursor
noun: something that comes before
preempt
verb: to take the place of
preponderate
verb: to be heavier in weight
prevarication
noun: the act of avoiding the truth
primacy
noun: the condition of being first
prodigal
adjective: extremely wasteful
prodigy
noun: person with great talent
profundity
noun: great wisdom and depth
proliferate
verb: to reproduce at a rapid rate
prolixity
noun: the state of being too wordy, as in writing
propagate
verb: to reproduce
propitiatory
adjective: offered as a way of seeking forgiveness
prudery
noun: the state of being excessively modest
puerile
adjective: childish
pundit
noun: a critic or learned source of opinion
pungency
noun: quality of being sharp or biting, especially to the taste or smell
pusillanimous
adjective: cowardly
quaff
verb: to drink quickly
quagmire
noun: an uncertain situation or predicament
quiescent
adjective: quiet; at rest
quixotic
adjective: romantically unrealistic or impulsive
quotidian
adjective: common
raconteur
noun: a skilled storyteller
rancorous
adjective: showing resentment
rarefy
verb: to make thin
raucous
adjective: loud and harsh
recluse
noun: a hermit; a person who hides from the world
recompense
verb: to compensate; to pay
recondite
adjective: ambiguous
refractory
adjective: difficult to work with; unmanageable
regale
verb: to entertain
repentant
adjective: showing remorse for sins
reproach
verb: to scold or shame
reproof
verb: to scold or rebuke
repudiate
verb: to reject as untrue
repugnant
adjective: repulsive
requiem
noun: church service for a deceased person
resplendent
adjective: beautiful and often shining brilliance
reverie
noun: a daydream
rogue
noun: a scoundrel
ruffian
noun: a thug; a tough person
rumination
noun: the act of thinking deeply OR the process of chewing cud
sagacity
noun: intelligence and wisdom
sage
noun: one admired for wisdom noun: a herb
salacious
adjective: stimulating, sexy but trashy
salutary
adjective: promoting improvement
sap
noun: liquid from a tree noun: a covered trench dug for war
satirize
noun: to ridicule with sarcasm
scrupulous
adjective: conscientious and detailed
scurvy
noun: a disease caused by the lack of Vitamin C
sedulous
adjective: diligent effort; constant pursuit
sextant
noun: a device used by sailors to navigate
sidereal
adjective: concerning stars or constellations
sinuous
adjective: having curves
sodden
adjective: soaked with water
sordid
adjective: dirty
specious
adjective: something that seems believable but is false
spendthrift
noun: person who wastes money
spurious
adjective: illegitimate; false
squelch
verb: to squash
stanch
verb: to stop the flow of fluids
stolid
adjective: emotionless
subjugate
verb: to conquer
subsume
verb: to classify in a more complete category
subtlety
noun: the quality of being subtle or sly
supercilious
adjective: proud, haughty
supine
adjective: lying on the back, face upward OR adjective: indifferent
synapse
noun: space between 2 nerve endings
tangential
adjective: barely touching
tedium
noun: the condition of being tedious; boring
tenuous
adjective: slender
thwart
verb: to prevent
timorous
adjective: timid
titillate
verb: to excite or stimulate
torpor
noun: state of inactivity
touting
verb: to obtain votes or customers in a shameless manner
tractable
adjective: easily managed
transitory
adjective: short-lived
transmuted
verb: to transform
turmoil
noun: commotion
turpitude
noun: corruption
tyro
noun: a novice
underling
noun: a person with lower rank and power
unfeigned
adjective: genuine; not pretended or feigned
unequivocal
adjective: clear and certain
univocal
noun: a word with only one definition
usury
noun: an incredible large interest rate, often illegal
vacillation
noun: the act of moving from side to side
venal
adjective: corruptible for a price; open to bribery
veneer
noun: a decorative layer
veneration
noun: the act of idolizing
veracious
adjective: honest
verbosity
noun: the state of being too wordy
veritable
adjective: genuine; not pretended or feigned
vilify
verb: to make into a villain
viscid
adjective: covered with a sticky substance
viscous
adjective: sticky
vituperative
adjective: harsh criticism or censure
volubility
noun: the condition of using fluent speech
voracious
adjective: having a tremendous appetite
waft
verb: to float
wheedle
verb: to use flattery as a means of persuasion
whet
verb: to sharpen verb: to stimulate
xenophobe
noun: a person afraid of anything foreign, especially foreign people
zealous
adjective: enthusiastic, passionate, fervent
zenith
noun: the peak
relegated
verb: to demote or assign to an inferior position