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abate
v - to lessen in intensity or degree
accolade
n - an expression of praise
adulation
n - excessive praise; intense adoration
aesthetic
adj - dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
ameliorate
v - to make better or more tolerable
ascetic
n - one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
avarice
n - greed, esp. for wealth (adj. form: avaricious)
axiom
n - a universally recognized principle (adj. form; axiomatic)
burgeon
v - to grow rapidly or flourish
bucolic
adj - rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
cacophony
n - harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance (adj. form: cacophonous)
canon
n - an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature (adj. form: cononical)
castigation
n - severe criticism or punishment (verb form: castigate)
catalyste
n - a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
caustic
adj - burning or stining; causing corrosion
chary
adj - wary; cautious; sparing
cogent
adj - appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance
n - the willingness to comply with the wishes of others (adj. form: complaisant)
contentious
adj - argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
contrite
adj - regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness (noun form; contrition)
culpable
adj - deserving blame (noun form: culpability)
dearth
n - smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
demur
v - to question or oppose
didactic
adj - intended to teach or instruct
discretion
n - cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions (adj. form: discreet)
disinterested
adj - free of bias or self-interest; impartial
dogmatic
adj - expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles. (noun form: dogma)
ebullience
n - the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings (adj. form: ebullient)
eclectic
adj - composed of elements drawn from various sources
elegy
n - a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead (adj. form: elegiac)
emollient
adj/n - soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
empirical
adj - based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
adj - mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand (noun form: enigma)
ephemeral
adj - brief; fleeting
esoteric
adj - intended for or understood by a small, specific group
eulogy
n - a speech honoring the dead (verb form: eulogize)
exonerate
v - to remove blame
facetious
adj - playful; humorous
fallacy
n - an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief (adj. form: fallacious)
furtive
adj - marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
gregarious
adj - sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
harangue
v/n - to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
heretical
adj - violating accepted dogma or convention (noun form: heresy)
hyperbole
n = an exaggerated statment, often used as a figure of speech (adj. form: hyperbolic)
impecunious
adj - lacking funds; without money
incipient
adj - beginning to come into being or to become apparent
inert
adj - unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
innocuous
adj - harmless; causing no damage
intransigent
adj - refusing to compromise (noun form: intransigence)
inveigle
v - to obtain by deception or flattery
morose
adj - sad; sullen; melancholy
odious
adj - evoking intense aversion or dislike
opaque
adj - impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
oscillation
n - the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uniterupted rhythm (verb form: oscillate)
penurious
adj - penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
pernicious
adj - extremely harmful; potentially causing death
peruse
v - to examine with great care (noun form: perusal)
pious
adj - extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion (noun form: piety)
precursor
n - one that precedes and indicates or announces another
preen
v - to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
prodigious
adj - abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
prolific
adj - producing large volumes or amounts; productive
putrefy
v - to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor (adj. form: putrid)
quaff
v - to drink deeply
quiescence
n - stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest (adj. form: quiescent)
redoubtable
adj - awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
sanction
n/v - authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
satire
n - a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision (adj. form: satirical)
squalid
adj - sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect (noun form: squalor)
stoic
adj - indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast (noun form: stoicism)
supplant
v - to take the place of; supersede
torpid
adj - lethargic; sluggish; dormant (noun form: torpor)
ubiquitous
adj - existing everwhere at the same time; constantly encountered; wide-spread
urbane
adj - sophisticated; refined; elegant (noun form: urbanity)
vilify
v - to defame; to characterize harshly
viscous
adj - thick; sticky (noun form: viscosity)