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Mettle
high quality of character; courage; spirit; ardor
Minute
very short; small
Misanthrope
one who hates or distrusts mankind; cynic; egotist
Miser
one who saves greedily
Misnomer
a wrong name (as in mislabeling)
Momentum
the impetus behind a moving object
Monolithic
of a single, large block of stone
Monotonous
without variety; tiresomely uniform
Morbid
gruesome; horrible
Moribund
approaching death; dying; having little vitality
Mosaic
a surface decoration of small pieces of variously colored material
Motley
composed of different elements; heterogeneous; ill-sorted
Nadir
the lowest point
Naïve
unaffectedly simple; unsophisticated; innocent
Nebulous
indistinct; vague; unclear
Nefarious
flagrantly wicked or impious; evil; vicious; villainous; iniquitous
Negligible
trifling; unimportant
Notable
remarkable; worthy of notice; outstanding
Novel
new; unusual
Nurture
to feed or nourish; to train or educate
Oblique
not straight to the point, indirect; inclined; evasive
Oblivion
the condition of being forgotten; the state of being unaware
Obscure
not well known; not clear (opp. Lucid); hidden; remote
Obsession
a very persistent idea; desire or emotion
Obstinacy
stubbornness
Obstinate
stubborn; pertinacious
Obviate
circumvent; to make unnecessary
Odometer
an instrument for measuring the distance traveled by a vehicle
Offense
a transgression, breaking a law; resentful; something that causes anger
Olfactory
relating to or connected with the sense of smell
Ominous
threatening; menacing
Omniscience
the quality or state of knowing all
Oppressive
burdensome; difficult to bear; exercising power unjustly or severely
Opprobrious
disgraceful; infamous; slanderous
Organic
characteristic of or derived from living organisms [salubrious]
Orient
to adjust or adapt to a particular situation
Ostentatious
showy; pretentious; making an ambitious display to invite flattery
Overt
open and observable; not hidden; evident
Pacific
conciliatory; tending to lessen conflict; peaceable
Pacify
to make peaceful; appease; tranquilize
Palatable
tasteful; appetizing
Palpable
tangible; noticeable; evident
Paramount
chief; supreme
Pariah
outcast
Parody
satirical imitation; a literary or musical composition imitating someone else
Partisan
one who strongly supports a side, party, or another person
Pastiche
hodgepodge; a jumbled mixture; a collage
Patronizing
supporting; sponsoring; treating in a condescending manner
Paucity
dearth; insufficiency
Peevish
hard to please; irritable; fretful
Pellucid
transparent; clear; lucid; perspicuous
Perception
ability to perceive or understand
Perfunctory
done without care or interest, as if routine; superficial; indifferent
Periphery
edge; a boundary line; perimeter (opp. Hub)
Perpetrate
to do or perform; commit
Perplexed
puzzled; confused
Perquisite
something additional resulting from one's position or employment, privilege
Perseverance
persistence; steadfastness; resolution
Persnickety
fussy about small details; choosy; fastidious; fussy; picky
Personify
to represent; to think of or represent as having personality or living qualities
Perspicuous
clear in expression; easily understood; lucid; pellucid
Pertinent
appropriate; relevant; related to the point
Peruse
to read with attention; to study
Pervade
permeate; to pass through; to spread out or be diffused
Perverse
improper; wicked
Pessimist
one who emphasizes adverse aspects or conditions and expects the worst
Pessimistic
expecting the worst; gloomy
Petulant
impatient or irritable; bad-tempered
Philistine
barbarian; smugly conventional; lacking in culture
Phlegmatic
sluggish; dull; apathetic; unemotional
Pillage
a plundering; looting; (verb: to loot)
Pious
deeply religious [Piety (n)]
Placate
to appease; to pacify
Plebeian
common; coarse; vulgar; uncouth; working class
Plethora
excess; over-abundance; superfluity
Pliable
easily bent or molded; flexible
Plunder
to rob by force; to take (property) by force or fraud
Plunderous
the tendency in an individual to rob
Poignant
sharply painful to the feelings; piercing
Portentous
suggesting an undesirable or serious outcome; ominous
Pragmatism
having a practical point of view
Precocious
matured to a point beyond that which is normal for the age
Predator
one that preys, destroys, or devours
Predilection
a preconceived liking; preference; partiality
Preposterous
absurd, ridiculous
Prescience
foresight; knowledge of events before they take place
Presumptive
assuming
Pretentious
ambitious; showy; making unjustified demands
Prig
a pedantic person; a person who is excessively precise
Primeval
primitive; belonging to the first or earliest period
Pristine
pure; uncorrupted; unspoiled
Procrastinate
to put off doing something until a future time; defer
Procure
to obtain, as by effort, labor, or purchase; to get
Prodigal
extravagant; wasteful
Prodigious
wonderful; amazing; enormous; huge
Profound
extending far below the surface; deep; having intellectual depth
Progeny
offspring, children or descendants collectively
Proletarian
of the lowest class
Prologue
an introduction
Promulgation
publishing or making known; making widespread
Propensity
tendency; natural inclination
Proponent
a person who makes a proposal or supports a cause
Propound
propose; to offer for consideration
Proscribe
to denounce; to forbid; to prohibit
Prostration
exhaustion; great depression
Protean
very changeable (like the Greek sea god Proteus); mercurial
Provincial
Narrow-minded; unsophisticated; backwards; countrified; rustic
Provocative
exciting; attracting attention; stimulating [Provoke (v)]
Provoke
to excite; to anger or irritate; to evoke
Prudent
careful; wise; cautious or discreet in conduct; circumspect
Pugnacious
disposed to fight; quarrelsome
Punctilious
very exact; scrupulous
Purblind
stupid; slow in perceiving or understanding
Purge
to purify; rid of the undesirable
Quandary
a state of perplexity or uncertainty; a dilemma
Quell
to suppress; to quiet; to crush, subdue; to allay
Querulous
given to complaining or whining
Quintessence
apex; peak; most perfect manifestation of a quality; epitome
Rancor
antagonism; deep spite or malice; malevolence
Rapture
ecstasy; great joy; passion
Rash
too hasty; reckless
Raucous
harsh sounding; hoarse
Ravenous
voracious; greedily hungry
Raze
to tear down completely; to demolish
Rebuke
an expression of strong disapproval; reprimand
Recalcitrant
stubborn; difficult to manage or operate
Recant
withdraw; renounce; abjure
Recapitulate
repeat; summarize; reiterate; recount; sum up (like a recap)
Reconcile
to make friendly again; to settle (a quarrel); to bring into harmony
Reconciliation
to make friendly again; to bring into harmony
Reconnaissance
a survey of a region
Redundant
excess; superfluous; wordy
Refute
to disprove; show to be false or erroneous
Relegate
to assign to an inferior position
Remission
forgiveness; cancellation from debt; a lessening of heat, cold, or pain
Remuneration
reward; recompense; pay
Repertoire
the stock of plays, songs, etc. that actors can perform by memory
Replicate
duplicate; repeat
Reprehensible
deserving to be censured, criticized
Repress
to keep down or hold back; to subdue; to control strictly
Reprimand
a severe or formal reproof or rebuke, admonishment, reproach
Reprisal
retaliation (esp. in war)
Repugnance
strong distaste, dislike, or antagonism
Requisite
required; necessary
Resolute
marked by a firm determination; resolved; bold or steady
Reticent
habitually silent or uncommunicative; taciturn; hesitant to speak
Retract
to draw back or in (like with claws); to withdraw or disavow
Retribution
deserved punishment or reward
Retrograde
moving, directed backward; going back to a worse condition
Retrospect
contemplation or a survey of the past; to look back upon in thought
Revere
to worship; to honor
Revile
to reproach; to use abusive language in speaking to or about; to scold
Rhetoric
language skillfully used
Ruddy
red or reddish; having a fresh, healthy red color
Rudimentary
elementary; vestigial
Rue
to feel remorse or repentance for; to wish (something) undone
Rural
of or relating to the country or country life; rustic
Sacrilegious
injurious or disrespectful to sacred things; irreligious
Salient
prominent; standing out from the rest; noticeable, sharp, important, germane
Sally
to rush out suddenly; set out; depart
Salubrious
favorable to health; healthful
Sanction
authorized approval or permission; support; encouragement; approval
Sanguine
ruddy; sturdy; cheerful; consisting of or relating to blood
Sarcasm
a sharp utterance designed to cut or give pain
Sate
to appease by indulging to the full; satiate; satisfy
Sated
feeling satisfied, content, or full; gratified completely; surfeit; glutted; satiated
Satirize
to ridicule, attack or criticize with humor, sarcasm, or irony
Saturate
to soak thoroughly
Saturnine
morose; grave; gloomy
Savory
pleasing to the taste or smell; appetizing; pleasant; attractive; respectable
Scamp
a rascal, a mischievous fellow; scoundrel
Scathe
to do harm to; scorch; sear; to denounce fiercely
Scathing
hurtful; damaging; burning
Scud
to pass or skim rapidly over
Scurrilous
vulgar; indecent; obscene
Sear
to dry up; to cause to wither; dehydrate; to scorch the surface
Seismograph
an instrument that records the intensity and duration of earthquakes
Self-assertion
a declaration (as insisting to be recognized)
Serene
calm; peaceful
Serenity
being serene, calm, or tranquil; tranquility
Servile
overly submissive; cringing (like a servant)
Shrewd
keen-witted or sharp in practical affairs; clever (opp. fatuous)
Shrewdness
cleverness
Sinecure
an office or position that requires little or no work
Sluggard
a habitually lazy, or idle person
Smelt
refine
Smugness
contentedly confident; complacent
Soar
to fly aloft or about; to increase dramatically
Solicit
to ask or seek earnestly or pleadingly
Specious
false; seeming to be genuine without really being so
Speculate
to wonder
Spur
anything that urges, impels, or incites; stimulus to action
Staid
sedate; settled and steady; demure; sober
Steadfast
steady; unchanging; static; invariable
Stealthy
done or acting in a secret, furtive manner; sneaky; crafty
Stupefaction
overwhelming amazement; astonishment; stupor
Suave
urbane; polished; smoothly gracious or polite
Subdue
to suppress; to keep back; to restrain
Subjugate
to conquer
Subterfuge
stratagem; artifice; any plan used to hide one's time objective; deception
Subtle
not obvious; not open or direct; thin (not dense or heavy); hard to spot;
Succumb
to give way to superior force; yield
Suffrage
the right to vote
Sulk
to show resentment and ill humor
Supercilious
haughty; arrogant; characterized by pride or scorn
Superficial
on the surface; shallow
Supplicate
beg; implore; solicit; beseech; adjure
Supplication
a humble request; a petition; a prayer
Suppress
to put down by force; subdue, quell, crush, restrain
Suture
a stitch made with a fiber to unite parts of a living body
Syllabus
a summary or outline containing the main parts, esp. or a course of study
Symbiosis
a relationship of mutual interdependence between persons or groups
Symbiotic
between two organisms
Tabulate
to figure or calculate in a table; to put (facts, statistics, etc.) in a table
Tabulation
figures in a table
Taciturn
reserved; reticent; reluctant to talk
Tactile
of or relating to a sense of touch; perceptible by touch; tangible; palpable
Tangible
perceptible; that which can be touched; definite
Taut
tightly stretched; tense (a taut smile)
Tediously
tiresome because of length or dullness
Temerity
audacity; foolish boldness; daring; effrontery
Temper
moderate; mitigate; to soften or tone down
Temporal
worldly; pertaining to this world or life
Thermal
of, relating to, or caused by heat
Threshold
the place or point of entering or beginning
Tinder
any dry, easily flammable material, esp. used to start a fire
Tractable
easily lead, taught, controlled, or managed; docile; compliant; obedient
Tranquil
peaceful
Transient
temporary
Traverse
to cross; to pass over, across, or through
Treatise
essay; discussion of facts; systematic, extensive written discourse on a subject
Tremor
a trembling, shaking, or shivering
Trepidation
tremor; fearful anxiety; apprehension
Trivial
unimportant; insignificant; trifling
Truce
armistice; suspension of fighting; cease-fire
Truculent
fierce; cruel; savage
Tyro
neophyte; beginner
Ubiquitous
omnipresent; widespread; found everywhere
Unanimous
based on complete agreement; unchallenged
Undermine
to dig beneath; to wear away; to weaken, injure or impair, esp. stealthily
Uniform
unvarying in form; having a single form or pattern
Untenable
indefensible; insupportable; illogical
Urbane
sophisticated; polite, elegant or refined
Usurp
to seize by force without legal right; employ wrongfully
Utilitarian
stressing usefulness over beauty
Utopian
idealistic; visionary
Uxorious
doting; excessively fond of (esp. one's wife)