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Caustic
a. Able to dissolve or eat away by chemical action.

b. Sharp and biting

S: corrosive, keen, cutting, stinging, tart, pungent, trenchant, mordant, astringent, acidulous, sarcastic, sardonic, acrimonious, venomous, asperity, acrimony, mordancy, acerbity, sarcasm

A: mild, bland, amiable, good-natured, charitable, sweet, sugary, honeyed, saccharine
Censor
a. An official who examines works of literature, films, and the like for things considered to be immoral, offensive, or dangerous, and who is empowered to prohibit or remove this material.

b. To examine for and remove objectionable material.

S: expurgator, bowdlerizer, comstockery, Grundyism, excise, delete, expunge
Censure
a. Open and strong criticism or disapproval.

b. To criticize severely; to disapprove strongly.

S:rebuke, reprimand, reproof, reprehend, condemn, upbraid, chastise

A: praise, commendation, approval, approbation, laud, extol, applaud, meritorious
Chagrin
a. Irritation, embarrassment, or humiliation caused by disappointment of frustration.

b. To cause such a feeling

S: vexation, annoyance, mortification, vex, annoy mortify, abash

A: jubilation, exultation, delight, exhilaration, elation, elate
Charlatan
Anyone who claims to have skills or knowledge that he or she doesn't possess.

S: impostor, quack, mountebank, humbug, fraud, faker
Chronic
Continuing over a long period of time or recurring often

S: long-lasting, prolonged, continual, constant, habitual, inveterate, confirmed, deep-rooted, ingrained, perennial, recurrent.

A: transitory, transient, evanescent, ephemeral, sporadic, occasional
Circuitous
Indirect or roundabout; long-winded.

S: winding, meandering, rambling, sinuous, devious, oblique, circumlocutory, periphrastic, digressive.

A: direct, undeviating, unswerving, straightforward, unveering
Circumspect
Cautious or prudent, especially in regard to the consequences of actions or statements; tactful.

S: careful, watchful, vigilant, guarded, wary, chary, leery, discreet, politic, diplomatic, judicious

A: careless, imprudent, incautious, heedless, rash, reckless, foolhardy, brash, precipitate, indiscreet, tactless
Circumvent
To get around or avoid, especially by trickery or deception.

S: by-pass, skirt, evade, sidestep, dodge, duck

A: obey, observe, comply with, respect, abide by
Clandestine
Concealed from view so as to hide one's purpose.

S: surreptitious, covert, furtive, stealthy, underhanded

A: open, undisguised, overt, manifest, obvious, avowed
Coerce
To force someone to do something against his or her will by using undue pressure, threats, intimidation, or physical violence.

S: constrain, compel, pressure, bulldoze, dragoon, hector, browbeat, cow
Cogent
Forceful and convincing: to the point.

S: powerful, potent, effective, telling, persuasive, compelling, valid, sound, relevant, pertinent, apposite, germane, apropos

A: weak, ineffective, unconvincing, frivolous, inane, invalid, untenable, irrelevant
Cohere
To hold or stick together; to fit together into an orderly, logical, and unified whole.

S: coalesce, combine, gel

A: separate, fall apart, come apart, come asunder, diverge, disperse, dissipate, diffuse, scatter, disjoint
Collaborate
a. To work together on some kind of joint project.

b. To cooperate with the enemy in some kind of treasonable activity.

S: cooperate, team up, join forces, pool one's efforts, intrigue, collude, conspire, partner, colleague, quisling

A: work by oneself, dissociate oneself from, part company with, take leave of
Compatible
a. Capable of use with some other brand or model.

b. Capable of living or getting along together.

S: harmonious, agreeable, like-minded, consistent, congruous, parallel

A: incompatible, antagonistic, inconsistent, incongruous
Complacent
Overly self-satisfied; smug.

S: content, self-content, pleased with oneself

A: dissatisfied, discontent, malcontent
Concise
Saying a lot in a few words.

S: brief, compact, succinct, terse, laconic, summary, pithy

A: wordy, prolix, verbose, garrulous, loquacious, long-winded
Condone
To overlook or disregard an offense, thereby implying forgiveness, acceptance, or possibly approval of it.

S: ignore, close one's eyes to, turn a blind eye to, accept, countenance, stomach, tolerate

A: condemn, denounce, disapprove, deprecate, castigate, decry, revile
Conjecture
a. A conclusion based on inadequate evidence; a guess.

b. To conclude from inadequate evidence; to guess.

S: surmise, supposition, presumption, suspicion, inference, speculation, theory

A: fact, certainty, demonstrate, substantiate
Confrontation
A face-to-face encounter, usually suggesting a hostile or defiant attitude.

S: showdown, face-off, shoot-out
Connoisseur
Someone with informed and discriminating judgment, especially in matters of art, literature, or taste.

S: expert, authority, specialist, pundit, savant, maven, devotee, judge, critic, arbiter, cognoscenti

A: beginner, novice, neophyte, greenhorn, tenderfoot, tyro, amateur, dilettante
Consensus
Collective uniformity of opinion, general agreement of feeling or belief.

S: unanimity, like-mindedness, concord, harmony, accord, unity, concurrence

A: discord, disagreement, disunity, disharmony, dissent, conflict, diversity, dissidence
Construe
To analyze, explain, interpret, or understand.

S: deduce, infer, translate, gather, take to mean

A: misinterpret, misunderstand
Consummate
a. Complete or perfect in the highest degree.

b. To bring to completion or perfection.

S: superlative, supreme, transcendent, surpassing, matchless, finished, total, masterful, virtuoso, clinch, conclude

A: mediocre, indifferent, run-of-the-mill, ordinary, inept, incompetent, inadequate, begin, start, initiate, launch
Copious
Large in number or quantity; full.

S: abundant, plentiful, ample, bountiful, bounteous, profuse, lavish, numberous, extensive, comprehensive.

A: meager, scanty, scarce, sparse, inadequate, insufficient, empty, vacant, vacuous, barren
Corpulent
Fat and bulky

S: chubby, plump, husky, burly, portly, stout, rotund, obese.

A: lean, lanky, thin, wiry, scrawny, gaunt
Corroborate
To confirm the truth or accuracy of.

S: verify, substantiate, support, back up, bear out

A: contradict, refute, rebut, confute, discredit, impugn
Counsel
a. Advice secured through consultation

b. An adviser, especially a legal advisor.

c. To advise or recommend as a course of action.

S: guidance, direction ,recommendation, attorney, lawyer, urge, exhort, admonish, caution
Credibility
The ability to inspire belief or trust.

S: reliability, believability, plausibility, trustworthiness, dependability.

A: unreliability, undependability
Criterion
A standard or principle on which to base a judgment or decision.

S: yardstick, touchstone, guideline, gauge, canon, rule
Crucial
At a point that will determine the final outcome; of supreme importance.

S: critical, decisive, momentous, pivotal, vital

A: insignificant, unimportant, inconsequential
Culpable
At fault; blameworthy.

S: guilty, delinquent, peccant, wanting, blamable, censurable, reprehensible

A: innocent, blameless, laudable, commendable, meritorious, praiseworthy
Cursory
Hasty and superficial

S: hurried, perfunctory, quick, summary, careless, unmethodical, casual, slapdash

A: thorough, exhaustive, comprehensive, in-depth, systematic, painstaking, careful, meticulous
Curtail
To shorten or reduce.

S: abridge, abbreviate, truncate, lessen, diminish, cut short, cut back, dock, pare down, trim

A: increase, enlarge, augment, amplify, expand, extend
Cynical
Inclined to doubt or deny the virtuousness or honesty of human motives; sneeringly bitter or negative.

S: skeptical, suspicious, doubtful, pessimistic, misanthropic, derisive, scornful, caustic, sardonic, acerbic

A: optimistic, sanguine, positive, naive, starry-eyed, romantic, idealistic
Defect
a. A flaw or shortcoming

b. To desert one country, cause or the like for another

S: blemish, fault, imperfection, weakness, failing, bug, kink, abandon, forsake, bolt, repudiate, disown, abjure
Defer
a. To put off or postpone

b. To yield courteously to the wishes or judgments of someone else.

S: delay, table shelve, hold off on, put on ice, put on a back burner, bow to, give way to, accede to

A: expedite, facilitate, hasten, spurn, disdain, reject
Dejected
In very low spirits

S: sad, blue, depressed, gloomy, despondent, melancholy, morose, downcast, dispirited, disheartened

A: happy, merry, elated, exultant, jubilant
Delete
To strike out or remove

S: cancel, expunge, omit, efface, excise

A: retain, include, add, insert
Delineate
To make an accurate line drawing or diagram of; to portray or describe in detail.

S: picture, depict, set forth, sketch, etch
Delinquent
a. Neglectful of a duty or obligation; seriously overdue

b. A person who fails to perform a duty; an offender

S: remiss, derelict, negligent, owing, outstanding, unsettled, scofflaw, malefactor, wrongdoer

A: punctilious, scrupulous, dutiful, conscientious, meticulous, paid up
Delude
To mislead or deceive

S: dupe, gull, cozen, hoodwink, trick, beguile
Demure
Modest and reserved in dress, manner, or behavior

S: sedate, prim, decorous, seemly, staid, diffident, shy, self-effacing, coy

A: bold, forward, immodest, assertive, aggressive, jaunty, bumptious
Denouement
The point at which the plot a novel or drama is finally resolved; the outcome or solution of a complex sequence of events.

S: unraveling of a plot, disentanglement, climax, final solution, final issue
Desultory
Shifting from one thing to another without reason or purpose; haphazard or random.

S: fitful, erratic, spasmodic, intermittent, aimless, rambling, disconnected, unmethodical

A: constant, concentrated, steadfast, methodical, systematic, painstaking
Deviate
a. To move away from, especially what is considered normal, right, or acceptable

b. A person who differs markedly in behavior, belief, or attitude from what is accepted as normal or proper.

S: diverge, veer, swerve, stray, wander, ramble ,digress, nonconformist, maverick, oddball, heretic

A: conform to, stick to, abide by, adhere to, conformist, traditionalist
Devoid
Empty; lacking in.

S: destitute, bereft, wanting, deficient, barren

A: replete, fraught, saturated, full, teeming, bursting, stuffed
Devout
Deeply religious, earnest, or sincere

S: pious, faithful, reverent, ardent, zealous

A: irreligious, unreligious, unfaithful, irreverent, lukewarm, tepid
Dexterous
Skillful in using one's hands or mind; clever.

S: handy, adroit, deft, adept, proficient

A: awkward, clumsy, gauche, inept, maladroit
Dapper
Neatly and stylishly dressed.

S: natty, smart, spruce, stylish, chic

A: unkempt, sloppy, slovenly, shabby, seedy, dowdy, blousy, frowsy, frumpy
Dilapidated
Fallen into disrepair or partial ruin, usually through neglect.

S: deteriorated, run-down, decaying, decrepit, rickety, ramshackle, dingy, seedy, sleazy

A: well kept up, well maintained, shipshape, unspoiled, undamaged
Dilatory
Inclined to put things off; intended to postpone something.

S: late, tardy, slow, behindhand, laggard, dawdling, procrastinating, sluggish, lackadaisical, lethargic, dilly-dallying, shilly, shallying, temporizing
Diligent
Hardworking; thorough and persistent.

S: assiduous, sedulous, indefatigable

A: lazy, slothful, indolent, perfunctory, cursory
Dire
a. Dreadful or disastrous, bleak or cheerless.

b. Urgent

S: calamitous, fatal, woeful, grievous, horrendous, dismal, somber, gloomy, pressing, desperate, extreme

A: salutary, beneficial, salubrious, mild, gentle, inconsequential, insignificant
Discomfit
a. To defeat or frustrate completely

b. To perplex, confuse, or embarrass completely.

S: rout, trounce, drub, thwart, foil, baffle, nonplus, abash, disconcert, fluster

A: lose to, reassure
Discourse
a. An oral exchange of ideas or conversation; a lengthy discussion, either written or spoken.

b. To talk about or discuss at length.

S: treatise, dissertation, sermon, lecture, talk, colloquy, enlarge, expand, expatiate, descant

A: summary, abstract, precis, synopsis, summarize, synopsize, outline, sketch
Discriminate
a. To distinguish between two or more things, often by perceiving minute differences.

b. To behave unfairly toward a person or group because of prejudice.

S: differentiate, discern, perspicacity, acumen, perceptiveness, discernment, favoritism, bias, prejudice, bigotry
Disparage
To speak slightingly of or undervalue.

S: belittle, depreciate, derogate, decry, underrate, run down, minimize

A: exaggerate, magnify, increase, enhance, extol, laud, eulogize
Disparity
Difference or inequality, as of age, character, or quality.

S: disproportion, dissimilarity, inconsistency

A: parity, likeness, similarity, equality
Distraught
Deeply distressed or agitated.

S: frantic, anguished, overwrought, hysterical, distracted, perturbed, upset

A: calm, collected, composed, impassive
Divulge
To make known; to make public.

S: reveal, disclose, impart

A: conceal, hide
Docile
Easy to manage, teach, train, or discipline.

S: submissive, tractable, obedient, amenable, compliant

A: headstrong, willful, perverse, intractable, unmanageable, obdurate
Dormant
Inactive, as if in sleep; suspended in use, growth, or development.

S: latent, passive, inert, quiescent, torpid

A: active, vigorous, vibrant, volatile, explosive, thriving, flourishing
Drastic
Violently forceful and swift; extreme.

S: powerful, strong, rigorous, potent, thorough, going, severe, stern, draconian

A: weak, feeble, ineffectual, halfhearted, gentle, restrained
Duplicity
Deliberate deception in speech or conduct.

S: guile, deceit, trickery, dissimulation, chicanery, imposture, sharp practice, double-dealing

A: honesty, integrity, uprightness, probity, plain dealing
Eclectic
a. Choosing what seems best from various sources.

b. One whose opinions and beliefs are drawn from various sources.

S: selective, synthesized

A: uniform, monolithic
Effete
Worn out or exhausted; marked by weakness, self-indulgence or decadence.

S: spent, burned-out, decadent, barren, sterile

A: vigorous, energetic, dynamic, productive, fertile, flourishing, prolific
Efficacious
Capable of producing the desired effect.

S: effective, effectual, efficient, powerful, potent

A: ineffective, ineffectual, in efficient, unserviceable, useless, inadequate
Effrontery
Shameless boldness.

S: audacity, impertinence, temerity, gall, nerve, cheek, chutzpah, presumption

A: timidity, shyness, meekness, modesty, diffidence
Elicit
To draw out or call forth.

S: evoke, prompt, extract, educe, produce
Elite
a. A highly select group of superior individuals.

b. Select; superior

S: privileged class, privileged few, aristocracy, nobility, upper crust, cream of the crop, creme de la creme, choice, exclusive, first class, topnotch, top-drawer, A-one

A: masses, common herd, proletariat, hoi polloi, rank and file, rabble riffraff, dregs of society
Emaciated
Wasted or reduced by starvation, disease, or the like.

S: gaunt, haggard, shriveled, withered, skeletal, undernourished

A: fat, chubby, plump, corpulent, obese
Emanate
a. To flow out of

b. To send forth.

S: flow from, proceed from, spring, originate, emerge, emit, project, give off, issue

A: soak up, absorb, draw in, attract
Embellish
To decorate or enhance.

S: adorn, dress up, spruce up, gussy up, garnish

A: mar, deface, disfigure
Eminent
a. High in rank, distinguished

b. Outstanding; conspicuous.

S: prominent, renowned, illustrious, notable, great, noteworthy, remarkable, marked

A: obscure, lowly, undistinguished, unremarkable
Empathy
A sympathetic understanding of, or identification with, the feelings, thoughts, and attitudes of someone or something else.

S: sympathy, compassion

A: insensitivity, callousness, lack of understanding or appreciation
Emulate
To try to equal or excel the excellence of.

S: imitate, match, rival, follow, mirror, take after
Enclave
a. A country or area lying wholly within the boundaries of another country or area.

b. A separate group or community within a larger group or community.

S: enclosure, precinct
Endemic
Peculiar to a particular locality or group of people.

S: indigenous, native

A: alien, extraneous, foreign
Enigma
a. An intentionally obscure statement; a riddle.

b. Someone or something that is puzzling or mysterious.

S: mystery, puzzle, conundrum dilemma, brainteaser, mind-boggler
Entice
To lead on by arousing hope or desire.

S: tempt, lure, allure, coax, inveigle, beguile, seduce

A: repel, repulse, scar off, frighten away
Entreat
To ask or petition earnestly.

S: implore, beg, beseech, plead for, urge, importune, press for
Envisage
To have a mental image of something, especially when the thing does not yet exist; to conceive of.

S: envision, visualize, picture, imagine
Epithet
a. A word of phrase used to describe or characterize someone or something.

b. A term of abuse or contempt.

S: characterization, designation, appellation, label, nickname, moniker, handle, curse, oath, obscenity
Equanimity
Calmness or evenness of temper.

S: composure, self-composure, placidity, tranquility, serenity, sangfroid, unexcitability, imperturbability, unflappability, self-possession, nonchalance

A: excitability, fretfulness, agitation, distress, hysteria
Equitable
Fair or just.

S: impartial, unbaised, evenhanded

A: unfair, unjust, biased, partial, unreasonable, lopsided, one-sided, uneven
Erudite
Deeply learned, especially in a specialized area.

S: scholarly, profound, knowledgeable, informed

A: ignorant, uninformed
Esoteric
a. Understood by or intended for only a select few.

b. Difficult to understand

S: occult, secret, confidential, private, mysterious, abstruse, recondite, arcane, incomprehensible, unfathomable, cryptic, inscrutable, impenetrable

A: popular, exoteric, intelligible, accessible, crystal-clear, comprehensible
Ethical
In accordance with accepted principles of right and wrong.

S: moral, virtuous, honorable, decent, upright, honest, rightout, principled, correct, proper

A: unfair, unjust, immoral, unscrupulous, dishonorable,discreditable, unsportsmanlike, unprofessional
Ethnic
Relating to a small but distinct social group within the population.
Euphemism
The substitution of a relatively inoffensive term for one that is considered too harsh, unpleasant, or blunt.
Exacerbate
To increase the bitterness or severity of; to irritate.

S: aggravate, worsen, intensify

A: lessen, moderate, temper, mitigate, mollify, allay, assuage, soothe, alleviate, palliate
Exalt
To elevate in power, position, character, or the like.

S: ennoble, uplift, upgrade

A: debase, degrade, demote, humble, abase
Exemplary
a. Worthy of imitation.

b. Serving as a model, illustration, or warning.

S: model sterling, commendable, meritorious, laudable, paragon, epitome, archetype, prototype
Exigency
A state of urgency or a situation demanding immediate attention; the pressing needs caused by such a crisis.

S: emergency, crisis, needs, demands, requirements