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pulchritude
n. - beauty
effervescent
adj. - bubbly, enthusiastic
sanguine
adj. - cheerful, bloody
alacrity
n. - cheerful readiness
ebullient
adj. - cheerful, enthusiastic
euphoric
adj. - deliriously happy
laudable
adj. - deserving praise
poignant
adj. - emotional, touching
auspicious
adj. - favorable in the future
altruism
n. - generosity towards mankind
benevolent
adj. - desiring to do good for others
fortuitous
adj. - lucky; fortunate; happening by fortunate chance
blithe
adj. - carefree, joyous, merry
fecund
adj. - fruitful, very productive or creative intellectually
benign
adj. - kind, harmless
amenable
adj. - agreeable
idyllic
adj. - charmingly simple or poetic; peaceful
decorum
n. - proper behavior
adroit
adj. - cleverly skillful or resourceful
apotheosis
n. - the glorification of s person or principle as an ideal
paean
n. - a song of joy, triumph, or praise
serendipity
n. - an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident; fortunate accident
propitious
adj. - presenting favorable conditions; favorably disposed
salubrious
adj. - favorable to, or promoting health
affable
adj. - pleasantly easy to talk to; showing warmth and friendliness
amiable
adj. - characterized by goodwill; friendly
camaraderie
n. - friendship; good-fellowship
cordial
adj. - corteous; gracious
gregarious
adj. - sociable; fond of the company of others
genial
adj. - sympathetically cheerful
convivial
adj. - fond of feasting, drinking, and companionship
ostracize
v. - to exclude, by general consent, from society, privileges, etc.; to banish
pariah
n. - an outcast
alienation
n. - removed or isolated from a group
schadenfreude
n. - taking pleasure in someone else's misfortune
adversary
n. - an opponent or foe (an enemy who fights continuously and relentlessly)
antagonist
n. - an opponent (one who, in hostile spirit, opposes another)
inimical
unfriendly, hostile
aesthete
n. - a lover of beauty or art
anachronism
n. - a person or thing that is chronologically out of place
audacity
n. - boldness, with confident/arrogant disregard for personal safety
clandestine
adj. - secretive
epicure
n. - a person who cultivates a refined taste in food, art, music, etc.
furtive
adj. - aneaky; stealthy
hedonist
n. - lover of pleasure
intrepid
adj. - fearless
maverick
n. - a person who takes an independent stand apart from his associates; one who goes against the rules
ostentatious
adj. - showy; intended to attract notice
surreptitious
adj. - obtained or done by stealth
temerity
n. - reckless boldness
wily
adj. - cunning
beguile
v. - to influence by cunning; to charm or divert
dilettante
n. - a person who takes up an art, activity or subject purely for amusement; a dabbler
adulterated
adj. - corrupted; contaminated
cantankerous
adj. - ill-tempered; grouchy
caustic
adj. - biting; stinging
garish
adj. - flashy; glaring
incisive
adj. - cutting; penetrating
insolent
adj. - rude, insulting
officious
adj. - excessively forward in offering one's service or advice to others
patronizing
adj. - condescending
pedantic
adj. - one who shows off his learning ostentatiously
malevolent
adj. - evil
nefarious
adj. - evil
malfeasance
n. - misconduct or wrongdoing
notorious
adj. - famous for wrongdoing
pernicious
adj. - exceedingly harmful; causing death, injury or corruption
contentious
adj. - argumentative
fractious
adj. - argumentative, causing divisions
acrimonious
adj. - bitter
repugnant
adj. - disgusting
antipathy
n. - intense dislike, hatred
feral
adj. - fierce
rancor
adj. - bitter, long-lasting resentment
deleterious
adj. - harmful
enmity
n. - hatred
lurid
adj. - causing shock or horror
egregious
adj. - outstandingly bad; blatant
noisome
adj. - offensive to the point of arousing disgust (like an odor)
pugnacious
adj. - prone to fighting
fetid
adj. - stinky
unpalatable
adj. - disgusting
pervasive
adj. - present throughout
prodigious
adj. - impressively great in size, force or extent
prolific
adj. - producing abundant works or results; fertile
replete
adj. - plentifully supplied; abundant; full
superfluous
adj. - beyond what is required or sufficient, extra (usually with a negative connotation)
ubiquitous
adj. - found everywhere
voracious
adj. - can't get enough; having an insatiable appetite for something
myriad
n. - a vast number; a great multitude
cornucopia
n. - an overflowing abundance
dearth
n. - scarcity
paucity
n. - scarcity
spartan
adj. - has a lot of self-discipline; engages in self-denial
austere
adj. - strict or severe in moral discipline
ascetic
n. - a person who engages in strict self-discipline
scant
adj. - deficient in quantity or amount
meager
adj. - conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness or extent
banal
adj. - boring, ordinary
enervate
v. - to weaken
ennui
n. - boredom
inconsequential
adj. - unimportant; not affecting the outcome
insipid
adj. - dull, uninteresting
mundane
adj. - everyday, ordinary
ponderous
adj. - lacking fluency, labored, dull
prosaic
adj. - lacking imagination or spirit; dull; ordinary
soporific
adj. - causing sleep
stoic
adj. - stone-faced; not showing emotion
dilatory
adj. - characterized by procrastination; tardy
indolence
n. - laziness
lethargy
n. - sluggishness
listless
adj. - marked by a lack of energy or effort
languid
adj. - lacking energy, vitality or enthusiasm
sedentary
asj. - not moving (like a couch potato)
stupor
n. - state of reduced mental capacity or sensibilites
torpor
n. - a condition of mental or physical inactivity
admonition
n. - mild censure, warning or advice
pious
adj. - devout (in terms of religion); commendable; worthy
disconcerted
adj. - perturbed; ruffled; upset
piquancy
n. - something that is appealingly provocative
disdain
v. - to regard or treat with haughty contempt
eclat
n. - great brilliance, as of performance or achievement
aversion
n. - intense dislike
titular
adj. - pertaining to having titles, existing as such in name only
ephemeral
adj. - lasting for a brief time; shrot-lived; transitory
importune
v. - to beset with repeated and insistent requests; to annoy
pule
v. - to whine; to whimper
succumb
v. - to yield or submit to an overwhelming force or desire
expiate
v. - to make atonement for; to repent
intrinsic
adj. - pertaining to the essential nature of a thing; inherent
chagrin
v. - to vex or annoy by disappointment or humiliation
brook
v. - to bear, suffer, tolerate
contrite
adj. - overcome by a sense of guilt and desirous of atonement
venerable
adj. - commanding respect or interest because of great age
affront
v. - to offend by a show of disrespect
nonchalance
n. - casual lack of concern
squalid
adj. - foul and repulsive, as from a lack of cleanliness
mendicant
adj. - begging, living on alms; characteristic of a beggar
sycophantic
adj. - flattering in a self-seeking or servile way
reverence
n. - a feeling of attitude of deep respect tinged with awe
reverie
n. - a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing
prate
v. - to talk excessively and pointlessly; to babble
confound
v. - to perplex, amaze or confuse
petulance
n. - a state of being moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some trifling annoyance
indomitable
adj. - unable to be subdued or overcome (as in people, pride, or courage)
amelioration
n. - the act of trying to improve something; improvement
alleviate
v. - to relieve
assuage
v. - to calm, lessen
emollient
n. - soothing substance
mollify
v. - to soothe
placid
adj. - calm
temperate
adj. - mild (climate or disposition)
placate
v. - to diminish the anger of, especially by making concessions
abdicate
v. - to give up power willingly
coup
n. - an overthrow of power
despot
n. - an unjust ruler
equanimity
n. - level-hesdedness
haughty
adj. - arrogant
omnipotent
adj. - all-powreful
pragmatic
adj. - practical
prudent
adj. - wise, having the ability to make good decisions
sanction
v. - to allow
thwart
v. - to overthrow
usurp
v. - to take power by force
arduous
adj. difficult
assiduous
adj. - hard-working
diligent
adj. - demonstrating a good work ethic; responsible
malinger
v. - te feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work
avarice
n. - greed
insolvent
adj. - unable to meet debts or discharge liabilites; bankrupt
munificent
adj. - generous
parsimony
n. - stinginess
philanthropist
n. - one who works for the good of mankind by giving time and money to charity
remuneration
n. - payment
fastidious
adj. - extremely neat and tidy
meticulous
adj. - paying careful attention to detail
pristine
adj. - pure, clean
punctilious
adj. - nit-picky
purist
n. - one who prefers for things to be in their original state
pander
v. - to act as a go-between in sexual liasons (to act as a pimp); to cater to the lower desires of others
plagiarize
v. - to steal ideas
conflagration
n. - a large, destructive fire
slander
n./v. - a false and malicious statement about someone (to speak such a statement)
libel
n./v. - a false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, which damages a person's reputation
subterfuge
n. - something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
jurisprudence
n. - the science or study of law
arbiter
n. - one chosen or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue
sequester
v. - to shelter away from (sometimes juries are sequestered)
incontrovertible
adj. - undeniable; unquestioningly true
substantiate
v. - to prove
exculpate
v. - to free from guilt (carries the implication that the person who is exculpated is innocent)
exonerate
v. - to free from blame or responsibility (does not necessarily carry the implication that the person is 100% innocent-rather, the person is freed from blame)
vindicate
v. - to clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof; to exact revenge for, avenge
asylum
n. - refuge; safe haven (literally or figuratively)
unfettered
adj. - unchained; unrestrained
ruse
n. - a clever trick
bilk
v. - to steal from
charlatan
n. - one who deceives or tricks
duplicity
n. - deception, lying
equivocate
v. - to lie
guile
n. - deception (sometimes with charm or cunning)
stratagem
n. - plan (usually deceptive)
apocryphal
adj. - untrue (as in tall tales); of questionable origins (rumors)
obsequious
adj. - brown-nosing, fake
specious
adj. - having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually false
spurious
adj. - lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine; false
heretic
n. - one who defies commonly held beliefs
parochial
adj. - narrow-minded
penitent
adj. - sorry for wrongdoing
proselytize
v. - to preach or try to convert
tenet
n. - a fundamental belief
dogged
adj. - persistent (in a productive way)
dogmatic
adj. - characterized by an authoritative, arrogant assertion of unproved or unprovable principles
immutable
adj. - unchangeable
impervious
adj. - unable to be penetrated
implacable
adj. - unable to be calmed
incorrigible
adj. - unable to be reformed or corrected
intractable
adj. - difficult to manage or govern
intransigence
n. - the act of stubbornly refusing to compromise
obdurate
adj. - hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness
recalcitrant
adj. - marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance
tenacious
adj. - holding or tending to hold persistently to something, such as a point of view
trenchant
adj. - forceful, effective, vigorous (as in an argument)
harbinger
n. - something that indicates or foreshadows what is to come
ominous
adj. - foreboding, signaling bad things to come
portend
v. - to serve as an omen or a warning of
prescient
adj. - perceiving the significance of events before they occur
prophetic
adj. - able to see into the future
conundrum
n. - puzzle; tricky situation
quandary
n. - puzzle; tricky situation
abstruse
adj. - difficult to understand
dubious
adj. - doubtful
trepidation
n. - fear, nervousness
capricious
adj. - fickle, subject to one's whim or passing fancy
ambivalent
adj. - having conflicting feelings
ambiguous
adj. - having more than one meaning, unclear`
dolt
n. - idiot
apathy
n. - a lack of feeling, indifference
cryptic
adj. - secretive, difficult to understand (like a code)
vacillate
v. - to waver
impenetrable
adj. - unable to be understood
nebulous
adj. - unclear, vague
naive
adj. - unsophisticated, inexperienced
tenuous
adj. - having little substance, flimsy (a tenuous argument)
boisterous
adj. - loud, full of energy
bombastic
adj. - pompous, arrogant or overblown in style of speaking
clamor
n. - loud noise, usually from a crowd, usually of protest; a hubbub
garrulous
adj. - given to excessive and often trivial or rambling talk; tiresomely talkative
loquacious
adj. - talkative
raucous
adj. - loud and rowdy
sonorous
adj. - having or producing sound; having or producing a full, deep, or rich sound; impressive in style of speech
vociferous
adj. - making, given to, or marked by noisy and vehement outcry
effusive
adj. - excessively praising
laconic
adj. - using or marked by the use of few words
reticent
adj. - reluctant to speak
tacit
adj. - implied by or inferred from actions or statements; not spoken
taciturn
adj. - habitually untalkative
terse
adj. - brief and to the point; effectively concise
timorous
adj. - timid; full of apprehension