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Abeyance
a temporary suspension of activity
Abstinenece
voluntarily refraining from eating certain foods or drink or from doing something pleasant but not good for you
Abstruse
hard to understand or grasp
Adumbrate
to suggest partly, to give a hint of things to come, to foreshadow vaguely
Alacrity
cheerful readness
Ambulatory
able to walk or move about
apocryphal
false, spurious, of a doubtful origin
arbiter
a judge, one who decides
ascetic
hermitlike, self denial, austere
assiduous
hardworking, busy, diligent
capricious
whimsical, fanciful, impulsive
castigate
to punish, chastise, criticize severely
chary
careful cautious wary
chicanery
deception or trickery
chimerical
wildly fanciful, absurd
Circumlocution
wordy language, an indirect, roundabout expression
Contentious
argumentative over a point, quarrelsome
Belie
to run counter to, to show something as false
Brook
to tolerate, to put up with something
Debacle
a disaster or violent breakdown
Deleterious
harmful
Descry
to discern, to see something, to catch sight of
Desiccate
to dry out
Discomfit
to confuse, deceive
Doff
to take off (usually clothing) as a sign of greeting
Doggerel
comic, sometimes crude, informal verse
Dossier
a file of documents, letters and records
Dulcet
having a nice agreeable melodious sound
Encomium
a eulogy or expression of high praise
Endemic
native, belonging to a specific region
Espy
to glimpse, to descry, to catch cight of
Evanescent
vanishing, happening for the briefest moment
Exemplar
an excellent model, a typical example
Exigent
urgent, demands prompt action
Extirpate
to rip up by the roots, to abolish, to annihilate
Facetious
humorous, joking in a somewhat inappropriate or clumsy manner
Fecund
fertile, productive, fruitful
Fusillade
a rapid outburst, spray of gunfire
Gainsay
to deny, to speak or act against
Garrulous
talkative
Halitosis
bad breath
Irascible
Hot tempered, cranky
Leitmotif
a dominant or recurring theme
Levee
an embankment designed to prevent a river from flooding
Lope
to run at a steady, easy pace
Macerate
to soften by soaking, to cause to waste away
Malapropism
the humorous misuse of a word that sounds very much like the word intended
Matriculate
to enroll, most particularly in college
Maudlin
overly sentimental
Mellifluous
sweetly flowing
Mordant
bitingly sarcastic, incisive, caustic in manner
Moribund
being in a dying or decaying condition
Munificent
generous
Neophyte
beginner, novice
Officious
unnecessarily helpful, meddlesome, interfering
Omnivorous
eating or absorbing everything, feeding on both animal and vegetable substances
Oscillate
to swing back and forth
Ossify
to become rigid, to become set in one's ways
Palliate
to hide the seriousness of something with excuses or apologies, to ease without curing
Pallid
lacking in color, wan
Panegyric
lofty praise, eulogistic writing
Parsimonious
stingy
Penury
extreme poverty
Perfidious
faithless, untrustworthy
Perfunctory
careless, unenthusiastic, done merely as a duty
Perorate
to make a long, formal speech, to sum up a speech
Perspicacious
shrewd, astute, showing strong powers of discernment
Petulant
cranky, ill tempered, irritable, peevish
Piquant
pungent, dcharmingly provocative
Prescient
having foresight
Prevaricate
to deviate from the truth
Profligate
dcorrupt, degenerate, wildly extravagant
Propinquity
nearness in place or time, kinship
Protean
readily assuming different shapes or characters
Putrefy
to rot
Recalcitrant
stubbornly defiant and resistant of authority
Recondite
hard to understand, abstruse, over one's head
Reprobate
a morally unprincipled person, a scoundrel
Reticent
restrained, reluctant, uncommunicative
Ribald
vulgar or indecent language
Sagacious
wise, shrewd
Salubrious
favorable to health
Scotch
to put an end to
Sinuous
winding, having many curves
Striated
marked with thin lines or grooves
Supercilious
arrogant, overbearing, condescending
Surreptitious
sneaky, secret
Sycophant
a flatterer, a self-serving yes-man
Temerity
boldness, rashness, audacity
Truculent
hostile, aggressive, savage
Vacuous
empty, lacking intelligence
Viscosity
a thick or sticky consistency of a liquid