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Calumny
a false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation
Caustic
Capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action
Captious
marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults
Bucolic
pastoral, rustic
Bumptious
crudely forward and self assertive in behavoir, pushy
Cajole
to coax, wheedle
Callous
having calluses, toughened
Charlatan
a person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud
Cadaverous
resembling corpse; pale and gaunt
Capricious
impulsive, unpredictable
chastise
to punish, as by beating
Chaos
a condition/place of great disorder or confusion
Cantankerous
ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable
auspicious
attended by favorable circumstances
Bigoted
a person devoted to his/her own opinions and prejudices
Atavism
the reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence
augment
to make greater as in size, extent, or quantity
Asperity
roughness or harshness
avarice
excessive desire for wealth or gain
assiduous
constant in application or attentin, diligent
Banal
lacking originality, freshness, or novelty
Assuage
to make (something burensome or painful) less intense or severe
Bellicose
war-like manner or temperament, favoring to start quarrels or wars
Benign
of a gentle disposition
averse
having a feeling of opposition or distaste
Authentic
worthy of trust, reliance, or belief
avid
characterized by enthusiasum
austere
stern and cold in appearance or manner
aroma
a pleasant smell
askance
with disapproval, suspicion, or distrust
askew
out of line; to one side
alleviate
to make something more bearable (pain)
altercation
a noisy, heated, angry dispute
altruistic
unselfish concern for the welfare of others, selflessness
amity
peaceful relations; friendship
anachronism
a person or thing that is chronologically out of place
analogy
a comparison based on similarity
anathema
a formal ecclesiastical ban, curse, or excommunication
apathy
lack of interest or concern
apostate
one who has abandoned their religious faith, political party, principles, or cause
apropos
at an apropriate time
arbitrary
determined by chance; random
acumen
quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight
abeyance
the condition of being temporarily set aside, suspension
acrimonious
bitter and sharp in language or tone; rancorous
abstemious
sparingly used/consumed
aberration
a departure from the normal or typical
aesthetic
of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste
allegory
the representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictoral form
adamant
an unbreakable or extremely hard substance
abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or intensity; lessen, to make void
agnostic
one who is skeptical about the existence of God, but doesn't profess true atheism
abet
to approve, encourage, and support
affable
easy and pleasant to speak to, approachable
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness
aggravate
to make worse or more troublesome; to rouse anger
abstruse
difficult to comprehend