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ABNEGATION
Self-denial.
Through abnegation I was able to break my habit of smoking.
PRODIGIOUS
Impressively great in size, force or extent.
There was a prodigious display of anxiety during the first day of classes for freshman.
OBSTINACY
Stubborness
His obstinacy over admitting he was wrong lead to his girlfriend dumping him
CLAIRVOYANT
able to perceive things that are out of the range of the human senses
When Liz successfully predicted that I would win the lottery, many claimed she was clairvoyant
RANCOR
Bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will
William's rancor gave way and resulted in his slaying the men who had killed his family
COMPLICITY
Involvement as an accomplice in a crime or wrongdoing.
Despite that it was my friend's plan to rob the store, I, too, was arrested due to my complicity
FECUND
Productive; fertile; fruitful
By fertilizing the crop, she insured the corn would be fecund.
PARSIMONIOUS
Extremely or excessively frugal; stingy
Cyrus was so parsimonious, he would rather walk home in the rain rather than pay for bus fare
COMPLACENT
Self-satisfied; smug.
Cassandra's complacent attitude frustrated her parents who wanted her to be a successful student
ANTIQUATE
o make obsolete or old-fashioned
When I mentioned that I liked music from the eighties, I felt antiquated by the students who had never heard of the songs I mentioned
CONSTERNATION
Great confusion or dismay
will was filled with consternation when he looked at his AP Calculus homework for the first time
INVIOLABLE
Not able to be violated; secure.
After the tragedy of September 11, many believe the United States is no longer the inviolable country it once was
LANGUID
Lacking energy or vitality; weak
Last period classes are often filled with languid students whose lack of motivation make teaching difficul
PATINA
The sheen on any surface, produced by age or use.
Despite the worn quality of the wood, its patina made it an antique of great value.
TACITURN
Habitually untalkative or silent
Sybil's taciturn nature made it difficult for her to make friends and socialize
VIRULENT
Extremely poisonous or harmful, as a disease or microorganism. 2. Bitterly hostile or antagonistic
When news spread about the virulent virus, people traveled to the hospitals in droves to be vaccinated against it.
FLATULENCE
Gas
Experiencing flatulence when attending a party, is a situation ripe with embarrassing consequences
UBIQUITOUS
Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent
Dr. Webertan's ubiquitous presence won him much respect for his the obvious commitment to his work that it reflected.
TEMERITY
Foolish boldness; rashness.
When Nicholas jumped from the roof wearing his makeshift wings, his temerity lead to ten broken bones
CONJECTURE
Inference based on incomplete evidence; guesswork.
Although a conjecture was made about the identity of the suspect, the vague description deterred the detectives from finding her
TENUOUS
unsubstantial, thin, shaky, uncertain
Cecilia's tenuous understanding of the cosmos, often left her in a state of consternation
BELLICOSE
warlike, belligerent
The bellicose spirit of the soldiers intimidated their enemies
LUGUBRIOUS
mournful, grieving, sometimes to a ridiculous degree.
Yesterday, all flags were restored to full mast thus ending the lugubrious days honoring the victims of the World Trade Center tragedy
PREDILECTION
preference, partiality, a pre-judged liking.
Alabaster's predilection for fly-swatting made him a fixture at the buffet table whenever we had family picnics
ATTENUATE
to weaken
Cleo's virulent speech was attenuated by the man in the audience who revealed to everyone in the crowd that Cleo was a charlatan
REPUGNANT
offensive; distasteful.
Despite the repugnant nature of the Neo-Nazis, Carla continued to watch the documentary in which they were featured in hopes she would somehow gain a better understanding of why they believed what they did.
CORPULENCE
obesity; fatness
In a world where so many are starving, it is astounding how many people in the United States die from health problems related to corpulence
PAROXYSM
a sudden outburst of emotion or action.
The attack on the World Trade Center continues to cause paroxysms even a year after it occurred
DIDACTIC
instructive, intended to teach.
SOPORIFIC
sleep-inducing, causing sleep
The soporific effects of eating lunch and then attending a class in a crowded, overheated room, leads one to wonder where the logic is in teaching after twelve
PLACATE
to allay the anger of , appease
He attempted to placate the whining child by promising him he would buy him a treat as soon as they arrived at their destination
ENIGMATIC
puzzling, ambiguous, inexpilcable
Some said that his enigmatic personality attracted a plethora of attractive women who wanted to "figure him out."
INSIPID
dull, tasteless, lacking flavor or excitement
To the Fulbright scholar, the discussion among the undergraduates was insipid and cliche
EXPIATE
to atone for or make amends for.
Despite trying to expiate for his sins, he was still banished from the church for stealing from the collection box
STENTORIAN
Extremely loud
The stentorian voices of the singers attracted a large audience to the open-air theatre
RETINUE
The followers of a person of rank or prestige
Celeste and her retinue of worshiping freshman boys, only disgusted those who couldn't stand such blind devotion.
DIATRIBE
A bitter speech or verbal attack
The diatribe was followed by conciliatory words that people could hardly take seriously after feeling so abused by the initial comments
CONCILIATORY
Appeasing; characteristic of winning someone over.
VESTIGE
A visible trace, evidence or sign of something that no longer exists or appears
The only apparent vestige left of her love for fashion from the eighties was her fluorescent pink socks
MOLLIFY
To calm or soothe
INSOLENT
Disrespectfully arrogant; impudent; rude
EFFRONTERY
Brazen boldness; presumptuousness.
CHURLISH
Rude or boorish
CANARD
A false or unfounded story.
PALLIATIVE
Something that eases or relieves a disease or disorder without curing it
BILIOUS
Having a peevish disposition
AVIDITY
Enthusiasm
SOBRIQUET
Nickname
LOUT
An awkward, stupid person.
DECREPITUDE
The quality of being weakened, worn out, or impaired by old age, illness, or hard use
ARDUOUS
Difficult; strenuous
PARIAH
One who has been excluded from society; an outcast.
DEBAUCH
To corrupt morally.
SALACIOUS
Obscene, indecent or lewd; bawdy.
CLOISTER
A monastery or convent
SQUALID
Having a dirty or wretched appearance.
PERDITION
Eternal damnation
IMPORTUNE
To beset with repeated and insistent requests
PERNICIOUS
Destructive, deadky
TUMULT
The din and commotion of a great crowd 2) Agitation of the mind or senses
DISSIPATE
To break up and drive away; to disappear or vanish
VISCOUS
Sticky; tending to resist flow when pressure is applied.
PESTILENTIAL
Tending to cause death or disease.
MIASMA
A noxious atmosphere or influence
PUNGENT
A sharp, acrid sensation that affects smell and/or taste.
CELESTIAL
Heavenly
EXPOUND
To explain in detail
EPHEMERAL
Short-lived, fleeting.
ESOTERIC
Understood by few
VORACIOUS
Extremely hungry or ravenous
PROPITIOUS
Favorable; auspicious
APOTHEOSIS
An exalted or glorified ideal.
INCULCATE
To instruct or teach
OPPROBRIUM
Disgrace arrising from shameful conduct
ABROGATE
To abolish or do away with
UMBRAGE
Offense or resentment
HISTRIONIC
Overly dramatic or theatrical.
IGNOMINY
Shame or dishonor
LOQUACIOUS
Very talkative.
FATUOUS
Foolish or inane; stupid