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abhor
to regard with extreme repugnance; to detest utterly; to loathe
abridge
"to shorten, to diminish"
affinity
"a likeness, a natural relationship, a kinship"
alacrity
prompt and cheerful response
ambivalent
"having contrary feelings or attitudes, uncertain as to course of action"
ameliorate
"to make better, to relieve, to improve"
apocryphal
"of doubtful origin or authenticity, not genuine"
atrophy
"to waste away, to wither"
aversion
"strong disinclination, disliking"
benign
"not causing harm, of gentle disposition, beneficial"
blithe
"lighthearted, joyous, glad, cheerful, free of spirit"
burgeon
"to sprout, to newly emerge"
buttress
a support or prop
cacophonous
"harsh sounding, having dissonance"
cajole
"to persuade with deliberate flattery, to coax, to wheedle"
contrite
"extremely apologetic, remorseful, repentant"
crass
"coarse, crude, unrefined"
cryptic
"mysterious, secret"
culpable
deserving blame; guilty
cynical
"given to faultfinding, sneering, and sarcasm; exhibiting mocking disbelief"
dawdle
"to waste time, to spend time idly, to move in a lackadaisical manner"
deplore
to regret deeply or strongly; to feel or to express deep grief for
deprecate
"to disapprove regretfully, to belittle, to express mild disapproval"
despotic
ruling oppresively and absolutely; tyrannical
din
"loud and discordant noises, cacophony"
discord
"lack of agreement, tension, strife"
dissemination
the act of spreading widely; scattering
distend
"to expand, to swell"
dogmatic
strongly opinioniated in an unwarranted manner
dour
"sullen, stern, harsh"
edifying
instructing and improving spiritually or morally
empathy
understanding or identification with another's feelings or situation
enmity
absolute hatred
erudite
scholarly
esoteric
understood only by a small group or a select few
exonerate
"to free from blame, obligation, or responsibility; to exculpate"
expeditious
done with speed and efficiency
expunge
"to remove, to erase"
fallow
"inactive, plowed but not sowed"
ferocity
savagery
forbearance
"patience, lenience"
indulgent
"lenient, especially toward oneself"
malice
desire to harm others
nullify
"to cause not to be in effect, to negate"
oblique
"slanting, inderect, evasive, devious, misleading"
obsequious
"overly attentive, like a sycophant, servile"
paltry
trifling; petty; worthless
paradoxical
something that appears falce or contradictory but is actually correctt
parsimony
"stinginess, frugality; excessive economy"
penury
extreme poverty
perjury
false testimony under oath
placid
"peaceful, calm"
platitude
"trite remark, banal statement"
portent
a sign or forewarning
precarious
"dangerous, risky, not a secure situation"
procrastinate
"to defer action, to delay"
replete
"filled to capacity, abundantly supplied"
reprove
to scold or to rebuke for a misdeed usually with kindly intent
reticence
"restraint in speech, reluctance to speak"
rue
"to be sorry for, to regret"
secular
"nonreligious, worldly"
serene
"calm, placid"
slothful
"lazy, indolent"
sordid
"filthy, foul"
spurn
to reject or to refuse with hostility
terse
concise
toxic
poisonous
tranquil
"peaceful, calm"
transient
"quickly passing, fleeting"
trepidation
"fear, trembling, agitation"
verbose
"wordy, very talkative"
vexation
discomfort or distress
viable
"capable of working, functioning, or developing adequately"
vigilant
"very alert, watchful"
vivid
"bright, distinct, clear"