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aberration
Deviation from proper or expected course; departure from normal or typical.
abeyance
temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension.
Condition of being temporarily set aside, "held in abeyance"
acerbic
sour in taste, or harsh/severe tempered.
harsh expression, "acerbic tasting," "acerbic criticism"
acuity
sharpness; acuteness of vision or perception.
admonish
to caution or advise against something.
"Parents admonished their children..."
adroit
Moving with ease and agility in the use of the hands or body.
aesthete
A person who has, or claims to have, refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art and nature.
altruistic
unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposite of egotistic)
ameliorate
To make or become better; improve.
To make more bearable or satisfactory.
amorphous
Lacking definite form/ having no specific shape; formless.
"amorphous cloud" or "amorphous personality"
antediluvian
Extremely old and antiquated. Specifically of/belonging to the period before the Flood.
apocryphal
Of doubtful authorship or authenticity; most likely not genuine.
arable
Land that is fit for cultivation.
ascetic
A person who gives up material comforts and leads a life of harsh self-discipline, usually as an act of religious devotion.
assuage
To make milder/ less severe; alleviate.
Relieve or ease, as in "assuage pain"
atrophy
A wasting away, deterioration, or reduction.
"atrophy of revolutionary ideology..."
avarice
insatiable greed and desire for wealth.
Characterized by cheapness and a desire to gain and hoard wealth.
aviary
Large cage or enclosure in which birds are kept.
avow
To acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly; confess (as in guilt)
bilk
To cheat out of money or assets; to obtain by fraud or deceit
"bilking wealthy clients."
broach
To mention or suggest for the first time (broach a subject or discussion)
buttress
Any prop or support.
External prop built to steady a structure by opposing its outward thrusts.
celerity
swiftness of action or motion; speed.
charlatan
a person who pretends to be more knowledgeable or skilled than they are; ex: a quack.
cherubic
Having a sweet nature befitting an angel. "cherubic face" "cherubic curls"
churlish
Boorish
Rude
Peasantlike, as in behavior
circuitous
Roudabout, lengthy, and indirect
"circuitous route" or "circuitous argument"
clandestine
Kept/done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose. "clandestine military operations."
commensurate
having the same measure;
of equal extent or duration; proportionate
"salary commensurate with work performance"
concomitant
Happening at the same time or in conjunction with another.
"event and concomitant circumstances.
confluence
A coming together of people or things.
A flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, etc. & the place at which they meet.
conjugal
Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of marriage. "conjugal vows"
The relation of husband and wife.
contentious
Tending to argue or strife; quarrelsome
Causing, involving, or characterized by argument/controversy. "contentious issues"
conundrum
Anything that puzzles. Usually a riddle.
copious
Large in quantity/number, abundant, plentiful.
Having or yielding an abundant supply;
exhibiting fullness/abundance (as in thoughts or words)
corpulence
bulkiness/ largeness of body/fatness
coterie
Group of people who associate closely and frequently;
exclusive group/clique.
credulous
Willing to believe or trust too readily, esp. w/out proper or adequate evidence.
Gullible, or marked by or arising from credulity-- "credulous rumor"
cryptic
Mysterious in meaning; puzzling and ambiguous- "cryptic message"
Having a hidden meaning.
curmudgeon
Bad-tempered, difficult person full of resentment and stubborn notions.
dearth
Paucity; inadequate supply; scarcity/lack of- "dearth of food"
Insufficiency- "dearth of good engineers"
demagogue
Person, esp. orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.
desecrate
To violate sacred character of a place or language.
To divert from sacred to profane use or purpose-- "desecrate a cemetary"
diatribe
Bitter, shaprly abusive denunciation, attack, or criticism. "repeated diatribes against the senator."
diffidence
Lack of self-confidence;
Timid, shy.
dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate.
Intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer a decision, "dilatory strategy."
disaffected
Discontented or disloyal, as toward government or authority.
Resentful/rebellious against authority.
discursive
Passing aimlessly from one subject to another.
Digressive, rambling.
dissemble
To give a false or misleading appearance to/conceal the truth or real nature of one's motives or thoughts; act hypocritically "dissemble one's incompetence."
disparage
Depreciate. To speak of/ treat slightingly, belittle, ridicule, mock.
dispassionate
Devoid of or unaffected by passion, emotion, or bias.
Impartial/calm
"dispassionate critic"
dissonant
Disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant.
Out of harmony.
dissuade
To deter by advice or persuasion NOT to do something.
To advise or urge against- "dissuade an action."
divination
Practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.
dotard
Person, esp. old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties.
Weak-minded, foolish person.
duplicity
Deceitfulness in speech or conduct.
Speaking/acting in two different ways concerning the same matter with intent to deceive.
The state of being double.
egregious
Extraordinary in some bad way, glaring, flagrant-- "an egregious mistake."
Distinguished or eminent.
elegiac
Expressing sorrow or lamentation for that which is undeniably past-- "elegiac lament for youth"
elucidate
To make lucid, vivid, or clear; throw light upon/ explain.
To provide clarification.
emanate
To flow out, issue forth, or proceed, as from a source or origin.
To send forth/ emit.
dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate.
Intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer a decision, "dilatory strategy."
disaffected
Discontented or disloyal, as toward government or authority.
Resentful/rebellious against authority.
discursive
Passing aimlessly from one subject to another.
Digressive, rambling.
dissemble
To give a false or misleading appearance to/conceal the truth or real nature of one's motives or thoughts; act hypocritically "dissemble one's incompetence."
disparage
Depreciate. To speak of/ treat slightingly, belittle, ridicule, mock.
dispassionate
Devoid of or unaffected by passion, emotion, or bias.
Impartial/calm
"dispassionate critic"
dissonant
Disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant.
Out of harmony.
dissuade
To deter by advice or persuasion NOT to do something.
To advise or urge against- "dissuade an action."
divination
Practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.
dotard
Person, esp. old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties.
Weak-minded, foolish person.
duplicity
Deceitfulness in speech or conduct.
Speaking/acting in two different ways concerning the same matter with intent to deceive.
The state of being double.
egregious
Extraordinary in some bad way, glaring, flagrant-- "an egregious mistake."
Distinguished or eminent.
elegiac
Expressing sorrow or lamentation for that which is undeniably past-- "elegiac lament for youth"
elucidate
To make lucid, vivid, or clear; throw light upon/ explain.
To provide clarification.
emanate
To flow out, issue forth, or proceed, as from a source or origin.
To send forth/ emit.
emulate
To try to equal or do better than; imitate with effort to equal or surpass.
To rival with some degree of success. "emulate Michelle Kwon as an ice skater."
enigmatic
Resembling a puzzling, inexplicable occurence or situation.
Puzzling/baffling/cryptic.
ennui
Feeling of complete weariness and discontent, resulting from lack of interest/ boredom.
"endless lecture produced unbearable ennui."
ephemeral
Lasting a very short time.
short-lived; transitory.
Transient, momentary, brief.
epicure
(noun) Person who develops, by education or training, a refined taste, esp. in food and wine; connoisseur.
Person devoted to sensuous pleasure and luxurious living.
equivocate
To use ambiguous and unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or to mislead.
To avoid making an explicit, definite statement.
erudition
(n) knowledge acquired by study, research, etc; learning.
Profound, scholarly knowledge.
esoteric
(adj) Belonging to a select few. esp. understood by and meant for only those who have special knowledge or interest.
Not publicly disclosed.
espouse
To take in marriage OR
To give one's loyalty or support to, as in a cause.
To take up a cause or ideology and make one's own; adopt.
ethereal
Light, airy, of a thin substance; lacking in clarity.
Extremely delicate/ refined; intangible.
Heavenly or celestial/not of this world.
extol
To praise highly, laud; praise formally and eloquently.
Glorify or honor; exalt.
fatuous
(adj) Foolish or lacking sense, esp. in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly.
Foolish/unintelligent
OR
Unreal/illusory
fecund
(adj)Producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc. in abundance; prolific/fruitful.
Very productive or creative intellectually.
emulate
To try to equal or do better than; imitate with effort to equal or surpass.
To rival with some degree of success. "emulate Michelle Kwon as an ice skater."
enigmatic
Resembling a puzzling, inexplicable occurence or situation.
Puzzling/baffling/cryptic.
felicity
State of being happy, esp. in high degree; bliss.
Instance of display of happiness.
Appropriate and pleasing manner or style.
fetid
having an offensive odor; stinking.
ennui
Feeling of complete weariness and discontent, resulting from lack of interest/ boredom.
"endless lecture produced unbearable ennui."
ephemeral
Lasting a very short time.
short-lived; transitory.
Transient, momentary, brief.
epicure
(noun) Person who develops, by education or training, a refined taste, esp. in food and wine; connoisseur.
Person devoted to sensuous pleasure and luxurious living.
equivocate
To use ambiguous and unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or to mislead.
To avoid making an explicit, definite statement.
erudition
(n) knowledge acquired by study, research, etc; learning.
Profound, scholarly knowledge.
esoteric
(adj) Belonging to a select few. esp. understood by and meant for only those who have special knowledge or interest.
Not publicly disclosed.
emulate
To try to equal or do better than; imitate with effort to equal or surpass.
To rival with some degree of success. "emulate Michelle Kwon as an ice skater."
espouse
To take in marriage OR
To give one's loyalty or support to, as in a cause.
To take up a cause or ideology and make one's own; adopt.
enigmatic
Resembling a puzzling, inexplicable occurence or situation.
Puzzling/baffling/cryptic.
ethereal
Light, airy, of a thin substance; lacking in clarity.
Extremely delicate/ refined; intangible.
Heavenly or celestial/not of this world.
ennui
Feeling of complete weariness and discontent, resulting from lack of interest/ boredom.
"endless lecture produced unbearable ennui."
extol
To praise highly, laud; praise formally and eloquently.
Glorify or honor; exalt.
ephemeral
Lasting a very short time.
short-lived; transitory.
Transient, momentary, brief.
fatuous
(adj) Foolish or lacking sense, esp. in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly.
Foolish/unintelligent
OR
Unreal/illusory
epicure
(noun) Person who develops, by education or training, a refined taste, esp. in food and wine; connoisseur.
Person devoted to sensuous pleasure and luxurious living.
fecund
(adj)Producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc. in abundance; prolific/fruitful.
Very productive or creative intellectually.
equivocate
To use ambiguous and unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or to mislead.
To avoid making an explicit, definite statement.
felicity
State of being happy, esp. in high degree; bliss.
Instance of display of happiness.
Appropriate and pleasing manner or style.
erudition
(n) knowledge acquired by study, research, etc; learning.
Profound, scholarly knowledge.
fetid
having an offensive odor; stinking.
esoteric
(adj) Belonging to a select few. esp. understood by and meant for only those who have special knowledge or interest.
Not publicly disclosed.
espouse
To take in marriage OR
To give one's loyalty or support to, as in a cause.
To take up a cause or ideology and make one's own; adopt.
ethereal
Light, airy, of a thin substance; lacking in clarity.
Extremely delicate/ refined; intangible.
Heavenly or celestial/not of this world.
extol
To praise highly, laud; praise formally and eloquently.
Glorify or honor; exalt.
fatuous
(adj) Foolish or lacking sense, esp. in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly.
Foolish/unintelligent
OR
Unreal/illusory
fecund
(adj)Producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc. in abundance; prolific/fruitful.
Very productive or creative intellectually.
felicity
State of being happy, esp. in high degree; bliss.
Instance of display of happiness.
Appropriate and pleasing manner or style.
fetid
having an offensive odor; stinking.
dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate.
Intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer a decision, "dilatory strategy."
disaffected
Discontented or disloyal, as toward government or authority.
Resentful/rebellious against authority.
discursive
Passing aimlessly from one subject to another.
Digressive, rambling.
dissemble
To give a false or misleading appearance to/conceal the truth or real nature of one's motives or thoughts; act hypocritically "dissemble one's incompetence."
disparage
Depreciate. To speak of/ treat slightingly, belittle, ridicule, mock.
dispassionate
Devoid of or unaffected by passion, emotion, or bias.
Impartial/calm
"dispassionate critic"
dissonant
Disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant.
Out of harmony.
dissuade
To deter by advice or persuasion NOT to do something.
To advise or urge against- "dissuade an action."
divination
Practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.
dotard
Person, esp. old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties.
Weak-minded, foolish person.
duplicity
Deceitfulness in speech or conduct.
Speaking/acting in two different ways concerning the same matter with intent to deceive.
The state of being double.
egregious
Extraordinary in some bad way, glaring, flagrant-- "an egregious mistake."
Distinguished or eminent.
elegiac
Expressing sorrow or lamentation for that which is undeniably past-- "elegiac lament for youth"
elucidate
To make lucid, vivid, or clear; throw light upon/ explain.
To provide clarification.
emanate
To flow out, issue forth, or proceed, as from a source or origin.
To send forth/ emit.
dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate.
Intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer a decision, "dilatory strategy."
disaffected
Discontented or disloyal, as toward government or authority.
Resentful/rebellious against authority.
dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate.
Intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer a decision, "dilatory strategy."
dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate.
Intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer a decision, "dilatory strategy."
discursive
Passing aimlessly from one subject to another.
Digressive, rambling.
dissemble
To give a false or misleading appearance to/conceal the truth or real nature of one's motives or thoughts; act hypocritically "dissemble one's incompetence."
disaffected
Discontented or disloyal, as toward government or authority.
Resentful/rebellious against authority.
disaffected
Discontented or disloyal, as toward government or authority.
Resentful/rebellious against authority.
discursive
Passing aimlessly from one subject to another.
Digressive, rambling.
disparage
Depreciate. To speak of/ treat slightingly, belittle, ridicule, mock.
discursive
Passing aimlessly from one subject to another.
Digressive, rambling.
dispassionate
Devoid of or unaffected by passion, emotion, or bias.
Impartial/calm
"dispassionate critic"
dissemble
To give a false or misleading appearance to/conceal the truth or real nature of one's motives or thoughts; act hypocritically "dissemble one's incompetence."
dissonant
Disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant.
Out of harmony.
disparage
Depreciate. To speak of/ treat slightingly, belittle, ridicule, mock.
dissuade
To deter by advice or persuasion NOT to do something.
To advise or urge against- "dissuade an action."
dispassionate
Devoid of or unaffected by passion, emotion, or bias.
Impartial/calm
"dispassionate critic"
divination
Practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.
dissonant
Disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant.
Out of harmony.
dotard
Person, esp. old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties.
Weak-minded, foolish person.
dissuade
To deter by advice or persuasion NOT to do something.
To advise or urge against- "dissuade an action."
duplicity
Deceitfulness in speech or conduct.
Speaking/acting in two different ways concerning the same matter with intent to deceive.
The state of being double.
divination
Practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.
egregious
Extraordinary in some bad way, glaring, flagrant-- "an egregious mistake."
Distinguished or eminent.
dotard
Person, esp. old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties.
Weak-minded, foolish person.
dissemble
To give a false or misleading appearance to/conceal the truth or real nature of one's motives or thoughts; act hypocritically "dissemble one's incompetence."
elegiac
Expressing sorrow or lamentation for that which is undeniably past-- "elegiac lament for youth"
disparage
Depreciate. To speak of/ treat slightingly, belittle, ridicule, mock.
duplicity
Deceitfulness in speech or conduct.
Speaking/acting in two different ways concerning the same matter with intent to deceive.
The state of being double.
egregious
Extraordinary in some bad way, glaring, flagrant-- "an egregious mistake."
Distinguished or eminent.
dispassionate
Devoid of or unaffected by passion, emotion, or bias.
Impartial/calm
"dispassionate critic"
elucidate
To make lucid, vivid, or clear; throw light upon/ explain.
To provide clarification.
dissonant
Disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant.
Out of harmony.
emanate
To flow out, issue forth, or proceed, as from a source or origin.
To send forth/ emit.
elegiac
Expressing sorrow or lamentation for that which is undeniably past-- "elegiac lament for youth"
dissuade
To deter by advice or persuasion NOT to do something.
To advise or urge against- "dissuade an action."
elucidate
To make lucid, vivid, or clear; throw light upon/ explain.
To provide clarification.
divination
Practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.
emanate
To flow out, issue forth, or proceed, as from a source or origin.
To send forth/ emit.
dotard
Person, esp. old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties.
Weak-minded, foolish person.
duplicity
Deceitfulness in speech or conduct.
Speaking/acting in two different ways concerning the same matter with intent to deceive.
The state of being double.
egregious
Extraordinary in some bad way, glaring, flagrant-- "an egregious mistake."
Distinguished or eminent.
elegiac
Expressing sorrow or lamentation for that which is undeniably past-- "elegiac lament for youth"
elucidate
To make lucid, vivid, or clear; throw light upon/ explain.
To provide clarification.
emanate
To flow out, issue forth, or proceed, as from a source or origin.
To send forth/ emit.