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to lessen in intensity or degree

(verb)
abate
deviating from the norm


(adjective)
aberrant
to depart clandestinely; to steal away and hide

(verb)
abscond
an expression of praise


(noun)
accolade
having a sour or bitter taste or character

(adjective)
acerbic
quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight

(noun)
acumen
excessive praise; intense adoration

(noun)
adulation
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients

(verb)
adulterate
dealing with, appreciate of, or responsive to art or the beautiful

(adjective)
aesthetic
to increase in intensity, power, or prestige

(verb)
aggrandize
eager and enthusiastic willingness

(noun)
alacrity
a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, especially base metals, into gold

(noun)
alchemy
to combine several elements into a whole

(verb)
amalgamate
to make better or more tolerable

(verb)
amelioroate
agreeable; responsive to suggestion

(adjective)
amenable
something or someone out of place in terms of its historical or chronological context

(Noun)
anachronism
deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality

(noun)
anomaly
an expression of approval or praise

(noun)
approbation
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive time

(adjective)
archaic
strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort

(adjective)
arduous
one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion

(noun)
ascetic
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify

(verb)
assuage
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh, severe

(adjective)
astringent
daring and fearless; recklessly bold

(adjective)
audacious
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic

(adjective)
austere
greed, especially for wealth


(noun)
avarice
to state as a fact; to confirm or support

(verb)
aver
a universally recognized principle; taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth

(noun/adjective)
axiom/axiomatic
to provide support or reinforcement

(bolster)
verb
self-evident or pompous writing or speech; pompous; grandiloquent

(noun/adjective)
bombast/bombastic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants

(adjective)
bucolic
to grow rapidly; to flourish


(verb)
burgeon
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance

(noun)
cacophony
an established set of prinicples or code of laws, often religious in nature

(noun)
canon
following or in agreement with orthodox requirements

(adjective)
canonical
inclined to change one's mind impulisvely; erratic; unpredictable

(adjective)
capricious
severe criticism or punishment


(noun)
castigation
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change

(adjective)
catalyst
burning or stinging; causing corrosion

(adjective)
caustic
to criticize severely; to officialy rebuke

(verb)
censure
wary; cautious


(adjective)
chary
trickery or subterfuge


(noun)
chicanery
appealing forcibly to the mind on reason; convincing

(adjective)
cogent
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others

(noun)
complaisance
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expret

(noun)
connoisseur
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement

(adjective)
contentious
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness

(adjective)
contrite
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude

(noun)
convention
complex or complicated


(adjective)
convoluted
tending to believe too readily; gullible

(adjective)
credulous
deserving blame


(adjective)
culpable
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness

(noun)
cynicism
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack

(noun)
dearth
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior

(noun)
decorum
to question or oppose


(verb)
demur
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment

(noun)
derision
to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull

(verb)
dessicate
a harsh denunciation


(noun)
diatribe
intended to teach or instruct


(adjective)
didactic
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge

(noun)
dilettante
to undeceive; to set right


(verb)
disabuse
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound

(adjective)
discordant
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions

(noun)
discretion
indifferent; free from self-interest

(adjective)
disinterested
to slight or belittle


(verb)
disparage
fundamentally distinct or dissimiliar

(adjective)
disparate
to disguise or conceal; to mislead

(verb)
dissemble
to disclose something secret


(verb)
divulge
stubbornly oppinionated


(adjective)
dogmatic
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings

(noun)
ebullience
departing from norms or conventions

(adjective)
eccentric
composed of elements drawn from various sources

(adjective)
eclectic
extreme boldness; presumptuousness

(noun)
effrontery
a mournful poem, especially one lamenting the dead

(noun)
elegy
well-spoken; expressive; articluate

(adjective)
eloquent
soothing, especially to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying

(adjective)
emollient
based on observation or experiment

(adjective)
empirical
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people

(adjective)
endemic
to weaken; to reduce in vitality

(verb)
enervate
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand

(adjective)
enigmatic
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy

(noun)
ennui
brief; fleeting


(adjective)
ephemeral
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent

(verb)
equivocate
very learned; scholarly


(adjective)
erudite
intended for or understood by a small, specific group

(adjective)
esoteric
a speech honoring the dead


(noun)
eulogy
tending to dissapear like vapor; vanishing

(adjective)
evanescent
to make worse or more severe


(verb)
exacerbate
exonerate; to clear of blame


(verb)
exculpate
urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention

(adjective)
exigent
to remove blame


(verb)
exonerate
improvised; done without preparation

(adjective)
extemporaneous
playful; humorous


(adjective)
facetious
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief

(noun)
fallacy
to flatter or praise excessively

(verb)
fawn
greatly emotional or zealous


(adjective)
fervent
intentional obstruction, especially using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action

(noun)
filibuster
to demonstrate contempt for, as in a rule or convention

(verb)
flout
happening by fortunate accident or chance

(adjective)
fortuitous
to loudly attack or denounce


(verb)
fulminate
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious

(adjective)
furtive
pointlessly talkative, talking too much

(adjective)
garrulous
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter

(adjective)
germane
marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial

(adjective)
glib
pompous speech or expression


(noun)
grandiloquence
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people

(adjective)
gregarious
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage

(adjective)
hackneyed
calm and peaceful


(adjective)
halcyon
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade

(verb)
harangue
devotion to pleasurable pursuits, especially to the pleasures of the senses

(noun)
hedonism
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others

(noun)
hegemony
violating accepted dogma or convention

(adjective)
heretical
arrogant presumption or pride


(noun)
hubris
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech

(noun)
hyperbole
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions

(noun)
iconoclast
given to intense or excessive devotion to something

(adjective)
idolatrous
about to happen; impending


(adjective)
imminent
not capable of change


(adjective)
immutable
revealing no emotion


(adjective)
impassive
lacking funds; without money


(adjective)
impecunious
marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness

(adjective)
imperturbable
hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement

(adjective)
impetuous
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed

(adjective)
implacable
immunity from punishment or penalty

(noun)
impunity
in an initial stage; not fully formed

(adjective)
inchoate
beginning to come into being or to become apparent

(adjective)
incipient
having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice

(adjective)
indifferent
unmoving; lethargic; sluggigh


(adjective)
inert
unfortunate; inappropriate


(adjective)
infelicitous
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication

(adjective)
ingenuous
damaging; harmful; malevolent


(adjective)
inimical
harmless; causing no damage


(adjective)
innocuous
without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland

(adjective)
insipid
not easily managed or directed; stubborn, obstinate

(adjective)
intractable
refusing to compromise


(adjective)
intransigent
steadfast and courageous


(adjective)
intrepid
accustomed to accepting something undesirable

(adjective)
inured
to obtain by deception or flattery

(verb)
inveigle
easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts

(adjective)
irascible
using few words; terse


(adjective)
laconic
to praise highly


(verb)
laud
extremely talkative


(adjective)
loquacious
clear; easily understood


(adjective)
lucid
characterized by brightness and the emission of light

(adjective)
luminous
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, especially in forgiving

(noun)
magnanimity
having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred

(adjective)
malevolent
capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable

(adjective)
malleable
associated with war and the armed forces

(adjective)
martial
an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

(noun)
maverick
the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty

(noun)
mendacity
characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood

(adjective)
mercurial
characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail

(adjective)
meticulous
one who hates all other humans


(noun)
misanthrope
to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate

(verb)
mitigate
to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity

(verb)
mollify
sad; sullen; melancholy


(adjective)
morose
of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary

(adjective)
mundane
coming into being; in early developmental stages

(adjective)
nascent
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form

(adjective)
nebulous
a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses

(noun)
neologism
a recent convert; a beginner; novice

(noun)
neophyte
harmful; injurious


(adjective)
noxious
unyielding; hardhearted; intractable

(adjective)
obdurate
to deliberately obscure; to make confusing

(verb)
obfuscate
exhibiting a fawning attentiveness

(adjective)
obsequious
stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising

(adjective)
obstinate
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression

(adjective)
obtuse
to anticipate and make unnecessary

(verb)
obviate
to obstruct or block


(verb)
occlude
evoking intense aversion or dislike

(adjective)
odious
troubling; burdensome


(adjective)
onerous
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light

(adjective)
opaque
disgrace; contempt; scorn


(noun)
opprobrium
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm

(noun)
oscillation
characterized by or given to pretentiousness

(adjective)
ostentatious
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving

(noun)
paean
a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, especially in literature and art

(noun)
parody
the art or profession of training, teaching, or instructing

(noun)
pedagogy
the parading of learning; excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules

(adjective)
pedantic
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous

(adjective)
penurious
poverty; destitution


(noun)
penury
recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly

(adjective)
perennial
intentional breach of faith; treachery

(noun)
perfidy
cursory; done without care or interest

(adjective)
perfunctory
extremely harmful; potentially causing death

(adjective)
pernicious
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment

(adjective)
perspicacious
to examine with great care


(verb)
peruse
to permeate throughout


(verb)
pervade
having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout

(adjective)
pervasive
calm; sluggish; unemotional


(adjective)
phlegmatic
to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor

(verb)
pine
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion

(adjective)
pious
to illegally use or reproduce


(verb)
pirate
the essential or central part; precise and brief

(noun/adjective)
pith/pithy
to appease; to calm by making concessions

(verb)
placate
a superficial remark, especially one offered as meaningful

(noun)
platitude
an overabundance; a surplus


(noun)
plethora
to plunge or drop straight down

(verb)
plummet
controversial; argumentative


(adjective)
polemical
practical rather than idealistic

(adjective)
pragmatic
to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner

(verb)
prattle
to cause or to happen before anticipated or required; acting with excessive haste or impulse

(verb/adjective)
precipitate
one that indicates or announces someone or something to come

(noun)
precursor
a disposition in favor of something; preference

(noun)
predilection
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care

(verb)
preen
foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occuring

(noun)
prescience
overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties

(adjective)
presumptuous
to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead

(verb)
prevaricate
pure; uncorrupted; clean


(adjective)
pristine
adherence to highest principles; uprightness

(noun)
probity
a natural predisposition or inclination

(noun)
proclivity
recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish

(adjective)
prodigal
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary

(adjective)
prodigious
excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant

(adjective)
profligate
given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant

(adjective)
profuse
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly

(verb)
proliferate
producing large volumes or amounts; productive

(adjective)
prolific
a natural inclination or tendency; penchant

(noun)
propensity
dull; unimaginative


(adjective)
prosaic
characterize by a strong, sharp smell or taste

(adjective)
pungent
to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor

(verb)
putrefy
to drink deeply


(verb)
quaff
misgiving; reservation; cause for hesitancy

(noun)
qualm
prone to complaining or grumbling; quarrelsome

(adjective)
querulous
question; inquiry; doubt in the mind; reservation

(noun)
query
stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest

(noun)
quiescence
foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals

(adjective)
quixotic
occurring or recurring daily; commonplace

(adjective)
quotidian
characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment

(adjective)
rancorous
to make or become thin, less dense; to refine

(verb)
rarefy
obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage

(adjective)
recalcitrant
to retract, especially a previously held belief

(verb)
recant
hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure

(adjective)
recondite
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor


(adjective)
redoubtable
raidant; shiny; brilliant


(adjective)
refulgent
to disprove; to successfully argue against

(verb)
refute
to forcibly assign, especially to a lower place or position

(verb)
relegate
to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise

(verb)
renege
to refuse to have anything to do with; disown

(verb)
repudiate
to invalidate; to repeal; to retract

(verb)
rescind
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings

(adjective)
reticent
marked by, feeling, or expressing profound awe and respect

(adjective)
reverent
the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion

(noun)
rhetoric
promoting health or well-being


(adjective)
salubrious
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance

(noun)
sanction
a literary work that ridicules or criticized a human vice through humor or derision

(noun)
satire
diligent; persistent; hardworking

(adjective)
sedulous
a piece of broken pottery or glass

(noun)
shard
concerned and attentive; eager


(adjective)
solicitous
able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance

(adjective)
solvent
causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep

(adjective)
soporific
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul

(adjective)
sordid
thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals

(adjective)
sparse
seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive

(adjective)
specious
one who spends money wastefully

(noun)
spendthrift
occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances

(adjective)
sporadic
lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit

(adjective)
spurious
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect

(adjective)
squalid
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly

(verb)
squander
not moving, active, or in motion; at rest

(adjective)
static
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast

(adjective)
stoic
to stun, baffle, or amaze


(verb)
stupefy
to block; thwart


(verb)
stymie
a court order requiring appearance and/ or testimony

(noun)
subpoena
not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern'

(adjective)
subtle
brief; concise


(adjective)
succinct
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary

(adjective)
superfluous
to take the place of; supersede

(verb)
supplant
excess; overindulgence


(verb)
surfeit
the combination of parts to make a whole

(noun)
synthesis
implied; not explicitly stated


(adjective)
tacit
the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued

(noun)
tenacity
having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak

(adjective)
tenuous
brief and concise in wording


(adjective)
terse
a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation

(noun)
tirade
lethargic; sluggish; dormant


(adjective)
torpid
a force that causes rotation


(noun)
torque
winding; twisting; excessively complicated

(adjective)
tortuous
to publicly praise or promote


(verb)
tout
fleeting; passing quickly; brief

(adjective)
transient
sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating

(adjective)
trenchant
fierce and cruel; earger to fight

(adjective)
truculent
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread

(adjective)
ubiquitous
genuine; not false or hypocritical

(adjective)
unfeigned
indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable

(adjective)
untenable
sophisticated; refined; elegant

(adjective)
urbane
to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another

(verb)
vacillate
multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color

(adjective)
variegated
truthfulness; honesty


(noun)
veracity
annoyance; irritation


(noun)
vexation
alertly watchful


(adjective)
vigilant
to defame; to characterize harshly

(verb)
vilify
extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic

(adjective)
virulent
thick; sticky


(adjective)
viscous
to use harsh, condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate

(verb)
vituperate
readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive

(adjective)
volatile
having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous

(adjective)
voracious
to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion

(verb)
waver
fervent; ardent; impassioned


(adjective)
zealous