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abscond
to leave secretly
abstain
to choose not to do something
adulterate
to make impure
advocate
to speak in favor of
aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
amalgamate
to combine, mix together
ameliorate
to make better, improve
anachronism
something out of place in time
analogous
simliar or alike in some way
anomaly
deviation from what is normal
antipathy
extreme dislike
apathy
lack of interest or emotion
ardor
intense and passionate feeling
assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree, to weaken
audacious
fearless and daring
austere
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
banal
predictable, cliched, boring
bolster
to support, to prop up
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
cacophony
harsh, jarring noise
candid
impartial and honest in speech
capricious
changing one's mind quickly and often
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
catalyst
something that brings about a change in something else
caustic
biting in wit
chauvinist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
cogent
convincing and well reasoned
condone
to overlook, pardon, or disregard
convoluted
intricate and complicated
corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
credulous
too trusting, gullible
decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct
deference
respect, courtesy
deride
to speak of or treat with contempt, to mock
desiccate
to dry out throughly
desultory
jumping from one thing to another
diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech
diffident
lacking self-confidence
dilate
to make larger, expand
dilatory
intended to delay
dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
dirge
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
disabuse
to set right; to free from error
discern
to perceive, recognize
disparate
fundamentally different, entirely unlike
dissemble
to present a false appearance, to disguise one's real intentions or character
dissonance
a harsh and disagreeable combination
dogma
a firmly held opinion
dogmatic
dictatorial in one's opinions
dupe
deceive
efficacy
effectiveness
elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech
eloquent
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
emulate
to copy, to try to equal or excel
enervate
to reduce in strength
engender
to produce, cause, or bring about
enigma
a puzzle, mystery
enumerate
to count, list, or itemize
ephemeral
lasting a short time
equivocate
to use expresions of double meaning in order to mislead
erratic
wandering and unpredictable
erudite
learned, scholarly, bookish
esoteric
known or understood by only a few
estimable
admirable
euphemism
use of inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
exacerbate
to make worse
exculpate
to clear from blame, prove innocent
exigent
urgent, requiring immediate action
exonerate
to clear of blame
fawn
to grovel
dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
dirge
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
disabuse
to set right; to free from error
discern
to perceive, recognize
disparate
fundamentally different, entirely unlike
dissemble
to present a false appearance, to disguise one's real intentions or character
dissonance
a harsh and disagreeable combination
dogma
a firmly held opinion
dogmatic
dictatorial in one's opinions
dupe
deceive
fervid
intensely emotional
florid
excessively decorated or embellished
foment
to arouse or incite
garrulous
outgoing, sociable
guile
deceit or trickery
homogenous
of a similar kind
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed
impervious
impossible to penetrate, incapable of being affected
impetuous
quick to act without thinking
implacable
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
inchoate
to fully formed, disorganized
ingenuous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
inimical
hostile, unfriendly
innocuous
harmless
insipid
lacking interest or flavor
intransigent
uncompromising, refusing to be reconciled
inundate
to overwhelm, to cover with water
irascible
easily made angry
laconic
using few words
lament
to express sorrow, to grieve
laud
to give praise, to glorify
lavish
to give unsparingly, extremely generous or extravagant
lethargic
acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
loquacious
talkative
lucid
clearly and easily understood
malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
misanthrope
a person who dislikes others
mitigate
to soften, to lessen
mollify
to clam or make less severe
obdurate
hardened in feeling, resistant to persuasion
obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
obstinate
stubborn, unyielding
obviate
to prevent, to make unnecessary
occlude
to stop up, to prevent the passge of
onerous
troublesome and oppressive
opprobrium
public disgrace
ostentation
excessive showiness
paragon
model of excellence or perfection
pedant
someone who shows off learning
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
perfunctory
done in a routine way, indifferent
placate
to sooth or pacify
pragmatic
practical as opposed to idealistic
precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly, lacking deliberation
prevariacate
to lie
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
proliferate
to increase in number quickly
propitiate
to conciliate, to appease
propriety
correct behavior, obedience to rules and customs
prudence
wisdom, caution, or restraint
quiescent
motionless
gregarious
outgoing
facetious
joking, humorous
fatuous
brainless
felicitous
well chosen
fledgling
inexperienced
flout
reject, mock
forestall
prevent by taking action in advance
futile
useless, hopeless
ebullient
showing excitement
denigrate
blacken
delineate
portray, depict
empirical
based on experience
explicit
clearly stated
grandiloquent
pompous, using high sounding language
goad
urge on
gainsay
deny
harangue
long, passionate speech
belie
contradict; give a false impression
boorish
rude, instnsitive
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
burnish
make shiny by rubbing
aver
assert confidently or declare
assiduous
diligent
ascetic
practicing self-denial
artless
open & honest
arduous
hard, strenuous
appropriate
acquire, take possession of for one's own use
approbation
approval
alacrity
cheerful promtness; eagerness
apprise
inform
aggregate
gather, accumulate
admonish
warn
abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking
abeyance
suspended action
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
decorum
propriety, orderliness & good taste in manners
eulogy
speeech in praise of someone
derisive
in a mocking manner
dichotomy
split; branching into 2 parts
diffuse
wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas)
digression
wandering away from the subject
disparge
belittle
dissolution
looseness in morals
distend
expand; swell out
divest
strip; deprive
commensurate
corresponding in extent, degree, amount, etc.
coda
concluding section of a musical or literary composition, something that rounds out, summarizes or conclues
compendium
brief, comprehensive summary
conciliatory
reconciling, soothing
confound
confuse, puzzle
contentious
quarrelsome
inert
inactive; lacking power to move
inherent
firmly established by nature or habit
inured
accustomed; hardened
zeal
passion, excitement
whimsical
unpredictable
vex
to annoy
verbose
wordy
veracity
filled with truth and accuracy
venerate
to respect deeply
vacillate
to sway physically, to be indecisive
torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
tacit
done w/out using words
stolid
unemotional
stigma
a mark of shame or discredit
specious
decepively attractive, seemiingly plausible but fallacious
sporific
causing sleep or lethargy
satiate
to satisfy fully or overindulge
rhetoric
effective writing or speaking
reticent
silent, reserved
repudiate
to reject the validity of
quibble
minor objection or complaint
quiescent
motionless
prudence
wisdom, caution, or retraint
propitiate
to appease
proscribe
ostracize, banish, outlaw
propriety
correct behavior, obediance to rules and customs
propensity
natural inclination
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
precarious
uncertain, risky
impede
hinder, block