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abeyance
suspendend action
abrogate
abolish
abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking, temperate.
abstruse
obscure, profound, difficult ot understand
acclivity
sharp upslope of a hill
adage
wise saying, proverb
aerie
nest of large bird of prey
alimentary
nourishing, supplying nourishment
alliteratoin
repition of beginning sound in poetry
anathema
Solemn curse, One that is cursed or damned
ancillary
serving as an aid, accessory
antedilluvian
antiquated, extremely ancient
apogee
highest point
aplomb
poise, assurance
apostate
abandons his religious faith
apologist
writes in defense of a cause or institution
apothegm
pithy compact saying
apprise
inform
aquiline
curved, hooked
arable
fit for growing crops
argot
slang
aseptic
preventing infection
asperity
sharpness of temper
aspersion
slanderous remark
assiduous
diligent
asunder
into parts, apart
atavism
resemblance to remote parents rathre than to parents
augury
omen, prophecy
august
impressive, majestic
aver
state confidently
avuncular
like an uncle
baleful
deadly, having a malign influence, ominous
baroque
highly ornate
bastion
stronghold, a source of protection
bedizen
dress gaudily with vulgar finery
bedraggle
wet thoroughly
beneficent
kindly, doing good
benison
blessing
besmirch
soil, defile
blandishment
flattery
bevy
large group
blithe
gay, joyous
boorish
rude
brackish
somewhat saline
bucolic
rustic
buttress
support, prop up
cadence
rhythmic rise and fall
canard
unfounded rumor
calumny
malicious misrepresentation, slander
callow
youthful, immature, inexperienced
canny
shrewd, thrifty
capacious
spacious
capitulate
surrender
caprice
whim
capricious
unpredictable, fickle
captious
faultfinding, critical
carping
petty criticism
carrion
rotting flesh
categorical
without exception
catholic
universal
caucus
private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
cauterize
burn with hot iron
cavalcade
parade, processoin
cavalier
casual, offhand
celerity
speed, rapidity
censorious
critical
centrifugal
radiating, departing from center
centripetal
tending towards the center
chaff
worthless products of an endeavor
chaffing
bantering, joking
chary
cautious
chicanery
trickery
chimerical
fantastically improbable, imaginative
churlish
boorish, rude
cipher
secret code
cipher
secret code
circumscribe
limit, confine
circumspect
cautious, prudent
coeval
occuring at the same time r place as. Contemporary
colloquy
informal discussion
collusion
conspiring in fraudulent scheme
commodious
spacious and comfortable
compendium
brief comprehensive summary
complacency
self-satisfactoin, smugness
complicity
participation
comport
behave, bear ones self with composure
compunction
remorse
conifer
pine tree, cone bearing
contentious
quarrelsome
contiguous
adjacent to, touching upon
continence
self-restraint, sexual chastity
contumacious
disobedient, resisting authority
coterie
group that meets socially, select circle
cozen
cheat, swindle, hoodwink
craven
cowardly
credulity
gullibility, naivetee, belief based on slight evidence
debacle
sudden downfall, complete disaster
decant
pour off gently
deciduous
fallig off as in leaves
declivity
downward slope
decry
espressing strong disapproval
default
failure to act
deference
courteous regard for one's wishes
defray
provide payment for
deign
condescend, stoop
demotic
pretaining to the common people,
denigrate
blacken
denizen
resident, inhabitant, regular visitor
denouement
finality, outcome
derivative
obtained from original source, unoriginal
descry
catch sight of, froma distance
desecrate
profane, violate the sanctity of
despoil
plunder
desultory
aimless, haphazard, digressing in random
diffidence
shyness
dirge
lament with music
disabuse
correct a false impression
disaffected
disloyal
discursive
digressing, rambling
dissemble
disguise
divest
strip, deprive
elegy
poem or song expressing lamentation
enervate
weaken
enmity
ill will, hatred
equanimity
calmness of temperment, composure
equitable
fair, impartial
equivocal
ambigious, intentionally misleading
equivocate
lie, mislead, attempt to conceal the truth
esoteric
hard to understand, known only by a chosen few
euphemism
mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
exculpate
clear from blame
execrate
curse, express abhorrence for
exegesis
explanation, esp. of biblical passages
exhort
urge
exigency
urgent situation
expatiate
talk at length
expiate
make amends for (a sin)
expropriate
take possession for
expurgate
clean, remove offensive parts from
extenuate
weaken
facetious
joking
fallacious
false misleading
fastidious
difficult to please
fatuous
foolish, inane
fecundity
fertility, fruitfulness
felicitous
apt, suitable, favorable, suitably expressed
felicity
happiness, appropriateness
ferret
drive or hunt out of hiding
fervor
glowing ardor
fetid
malodorous
flag
droop, grow feeble
flagrant
conspiciously wicked
fledgling
inexperienced
flotsam
drifting wreckage
flout
reject, mock
fodder
coarse food for cattle, horses, etc
foment
stir up, instigate
foppish
vain about dress and appearance
foray
raid
forbearance
patience
formidable
menacing, threatening
fortitude
bravery, courage
fortuitous
accidental, by chance
fracas
brawl
fulminate
thunder, explode
gadfly
animal-biting fly, irritating person
gaffe
social blunder
galvanize
stimulate by shock, stir up, revitalize
garrulous
talkative, wordy, loquacious
glib
fluent, facile, slick
goad
urge on
grandiloquent
pompous, bombastic, high-sounding language
gregarious
sociable
guileless
easily deceived, naive
gustatory
affecting the sense of taste
halcyon
calm, peaceful
harangue
long, impassioned speech, vehement
hegemony
dominance, esp one nation over another
hermitage
home of a hermit
heterodox
unorthodox, unconventional
hyperbole
exaggeration
iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
ignoble
unworthy
ignominy
deep disgrace, shame
imbue
saturate, fill
immutable
unchangeable
impassive
without feeling, imperturbable
impecunious
without money
impenitent
nor repentent
imperious
domineering, haughty
implacable
incapable of being pacified
impudence
impertinence, insolence
impugn
dispute, contradict
impuissance
powerlessness, feebleness
inalienable
not to be taken away, nontransferable
inaugurate
install in office, begin formally
incense
enrage, enfuriate
inchoate
recently begun, rudimentary, unformed
incipient
beginning, in early stages
incongruity
not harmonious, absuridity
incontinent
lacking self-restraint, licentious
indefatigable
tireless
indigence
poverty
indigenous
native
indolent
lazy
indomitable
unconquerable, unyielding
ineffable
unable to be expressed
ineluctable
irresistible, not to be escaped
inexorable
relentless, unyielding, implacable
ingenuous
naive, trusting
inimical
unfriendly, hostile, harmful, detrimental
inimitable
matchless, not able to be imitated
iniquitous
wicked, immoral, uprighteous
innocuous
harmless
insalubrious
unwholesome, not healthful
insipid
lacking in flavor, dull
insularity
narrow-mindedness, isolation
insurgent
rebellious
inter
bury
interdict
prohibit, forbid
interloper
intruder
interpolate
insert between
intractable
unruly, stubborn, unyielding
intransigence
refusal of any compromise
intrepid
fearless
inured
accustomed, hardened
invective
abuse
inveigle
lead astray, wheedle
invidious
designed to create ill will or envy
inviolable
secure from corruption, or violatoin. unassailable.
irascible
irritable
irresolute
weak, uncertainhow to act
jocular
said in jest
juggernaut
irresistible crushing force
labile
likely to change, unstable
lachrymose
producing tears
lackadaisical
lacking purpose or zest, halfhearted
laconic
brief and to the point
laggard
slow, sluggish
lambaste
beat, thrash verbally or physically
languid
wearysluggish, listless
languor
lassitude, depression
lassitude
languor, weariness
levee
earthen or stone embakment to prevent flooding
levity
lack of seriousness or steadiness, frivolity
libertine
debauched person, roue
licentious
lascivious, lewd
insouciant
indifferent, without concern or care
castigation
sever criticism, punishmnet
gainsay
to declare to be untrue or invalid
lilliputian
extremely small
loquacious
talkative
lugubrious
mournful
magnanimity
generosity
magniloquent
boastful, pompous
maladroit
clumsy, bungling
malapropism
comic misuse of a word
malediction
curse
malingerer
feigns illness
manacle
restrain, handcuff
manumit
emancipate, free from bondage
masticate
chew
maudlin
effusively sentimental
mawkish
mushy, overly sentimental, maudlin
meddlesome
interfering
melee
fight
mendacious
lying, habitually dishonest
mendicant
beggar
mercantile
concerning trade
mercurial
capricious, changing
meretricious
flashy, tawdry
meteoric
momentarily brilliant
mettle
courage, spirit
minatory
menacing, threatening
minion
servile, dependent
miscreant
wretch, villain
missive
letter
modicum
limited quantity
mollify
soothe
moratorium
delay of payment
moribund
dying
mottled
blotchedin coloring, spotted
multifarious
vaired, greatly diversified
munificent
very generous
nadir
lowest point
nascent
incipient, coming into being
nepotism
favoritism (to a relative)
nettle
vex, annoy
nexus
connection
niggardly
meanly stingy, parsimonious
noisome
foul-smelling
nostrum
questionable medicine
obdurate
stubborn
obeisance
bow
obfuscate
confuse, muddlem make needlessly complex
oblique
indirect, slanting (deviating froma straightline)
obloquy
slander, disgrace, infamy
obsequious
slavishly attentive, servile, sycophantic
obsequy
funeral ceremony
obsidian
black volcanic rock
obstreperous
boisterous, noisy
obtrude
push in, intrude
obviate
make unecessary, get rid of
occlude
shut, close
odious
hateful, vile
officious
meddlesome, excessively pushy
onerous
burdensome
onomatopeia
words formed in imitation fo sound: gargle, rustle
onus
burden, responsibility
opprobrium
infamy, vilification
oracular
prophetic, uttered as if by divine authority
oratorio
dramatic poem set to music
ossify
change to bone
palliate
ease pain, make less severe
pallid
pale, wan
palpitate
throb, flutter
panacea
cure-all, remedy for all diseases
pander
cater to low desires of others
panegyric
formal praise
pantomime
acting without dialogue
paragon
model of perfection
paramour
illicit lover
parity
equiality, close resemblance
patois
local or provincial dialect
pecuniary
pertaining to money
pedantic
showing off learning
pejorative
negative in connotatoin, belittling effect
pell-mell
confusion
pellucid
transparent, easy to understand
pendulous
hanigng, suspended
penury
great poverty
peon
bond servant, landless agricultural worker
perfidious
treacherous, disloyal
perfunctory
superficial, not thorough, lacking interest, care or enthusiasm
peripatetic
walking about, moving
pernicious
very destructive
perspicacious
having insight, penetrating, astute
perspicuity
clearness of expression, freedom from ambiguity
perspicious
plainly expressed
pertinacious
stubborn, persistent
petulant
touchy, peevish
philanderer
faithless lover
phillistine
narrow-minded, uncuultured, exclusively interested in material gain
phlegmatic
calm, not easily disturbed
piquant
pleasantly tart-tasting
piscatorial
pertaining to fishing
pittance
small allowance or wage
placate
pacify, conciliate
plebeian
common, for common people
polemic
controversial, argument in support of a view
politic
expedient, prudent, well devised
ponderous
weighty, unwieldy
portend
fortell
posterity
future generations, descendants
potable
suitable for drinking
potentate
monarch, sovereign
poultice
sooting application applied to sores
precarious
uncertain, risky
precept
practical rule guiding conduct
precipitate
rash, premature, hasty, suddent
precipitous
steep; overhasty
preeminent
outstanding superior
prehensile
grasping, holding
premonitory
serving to warn (premonition- forewarning)
prevaricate
lie
probity
uprightness, incorruptibility
prodigal
uprightness, incorruptibility
prodigal
wasteful, reckless with money
prodigious
marvelous, enormous
profligate
dissipated, wasteful, wildly immoral
prognosticate
predict
promulgate
proclaim a doctrine or a law
propinquity
nearness, kinship
propitiate
appease
propitious
favorable
proscribe
ostracize, bansih, outlaw
proselytize
induce someone to covert ot a relgion or belief
protean
versatile, able to make many forms
provenance
original source
provident
displaying foresight, thrifty
provisional
tentative
prurient
having or causing lustful thoughts and desires
puerile
childish
pugnacity
combativeness, disposed to fight
puissant
powerful, strong, potent
pundit
authority on the subject
purport
intention, meaning
purveyor
furnisher of foodstuffs,caterer
pusillanimous
fainthearted
quagmire
soft, wet, boggy. difficult situatoin from which to free oneself
quail
cower, lose heart
qualified
limited, restricted
quarry
dig into
quash
subdue, crush, squash
querulous
fretful, whining
quiescent
at rest, dormant, temporarily inactive
quietude
tranquility
quixotic
idealistic, but impractical
quotidian
daily, commonplace, customary
raconteur
story-teller
raiment
clothing
rancor
bitterness, hatred
rankle
irritate, fester
rapacious
excessivley grasping, plundering
rarefied
made less dense
recalcitrant
obstinately stubborn
recant
disclaim, disavow, openly confess error, retract previous statment
recapitulate
summarize
recidivism
habitual return to crime
recondite
abstruse, profound, secret
rectitude
uprightness, moral virtue, correctness of judgment
recumbent
reclining, lyin down completely or in part
redolent
fragrant, oderous
refractory
stubborn, unmanageable
refulgent
bightly shining, gleaming
reprobate
person hardened by sin, devoid of decency
repudiate
disown, disavow
reputable
respectable
rescind
cancel
ribald
wanton, profane
rococo
highly decorated, ornate
sacrosanct
most sacred, inviolabe
sagacious
perceptive, shrewd, having insight
salacious
lascivious, lustful
salubrious
healthful
sanguine
cheerful, hopeful (sanguinary- bloody)
sardonic
disdainful sarcastic, cynical
sartorial
pertaining to tailors
scurrilous
obscene, indecent
sedition
resistance to authority, insubordination
sedulous
diligent
sentinal
lookout
sepulcher
tomb
seine
net for catching fish
sextant
tool for navigating to determine ships lattitude longitude
sibylline
prophetic, oracular
sidereal
relating to stars
sinecure
well-paid position with little responsiblity
sinuous
winding, bending in and out
solicitous
concerned, interested in the well-being of others
soliloquy
talking to oneself
somnambulist
sleepwalker
somnolent
half asleep
sophist
ueses fallacious reasoning
soporific
sleep-causing
specious
seeimingly reasonable but incorrect
spendthrift
wastes money
spurious
false, counterfeit
stolid
dull, impassive
stricture
severe and adverse criticism
strident
loud and harsh, insistent
stultify
cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent
stygian
gloomy hellish, deathly
sublime
exalted, noble and uplifting
subsume
include, encompass
succor
aid, assist, comfort
supercillious
arrogant, condescending, patronizing
supine
lying on the back
supplant
replace, usurp
supplicate
petition humbly, pray to grant a favor
surfeit
satiate, stuff, indulge to excess
surreptitious
secret, furtive, sneaky
sycophant
servile flatterer, bootlicker, yes man
syllogism
logical formula conisting of a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion
tacit
understood, not put into words
tangential
peripheral, only slightly connected
tantamount
equivalent in effect or value
tautological
needlessly repetitious
temerity
boldness, rashness
tendentious
having an aim, biased, deisgned to further a cause
tensile
capable of being stretched
tenuous
thin, rare, slim
timorous
fearful, demonstrating fear
toady
servile flatterer, yes man
tome
large volume
tonsure
shaving of the head, esp. by religious people
torpor
lethargy, sluggishness
tractable
easily manageable, docile
truculence
aggressiveness, ferocity
turbid
muddy, having sediment disturbed
ubiquitous
being everywhere
unction
act of anointing with oil
unequivocal
plain, obvious
unmitigated
unreleieved, absolute, immoderate
untenable
indefensible, not being able to be maintained
untoward
unfortunate, unlucky, adverse unexpected
upbraid
severely scold, reprimand
usurp
seize another's power
venal
capable of being bribed, corruptable
venial
forgivable, trivial
veracious
truthful
verdigris
green coating on copper once exposed to weather
versimilitude
appearance of truth. likelihood (versimilar)
vicissitude
change of fortune
vitiate
spoil the effect of, make inoperative
vituperative
abusive, scolding
wanton
unrestrained, willfully malicoius, unchaste
zephyr
gentle breeze, west wind
trenchant
cutting, keen
vitreous
of or resembling glass, glassy