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abjure
1 a : to renounce upon oath b : to reject solemnly
2 : to abstain from : AVOID
adumbrate
1 : to foreshadow vaguely : INTIMATE
2 : to suggest, disclose, or outline partially *adumbrate a plan*
3 : OVERSHADOW, OBSCURE
anathema
a : one that is cursed by ecclesiastical authority b : someone or something intensely disliked or loathed
predicate
to assert to be a quality, attribute, or property
anodyne
1 : serving to alleviate pain
2 : not likely to offend or arouse tensions : INNOCUOUS
apogee
the farthest or highest point : CULMINATION. zenith
apostate
one who abandons long-held religious or policical conventions
apotheosis
1 : elevation to divine status : DEIFICATION
2 : the perfect example : QUINTESSENCE
deification
the act or an instance of deifying
asperity
severity, rigor, roughness, harshness, acrimony, irritability
asseverate
to affirm or declare positively or earnestly
assiduous
diligent, hard-working, sedulous
sedulous
accomplished with careful perseverance. diligent in application or pursuit
augury
omen, portent
portent
something that foreshadows a coming event
bellicose
favoring or inclined to start quarrels or wars. belligerent. pugnacious.
pugnacious
having a quarrelsome or combative nature
truculent
1 : feeling or displaying ferocity : CRUEL, SAVAGE
2 : DEADLY, DESTRUCTIVE
calumniate
1 : to utter maliciously false statements, charges, or imputations about
2 : to injure the reputation of by *calumny*
captious
1 : marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections *captious critics*
2 : calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument *a captious question*
cavil
to find fault without good reason
celerity
think accelerate. rapidity of motion or action
chimera
an illusion or fabrication of the mind
contumacious
stubbornly disobedient : REBELLIOUS
denouement
1 : the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work
2 : the outcome of a complex sequence of events
descry
to catch sight of, discover, find out
desuetude
discontinuance from use or exercise : DISUSE
desultory
marked by lack of definite plan, regularity, or purpose. aimless
diaphanous
characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through
diffident
hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence. reserved, shy
dirge
a song or hymn of grief or lamentation; especially : one intended to accompany funeral or memorial rites
encomium
glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise. tribute. eulogy
panegyric
a eulogistic oration or writing
eschew
to shun or avoid.
excoriate
to censure scathingly. to upbraid
upbraid
1 : to criticize severely : find fault with
2 : to reproach severely : scold vehemently
execrate
1 : to declare to be evil or detestable : DENOUNCE
2 : to detest utterly
exegesis
EXPOSITION, EXPLANATION; especially an explanation or critical interpretation of a text
expiate
to make amends for
extirpate
1 a : to destroy completely : WIPE OUT b : to pull up by the root
2 : to cut out by surgery
fatuous
complacently or inanely foolish : SILLY
inanely
1 : EMPTY, INSUBSTANTIAL
2 : lacking significance, meaning, or point : SILLY *inane comments*
fractious
1 : tending to be troublesome : UNRULY *a fractious crowd*
2 : QUARRELSOME, IRRITABLE
gainsay
1 : to declare to be untrue or invalid
2 : CONTRADICT, OPPOSE
heterodox
1 : contrary to or different from an acknowledged standard, a traditional form, or an established religion : UNORTHODOX
iconoclastic
2 : a person who attacks settled beliefs or institutions
imbroglio
difficult or embarassing situation
indefatigable
incapable of being fatigued : UNTIRING. tireless
ineluctable
not to be avoided, changed, or resisted : INEVITABLE. certain
inimitable
not capable of being imitated. one of a kind.
insouciant
lighthearted unconcern : NONCHALANCE. carefree
inveterate
firmly established by long persistence. confirmed in a habit : HABITUAL *an inveterate liar*
jejune
2 : devoid of significance or interest : DULL *jejune lectures*
3 : JUVENILE, PUERILE
vapid
lacking liveliness, tang, briskness, or force : FLAT, DULL
nugatory
of little or no consequence : TRIFLING, INCONSEQUENTIAL
puerile
1 : JUVENILE
2 : CHILDISH, SILLY
lubricious
1. lewd, wanton
2. greasy, slippery
wanton
2 a : LEWD, BAWDY b : causing sexual excitement : LUSTFUL, SENSUAL
lechery
inordinate indulgence in sexual activity : LASCIVIOUSNESS
lascivious
LEWD, LUSTFUL
mendicant
beggar
meretricious
cheap, gaudy, flashy, showing; attracting by false show. pretentious.
tawdry
cheap and gaudy in appearance or quality
minatory
having a menacing quality : THREATENING
nadir
the lowest point
nonplussed
to cause to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do : PERPLEX. baffled
obstreperous
1 : marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness : CLAMOROUS
2 : stubbornly resistant to control : UNRULY
ossified
2 : to become hardened or conventional and opposed to change with age. Literally: turned into bone
palliate
to make something seem less serious, to gloss over, to make less severe or intense. to cover by excuses and apologies
panegyric
a eulogistic oration or writing; formal or elaborate praise
parsimonious
frugal to the point of stinginess
pellucid
transparent, easy to understand, limpid
peroration
the concluding part of a speech; flowery, rhetorical speech
plangent
having a loud reverberating sound. thundering, pounding, resounding
prolix
1 : unduly prolonged or drawn out : too long
2 : marked by or using an excess of words
propitiate
to gain or regain the favor or goodwill of : APPEASE, CONCILIATE
conciliate
1 : to gain (as goodwill) by pleasing acts
2 : to make compatible : RECONCILE
3 : APPEASE
puerile
1 : JUVENILE
2 : CHILDISH, SILLY
puissance
STRENGTH, POWER
pusillanimous
cowardly, craven. lacking courage and resolution
craven
DEFEATED, VANQUISHED. lacking the least bit of courage
remonstrate
to protest, object
sagacious
having sound judgement; perceptive, wise.
discerning
showing insight and understanding : DISCRIMINATING
salacious
1 : arousing or appealing to sexual desire or imagination : LASCIVIOUS
2 : LECHEROUS, LUSTFUL
salutary
remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
remedial
1 : intended as a remedy
2 : concerned with the correction of faulty study habits and the raising of a pupil's general competence
sanguine
cheerful, confident, optimistic
saturnine
gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
sententious
moralistic, tending to moralize excessively
aphoristic
1 : a concise statement of a principle
2 : a terse formulation of a truth or sentiment : ADAGE
epigrammatic
of an epigram. a terse, sage, or witty and often paradoxical saying
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
stygian
extremely dark, gloomy, or forbidding
sycophant
a servile self-seeking flatterer
tendentious
marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of view : BIASED
timorous
of a timid disposition : FEARFUL.
diffident
hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence
tyro
beginner in learning : NOVICE
greenhorn
an inexperienced or naive person
vitiate
to corrupt, debase, spoil, make ineffective
voluble
fluent, verbal, having easy use of spoken language