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lithe
Effortlessly graceful, supple and resilient (and often thin).
Baleful
Menacing, portending evil; having a harmful or malignant influence.
curator
Custodian, especially one in charge of a museum or zoo.
NICHE
A cavity, hollow, or recess in a wall; position ideally suited for an organism or person.
ASPERITY
Harshness, roughness of temper
IRKSOME
Bothersome, irritating
SEDITIOUS:
Disposed to arouse, or take part in, violent opposition to lawful authority.
REPUDIATE
To cast off, to refuse to have anything to do with.
ABIDE
Endure, bear; dwell, remain.
SCURRY:
Hasten away, move along rapidly
PERIGEE:
The lowest or closest point; the point of a satellite's orbit that is nearest to the earth.
DABBLE
To work in slight or superficial manner; to do in a small way.
BUNGLE:
To act or work in a clumsy, awkward manner
FRACTIOUS
Irritable; apt to scold. [easily annoyed]
FELON:
A person guilty or capable of crime.
TENDENTIOUS
Favoring a certain (often unpopular) point of view.
ROTUND
Plump, chubby [having a full rounded shape]
CARP
To find fault; to criticize words or actions without reason or ill-naturedly.
PRIME
To prepare; to get something ready to function.
TACITURN:
Habitually silent; not given to converse; not apt to talk or speak.
UNKEMPT
Not combed, dishevelled [untidy, neglected]
CURSORY
Performed rapidly without attention to details; hasty.
MINATORY
Threatening or menacing
SALACIOUS:
Having a propensity to be lustful or lecherous.
EMACIATE:
To become or to cause to become very thin, as when starving.
AUGUST
Solemn; inspiring respect and reverence; dignified.
HARBINGER:
A portent; sign of the future.
UNFEIGNED
Genuine, without deception, without hypocrisy.
EXTIRPATE
To eradicate; root out; destroy; exterminate
ADVOCATE
advocate (Verb):

To plead the cause of another, to urge.

In contrast to the more strident opponents of the measure, some senators advocate a more conciliatory approach.
JOCUND:
Merry; cheerful; gay; airy; lively; sportive.
CATATONIC
The definition of catatonic (adj) is In a stupor; experiencing either rigidity or extreme flexibility of the limbs.. Here is an example of it in use:


The professor was frustrated with her 8 a.m. course; every morning she looked out on a classroom full of catatonic students who seemed to be hearing nothing she said.
COAGULATE
To cause to change into a semisolid state.
ESPOUSE:
To take up as a supporter.
COZEN
cozen (verb)
To deceive; to cheat; to act deceitfully..
CORRODE
To consume; to wear away; to gradually wear away; to impair; rust.
BRANDISH
To move or wave, as a weapon; to flourish
LIMN:
Paint or draw (e.g. a sign); describe; delineate
DETAIN:
To hold back.
QUIVER
Tremble [shake: trembling movement]
ARBITER
A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them
PREMONITION
Previous warning, notice, or information; forewarning.
AFFABLE
Friendly; courteous; gracious; mild.
VIABLE
Viable (adj.)
capable of living
GUILELESS
Without cunning or duplicity; simple and honest.
SEDENTARY
Seated; not given to travelling or moving; stationary.
STEADFAST:
Firmly fixed or established; unwavering
SODDEN
Soaking wet; heavy with moisture
TENACITY
Tenacity (noun).
The quality of being persistent, singular in purpose
GAMELY
In a plucky manner; spiritedly

[plucky: bravely]
APPREHENSIVE
Apprehensive (adj.)
Cautious and fearful, anxious towards the future.
VAPID
Insipid; flat; dull; unanimated
RAMPANT
Uncontrolled; lacking restraint
BALMY
balmy (adj.)
Soothing; refreshing; mild..

Temperatures on the beach were record-high, but the balmy breeze coming off the ocean took the edge off the heat.
VERBOSE
Using or containing more words than are necessary.
PREPOSTEROUS
Preposterous (adj.)
Outrageous, unbelievable; contrary to nature or reason..
The queen found the commoner's suggestion that she give him her crown nothing short of preposterous.
ANIMUS
Aggression or hostility.
ENMITY:
Strong hatred.
MANACLE
Manacle (noun.)
A shackle or restraint usually attached to wrists or ankles.
APPROBATION
Approval; sanction; commendation
PANEGYRIC
Eulogy, speech or writing in praise of someone..
PREPONDERANCE
Preponderance (noun.)
A great amount (of something. Could refer to weight, quantity, power, influence, etc.).
KNOTTY
Something difficult or intricate
VORACIOUS:
Greedy in eating, eager to devour and swallow.
DECREPIT
Decrepit (adj.)
Broken down with age.
Fearing that it might fall in a storm, the farmers hired men to tear down the decrepit old barn.
FERRET
Search out and bring to light; to drive out from a hiding place.
GLEAN
Glean (verb)
To pick up or gather anything by degrees
COMELY
Pleasing or agreeable to the sight
LACONIC
laconic (adj.)
quiet, using few words, terse
IMBIBE
Imbibe (verb)
To drink in, absorb
VINDICATE
Vindicate (verb)
to support or maintain as true or correct; to release from fault
FRANCHISE:
special license or privilege granted to an individual or a group.
PAUCITY
Paucity (noun)

A lack of something

The town's single women bemoaned the paucity of eligible men.
SOLACE
Comfort, alleviation of grief or sadness
INCUMBENT
Person currently occupying a political office.
MERCENARY
Mercenary (noun)

A soldier for hire who fights purely for money (not from patriotism or coercion)
INANE
Silly, without meaning, foolish.
MOROSE
Morose (adj.)

Sullen, annoyed, unhappy
CACKLE
To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does; to laugh in a broken manner
REND
Rend (verb)
To tear one's clothes.
CONGENIAL
Allied by natural characteristics; kindred; sympathetic.
PULMONARY
Pulmonary (adj.)
having to do with the lungs.
INFLUX
(noun)
A streaming together, or continual incoming; a place where two rivers join.
JIBE
To be in accord, to agree, to fit together conceptually
DWINDLE
(verb)
to diminish; to become less; to shrink
FULMINATE
To make a loud, sudden noise; to send forth decrees with force or authority.
QUIBBLE
(verb)
To raise an insignificant point; to trifle in argument or discourse.

The other students felt their class time was being wasted when Mary would quibble with every point the professor made.
REFRACTORY
Obstinate, stubborn, unmanageable
SALUBRIOUS
(adj.)
favorable to health
INSINUATE
Imply in a subtle or devious way; introduce gradually or indirectly and artfully.
DISCOMFIT
Upset, frustrate, make uncomfortable
IMPUGN
verb

to contradict; to assail; to call into question
GALVANIZE
To plate or coat with metal by means of electricity; to stimulate, rouse, stir.
TARNISH
(verb)
To diminish; to cause to lose luster; to dull
HIRSUTE:
Hairy
SKIRMISH
(noun)
small battle
INDIGNANT
(adj.)
Feeling wrath, as when a person is exasperated by unworthy or unjust treatment, by a mean action, or by a degrading accusation..

Indignant about the press coverage concerning her personal life, the pop star vowed she would never speak to reporters again.
CAJOLE
(verb)
to flatter; coax; deceive with flattery; entrap
SHEATHE
To put in a case; to inclose or cover with
HEAVE
(verb)
To cause to move; to throw off; to lift; to raise
GENTEEL
adj.
Graceful; refined; of high birth..
USURP
To seize, and hold in possession, by force, or without right.
ENTRANCE
verb.

To put into an ecstasy; to ravish with delight or wonder; to enrapture
DECOROUS:
Satisfying the demands of polite society; proper, correct, seemly.
ARDENTLY
adj.
energetically, sincerely
EXPATIATE
To enlarge or elaborate upon something; to go on in great detail.
GENUFLECT
verb.
To bend the knee in prayer..
EXPIATION:
Atonement, the making of amends.
SAVANT
noun
A man of learning; one versed in literature or science..
RETICENT
Quiet; disposed to be silent; reserved.
GIDDY
Silly; lightheaded; dizzy.
VAPID
adj.
Insipid; flat; dull; unanimated

Not wanting to sound vapid, Dierdre tried not to say "Like" and "You know" during her job interview.
HOODWINK:
To deceive by false appearance.
INFURIATE
verb.
anger intensely
WELTER:
To rise and fall, as waves; to tumble over
DAUNT
Discourage by reason of difficulty, intimidate, overwhelm, instill fear or lessen courage
SKIMP
verb
to save; to be parsiminous [ stingy, very sparing] or niggardly
VOGUE:
The way or fashion of people at any particular time.
MENDICANT:
A beggar.
BIGOTRY
noun.
intolerant devotion to a group or cause, usually associated with a devaluation of those outside the group.

The judge declared that the elite society's bigotry would no longer be tolerated, and that it would be forced by law to accept the minorities it had historically excluded.
PLUMMET
To fall steeply.
LURK:
To lie in wait; to keep out of sight
JIBE
verb.
To be in accord, to agree, to fit together conceptually

The president's description of the terms of employment did not jibe with the new employee's understanding of the salary and benefits she would be receiving.
CLANDESTINE
adj.
Done in secret
The lovers arranged a clandestine meeting at the outskirts of town where they were sure not to be seen by anyone they knew.
GAWK
To stare stupidly at something.
PANDER
verb.
to assist in the vice of another
REBUKE
noun.
A direct and pointed reproof; a reprimand.

When Janice spilled paint on the carpet after repeated warnings to be careful, she received a sharp rebuke from her mother.
INVIDIOUS
adj.
Worthy of envy; desirable; likely to produce ill will..
BAFFLE
To elude; to foil; to perplex
FULMINATE
verb.
To make a loud, sudden noise; to send forth decrees with force or authority..
GINGERLY
Cautiously; timidly; fastidiously [1. choosing only what is good. 2. easily disgusted]; daintily.
EXPEDIENT
adj.
Designed to efficiently achieve a particular end; concerned only with what is advantageous, often in self-interest..
COPIOUS:
Large in quantity or amount; plentiful; abundant; fruitful.
DERISIVE:
Mocking, laughing; dismissive
REPUGNANT
Hostile; disposed to war; offensive.
SEDULOUS
adj.
Carefully organized, diligent, painstaking
OPINE:
OPINE:
OPINE:
To have an opinion; to judge; to think.
SHEATHE
verb
to put in a case; to inclose or cover with
LOQUACIOUS
Given to continual talking.
COLLATERAL
NOUN
Money or resources offered in exchange for a loan

ADJ
Acting indirectly; having lesser importance.
INFLAMMATORY
Causing anger, hostility or passion.
PERIPATETIC
adj.
mobile itinerant
CHAMELEON:
A lizard that changes color to match its surroundings.
RAIMENT
noun.
an article of dress, clothing in general
NOMENCLATURE:
A system of naming, especially one used in a technical discussion.
Eulogy, speech or writing in praise
WRIT
That which is written; writing; scripture
AMEND
To change or modify in any way for the better.
PALLIATE
To treat so as to ease symptoms..
AILMENT
Indisposition; minor disorder of the body
QUAY
A bank or wharf jutting into water from which boats may be loaded and unloaded..
INSTIGATE
To provoke; to incite.
RETRENCH
verb.
To cut off; to pare away..
UNCTION
The act of anointing or rubbing with an oil, or ointment, especially for medical purposes or as a symbol of consecration.
THESPIAN
noun.
an actor, or dramitist
JUGGERNAUT:
An overwhelming force or movement that overcomes all resistance.
BANTER
noun.
A joke or jest; a good-humored exchange
SKIRMISH
noun.
a small battle
REMONSTRANCE
A pointing out; manifestation; proof; demonstration.
VAGARY
noun.
a whim [sudden fancy [1. inclination 2. unfounded idea]], wandering of the thoughts
SCUFFLE
verb.
To strive or struggle with a close grapple; to wrestle in a rough fashion

After he scuffled in the bar with two other patrons, the actor was arrested for drunken and disorderly conduct.
DILATORY
Marked by procrastination or delay; tardy

oxford dictionary: delaying, not prompt
REDOLENT
adj.
fragrant; spreading sweet scent
OBTRUDE
thrust impertinently; to present without warrant or solicitation.
FLUSTER
verb.
upset and confuse
NUBILE
Marriable; sexually mature.
IMPUDENT
adj.
Bold and sassy; marked by disregard for others..
RIGMAROLE:
A complicated and ritualistic procedure; meaningless, confused locution
GAFFE
noun.
a social blunder [noun: bad mistake; verb: 1. move clumsily and uncertainly 2. make a bad mistake] or faux pas.
RECANT
Take back, admit an error.
FOMENT
verb.
To nurse to life or activity; to encourage
ANEMIA
Lack of vigor or vitality
FETID
adj.]
stinking; especially from decay
EXPURGATE
To purify; to clear from anything noxious, offensive, or erroneous.
ULTERIOR
Farther away, not central; hidden, going beyond what is said openly.
TEMPESTUOUS
adj.
stormy
ITINERANT
Travelling, unsettled, wandering about the country.
GRUESOME
Ugly; frightful
AMICABLE
adj.
friendly and peaceful.

Despite their divorce, the couple remained on amicable terms, meeting for dinner and a movie once a month.
SAGACITY
noun.
wisdom
CAUSTIC
Burning; corrosive; destructive
INDOLENT
Lazy, given to inactivity.
LABILE
adj.
Adaptable, open to change.
Shawn was more emotionally labile than the other children who seemed always to be content and happy. Shawn's moods would often change depending on the situation, and it was difficult to predict if he would be happy or sad.
RECANT
verb.
Take back, admit an error.
NONCHALANT
Casual, giving the impression that one is unconcerned or indifferent.
SUPPLIANT
adj.
asking earnestly and submissively; entreating [entrain: request earnestly or emotionally]
GUTTURAL
adj.
Harsh or raspy; emanating from the throat..
INVETERATE
adj.
Deep-seated or firmly established

He was an inveterate liar, always trying to con people.
PERIPATETIC
Mobile, itinerant.
ENCUMBERED
Burdened; weighed down.
COGNATE
adj.
Of the same or a similar nature; of the same family; proceeding from the same stock or root..
GLEAN
To pick up or gather anything by degrees
CLEAVE
adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling
ARROGATE
adj.
To assume, or claim as one's own; to take over without due cause..
COUNTERVAIL:
Act in opposition, counteract (often against a harmful force); compensate, offset, counterbalance
FLEECE
To swindle; defraud [cheat by fraud]; steal from through deceit
FLAG:
tire, lose vigor; to mark as significant.
OBVIATE
verb.
anticipate and render unnecessary
DESTITUTE
Not possessing the necessaries of life; in a condition of want; needy.
RIBALD
adj.
Alice thought her friend's ribald jokes distasteful, and so was nervous about introducing him to her mother.
MISOGYNIST
noun.
a woman hater
DIFFIDENT
Hesitant and timid; unassertive.
NUBILE
adj.
marriable; sexually mature
MORIBUND
Almost dead.
LISSOME
adj.
Thin and flexible; moving with grace..
SIMIAN
Apelike.
PROFLIGATE
adj.
Wasteful, extravagant, dissipative, without concern for planning or moderation..
DISTEND
verb.
To extend in one direction; to lengthen out
PALL
noun.
An overspreading of darkness or gloom

The recent death of their old coach cast a pall over the team's celebration of their victory in the championship game.
ICONOCLAST
One who challenges and criticizes established beliefs.
DURESS
noun.
compulsion by threat
DORMANT
Sleeping, in an inactive state, but with the potential to awaken.
GARBLED
Confused; mixed up; unintelligible
MALADROIT
adj.
clumsy, awkward
RECTITUDE
Rightness of principle or practice
TROTH
noun.
belief, faith, fidelity, truth
TACT
careful concern for other's feelings, the quality of being polite, diplomatic, and thoughtful
DERELICTION
noun.
neglect or abandonment; failure to perform a duty
PROFUSE
Abundant and given freely. Extravagently generous.
CHARY
adj.
Cautious, wary, hesitant. Slow to accept or allow
DILATE
verb.
to expand; to distend; to enlarge or extgend in all directions; to swell.
HARANGUE
noun.
a loud or pompous speech addressed to a large public assembly
URSINE
adj.
bear-like
WHORL
Anything with a spiraled or coiled [coil: wind into rings or spirals] appearance.
SLUICE
adj.
An opening or channel through which anything flows..
EFFACE
verb.
to rub out; to erase
RIBALD
adj.
base; filthy; obscene

Alice thought her friend's ribald jokes distasteful, and so was nervous about introducing him to her mother.
BARRAGE
intense volley [1. simultaneous discharge of missiles etc. 2. outburst of questions or other words. 3. return of the ball in tennis/ before it touches the ground.] of many things at once (as in, perhaps, artillery shelling [tufek sacmasinin firlamasi gibi; artillery askeri boluk gibi]).
PORTENT
noun.
An omen, a harbinger, a sign of something that is yet to happen.

When the water mysteriously drained out of her aquarium one afternoon, the young woman took it as a portent warning her not to go on the fishing expedition she had been planning.
ENJOIN
verb.
To give an injunction to; to direct with authority; to order
FRUITION
Coming to fulfilment; enjoyment
INGRATIATE
verb.
To elicit affection or gain favor through deliberate effort; the person who does this is often (but not always) insincere.

Knowing that he had offended her parents, he tried to ingratiate himself by mowing their lawn and pruning their hedges.
SOLACE
noun.
comfort; alleviation of grief or sadness.
GIDDY
Silly; lightheaded; dizzy.
PROSAIC
adj.
commonplace; unimaginative
GALAXY:
A system of stars; an assemby of brilliant or famous people.
QUISLING
noun.
A traitor
EPHEMERAL
adj.
Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only
ZANY
Comical in a foolish or slapstick way.
BIZARRE
adj.
Especially strange; odd in appearance; fantastic..
PYRE
A funeral pile on which the dead are burned; any pile to be burnt.
PUGILIST
noun.
a boxer; a fighter
PURVEY
Supply, generally in a business context
SQUANDER
Spend lavishly; let slip away
SAUNTER
verb.
to walk in a leisurely or relaxed fashion.
IMPUDENT:
Bold and sassy; marked by disregard for others.
VOLUBLE
adj.
fluent and smooth in speech; garrulous
INSINUATE
verb.
Imply in a subtle or devious way; introduce gradually or indirectly and artfully..
QUANDARY
noun.
state of uncertainty or perplexity
ENCOMIUM
A statement of high, glowing, enthusiastic praise.
ELATION
noun.
Happiness; the feeling of great joy or high spirits.
VITUPERATIVE
Containing, or characterized by, abuse; scolding.
INCLEMENT
adj.
Physically severe or harsh; rough (as in weather
WOE
noun.
grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity
RESILIENT:
Strong, yielding to pressure but not breaking; able to regain the original shape after deformation
AMENABLE
adj.
Easily managed, tractable, agreeable
LIGNEOUS
adj.
Made of wood; like or resembling wood; woody
TAMPER
verb.
to alter; to meddle with [meddle: birinin, bir seyin isine karismak gibi]
PARAMOUR
A lover; a wooer.
SLOTH
noun.
disinclination to work; lazziness
INEBRIATED
adj.
drunk
HILARITY
Glee; cheerfulness; mirth; merriment
DUCTILE
Easily led; tractable; complying; yielding to motives, persuasion, or instruction; capable of being drawn out.
DEFERENTIAL
adj.
Showing courteous or ingratiating [ingratiate: bring (oneself) into a person's favour, esp. to gain advantage) respect..
MINATORY
Threatening or menacing.
RAMPANT
adj.
uncontrolled; lacking restraint.

The president vowed to do something about the rampant inflation that was hurting the country's economy.
SQUANDER
verb.
spend lavishly; let slip away
BILK
verb.
To frustrate or disappoint; to deceive or defraud.
SENTENTIOUS
adj.
Full of meaning, terse and energetic in expression.
BANE
noun.
the cause of ruin, anything that destroys life; poison.
DWINDLE:
To diminish; to become less; to shrink.
FAZE
verb.
to disturb; disconcert
VAGABOND
One who moves from place to place without a settled habitation; a homeless wanderer
CARRION
noun.
the dead putrefying body or flesh of an animal.
JOURNEYMAN
Someone trained in a skill, usually a craft.
RACONTEUR
noun.
someone skilled at storytelling.
IMPOSTOR:
One who assumes a false identity
FODDER
Coarse grains or food for animals
GUY
noun.
a rope or chain used to steady something.
PUNGENT
Causing a sharp sensation, as of the taste, smell, or feelings; biting; sharply painful.
MERETRICIOUS
adj.
alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental
MALAPROPISM
Misuse of a word due to similarity with another, often with humorous results.
CELERITY
noun.
rapidity of motion; quickness; swiftness.
BURNISH
Shine, polish
FINAGLE
verb.
To get or maneuver through cleverness or craftiness.

She was able to finagle her way out of a rent increase by lying to the landlord about her financial situation.
EMBARK:
To set out on a voyage; to engage in any affair
BESEECH
verb.
To ask or entreat with urgency; to supplicate [make a humble petition to or for] ; to implore [request earnestly].

Once Khalil had seen her kitten, Charlene had to beseech him not to tell the landlord that she had a pet in her apartment.
PROMONTORY
A high point of land; a part that projects outward.
INCRUSTATION
noun.
a covering or layering
TRADUCE
verb.
To expose to contempt or shame; to represent as blamable; to calumniate; to vilify; to defame

Not satisfied with expelling Shelley from their clique, the high school girls went on to traduce her by starting a series of vicious rumours.
TARNISH
verb.
to diminish; to cause to lose luster; to dull
INDEFATIGABLE:
Continuing without fatigue; untiring; unflagging.
IRREVERENT
Lacking proper respect.
PROPITIOUS
adj.
Merciful; helpful; convenient; favorable..
IMPERIOUS
Commanding; domineering or arrogant; urgent, imperative.
APPOSITE
adj.
well-adapted; suitable or fit; relevant
BARB
noun.
a cutting remark; a sharpness or sting.
TUTELAGE
noun.
The act of guarding or protecting; guardianship..
WAFFLE
To speak or write in a vague manner; to be unable to decide between things.
BIVOUAC
verb.
To watch at night or be on guard, as a whole army; to encamp for the night without tents or covering..
FORESTALL:
To take beforehand; to anticipate; to hinder or prevent by measures taken in advance
DILATE
verb.
To expand; to distend; to enlarge or extend in all directions; to swell
RESPITE:
Temporary intermission or suspension
MORATORIUM
noun.
hiatus or pause; a period during which an obligor has a legal right to delay meeting an obligation.

Overwhelmed by the number of unread books piling up around the house, Vivian declared a moratorium on bookbuying.
FLURRY
noun.
Commotion [fuss and disturbance]; bustle; hurry; a light snowfall
SOBRIQUET
noun.
Nickname.

Being a large man with a big appetite, he went by the sobriquet "The Fridge".
RESTITUTION
The act of restoring anything to its rightful owner, or of making good a loss or damage
TURNCOAT
noun.
One who forsakes his party or his principles; a traitor or apostate
PHILISTINE
A person deficient in liberal culture and refinement.
PLUCK
noun.
spirit; courage; indomitable [1. inconquerable 2. inyielding] resolution [decision, intention gibi]
RACONTEUR
noun.
Someone skilled at storytelling.
HALCYON
noun.
Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy
QUIXOTIC
Having impractical ideas that are unlikely to succeed, especially in helping others.
VITREOUS
adj.
Made of glass.
CHROMATIC
adj.
Relating to colors.

Chromatic aberration is the scientific term for the affliction commonly called color blindness
PARSIMONIOUS
Economical and efficient, spending very little.
SEDULOUS
Carefully organized, diligent, painstaking
RECALCITRANT
adj.
Showing opposition

The soccer team was mostly made up of girls who worked well together, but there were two or three resistant and recalcitrant girls who did not respect the authority of the coach
GINGERLY
adj.
Cautiously; timidly; fastidiously; daintily
CAVALCADE
A procession of persons on horseback
TYRO
noun.
a beginner in learning
TRITE
Cliched, used so often that the meaning has worn off.
BUOYANT
adj.
Tending to rise or float; lighthearted; cheerful..
FULSOME
Offending or disgusting by overfullness, excess, or grossness; cloying.
PRETENTIOUS
adj.
Making (sometimes excessive or unjustified) claims; demanding, haughty, ambitious..
TRAPPINGS
The things that function as outwards signs of an object or person's existence; ornaments; dress; superficial decorations.
EPICURE
A person with discriminating taste (e.g. in food and wine).
TEPID
Lukewarm
ELEEMOSYNARY
pertaining to charity; charitable
CANTANKEROUS
adj.
Bad-tempered; perverse; contentious; ugly

Hot, sweaty, tired and hungry after her long bike ride, Delilah was feeling cantankerous and could not find it in herself to be pleasant at the lunch table.
DRIVEL
Stupid talk; nonsense
CHICANERY
noun.
Clever talk designed to deceive or evade.
ODIOUS
adj.
offensive; ugly; repulsive
OPULENT
adj.
Glamorous, dazzling, displaying almost excessive wealth.
OBTRUDE
verb
To thrust impertinently; to present without warrant or solicitation
DECRY
Find fault with. Publically condemn or belittle
PREVARICATE
Deviate from the truth, lie.
DEFEATIST
Expecting or anticipating loss
CORPULENT
adj.
Very fat, obese.

Gwynneth Paltrow donned a fat suit to play the corpulent love interest in "Shallow Hal."
VOLUBLE
adj.
Fluent and smooth in speech, garrulous
MELLIFLUOUS
adj.
sweet-sounding (almost) musical
MELLIFLUOUS
adj.
Smooth; flowing sweetly..
PEREMPTORY
Disallowing delay, commanding, expressing urgency; decisive and imperious.
PUNCTILIOUS
adj.
Precise in action and etiquette
MERETRICIOUS
adj./
Alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental..
INDIGENT
adj.
needy, poor, in want
AMICABLE
Friendly or peaceful
FACILE
easily done, overly simplistic
SPURIOUS
Not legitimate; unfounded; false
BAWDY
adj.
dirty, obscene
FODDER
noun.
coarse grains or food for animals
CIRCUMLOCUTION
An indirect and wordy means of expression.
VISCOUS
adj.
adhesive or sticky
SOBRIETY
State of not using alcohol; of being habitually calm, serious, dispassionate.
DROSS
noun.
waste matter; any worthless matter separated from the better part..
CUPIDITY
noun.
Eager or inordinate desire, especially for wealth; greed of gain

Had they not wanted too much, they may have survived; cupidity brought down the dot.com entrepreneurs.
TARNISH
verb.
To diminish; to cause to lose luster; to dull..
STOKE
To poke or stir up, as a fire
OBTRUDE
To thrust impertinently; to present without warrant or solicitation.
FLUSTER
verb.
upset and confuse
UNCOUTH
adj.
vulgar, lacking manners, unrefined, impolite, rude; of strange and awkward shape..
SANCTUARY
noun.
safe place
WHIMSY
noun.
A capricious notion, a fanciful or odd conceit..
VEHEMENT
adj.
Acting with great force; furious; violent
ELOQUENCE
Clear and forceful expression of meaning or feeling.
CHASTEN
verb.
To correct by punishment; to discipline.
TRITE
Cliched, used so often that the meaning has worn off.
PERNICIOUS
Having the quality of injuring or killing; destructive; very mischievous; wicked.
SOPORIFIC
verb.
Causing sleep
BANDY
verb.
To exchange; to toss about, as a ball from person to person..

The student council gathered to bandy about ideas for a theme for the graduation party.
ENNUI
A feeling of weariness and disgust; tedium.
PLETHORA
An excessive amount; a profusion
SUCCOR
noun.
The person or thing that brings relief; aid or assistance.
MENDACIOUS
adj.
Given to deception or falsehood; lying..
INVECTIVE
noun.
abusive, insulting language
SUBTERFUGE
noun.
An artifice employed to escape censure or to justify opinions or conduct; a shift; an evasion..
TURNCOAT
noun.
One who forsakes his party or his principles; a traitor or apostate..
EFFULGENT
adj.
Diffusing a flood of light; shining; luminous; beaming; bright; splendid..
AMORTIZE
verb.
o pay off a loan by periodically repaying a portion of the principal (along with the interest).

Only a plan to amortize their financial obligation over several years could save the debt-ridden power companies from immediate bankruptcy.
DROLL
adj.
funny, in a strange way
BILK
verb.
To frustrate or disappoint; to deceive or defraud..
SEVERANCE
Payment that an employee receives upon leaving a job as compensation for the loss of employment
DRIVEL
stupid talk; nonsense
CONCEIT
noun.
A fanciful idea or a strained, complex metaphor..
ANATHEMA
adj.
Greatly detested; seen to be accursed or damned..
TAWDRY
Showy, but without taste or elegance
INSOLENT
adj.
rude and lacking in respect; bold
VOLUBLE
adj.
Fluent and smooth in speech, garrulous..
INEBRIATED
adj.
drunk
SHEATHE
verb.
put in a case; to inclose or cover with..
REDOLENT
Fragrant; spreading sweet scent
LUDICROUS
So absurd or ridiculous as to be laughable
WANTON
adj.
Unrestrained, loose and free; reckless and heedless..
CALUMNIATE
verb.
to slander or defame
TREASON
noun.
The offense of attempting to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance, or of betraying the state into the hands of a foreign power; disloyalty
DISHEVELLED
adj.
falling loosely in disarray
INTRANSIGENT
Refusing compromise; irreconcilable.
GESTATE
verb.
to carry in the uterus during pregnancy
VOLUPTUOUS
Sensuous; directed toward the pleasure of the senses.
TEMPESTUOUS
adj.
stormy
STALEMATE
noun.
An impasse; a point in a game or challenge when neither player can move..
BOORISH
adj.
Improper or lacking manners, rude, disagreeable.

She was astounded when he belched at the table; she had not remembered him as being boorish.
FASTIDIOUS
Difficult to please; delicate to a fault; fussy.
HERMETIC
adj.
completely sealed; airtight
LISSOME
adj.
Thin and flexible; moving with grace
EXACTING
Demanding;strict; not easily satisfied.
VOLUPTUOUS
adj.
Sensuous; directed toward the pleasure of the senses
RIBALD
adj.
Base; filthy; obscene

Alice thought her friend's ribald jokes distasteful, and so was nervous about introducing him to her mother.
VENAL
adj.
capable of being bought; corrupt
WANTON
Unrestrained, loose and free; reckless and heedless.
PENITENT
Repentant, feeling remorse for sins or offenses
SUNDRY
adj.
various; miscellaneous [assorted; diverse; heterogenous]
GLACIAL
Consisting of ice; frozen; icy
BILIOUS
adj.
ill-tempered
BIVOUAC
To watch at night or be on guard, as a whole army; to encamp for the night without tents or covering.
SLOUGH
verb.
to shed [ 1. lose by a natural falling off 2. take off 3. allow to fall or flow] or throw off
BEDRAGGLE
verb.
to soil [make dirty]; to dirty garments
VISIONARY
A dreamer; one whose imagination overpowers his reason; one with impractical ideas
ASSAILANT
noun.
One who, or that which, attacks, or assaults..
BRAZEN
adj.
loud and harsh, with contemptuos boldness
INSOLENT
adj.
rude and lacking in respect; bold
QUIXOTIC
adj.
having impractical ideas that are unlikely to succed, especially in helping others.
GUSTATORY
Relating to the sense of taste.
SUNDRY
noun. various; miscellaneous
MELLIFLUOUS
adj.
Smooth; flowing sweetly
UNREQUITED
Not repaid or returned
MERETRICIOUS
adj.
Alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental..
FEBRILE
adj.
indicating fever, or derived from it
APLOMB
noun.
composure and self-assurance
GARISH
Overly showy; too bright; gaudy.
BAWDY
adj.
dirty, obscene
RAVISH
verb.
to transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy; to seize or carry away by violence.
INFURIATE
Anger intensely.
SLOUGH
verb.
to shed or throw off
SERENDIPITOUS
adj.
having good luck; favorable
DIRGE
noun.
a piece of music of a mournful character, to accompany funeral rites
MAWKISH
Overly sentimental; disgusting.
SUPPLE
adj.
Strong and flexible, limber, able to bend without breaking, adaptable
GOSSAMER
Any very thin gauzelike fabric; also, a thin waterproof material.
VANTAGE
noun.
Superior or more favorable situation or opportunity; gain..
MELLIFLUOUS
adj.
Smooth; flowing sweetly..
PURVEY
Supply, generally in a business context
REBUFF
verb.
to turn away
VITRIOL
noun.
Sharpness or bitterness of feeling..
CONCEIT
A fanciful idea or a strained, complex metaphor.
CHAGRIN
noun.
dismay; vexation
UNDULY
adj.
without cause or reason
NEGOTIABLE
adj.
Legally transferable; able to be passed or transferred
VITIATE
verb.
To make void or destroy; to render defective
LISSOME
adj.
Thin and flexible; moving with grace..
CAVALCADE
A procession of persons on horseback
QUISLING
noun.
a traitor
SUNDRY
adj.
carious; miscellaneous
BATE
verb.
to lessen by deducting or reducing
PANDER
verb.
to assist in the vice of another
TAUNT
verb.
to challenge in an insulting manner
EFFULGENT
adj.
Diffusing a flood of light; shining; luminous; beaming; bright; splendid
VILIFY
To defame, malign, slander; to make vile, to debase, to degrade, to disgrace.
SKIMP
verb.
To save; to be parsimonious or niggardly
LANGUID
Drooping or flagging from exhaustion; weak; without animation.
BRAZEN
adj.
Loud and harsh; with contemptuous boldness.
COMPENDIUM
A short review of a particular subject or issue.
REJOINDER
adj.
an answer to a reply
HALYCON
adj.
calm, peaceful, undisturbed, happy
SINECURE
Office or appointment that requires little responsibility.
FEBRILE
Indicating fever, or derived from it.
LACHRYMOSE
adj.
Given to crying easily

In the months after his son's death, Tim was lachrymose, liable to cry at the slightest provocation.
TRADUCE
verb.
To expose to contempt or shame; to represent as blamable; to calumniate; to vilify; to defame.

Not satisfied with expelling Shelley from their clique, the high school girls went on to traduce her by starting a series of vicious rumours.
CHERUBIC
adj.
angelic; child-like; innocent
INVETERATE
Deep-seated or firmly established
PAROCHIAL
Pertaining to a parish; limited; narrow.
PREPOSTEROUS
adj.
Outrageous, unbelievable; contrary to nature or reason.

The queen found the commoner's suggestion that she give him her crown nothing short of preposterous.
OBTUSE
Not having acute sensibility or perceptions; dull
SALACIOUS
Having a propensity to be lustful or lecherous.
PROSAIC
adj.
commonplace; unimaginative
RAVISH
verb.
is To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy; to seize or carry away by violence..
HARDY
adj.
Sturdy; resistant; having fortitude and endurance..

She was a hardy baby, never getting sick despite the many strains of colds and flus that circulated through the daycare.
BATE
verb.
to lessen by deducting or reducing
NDEFATIGABLE
Continuing without fatigue; untiring; unflagging.
CORDIAL
adj.
courteous and gracious
FAWN
verb.
Show affection; curry favor with flattery and sycophancy
INCLEMENT
adj.
Physically severe or harsh; rough (as in weather)..
REGAL
adj.
of or pertaining to royalty
WRATH
Violent anger; vehement exasperation; indignation; rage; fury; ire.
CHAGRIN
noun.
dismay; vexation
INDUSTRIOUS
adj.
Characterized by diligence; steady; persevering
QUISLING
noun.
a traitor
SORDID
adj.
Vile; base; gross; filthy; foul..
UNKEMPT
not combed; dishevelled
STENTORIAN
Extremely loud; powerful
FILIAL
Pertaining to a son or daughter
PREPOSTEROUS
adj.
Outrageous, unbelievable; contrary to nature or reason

The queen found the commoner's suggestion that she give him her crown nothing short of preposterous.
CALLOUS
adj.
Hardened; unfeeling or insensitive
CHASTEN
verb.
To correct by punishment; to discipline
REPEAL
verb.
To repeal or take back (especially a decree or law)..
BUCOLIC
adj.
Of or pertaining to the life of a shepherd; pastoral; rustic
TAWDRY
adj.
showy; without taste or elegance
SLOUGH
verb.
to shed or throw off
CHERUBIC
adj.
angelic; child-like; innocent
SENILE
adj.
Pertaining to old age; having a feeble memory
GERMINATE
verb.
To sprout; to bud; to shoot