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Zealot
Fanatic; person showing excessive zeal
Whimsical
Capricious; fanciful
Welter
Turmoil; bewildering jumble
Wary
Very cautious
Warranted
Justified; authorised
Volatile
Explosive; changeable; unstable; evaporating rapidly
Vituperative
Scolding; abusive
Viscous
Sticky; gluey
Viable
Practical or workable; capable of maintaining life
Verbose
Wordy
Veracious
Truthful
Venerate
Revere
Vacillate
Waver; fluctuate
Trucluence
Aggressiveness; ferocity
Transgression
Violation of the law; sin
Tractable
Docile; easily managed
Tortuous
Winding; full of curves
Torpor
Lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
Tirade
Extended scolding; harangue; denunciation
Tenuous
Slim; thin; rare
Tangential
Digressing; peripheral; only slightly connected
Tacit
Understood but not put into words
Supposition
Hypothesis; surmise
Supersede
Cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
Substantiate
Establish by evidence; verify; support
Subside
Settle down; descend; grow quiet
Subpoena
Writ summoning a witness to appear
Strut (n)
Pompous walk
Strut (n)
Supporting bar
Striated
Marked with parallel bands; grooved
Stolid
Dull; impassive
Stipulate
Make express conditions; specify
Stint (v)
Be thrifty; set limits
Stint (n)
Supply; alloted amount; assigned portion of work
Stigma
Token of disgrace; brand
Sporadic
Irregular
Spectrum
Band of colour produced when light is passed through a prism
Specious
Seemingly reasonable but false; misleading
Soporific
Sleep causing; marked by sleepiness
Solicitous
Worried; concerned
Skeptic
Doubter; person who suspends judgement about something until having examined all evidence
Shard
Fragment, usually of pottery
Secrete
Hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism
Savor
Enjoy; having a distinctive flavour, smell or quality
Saturate
Soak thoroughly
Satiate
Satisfy fully
Sanction
Approve; ratify
Salubrious
Healthful
Sage
Person known for his wisdom
Reverent
Respectful; worshipful
Reticent
Reserved; uncommunicative
Resolve
Determination; firmness of purpose
Resolution
Determination
Rescind
Cancel
Repudiate
Disavow or Disown
Reprobate
Person hardened in sin; devoid or a sense of decency
Reproach
Express disapproval or disappointment
Relegate
Banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
Refute
Disprove
Refractory
Stubborn; unmanageable
Recondite
Abstruse; secret; profound
Recluse
Hermit; loner
Recant
Disavow or disclaim; retract a previous statement; openly confess error
Recalcitrant
Obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
Rarefied
Make less dense
Quiescent
At rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
Quibble
Minor objection or complaint
Qualified
Limited; restricted
Pungent
Stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
Proscribe
Ostracise; banish; outlaw
Propriety
Fitness; correct conduct
Propitiate
Appease
Propensity
Natural inclination
Proliferate
Grow rapidly; multiply; spread
Prohibitive
Tending to prevent the use or purchase of something; inclined to forbid or prevent
Profound
Deep; complete
Prodigal
Wasteful; reckless with money
Problematic
Doubtful; perplexing; questionable; unsettled
Probity
Incorruptibility; uprightness
Pristine
Primordial; primitive; charactersitic of older times; unspoiled
Prevaricate
Lie
Presumptous
Arrogant; taking liberties
Precursor
Forerunner
Precipitate (ADJ)
Hasty; rash; premature; sudden
Precarious
Uncertain; risky
Preamble
Introductory statement
Pragmatic
Practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with practical worth or impact of something
Porous
Full of pores
Plummet
Fall sharply
Plethora
Excess; overabundance
Platitude
Trite expression; commonplace statement
Plasticity
Able to be molded
Placate
Pacify; soothe
Piety
Devoutness; reverence for God
Phlegmatic
Calm; not easily disturbed
Pervasive
Spread throughout
Permeable
Allowing gases or liquids to pass through; penetrable; porous
Perfucntory
Superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care or enthusiasm
Perfidious
Treacherous; disloyal
Perennial
Long lasting
Penury
Severe poverty
Penchant
Inclination; liking
Pedantic
Bookish; showing off learning
Paucity
Scarcity
Pathological
Pertaining to disease
Partisan
One-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
Paragon
Model of perfection
Ostentatious
Pretenious; showy; trying to attract attention
Oscillate
Pendulum-like movement; waver
Opprobrium
Infamy; villification
Onerous
Burdunsome
Officious
Meddlesome
Occlude
Hinder; block
Obviate
Make unnecessary; get rid of
Obsequious
Slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic
Obdurate
Stubborn
Neophyte
Beginner; recent convert
Negate
Nullify; cancel out; deny
Mundane
Everyday; worldy as opposed to spiritual
Morose
Ill-humoured; sullen; melancholy
Mollify
Soothe
Mitigate
Moderate; appease
Misanthrope
One who hates mankind
Meticulous
Very careful; Painstakingly scrupulous
Metamorphosis
Change of form
Mendacious
Lying; habitually dishonest
Maverick
Rebel; non-conformist
Malleable
Able to be shaped by pounding; impressionable
Malingerer
One who feigns sickness to escape from duty
Magnanimity
Generosity
Luminous
Shining; giving off light
Lucid
Clear; easily understood; intelligible
Loquacious
Talkative
Log
Record of flight or voyage; written record of day to day activities
Log
Record of flight or voyage; written record of day to day activities
Levity
Lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity
Levity
Lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity
Levee
Stone or earthen embankment built to prevent flooding
Levee
Stone or earthen embankment built to prevent flooding
Lethargic
Drowsy; dull
Lethargic
Drowsy; dull
Laud
Praise; applaud
Laud
Praise; applaud
Latent
Potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden
Latent
Potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden
Lassitude
Weariness; languor
Lassitude
Weariness; languor
Laconic
Brief and to the point
Laconic
Brief and to the point
Itinerary
Travel schedule
Itinerary
Travel schedule
Irresolute
Uncertain how to act; weak
Irresolute
Uncertain how to act; weak
Irascible
Irritable; easily angered
Irascible
Irritable; easily angered
Invective
Abuse
Invective
Abuse
Inured
Accustomed; hardened
Inured
Accustomed; hardened
Inundate
Teach
Inundate
Teach
Intransigence
Refusal to come to a compromise; stubborness
Intransigence
Refusal to come to a compromise; stubborness
Intractable
Unruly; stubborn; unyeilding
Insularity
Narrow-mindedness; isolation
Insipid
Flavourless; bland
Insinuate
Imply; hint; creep in
Insensible
Unconscious; unresponsive
Innocuous
Harmless
Inherent
Firmly established by nature or habit
Ingenuous
Naive and trusting; young; not sophisticated
Inert
Lacking the power to move; inactive
Indolent
Lazy
Indigence
Poverty
Indeterminate
Uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
Incorporate
Introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite
Inconsequential
Insignificant; unimportant
Incongruity
Absurdity; not in harmony
Intractable
Unruly; stubborn; unyeilding
Insularity
Narrow-mindedness; isolation
Insipid
Flavourless; bland
Insinuate
Imply; hint; creep in
Insensible
Unconscious; unresponsive
Innocuous
Harmless
Inherent
Firmly established by nature or habit
Ingenuous
Naive and trusting; young; not sophisticated
Inert
Lacking the power to move; inactive
Indolent
Lazy
Indigence
Poverty
Indeterminate
Uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
Incorporate
Introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite
Inconsequential
Insignificant; unimportant
Incongruity
Absurdity; not in harmony
Inchoate
Recently begun; rudimentary; elementary
Inadvertently
Unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly
Implode
Burst inwards
Implicit
Meant but not said
Implacable
Not able to be placated
Impervious
Impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
Imperturbable
Calm; placid
Impede
Block; hinder
Impassive
Imperturbable; without feeling; stoic
Impair
Injure; hurt
Immutable
Unchangeable
Idolatry
Idol worship; excessive admiration
Iconoclastic
Attacking cherished traditions
Hyperbole
Exaggeration; overstatement
Homogeneous
Of the same kind
Harangue
Long, passionate and vehement speech
Gullible
Easily deceived
Guileless
Without deceit
Gregarious
Sociable
Grandiloquent
Pompous; using inflated language; bombastic
Gouge
Overcharge
Goad
Urge on
Garrulous
Talkative; wordy; loquacious
Gainsay
Deny; contradict or oppose; declare to be untrue
Futile
Useless; ineffectual
Frugality
Economy; thrift
Forestall
Prevent by taking action in advance
Foment
Stir up; instigate
Flout
Reject; mock
Fledgling
Inexperienced
Flag
Droop; grow feeble
Fervor
Glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
Felicitous
Apt; well chosen; suitably expressed
Fawning
Courting favour by cringing and flattering
Fatuous
Foolish; inane
Fallacious
False; misleading
Facilitate
Make easy; help bring about
Facetious
Joking (inappropriately); humorous
Extrapolation
Projection; conjecture
Exigency
Urgent situation
Exculpate
Clear from blame
Exacerbate
Embitter; worsen
Euphemism
A mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
Eulogy
Expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
Esoteric
Hard to understand; known only to a chosen few
Erudite
Learned; scholarly
Equivocate
Lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
Equanimity
Calmness of temperament; composure
Enhance
Increase; improve
Engender
Cause; produce
Enervate
Weaken
Endemic
Prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country
Emulate
Mimic; rival
Empirical
based on experience
Emebellish
Adorn; ornament; enhance
Elicit
Draw out by discussion
Elegy
Song or poem expression lamentation
Effrontery
Shameless boldness
Efficacy
The power to produce desired results
Eclectic
Selective; obtained from disparate sources
Ebullient
Showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
Dupe
Someone easily fooled
Dormant
Asleep; latent; lethargic
Dogmatic
Doctrinal; arbitrary; opinionated
Document
Provide written evidence
Divest
Strip; deprive
Diverge
Vary; go in different directions from the same point
Distill
Purify; refine; concentrate
Distend
Enlarge; swell; expand
Dissonance
Discord; opposite of harmony
Dissolution
Disintegration; looseness of morals
Disseminate
Spread; distribute; scatter
Dissemble
Pretend; disguise
Disparate
Unrelated; basically different
Disparage
Belittle
Dismiss
Reject; eliminate from consideration
Disinterested
Unprejudiced
Disingenuous
Not naive; sophisticated
Discrete
Separate; unconnected
Discrepancy
Lack of consistency; difference
Discredit
Destroy confidence in; disbelieve; defame
Discordant
Not harmonious; conflicting
Discerning
Mentally quick and observant; having insight
Disabuse
Correct a false impression; undeceive
Dirge
Lament with music
Digression
Wandering away from the subject
Diffuse
Wordy; rambling; spread out
Diffidence
Shyness
Dichotomy
Split; separate into two branches, often conflicting
Diatribe
Bitter scolding; invective
Deterrant
Something that discourages; hindrance
Desultory
Aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
Derivative
Unoriginal; obtained from another source
Deride
Ridicule; make fun of
Denigrate
Blacken
Delineate
Sketch; portray; depict
Deference
Courteous regard for others wishes
Default
Failure to act
Decorum
Propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
Daunt
Frighten; intimidate
Craven
Cowardly
Convoluted
Coiled around; intricate; involved
Converge
Approach; tend to meet; come together
Conundrum
Riddle; difficult problem
Contrite
Penitent
Contentious
Quarrelsome
Contention
Thesis; claim
Connoisseur
person competent to act as a judge of art, etc; lover of an art
Confound
Confuse; puzzle
Condone
Approve; overlook; forgive; excuse
Conciliatory
Reconciling; soothing
Compliant
yielding; conforming to requirements
Complaisant
Trying to please; obliging
Compendium
Brief and comprehensive summary
Commensurate
Equal in extent
Cogent
Convincing
Coda
Conclusion to a musical or literary piece
Coagulate
Clot; congeal; thicken
Chicanery
Trickery; deception
Caustic
Burning; sarcastically biting
Castigation
Punishment; severe criticism
Capricious
Upredicatable; fickle
Cacophonous
Discordant; not in harmony
Buttress
Support; prop up
Burgeon
Grow forth; send out buds
Boorish
Rude; insensitive
Bombastic
Pompous; using inflated language
Bolster
Support; reinforce
Beneficient
Kindly; doing good
Belie
Contradict; give a false impression
Banal
Trite; commonplace; hackneyed; unoriginal
Aver
State confidently
Autonomous
Self-governing
Austere
Forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
Audacious
Daring; bold
Attenuate
Weaken; make thin
Assuage
Ease or lessen; soothe; satisfy
Assiduous
Diligent
Artless
Without guile; open and honest
Ascetic
Practicing self-denial; austere
Arduous
Hard; strenuous
Appropriate
Acquire; take possession of for one's own use
Approbation
Approval
Apprise
Inform
Appease
Soothe; pacify
Apathy
Lack of caring; indifference
Antipathy
Dislike; aversion
Anomalous
Irregular abnormal
Anarchy
Absence of a governing body; state of disorder
Analogous
Comparable
Anachronism
Something or someone misplaced in time
Ameliorate
Improve
Ambivalence
State of having two opposing or conflicting emotions
Ambiguous
Unclear or doubtful in meaning
Alleviate
Relieve
Alacrity
Cheerful promptness; eagerness
Aggregate
Gather; accumulate
Aesthetic
Artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
Admonish
Warn; reprove
Adulterate
make impure by addition of inferior or tainted substances
Abstemious
Sparing in eating or drinking
Abscond
Depart secretly and hide
Abeyance
Held in suspended action
Aberrant
Deviant; abnormal
Abate
Subside or moderate