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ABATE (verb)
to lessen in intensity or degree
ACCOLADE (noun)
an expression of praise
ADULATION (noun)
excessive praise; intense adoration
AESTHETIC (adj)
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
AMELIORATE (verb)
to make better or more tolerable
ASCETIC (noun)
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
AVARICE (noun)
greed, esp. for wealth (adj form avaricious)
AXIOM (noun)
a universally recognized principle
BURGEON (verb)
to grow rapidly or flourish
BUCOLIC (adj)
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
CACOPHONY (noun)
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
CANON (noun)
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
CASTIGATION (noun)
severe criticism or punishment
CAUSTIC (adj)
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
CHARY (adj)
wary; cautious; sparing
COGENT (adj)
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
COMPLAISANCE (noun)
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
CONTENTIOUS (noun)
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disgreement
CONTRITE (adj)
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
CULPABLE (adj)
deserving blame (noun form culpability)
DIDACTIC (adj)
intended to teach or instruct
DISCRETION (noun)
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions (adj form discrete)
DISINTERESTED (adj)
free of bias or self-interest; impartial
DOGMATIC (adj)
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
EBULLIENCE (adj)
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings (adj form ebullient)
ECLECTIC (adj)
composed of elements drawn from various sources
ELEGY (noun)
a mounrful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead (adj form elegiac)
EMOLLIENT (adj/noun)
soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
EMPIRICAL (adj)
based on observation or experience
ENIGMATIC (adj)
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
EPHEMERAL (adj)
brief; fleeting
ESOTERIC (adj)
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
FACETIOUS (adj)
playful; humorous
FURTIVE (adj)
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious; expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty
GREGARIOUS (adj)
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
HARANGUE (verb/noun)
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
HERETICAL (adj)
violating accepted dogma or convention (noun form heresy)
INCIPIENT (adj)
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
INERT (adj)
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
INNOCUOUS (adj)
harmless; causing no damage (antonym: pernicious)
INTRANSIGENT (adj)
refusing to compromise (noun form intransigence)
INVEIGLE (verb)
to obtain by deception or flattery
ODIOUS (adj)
evoking intense aversion or dislike
OPAQUE (adj)
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
OSCILLATION (noun)
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm (oscillate)
PENURIOUS (adj)
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
PERNICIOUS (adj)
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
PERUSE (verb)
to examine with great care (noun form perusal)
PIOUS (adj)
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion (piety)
PRECURSOR (noun)
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
PREEN (verb)
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
PRODIGIOUS (adj)
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
PROLIFIC (adj)
producing large volumes or amounts; productive
PUTREFY (verb)
to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor (adj form putrid)
QUAFF (verb)
to drink deeply
QUIESCENCE (noun)
stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest (adj form quiescent)
REDOUBTABLE (adj)
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
SANCTION (noun/verb)
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
SATIRE (noun)
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision (adj form satirical)
SQUALID (adj)
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect (noun form squalor)
STOIC (adj)
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast (noun form stoicism)
SUPPLANT (verb)
to take the place of; supercede
TORPID (adj)
lethargic; sluggish; dormant (noun form torpor)
UBIQUITOUS (adj)
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
URBANE (adj)
sophisticated; refined; elegant (noun form urbanity)
VILIFY (verb)
to defame; to characterize harshly
VISCOUS (adj)
thick; sticky (viscosity)