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abate
lessen in intensity
accolade
expression of praise
adulation
excessive praise
aesthetic
responsive to the art or the beautiful
amerliorate
to make better
ascetic
self denial
avarice
greed for wealth
axiom
universally recognized principle
burgeon
grow rapidly or flourish
bucolic
characteristic of rural area
cacophony
harsh, dissonance
canon
established set of principle
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
catalyst
person or thing causes change
caustic
stinging, burning
chary
cautious
cogent
convincing
complaisance
willing to comply with the wishes of other
contentious
argumentative
contrite
regretful, seeking forgiveness
culpable
deserving blame
dearth
scarcity, lack
demur
to question or oppose
didactic
intended to teach
discretion
ability to make responsive decision
disinterested
free of bias or self interest
dogmatic
opinion based on unproven principles
ebullience
quality of lively of thoughts and feelings
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various source
elegy
mournful peom (for the dead)
emollient
soothing, smoothen the skin
empirical
based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
mysterious
ephemeral
brief
esoteric
intended for a small group
eulogy
speech honoring the dead
exonerate
to remove blame
facetious
playful, humorous
fallacy
invalid or incorrect notion
furtive
marked by stealth
gregarious
socialbe, outgoing
harangue
a long, pompous speech
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, used as a figure of speech
impecunious
lacking funds, without money
incipient
beginning to come into being or become apparent
inert
unmoving, sluggish
innocuous
harmless
intransigent
refusing to compromise
inveigle
obtain by deception or flattery
morose
sad, sullen
odious
dislike
opaque
not reflecting light
oscillation
act of swinging back and forth
penurious
penny pinching
pernicious
extremely harmful
peruse
to exam with great care
pious
showing strong religious devotion
precursor
one that indicates another
preen
to dress up
prodigious
abundant in size
prolific
producing large number, productive
putrefy
to decay and give a foul odor
quaff
drink deeply
quiescence
stillness, motionless
redoubtable
worthy of honor
sanction
to give permission or authority to
satire
a literary work that criticize human vice through humor
squalid
sordid, dirty from neglect
stoic
indifferent by pleasure or pain
supplant
to take the place of
torpid
dormant, sluggish
ubiquituous
existing everywhere at the same time
urbane
sophisticated, elegant
vilify
to defame
viscous
thick, sticky