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Cupidity
(kyoo-PIH-dih-tee)
greed; strong desire
Palatial
(puh-LAY-shuhl)
relating to a palace; magnificent
Incarnadine
(in-CAR-nuh-deen)
blood-red in color
Amortize
(uh-MOHR-tiez)
to diminish by installment payments
Turgid
(TUHR-jihd)
swollen as from fluid; bloated
Jettison
(JEHT-ih-zuhn)(JEHT-ih-suhn)
to discard; to get rid of as unnecessary or encumbering
Coterie
(KOH-tuh-ree)(koh-tuh-REE)
an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose
Invidious
(ihn-VIHD-ee-uhs)
envious, obnoxious, or offensive; likely to promote ill-will
Epicure
(eh-pih-KYOOR)(EH-pih-kyuhr)
person with refined taste in food and wine
Investiture
(in-VES-tuh-chur)
ceremony conferring authority
Anodyne
(AAN-nuh-dien)
something that calms or soothes pain
Cosset
(KAH-suht)
to pamper; treat with great care
Trenchant
(TREHN-chuhnt)
acute, sharp, or incisive; forceful; effective
Stentorian
(stehn-TOHR-ee-yehn)
extremely loud
Probity
(PROH-bih-tee)
complete honesty and integrity
Approbation
(aa-pruh-BAY-shuhn)
approval and praise
Irascible
(ih-RAH-suh-buhl)
easily made angry
Arrogate
(AA-ruh-gayt)
to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right
Scintilla
(sihn-TIHL-uh)
trace amount
Winsome
(WIHN-suhm)
charming; happily engaging
Alacrity
(uh-LAAK-crih-tee)
speed or quickness
Quiescent
(kwie-EH-sihnt)
motionless
Umbrage
(UHM-brihj)
offense; resentment
Parley
(PAR-lee)
discussion, usually between enemies
Quotidian
(kwo-TIH-dee-uhn)
occurring daily; commonplace
Canard
(kuh-NARD)
a lie
Demagogue
(DEH-muh-gahg)(DEH-muh-gawg)
a leader or rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice
Ribald
(RIH-buhld)
humorous in a vulgar way
Desultory
(dehs-UHL-tohr-ee)(DEHZ-uhl-tohr-ee)
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
Blithe
(blieth)
joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought
Sobriquet
(SOH-brih-keht)
nickname
Zephyr
(ZEH-fuhr)
a gentle breeze; something airy or unsubstantial
Noisome
(NOY-suhm)
stinking; putrid
Fecund
(fee-kuhnd)(FEH-kuhnd)
fertile; fruitful; productive
Fallow
(FAA-loh)
dormant; unused
Numismatics
(nu-miz-MAA-tiks)
coin collecting
Aberrant
(uh-BER-unt)
deviating from what is normal or expected
Abjure
(aab-JUR)
to reject; abandon formally
Intrepid
(ihn-TREH-pihd)
fearless; resolutely courageous
Itinerant
(ie-TIHN-uhr-uhnt)
wandering from place to place; unsettled
Arbitrate
(AHR-bih-trayt)
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
Lachrymose
(LAAK-ruh-mohs)
tearful
Garrulous
(GAAR-uh-luhs)(GAAR-yuh-luhs)
tending to talk a lot
Abscond
(aab-SKAHND)
to leave secretly
Puerile
(PYOO-ruhl)
childish, immature, or silly
Jingoism
(JING-goh-ihz-uhm)
belligerent support for one's country
Bonhomie
(bah-nuh-MEE)
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
Profligate
(PRAA-flih-guht)
corrupt; degenerate
Intransigent
(ihn-TRAAN-suh-juhnt)
(ihn-TRAAN-zuh-juhnt)
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
Abstemious
(aab-STEE-me-uhs)
moderate in appetite
Specious
(SPEE-shuhs)
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
Querulous
(KWEHR-yoo-luhs)
inclined to complain; irritable
Fatuous
(FAH-choo-uhs)
stupid; foolishly self-satisfied
Mercurial
(muhr-KYOOR-ee-uhl)
quick, shrewd, and unpredictable
Militate
(MIHL-ih-tayt)
to operate against; work against
Ossify
(AH-sih-fie)
to change into bone; to become hardened or set in a rigidly conventional pattern
Distaff
(DIS-taf)
the female branch of a family
Catholic
(KAA-thuh-lihk)(KAA-thlihk)
universal; broad and comprehensive
Legerdemain
(lehj-uhr-duh-MAYN)
trickery
Peripatetic
(peh-ruh-puh-TEH-tihk)
wandering from place to place, especially on foot
Slake
(slayk)
to calm down or moderate
Lassitude
(LAAS-ih-tood)
a state of diminished energy
Phalanx
(FAY-laanks)
a compact or close-knit body of people, animals, or things
Tyro
(TIE-roh)
beginner; novice
Ostensible
(ah-STEHN-sih-buhl)
apparent
Ersatz
(UHR-sats)(uhr-SATS)
fake
Diurnal
(die-UHR-nuhl)
existing during the day
Contumacious
(kahn-tuh-MAY-shuhs)
rebellious
Burnish
(BUHR-nihsh)
to polish
Lapidary
(LAA-puh-der-ee)
relating to precious stones or the art of cutting them
Variegated
(VAAR-ee-uh-GAYT-ehd)
varied; marked with different colors
Craven
(KRAY-vuhn)
lacking courage
Aggrandize
(uh-GRAAN-diez)(AA-gruhn-diez)
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
Declivity
(dih-KLIH-vih-tee)
downward slope
Exculpate
(EHK-skuhl-payt)(IHK-skuhl-payt)
to clear from blame; prove innocent
Lionize
(LIE-uhn-iez)
to treat as celebrity
Inexorable
(ihn-EHK-suhr-uh-buhl)
inflexible; unyielding
Equivocate
(ih-KWIHV-uh-kayt)
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
Plebeian
(plee-BEE-uhn)
crude or coarse; characteristic of commoners
Panegyric
(paan-uh-JEER-ihk)
elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise
Dilatory
(DIHL-uh-tohr-ee)
intended to delay
Florid
(FLOHR-ihd)(FLAHR-ihd)
excessively decorated or embellished
Vituperate
(vih-TOO-puhr-ayt)
to abuse verbally; berate
Nascent
(NAY-sehnt)
starting to develop; coming into existence
Palliate
(PAA-lee-ayt)
to make less serious; ease
Expurgate
(EHK-spuhr-gayt)
to censor
Prevaricate
(prih-VAAR-uh-cayt)
to lie or deviate from the truth
Mendacious
(mehn-DAY-shuhs)
dishonest
Nadir
(NAY-dihr)(NAY-duhr)
lowest point
Inchoate
(ihn-KOH-uht)
not fully formed; disorganized
Accretion
(uh-KREE-shuhn)
a growth in size; an increase in amount
Affected
(uh-FEHK-tihd)
phony; artificial
Sanguine
(SAAN-gwuhn)
ruddy; cheerfully optimistic
Voluble
(VAHL-yuh-buhl)
talkative; speaking easily; glib
Collusion
(kuh-LOO-zhuhn)
collaboration; complicity; conspiracy
Aerie
(AYR-ee)(EER-ee)
a nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded, dwelling
Verdant
(VUHR-duhnt)
green with vegetation; inexperienced
Cabal
(kuh-BAHL)
a secret group seeking to overturn something
Augury
(AW-gyuh-ree)(AW-guh-ree)
prophecy; prediction of events
Knell
(nehl)
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
Limpid
(LIM-pihd)
clear; transparent
Coffer
(KAH-fuhr)
strongbox; large chest for money
Perfidious
(puhr-FIH-dee-uhs)
willing to betray one's trust
Gambol
(GAAM-buhl)
to dance or skip around playfully
Perfunctory
(pur-FUHNK-tuhr-ee)
done in a routine way; indifferent
Obviate
(AHB-vee-ayt)
to prevent; to make unnecessary
Levity
(LEH-vih-tee)
an inappropriate lack of seriousness; overly casual
Raconteur
(raa-cahn-TUHR)
witty, skillful storyteller
Ford
(fohrd)
to cross a body of water by wading
Repast
(RIH-paast)
meal or mealtime
Mollify
(MAHL-uh-fie)
to calm or make less severe
Sacrosanct
(SAA-kroh-saankt)
extremely sacred; beyond criticism