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abscond
(v) the depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
aberrant
(a) deviating from the norm (noun form: aberration)
alacrity
(n) eager and enthusiastic willingness
suicide bomber
anomaly
(n) deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
approbation
(n) an expression of approval or praise
kudos
arduous
(a) strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
assuage
(v) to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
stress ball
audacious
(a) daring and fearless; recklessly bold
austere
(a) withourt adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
axiomatic
(a) taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
theoretical principles
canonical
(a) following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
capricious
(a) inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
censure
(v) to criticize severely; to officially rebuke.
chicanery
(n) trickery or subterfuge
prank
conoisseur
(n) an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert.
convoluted
(a) complex or complicated
disabuse
(v) to undeceive; to set right
discordant
(a) conflicting; dissonant or harsh
disparate
(a) fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
East and West
effrontery
(n) extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eloquent
(a) well-spoken, expressive, articulate
enervate
(v) to weaken; reduce in vitality
ennui
(n) dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
waiting room
equivocate
(v) to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
used car salesman
erudite
(a) very learned; scholarly
exculpate
(v) exonerate; clear of blame
exigent
(a) urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
counterattack
extemporaneous
(a) improvised; done without preparation.
filibuster
(n) intentional obstruction, using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate
(v) loudly attack or denouce
uncompromising preacher
ingenuous
(a) artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
inured
(a) accustomed to accepting something undesirable
glass half full
irascible
(a) easily angered; prone to tempermental outbursts
Jimmy
laud
(v) to praise highly
kudos
lucid
(a) clear; easily understood
magnanimity
(n) the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
martial
(a) associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
(a) of the world; typical or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
(a) coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous
(a) vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
weak argument
neologism
(n) a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
slang
noxious
(a) harmful, injurious
obtuse
(a) lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
"I'll look it up in the dictionary"
obviate
(v) to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous
(a) burdensome; troubling
paean
(n) a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
Three Cheers
parody
(n) a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature or art
perennial
(a) recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfidy
(n) intentional breach of faith; treachery
perfunctory
(a) cursory; done without care or interest
perspicacious
(a) acutely perceptive; having keen discernability

a perspicacious seer
ESP
prattle
(v) to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
precipitate
(v) to cause or happen before anticipated or required
Afghanistan
predilection
(n) a disposition in favor of something; preference
vote
prescience
(n) foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
seer
prevaricate
(v) to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
criminal mastermind
qualms
(n) misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
recant
(v) to retract, esp. a previously held belief
refute
(v) to disprove; to successfully argue against
relegate
(v) to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
reticent
(a) quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
solicitious
(a) concerned and attentive; eager
friend
sordid
(a) characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
cockroach
sporadic
(a) occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squander
(v) to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
(a) not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
stupefy
(v) to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
(v) to block; thwart
synthesis
(n) the combination of parts to make a whole
torque
(n) a force that causes rotation
tortuous
(a) winding, twisting; excessively complicated
truculent
(a) fierce and cruel; eager to fight
enemy
veracity
(n) truthfulness, honesty
close friend
virulent
(a) extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
voracious
(a) having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
the voracious boar
waver
(v) to move to and fo; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion
abate
(v) to lessen in intensity or degree
accolade
(n) an expression of praise
adulation
(n) excessive praise; intense adoration
aesthetic
(a) dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
ameliorate
(v) to make better or more tolerable
ascetic
(n) one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
avarice
(n) greed, esp. for wealth
axiom
(n) universally recognized principle
burgeon
(v) to grow rapidly or flourish
bucolic
(a) rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
cacophony
(n) harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
canon
(n) an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
castigation
(n) severe criticism or punishment
catalyst
(n)a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
caustic
(a) burning or stinging; causing corrosion
chary
(a) wary; cautious; sparing
cogent
(a) appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance
(n) the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contentious
(a) argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
contrite
(a) regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
culpable
(a) deserving blame
dearth
(n) smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
demur
(v) to question or oppose
didactic
(a) intended to teach or instruct
discretion
(n) cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
(a) free of bias or self-interest; impartial
dogmatic
(a) expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
ebullience
(n) the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eclectic
(a) composed of elements drawn from various sources
elegy
(n) a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
emollient
(a/n) soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
empirical
(a) based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
(a) mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand

contact with an alien race would be an enigmatic occurrance.
ephemeral
(a) brief; fleeting
esoteric
(a) intended for or understood by a small, specific group
eulogy
(n) a speech honoring the dead
exonerate
(v) to remove blame
facetious
(a) playful, humorous
fallacy
(n) an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
furtive
(a) marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious

A furtive thief
gregarious
(a) sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
harangue
(v/n) to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
heretical
(a) violating accepted dogma or convention
hyperbole
(n) a exaggerated statement, often used a a figure of speech
impecunious
(a) lacking funds; without money
incipient
(a) beginning to come into being or to become apparent
inert
(a) unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
innocuous
(a) harmless; causing no damage
intransigent
(a) refusing to compromise
inveigle
(v) to obtain by deception or flattery
morose
(a) sad; sullen; melancholy
odious
(a) evoking intense aversion or dislike

an odious foe
opaque
(a) impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
oscillation
(n) the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
penurious
(a) penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
pernicious
(a) extremely harmful; potentially causing death
peruse
(v) to examine with great care
pious
(a) extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
precursor
(n) one that precedes and indicates or announces another
preen
(v) to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
prodigious
(a) abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
prolific
(a) producing large volumes or amounts; productive
putrefy
(v) to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
quaff
(v) to drink deeply
quiescence
(n) stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
redoubtable
(a) awe-inspiring; worthy of honor

the battle of hastings was a redoubtable victory for William Wallace.
sanction
(n/v) authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
satire
(n) a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
squalid
(a) sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
stoic
(a) indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
supplant
(v) to take the place of; supercede
torpid
(a) lethargic; sluggish; dormant
ubiquitous
(a) existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
urbane
(a) sophisticated; refined; elegant

The king had an urbane demeanor.
vilify
(v) to defame; to characterize harshly

hard nosed democrats constantly attempt to vilify George Bush.
viscous
(a) thick; sticky
acumen
(n) keen, accurate judgement or insight
adulterate
(v) to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
amalgamate
(v) to combine several elements into a whole
archaic
(a) outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
aver
(v) to state as a fact; to declare or assert
bolster
(v) to provide support or reinforcement
bombastic
(a) pompous; grandiloquent
diatribe
(n) a harsh denouncement
dissemble
(v) to disguise or conceal; to mislead
eccentric
(a) departing from norms or conventions
endemic
(a) characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
evanescent
(a) tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
exacerbate
(v) to make worse or more severe
fervent
(a) greatly emotional or zealous
fortuitous
(a) happening by accident or chance
germane
(a) relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
grandiloquence
(n) pompous speech or expression
hackneyed
(a) overplayed; rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
halcyon
(a) calm and peaceful
hedonism
(n) devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses
hegemony
(n) the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
iconoclast
(n) one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
idolatrous
(a) given to intense or excessive devotion to something
impassive
(a) revealing no emotion
imperturbable
(a) marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
implacable
(a) not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
impunity
(n) immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate
(a) in an initial stage; not fully formed
infelicitous
(a) unfortunate; inappropriate
insipid
(a) without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit; bland
loquacious
(a) extremely talkative
luminous
(a) characterized by brightness and the emission of light
malevolent
(a) having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
malleable
(a) capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
mendacity
(n) the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
meticulous
(a) characterized by extreme care or precision; attentive to detail
misanthrope
(n) one who hates all other humans
mitigate
(v) to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
obdurate
(a) unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
obsequious
(a)exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
occlude
(v) to obstruct or block
opprobrium
(n) disgrace; contempt; scorn
pedagogy
(n) the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
pedantic
(a) overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge
penury
(n) poverty; destitution
pervasive
(a) having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
pine
(v) to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
pirate
(v) to illegally use or reproduce
pith
(n) the essential or central part
pithy
(a) precise and brief
placate
(v) to appease; to calm by making concessions
platitude
(n) a superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful
plummet
(v) to plunge or drop straight down
polemical
(a) controversial; argumentative
prodigal
(a) recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish
profuse
(a) given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
queries
(n) questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
querulous
(a) prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish
rancorous
(a) characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
recalcitrant
(a) obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
repudiate
(v) to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
rescind
(v) to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
reverent
(a) marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
rhetoric
(n) the art of study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
salubrious
(a) promoting health or well-being
solvent
(a) able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
specious
(a) seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
spurious
(a) lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
subpoena
(n) a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
succinct
(a) brief; concise
superfluous
(a) exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
surfeit
(n/v) an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
tenacity
(n) the quality of adherence to persistent determination
tenuous
(a) having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
tirade
(n) a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
transient
(a) fleeting; passing quickly; briefly
zealous
(a) fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause
acerbic
(a) having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
aggrandize
(v) to increase in intensity, power, influence or prestige
alchemy
(n) a medieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
amenable
(a) agreeable; responsive to suggestion
anachronism
(n) something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
astringent
(a/n) having a tightening affect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue
contiguous
(a) sharing a border; touching; adjacent
convention
(n) a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
credulous
(a) tending to believe too readily; gullible
cynicism
(n) an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
decorum
(n) polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
derision
(n) scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
desiccate
(v) to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
dilettante
(n) one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
disparage
(v) to slight or belittle
divulge
(v) to disclose something secret
fawn
(v) to flatter or praise excessively
flout
(v) to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
garrulous
(a) pointlessly talkative, talking too much
glib
(a) marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking depth; superficial
hubris
(n) overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
imminent
(a) about to happen; impending
immutable
(a) not capable of change
impetuous
(a) hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
indifferent
(a) having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
inimical
(a) damaging; harmful; injurious
intractable
(a) not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
intrepid
(a) steadfast and courageous
laconic
(a) using few words; terse
maverick
(n) an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
mercurial
(a) characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
mollify
(v) to calm or smoothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
neophyte
(n) a recent convert; a beginner; novice
obfuscate
(v) to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
obstinate
(a) stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
ostentatious
(a) characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy
pervade
(v) to permeate throughout
phlegmatic
(a) calm; sluggish; unemotional
plethora
(n) an overabundance; surplus
pragmatic
(a) practical rather than idealistic
presumptuous
(a) overstepping due bounds; taking liberties
pristine
(a) pure; uncorrupted; clean
probity
(n) adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
proclivity
(n) a natural predisposition or inclination
profligate
(a) excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
propensity
(n) a natural inclination or tendency, penchant
prosaic
(a) dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
pungent
(a) characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
quixotic
(a) foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
quotidian
(a) occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
rarefy
(v) to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
recondite
(a) hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
refulgent
(a) radiant; shiny; brilliant
renege
(v) to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
sedulous
(a) diligent; persistent; hard-working
shard
(n) a piece of broken pottery or glass
soporific
(a) causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
sparse
(a) thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
spendthrift
(n) one who spends money wastefully
subtle
(a) not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
tacit
(a) implied; not explicitly stated
terse
(a) brief and concise in wording
tout
(v) to publicly praise or promote
trenchant
(a) sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
unfeigned
(a) genuine; not false or hypocritical
untenable
(a) indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
vacillate
(v) to waver
variegated
(a) multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
vexation
(n) annoyance; irritation
vigilant
(a) alertly watchful
vituperate
(v) to use harsh, condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate
volatile
(a) readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive
lucrative
(a) profitable; moneymaking; remunerative
banal
(a) devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite
trite
hackneyed; banal
cursory
(a) going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial
circumvent
(v) to go around or bypass
suasion
(n) the act of advising, urging, or attempting to persuade; persuasion
ensconce
(v) to settle
convalesce
(v) to recover health and strength after illness
munificent
(a) extremely liberal in giving; very generous
parsimonious
(a) frugal or stingy
waggish
(a) humorous; jocular
jocular
(a) waggish; facetious; full of jokes
decorum
(n) dignity; properness
surmise
(v) to conjecture; contemplate; guess
robust
(a) strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous
pertinacious
(a) resolute, stubborn, obstinate
wan
(a) pallid; lacking color
pallid
(a) pale; faint or deficient in color; wan
adroit
(a) cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious
onus
(n) a difficult or disagreeable obligation, task, burden
supernumerary
(a) excess; additional
paucity
(n) smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness; dearth
cavort
(v) to bound or prance about in a sprightly manner
diffident
(a) lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy
replete
(a) abundantly supplied or provided; filled
lassitude
(n) weariness of body or mind from strain
artifice
deception, trickery
sycophant
flatterer, bootlicker
deference
courteous regard for another's wishes
nonplussed
halted by confusion, perplexity
abrogate
(v) to repeal
exhume
(v) to dig out of the earth
hedge
(v) to enclose or separate; to protect.
alloy
(v) to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior
appropriate
(v) to take for one's own use, confiscate
arrest
(v) to suspend; to engage; holding one's attention
august
(a) majestic, venerable
bent (n)
leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency
broach
(v) bring up, announce, begin to talk about
brook
(v) to tolerate, endure, countenance
cardinal
(a) major, as in cardinal sin
chauvinist
(n) a blindly devoted patriot
color
(v) to change as if by dyeing, i.e., to distort, gloss or affect
consequential
(a) pompous, self-important
damp
(v) to diminish the intensity or check the vibration of a sound
die (n)
a tool used for shaping, as in a tool-and-die shop
essay
(v) to best of try; attempt, experiment
exact
(v) to demand, call for, require, take
fell (v)
to cause to fall by striking
fell (a)
inhumanly cruel
flag (v)
to sag or droop, to become spiritless, to decline
ford (v)
to wade across the shallow part of a river or stream
grouse (v)
to complain or grumble
guy (n)
a rope, cord, or cable attached to something as a brace or guide; to steady or reinforce using a guy
intimate (v)
to imply, suggest, or insinuate
list (v)
to tilt or lean to one side
lumber (v)
to move heavily and clumsily
meet (a)
fitting; proper
milk (v)
to exploit
mince (v)
pronounce or speak affectedly, speak to carefully; to tiptoe
nice (a)
exacting, fastidious, extremely precise
obtain (a)
to be established, accepted, or customary
occult (a)
hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension
consummate
(v) to bring to a state of perfection; fulfill
admonish
(v) to caution, advise, or counsel against something
remunerate
(v) to repay
flippant
(a) frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness
puissance
(a) power, might, or force.
officious
(a) meddlesome; aggressive