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v

to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
abscond
adj

deviating from the norm
abberant
n

eager and enthusiastic willingness
alacrity
n

deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
anomaly
n

an expression of approval or praise
approbation
adj

strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
arduous
v

to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
assuage
adj

daring or fearless; recklessly bold
audacious
adj

without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
austere
adj

taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
axiomatic
adj

following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
canonical
adj

inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
capricious
v

to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
censure
n

trickery or subterfuge
chicanery
n

an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
connoisseur
adj

complex or complicated
convoluted
v

to undeceive, to set right
disabuse
adj

conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
discordant
adj

fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
disparate
n

extreme boldness; presumptuousness
effrontery
adj

well-spoken, expressive, articulate
eloquent
v

to weaken; to reduce in vitality
enervate
n

dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
ennui
v

to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
equivocate
adj

very learned; scholarly
erudite
v

exonerate; to clear of blame
exculpate
adj

urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
exigent
adj

improvised; done without preparation
extemporaneous
n

intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speech making to delay legislative action
filibuster
v

to loudly attack or denounce
fulminate
adj

artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
ingenuous
adj

accustomed to accepting something undesirable
inured
adj

easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
irascible
v

to praise highly
laud
adj

clear; easily understood
lucid
n

the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
magnanimity
adj

associated with war and the armed forces
martial
adj

of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
mundane
adj

coming into being; in early developmental stages
nascent
adj

vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
nebulous
n

a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
neologism
adj

harmful, injurious
noxious
adj

lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
obtuse
v

to anticipate and make unnecessary
obviate
adj

troubling; burdensome
onerous
n

a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
paean
n

a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
parody
adj

recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perennial
n

intentional breach of faith; treachery
pefidy
adj

cursory; done without care or interest
perfunctory
adj

acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
perspicacious
v

to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
prattle
adj

acting with excessive haste or impulse
precipitate
v

to cause or happen before anticipated or required
precipitate
n

a disposition in favor or something preference
predilection
n

foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
prescience
v

to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
prevaricate
n

misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
qualms
v

to retract, esp. a previously held belief
recant
v

go disprove; to successfully argue against
refute
v

to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
relegate
adj

quiet, reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
reticent
adj

concerned and attentive; eager
solicitous
adj

characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
sordid
adj

occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
sporadic
v

to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
squander
adj

not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
static
v

to stun, baffle, or amaze
stupefy
v

to block; thwart
stymie
n

the combination of parts to make a whole
synthesis
n

a force that causes rotation
torque
adj

winding, twisting; excessively complicated
tortuous
adj

fierce and cruel; eager to fight
truculent
n

truthfulness, honesty
veracity
adj

having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
voracious
v

to move and fro; to sway; to be unsettled by opinion
waver
abate
verb

to lessen in intensity or degree
accolate
noun

an expression of praise
adulation
noun

excessive praise; intense adoration
aesthetic
adjective

dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
amerliorate
verb

to make better or tolerable
ascetic
noun

one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
avarice
noun

greed, esp. for wealth
axiom
noun

a universally recognized principle
burgeon
verb

to grow rapidly or flourish
bucolic
adjective

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
catalyst
noun

a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
caustic
adjective

burning or stinging; causing corrosion
chary
adjective

wary; cautious; sparing
cogent
adjective

appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance
noun

the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contentious
adjective

argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
contrite
adjective

regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
culpable
adjective

deserving blame
dearth
noun

smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
demur
verb

to question or oppose
didactic
adjective

intended to teach or instruct
discretion
noun

cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
adjective

free of bias or self-interest; impartial
dogmatic
adjective

expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
ebullience
noun

the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eclectic
adjective

composed of elements drawn from various sources
elegy
noun

a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
emollient
adjective/noun

soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smooths the skin
empirical
adjective

based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
adjective

mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand