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LAUD
verb
To praise highly
adj. laudatory
STYMIE
verb
To block, thwart
"They had lost the key, and the lock stymied the first three locksmiths they called"
ERUDITE
adj
Very learned; scholarly
noun. erudition
"At all events, if it involved any secret information in regard to old Roger Chillingworth, it was in a tongue unknown to the erudite clergyman, and did but increase the bewilderment of his mind."
EQUIVOCATE
verb
To use ambiguous language with a decepetive intent
adj. equivocal
"When asked directly for his position on disarmament, the candidate only equivocated."
ENNUI
noun
Dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
"The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui."
ENERVATE
verb
To weaken, to reduce in vitality
PAEAN
noun
A song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
"The art . . . was a paean to paganism"
APPROBATION
noun
An expression of approval or praise
"His bravery received the approbation of the whole town."
INGENUOUS
adj.
Artless, frank and candid, lacking in sophistication
PERFIDY
noun
Intentional breach of faith; treachery
adj. perdidious
ARDUOUS
adj.
Strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort
NEBULOUS
adj
Vague, cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
RETICENT
adj
Quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
RELEGATE
verb
To forcibly assign especially to a lower place or position
"He relegates the less pleasant tasks to his assistant"
DISCORDANT
adj
Conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
EXCULPATE
verb
Exonerate; to clear of blame
NOXIOUS
adj
Harmful, injurious
"noxious chemical wastes"
NEOLOGISM
noun
A new word, expressoin or usage. The creation or use of a new words/senses
ABERRANT
adj
Deviating from the norm
noun. aberration
"The President aberrated from being a perfect gentleman"
ABSCOND
verb
To depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
"The cashier absconded with the money."
DISABUSE
verb
To undeceive, to set right
STATIC
adj.
Not moving, inactive, at rest
IRASCIBLE
adj.
Easily angered; prone to tempermental outbursts
REFUTE
verb
To disprove, to successfully argue against
CAPRICIOUS
adj.
Inclinced to change ones' mind impulsively, erratic, unpredictable
CENSURE
verb
To criticize severely. to officially rebuke
CHICANERY
noun
Trickery or subterfuge
ASSUAGE
verb
To ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
ONEROUS
adj.
Troubling; burdensome
OBVIATE
verb
To anticipate and make unncessary
AUSTERE
adj.
Without adornment; bare; severly simply, ascetic
noun: austerity
AXIOMATIC
adj.
Taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
RECANT
verb
To retreat especially a previously held belief
QUALMS
noun
Misgivings; reservations, causes for hesitancy
PREVARICATE
verb
To deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
SORDID
adj.
Characterized by filth, grime or sualor; foul
PRATTLE
veb
To babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
PERFUNCORY
adj.
Cursory; done without care or interest
TORQUE
noun
A force that causes rotation
EXIGENT
adj.
Urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
TORTUOUS
adj
Winding, twisting; excessively complicated
DISPARATE
adj.
Fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
FULMNIATE
verb
To loudly attack or denounce
INURED
adj
Accustomed to accepting something undesirable
CONNOISSEUR
noun
An informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
CONVOLUTED
adj.
Complex or complicated
AUDACIOUS
adj.
Daring and fearless; recklessly bold
noun: audacity
PRESCIENCE
noun
Foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occuring
adj. prescient
MUNDANE
adj.
Of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
PERSPICACIOUS
adj.
Acutely perceptive, having keen discernement
noun: perspicacity
PERENNIAL
adj.
Recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
MARTIAL
adj.
Associated with war and the armed forces
WAVER
verb
To move to and fro; to sway to be unsettled in opinion
VORACIOUS
adj.
Having and insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
SOLICITOUS
adj.
Concerned and attentive, eager
SPORADIC
adj.
Occuring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
PARODY
noun
A humerous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect especially in art and literature
SQUANDER
verb
To waste by spending or using irresponsibly
VIRULENT
adj.
Extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
VERACITY
noun
Truthfulness; honesty
LUCID
adj.
Clear, easily understood
PREDILECTION
noun
A disposition in favor of something; preference
STUPEFY
verb
To stun, baffle or amaze
SYNTHESIS
noun
Combination of parts to make a whole
verb: synthesize
PRECIPITATE
verb
To cause or happen before anticipated or required
NASCENT
adj.
Coming into being; in early developmental stages
ALACRITY
noun
Eager and enthusiastic willingness
ANOMALY
noun
Deviation from the normal order, form or rule
abnormality
adj. anomalous
ELOQUENT
adj.
Well-spoken; expressive; articulate
noun: eloquence
CANONICAL
adj.
Following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
noun: canon
EXTEMPORANEOUS
adj.
Improvised, donw without preparation
FILIBUSTER
noun
Intentional obstruction, especially using prolonged speechmaking to delay legistlative action
MAGNANIMITY
noun
The quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, especially in forgiving
adj. magnanimous
OBTUSE
adj.
Lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
EFFRONTERY
noun
Extreme boldness; presumptuousness