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abatement
lowering in intesnsity, decreasing
aperture
an opening as in a hold, slit, crevice
fissure
a narrow opening produced by cleavage
hiatus
a break or an interrupt in a work/act
interregnum
a pause in continuity
interstice
an intervening space, an interval of time
lull
a quiet down, let up, subsiding
orifice
an opening or aperture
rent
separating into parts by force
respite
a delay or cessation for a time
rift
an opening made by splitting

a split in a relationship
beneficient
doing good, kind action
clement
mild, merciful
largess
generous bestowal of gifts
magnanimous
generous in forgiving an insult
munificent
very liberal in giving
unstinting
bestowed liberally
avaracious
greedy
covetous
wrongly desirous of wealth
mercenary
working or acting just for money
miserly
stingy
penurious
stingy, miserly
rapacious
given to seizing for plunder
venal
open to being bribed
asperity
hardness or sharpness in temper
baleful
full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious
baleful
causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful
dour
sullen, gloomy, severe
fell
to secumb to temptation/sin
malevolent
wishing harm/evil on another
mordant
sharply sarcastic, biting
sardonic
characterized by bitter scorn/derision
scathing
to attack w/severe criticism
truculent
fierce, cruel, savagly brutal
vitriolic
harsh or corrosive in tone
vitipueration
verbal abuse or castigation
baneful
destructive, pernicious, deadly
deleterious
injurious to health, harmful
inimical
adverse, harmful, unfavorable
injurious
harmful/hurful
insiduous
operating in seemingly harmless ways but with grave effects
minatory
menacing, threating
perfidious
deliberatly tretcherous or deceitful
pernicious
causing insiduous harm
cacaphony
harsh discordance of sound
din
a loud, confused noise, clamour
dissonant
disagreeing or harsh in sound
racuous
harsh, grating
strident
having harsh sound, grating
anathema
a person or thing detested or loathed
antipathy
a deep dislike
enmity
a feeing/condition of hostility
malice
the desire to inflict injury/harm
odium
intense hatred/dislike towards something, esp. toward a person or thing regarded as contemptible, despicable, or repugnant.

Ex: He had to bear the odium of neglecting his family.
rancor
bitter resentment or ill will, hatred
beneficial
conferring benefit
salubrious
favorable to or promoting health
salutory
favorable to or promoting health
dither
to vascillate/ to act irresolutely
teeter
to alter between an opinion, to vascillate
oscillate
to swing/move to and forth
vascillate
to waver in opinion
antithetic
directy opposed or contested in character or purpose
churlish
mean, burlish, rude
curmudgeon
a bad tempered, difficult person
irascible
easily provoked to anger
malevolent
wishing evil or harm towards another
misanthropic
of, pertaining to, or characterized by a hatred of humankind
truculent
cruel, savagly brutal

Truculent criticism
. . .officers mistook his father's cursing and argumentative reception of five men with guns for the actions of a truculent fugitive.
vindictive
inclined to revenge
credulous
willing to believe/trust too readily, guillable...
ingenuous
lacking in sophistication/wrongdoing, an inability to mask feelings
novitiate
a novice in a religious order
tyro
a beginner in learning anything
disingenuous
insincere, lacking in frankness
dissemble
to give a false or misleading appearance to cover the truth, to feign
fulsome
offensively flattering
Offensive to the taste or sensibilities._2. Insincere or excessively lavish; especially, offensive from excess of praise.
He recorded the event in his journal: "Long evening visit from Mr. Langtree--a fulsome flatterer."
ostensible
outwardly appearing as such, but not really so
unctuous
characterize by affected, exaggerated, or insincere exuberence
appraise
to investigate the worth of something
ascertain
to find out definately
assay
to exam or analyze
descry
to see (something that is unclear) by looking closely
peruse
to read w/thoroughness
quiescent
being at rest/inactive
slothful
sluggishly lazy
torpid
inactive or sluggish...slow, dull
adventitious
associated with something by chance. achieved extrinsicaly, not inherent
amulet
an object used to ward away evil
auspicious
auguring favorable circumstances
fortuitous
fortunate event that happens by chance
kismet
fate, destiny
optimum
the best or most favorable point/circumstance
portentous
forboding, forshadowing something momentous
propitiate
to make favorably inclined, to appease
propitious
auspicious, presenting favorable conditions
providential
of or pertaining to divine providence
talisman
a charm used to ward away evil
admonish
to counsel against something strongly
cavil
to find fault unncessarily, to raise irritating objection
belabor
to explain or worory about repeatedly
enjoin
to direct or order w/authority
exhort
to urge
harangue
a sudden or long diatribe
hector
to bully, to treat with insolence
martinet
a strict disciplinarian, esp. a military one
remonstrate
to say or plead in protest, objection....to complain
reproof
rebuke
fetid
having a nasty odor, stinking
noisome
offensive or disgusting, as an odor. noxious
noxious
harmful or injurious to health
askance
wtih suspicion, a sideways glance
awry
away from the proper direction...with a turn or twist to the side
careen
to swing or sway while moving
carom
to strike and rebound.
circuitous
roundabout
circumvent
to go around and bypass
gyrate
to move in a circle around a final point
meander
to take a winding route
oblique
sloping, not straight or direct