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abridge
to reduce the length of/condense a written text
compendium
a short, complete summary
cursory
hastily or superficially done
curtail
to cut short, abbreviate
synopsis
a brief statement or outline of a subject
apace
at a rapid pace
abrupt
unexpectedly sudden
headlong
impetuous, rash
impetuous
characterized by sudden energy/movement...impulsive
precipitate
speeding headlong, moving rapidly
abet
to encourage or help, esp. in wrongdoing
advocate
one who argues for or supports a cause
ancillary
subordinate, helping
bolster
to support or prop up
corroborate
to attest to the truth/accuracy of
espouse
the adoption of an idea or cause
mainstay
a principle support
munificent
extremely liberal in giving
proponent
an advocate, one who gives in favor of something
stalwart
one who activly supports an organization
sustenence
the supporting of life
bilous
of a peevish disposition, irascible
irascible
prone to oubursts of temport
dudgeon
a sullen, angry humor
pettish
ill tempered, peevish
umbrage
offense, annoyance, displeasure

(to take umbrage at rudeness)
dilettante
a person with a superficial/amateurish interest in the arts
novitiate
the period of being a novice (esp in religion)
proselyte
a new convert to religion or doctrine
tyro
an inexperienced person, a beginner
callow
immature, inexperienced

(a callow youth)
inchoate
in an initial or eary stage, incipient
incipient
beginning to exist or appear
nascent
coming into existence, emerging
acerbic
sharp or biting temper
acidulous
sour in feeling or manner, biting, caustic
acrimonious
caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc.
asperity
roughness or harshness, ill temper
mordacious
caustic, sarcastic
caustic
marked by sharp, ascerbic wit
trenchant
Caustic; cutting: trenchant criticism.
fatuous
boringly stupid
insipid
lifeless, dull
mundane
common, dull
pedestrian
ordinary, undistinguished
platitude
a trite or banal remark
prosaic
ordinary, acking in imagination
quotidian
occuring every day, commonplace
dissipated
indulging in the pursuit of pleasures
iniquity
sinfulness, gross injustice or wickednes
libertine
one who acts without moral restraint
libidinous
characterized by or having lustful desires
licentious
lacking moral direction or sexial restraint
reprobate
moray unprincipled
ribald
pertaining to lewd, vulgar humor
salacious
sexuay appealing
sordid
morally degraded, base
turpitude
a base, depraved act
mercurial
being quick and changable in character
fascimile
an exact copy or replica
factitioius
lacking authority or genuineness, sham
paradigm
an example or model
precursor
one that preceeds another
quintissence
the pure essence of something
aspersion
slander
calumny
malicious slander
castigate
to punish or chastize
decry
to openly belittle
disparage
to speak of as unimportant, to belittle
excoriate
to denounce, to censor strongly
salacious
sexuay appealing
sordid
morally degraded, base
turpitude
a base, depraved act
mercurial
being quick and changable in character
fascimile
an exact copy or replica
factitioius
lacking authority or genuineness, sham
paradigm
an example or model
precursor
one that preceeds another
quintissence
the pure essence of something
aspersion
slander
calumny
malicious slander
castigate
to punish or chastize
decry
to openly belittle
disparage
to speak of as unimportant, to belittle
excoriate
to denounce, to censor strongly
gainsay
to declare false, deny, oppose
harangue
a speech with strong feelings/a tirade
impugn
to oppose or attack as false, to argue against, to refute
inveigh
to protest vhehemently
objurgate
to berate, to scold sharply
obloquy
abusive language, calumny (malicious slander)
opprobium
scornful reproach
pillory
to ridicule
revile
to denouce with abusive language
vituperate
to raile against abusively or severely
bereave
to deprive by death, to be left desolate
defunct
dead, no longer existing
dolorous
full of exessive pain or sollow
knell
the sound of a bell ringing at a funeral
moribund
in a dying state, near death
obsequies
a funeral rite or ceremony
sepulchral
a tomb, suggestive of a tomb
wraith
an apparation of a living person that appears as a portent just before that person's death
abnegate
to relinquish, to give up
spartan
practicing great self denial (like the spartans)
stoic
indifferent to pleasure or pain
temperate
moderate or self-restrained
dogmatic
asserting opinions in an arrogant manner
hegemonic
aggression or expansion of large notions to achieve world dominence, leadership etc
peremptory
leaving no opportunity for refusal. imperious or dictatorial (a peremptory command)