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abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
abeyance
suspended action
abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking; temperate
abstain
to choose not to do something
abyss
an extremely deep hole
admonish
warn; reprove
adulterate
to make impure
advocate
to speak in favor of
aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
aggregate
gather; accumulate
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence, or reputation
alacrity
cheerful promptness; eagerness
amalgamate
to combine; to mix together
ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain
ameliorate
to make better; improve
anachronism
something out of place in time
analogous
similar or alike in some way
anarchy
no governing body; state of disorder
anomaly
deviation from what is normal
antagonize
to annoy or provoke to anger
antipathy
extreme dislike
apathy
lack of interest or emotion
appease
pacify; relieve
apprise
inform
approbation
approval
appropriate
acquire; take possession of
arbitrate
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
ardor
intense and passionate feeling
arduous
hard; strenuous
articulate
able to speak clearly and expressively
artless
without guile; open and honest
ascetic
practicing self-denial; austere
assiduous
diligent
assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe; alleviate
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
audacious
fearless and daring
austere
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
aver
to state confidently
banal
predictable, cliched, boring
belie
contradict; give a false impression
beneficent
kindly; doing good
bolster
to support; reinforce; prop up
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
burnish
make shiny by rubbing; polish
buttress
support;prop up
boorish
rude; insensitive
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
cacophony
harsh, jarring noise
candid
impartial and honest speech
capricious
changing one's mind quickly and often
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
catalyst
something that brings about a change in something else
coagulate
thicken; congeal; clot
coda
concluding section of a musical or literary composition
caustic
biting in wit
chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
cogent
convincing and well-reasoned
confound
confuse; puzzle
convoluted
intricate and complicated
commensurate
equal in extent
compendium
brief, comprehensive summary
condone
to overlook, pardon, or disregard
conundrum
riddle; difficult problem
conciliatory
reconciling; soothing
contention
claim; thesis
contentious
quarrelsome
contrite
penitent; remorseful
corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
craven
cowardly
credulous
too trusting; gullible
crescendo
steadily increasing in volume or force
daunt
intimidate; frighten
deference
respect; courtesy
delineate
portray; depict; sketch
denigrate
belittle or defame
deride
to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
decorum
appropriateness of behavior/conduct
disingenuous
lacking genuine candor; insincere
derivative
unoriginal
desiccate
to dry out thoroughly
dilettante
someone with an amatuerish and superficial interest in a topic
dirge
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
dilatory
intended to delay
diffuse
wordy; rambling
diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
disabuse
to set right; to free from error
discrepancy
lack of consistency; difference
discrete
separate; unconnected
diffident
lacking self-confidence
discordant
not harmonious; conflicting
disseminate
distribute; sread; scatter (like seeds)
disparate
fundamentally different; entirely unlike
dissemble
to present a false appearance
disparage
belittle
deterrent
something that discourages; hindrance
embellish
adorn; ornament; enhance-as a story
endemic
prevailing among a specific group
elicit
draw out by discussion
efficacy
effectiveness
effrontery
boldness; temerity
dogma
a firmly held opinion; often a religious belief
eclectic
selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
disjointed
disconnected
enervate
to reduce in strength
dissolution
breaking of a union; decay; termination
dissonance
a harsh and disagreeable combination (often of sounds)
distend
expand; swell out
divest
strip; deprive
dogmatic
dictatorial in one's opinions
dupe
to deceive; a person who is easily deceived
ebullient
showing excitement
eloquent
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
goad
urge on
gouge
overcharge
grandiloquent
pompous; bombastic; using high-sounding language
harangue
long, passionate, and vehement speech
hyperbole
exaggeration
immutable
unchangeable
impassive
without feeling; imperterbable; stoical
impede
hinder; block
implicit
understood, but not stated
implode
burst inward
inadvertently
unintentionally
incongruity
lack of harmony; absurdity
inconsequential
insignificant; unimportant
indeterminate
uncertain; not clearly fixed
indigence
poverty
indolent
lazy
inert
inactive; lacking the power to move
insensible
unconscious; unresponsive
insularity
narrow-mindedness
intractable
unruly; stubborn; unyielding
inured
accustomed; hardened
invective
abuse
irresolute
unceratin how to act; weak
lassitude
langour; weariness
latent
potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden
levee
earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding
levity
lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity
magnanimity
generosity
maverick
rebel; noncomformist
mendacious
lying; habitually dishonest
morose
ill-humored; sullen; melancholy
mundane
worldy as opposed to spiritual
negate
to cancel out; nullify; deny
neophyte
recent convert; beginner
officious
meddlesome; excessively pushy
oscillate
vibrate pendulumlike; waver
partisan
one-sided; prejudiced
pathological
related to the study of disease
paucity
scarcity
penchant
strong inclination; liking
penury
severe poverty; stinginess
perennial
something long-lasting
pervasive
spread throughout
phlegmatic
calm; not easily disturbed
piety
devoutness; reverence for God
platitude
trite remark; commonplace statement
plummet
fall sharply
porous
full of pores
preamble
introductory statment
precarious
uncertain; risky
presumptuous
overconfident; bold
probity
uprightness; incorruptibility
profound
deep; complete; not superficial
propensity
natural inclination
proscribe
ostracize; banish; outlaw
quibble
minor objection or complaint
recalcitrant
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
recant
disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement
recluse
hermit; loner
recondite
difficult to understand; secret
refractory
stubborn; unmanageable
refute
disprove
relegate
banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
reproach
express disapproval or disappointment
reprobate
soundrel; person lacking moral principles
rescind
cancel
resolution
determination
resolve
determination; firmness of purpose
reverent
respctful; worshipful
sage
person celebrated for wisdom
salubrious
healthful
sanction
approve; ratify
savor
enjoy
secrete
hide away or cache
shard
fragment, generally of pottery
skeptic
doubter
solicitous
worried; concerned
stint
be thrifty; set limits
stipulate
make express conditions, specify
stolid
dull
striated
marked with parallel bands; grooved
strut
pompous walk
subpoena
writ of summoning a witness to appear
subside
settle down; descend; grow quiet
substantiate
establish by evidence
supersede
cuase to be set aside; replace
supposition
hypothesis; surmise
tangential
peripheral; only slightly connected
tenuous
thin; rare; slim
tortuous
winding; full of curves
tractable
docile; easily managed
transgression
violation of law; sin
truculence
aggressiveness; ferocity
viable
practical or workable; capable of maintaining life
viscous
sticky, gluey
vituperative
abusive; scolding
warranted
justified; authorized
wary
very cautious
welter
turmoil; bewildering jumble
whimsical
capricious; fanciful
equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead; to conceal the truth
explicit
clearly stated or shown
extrapolation
projection; conjecture
facetious
jokine (often inappropriate); humorous
fallacious
false; misleading
fatuous
foolish; inane
fawn
to grovel
felicitous
apt; suitably expressed; well-chosen
fervid
intensely emotional; feverish
flag
droop; grow feeble
florid
excessively decorated or embellished
flout
reject; mock
foment
to arouse or incite
frugality
a tendency to be thrifty or cheap
futile
useless; hopeless; ineffectual
gainsay
deny
garrulous
tending to talk alot; loquacious; wordy
exacerbate
to make worse
exigent
urgent; requiring immediate action
exculpate
to clear from blame
erratic
wandering and unpredictable
erudite
learned; scholarly
esoteric
known or understood by only a few
estimable
admirable
engender
to bring about
exonerate
to clear of blame
enigma
a puzzle; a mystery
euphimism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
enumerate
to count, list, or itemize
ephemeral
lasting a short time
equanimity
calmness of temperament; composure
impetuous
quick to act without thinking
implacable
unable to be calmed down
inchoate
not fully formed; disorganized
ingenuous
showing innocence
inimical
hostile; unfriendly
innocuous
harmless
insipid
lacking interest or flavor
intransigent
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
inundate
to overwhelm; to cover with water
irascible
easily made angry
laconic
using few words
lament
to express sorrow; grief
laud
to give praise; to glorify
lavish
to give unsparingly
loquacious
talkative
lucid
clear and easily understood
malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
malleable
capable of being shaped
misanthrope
a person who dislikes others
mitigate
to soften; to lessen
mollify
to calm or make less severe
monotony
lack of variation
obdurate
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
obsequious
eager to please
obstinate
stubborn; unyielding
obviate
to prevent; to make unnecessary
occlude
to stop up; to prevent the passage of
onerous
troublesome
opaque
impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
opprobrium
public disgrace
ostentation
excessive showiness
paragon
model of excellence or perfection
pedant
someone who shows off learning
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent
philanthropy
charity
placate
to soothe or pacify
pragmatic
practical as opposed to ideal
precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly
prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
pristine
fresh and clean
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
proliferate
to increase in number quickly
propitiate
to conciliate; to appease
propriety
correct behavior; obedience
prudence
wisdom; caution
quiescent
motionless
rarefy
to make thinner or sparser
repudiate
to reject the validity of
reticent
silent; reserved
soporific
causing sleep or lethargy
specious
deceptively attractive
stigma
a mark of shame or discredit
stolid
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
sublime
lofty or grand
tacit
done without using words
taciturn
silent; not talkative
tirade
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
transitory
temporary, lasting a brief time
vacillate
to sway physically; to be indecisive
venerate
to respect deeply
veracity
filled with truth and accuracy
verbose
wordy
vex
to annoy
volatile
easily aroused or changeable
whimsical
acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
zeal
passion; excitement