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abate; verb
to lessen in intensity or degree
the bait will ___ the pain, there is an anasthetic in it.
accolade; noun
an expression of praise
The child's smile was an ___ to the parade, I knew we had done well.
Adulation; noun
excessive praise, intense adoration, excessive flattery
The standing ovation was a sign of ___ and the performer was excessively flattered
Aesthetic; adj
of or concerning the appreciation or being responsive of beauty or good taste;
the illustrations made the book an ___ success- artisticly pleasing to the eye
avarice; noun
greed, esp. for wealth; excessive desire to aquire or possess more, or from another
His willingness to invest is out of shear __; he is greedy for money.
burgeon; verb
to grow rapidly or flourish
The forest, ___ in the tropical climate, quickly grew over the foreign species.
cacophony; noun
harsh; discordant sound; dissonance; jarring
The fire engines roared in a ___, so jarring and harsh, we had to cover our ears.
canon; noun
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature; also the literary works of someone
We live by the ___ of a polite society, those that don't follow are against the law and shall die by canon ball.
castigation; noun
severe criticism or punishment
The cast director's ___ sent the entire cast to their trailers with their heads low.
catalyst; noun
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing
with the ___ the reaction increases its rate 1000-fold
catalyst; noun
a person or thing that causes change
Having a heart attack was the ___ in changing his lifestyle.
caustic; adj
burning or stinging; causing corrosion; harsh or corrosive in tone
His comments were ___; they hurt my feelings.
Chary; adj
wary, cautious; sparing & not freely giving
I'm chary of stepping into the haunted house, isn't it scary??
Cogent; adj
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
It was a ___ example, the entire class was convinced.
complaisance; noun
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
They complained he was too much a rebel, not a lick of ___ in him.
contrite; adj
regretful; penitent; seeking forgivness; rueful; remorseful
Don't feel so ___, you tried to do the best you could without offense.
dearth; noun
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
There was a ___ that fell upon the earth, and no one could eat for a month.
demur; verb
to question or oppose; to object; to delay
He demurred at the suggestion to study with me, instead going out with his friends.
didactic; adj
intended to teach or instruct
It was deliberately written to be didactic, I wanted to teach through the song.
discretion; noun
cautious reserve in speech, ability to make responsible decisions; decide responsibly; knowing how to avoid embarrassment
All decisions were left to my own ___- I decided everything on my own.
disinterested; adj
indifferent; free from self interest; impartiality; indifference
By showing ___, we knew he was not biased by self-interest.
dogmatic; adj
stubbornly opinionated; expressing rigid opinions;
Like an old dog, he continued to be ___ - rigid in his opinions, not learning new tricks.
ebullience; adj
overflowing with enthusiasm; in expression of thought & feeling
His ebullience was just inappropriate after we lost the game.
elegy; noun
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
In the elegy, she sung words of praise for her dead father
emollient; adj
soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying
The emollient approach of the diplomatic mediator eased tensions between the leaders.
emprical; adj
based on observation or experiment
Based on ___ evidence, the medication should work at 90%
enigmatic; adj
mysterious; obscure, difficult to understand; puzzling
The concept was so enigmatic, the professor spent a week explaining it to us.
estoeric; adj.
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
The cult was __, only known to a few individuals.
exonerate; verb
to remove blame; exculpate; also clear from responsibility; aquit, discharge, clear
The judge exonerated the defendant of all charges.
fallacy; noun
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
It is a fallacy, to think I am young just because I look young.
furtive; adj
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
His furtive eyes thoroughly registered all cameras of the bank.
gregarous; adj
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
He has a gregarious nature, likes to go out with people every night.
harangue; verb
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
Before the meeting could begin, the president harangued for half an hour
tirade; noun
A long angry or violent speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe
heretical; adj
violating accepted dogma or convention
Her heretical notions caused the townspeople to think she a witch.
impecunious; adj
lacking funds; without money
College students are often impecunious, asking their parents for money all the time.
incipient; adj
beginning to come into being or to become apparent; imperfectly formed; inchoate
the new equipment allows us to see incipient tumors, just as they start to form
inert; adj
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
You could call him a couch-potato… he prefer's "inert substance."
innocuous; adj
harmless; causing no damage; Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid
The drug is innocuous, simply allowing you to sleep without adverse affect.
intransigent; adj
refusing to compromise
He stuck to his ground, being intransigent to the wills and wishes of the others.
inveigle; verb
to obtain by deception or flattery; sweet-talk
We inveigled our way into the museum after hours without paying.
morose; adj
sad; sullen; meloncholy
I grew morose and sad as the days pressed on without my love.
odious; adj
evoking intense eversion or dislike
Vile and odious, the villain could not garner sympathy from the jury.
opaque; adj
not reflecting light; impenetrable to light; unintelligible; obtuse of mind
The opaqueness to his essay was reason for a bad grade, you just couldn't understand it
peruse; verb
to examine with great care
I perused each line, examining for errors during my editing.
preen; verb
to dress up, to primp, to groom oneself with great care; also to pride or congratulate onself
Be sure to preen before going out, you have to groom yourself to attract the boys!
prodigious; adj
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
the prodigious storm wiped out villages, it was so large and forceful
putrefy; verb
to rot; to decay and give a foul odor
the dead animal began to putrefy, it was rotting and smelled awful
quaff; verb
to drink deeply; gulp
sure enough, the boys quaffed their beers, as if they'd just walked through the sahara
sanction; noun
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance
He received sanction to maintain tropical pets even though it was against the law.
urbane; adj
sophisticated, elegant, refined
I should have dressed up, everyone is so urbane in their elegant attire.
viscous; adj
thick; sticky
blood becomes more viscous if you use EPO.