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Phlegmn
Sluggishness of temperament
Enervate
Take away strength (of the nerve(s), nervous)
Dither
To act without clear purpose
Inure
To accustom or become used to
Imprecate
To curse
Benediction
Blessing
Rejoinder
A response
Proclivity
A natural inclination or predisposition
Opprobrium
Public disgrace
Prudence
Wisdom
Scintilla
A trace amount
Umbrage
Offense (I.e. - "take umbrage")
Noisome
Stinking, offensive or disgusting
Maudlin
Overly sentimental
Candid
Honest in speech
Cupidity
Greed or irresistible desire for material goods
Largess
A generous giving of benevolence that carries a connotation of giving to the less fortunate or inferior
Penury
Extreme poverty or lack of resources
Cosset
Pamper or treat with great care
Ossify
To harden or set in a rigidly conventional pattern, or to change into bone
Husband (v.)
To manage economically, as in the phrase "husband resources"
Taciturn
Silent
Obdurate
Hardened in feeling or resistant to persuasion
Quiescent
Motionless or dormant
Specious
Deceptively attractive or seemingly plausible but fallacious, as in a "specious argument"
Pathogenic
Causing disease, from the Greek 'pathos,' meaning suffering
Salubrious
Healthful or therapeutic
Trenchant
Incisive, sharp, even caustic or cutting (Assoc. w/ 'venerate, meaning respect deeply)
Sanguine
Cheerfully optimistic
Prevaricate
To lie or deviate from the truth
Disabuse
To set right or free from error, as in to "disabuse him of a misunderstanding"
Burnish
To polish
Prodigal
Extravagant or wasteful; lavishly abundant
Irascible
Ornery or easily made angry
Foment
To arouse or incite
Quash
Suppress or put down
Hoary
Very old, often with the connotation of white or gray from age
Tangential
Digressing or extraneous to the matter at hand
Monastic
Extremely plain, even austere, as in a monastery
Voluble
Talkative or speaking easily
Reticent
Reserved but with a connotation of silent
Turgid
Bloated or swollen, as from a fluid
Tawdry
Gaudy, cheap, and showy
Inchoate
Disorganized and incoherent, usually with the sense of not yet fully formed, as in an "inchoate thought;" rudimentary
Florid
Excessively decorated or embellished, usually in an ostentatious manner
Lachrymose
Tearful or weepy, either literally or temperamentally
Perspicacious
Keen-witted, astute, or shrewd
Inimical
Hostile or unfriendly
Glib
Easily and casually fluent, with overtones of insincerity
Palliate
To mitigate or ease something onerous
Torpor
Extreme mental and physical sluggishness; lethargic indifference
Vim
Vitality and energy (I.e. vigor)
Guile
Deceit or trickery
Invective
Referring to abusive language
Euphony
A pleasant or harmonious sound
Chicanery
Deception by craft or guile
Obsequious
Overly flattering or servile
Bawdy
Racy or lewd; indecent, obscene
Ethereal
Heavenly or immaterial
Dispassionate
Devoid of personal feeling or bias; impartial, calm
Panegyric
Formal or elaborate praise in writing or oration
Prolix
Wordy; unnecessary or tedious in length
Pithy
To the point; brief, forceful and meaningful in expression
Flotilla
A group of small naval vessels; a group moving together
Meretricious
Alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry. Showy; gaudy
Tyro
A beginner in learning anything; novice.
Hackneyed
Cliched, unoriginal, or trite
Hackney
A small coach pulled by horses
Egress
To exit
Ingress
To enter
Elegy
A mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem
Capitulate
To give into a demand
Truncate
To shorten
Prevaricate
To lie
Mendicant
Begging; practicing begging
Timorous
Full of fear; fearful
Ductile
Able to be bent
Cogent
To the point, relavent; pertinent
Virulent
Bitter, spiteful or malicious
Histrionic
Having a tendency to act
Invective
Prone to insult rather than flatter
Improvident
Wasteful
Fortuitous
Accidental
Perfervid
Ardent or impassioned; very fervent
Alacrity
Eager willingness
Decorum
Polite behavior
Trepidus (root)
Tremble
Quandary
A state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma
Anathema
A person or thing that is intensely disliked, loathed
Boon
Something to be thankful for; blessing, benefit
Opprobrium
Infamy and disgrace; shameful
Aquisitive
Grasping or greedy; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.
Equivocate
To avoid intentional language
Desiccate
To make dry
Inexorable
Unable to relent
Invective
An insulting or abusive word or expression
Hermetic
Not affected by outward influence or power; isolated
Perfidiousness
Treacherous, deliberately faithless; deceitful
Recreance
Cowardice; cowardly or craven
Turbidness
Muddiness; clouded, opaque, obscured
Dulcetness
Having a sweet sound; pleasent or agreeable, melodious
Sublimeness
Grandeur; inspiring awe, veneration
Obfuscate
To make obscure, to cloud over
Obviate
To eliminate; render unnecessary
Abrogate
To nullify or quash; to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal
Censure
Punish; strong or vehement expression of disapproval
Proscribe
Condemn, banish; to exile, prohibit
Expurgate
To remove obscene passages from a book; to amend by removing words
Anthropomorphic
Resembling or made to resemble a human form
Lucubratory
Erudite and scholarly
Obtuse
Slow of mind
Bellicose
Inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious
Dupe
Someone who has been fooled by a nasty trick; an innocent victim
Malefactor
A person who does harm to other people; a wicked trickster
Distend
To expand by stretching, as something hollow or elastic
Vacillate
to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute
Frenetic
To be greatly excited; frantic, frenzied
Fastidious
Greatly attentive; excessively particular, critical, or demanding
Credulity
Gullibility
Perfidy
An act or instance of faithlessness or treachery
Irascible
Easily provoked to anger; very irritable
Indolent
having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful; inactive
Vitiate
To make faulty; to impair the quality of; debase; corrupt
Collate
To arrange; to gather or arrange in their proper sequence
Otiose
Useless; being at leisure; idle or indolent
Unwonted
Uncommon or unusual; not customary, rare
Quotidian
Something known or familiar
Expostulate
To argue strongly for a point
Inveigh
To protest strongly or attack vehemently with words; rail
Cadge
To obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship (Bum)
Palliate
To moderate or reduce the harmful effects of something
Beatify
To make blissfully happy
Adventitious
Associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part; extrinsic
Piecemeal
Something that is constructed from many parts
Germane
Relevant and appropriate to the subject; pertinent
Cogent
Clear; to the point, relevant
Antithetical
Directly opposed or contrasted; opposite
Neologism
New words