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attenuate
reduce the force, effect, or value of
slag
cinder; waste left over after the re-sorting of coal
peremptory
leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative
salacious
Lustful, lecherous; obscene
ruminate
to think deeply about something
prosaic
dull and unoriginal; mundane
ascetic
sever and without luxuries; austere
precis
shortens or simplifies; an abstract
mince
to walk taking tiny steps (foolishly)
simper
to smile foolishly
munificent
very generous
impecunious
penniless; poor
ambivalent
uncertain
deference
a type of respect
condescension
patronizing arrogance
diurnal
daily, of or active in the day time
prosody
versification
epigram
witty, ingenious; a short, often satirical, witty poem
solecism
nonstandard or ungrammatical usage; error, impropriety, inconsistency
profligate
a licentious, dissolute person; reckless extravagance
perfunctory
carried out with minimum effort; superficial
mellifluous
sweet or musical; pleasant to hear
contrition
sincere penitence or remorse
paucity
shortage, scarcity, scantiness
avouch
affirm or assert
persnickety
fussy
capacious
roomy, having a lot of space
indomitable
impossible to subdue or defeat
clement
favorable, mild; merciful
sibilant
characterized by a hissing sound
hidebound
unwilling or unable to change because of tradition or convention
providence
divine, godly, benevolent
penitent
felling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong; repentant
captious
tending to find fault or raise petty objections
platitude
an unoriginal saying
glaucous
of a pale grayish or bluish green
fatuous
silly and pointless
pernicious
having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way
tendentious
expressing or intending to promote a particular point of view
moribund
at the point of death; lacking vitality
limpid
unclouded; clear
embullient
cheerful and full of energy
buoyant
optimistic and happy
venal
susceptible to bribery
placatory
serving, tending, or intended to placate
prescient
having or showing knowledge of events before they take place
coalesce
to grow together or into one body; unite
canalize
convert into a navigable canal
hortatory
marked by exhortation or strong urging: a hortatory speech
ineluctable
unable to be resisted or avoided; inescapable
preponderant
predominant in influence, number, or importance
inquietude
a disturbed state; restlessness or uneasiness
stolid
calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation
excision
the act of removal
diaphanous
Light, delicate, and translucent
temerity
excessive confidence or boldness; audacity
punctiliousness
strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct
modish
in fashion
capricious
given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior
treacly
too sentimental
serpentine
convoluted and winding
pulchritude
beauty
senescence
aging
perspicacious
insightful
upshot
outcome; final result
magnanimous
very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful
declivity
a downward slope
dither
a state of indecisive agitation
grate
annoy
ellipsis
an error of omission
tautology
rhetoric redundancy
epistaxis
nosebleed
eschew
deliberately avoid using; abstain from
prepossess
to preoccupy; influence beforehand