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abdicate
to give up
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
adduce
to offer as proof in an argument
admonish
to warn
allusiveness
quality of making many indirect references
ambivalent
having mixed feelings
arable
suitable for cultivation
ardor
extreme passion or feeling
auspicious
happening at an advantageous time; promising
banal
trite, hackneyed, commonplace
blandish
to coax with flattery
boor
a crude person; one lacking manners or taste
brash
having no regards for consequences; tactless
capacious
large, roomy; extensive
circumspect
cautious, wary
commensurate
proportional
conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility
countermand
to annul, cancel, make a contrary order
craven
cowardly
curmudgeon
a cranky, cynical person
cynic
someone who has a distrust of people's motives
daunted
intimidated
decry
to belittle, openly condemn
delectation
enjoyment
denigrate
to slur or blacken someone's reputation
denounce
to accuse, blame
derivative
copied or adapted; not original
desultory
random
disarming
charming; alleviating criticism
disseminated
spread far and wide
dissension
disagreement, difference of opinion
dolt
idiot, dim-wit, foolish person
dulcet
pleasant-sounding; soothing to the ear
effusive
full of emotion
egregious
conspicuously bad
elude
to escape from
eminent
celebrated, distinguished; towering, outstanding
euphemism
a way of saying something to make it less offensive
extricate
to free from; to disentangle
genial
kind; friendly
hapless
having bad luck, unfortunate
haughty
arrogant
hidebound
excessively rigid; dry and stiff
ideology
a system of beliefs
ignoble
dishonorable
ignominious
disgraceful and dishonorable
impetus
motivation, impulse
impudence
arrogance, audacity
incentive
motivating factors
incisive
perceptive, penetrating
incite
to start an action
indelible
permanent; not erasable
indolent
habitually lazy; idle
ineffable
not able to be described in words
inept
clumsy, awkward; nonsensical, foolish
ingratiate
to work oneself into the favor of someone
interminable
endless
invidious
likely to provoke ill-will; offensible
irreverent
disrespectful
itinerant
having a tendency to travel
kindle
to ignite; to inspire
lachrymose
very sad; tearful
laconic
using few words
lambaste
to attack verbally
latent
inherent in but hidden; potential
lionize
to treat as a celebrity
low
to make a sound like a cow, moo
lucid
clear and easily understood
lugubrious
sad, mournful
lumber
to move clumsily and slowly
maelstrom
agitated state of mind; turmoil
malefactor
evildoer; culprit
martinet
an extremely strict person; disciplinarian
maudlin
overly sentimental
mercenary
motivated only by greed
mirthful
jovial merry, causing or provoking laughter and glee
misnomer
an incorrect name or designation
moribund
dying, decaying
multifarious
diverse
munificent
generous
myriad
immense number; multitude
nefarious
vicious, evil
noisome
stinking, putrid
obscure
dark, mysterious; little known
oligarchy
government ruled by a few
outgrowth
by-product
pallid
lacking color or liveliness
paradigm
a model
parley
discussion, usually between enemies
patriarchal
dominated and controlled by men
perspicacious
shrewd, astute, keen-witted
philology
the study of literature and linguistics
pittance
a very small amount
plutocrat
a member of the wealthy ruling class
poignant
strong
pragmatic
practical, choosing the facts over ideals
precarious
uncertain
predation
the act of preying
presumptuous
rude; improperly bold
progenitor
originator, forefather, ancestor in a direct line
proponent
supporter, advocate
protean
readily assuming different forms or character
prudent
careful, cautious
puissant
powerful
purge
to free, especially from guilt
putrefaction
the process of living matter decomposing; corruption
quell
to crush or subdue
rant
to forcefully scold
rapt
deeply absorbed
raucous
harsh-sounding; boisterous
rebuke
to reprimand, scold
rectilinear
characterized by straight lines
rejoinder
response
rend
to forcibly take from; to tear apart
repeal
to revoke or formally withdraw, as a law
reprehensible
worthy of blame
reprobate
morally unprincipled person
resolute
determined; with a clear purpose
revile
to criticize with harsh language, to verbally abuse
rout
to beat badly. a humiliating retreat
rubric
category heading
salient
prominent or conspicuous
sardonic
cynical, scornfully mocking
scant
meager
scintilla
trace amount
scourage
plague
seedy
run-down
seminal
relating to the beginning of seeds of something
skulk
to sneak
slate
to schedule
sloth
sluggishness, laziness
sodden
thoroughly soaked; saturated
sophisticated
with it, worldly-wise; of high intellectual quality
spurious
false
spurn
to reject, to scorn
stipend
allowance; fixed amount of money paid regularly
stolid
emotionless
strident
loud, harsh, unpleasantly noise
sumptuous
lavish, splendid; delicious
supercilious
arrogant, haughty, overbearing, condescending
surreptitious
secret
taciturn
not vocal
tawdry
gaudy, cheap, showy
tempestuous
stormy, raging, furious
tottering
barely standing
transgress
to trespass, to violate a law
travesty
parody, exaggerated imitation, caricature
trite
shallow, superficial
trounce
to beat severely, to defeat
upbraid
to scold sharply
vacuous
empty, void, lacking intelligence
venerate
to treat with great respect
versatile
adaptable, all-purpose, able to do many things
vestige
something left over, a legacy
waive
to refrain from enforcing a law; to give up a legal right
wan
sickly pale
whit
the smallest part possible
winsome
charming, happily engaging
wistful
longingly melancholy
writ
written document, usually in law
yoke
to join together