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candid
impartial & honest in speech
capricious
(adj. ) changing one's mind quickly & often
Lee's capricious behavior this weekend shouldn't have come as much of a shock; it's not as if he's usually all that stable and predictable.
ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain; can be interpreted several ways
ameliorate
(v.) to improve, make better
All attempts to ameliorate the relationship between the longstanding adversaries seemed futile; they were as hostile twoard one another as ever.
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
diatribe
abusive, condemnatory speech
luminous
brilliant, bright, glowing
malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
catalyst
something that brings about a change in something else
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
deride
to mock; to speak of or treat with contempt
desiccate
to dry out thoroughly
florid
excessively decorated or embellished
foment
to arouse or incite
decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
mitigate
to soften, to lessen
mollify
to calm or make less severe
gregarious
outgoing; sociable
guile
deceit or trickery
impervious

Ant: permeate
impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
impetuous
quick to act without thinking
arbitrate
to judge (settle) a dispute between two opposing sides
archaic
anciet, old-fashioned
irascible
easily made angry
laconic
using few words
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent
plethora
excess
pragmatic
practical as opposed to idealistic
verbose
wordy
vex

Syn: antagonize
to annoy
abstain
to choose not to do something
abyss
an extremely deep hole
ardor
intense, passionate feeling
articulate
able to speak clearly and expressively
frugality
tendency to be thrifty or cheap
garrulous
tending to talk a lot
assuage
to make something that is unpleasant less severe
attenuate
to weaken; reduce in force/degree
credulous
too trusting; gullible
crescendo
steadily increasing volume or force
whimsical
acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
zeal
passion; excitement
volatile
easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
waver
to fluctuate between choices
intransigent
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
inundate
to overwhelm; to cover with water
exacerbate
to make worse
exculpate
to clear from blame; prove innocent
anomaly
deviation from the norm
antagonize

Syn: vex
to annoy or provoke anger
esoteric
known or understood only by a few
estimable
admirable
reticent
silent; reserved
rhetoric
effective writing or speaking
paragon
model of excellence or perfection
pedant
someone who shows off learning
dissemble
to present a false appearance; disguise one's real intentions or character
dissonance
harsh & disagreeable combo (often of sounds)
dogma
firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
dogmatic
dictorial in one's opinions
you think that you & only you are right
ephemeral
lasting a short time
equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
evade or dodge a question
innocuous
harmless
insipid
lacking interest or flavor
obdurate
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
stubborn
obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
pushover; people-pleaser
gullible

Syn: credulous
easily deceived
homogenous
of a similar kind
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs and institutions
imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed
permeate

Ant: impervious
to penetrate
philanthropy
charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
cogent
convincing and well-reasoned
condone
to overlook, parden, disregard
fawn
to grovel
fervid
intensely emotional; feverish
chauvenist
a person who is prejudiced in favor of a group to which he belongs
chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
deference
respect; courtesy
assay (v)
to evaluate by experiment; to analyze a substance chemically
chantey (n)
a sailor's song
conventional (adj)
typical
cornucopia (n)
a fruit-filled horn-shaped basket symbolizing abundance
deplete (v)
to reduce
filibuster (n)
a delay tactic using long-winded speeches
fusillade (n)
a rapid discharge of many guns
ruthless (adj)
completely cruel
statuary (n)
(not statutory)
statues considered as a group
tact (n)
diplomacy/courteousness
teetotalism (n)
abstinence from alcohol
abridge (v)
to shorten; edit
abscission (n)
the act of cutting off
acute (adj)
particularly severe
agog (adj)
eager
analogous (adj)
similar to
apposite (adj)
(not opposite)
appropriate; relevant
apprehension (n)
worry; uneasiness
arable (adj)
fit for cultivation
arson (n)
the crime of setting something on fire
astute (adj)
shrewd or smart
asynchronous (adj)
not happening at the same time
aversion (n)
strong dislike; distaste
bedizen (v)
to adorn in a cheaper manner
berate (v)
to rebuke; condemn
caricature (n)
a distorted stereotypical depiction
cliche (n)
trite overused saying
coda (n)
a final passage in music
conversance (n)
a familiarity (being conversant) with something
convoke (v)
to convene (cause to assemble for a meeting)