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Abscond
To depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
Aberrant
Deviating from the norm (like Aberration)
Alacrity
Eager and enthusiastic willingness
Approbation
An expression of approval or praise
Austere
Without adornment; bare; severly simple;
Canonical
Following or in agreement with accepted traditional standards,
Censure
To criticize severely, to officially rebuke
Chicanery
Trickery, subterfuge
Disabuse
To set right, to undeceive
Disparate
Fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
Effrontery
Extreme boldness, presumptousness
Enervate
To weaken, to reduce in vitality
Equivocate
To use ambigious language with a deceptive intent
Exigent
Urgent, pressing, requiring immediate action or attention
Extemperaneous
Improvised; done without preparation
Fulminate
To loudly attack or denounce
Ingenuous
Frank, candid, lacking in sophistication
Inured
Toughened and hardened, accustomed to hardship
Irascible
Easily angered
Martial
Associted with war and the armed forces
Nascent
In early developmental stages, coming into being
Neologism
A new word or expression
Obviate
To anticipate an event so that te event's consequences are minimal
Onerous
Troubling; burdensome
Paean
Song or hymn of praise
Perennial
Everlasting or happening repeatedly
Perfidy
Treachery, breach of trust
Perspicacious
Acutely perceptive
Precipitate (adj.)
Acting with excessive haste or impulse
Precipitate (v.)
To bring about prematurely
Predilection
Preference, a disposition in favor of something
Prescience
Knowing of events prior to their occuring, like clairvoyance
Prevaricate
To deliberately avoid the truth, to mislead
Recant
To retract (especially beliefs)
Relegate
To forcibly assign
Solicitous
Concerned and attentive, eager
Stymie
To block or thwart
Tortuous
Winding, twisting, excessively complicated
Truculent
Fierce and cruel, eager to fight
Veracity
Truthfulness, honesty
Virulent
Extremely harmful, bitterly hostile
Abate
To lessen in intensity or degree
Adulation
Excessive praise, intense adoration
Ascetic
One who practices rigid self-denial (especially in a religious context, like Buddhists denying pleasure)
Burgeon
To grow rapidly or flourish
Canon
An stablished set of principles (especially in religion)
Castigation
Severe criticism or punishment
Caustic
Burning or stinging, causing corrosion
Chary
Wary, cautious, sparing
Cogent
Convincing
Complaisance
The willingness to comply with the wishes of others
Contentious
Argumentative, quarrelsome, causing controversy
Contrite
Regretful; penitent
Dearth
Smallness of quantity, a lack
Demur
To question or oppose
Disinterested
Impartial, free of bias
Ebullience
High spirits, exuberance
Empirical
Based on observation and experiment
Esoteric
Intended for a specific group (very specialized)
Furtive
Sneaky, stealthy
Harangue
To deliver a pompous speech
Impecunious
Lacking funds, without money
Incipient
Beginning to come into being, becoming apparent
Intransigent
Refusing to compromise
Inveigle
To obtain by deception or flattery
Penurious
Penny-pinching, ungenerous
Prodigious
Abundant in size, force, or extent
Putrefy
To rot and decay
Quaff
To drink deeply
Redoubtable
Awe-inspiring, worthy of honor
Stoic
Indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain
Supplant
To take the place of, supersede
Torpid
Lethargic, sluggish, dormant
Flag
To lessen in vigor and energy
Gaffe
A social blunder, faux pas
Adulterate
To reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
Aver
To state as a fact, to declare or assert
Dissemble
To disguise or conceal, to mislead
Endemic
Chracteristic of a region, locality, or people
Evanescent
Vanishing, disappearing (like vapor)
Exacerbate
To make worse or more severe
Fervent
Greatly emotional or zealous
Fortuitous
Happening by chance (like lucky)
Germane
Relevant to the subject at hand
Halcyon
Calm and peaceful
Hegemony
Dominance of one state/ideology over others
Iconoclast
One who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
Impassive
Revealing no emotion
Imperturbable
Marked by extreme calm and steadiness
Implacable
Not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
Impunity
Immunity from punishment or penalty
Inchoate
In an initial stage, not fully formed
Infelicitous (2 meanings)
Unfortunate, in appropriate
Mendacity
The condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
Obdurate
Unyielding, hardhearted
Obsequious
Obedient to the point of fawning
Opprobrium
Disgrace, contempt
Pedantic
Overly concerned with minutae and conventions, ostentatious with one's learning
Pine (2 meanings)
To yearn intensely, to lose vigor
Pith
The essential or central part
Pithy
Precise and brief
Platitude
A superficial remark, especially one that is supposed to be meaningful
Polemical
Argumentative, an opinion against the norm
Prodigal (2 meanings)
Recklessly wasteful and extravangant, Abundant
Profuse
Giving something in great quantities
Querulous
Prone to complaining or grumbling, peevish
Repudiate
To disown, To refuse to have anything to do with
Rescind
To invalidate, to repeal, to retract
Salubrious
Promoting health or well-being
Solvent
Able to meet financial obligations
Specious
Misleadingly attractive, seeming true but actually false
Spurious
Lacking validity, Counterfeit
Surfeit
An overabundant supply (noun) or to feed/supply to excess (verb)
Tenacity
Persistent determination, the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued
Tenuous
Having little strength or substance, weak and flimsy
Aggrandize
To increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige
Amenable
Agreeable, responsive to suggestion
Astringent
Harsh, severe, tightening effect on tissue
Contiguous
Sharing a border, adjacent
Credulous
Gullible, tending to believe too readily
Cynicism
Belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
Dilettante
One with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
Disparage
To insult, belittle, slight
Flout
To show contempt for (with rules)
Garrulous
Talking too much, pointlessly talkative
Immutable
Not capable of change
Inimical
Damaging, harmful, injurious
Intractable
Stubborn, obstinate
Maverick
Individual that goes his own path, different than the rest of the group
Phlegmatic (3 meanings)
Calm, sluggish, unemotional
Probity
Adherence to highest principles, uprightness
Proclivity
Natural predisposition
Profligate
Excessively wasteful and extravagant
Prosaic
Dull, lacking in imagination
Quixotic
Foolishly impractical, marked my romantic ideals
Quotidian
Occuring or recurring daily, commonplace
Rarefy
To refine, to make thin and less dense
Recondite
Hidden, concealed, difficult to understand
Refulgent
Radiant, shiny, brilliant
Renege
To fail to honor a comitment, to go back on a promise
Sedulous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
Spendthrift
One who spends money wastefully
Trenchant
Sharply perceptive, keen, penetrating
Untenable (2 meanings)
Uninhabitable, Indefensible
Variegated
Multicolored (with patches of different color)
Vexation
Annoyance, irritation
Vituperate
To urse harsh condemanatory language, to abuse verbally
Restiveness
Impatience, unease
Cronyism
Favoring one's friends
Sublime
Elevated in thought, impressing the mind in grandeur
Pusillanimous
Lacking courage
Aphorism
Saying of general truth (absolute power corrupts absolutely)
Ken
Range of sight and vision
Palpable
Readily or plainly seen
Seminal
Having possibilities of future development
Ponderious
Awkward, unwieldy, dull
Belie
To contradict
Candor
The state of being open and frank
Blandishment
Something intended to coax and flatter
Abet
To encourage or support
Panegyric
A lofty piece of writing that highly praises something
Prolix
Long and wordy
Munificent
Extremely liberal in giving
Recreant
Cowardly or traitorous
Turbid
Cloudy or opaque, confused
Regale
To entertain lavishly
Perfervid
Very fervent
Otiose (2 meanings)
Useless, indolent
Reprobate
An evil person, sinner, rejected by God
Lucubratory
Learned, sounding smart
Vitiate
To impair the quality of, to debase
Augur
Soothsayer, prophet, to prophecize
Sere
Dry or withered
Divestiture
Depravation
Indeilibility
Permanence, not able to be changed or forgotten
Hapless
Unfortunate, unlucky
Noisome
Offensive or disgusting, possibly harmful to health
Incorrigibility
Refusal to change, beyond repair
Lugubrious
Mournful, gloomy
Burnish
To polish by friction
Rapacious
Greedy
Pellucid
Clear, transparent
Stolid
Unemotional, impassive
Distend
To expand by stretching
Unceremonious (2 meanings)
Abrupt and rude, informal
Unwonted
Rare
Cadge
To mooch or beg
Palliate
To relieve or lessen
Beatify
To make blissfully happy
Adventitious
Additional part, not integral
Peripatetic
Walking or traveling about
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Sweetly or innocently charming
Recumbent
Lying down, reclining, inactive
Saturnine
Gloomy, taciturn
Canard
False or baseless story, usually derogatory
Compendious
Describing something concisely
Putative
Commonly seen as, supposedly
Upbraid
To find fault with, criticize
Turgid
Inflated, overblown, pompous
Teetotaler
One who abstains from alcohol
Canticle
A type of church hymn
Dissolute
Tending to be immoral
Concupiscent
Lustful, horny
Limn
To draw or sketch
Histrionic
Characteristic of acting
Sanguine
Cheerfully optimistic, hopeful