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Abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
Abjure
to reject, abandon formally
Ablution
act of cleansing
Abnegate
to deny, renounce
Abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
Abstemious
consuming moderately
Abstruse
difficult to comprehend
Abut
to touch, to be in contact with
Acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
Acme
highest point, summit
Acquiesce
to agree or comply in silence
Adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
Adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
Aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
Altruism
unselfish concern for others' welfare
Ambulatory
itinerant; walking around
Amortize
to diminish by installment payments
Ancillary
accessory, subordinate; helping
Antediluvian
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure; coming before the biblical flood
Anthropomorphic
attributing human qualities to nonhumans; having human qualities
Aplomb
poise, confidence
Apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
Apothegm
a short, instructive saying
Apotheosis
deification; glorified ideal
Arboreal
relating to trees; living in trees
Assiduous
diligent, persistent, hardworking
Bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
Balk
to refuse, shirk; prevent
Beatific
saintly, angelic
Behemoth
huge creature
Belie
to misrepresent; expose as false
Benison
blessing
Bifurcate
divide into two parts
Bilious
easily irritated, relating to bile
Bonhomie
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
Bulwark
defense wall; anything serving as defense
Cajole
to flatter, coax, persuade
Calamitous
disastrous, catastrophic
Calumny
false and malicious accusation, misrepresentation, slander
Canard
a lie
Carom
to strike and rebound
Cavalcade
a procession
Chagrin
shame, embarrassment, humiliation
Charlatan
quack, fake
Chattel
piece of personal property
Chimerical
fanciful, imaginary, visionary; impossible
Choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
Churlish
rude
Cistern
tank for rainwater
Coalesce
to grow together; cause to unite as one
Coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
Cognomen
family name; any name, especially a nickname
Comeliness
physical grace and beauty
Commodious
roomy, spaciou
Compunctious
feeling guilty or having misgivings
Conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility
Conflagaration
big, destructive fire
Congenial
similar in tastes and habits
Consanguineous
of the same origin; related by blood
Contentious
quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
Contumacious
rebellious
Corpulence
obesity, fatness, bulkiness
Corrugate
to mold in a shape with parallel grooves and ridges
Cosset
to pamper, treat with great care
Coterie
small group of persons with a similar purpose
Coven
group of witches
Curmudgeon
cranky person
Declivity
downward slope
Deleterious
harmful, destructive, detrimental
Deluge
flood
Demagogue
leader of rabble-rouse who usually uses appeals to emotion or prejudice
Denigrate
to slur or blacken someone's reputation
Descry
to discover or reveal
Diaphanous
allowing light to show through; delicate
Dictum
authoritative statement; popular saying
Didactic
excessively instructive
Diluvial
relating to a flood
Diminutive
small
Discomfit
to cause preplexity and embarrassment
Distaff
the female branch of a family
Dither
to move or act confusedly or without clear purpose
Diurnal
daily
Doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
Dolor
sadness
Doughty
courageous
Droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
Dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable
Ebullient
exhilarated, full of enthusiasm and high spirits
Effluvia
outpouring of gasses or vapors
Effulgent
brilliantly shining
Egregious
conspicuously bad
Emend
to correct a text
Emollient
having soothing qualities, especially for skin
Encomium
warm praise
Endemic
belonging to a particular area, inherent
Ennui
boredom, lack of interest and energy
Epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
Epitome
representative of an entire group; summary
Ersatz
fake
Eschew
to abstain from, avoid
Evince
to show clearly, display, signify
Exorcise
to expel evil spirits
Expatiate
to wander; to discuss or describe at length
Expiate
to atone for, make amends for
Expunge
to erase, eliminate completely
Expurgate
to censor
Extemporaneous
unrehearsed, on the spur of the moment
Extol
to praise
Extrapolate
to estimate
Facetious
witty in an inappropriate way
Fatuous
stupid; smugly foolish; unconsciously foolish
Fealty
intense loyalty
Fecund
fertile, fruitful, productive
Fetid
foul-smelling, putrid
Fey
doomed
Filch
to steal
Filial
appropriate for a child
Flaccid
limp, flabby, weak
Foliate
to grow, sprout leaves
Forswear
to repudiate, renounce, disclaim, reject
Fracas
noisy dispute
Fractious
unruly, rebellious
Frenetic
wildly frantic, frenzied, hectic
Fulminate
to explode with anger
Fulsome
excessive, overdone, sickeningly abundant
Furtive
secret, stealthy
Gainsay
to deny
Gambol
to dance or skip around playfully
Gauche
crude, socially awkward
Germinate
to begin to grow (as in a seed or idea)
Gibe
to make heckling, taunting remarks
Glib
fluent in an insincere manner; offhand, casual
Gnostic
having to do with knowledge
Grandiloquence
pompous talk, fancy but meaningless language
Gratuitous
free, voluntary; unnecessary and unjustified
Gustatory
relating to sense of taste
Hackeneyed
worn out by over-use
Harangue
a pompous speech
Hegemony
leadership, domination, usually by a country
Heretical
opposed to an established religious orthodoxy
Hermetic
tightly sealed
Hoary
very old; whitish or gray from age
Husband
to farm; manage carefully and thriftily
Idiosyncrasy
peculiarity of temperament, eccentricity
Ignominious
disgraceful and dishonorable
Ilk
type or kind
Illusory
unreal, deceptive
Imbue
to infuse; dye; wet, moisten
Impecunious
poor, having no money
Imperious
arrogantly self-assured, domineering, overbearing
Impolitic
unwise
Impromptu
spontaneous, without rehearsal
Impugn
to call into question, attack verbally
Incarnate
having bodily form
Incendiary
combustible, flammable, burning easily
Inculcate
to teach; impress in the mind
Inculpate
to blame; charge with a crime
Indefatigable
never tired
Indigent
very poor
Indolent
habitually lazy, idle
Indubitable
unquestionable
Inert
unable to move, tending to inactivity
Infallible
incapable of making a mistake
Ingenious
original, clever, inventive
Ingratiate
to bring oneself purposely into another's good graces
Ingress
entrance
Innuendo
indirect and subtle criticism, insinuation
Insidious
sly, treacherous, devious
Insuperable
insurmountable, unconquerable
Interdict
to forbid, prohibit
Interlocutor
someone taking part in a dialogue
Interlopers
trespasser; meddler in others' affairs
Internecine
deadly to both sides
Interpolate
to insert; change by adding new words or material
Interstice
a space between things
Intimation
clue, suggestion
Intrepid
fearless
Intrinsic
inherent, internal
Inure
to harden; accustom; become used to
Inveterate
confirmed, long-standing, deeply rooted
Ingress
entrance
Innuendo
indirect and subtle criticism, insinuation
Insidious
sly, treacherous, devious
Insuperable
insurmountable, unconquerable
Interdict
to forbid, prohibit
Interlocutor
someone taking part in a dialogue
Interlopers
trespasser; meddler in others' affairs
Internecine
deadly to both sides
Interpolate
to insert; change by adding new words or material
Interstice
a space between things
Intimation
clue, suggestion
Intrepid
fearless
Intrinsic
inherent, internal
Inure
to harden; accustom; become used to
Inveterate
confirmed, long-standing, deeply rooted
Invidious
likely to provoke ill will, offensive
Itinerant
wandering from place to place, unsettled
Jibe
to shift suddenly from one side to the other
Jingoism
belligerent support of one's ocuntry
Jocular
jovial, playful, humorous
Juggernaut
huge force destroying everything in its path
Jurisprudence
philosophy of law
Kismet
fate
Knell
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
Lachrymose
tearful
Lambaste
disapprove angrily
Lapidary
relating to precious stones
Largess
generosity; gift
Lassitude
lethargy, sluggishness
Legerdemain
trickery
Levity
humor, frivolity, gaiety
Lexicon
dictionary, list of words
Libidinous
lustful
Licentious
immoral; unrestrained by society
Limpid
clear and simple in style
Liniment
medicinal liquid used externally to ease pain
Lionize
to treat as a celebrity
Lissome
easily flexed, limber, agile
Lugubrious
sorrowful, mournful
Macabre
gruesome, producing horror
Machination
plot or scheme
Malapropism
humorous misue of a word
Malevolent
ill-willed; causing evil or harm to others
Manifold
diverse, varied; comprised of many parts
Martinet
strict diciplinarian; one who rigidly follows rules
Maudlin
overly sentimental
Mawkish
sickeningly sentimental
Megalomania
mental state with delusions of wealth and power
Mendacious
dishonest
Mendicant
beggar
Mercurial
quick, shrewd, and unpredictable
Meritorious
deserving reward or praise
Minatory
menacing, threatening
Mnemonic
relating to memory; designed to assist memory
Molt
to shed hair, skin, or an outer layer periodically
Mordacious
caustic, biting
Mote
small particle, speck
Multifarious
diverse
Munificent
generous
Nadir
lowest point
Nascent
starting to develop, coming into existence
Nebulous
vague, cloudy
Necromancy
black magic
Nefarious
vicious, evil
Neologism
new word or expression
Neophyte
novice, beginner
Nihilism
belief that existence and all traditional values are meaningless
Noisome
stinking, putrid
Noxious
harmful, unwholesome
Numismatics
coin collecting
Obfuscate
to confuse, obscure
Obstreperious
troublesome, boisterous, unruly
Omnipotent
having unlimited power
Omniscient
having infinte knowledge
Oscillate
to move back and forth
Ouster
explusion, ejection
Paean
a song of praise or thanksgiving
Palliate
to make less erious, ease
Panacea
cure-all
Panegyric
elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise
Panoply
impressive array
Parley
discussion, usually between enemies
Parochial
of limited scope or outlook, provincial
Parsimony
stinginess
Pastiche
piece of literature or music imitating other works
Paucity
scarcity, lack
Peccadillo
minor sin or offense
Peculation
theft of money or goods
Penchant
inclination
Penultimate
next to last
Penumbra
partial shadow
Perambulate
walk about
Periphrastic
using circumlocution
Pernicious
very harmful
Perspicacious
shrewd, astute, keen-witted
Pertinacious
persistent, stubborn
Phalanx
massed group of soldiers, people, or things
Philistine
narrow-minded person, someone lacking appreciation for art or culture
Plait
to braid
Plangent
resounding; plaintive
Plaudit
applause
Pneumatic
relating to air; worked by compressed air
Polemic
controversy, argument; verbal attack
Polyglot
speaker of many languages
Posit
to put in position; to suggest an idea
Precept
principle; law
Precursor
forerunner, predecessor
Predilection
preference, liking
Prescient
having foresight
Privation
lack of usual necessities or comforts
Probity
honesty, high-mindedness
Progenitor
originator, forefather, ancestor in a direct line
Prognosticate
to predict
Prolific
productive, fertile
Prolix
tedious; wordy
Promulgate
to make known publicy
Propinquity
nearness
Propitious
favorable, avantageoius
Proselytize
to induce someone to convert to a particular belief or religion
Prostrate
lying face downward, lying flat on the ground
Protagonist
main character in a play or story, hero
Provident
prudent, frugal
Provincial
rustic, unsophisticated, limited in scope
Prurient
lustful, exhibiting lewd desires
Puerile
childish, immature, silly
Pulchritude
beauty
Pundit
an authority or critic
Pusillanimous
cowardly
Querulous
inclined to complain, irritable
Quotidian
occurring daily; commonplace
Raconteur
a witty, skillful storyteller
Raillerty
lighthearted jesting
Rancor
bitter hatred
Rapacious
greedy; predatory
Rapprochement
reestablishing a cordial relationship
Raze
to tear down, demolish
Recalcitrant
resisting authority or control
Recidivism
tendency to repeat previous behavior
Recondite
relating to obscure learning; known to only a few
Recreant
disloyal; cowardly
Redress
relief from wrong or injury
Rejoinder
response
Renege
to go back on one's word
Renitent
resisting pressure, obstinate
Repast
meal
Reprobate
morally unprincipled person
Requite
to return or repay
Respite
interval of relief
Restive
impatient, uneasy, restless
Retinue
group of attendants with an important person
Revelry
boisterous festivity
Ribald
humorous in a vulgar way
Riposte
a retort
Rococo
very highly ornamented
Rotund
round in shape; fat
Ruminate
to contemplate, reflect upon
Sacrosanct
extremely sacred; beyond criticism
Sagacious
shrewd, wise
Salacious
lustful
Salubrious
healthful
Sanguine
ruddy; cheerfully optimistic
Sapient
wise
Scabbard
sheath for sword or dagger
Scintilla
very small amount
Scintillate
to sparkle, flash
Scurrilous
vulgar, low, indecent
Sedition
behavior promoting rebellion
Senescent
aging, growing old
Sentient
aware, conscious, able to perceive
Sepulchral
typical of a place of burial
Seraphic
angelic, pure, sublime
Shirk
to avoid a task due to laziness or fear
Simper
to smirk, smile foolishly
Sinecure
well-paying job or office that requires little or not work
Sinuous
winding; intricate, complex
Slake
to quench or moderate
Slovenly
untidy, messy
Sojourn
visit, stay
Solecism
grammatical mistake
Solipsism
belief that the self is the only reality
Somnambulist
sleepwalker
Sonorous
producing a full, rich sound
Sophist
person good at arguing deviously
Sportive
frolicsome, playful
Squalid
filthy; morally repulsive
Staid
self-restrained, straight-laced
Stentorian
extremely loud
Striate
striped, grooved
Stringent
imposing severe, rigorous standards
Stymie
to block or thwart
Subterfuge
trick or tactic used to avoid something
Sully
to soil, stain, tarnish; taint
Supercilious
arrogant, haugty, overbearing, condescending
Surly
rude and bad-tempered
Surreptitious
characterized by secrecy
Sybarite
person devoted to pleasure and luxury
Sycophant
self-serving flatterer, yes-man
Syncopation
temporary irregularity in musical rhythm
Tableau
vivid description, striking incident or scene
Talisman
something producing a magical effect
Tantamount
equivalent in value or significance; amounting to
Temerity
recklessness
Temporal
relating to time; chronological
Tenable
defensible, reasonalbe
Tenet
belief, doctrine
Tenuous
weak, insubstantial
Threnody
a sad poem or song
Trammel
to impede or hamper
Trenchant
acute, sharp, incisive; forceful, effective
Trite
shallow, superficial
Truculent
savage and cruel; fierce; ready to fight
Turgid
swollen, bloated
Turpitude
inherent vileness, foulness, depravity
Tyro
beginner, novice
Umbrage
offense, resentment
Unctuous
greasy, oily; smug and falsely earnest
Unfettered
free, unrestrained
Unsullied
clean
Untoward
not favorable; unruly
Urbane
courteous, refined, suave
Usury
lending money at exorbitant rates
Vacuous
empty, void; lacking intelligence, purposeless
Variegated
varied; marked with different colors
Virile
manly, having qualities of an adult male
Viscous
thick, syrupy, and sticky
Vitiate
reduce in value or effectiveness
Vitriolic
burning, caustic; sharp, bitter
Vituperate
to abuse verbally
Vociferous
loud, vocal, and noisy
Voluble
speaking much and easily, talkative; glib
Washpish
easily irritated
Wizened
withered, shriveled, wrinkled
Wraith
a ghost
Xenophobia
fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers
Zenith
highest point, summit