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abash
humiliate, embarrass
aberrant
abnormal
abeyance
postponement
aboriginal
indigenous
abstemious
moderate; marked by temperance in indulgence; "abstemious with the use of adverbs"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper"; think ABSTAIN
aegis
that which protects; To act under the aegis of someone is to act with their protection, support, or guardianship. A shield or breastplate
alacrity
swiftness; cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
ambivalence
conflicting emotions
amorphous
shapeless
anachronistic
out of historical order
anathema
curse
animus
hate; animosity
antipathy
repulsion, hatred
antipodal
exactly opposite
approbation
approval; The speech struck a responsive chord among many and won him much approbation.
artless
naive, simple
ascetic
self-denying; A hermit's habits of life are ascetic.
assiduous
hard-working
auspicious
favorable
axiom
self-evident truth
banal
trite
belie
misrepresent
bellicose
warlike
cachet
prestige
callow
inexperienced; Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature: a callow young man.
canon
rule
capacious
spacious
cathartic
purgative, purifying
chary
cautious; (châr'-ee)
adj. char·i·er, char·i·est
1. Very cautious; wary: was chary of the risks involved.
2. Not giving or expending freely; sparing: was chary of compliments.
coda
concluding passage
cogent
well-put, convincing
commensurate
proportionate
commiserate
empathize
credence
belief
credulous
believing
deleterious
harmful; from deleter "destroyer,"
demur
take exception
desiccate
dehydrate; Desiccation is the state of extreme dryness, or the process of extreme drying. It is an extreme form of dehydration (though dessication is not a medical condition).
desultory
without direction in life
disabuse
correct a misconception
dogmatic
certain, unchanging in opinion
efficacy
effectiveness
effloresce
to bloom
endemic
peculiar to a particular region
enervate
weaken; It comes from Latin nervus, "sinew." Thus enervate means "to cause to become 'out of muscle'," that is, "to weaken or deplete of strength."
engender
generate
ennui
boredom (on-wee)
The servants relieved their ennui with gambling and gossip about their masters
esoteric
known only by a few
evanescent
fleeting, very brief
foment
instigate; promote the growth or development of: to foment trouble; to foment discontent.
fulminate
denounce, menace; 1. To issue a thunderous verbal attack or denunciation: fulminated against political chicanery. 2. To explode or detonate.
furtive
stealthy; "furtive glance"