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largesse
generoisty especially in terms of material goods; usually implies the giving of goods by a superior to an inferior
flout
to treat with scorn ("flouting the rules")
munificent
generous
brusque
offensively blunt in manner
quixotic
pursuing unrealistic goals
persue
to study/read carefully
compunction
guilt
fell
cruel
libertine
to act without moral constraint
collusion
collaboration, conspiracy
inscrutable
difficulty to understand
ingenuous
sincere, open, naive, unsophisticated
caustic
biting/sarcastic
sardonic
disdainful/mocking
secede
withdraw
turpitude
vileness/depravity
equivocate
to lie
circuitous
indirect
artless
genuine
abstemious
to be moderate in your indulgences
parsimonious
quality of being stingy
spartan
bare
unctuous
oily/greasy; someone who is insincere and affected and who uses flattery and pretense to grease his way forward in the world
impudent
offensively bold
belie
to present something falsely
brook
to tolerate something
propitious
favorably disposed
fleece
to swindle
acclivity
upward slope
absolution
forgiveness
prevaricator
liar
perdition
eternal damnation
depravity
moral corruption
abandon
total lack of inhibition
abash
embarrass
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
abet
to aid, to act as accomplice
abeyance
temporary suppresion/suspension
abiding
enduring, continuing
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny, renounce
abominate
to hate
abortive
interrpted while incomplete
abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
absolve
to forgive/free from blame
abstemious
moderate in appetite
abut
to touch/be in contact with
abyss
an extremely great depth
accede
to express approval, to agree to
acclaim
praise
accord
to renconile/come to an agreement
accost
to approach and speak to someone
accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
acidulous
sour in taste or manner
acme
highest point/summit
acrid
harsh/bitter
acrimony
bitterness/animosity
acumen
sharpness of insight
adage
old saying/prverb
adulation
high praise
adumbrate
to sketch/outline in a shadowy way
adventitious
accidental
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
affected
pretentious/phony
affront
personal offense/insult
aggrieve
to afflict/distress
alacrity
willingness/eagerness
allay
to lessen/ease/soothe
allocation
allowance, portion, share
altercation
noisy dispute
amalgam
mixture, combination, alloy
ambulatory
itinerant (traveling from place to place), related to walking around
itinerant
traveling from place to place
amity
friendship
amoral
unprincipled, unethical
amorous
strongly attracted to love, showing love
amortize
to diminish by installment payments
amphitheater
arena theater with rising tiers around a central open space
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
anachronism
something chronologically inappropriate
anachronistic
outdated
analgesia
a lessening of pain without loss of consciousness
anathema
ban, curse; something shunned/disliked
ancillary
accessory, subordinate; helping
animation
enthusiasm, excitement
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
anoint
to apply oil to esp as a sacred rite
antedate
dated prior to the actual occurance
antepenultimate
third from last
anterior
previous, before
anthropomorphic
attributing human qualities to nonhumans; having human qualities
antiquated
outdated, obsolete
apace
done quickly
aperture
an opening/hole
aphasia
inability to speak or use words
aphelion
point in planet's orbit that is farthest from the sun
aplomb
poise/confidence
apocryphal
non genuine, fictional
apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
apostrophe
speech to the reader or someone not present
apothegm
a short, instructive saying
apotheosis
glorification, glorified ideal
append
to attach
apprise
to give notice of/inform
approbation
praise
appropriate
to take possession of usually without permission
arable
suitable for cultivation
arbitrator
mediator/negotiator
arboreal
relating to treas, living in trees
arboretum
place where trees are displayed and studied
arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
archaic
outdated
archipelago
large group of islands
ardent
passionate, fervent
ardor
great emotion/passion
arraign
to call to court to answer a charge
arrogate
to demand/claim arrogantly
arsenal
ammnition storehouse
artifact
historcal relic, item made by human craft
artisan
craftsperson, expert
artless
open and honest; without skill
ascend
to rise or climb
ascendancy
state of rising, ascending; power or control
ascertain
to determine, discover, make certain of
ascetic
self-denying, austere
asinine
lacking intelligence/judgement
askance
scornfully
askew
crooked/tilted
asocial
unable/unwilling to act socially
asperity
harsh/rough
aspersion
a false rumor, slander
assail
to attack/assault
assay
to analyze/estimate
assent
to express agreement
asseverate
to affirm positively/earnestly
assignation
appointment for lovers' meeting; assignment
assonance
resemblance in sound
assuage
to make less less severe
astral
exalted, elevated in position; relating to the stars
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
astute
having good judgement
asunder
into different parts
atrophy
to waste away/wither from disuse
attenuate
to make thin/slender, weaken
audit
formal examination of financial records
augury
prophecy, prediction of events
august
dignified, awe-inspiring, venerable
auspicious
having favorable prospects, promising
austere
strict, stern, unadonrned
autocrat
dictator
autonomous
separate/independent
auxiliary
supplementary, providing support; held in reserve
avarice
greed
aver
to declare to be true/affirm
aversion
intense dislike
avert
to turn something away; to prevent
aviary
large enclosure housing birds
avow
to state openly/declare
axiom
self-evident truth
bacchanalian
drunkly festive
baleful
harmul, with evil intentions
balk
to refuse, shirk/prevent
shirk
to avoid or neglect a duty
banal
trite and overly common
banter
playful convo
base
being of low value or position
bastion
fortification, stronghold
bay
to bark esp in a deep, prolonged way
beatific
appearing to be saintly, angelic
becalm
to make calm to still; to keep motionless by lack of wind
becloud
to confuse; darken with clouds
beguile
to deceive, mislead; to charm
behemoth
huge creature
belabor
to insist repeatedly or harp on
beleaguer
to harass/plague
belfry
bell tower
belie
to misrepresent/lie
bellicose
warlike, aggressive
bellow
to roar/shout
bemuse
to confuse. stupefy; to plunge deep in thought
benefactor
someone giving aid or money
beneficent
kindly/charitable
benighted
unenlightened
benison
blessing
beseech
to beg/plead
besmear
to smear
besplatter
to splanner
bestial
beastly/animal-like
bestow
to give as a gift
betoken
to indicate/signify/give evidence of
bevy
group
bibliophile
lover of books
bifurcate
divide into 2 parts
bilateral
two-sided
bilious
bad-natured
bilk
to cheat/defraud
billet
board and lodging for troops
biped
two-footed animal
bisect
to cut into two parts
blanch
to pale/take the color out of
blandish
to coax with flattery
blight
to afflict/destory
blithe
cheerful/joyful
bludgeon
to hit with a club
bluster
to boast or make threats loudly
bombastic
to use high-sounding but meaningless language
bonanza
large amount
bonhomie
good-natured geniality/atmosphere of good cheer
boon
blessing/something to be thankful for
boor
crude person/one who lacks manners or teast
botanist
scientist who studies plants
bovine
relating to cows
brazen
bold/shamless
brevity
being brief in time
brigand
bandit/outlaw
broach
to mention/suggest for the first time
bromide
a dull, commonplace person or idea
buffet
to strike/hit
bulwark
defense wall; anything serving as a defense
burnish
to polish, make smooth and bright
bursar
treasurer
byway
side or back road
cabal
a secret group seeking to overturn something
cadaver
dead body
cadence
rhythmic flow of poetry; marching beat
cajole
to flatter, coax, persuade
calamitous
disastrous/catastrophic
callow
immature/lacking sophistication
calumny
false and malicious accusation, slander
canard
a lie
canny
smart; founded on common sense
canonize
to declare a person a saint; raise to highest honors
canvass
to conduct a poll; to examine thoroughly
capacious
large, roomy, extenseive
capitulate
to sumbit completely, surrender
careen
to lean to one side
carom
to strike and rebound
carp
to find fault, complain constantly
cast (n)
copy, replica
cast (v)
to fling, to throw
cataclysmic
disastrous
categorical
absolute/wtihout exception
catholic
universal; broad and comprehensive
caucus
smaller group within an organization
caulk
to make watertight
caustic
biting, sarcastic
cavalcade
a procession
cavalier
carefree, happy
cavil
to raise trivial objections
cavort
to frolic
cede
to surrender posession of something
celebrity
fame, widespread acclaim
celerity
quick moving or acting
censorious
severly critical
censure
to criticize
centripetal
directed or moving toward the center
certitude
assurance, certainty
chalice
goblet, cup
champ
to chew noisily
champion
to defend/support
charlatan
a fake
chary
cautious
chastise
to punish, discipline, scold
chattel
piece of personal property
cheeky
lacking prudence or discretion
cherubic
sweet, innocent
chicanery
trickery, fraud, deception
chide
to scold, express disapproval
chimerical
fanciful, imaginary, visionary; impossible
choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
chortle
to chuckle
chromatic
relating to color
churlish
rude
circumnavigate
to sail completely arroudn
circumspect
cautious/wary
cistern
tank for rainwater
citadel
fortress, stronghold
civility
politeness, courtesy
clairvoyant
having ESP, psychic
clamor
noisy outcry
clandestine
secretive
cleave
to seperate; to stick, cling, adhere
clemency
merciful leniency
clement
mild
cloister
confine, seclude
cloying
indulging to excess
coagulate
to clot or change from a liquid to solid
coddle
to baby/treat indulgently
coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
cognate
related, similar, akin
cognomen
family name; any name, especially a nickname
collate
to arrange in an order
collateral
accompanying
collusion
collaboration, conspiiracy
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commensurate
proprtional
commodious
roomy/spacious
communicable
transmittable
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
compatriot
fellow countryman
compendious
summarizing completely and briegly
complacent
self-satisfied, smug, affable