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vitiate
to make something ineffective
jejune
boring; childish; without proper nourishment
morose
gloomy
temerity
boldness; intrepid
mawkish
sentimental; bland or unpleasant
malediction
a curse; slander
meritorious
show merit
effulgent
brightness
dilate
expand
enmity
hostility
candescent
bright
diluvial
relating to Flood
Expicurean
devoted to sensual pleasure
vindictive
vengeful; spiteful
pique
bad mood
elucidate
explain something
stride
to walk with long regular steps
obstreperous
noisy; unruly
moribund
dying; stagnant; obsolescent
saturnine
melacholy; caused by lead poisoning
ebullient
lively and enthusiastic; boiling
finicky
fussy; too detailed
vituperative
outburst of abuse; act of vituperating
laudatory
expressing praise
syncopated
modify rhythm by accenting a weak beat; shorten word by loss of sounds
restive
uneasy; impatient; obstinate or awkward
disseminate
spread
fecundity
ability to produce offspring; creative productivity
inundated
overwhelm; flood
blanch
turn pale; remove or lose color
obsequious
too eager to please or obey
haughty
condescending
intransigent
refusing to compromise
ineluctable
unavoidable
modaility
proposition of necessity or possibility; treatment
verbatim
using identical words; in identical words
expurgate
edit something by removing offensive parts
apt
very appropriate; likely; quick to learn
penance
self-punishment for committing sin
quixotic
romantic; impractical; impulsive
pedantic
too concerned with formal rules and details
dyspeptic
having indigestion; bad-tempered
sacristy
room for sacred objects
eminent
of high standing; clear; high
prolix
wordy
recalcitrant
resisting control; hard to do or handle
obstinate
stubborn; refusing to change; difficult to control
pithy
brief and to the point
dispassionated
calmly object
conspicuous
easily visible; attracting attention
partisan
biased supporter; resistance fighter
abet
help somebody
deter
restrain from taking action
bawdy
ribald; course; vulgar
superfluous
more than necessary; inessential; extravagant
ethereal
exquisite; airy; heavenly; of ether
tentative
uncertain; rough or provisional
cognizant
knowing about something; aware; mindful
euphony
pleasant sound
chicanery
cheating or deception
cacophony
unpleasant sound; use of jarring sounds
torpor
lack of energy; dormancy; numbness
vim
exuberance
invective
abuse of language
polemic
passionated argument; passionate critic
engender
create or arise; have offspring
palliate
mitigate; partially excused; alleviate
vex
annoy somebody; agitate; confound
stolid
impassive
erudite
very knowledgeable through study
ignoble
dishonorable; not of nobility
lachrymose
crying; sad
perspicacious
perceptive; wise; insightful
sanguine
confident; ruddy; blood-red
inimical
not favorable; hostile
surly
bad tempered
glib
slick; superficial; causal and relaxed
lucid
easily understood; shining; rational
endemic
occurring in particular place
florid
or ruddy complexion; ornate in wording and style, healthy
inchoate
just beginning; imperfectly formed; chaotic
voluble
talking a great deal; twining
reticent
reserved
turgid
pompous and overcomplicated; swollen
latent
hidden; dormant
tawdry
gaudy and poor quality; mean-spirited
hoary
overused; white with age
unconscionable
morally unacceptable; unreasonable
monastic
of monk; reclusive or austere
foment
cause trouble
mitigate
partly excuse a crime; lessen something
aggrandize
enlarge or extend something; improve status of something
prodigal
extravagantly waste; producing generous amounts
furitive
secretive; shifty
irascible
quick-tempered; showing anger
disparate
very different
satiate
gratify desire; glut somebody
prevaricate
get out of telling the truth
burnish
polish something; make something shiny
slake
satisfy need; quench
pathogenic
causing disease
diaphanous
transparent; insubstantial
trenchant
incisive; energetic; direct
salubrious
good for the health; healthy
taciturn
silent by nature; reserved
obdurate
stubborn; hard-hearted; inflexible
quiescent
inactive; sluggish
sardonic
disdainfully mocking; sarcastic
specious
apparently true but actually false; deceptively attractive; false
cosset
give excessive care; cherish
lampoon
satirical attack in writing or verse; ridicule
ossify
harden into bone; become inflexible; fix
cupidity
greed
intrepidity
undaunted
largess
generosity; liberality
penury
poverty; destitution
multifarious
diverse; varied
maudlin
sentimental; mawkish
garrulous
talking too much; wordy
noisome
foul; dangerous
candid
honest; unbiased kind
opprobrium
scorn; disgrace; source of shame
scintilla
small amount
umbrage
offense; giver of shade; pique; resentment
ostentation
showiness
imprecation
curse; swearing
benediction
expression of approval
rejoinder
retort; answer reply
proclivity
liking; appetite; penchant
enervate
weaken; debiliate
dither
be agitated and indecisive; shiver
inure
harden somebody to something; come into effect
phlegmatic
unexcitable; apathetic; placid
diffident
lacking self-confidence; reserved or restrained; shy
indolent
lazy; idle; lethargic
exigent
requiring action; demanding
apocryphal
not true; dubious
coax
persuade gently; wheedle; cajole
blandishment
flattery
platitude
banal statement; inanity; cliche
vegetate
stagnate; be passive
irk
annoy; peeve; rankle
capriciousness
given to sudden changes; unreliability
knoll
hill; hummock; mound
protraction
extend; delay
unscathed
unhurt; intact
legerdemain
sleight of hand; adroitness; agility
rhetoric
oratory; skill with language
skein
twisted bundle of yarn
truss
bind something; support
somber
dark and gloomy; grave; sober
cephalic
of the head
apparition
ghost; specter; phantom
recant
reject a belief; repudiate; retract
catechism
question and answer teaching; interrogation
axiom
adage; saying; truism
undergird
support
berate
rebuke; scold
abscond
to leave secretly
anomaly
deviation from what is normal
antipathy
lack of interest or emotion
arbitrate
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
archaic
ancient, old-fashioned
ardor
intense and passionate feeling
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; weaken
audacious
fearless and daring
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
caustic
biting in wit
chauvinist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
cogent
convincing and well reasoned
convoluted
intricate and complicated
credulous
too trusting; gullible
deference
respect, courtesy
deride
to mock
desiccate
to dry out thorougly
desultory
disconnected; jumping from one thing to another
diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech
diffident
lacking self-confidence
dilatory
intended to delay
dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
dirge
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
disabuse
to set right; to free from error
discern
to perceive; to recognize
ecletic
selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
efficacy
effectiveness
elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech
equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
erratic
wandering and unpredictable
exculpate
to clear from blame; prove innocent
exigent
urgent; requiring immediate action
fawn
to grovel
gregarious
outgoing, sociable
guile
deceit or trickery
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
impetuous
quick to act without thinking
implacable
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
ingenuous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
insipid
lacking interest or flavor
laconic
using few words
malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
mollify
to calm or make less severe
obviate
to prevent; to make unnecessary
occlude
to stop up; to prevent the passage of
onerous
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent
plethora
excess
propitiate
to conciliate; to appease
prudence
wisdom, caution or restraint
quiescent
motionless
rarefy
to make thinner or sparser
repudiate
to reject the validity of
reticent
silent, reserved
soporific
causing sleep or lethargy
tacit
done without using words
tirade
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
vacillate
to sway physically; to be indecisive