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abash
to embarass
abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
abject
miserable, pitiful
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny, renounce
abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
abstemious
moderate in appetite
accede
to express approval, agree to
accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
acidulous
sour in taste or manner
acme
highest point
acrimony
bitterness, animosity
adumbrate
to sketch, outline
adventitious
accidental
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
affected
pretentious, phony
aggrieve
to aflict, distress
alacrity
cheerfull willingness, eagernes;
speed
algorithm
mechanical problem-solving procedure
allay
to lessen, ease, or soothe
allusiveness
quality of making indirect references
ambulatory
itinerant;
related to walking around
amenable
agreeable, cooperative
amity
friendship
amorous
strongly attracted to love;
showing love
amortize
to diminish by installment payments
ancillary
accessory, subordinate, helping
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
antediluvian
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure
anterior
preceeding, previous, before, prior (to)
antipathy
dislike, hostility;
extreme opposition or aversion
apace
done quickly
aperture
an opening or hole
aphasia
inability to speak or use words
aphelion
point in a planet's orbit that is farthest from the sun
aplomb
poise, confidence
apostate (n)
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;
official approval
arable
suitable for cultivation
arboreal
relating to trees; living in tress
sidereal
pertaining to stars
arboretum
place where trees are displayed and studied
arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
archipelago
large group of islands
arraign
to call to court to answer charges
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
artless
open and honest;
without guile
askance
scornfully
asperity
harshness, roughness
aspersion
flase runour, damaging report, slander
assay
to analyze or estimate,
test
assiduous
dilligent, persistent, hardworking
assignation
appointment for lovers' meeting;
assignment
assauge
to make less severe; ease, relieve
astral
exalted, elevated in position, relating to the stars
asunder (adj)
into different parts
attenuate
to make thin or slender; weaken
augment
to expand, extend
augury
prophecy, prediction of events
august
dignified, awe-inspiring, venerable
auspicious
having favorable prospects, promising
auxillary
supplementary, reserve
aver
to affirm, to declare to be true
bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
baleful
harmful, with evil intentions
balk (v)
to refuse; shirk; prevent
bane
something causing ruin
beatific
appearing to be saintly, angelic
becalm
to make calm, keep motionless by lack of wind
becloud
to confuse; darken with clouds
belabor
to insist repeatedly, harp on
beleaguer
to harass, plague
belfry
belltower
belie
to misinterpret, expose as false
bellicose
warlike, aggressive
bemuse
to confuse, stupefy; plunge into deep thought
benighted
unenlightened
benison
blessing
bespatter
to spatter
betoken
to indicte, signify, give evidence of
bevy
group
bifurcate
divide into two parts
bilious
bad-natured
bilk
to cheat, defraud
billet
board and lodging for troops
blanch
to plale; take the color out of
blandish
to coax with flattery
blight
to afflict, to destroy
blithe
joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought
bluster
to boast or make threats loudly
bonanza
extremely large amount, something profitable
bonhomie
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
boon
blessing; something to be thankful for
broach
to mention or suggest for the first time
bromide
a dull, commonplace person or idea
brusque
rough and abrubt in manner
bulwark
defense wall, anything serving as defense
bursar
treasurer
cabal
a secret group seeking to overturn something
callow
immature, lacking sophistication
calumny
false and malicious accusation, misrepresentation, slander
canard
a lie
canny
smart, founded on common sense
capacious
large, roomy; extensive
careen
to lean to one side
carom
to strike and rebound
categorical
absolute, without exception
catholic
universal; broad and comprehensive
caucus
smaller group within an organization; a meeting of such a group
caulk
to make watertight
cavalcade
a procession
cavil
to raise trivial objections
cavort
to frolic, frisk
celerity
quick moving or acting
censorious
severly critical
cession
act of surrendering something
chagrin
shame, embarrassment, humiliation
chary
watchful, cautious, extremely shy
chattel
piece of personal property
chicanery
tricky, fraud, deception
chimerical
fanciful, imaginary, visionary; impossible
choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
chortle
to chuckle
chromatic
relating to color
circumlocution
roundabout, lengthy way of saying something
circumspect
cautious, wary
clement
mild
cloying
indulging to excess
cognomen
family name, any name, especially a nickname
collateral
accompanying
colloquy
dialougue or conversation, conference
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commensurate
proportional
commodious
roomy, spacious
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
compendious
summarizing completely and briefly
complaisant vs. complacent
first means: agreeable, friendly
2nd: self-satisfied, smug
complicity
knowing partnership in wrongdoing
compulsive
obsessive, fanatic
compunctious
feeling guilty or having misgivings
compunction
feeling of uneasiness caused by guilt
concatenate
linked togethor
conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility
concomitant
accompanying something
confection
something sweet to eat
conflagration
a big, destructive fire
confluence
meeting place; meeting of two streams
congenial
similar in tastes and habits
congenital
existing sense birth
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
connive
to conspire, scheme
consanguineous
of the same origin; related by blood
consign
to commit, entrust
consonant
consistent with, in agreement with
constituent
component, part; citizen, voter
construe
to explain or interpret
consummate (adj & v)
accomplished, complete, perfect;
to complete, fulfill
contrite
deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong
contumacious
rebellious
convalescence
gradual recovery after an illness
convivial
sociable, fond of eating, drinking and people
convoke
to call togethor, to summon
coquette
woman who flirts
corpulence
obesity, fatness, bulkiness
cosmography
science that deals with the nature of the universe
cosmopolitan
sophisticated, free from local predjudices
cosset
to pamper, treat with great care
coterie
group of people with a common interest or purpose
countermand
to annul, cancel, make a contrary order
countervail
to counteract, to exert force against
coven
group of witches
craven
cowardly
credulous
gullible, trusting
cupidity
greed
curmudgeon
cranky person
curt
abrupt, blunt
cygnet
young swan
daunt
to discourage, intimidate
dearth
lack, scarcity, insufficiency
debutante
young woman making debut in high society
decamp
to leave suddenly
declivity
downward slope
decry
to belittle, openly condemn
defamatory
slanderous, injurious to the reputation
deference
respect, honor
deferential
respectful and polite in a submissive way
defunct
no longer existing, dead, extinct
deleterious
harmful, destructive, detrimental
demagogue
leader or rabble-rouser who usually uses appeals to emotion or predjudice
demur
to express doubts or objections,
delay
denigrate
to slur or blacken someone's reputation
denude
to make bare, uncover, undress
deprecate
to belittle, disparage
derivative
copied or adapted; not original
derogate
to belittle, disparage
descry
to discover or reveal
desiccate
to dry completely, dehydrate
desist
to stop doing something
desultory
at random, rambling, unmethodical
detestation
extreme hatred
diaphanous
allowing light to shine through; delicate
dictum
authoritative statement;
popular saying
didactic
excessively instructive
diffidence
lack of confidence, shyness
diffract
to cause to separate into parts, esp. light
dilapidated
in disrepair, run-down, neglected
dilatory
slow, tending to delay
dilettante
an amateur
disaffected
discontented and disloyal
disburse
to pay out
disclaim
to deny, disavow
disconsolate
unable to be consoled;
extremely sad
discursive
wandering from topic to topic
disgorge
to vomit, discharge violently
dissemble
to pretend, disguise one's motives
dissimulate
to disguise or put on a false appearance
distaff
the female branch of a family
distend
to swell, inflate, bloat
dither (v)
to move or act confusedly or without clear purpose
diurnal
daily
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
dolor
sadness
dolt
idiot, dimwit, foolish person
dotage
senile condition, mental decline
dotard
senile old person
doughty
courageous
dour
sullen and gloomy;
stern and severe
draft
to plan, outline; to recruit
drivel
stupid talk; slobber
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
dudgeon
angry indignation
dulcet
pleasant sounding, soothing to the ear
dyseptic
suffering from indigestion;
gloomy and irritable
ebullient
exhilirated, full of enthusiasm and high spirits
editorialize
to express an opinion on a subject
efficacious
effective, efficient
effluvia
outpouring of gases or vapors
effulgent
brilliantly shining
effusive
expressing emotion without restraint
egregious
conspicuously bad
egress
exit
elegy
mournful poem, usually about the dead
elicit
to draw out, provoke
emend
to correct a text
emollient
having soothing qualities
emotive
appealing to or expressing emotion
encipher
to translate a message into a code
encomium
warm praise
opine
to hold or express an opinion
endemic
belonging to a particular area, inherent
endogamous
marrying within a specific group due to law or customs
enervate
to weaken, sap strength
enjoin
to urge, order, command;
forbid or prohibit, as by judicial order
ennui
boredom, lack of interest and energy
ensconce
to settle comfortably into a place
entail
to involve as a necessary result, necessitate;
require, impose
epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
epigram
short, witty saying or poem
epigraph
question at the beginning of a literary work
epilogue
concluding section of a literary work
epithet
an abusive word or phrase
equanimity
calmness, composure
equine
relating to horses
ersatz
fake
eschew
to abstain from, avoid
espouse
to support or advocate, to marry
esurient
hungry, greedy
euphony
pleasant, harmonious sound
eurythmics
art of harmonious body movements
evince
to show clearly, display, signify
excoriate
to denounce
exculpate
to clear of blame or fault
execrable
utterly detestable
exigent
urgent; excessively demanding
expatiate
to wander; to discuss or describe at length
expatriate
one who lives outside one's native land
expedient
convenient, efficient, practical
expiate
to atone for, make amends for
explicit
clearly defined, specific; forthright in expression
expurgate
to censor
extenuate
to lessen the seriousness, strength or effect of
extrapolate
to estimate
extricate
to free from, disentangle
facsimile
an exact copy
fallow
uncultivated, unused
fastidious
careful with details;
hard to please
faze
to bother, upset, or disconcert
fealty
intense loyalty
feckless
ineffective, careless, irresponsible
fecund
fertile, fruitful, productive
felicitous
suitable, appropriate; well-spoken
felicity
feeling great happiness
fervid
passionate, intense, zealous
fetid
foul smelling, putrid
expurgate
to censor
extenuate
to lessen the seriousness, strength or effect of
extrapolate
to estimate
extricate
to free from, disentangle
facsimile
an exact copy
fallow
uncultivated, unused
fastidious
careful with details;
hard to please
faze
to bother, upset, or disconcert
fealty
intense loyalty
feckless
ineffective, careless, irresponsible
fecund
fertile, fruitful, productive
felicitous
suitable, appropriate; well-spoken
felicity
feeling great happiness
fervid
passionate, intense, zealous
fetid
foul smelling, putrid
fey
otherworldly; doomed
fictive
fictional, imaginary
filch
to steal
fillial
appropriate for a child
fiat
an authoritative decree, sanction
fission
process of splitting into two parts
fitful
intermittent, irregular
florid
gaudy, extremely ornate; ruddy, flushed
flurried
to become agitated and confused
foible
minor weakness or character flaw
foist
to pass off as genuine
foment
to arouse or incite
forbearance
patience, restraint, leniency
forensics
study of argumentation and debate
forfend
to prevent
forlorn
dreary, deserted; unhappy; hopeless, despairing;
pitiful in appearnace
fortnight
two weeks
fracas
noisy dispute
fraught
full of, accompanied by
frenetic
wildly frantic, frenzied, hectic
frond
leaf
fulminate
to explode with anger;
denounce ferociously
fulsome
excessive, overdone, sickeningly abudannt
gainsay
to deny
gambol
to dance or skip around playfully
gibe (v)
to make heckling, taunting remarks
glib
fluent in an insincere manner;
offhand, casual
glower
to glare, stare angrily and intensely
gossamer
something light
granular
having a grainy texture
gratis
free, costing nothing
gustatory
relating to sense of taste
hackneyed
worn out by over-use
hapless
unfortunate, having bad luck
hamlet
small village
hallow
to make holy, treat as sacred
harangue
a pompous speech
harrowing
extremely distressing
headlong
recklessly
hector
a bully, braggart
hemicycle
semicircle form or structure
hermetic
tightly sealed
hidebound
excessively rigid;
dry and stiff
hinterland
wilderness
hiatus
a gap or break
hoary
very old;
whitish or gray from age
homonym
word identical in pronunciation but different in meaning
hypochondria
unfounded belief that one is often ill
ignominous
disgraceful and dishonorable
ilk
type or kind
illimitable
limitless
imbue
to infuse; dye, wet, moisten
immaterial
nonessential; not consisting of matter
immunological
relating to immune system
immure
to imprison
impassive
showing no emotion
impecunious
poor, having no money
impertinent
rude
impious
not devout in religion
impolitic
unwise
importune
to ask repeatedly, beg
impound
to seize and confine
imprecation
curse
improvident
without planning or foresight, negligent
impudent
arrogant and rude
impugn
to call into question, attack verbally
inane
foolish, silly, lacking significance
incandescent
shining brightly
incarnadine
blood-red in color
incendiary
combustible, flammable, burning easily
incipient
beginning to exist or appear; in an initial stage
incisive
perceptive, penetrating
incredulous
skeptical, doubtful
inculcate
to teach, impress in the minf
inculpate
to blame, charge with a crime
incursion
sudden invasion
indelible
permanent, not erasable
indigent
very poor
indolent
habitually lazy, idle
indomitable
fearless, unconquerable
indubitable
unquestionable
inert
unable to move, tending to inactivity
inestimable
too great to be estimated
inexorable
inflexible, unyielding
inextricable
incapable of being disentangled
ingenuous
straightforward, open; naive and unsophisticated
inglorious
lacking fame or honor, shameful
ingrate
ungrateful person
ingratiate
to bring oneself purposely into another's good graces
ingres
entrance
injunction
command, order
injurious
causing injury
inquest
investigation
insentient
unfeeling, unconscious
insidious
sly, treacherous, devious
insipid
bland, lacking flavor; lacking excitment
insolent
insulting, arrogant
insolvent
bankrupt, unable to pay one's debts
insular
isolated, detached
insuperable
insurmountable, unconquerable
intemperate
not moderate
inter
to bury
interdict
to forbid, prohibit
interlocutor
someone taking part in a dialogue
interloper
trespasser; meddler in other's affairs
internecine
deadly to both sides
interpolate
to insert; change by adding new words or material
interregnum
interval between reigns
interstice
a space between things
intractable
not easily managed
intransigent
uncompromising
inure
to harden; accustom; become used to
invective
verbal abuse
inveigh
protest strongly
investiture
ceremony conferring authority
inveterate
confirmed, long standing, deeply rooted
invidious
likely to provoke ill will, offensive
irascible
easily angered
rapacious
inordinately greedy
iridescent
showing many colors
jaded
tired by excess or overuse; slightly cynical
jibe
to shift suddenly from one side to another
jingoism
belligerent support of one's country
jocular
jovial, playful, humorous
kinetic
relating to motion, characterized by movement
kismet
fate
knell
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
kudos
fame, glory, honor
lachrymose
tearful
laconic
using few words
laggard
dawdler, loafer, lazy person
lambaste
disapprove angrily
languid
lacking energy, indifferent, slow
languor
listlessness- lacking energy and enthusiasm
lapidary
relating to precious stones
larder
place where food is stored
largess
generosity; gift
lascivious
lewd, lustful
lassitude
lethargy, sluggishness
laxity
carelessness
leery
suspicious
legerdemain
trickery
licentious
immoral; unrestrained by society
lien
right to possess and sell the property of a debtor
limpid
clear and simple; serene; transparent
liniment
medicinal liquid used externally to ease pain
lionize
to treat as a celebrity
lissome
easily flexed, limber, agile
listless
lacking energy and enthusiasm
lithe
moving and bending with ease
livid
reddened with anger; discolored from a bruise
locomotion
movement from place to place
loquacious
talkative
low
to make a sound like a cow
lugubrious
sorrowful, mournful
lurid
harshly shocking, sensational; glowing
macabre
gruesome, producing horror
machination
plot or scheme
macrobiotics
art of prolonging life by special diet of organic, nonmeat substances
maelstrom
whirlpool, turmoil; agitated state of mind
magnanimous
generous, noble in spirit
magnate
powerful or influential person
maladroit
clumsy, tactless
malapropism
humorous misuse of a word
malediction
curse
malefactor
evil-doer; culprit
malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
manumission
release from slavery
martinet
strict disciplinarian, one who rigidly follows rules
matriculate
to enroll as a member of a college or university
matrilineal
tracing ancestry through mother's line
maudlin
overly sentimental
mawkish
sickeningly sentimental
megalith
huge stone used in prehistoric structures
mendacious
dishonest
mendacity
a lie, falsehood
mendicant
beggar
meretricious
gaudy, falsely attractive
meridian
circle passing through two poles of the earth
militate
to operate against, work against
mirth
frivolity, gaiety, laughter
miscreant
one who behaves criminally
missive
note or letter
modicum
a small amount
mollify
to calm or make less severe
moot
debatable; previously decided
mordacious
caustic, biting
mordant
sarcastic
moribund
dying, decaying
mottle
to mark with spots
munificent
generous
mutability
changeability
myopic
near sighted
nadir
lowest point
naivete
a lack of worldly wisdom
nascent
starting to develop, coming into existence
necromancy
black magic
nafarious
vicious, evil
neologism
new word or expression
neonate
newborn child
nether
located under or below
nettle
to ittitate
niggardly
stingy
niggling
trifle,petty
novitiate
period of being a beginner
numismatics
coin collecting
nuptial
relating to marriage
obeisance
a show of respect or submission
obfuscate
to confuse, obscure
objurgate
scold
oblique
indirect, evasive; misleading, devious
obloquy
abusive language; ill repute
obsequious
brownnosing
obsequy
funeral ceremony
obstreperous
troublesome, boisterous, unruly
obviate
to make unnecessary; to anticipate and prevent
occlude
to shut, block
odious
hateful, contemptible
officious
too helpful, meddlesome
onerous
burdensome
opalescent
iridescent, displaying colors
opaque
impervious to light
opine
to express an opinion
opprobrious
disgraceful, contemptuous
ornithologist
scientist who studies birds
orotund
pompous
ossify
to turn to bone; to become rigid
ostensible
apparent
ostentatious
showy
ouster
expulsion, ejection
overt
in the open
overweening
arrogant
paean
a song of praise or thanksgiving
palatial
like a palace, magnificent
palaver
idle talk
palisade
fence made up of stakes
pall
covering that darkens or obscures (n); to lose strength or interest (v)
palliate
to make less serious, ease
pallid
lacking color or liveliness
palpable
obvious, real, tangible
palpitation
trembling, shaking, irregular beating
panacea
cure-all
panache
flamboyance, verve
panegyric
elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise
panoply
impressive array
paragon
model of excellence or perfection
pare
to trim
parity
equality
parochial
limited outlook, provincial
parry
to ward off or deflect
parsimony
stinginess
pastiche
piece of literature or music imitating other works
patent
obvious, unconcealed
pathogenic
causing disease
pathos
pity, compassion
patrician
aristocrat
patrimony
inheritance or heritage derived from one's father
paucity
scarcity
pecadillo
minor offense
peculation
theft of money or goods
pedagogue
teacher
pedant
one who pays undue attention to book learning and rules; one who displays learning ostentatiously
pejorative
having bad connotations; disparaging
pellucid
transparent; translucent; easily understood
penchant
inclination
pensive
thoughtful
penumbra
partial shadow
penury
extreme poverty
perambulate
walk about
percipient
discerning, able to perceive
perdition
complete and utter loss; damnation
peregrinate
to wander from place to place
peremptory
imperative; dictatorial
perfidious
faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy
perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent
perihelion
point in orbit nearest the sun
peripatetic
moving from place to place
periphrastic
containing too many words
pernicious
very harmful
perspicacious
shrewd, astute, keen-witted
pert
lively and bold
pertinacious
persistent, stubborn
pertinent
applicable, appropriate
perturbation
disturbance
pettish
fretful
petulance
rudeness, peevishness
phlegm
apathy, coldness
phlegmatic
calm in temperament; sluggish
picayune
petty, of little value
piddling
trivial
pillory
ridicule and abuse
pique
fleeting feeling of hurt pride
pithy
profound, substantial; concise, to the point
pittance
meager amount or wage
plaintive
expressing sorrow
plait
to braid
plangent
loud sound; wailing sound
plaudit
applause
ply (v)
to use diligently; to engage; to join
pneumatic
relating to air; worked by compressed air
polyglot
speaker of many languages
ponderous
weighty; unwieldy
pontificate
to speak in a pretentious manner
pore (v)
to study closely or meditatively
portent
omen
posterity
future generations; all of a person's descendants
potable
drinkable
potentate
monarch or ruler with great power
precipitous
hasty, quickly; with little caution
precis
short summary of facts
precocious
unusually advanced at an early age
predicate (v)
to found or base on
predilection
preference, liking
prepossessing
attractive, engaging, appealing
presage
to foretell, indicate in advance
prescient
having forsight
presentiment
premonition, sense of foreboding
prestidigitation
sleight of hand
prevaricate
to lie
primoridal
original, existing from the beginning
probity
honesty, integrity
procure
to obtain
prodigious
vast, enormous, extrordinary
progenitor
originator, forefather, ancestor in a direct line
prolix
tediously wordy
promontory
piece of land or rock higher than its surroundings
promulgate
to make know publicly
propagate
to breed
propinquity
nearness
propitiate
to win over, appease
propitious
favorable, advantageous
protean
readily assuming different forms or characters
proxy
power to act as a substitute for another
prurient
lustful, exhibiting lewd desires
puerile
childish, immature, silly
pugilism
boxing
pulchritude
beauty
punctilious
careful in observing rules of behavior or ceremony
punitive
having to do with punishment
purgation
process of cleansing, purification
pusillanimous
cowardly
quaternary
consisting of or relating to four units or members
querulous
inclined to complain, irritable
quiescence
inactive, at rest
quotidian
occurring daily; commonplace
raconteur
witty, skillful storyteller
raillery
lighthearted jesting
ramshackle
likely to collapse
rapprochment
having a cordial relationship
rarefy
to make thinner, purer, or more refined
ratiocination
methodical, logical reasoning
rebarbative
irritating, repellent
recalcitrant
resisting authority or control
recapitulate
to summarize
recidivism
tendency to repeat previous behavior
recondite
relating to obscure learning; known to only a few
recreant
disloyal; cowardly
rectitude
moral uprightness
refectory
room where meals are served
refractory
obstinately resistant
rejoinder
response
remonstrate
to protest or object
remuneration
pay or reward for work, trouble, etcetera
renascent
reborn, coming into being again
renitent
resisting pressure, obstinate
repast
meal or mealtime
reprise
repetition, esp. of a piece of musci
reprobate
morally unprincipled person
requite
to return or repay
rescind
to appeal or to cancel
respire
to breath
resplendent
splendid, brilliant
restive
impatient, uneasy, restless
retinue
group of attendants
retiring
shy, modest, reserved
retrench
to regroup, reorganize
rhapsody
emotional literary or musical work
ribald
humorous in a vulgar way
riposte
a retort
rococo
very highly ornamental
roil
to disturb or cause disorder
rostrum
stage for public speaking
rue
to regret
salacious
lustful
salient
prominent or conspicuous
sallow
sticky yellow in color
salubrious
healthful
sanguine
ruddy, cheerfully optimistic
sapient
wise
sardonic
cynical, scornfully mocking
scabrous
dealing with indecent things; blemished
scintilla
very small amount
scintillate
to sparkle, flash
scion
descendant, child
scrivener
professional copysist
scurrilous
vulgar, low, indecent
secant
straight line intersecting a curve at two points
seminal
relating to the beginnings or seeds of something
senescent
aging, growing old
sententious
abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims
serendipity
habit of making fortunate discoveries by chance
sidle
to cause to turn sideways; to move along one side
simian
apelike, relating to apes
simper
to smirk, smile foolishly
sinecure
well-paying job or office that requires little or no work
skulk
to move in a stealthy or cautious manner; sneak
slake
to calm down or moderate
slipshod
careless, hasty
sobriquet
nickname
solarium
room or glassed-in area exposed to the sun
solecism
grammatical mistake
solicitious
concerned, attentive; eager
somnambulist
sleepwalker
somnolent
drowsy, sleepy; inducing sleep
soporific
sleepy or tending to cause sleep
sordid
filthy, contemptible and corrupt
specious
deceptively attractive
sporitve
frolicsome, playful
squalid
filthy; morally repulsive
staccato
marked by abrupt, clear cut sounds
staid
self restrained to the point of dullness
stentorian
extremely loud
stint
(v) to be sparing or frugal
stolid
having or showing little emotion
stricture
something that restrains; negative criticism
strident
loud, harsh
stripling
an adolescent boy
stultify
to impair or reduce to uselessness
sublimate
to repress impulses
subterfuge
trick or tactic used to avoid something
sufferable
bearable
sully
to soil, taint
superannuated
too old, obsolete, outdated
supercilious
arrogant, haughty, overbearing, condescending
supererogatory
nonessential
surfeit
excessive amount
surly
rude and bad tempered
surmise
to make an educated guess
swarthy
having a dark complexion
synchronous
happening at the same time
syncopation
temporary irregularity in musical rhythm
tableau
vivid description, striking incident or scence
taciturn
uncommunicative, not inclined to speak much
talisman
something producing a magical effect
tantamount
equivalent in value or significance
tawdry
gaudy, cheap, showy
technocrat
strong believer in technology
temerity
recklessness
tendentious
biased
tensile
capable of enduring physical stress
tenuous
weak, unsubstantial
tepid
lukewarm; showing little enthusiasm
thrall
a person in servitude
threnody
a sad poem or song
timorous
timid, shy, full of ap,prehension
toady
flatterer, yes-man
torpid
lethargic
torrid
burning hot, passionate
torsion
act of twisting and turning
tractable
obedient, yielding
trammel
to impede or hamper
transmute
to change in appearance or shape
travesty
parody, exaggeration imitation, caricature
trenchant
acute, sharp, incisive; forceful, effective
trite
shallow, superficial
truculent
savage and cruel; fierce; ready to fight
truncate
to cut off, shorten by cutting
tryst
agreement between lovers to meet
turbid
muddled, unclear
turgid
swollen, bloated
turpitude
inherent vileness, depravity
tyro
beginner, novice
umbrage
offense, resentment
unavailing
hopeless, useless
unctuous
greasy, oily; smug and falsely earnest
unfrock
to strip of priestly duties
unstinting
generous
untoward
not favorable; unruly
upbraid
to scold sharply
urbane
courteous, refined, suave
vacuous
empty, void, lacking intelligence or purpose
vapid
tasteless, dull
vaunted
boasted about, bragged about
venal
corrupt, willing to do wrong for money
verdant
green with vegetation; inexperienced
verdure
fresh, rich vegetation
verity
truthfulness
vernal
relating to spring
verve
energy, vitality
viaduct
series of elevated arches used to cross a valley
vicissitude
change or variation; ups and downs
vim
energy; enthusiasm
virile
manly
virulent
extremely poisonous; malignant; hateful
vitiate
reduce in value or effectiveness
vitriolic
burning, caustic; sharp
vituperative
to abuse verbally
vociferous
loud, vocal and noisy
wan
sickly pale
wanton
undisciplined, unrestrained, reckless
waspish
rude, behaving badly
wax
to in crease
welter
(n)a confused mass; a jumble
windfall
sudden, unexpected good fortune
winsome
charming, happily engaging
wizened
withered, shriveled, wrinkled
writ
written document, usually in law
zenith
highest point
zephyr
gentle breeze
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
credulous
too trusting; gullible
deference
respect
diatribe
an abusive, condemning speech
diffident
lacking self-confidence
enumerate
to count, list, or itimize
exculpate
to clear from blame
florid
excessively decorated or embellished
foment
to arouse or incite
garrulous
talking alot
mollify
to calm or make less severe
onerous
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
opprobrium
public disgrace
stolid
unemotional, lacking sensitivity
whimsical
acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
reticent
silent, reserved
millinery
designing, making of hats
repine
to be fretfully discontented; complain
prohibitive
1. serving or tending to prohibit or forbid something.
2. sufficing to prevent the use, purchase, etc., of something: prohibitive prices
repast
1. a quantity of food taken or provided for one occasion of eating: to eat a light repast.
2. a meal: the evening repast.