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laconic
(of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words
lassitude
a state of physical or mental weariness; lack of energy
libel
a published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation; a written defamation
libertine
a person, esp. a man, who behaves without moral principles or a sense of responsibility, esp. in sexual matters
lien
a right to keep possession of property belonging to another person until a debt owed by that person is discharged
limn
depict or describe in painting or words
loll
sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way
lubricious
offensively displaying or intended to arouse sexual desire
having a smooth or slippery quality
lucubrate
discourse learnedly in writing
luculent
(of language) transparently clear; easily understandable
lugubrious
excessively mournful
macabre
distrubing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury
machination
a crafty and involved plot to achieve (usually sinister) ends
maladroit
ineffective or bungling; clumsy
malapropism
the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
malinger
exaggerate or feign illness in order to escape duty or work
manacle
a metal band, chain, or shackle for fastening someone's hands or ankles
maudlin
self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness
mellifluous
pleasing to the ear
mendacious
given to lying, intentionally untrue
mendacity
the tendency to be untruthful
mercurial
(of a person) subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind
meretricious
apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity
middling
moderate or average in size, amount, or rank
minatory
expressing or conveying a threat
misanthrope
someone who dislikes people in general
mitigate
make less severe, serious, or painful
mollify
appease the anger or anxiety of (someone)
multifarious
many and of various types
nadir
the lowest point in the fortunes of a person or organization
nascent
(esp. of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential
neophyte
a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief
nexus
a connection or series of connections linking two or more things
noisome
having an extremely offensive smell
nonplussed
filled with bewilderment
nostrum
a medicine, esp. one that is not considered effective, prepared by an unqualified person
noxious
harmful, poisonous, or very unpleasant
obloquy
strong public criticism or verbal abuse
obviate
prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
occluded
(of a substance) taken into and retained in another substance
closed off
odious
unequivocally detestable
odium
hate couple with disgust
state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior
officious
intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
onerous
not easily borne; wearing
opprobrious
(used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
ossify
become bony
cause to become hard and bony
make rigid and set into a conventional pattern
ostensible
represented or appearing as such; pretended
appearing as such but not necessarily so
overweening
presumptuously arrogant
unrestrained in especially feelings
paean
a fromal expression of praise
(ancient Greece) a hymn of praise
palliate
provide physical relief, as from pain
lessen or try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
palpitate
beat rapidly
shake with fast, tremulous movements
cause to throb or beat rapidly
panegyric
a formal expression of praise
formally expressing praise
pariah
a person who is rejected (from society or home)
parsimonious
excessively unwilling to spend
paucity
an insufficient quantity or number
peccadillo
a petty misdeed
pedantic
marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
pellucid
translucently clear
penury
a state of extgreme poverty or destitution
peregrination
travel (especially by foot)
peremptory
(esp. of a person's manner or actions) insisting on immediate attention or obedience, esp. in a brusquely imperious way
perfidious
tending to betray
peripatetic
a foller of Aristotle or an adherent of Aristotelianism
a person who walks from place to place
pernicious
working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
perspicacity
the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions
intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)
petrous
(of bone) resembling stone in hardness
philistine
a member of an Aegean people who settled ancient philistia around the 12th century BC
a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits
smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values
phlegmatic
showing little emotion
pied
having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
piquant
attracting or delighting
engagingly stimulating or porvocative
having an agreeably pungent taste
pique
a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, esp. to one's pride
pith
the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
plaintive
expressing sorrow
platitude
a trite or obvious remark
portent
a sign or warning that something, esp. something momentous or calamitous, is likely to happen
poseur
poser
precipitate
cause (an event or situation, typically one that is bad or undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely
precursory
preceding something in time, development, or position; preliminary
predominate
be the strongest or main element; be greater in number or amount
preponderance
the quality or fact of being greater in number, quantity, or importance
presage
a sign of something about to happen
preternatural
beyond what is normal or natural
prevaricate
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
probity
complete and confirmed integrity
proclivity
a natural inclination
prodigal
spending resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant
prodigious
remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree
profligate
recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources
prolix
(of speech or writing) using or containing too many words; tediously length
propagate
-breed specimens of (a plant, animal, etc.) by natural processes from the parent stock
-spread and promote (an idea, theory, knowledge, etc.) widely
propinquity
the state of being close to someone or something; proximity
propitiate
win or regain thge favor of (a god, spirit, or person) by doing something that pleases them
prosaic
not challenging; dull and lacking excitement
lacking wit or imagination
proscribe
forbid, esp. by law
provisional
arranged or existing for the present, possibly to be changed later
pugnacious
eager to argue, quarrel, or fight