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abstain
to choose not to do something
abyss
an extremly deep hole
advocate
to speak in favor of
analogous
somethingsimilar or alike in some way; equivalent to
apathy
lack of intrest or emotion
arbitrate
to jude a dispute between two opposing parties
ardor
intense and passionate feeling
attentuate
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
banal
predictable, cliche, boring
cacophony
harsh jarring noise
candid
impartial and honest in speech
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
caustic
biting in wit
chauvanist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
condone
to overlook, pardon, or disregard
corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
crescendo
steadily increasing volume or force
decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
deference
respect, courtesy
deride
to speak of or treat with contempt;to mock
desultory
jumping from one thing to another
diatribe
an abusive; condemnatory speech
diffident
lacking self confidence
dilatory
intended to delay
dissemble
to present a false appearance; to disguise ones real intentions or character
eratic
wandering and unpredictable
esoteric
known or understood by only a few
euphenism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distatsteful one.
exacerbate
to make worse
exculpate
to free from blame, prove innocent
foment
to arouse or intice
guile
deciet or trickery
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed
impervious
impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
ipetuous
quick to act without thinking
inplacable
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
inchoate
not fully formed; disorganized
ingenuous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
intrasigent
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
indundate
to overwhelm; to cover with water
irascible
easily made angry
laconic
using few words,terse
malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
mitigate
to soften; to lessen
obdurate
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
monotony
lack of variation
obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
obstinate
stubborn; unyielding
obviate
to prevent,to make unecessary
occlude
to stop up; to prevent the pasage of
onerous
troublesome and opressive; burdensome
opaque
impossible to see through, preventing the passage of light
opprobrium
public disgrace
paragon
model of excellence or perfection
pedant
somone who shows off learning
philanthropy
charity, a desiere or effort to promote goodness
placate
to soothe or pacify
precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
prodigal
lavish; wasteful
proliferate
to increase in number quickly
propiate
to concilate; to appease
prudence
wisdom, caution, or restraint
quiescent
motionless
repudiate
to reject the validity of
reticent
silent observed
rehtoric
effective writting or speaking
satiate
to satisfy fully or overindulge
soporific
causing sleep or lethargy
specious
deceptivley attractive; seemingly plausible but fallicious
stigma
a mark of shame or discredit
stolid
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
sublime
lofty or grand
tacit
done without using words
taciturn
silent, not talkative
torpor
extrmeme mental or physical slugishness
vacillate
to sway physically;to be indesiceve
venerate
to respect deeply
volatile
easily aroused or chagable; lively or explosive
whimsical
acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
zeal
passion, excitment