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ABASE
TO HUMBLE OR DISGRACE
ABJURE
PROMISE OR SWEAR TO GIVE UP
ABNEGATE
TO DENY OR RENOUNCE
"The minister abnegated the luxuries of life."
ADVENTITIOUS
ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL ”He found this adventitious meeting withhis friend extremely fortunate.”
ARROGATE
TO ASSUME, OR CLAIM AS ONE'S OWN; TO TAKE OVER WITHOUT DUECAUSE..“to make undue claims to, from vanity or baseless pretensions to right or merit; as, the pope arrogated dominion overkings.”
BALK
FOIL
To stop short and refuse to go on: The horse balked at the jump.To refuse obstinately or abruptly: She balked at the very idea of compromise.
BILK
FRUSTRATE OR DISAPPOINT; TO DECEIVE OR DEFRAUD..
TO ELUDE
BLUSTER
BOAST OR MAKE THREATS LOUDLY
BROCADE
RICH, FIGURED FABRIC
BROMIDE
A DULL PERSON OR IDEA
CADGE
TO BEG, TO GET BY BEGGIN
COFFER
STRONGBOX, CHEST FOR MONEY
CONSEQUENTIAL
POMPOUS, SELF IMPORTANT
INFLUENTIAL
CONSTRUE
TO EXPLAIN OR INTERPRET
CONTUMACIOUS
DISOBEDIENT; RESISTING AUTHORITY ”The contumacious mobshouted defiantly at the police.”
CURMUDGEON
CRANKY PERSON
DEBAUCH
TO CORRUPT, SEDUCE FROM VIRTUE OR DUTY, INDULGE
DEMUR
TO QUESTION OR OPPOSE
DOCKET
Calender of court cases.A brief entry of the court proceedings. The book containing such entries. A summary of a document A list of things to be done.directions for assembling or operating.
DUDGEON
ANGRY INDIGNATION “Higgins was so frustrated by such a basic error that he stormed out of the arena for the mid-session intervalin high dudgeon.”
ECUMENICAL
ENCOMPASSING A WIDE VARIETY OF FAITHS OR BELIEFS, OFTEN IN REFERENCET O RELIGION.. (AFFECTED OR EXAGGERATED EARNESTNESS,ESPECIALLY IN CHOICE AND USE OF LANGUAGE.)
EDACIOUS
VORACIOUS, DEVOURING devouring or craving food in great quantities; "edacious vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"
EFFECTUAL
EFFICIENT
EFFETE
DEPLETED OF VITALITYb
MARKED BY SELF-INDULGENCE,TRIVIALITY, OR DECADENCE,
OVERREFINED;EFFEMINATE.
ELEEMOSYNARY
PERTAINING TO CHARITY; CHARITABLE.
EQUABLE
STEADY, REGULAR
ESURIENT
HUNGRY, GREEDY
ETIOLOGY
THE STUDY OF CAUSES
EVINCE
TO SHOW CLEARLY
EXIGUOUS
SMALL, MINUTE
MEAGER
PHARISICAL
HYPOCRITICALLY SELF-RIGHTEOUS AND CONDEMNATORY, SANCTIMONIOUS
making a show of religion without the spirit of it
PITTANCE
MEAGER AMOUNT OR WAGE
PLANGENT
POUNDING, THUNDERING, RESOUNDING, WAILING SOUND
PLEBIAN
CRUDE, LOWER-CLASS, VULGAR
PONTIFICATE
TO SPEAK IN A PRETENTIOUS MANNER
PREDICATE
TO FOUND OR BASE ON
PRIVATION
LACK OF USUAL NECESSETIES OR COMFORTS
PROPOUND
TO OFFER FOR CONSIDERATION; TO EXHIBIT (PROPOUND AN ARGUMENT)
QUALIFY
TO LIMIT “he qualified the harshness of his criticisms by smiling as he said them”
QUIXOTIC
GENEROUS, UNSELFISH
QUIZZICAL
BANTERING, COMICAL, HUMOROUSLY SERIOUS
PROGENITOR
A direct ancestor. An originator of a line of descent; a precursor. An originator; (ex: of the new music)
PONDEROUS
Having great weight. Unwieldy from weight or bulk. Lacking grace or fluency; labored and dull: a ponderous speech.
ALOOF
Without sympathy; unfavorably.
INDIGNANT
WRATHFUL; passionate; irate; feeling wrath, as when a person is exasperated by unworthy or unjust treatment, by a mean action, or by a degrading accusation.
IDEOLOGUE
An advocate of a particular ideology, especially an official exponent of that ideology.
SIGNAL (adj)
Notably out of the ordinary: "a signal feat."
REBARBATIVE
IRRITATING, REPELLANT
REBUFF
BLUNT REJECTION an abrupt setback to progress or action.
RELEGATE
TO FORCIBLY ASSIGN, ESP. TO A LOWER PLACE OR POSITION
RENITENT
RESISTING PRESSURE, OBSTINATE
REPUDIATE
DISOWN, REFUSE TO ACCEPT OR PAY “the psychic repudiated her claims when it became obvious her client had not won the lottery” To reject the validity or authority of: “Chaucer... not only came to doubt the worth of his extraordinary body of work, but repudiated it” (Joyce Carol Oates). To reject emphatically as unfounded,untrue, or unjust: repudiatedthe accusation. To refuse to recognizeor pay: repudiate a debt. To disown (a child, for example). To refuse to have any dealings with.
SANCTIMONY
SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS, HYPOCRITICAL, WITH FALSE PIETY
SEPULCHRAL
TYPICAL OF A PLACE OF BURIAL
SLATE
PROPOSE; CRITICIZE
SOLECISM
GRAMMATICAL MISTAKE
SOLIPCISM
BELIEF THAT THE SELF IS THE ONLY TRUE REALITY
STRICTURE
SOMETHING THAT RESTRAINS, NEGATIVE CRITICISM
STULTIFY
TO IMPAIR OR REDUCE TO USELESSNESSTo cause to appear stupid, inconsistent, or ridiculous. Law. To allege or prove insane and so not legally responsible.
SUBLIMATE
TO REPRESS IMPULSESTo divert the energy associated with (an unacceptable impulse ordrive) into a personally and socially acceptable activity.
SUBVERSIVE
TENDING TO OVERTHROW OR RUIN
SUBVERT
TO UNDERMINE OR CORRUPT
SUPEREROGATORY
NONESSENTIAL
TOUT
TO SOLICIT CUSTOMERS, VOTES, OR PATRONAGE, ESPECIALLY IN A BRAZENWAY
UNEXCEPTIONABLE
ENTIRELY ACCEPTABLE; NOT OFFERING ANY BASIS FOR CRITICISM
"a judge's ethics should be unexceptionable"
(*UNEXCEPTIONAL: run-of-the-mill)
UNINITIATED
NOT FAMILIAR WITH AN AREA OF STUDY
UNTOWARD
UNFORTUNATE, INCONVENIENT, UNRULY, UNSEEMLY, TROUBLESOME
UPSHOT
OUTCOME; FINAL RESULT
VICISSITUDE
MALLEABLE/CHANGEABLECHANGE (FROM GOOD TO BAD); CHANGE OF FORTUNE, UPS AND DOWNS
WRANGLE
LOUD QUARREL
FACTITIOUS
ARTIFICIAL; SHAM
FEY
OTHERWORLDLY, DOOMED, APPROACHING DEATH, UNDER A SPELLCRAZY,CLAIRVOYANT

FAY: fairylike, magical
FINICAL
TOO FUSSY ABOUT FOOD, CLOTHING, ETC.
FLIP
SARCASTIC, IMPERTINENT “flip remarks”
FOMENT
TO NURSE TO LIFE OR ACTIVITY; TO ENCOURAGE..(INSTIGATE) “Cynical politicians may even foment conflicts among groups to advancetheirown power.”
FORFEND
DEFENDTO AVERT, PREVENT, WARD OFF(TO FORBID)
"If one of us is missing, heaven forfend, then the king's forces are diminished"
FROWARD
INTRACTABLE, NOT WILLING TO YIELD OR COMPLY, STUBBORN “the froward mule wouldn’t budge”
FROWZY
SLOVENLY; UNKEMPT; DIRTY
GALL
BITTERNESS of feeling.RANCOR Something bitter to endure: "the gall of defeat." OUTRAGEOUS INSOLENCE; effrontery. TO CHAFE. TO VEX OR IRRITATE: "It galled me to have to wait outside."
IMMATERIAL
EXTRANEOUS, INCONSEQUENTIAL, NONESSENTIAL
IMPERTINENT
NOT TO THE POINT, IRRELEVANT, INAPPLICABLE; TRIFLING; FRIVOLOUS; NOT GOOD MANNERS.. “impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup.” "mentioned several impertinent facts before comingto thepoint"
INDENTURE
BOUND TO ANOTHER BY CONTRACT
INDICT
TO ACCUSE FORMALLY
INSENSIBLE
UNAWARE
UNCONCIOUS
INDIFFERENT- NOT EMOTIONALLY RESPONSIVEIMPERCEPTABLE: "an insensible change in temperature." VERY SMALL OR GRADUAL
INSOLUBLE
INSOLVABLE, DIFFUCULT TO SOLVE OR EXPLAIN "in soluble riddles"
INSOUCIANT
UNCONCERNED, CAREFREE, NONCHALANT
INTERDICT
PROHIBIT, FORBID, BAN
INELUCTABLE
CERTAIN, INEVITABLE
INEXORABLE
RELENTLESS, UNYIELDING, IMPLACABLE
INORDINATE
UNRESTRAINED; EXCESSIVE
INSCRUTABLE
INCAPABLE OF BEING DISCOVERED OR UNDERSTOOD
INVESTITURE
CEREMONY CONFERRING AUTHORITY (ANT: DIVESTITURE)
LAGNIAPPE
TRIFLING PRESENT GIVEN TO A CUSTOMER, AN UNEXPECTED BENEFIT(ALSO CALLED A "BOOT")
LIBEL
STATEMENT THAT DAMAGES REPUTAION
A SATIRE
a false publication, as in writing,print, signs, or pictures, thatdamages a person's reputation.
written statement of a plaintiff's complaints
LIMPID
CLEAR AND SIMPLE, SERENE, TRANSPARENT, UNTROUBLED
LINIMENT
MEDICINAL LIQUID USED TO EASE PAIN
LUBRICIOUS
LEWD, WANTON, GREASY, SLIPPERY
LUCUBRATE
WRITE IN A SCHOLARLY FASHION
MILITATE
TO HAVE WEIGHT OR INFLUENCE ON, TO WORK AGAINST, TO ARGUE (AGAINST) “the presidents advisorswarnedhim that the volatility of the situation militated againstany rash action”
NETTLE
TO IRRITATE, STING, VEX
NICE
1) SCRUPULOUS/HARD TO PLEASE OVERDELICATE OR FASTIDUOUS, FUSSY
2)PRECISE, SENSITIVE TO SUBTLENESS a nice distinction; a nice sense of style.
3) WANTON
NONPLUSSED
AT A TOTAL LOSS OF WHAT TO SAY OR DO
OBLOQUY
ABUSIVELY DETRACTIVE LANGUAGE, SHARP CRITICISM, ILL REPUTE
OBSEQUY
FUNERAL CEREMONY
ONTOLOGY
THEORY ABOUT THE NATURE OF EXISTANCE
OROTUND
POMPOUS
OVERWEENING
PRESUMPTUOUSLY ARROGANT, OVERBEARING, IMMODERATE (overweening ambition), BEING A JERK
PALAVER
IDLE TALK
PECULATION
THEFT OF MONEY OR GOODS
PERTINACIOUS
PERSISTANT, STUBBORN
"all the king's horses and all the king's men could not change that pertinacious little mind."
PERCIPIENT
DISCERNING, ABLE TO PERCIEVE
PHILOLOGY
THE STUDY OF WORDS
WANTON
IMMORAL
LEWD
CRUEL, MERCILESS
MALICIOUS AND CAPRICOUS
UNRESTRAINED EXCESSIVENESS: wanton extravagance; wanton depletion of oil reserves.
LUXURIANT, OVERABUNDANT: wanton tresses.
FROLICSOME, PLAYFUL
UNDISCIPLINED, SPOILED
LUXURIATE
To take luxurious pleasure; indulge oneself.
To proliferate.
To grow profusely; thrive.
FOPPISH
VAIN

FOP: A man who is preoccupied with and often vain about his clothes and manners; a dandy.
ETYMOLOGY
the study of word origins
REMISS
negligent
AGNATE
pertaining to the father's side
EPISTEMOLOGY
the study of the nature of knowledge
LANGUISH
to lose strength, be neglected, live in miserable conditions
JAUNDICE
to distort or be predujiced due to envy
REBUKE
to reprove, scold
SCIOLISM
superficial knowledge
PRIVY
private/secret

Made a participant in knowledge of something private or secret: "was privy to classified information."
OBLATION
a sacrifice
COUCH
to express, using words of a certain kind
APPROBATE
to sanction, to authorize
MANIFEST
OBVIOUS
TO PROVE BEYOND DOUBT "her pregnancy was made manifest by the blue line"
list of cargo or passengers
COUCH
to express, using words of a certain kind
ADJURE
to urge solemnly

(don't confuse with abjure)
ADDUCE
to offer as example or proof
PANACHE
flair
a group of feathers
WATERSHED
the point at which significant change occurs
PERQUISITE
a birthright
a gratuity
REPROACH
to criticize
to bring shame on
(n) blame or disgrace
SCURRILOUS
ABUSIVE AND INSULTING
FOUL-MOUTHED
OPPUGN
to attack or contradict
LITURGY
a ritual
PRIGGISH
ARROGANT
SMUG
NARROW-MINDED
EXPOSTULATE
to try to dissuade someone through reason
LITANY
a repeated series
TEMPORAL
SHORT-LIVED
WORLDLY
SUBORN
to persuade someone to break the law
PATRICIAN
NOBILITY
ONE WITH REFINED TASTES AND MANNERS
STILTED
stiff, artificially formal
PAREGORIC
soothing
LASSITUDE
weariness or indifference
PARAGON
a large unflawed diamond

the best example
VITUPERATE
to scold with abusive language
ELEGY
mournful song or poem
(not "eulogy" which is praise)
PHILISTINE
an unrefined, crude person
LISTLESS
lacking energy or desire
PREROGATIVE
SUPERIOR ADVANTAGE
EXCLUSIVE PRIVLEDGE
SONOROUS
pertaining to pompous language
CAD
an immoral person

A man whose behavior is unprincipled or dishonorable.
QUIZZICAL
Suggesting puzzlement
Teasing; mocking:
Eccentric; odd.
RAKE
An immoral or dissolute person; a libertine
OCHLOCRACY
Government by the masses; mob rule.
PETTIFOGGING
deceit and trickery
Paltry; quibbling; mean.
to do petty business (as a lawyer)
VAINGLORY
excessive pride
BRIGAND
lawless fellow
CALVALCADE
PROCESSION ON HORSEBACK
WINSOME
CHEERFUL
MAWKISH
overly sentimental
MALPROPISM
misuse of a word with humorous consequences