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viscous
thick; sticky
vilify
to defame; to characterize harshly
urbane
sophisticated; refined; elegant
ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread;omnipresent
"ubiquitous little ants"
torpid
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
(noun form: torpor)
supplant
to take the place of; supersede
stoic
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
(noun form: stoicism)
squalid
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
(noun form: squalor)
satire
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
sanction
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or autority to
redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
quiescence
stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
(adj. form: quiescent)
quaff
to drink a beverage, esp. an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment
putrefy
to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
(adj. form; putrid)
prolific
producing large volumes or amounts; productive
prodigious
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary;
wonderful, marvelous: "a prodigious feat"
preen
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
precursor
one that precedes and indicates or announces another;harbinger
"the first robin is a precursor of spring"
pious
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
(noun form: piety)
peruse
to examine with great care
(noun form: perusal)
pernicious
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
penurious
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
oscillation
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
(verb form: oscillate)
opaque
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
morose
sad; sullen; melancholy
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery
intransigent
refusing to compromise
(noun form: intransigence)
innocuous
harmless; causing no damage
inert
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
impecunious
lacking funds; without money
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
(adj. form: hyperbolic)
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
(noun form: heresy)
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
gregarious
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
furtive
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
fallacy
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
(adj. form: fallacious)
facetious
playful; humorous
exonerate
to remove blame
eulogy
a speech honoring the dead
(verb form: eulogize)
esoteric
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
ephemeral
brief; fleeting
enigmatic
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
(noun form: enigma)
empirical
based on observation or experiment
emollient
adj/noun
soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
elegy
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
(adj. form: elegiac)
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
(adj. form: ebullient)
dogmatic
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
(noun form: dogma)
disinterested
free of bias or self-interest; impartial
discretion
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
(adj. form: discreet)
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
demur
to question or oppose
dearth
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
culpable
deserving blame
(noun form: culpability)
contrite
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
(noun form: contrition)
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
complaisance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
(adj. form: complaisant)
cogent
appealing forcible to the mind or reason; convincing
chary
wary; cautious; sparing
caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
catalyst
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
(verb form: castigate)
canon
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
(adj. form: canonical)
cacophony
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
(adj. form: cacophonous)
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
axiom
a universally recognized principle
(adj. form: axiomatic)
avarice
greed, esp. for wealth
(adj. form: avaricious)
ascetic
noun
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable;improve;meliorate
aesthetic
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
adulation
excessive praise; intense adoration
accolade
an expression of praise
abate
to lessen in intensity or degree