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Abate, v
to lessen in intensity or degree
Accolade, n
an expression of praise
Adulation, n
excessive praise; intense adoration
Aesthetic, adj
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
Ameliorate, v
to make better or more tolerable
Ascetic, n
one who practices rigid self-denial, eps. as an act of religious devotion
Axiom, n
a universally recognized principal
Burgeon, v
to grow rapidly or flourish
Bucolic, adj
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
Cacophony, n
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
Canon, n
an established set of principals or code of laws, often religious in nature
Castigation, n
severe criticism or punishment
Catalyst, n
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changer; a person or thing that causes change
Caustic, adj
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
Chary, adj
wary; cautious; sparing
Cogent, adj
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
Complaisance, n
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
Contentious, adj
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
Contrite, adj
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
Culpable, adj
deserving blame
Dearth, n
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity, a lack
Demur, v
to question or oppose
Didactic, adj
intended to teach or instruct
Discretion, n
cautious reserve to speech; ability to make responsible decisions
Disinterested, adj
free from bias or self-interest; impartial
Dogmatic, adj
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improbable principles
Ebullience, n
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings; high spirits
Eclectic, adj
composed of elements drawn from various sources
Elegy, n
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
Emollient, adj, n
soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smooths the skin
Empirical, adj
based on observation or experiment
Enigmatic, adj
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
Ephemeral, adj
brief; fleeing
Esoteric, adj
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
Eulogy, n
a speech honoring the dead
Exonerate, v
to remove blame
Facetious, adj
playful, humorous
Fallacy, n
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
Furtive, adj
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
Gregarious, adj
sociable, outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
Harangue, v, n
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
Heretical, adj
violating accepted dogma or convention
Hyperbole, n
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
Impecunious, adj
lacking funds; without money
Incipient, adj
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
Inert, adj
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
Innocuous, adj
harmless; causing no damage
Intransigent, adj
refusing to compromise
Inveigle, v
to obtain by deception or flattery
Morose, adj
sad; sullen, meloncholy
Odious, adj
evoking intense aversion or dislike
Opaque, adj
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
Oscillation, n
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
Penurious, adj
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
Pernicious, adj
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
Peruse, v
to examine with great care
Pious, adj
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
Precursor, n
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
Preen, v
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
Prodigious, adj
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
Prolific, adj
producing large volumes or amounts, productive
Putrefy, v
to rot, to decay and give off a foul odor
Quaff, v
to drink deeply
Quiescence, n
stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
Redoubtable, adj
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
Sanction, n/v
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
Satire, n
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
Squalid, adj
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
Stoic, adj
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
Supplant, v
to take the place of; supersede
Torpid, adj
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
Ubiquitous, adj
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; wide-spread
Urbane, adj
sophisticated; refined; elegant
Vilify, v
to defame; to characterize harshly
Viscous, adj
thick, sticky