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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, appreciate of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
avarice
n. greed, esp. in wealth
burgeon
v. to grow rapidly or flourish
cacophony
n. harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonace
canon
n. an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
castigation
n. severe criticism or punishment
catalyst
n. a substance that accelerates the rate of chemical reaction without itself changing
caustic
n. 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
contrite
adj. regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
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 in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
adj. indifferent; free from self-interest
dogmatic
adj. stubbornly opinionated
ebullience
adj. the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
elegy
n. a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
emollient
adj. soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying
empirical
adj. based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
adj. mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
esoteric
adj. intended for or understood by a small, specific group
exonerate
v. to remove blame
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. to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
heretical
adj. violating accepted dogma or convention
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; melancholy
odious
adj. evoking intense aversion or dislike
opaque
adj. impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
peruse
v. to examine with great care
preen
v. to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
prodigious
adj. abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
putrefy
v. to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
quaff
v. to drink deeply
sanction
n. authorative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance
urbane
adj. sophisticated; refined; elegant
viscous
adj. thick; sticky