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abate
v to lessen in intensity or degree
accolade
n an expression of praise
adulation
n excessive praise, adoration
aesthetic
a dealing with, responsive to, or appreciative of art or the beautiful
ameliorate
v to make better or more tolerable
ascetic
n one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
avarice
n greed, esp. for wealth
axiom
n a universally-recognized principle
burgeon
v to grow rapidly or flourish
bucolic
a rustic and pastoral, characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
cacophony
harsh, jarring, discordant sound, dissonance
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 a chemical reaction without itself changing, a person or thing that causes change
caustic
a burning or stinging, causing corrosion
chary
a wary, cautious, sparing
cogent
a appealing forcibly to the mind or reason, convincing
complaisance
n the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contentious
a argumentative, quarrelsome, causing controversy or disagreement
contrite
a regretful, penitent, seeking forgiveness
culpable
a deserving blame
dearth
n smallness of quantity or number, scarcity, a lack
didactic
a intendend to teach or instruct
demur
v to question or oppose
discretion
n cautious reserve in speech, ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
a free of bias or self-interest
dogmatic
a expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
ebullience
a the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eclectic
a composed of elements drawn from various sources
elegy
n a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
emollient
a/n soothing, esp. to the skin, making less harsh, mollifying, an agent that softens of soothes the skin
empirical
a based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
a mysterious, obscure, difficult to understand
ephemeral
a brief, fleeting
esoteric
a intended for or understood by a small, specific group
eulogy
n a speech honoring the dead
exonerate
v to remove blame
fallacy
a an invalid or incorrect notion, a mistaken belief
facetious
a playful, humorous
furtive
a marked by stealth, covert, surreptitious
gregarious
a sociable, outgoing, enjoying the company of other people
harangue
v/n to deliver a pompous speech or tirade, a long pompous speech
heretical
a violating accepted dogma or convention
hyperbole
n an exagerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
impecunious
a lacking funds, without money
incipient
a beginning to come into being or to become apparent
inert
a unmoving, lethargic, sluggish
innocuous
a harmless, causing no damage
intransigent
a refusing to comprimise
inveigle
v to obtain by deception or flattery
morose
a sad, sullen, melancholy
odious
a evoking intense aversion or dislike
opaque
a impenetrable by light, not reflecting light
oscillation
n the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterupted rhythm
penurious
a penny-pinching, excessively thrifty, ungenerous
pernicious
a extremely harmful, potentially causing death
peruse
v to examine with great care
pious
a extremely reverant 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
a abundant in size, force, or extent, extraordinary
prolific
a producing large volumes or amounts, productive
putrefy
v to rot, decay and give a foul odor
quaff
v to drink deeply
quiescence
n stillness, motionless, quality of being at rest
redoubtable
a 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
a sordid, wretched and dirty as from neglect
stoic
a indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain, steadfast
supplant
v to take the place of, supersede
torpid
a lethargic, sluggish, dormant
ubiquitous
a existing everywhere at the same time, constantly encountered, widespread
urbane
a sophisticated, refined, elegant
vilify
v to defame, to characterize harshly
viscous
a thick, sticky