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abate
to lessen
abstemious
done sparingly
acumen
keen insight
adulation
admiration
allay
to sooth, lessen, ease, reduce in intensity
antiquated
too old to be fashionable or useful
arable
suitable for cultivation
atavistic
characteristic of a former era, ancient
beatific
displaying calmness and joy
berate
to scold harshly
braggart
someone who boasts in a loud and empty manner
calumny
a false and malicious accusation
cede
to surrender possession of something
circuitous
indirect, roundabout
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
confluence
the act of two things flowing together
covert
secretive
defamatory
hurting one's reputation
diluvial
pertaining to a flood
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories without regard to practicality; dogmatic
emollient
soothing
ersatz
false substitution or imitation
exponent
one who champions or advocates
fictive
fictional
furtive
sly, with hidden motives
harangue
to give a long speech
husband
to manage economically; to use sparingly
imperturbable
unshakably calm and steady
incandescent
shining brightly
ingratiate
to gain favor with another by deliberate effort, to suck up
insuperable
incapable of being surmounted or overcome
intransigent
uncompromising
itenerant
wandering from place to place; unsettled
laudable
deserving praise
lilliputian
very small
malapropism
accidental, comical use of a word which has a contradictory meaning (public boredcasting)
mawkish
sickeningly sentimental
missive
a written note or letter
mote
a small particle, speck
nihilism
a viewpoint that traditional viewpoints are unfounded; life is senseless and pointless
olfactory
relating to the sense of smell
palimpsest
an object or place having diverse layers or aspects beneath the surface
paragon
a model of excellence or perfection
peregrinate
to travel on foot
platitude
overused and trite remark
posit
to assume as real; propose as an explanation
preternatural
existing outside of nature; supernatural
propensity
a natural inclination or preference
pugilism
boxing
rankle
to cause anger and irritation
recapitulate
to review by a brief summary
sacrilegious
impious, irreverent toward what is held to be sacred or holy
seamy
morally degraded, unpleasant
sinecure
a well-paying job or office that requires little or no work
sportive
frolicsome, playful
supersede
to cause to be set aside; to force out of use as inferior, replace
tawdry
gaudy, cheap
terse
concise, brief, short, free of extra words
uncanny
so keen and perceptive as to seem supernatural
verbose
wordy
vindicate
to clear of blame
wan
sickly pale
wry
bent or twisted in shape or condition; dryly humorous