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abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
abscond
to leave secretly
abstain
to choose not to do something
abyss
an extremely deep hole
adulterate
to make impure
advocate
to speak in favor of
aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
aggrandize
to increase in power influence and reputation
alleviate
to make more bearable
amalgamate
to combine, to mix together
amalgam
a mixture, especially of two metals
ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain, able to be interpreted several ways
ameliorate
to make better, to improve
anachronism
something out of place in time
analogous
similar or alike in some way, equivalent to
anomaly
deviation from what is normal
antagonize
to annoy or provoke to anger
antipathy
extreme dislike
apathy
lack of interest or emotion
arbitrate
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
archaic
ancient, old fashioned
ardor
intesne and passionate feeling
articulate
able to speak clearly and expressively
assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree, to weaken
audacious
fearless and daring
austere
severe or stern in appearance, undecorated
banal
predictable, boring
bolster
to support, to prop up
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
cacophony
harsh jarring noise
candid
impartial and honest in speech
capricious
changin one's mind quickly and often. syn. mercurial
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
catalys
something that brings about a change in something else
caustic
biting in wit
chaos
great disorder or conufsion
chauvinist
someone prjudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
cogent
convincing and well reasoned
condone
to overlook, pardon or disregard
convoluted
intricate and complicated
corroborate
provide supporting evidence
credulous
too trusting, gullible
crescendo
steadily increasing volume or force
decorum
approrateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
deference
respect, courtesy
deride
speak of or treat with contempt
derisive
in a mocking manner
dessicate
to dry out thoroughly
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
diatribe
an abusive condemnatory speech
diffident
lacking self confidence
dilate
to make large, to expand
dilatory
intended to delay
dilettante
someone with an amatuerish and superficial interest in topic
dirge
a funeral hymm or mounful speech
disabuse
to set right, free from error
discern
to perceive, to recognize
disparate
fundamentally different, entierely unlike
dissemble
to present a false appearance, to disguise one's real intentions or character
dissonance
a harsh and disagreeable combination often of sounds
dogma
a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
dogmatic
dictatorial in one's opinions
dupe
to deceive, a person who is easily decieved
eclectic
selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
efficacy
effectiveness
elegy
sorrowful poem or speech
eloquent
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
emulate
to copy
enervate
to reduce in strength, to weaken
engender
to produce, cause or bring about. syn. beget, generate
enigma
puzzle mystery
enumerate
to count, list or itemize
ephemeral
lasting a short time, fleeting
equivocate
use epxressions of double meaning in order to mislead
erratic
wandering and unpreductable
erudite
learned scholarly
esoteric
known or understood by only a few
estimable
admirable; esteem, high reagard
eulogy
speech in praise of someone
euphemism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distatsteful one
exacerbate
to make worse
excuplate
clear from blate, prove innocent
exigent
urgent, requiiring immediate attention.
exonerate
clear of blame
explicit
clearly satated or shown, forthright in expression
fanatical
acting exceesively enthusiastica, filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion
fawn
to grovel. syn: to pander
fervid
intensely emotional, feverish
florid
excessively decorated, or embellished
foment
to arouse or incite
frugality
tendency to be thrifty or cheap
garrulous
tending to talk a lot. syn. loquacious
gregacious
outgoing sociable
guile
deceit or trickery
gullible
easily deceived
homogenous
of a similar kind
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs and insitutions
imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed