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abate
to reduce in amount, degree or severity
abscond
to leave secretly
adulterate
to make impure
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence and reputation
anachronism
something our of place in time
antipathy
extreme dislike
apathy
lack of interest or emotion
austere
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
banal
predictable; cliched, boring
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
capricious
changing one's mind quickly and often
castigate
to punish or criticize harsly
chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
cogent
convincing and well reasoned
convoluted
intricate and complicated
corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
credulous
too trusting; gullible
deference
respect; courtesy
desiccate
to dry out thoroughly
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconected
diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech
diffident
lacking self-confidence
dilatory
intended to delay
dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
disabuse
to set right; to free from error
dissemble
to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character
dogma
a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
dogmatic
dictatorial in one's opinions
dupe
to deceive; a person who is easily deceived
eclectic
selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
efficacy
effectiveness
elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech
enervate
to reduce in strength
engender
to produce, cause or bring about
enigma
a puzzle; a mystery
ephemeral
lasting a short time
equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
erudite
learned, scholarly, bookish
esoteric
known or understood by only a few
estimable
admirable
eulogy
speech in prase of someone
exculpate
to clear from blame; prove innocent
exigent
urgent; requiring immediate action
fawn
to grovel
foment
to arouse or incite
guile
deceit or trickery
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs and institutions
impervious
impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
impetuous
quick to act without thinking
inchoate
not fully formed; disorganized
ingenuous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
inimical
hostile, unfriendly
insipid
lacking interest or flavor
intransigent
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
irascible
easily made angry
laconic
using few words
malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
misanthrope
a person who dislikes others
mitigate
to soften, to lessen
mollify
to calm or make less severe
obdurate
hardened in feelings; resistant to persuasion
obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
obviate
to prevent; to make unnecessary
occlude
to stop up; to prevent the passage of
onerous
troublesome and oppresive; burdensome
opprobrium
public disgrace
paragon
model of excellence or perfection
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent
philanthropy
charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
plethora
excess
precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
proliferate
to increase in number quickly
propitiate
to conciliate; to appease
propriety
correct behavior, obedience to rules and customs
prudence
wisdom, caution or restraint
quiescent
motionless
repudiate
to reject the validity of
reticent
silent, reserved
soporific
causing sleep or lethargy
specious
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
stigma
a mark of shame or discredit
stolid
unemotional; lacking sensitivity
taciturn
silent, not talkative
torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
veracity
filled with trust and accuracy
apathy
lack of interest or emotion
atrohpy
the wasting away of body tissue
abdicate
to renounce or relinquish a throne
abstruse
hard to understand; secret, hidden
acerbic
sour or astringent in taste, harsh in temper
acrid
sharp or biting to the taste or smell
acrimonious
caustic, stinging or bitter in nature
exacerbate
to increase bitterness or violence
litigate
to make the subject of a lawsuit
adjoin
to be close or in contact with
altruist
a person unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others
amatory
of or pertaining to lovers or lovemaking
amity
friendship; peaceful harmony
inamorata
a female lover
animus
hostile feeling or attitude
magnanimous
generous in forgiving an isult or injury
philanderer
one who carries on flirtations
androgynous
being both male and female
androgen
any substance that promotes masculine characteristics
antipathy
aversion
apogee
the highest or most distant point
apostasy
a total desertion of one's religion, principles, party, cause, etc.
bemoan
to express pity for
belligerent
warlike, given to waging war
benign
having a kindly disposition
benevolent
desiring to do good to others
bilateral
pertainging to or affecting two or both sides
decadent
decaying; deteriorating
percipient
having perception; discerning; discriminating
capitulate
to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms
concentric
having a common center
anachronism
an obsolete or archaic form
circumambulate
to walk about or around
circuitous
roundabout, indirect
preclude
to prevent the presense of
conciliate
to placate, win over
accretion
an increase by natural growth
credulity
willingness to believe or trust too easily
recumbent
lying down; reclining; leaning
inculpate
to charge with fault
incursion
a hostile entrance into a place
cursory
going rapidly over something; hasty; superficial
deferential
respectful; to yield judgment to
dilatory
inclined to delay or procrastinate
dichotomy
division into two parts, kinds, etc.
deign
to think fit or in accordance with one's dignity
disseminate
to scatter or spread widely
promulgate
to make known by open declaration
diffuse
to pour out and spread
doctrinate
a particular principle advocate, as of a government or religion
indoctrinate
to imbue someone with learning
indolence
state of being lazy or slothful
doleful
sorrowful, mournful
induce
to move or lead by influence
dour
sullen, gloomy
dystrophy
faulty or inadequate nutrition or development
epigram
a witty or pointed saying tersely expressed
epithet
a word of phrase, use invectively as a term of abuse
invective
of, relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse
obsolescent
becoming obsolete
convalescent
recovering from illness
eugenics
improvement of qualities of race by control of inherited characteristics
euphony
pleasantness of sound
affable
friendly, courteous
ineffable
too great for description
effigy
sculpture or model or person
fiduciary
of a trust; held or given in trust
conflagration
a large destructive fire
effluence
flowing out of
confluence
merging into one
forestall
to prevent by advance action
refractory
stubborn, rebellious
fractious
irritable, peevish
fusillade
continuous discharge of firearms or outburst of criticism
diffuse
to spread widely or thinly
infusion
liquid extract so obtained
congenital
existing or as such from birth
miscegenation
interbreeding of races
heterogeneous
of other origin; not originating in the body
heterodox
different from acknowledged standard; holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines
hypocritical
affecting virtues or qualities one does not have
indigent
deficient in what is requisite
indolence
showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful
interloper
someone who intrudes in the domain of others
abject
utterly hopeless, jumiliating or wretched
adjoin
to be next to and joined with
subjugate
to conquer
rejoinder
to reply, retort
abjure
to renounce on oath
adjure
to beg or command
predilection
preference, liking
elocution
art of clear and expressive speaking
grandiloquent
pompous or inflated in language
delude
to mislead the mind of judgment of, deceive
ablution
act of cleansing
magnate
a powerful or influential person
maxim
an expression of general truth or principle
malign
to speak harmful untruths about, to slander
maladroit
clumsy, tactless
malfeasance
misconduct or wrongdoing often committed by a public official
minatory
menacing, threatening
admonish
to counsel against something; caution
remonstrate
to say or plead in protect, objection or reproof
permutation
a complete change; transformation
nascent
starting to develop
autonomy
independence, self-governance
neophyte
a recent convert
oblique
having a slanting or sloping direction
obstreperous
noisily defiant, unruly
obtuse
not sharp, pointed or acute
obfuscate
to render indistinct or dim
panegyric
formal or elaborate praise at an assembly
panoply
a wide-ranging and impressive array or display
apartheid
any system or caste that separates people according to race
empathy
the identification with the feelings or thoughts of others
impassive
showing or feeling no emotion
sociopath
a person whose behaviour is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility
pathogenic
causing disease
paucity
smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness
pusillanimous
lacking courage or resulution
puerile
childish, immature
perfunctory
performed merely as routine duty
pertinacious
resolute
perspicacious
shrewd, astute
peripatetic
walking or traveling about; itinerant
impetuous
characterized by sudden rash action or emotion
petulant
showing sudden irritation, esp. over some annoyance
philology
the study of literary texts to establish their authenticity and determine their meaning
complacent
self-satisfied, unconcerned
complaisant
inclined or disposed to please
duplicity
deceitfulness in speech or conduct; double-dealing
supplicate
to make humble and earnest entreaty
expound
to set forth in detail
disport
to divert or amuse oneself
importune
to urge or press with excessive persistence
precocious
unusually advanced or mature in mental development or talent
presentiment
a feeling of anticipation over a future event
precept
a commandment given as a rule of action or conduct
reprehensible
deserving rebuke or censure
reprisals
retaliation against an enemy
proselytize
to convert of attempt to recruit
propound
to set forth for consideration
provident
having or showing foresight
approbation
praise, consideration
opprobrium
the disgrace incurred by shameful conduct
reprobate
a depraved or wicked person
probity
honesty, high-mindedness
pugnacious
to quarrel or fight readily
impugn
to challenge as false
compunction
a feeling of uneasiness for doing wrong
punctilious
strict or exact in the observance of formalities
querulous
full of complaints
perquisite
a gratuity, tip
disquiet
a lack of calm or peace
acquiesce
to comply, give in
quiescence
the condition of being at rest, still, inactive
derision
to act of mockery
abrogate
to abolish by formal means
arrogate
to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously
salient
prominent or conspicuous
insolent
boldly rude or disrespectful
exult
to show or feel triumphant joy
desultory
at random, unmethodical
execrable
adbominable
unconscionable
unscrupulous
prescient
having knowledge of things before they happen
proscribe
to condemn as harmful or odious
circumscribe
to draw a line around
sedition
incitement of discontent or rebellion aginst a government
obsequious
fawning
insidious
intended to trap or beguile
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hardworking
insensate
without feeling or sensitivity
circumspect
watchful and discreet
perspicacious
having keen mental perception and understanding
apostasy
renunciation of one's previous loyalty
assuage
to make less severe
subterfuge
an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule
supercilious
arrogant, haughty, condescending
reticent
disposed to be silent or not to speak freely
tenacious
holding fast
abstention
the act of refraining voluntarily
tenable
capable of being held, maintained or defended
pertinacious
persistent, stubborn
tendentious
having a predisposition towards a point of view
distend
to expand by stretching
apotheosis
glorification, glorified ideal
tractable
easily managed or controlled
protract
to prolong, draw out, extend
transcendent
going beyond ordinary limits
intransigent
refusing to agree or compromise
contravene
to come into conflict with
adventitious
accidental
veracious
habitually truthful
verity
truthfulness
verisimilitude
the appearance or semblance of truth
aver
to affirm, to declare to be true
vicarious
performed, exercised, received or suffered in place of another
vilify
to slander, to defame
revile
to criticize with harsh language
avocation
something one does in addition to a principle occupation
vociferous
crying out noisily
convoke
to call together
malevolent
characterized by or expressing bad will
volition
free choice, free will; act of choosing
voracious
having a great appetite
omnivorous
eating or absorbing everything