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agnostic
one who believes that the existence of G-d is unknown and unknowable
anathema
a greatly disliked, hated person or thing; a curse, or a person cursed
cliche
a worn-out idea or over used expression
divulge
to tell, to reveal (as a secret)
abate
to lessen in violence or intensity
abet
to assist or encourage, especially in wrongdoing
abhor
to detest, loathe, hate strongly
acquit
to find not guilty of a fault or crime
acrimony
harsh temper or bitter feelings
adamant
unyielding; firm in opinion
adulation
excessive praise or admiration
affable
friendly; courteous; agreeable in manner; easy to talk to
dilemma
a difficult choice; especially a choice between two equally undesirable alternatives
agrarian
having to do with farms, farmers, or the use of land
altercation
a heated argument
ambivalent
being uncertain; unable to decide between two opposing points of view
amicable
friendly, peaceable
dilettante
one who studied an art or science for mere amusement
apathy
lack of interest
appease
to make calm or quiet; to give in to the demands of
arduous
difficult; requiring much effort; strenuous
audacity
insolence; rude boldness
augment
to enlarge; to increase in amount or intensity
austere
stern, severe, plain
avarice
excessive greed; desire for wealth
avid
eager; extremely interested
balk
to stop short and refuse to continue; to obstruct
banter
teasing; good-natured joking
disparity
inequality; difference
barrister
lawyer
bask
to lie in or be exposed to warmth
bastion
a strong defense; a fort
bawdy
indecent; humorously obscene
befuddle
to confuse; to perplex
bigot
one who is intolerant of another's beliefs, opinions, or values
cajole
to persuade with false promises and flattery
candid
1. outspoken, blunt
2. informal, unposed
canine
having to do with dogs;
a dog
capricious
guided by whim rather than reason; changing one's mind suddenly
castigate
to criticize or punish for the purpose of correction
caustic
biting, burning, severe; sharp or sarcastic
chaos
complete disorder
charlatan
one who pretends to have more knowledge or skill than he or she really has, especially in the field of medicine
chastise
to punish severely
circumspect
careful, watchful; attentive to all points
circumvent
to get around; to beat or defeat by trickery; to prevent an occurrence
clandestine
secret
clement
1. merciful; lenient
2. mild, as weather
coerce
to compel by force; to force a person to do something against his or her will
collaborate
1. to work with another toward a goal
2. to cooperate with an enemy invader
comely
attractive or handsome; pleasing to the sight
complacent
pleased with oneself or one's deeds
concur
to be of the same opinion; to agree with
condone
to forgive or overlook an offense by treating the wrongdoer as if he had done nothing wrong
connive
to cooperate secretly in a wrongdoing
connoisseur
an expert; a critical judge in matters of culture, food, or wine
contrite
showing a deep regret and sorrow, usually for having committed some wrongdoing
copious
abundant;large in number or quantity
crass
coarse, stupid, tasteless
credence
belief or trust
culinary
having to do with the kitchen or cooking
culmination
attainment by anything of its highest point or degree
cult
a fad-like devotion to a person, thing, or idea; a group of people with such a devotion
cynical
inclined to distrust or deny the goodness or sincerity of human motive
decorum
conformity to accepted standards of conduct; proper behavior
demagogue
a leader who appeals to the emotions and prejudices of people, especially to advance his own power
demure
quite and modest
deprecate
to express disapproval of; to depreciate one's effort
destitute
extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter
diffident
lacking in self-confidence; shy
bacchanalian
wild with drunkenness
docile
easy to teach or manage
dogmatic
stating an opinion in an authoritative or arrogant manner
dole
to distribute; to give out sparingly
dolorous
mournful; sad
dour
gloomy, sullen
droll
amusing in an odd way
duplicity
intentional deceit in speech or conduct
effigy
an image of a person or thing; usually a crude image of a hated person
emaciated
extremely thin; wasted away