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Factious
causing disagreement
The factious sailors refused to said any farther into the storm.

syn: belligerent, contentious
ant: cooperative, united
Ignoble
dishonorable, shameful
Cheating on an exam is an ignoble way to get good grades.
syn: despicable, base
ant: noble, glorious
Boor
a rude or impolite person
The boor grabbed handfuls of hors d'oeuvres and walked around while he ate them.
syn: buffoon, clown
ant: sophisticate
aegis
a shield, protection
The life of the witness is under the aegis of the witness protection program.
syn: backing
perspicacity
keenness of judgment
The old hermit still had the perspicacity to haggle with the automotive dealer.
syn: perceptiveness
ant: stupidity, ignorance
fervent
eager, earnest
We made a fervert attempt to capture the stallion, but he was too quick for us.
syn: burning, passionate
ant: apathetic
rectify
to correct, to make right
JoAnne tried to rectify her poor relationship with her son by spending more time with him.
syn: remedy, resolve
enervate
to weaken
The record temperatures enervated the farmhands before noon.
syn: devitalize, exhaust
ant: energize, strengthen
besiege
to overwhelm, to surround and attack
People jumped from the ground and brushed themselves off as ants besieged the picnic.
ephemeral
lasting only a brief time, short-lived
The gardener experienced ephemeral fame the year she grew a half-ton pumpkin.
syn: transient, fleeting
ant: permanent
altruism
a concern for others, generosity
A person with altruism will usually stop and help a stranded motorist
syn: unselfishness, magnanimity
ant: selfishness, egoism
carrion
decaying flesh
The carrion along the desert highway was a feast for the vultures.
erotic
pertaining to sexual love
The museum staff cancelled the exhibition when it saw the erotic sculptures.
amorphous
shapeless, formless, vague
What began as an amorphous idea in Steven's dream turned into a revolutionary way to power automobiles.
opulent
rich, luxurious, wealthy
Despite the stock market crash, the wealthy family continuned its opulent lifestyle.