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abate
subside or moderate
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
abeyance
suspended action
abscond
depart secretly and hide
abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking
adulterate
make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
alacrity
cheerful promptness; eagerness
amalgamate
combine; unite in one body
ambivalence
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
anachronism
something or someone misplaced in time
anomalous
abnormal; irregular
approbation
approval
artless
without guile; open and honest
assisduous
diligent
attenuate
make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force, degree)
aver
assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as fact
belie
contradict; give a false impression
bombastic
pompous; using inflated language
boorish
rude; insensitive
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
burnish
make shiny by rubbing; polish
buttress
support; prop up
cacophonous
discordant; inharmonious
castigation
punishment; severe criticism
caustic
burning; sarcastically biting
chicanery
trickery; deception
coda
concluding section of a musical or literary composition
cogent
convincing
commensurate
corresponding in extent, degree, amount, etc.; proportionate
compendium
brief, comprehensive summary
complaisant
trying to please; overly polite; obliging
conciliatory
reconciling; soothing
condone
overlook; forgive; give tacit approval
contention
claim; thesis
contentious
quarrelsome
contrite
penitent (think act of contrition or penance)
convoluted
coiled around; involved; intricate
craven
cowardly
decorum
propriety; orderliness and good taste in manner
default
failure to act
deference
courteous regard for another's wishes
delineate
portray; depict; sketch
denigrate
blacken
derivative
unoriginal; obtained from another source
desiccate
dry up
desultory
aimless; hapazard; digressing at random
diatribe
bitter scolding; invective
dichotomy
split; branching into two parts (especially contradictory ones)
diffidence
shyness
diffuse
adj. wordy, rambling, spread out (like a gas)
dirge
lament with music
disabuse
correct a false impression; undeceive
discerning
mentally quick and observant
disinterested
unprejudiced
disparage
belittle
dissemble
disguise; pretend
distend
expand; swell out
distill
purify; refine; concentrate
divest
strip; deprive
ebullient
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
efficacy or efficacious
power to produce desired effect
effrontery
impudence; shameless boldness; sheer nerve; presumptuousness
elicit
draw out by discussion
endemic
prevailing among a specific group or in a specific area or country
enervate
weaken
engender
cause; produce
ephemeral
short-lived; fleeting
equanimity
calmness of temperament; composure
equivocate
lie, mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
erudite
learned; scholarly