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abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
accolade
an expression of praise
adulaton
excessive praise
intense adoration
aesthetic
dealing with, apreciative of, or responsive to art or the beauitful
avarice
greed esp for wealth
burgeon
to grow up rapidly or flourish
cacophony
harsh, jarring, discordant sound
dissonance
canon
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
catalyst
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing
catalyst
person or thing that causes change
caustic
burning or stinging
causing corrosion
chary
wary
cautious
sparing
cogent
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason
convincing
complaissance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contrite
regretful
penitent
seeking forgiveness
dearth
smallness of quantity or number
scarcity
a lack
demur
to question or oppose
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
discretion
cautious reserve in speech
ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
indifferent
free from self interest
dogmatic
stubbornly opionated
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
elegy
a mournful poem esp one lamenting the dead
emollient
soothing esp to the skin
making less harsh
mollifying
empirical
based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
mysterious
obscure
difficult to understand
enigmatic
mysterious
obcure
difficult to udnerstand
esoteric
intended for or understoof by a small, specific group
fallacy
an invalid or incorret notion
a mistaken belief
exonerate
to remove blame
furtive
marked by stealth
covert
surreptitious
gregarious
sociable
outgoing
enjoying the company of other people
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
impecunious
lacking funds
without money
incipient
beggining to come into being or to become apparent
inert
unmoving
lethargic
sluggish
innocuous
harmless
causing no damage
intransigent
refusing to compromise
inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery
morose
sad
sullen
melancholy
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
opaque
impenetrable by light
not reflecting light
peruse
to examine with great care
preen
to dress up
to primp
to groom oneself with elaborate care
prodigious
abundant in size, force, or extent
extraordinary
putrefy
to rot
to decay and give off a foul odor
quaff
to drink deeply
sanction
authoritative permission or approval
a penalty extended to enforce compliance
urbane
sophisticated
refined
elegant
viscous
thick
sticky
acerbic
having a sour or bitter taste in character
amalgamate
to combine several elements into a whole
bolster
to provide support or reinforcement
bombast
self-important or pompous writing or speech
bombastic
pompous
grandiloquent
credulous
tending to believe too readily
gullible
diatribe
a harsh denunciation
fawn
TO FLATTER OR PRAISE EXCESSIVELY
fervent
greatly emotional
zealous
flout
to demonstrate contempt for, as in a rule or convention
fortuitous
happening by fortunate accident or chance
garrulous
pointlessly talkative
talking too much
germane
relevant to the subject at hand
appropriate subject matter
glib
marked by ease or informality
nonchalant
lacking in depth
superficial
halycon
calm and peaceful
halycon
calm and peaceful
hubris
arrogant presumption or pride
idolatrous
given to intense or excessive devotion to something
imminent
about to happen
impending
imperturbable
marked by extreme clam, impassivity and steadiness
impetuous
hastily or rashly energetic
impulsive and vehement
implacable
not capable of being appeased or significantly change
indifferent
having no interest or concern
showing no bias or prejudice
intrepid
steadfast and courageous
laconic
using few words
terse
malleable
capable of being shaped or formed
tractable
pliable
maverick
an idependant individual who doe snot go along a group or party
mendacity
the condition of being untruthful
dishonesty
mercurial
characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
meticulous
characterized by extreme care and precision
attentive to detail
mollify
to calm or soothe
to reduce in emotional intensity
obdurate
unyielding
hardhearted
intractable
obfuscate
to deliberately obscure
to make confusing
obsequious
exhibiting a fawning or attentiveness
obstinate
stubborn
hardheaded
uncompromising
opprobrium
disgrace
contempt
scorn
ostentatious
characterized by or given to pretentiousness
pedantic
the parade of learning
excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules
pervade
to permeate throughout
pervasive
having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
phlegmatic
calm
sluggish
unemotional
pirate
to illegally use or reproduce
plethora
an overabundance
a surplus
polemical
controversial
argumentative
pragmatic
practical rather than idealistic
rancorous
characterized by bitter, long lasting resentment
rhetoric
the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
salubrious
promoting health or well-being
sedulous
diligent
persistent
hard-working
solvent
able to meet financial obligations
solvent
able to disolve another substance
soporific
causing drowsiness
tending to induce sleep