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Abstract
Not easy to understand; theoretical
Acquiesce
To agree to an opinion
Altruistic
Unselfish
Amorphous
Having no determinate form
Anarchist
Believes formal government is unnecessary
Appease
To make quiet; to calm
Apprehensive
Fearful; aware; conscious
Arbitrary
Based on one’s preference or whim
Audacious
Fearless; bold
Authoritarian
Acting as a dictator; demanding obedience
Benevolent
Kind; generous
Blasphemous
Irreligious; profane; impious; unacceptable
Capricious
Changeable; fickle
Censure
To criticize or disapprove
Complacent
Content; self-satisfied; smug
Compliant
Yielding; obedient
Comprehensive
All-inclusive; complete; thorough
Compromise
To settle by mutual adjustment
Concede
To acknowledge; to admit; to surrender; to abandon one’s position
Condescend
To consciously come down from one’s position or rank
Condone
To overlook; to forgive
Conspicuous
Easy to see; noticeable
Consternation
Amazement or terror that causes confusion
Consummation
The completion; finish
Contrite
Regretful; sorrowful
Cower
To crouch down in fear or shame
Deference
Yielding to another’s opinion
Denounce
To speak out against; to condemn
Depravity
Moral corruption; badness
Desecrate
To violate a holy place or sanctuary
Deter
To prevent; to discourage; to hinder
Discerning
Distinguishing one thing from another
Discriminate
To distinguish one thing from another; to demonstrate bias; able to distinguish
Distain
Intense dislike; to look down at; to scorn
Disparage
To belittle; to undervalue
Disparity
Difference in form, character, or degree
Document
Official paper containing information; to support; to substantiate or verify
Elaboration
Act of clarifying; adding details
Elusive
Hard to catch; difficult to understand
Engender
To create; to bring about
Equivocal
Doubtful; uncertain
Esoteric
Incomprehensible; obscure
Expedient
Helpful; practical; worthwhile
Extol
To praise; to commend
Extraneous
Irrelevant; not related; not essential
Facilitate
To make easier; to simplify
Fanatic
Enthusiast; extremist
Fastidious
Fussy; hard to please
Fortuitous
Accidental; happening by chance; lucky
Furtive
Secretive; sly
Futile
Worthless; unprofitable
Guile
Slyness; deceit
Hamper
To interfere with; to hinder
Haphazard
Disorganized; random
Heed
To obey; to yield to
Humility
Lack of pride; modesty
Hypothetical
Assumed; uncertain
Illuminate
To make understandable
Impetuous
Rash; impulsive; forcible; violent
Implication
Suggestion; inference
Incidental
Extraneous; unexpected
Inclined
Apt to; likely to; angled
Incredulous
Unwilling to believe; skeptical
Indulgent
Lenient; patient
Infamous
Having a bad reputation; notorious
Infer
To form an opinion; to conclude
Innocuous
Harmless; innocent
Innovate
To introduce a change; to depart from the old
Instigate
To start; to provoke
Languid
Weak; fatigued
Lax
Careless; irresponsible
Levity
Silliness; lack of seriousness
Magnanimous
Forgiving; unselfish
Mitigate
To alleviate; to lessen; to soothe
Ominous
Threatening
Pernicious
Dangerous; harmful
Placate
To pacify; to calm
Pragmatic
Matter-of-fact; practical
Preclude
To inhibit; to make impossible
Predecessor
One who occupied an office before another
Prodigal
Wasteful; lavish
Prodigious
Exceptional; tremendous
Prosaic
Tiresome; ordinary
Provincial
Regional; unsophisticated
Prudent
Wise; careful; prepared
Relegate
To banish; to put to a lower position
Relevant
Of concern; significant
Reprehensible
Wicked; disgraceful
Resolution
Proposal; promise; determination
Reticent
Silent; reserved; shy
Reverent
Respectful
Rhetorical
Having to do with verbal communication; concerned with style and effect
Scanty
Inadequate; sparse
Scrupulous
Honorable; exact
Servile
Slavish; groveling
Stoic
Detached; unruffled; calm
Taciturn
Reserved; quiet; secretive
Temper
To soften; to pacify or calm; to compose
Tentative
Not confirmed; indefinite
Tumid
Swollen; inflated
Uniform
Consistent; unvaried; unchanging
Universal
Concerning everyone; existing everywhere
Unobtrusive
Inconspicuous; reserved
Unprecedented
Unheard of; exceptional
Unpretentious
Simple; plain; modest
Vacillation
Fluctuation
Valid
Acceptable; legal
Vehement
Intense; excited; enthusiastic
Venerate
To revere or admire
Viable
Capable of maintaining life; possible; attainable
Vilify
To slander
Virulent
Deadly; harmful; malicious
Volatile
Changeable; undependable
Wane
To grow gradually smaller
Whimsical
Fanciful; amusing
Abase
To degrade; to humiliate; to disgrace
Abominate
To loathe; to hate
Absolve
To forgive; to acquit
Accede
To comply with; to consent to
Accrue
To collect; to build up
Adept
Skilled; practiced
Alacrity
Enthusiasm; fervor; liveliness; sprightliness
Allocate
To set aside; to designate; to assign
Allure
To attract; to entice; attraction; temptation; glamour
Amiss
Wrong; awry or skewed; mistakenly
Anoint
To crown; to ordain; to smear with oil
Awry
Crooked; uneven; wrong; askew
Baleful
Sinister; threatening; evil; deadly
Behoove
To be advantageous; to be necessary
Bereft
Hurt by someone’s death
Consecrate
To sanctify; to make sacred; to immortalize
Craven
Cowardly; fearful
Dearth
Scarcity; shortage
Debilitate
To deprive of strength
Deign
To condescend; to stoop
Delineate
To outline; to describe
Demur
To object; objection; misgiving or doubt
Destitute
Poor; poverty-stricken
Disheartened
Discouraged; depressed
Docile
Manageable; obedient
Duress
Force; constraint
Educe
To draw forth
Errant
Wandering
Ferret
To drive or hunt out of hiding
Finite
Measurable; limited; not everlasting
Forbearance
Patience; self-restraint
Germane
Pertinent; related; to the point
Guile
Slyness; fraud
Haggard
Tired looking; fatigued
Hierarchy
Body of people, things, or concepts divided into ranks
Hubris
Arrogance
Ignoble
Shameful; dishonorable
Imbue
To inspire; to arouse
Impale
To fix on a stake; to stick; to pierce
Impromptu
Without preparation
Indict
To charge with a crime
Inept
Incompetent; unskilled
Innuendo
Hint; insinuation
Intermittent
Periodic; occasional
Invoke
To ask for; to call upon
Lascivious
Indecent; immoral
Lecherous
Impure in thought and act
Liaison
Connection; link
Livid
Black-and-blue; discolored; enraged
Lucrative
Profitable; gainful
Lustrous
Bright; radiant
Manifest
Obvious; clear
Nettle
To annoy; to irritate
Obdurate
Stubborn; inflexible
Obsequious
Fawning
Obstinate
Stubborn
Occult
Mystical; mysterious
Painstaking
Thorough; careful; precise
Palpable
Tangible; apparent
Parochial
Religious; narrow-minded
Percussion
The striking of one object against another
Perjury
The practice of lying
Pervade
To occupy the whole of
Phlegmatic
Without emotion or interest
Pittance
Small allowance
Privy
Private; confidential
Progeny
Children; offspring
Pungent
Sharp; stinging
Quiescent
Inactive; at rest
Quirk
Peculiar behavior; startling twist
Rabid
Furious; with extreme anger
Ratify
To make valid; to confirm
Rationalize
To offer reasons for; to account for
Raucous
Disagreeable; harsh
Realm
An area; sphere of activity
Recession
Withdrawal; depression
Relinquish
To let go; to abandon
Render
To deliver; to provide; to give up a possession
Retroaction
An action elicited by a stimulus
Rustic
Plain and unsophisticated; homely
Sarcasm
Ironic, bitter humor designed to wound
Satire
A novel or play using humor or irony to expose folly
Seethe
To be in a state of emotional turmoil; to become angry
Skulk
To move secretly
Sordid
Filthy
Succinct
Consisting of few words; concise
Suppress
To bring to an end; to hold back
Surmise
to guess
Tacit
Not voiced or expressed
Tantalize
To tempt; to torment
Torpid
Lacking alertness and activity; lethargic
Transpire
To take place; to come about
Traumatic
Causing a violent injury
Truculent
Aggressive; eager to fight
Turmoil
Unrest; agitation
Ubiquitous
Ever present in all places; universal
Uncanny
Of a strange nature; weird
Unequivocal
Clear; definite
Unique
Without equal; incomparable
Unruly
Not submitting to discipline; disobedient
Unwonted
unusual
Usurpation
Act of taking something for oneself; seizure
Usury
The act of lending money at illegal rates of interest
Vagrant
A homeless person; rambling; wandering; passing through
Valance
Short drapery hanging over a window frame
Vaunted
Boasted of
Veracious
Conforming to fact; accurate
Vex
To annoy
Vindicate
To free from charge; to clear
Voluble
Fluent
Waive
To give up possession or right
Warrant
To justify; to authorize
Wrath
Violent or unrestrained anger; fury
Wry
Mocking; cynical