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abjure
promise or swear to give up
abraded
rubbed off worn away by friction
abrogate
repeal or annul by authority
acarpous
effete no longer fertile worn out
admonitory
containing warning
affable
polite and friendly
affinity
close connection relationship
agog
eager/excited
alacrity
eager and cheerful readiness
ameliorate
improve make better
amortize
end (a debt) by setting aside money
aplomb
self-confidence
apotheosis
deification glorification to godliness
approbation
approval
arabesque
a complex ornate design
arboreal
of connected with trees
ardor
enthusiasm
argot
jargon slang
arrant
in the highest degree
aseptic
surgically clean
asperity
roughness harshness ill temper irritability
aspersion
slander
assiduous
diligent hard-working sedulous
astringent
substance that shrinks
attenuate
make thin. weaken enervate
attune
bring into harmony
audacious
daring foolishly bold impudent
augury
omen sign
august
majestic venerable
auspicious
favorable successful prosperous
austere
severely moral and strict simple and plain
aver
affirm assert prove justify
balk
obstacle purposely to get on the way of
barrage
artificial obstacle built across a river
beatify
to bless make happy or ascribe a virtue to
bedizen
to adorn especially in a cheap showy manner
bellicose
belligerent pugnacious warlike
belligerent
(person nation) waging war
bequest
arrangement to give smth at death
bereft
rob or dispossess of smth (material)
bilge
bulge the protuberance of a cask
blandishment
flattery coaxing speech
blithe
cheerful casual carefree
brazen
made of brass
broach
bring up announce begin to talk about
brook
to tolerate endure
burgeon
grow forth send out buds
burnish
to polish rub to a shine
cadge
to beg to get by begging
cajole
use flattery or deceit to persuade
calumny
slander aspersion
castigate
to chastise correct by punishing
castigation
severe punishment
chary
cautious wary
chicanery
legal trickery/false argument
churl
bad-tempered person
cloture
closing device (in Parliament) to end a debate by voting
coda
passage that completes a piece of music
cogitate
think deeply mediate
collusion
secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
commodious
having plenty of space for what is needed
complaisance
tending to comply obliging willingness to please
compunction
feeling of regret for one's action
concord
agreement or harmony
conjoin
to join together
consternation
surprise and fear dismay
contemn
to scorn or despise
contumacious
insubordinate rebellious
convoke
call together summon
convoluted
complicated coiled twisted
cordon
line (of police acting as a guard)
countervail
counterbalance
crass
very great (es. stupidity)
cravat
piece of linen worn as a necktie
craven
cowardly
crease
line made by crushing white line on the ground in cricket
credulity
too great a readiness to believe things
credulous
ready to believe things
curtail
make shorter then was planned
dawdler
person who is slow waste of time
dearth
shortage
decorum
propriety properness
decry
disapprove of
deferential
showing respect
demagogue
person appealing not to reasons
demur
to hesitate raise objections
denouement
an outcome or solution the unraveling of a plot
deprecate
protest against express disapproval of
dereliction
deserting and leaving to fall into ruins
descry
catch sight of see smth in the distance
desiccant
substance used to absorb moisture
desuetude
cessation of use disuse
desultory
aimless haphazard digressing at random
detumescence
diminishing or lessening of swelling
diaphanous
transparent gauzy
diffidence
shyness
dilate
speak comprehensively become wider large
discomfit
confuse embarrass
disconcert
upset the self-possession of
discountenance
refuse to approve of
discreet
careful/prudent
discrete
individually distinct
disingenuous
sophisticated artful trying to deceive cunning
disinter
dig up from the earth
disparate
essentially different
dissemble
speak or behave so as to hide smth (in mind)
divestiture
taking off getting rid of giving up
doggerel
trivial poorly constructed verse
droll
jesting
dulcet
melodious harmonious
duplicity
deliberate deception
duress
threats to compel smb
ebullience
exuberance outburst of feeling
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm showing excitement
edacious
voracious devouring
effete
infertile worn out weak
effluvia
outflow in a stream of particles a noxious odor or vapor
effrontery
boldness impudence arrogance
egress
way out exit
elegy
a lament a melancholy composition
emote
stir up excite
encomium
warm or glowing praise eulogy panegyric
endemic
epidemic
ensign
flag/badge
epicurean
devoted to pleasure (sensuous enjoyment)
epithet
adjective
equable
steady regular
equanimity
calmness of temperament
equipoise
equal distribution of weight equilibrium
equivocal
having a double or doubtful meaning suspicious
equivocate
try to deceive by equivocal language
erudite
learned scholarly
eschew
avoid
espouse
marry give one's support to
evince
to show clearly to indicate
evoke
call up bring out
excoriation
severe criticism
exculpate
to clear from a charge of guilt
exigency
emergency an urgent situation
expatiate
to roam wander freely
expedient
likely to be useful for a purpose
expiation
ending expiring
expostulate
argue earnestly to dissuade correct or protest
expurgate
to remove obscenity purify censor
exscind
to cut out cut away
extempore
without previous thought or preparation
extenuate
reduce the strength of lessen seriousness partially excuse
extirpate
to destroy exterminate cut out exscind
extricable
that can be freed
facetious
humorous funny jocular
facile
easily done
fatuous
without sense foolish self-satisfaction
feckless
lacking purpose or vitality ineffective careless
fecund
fertile
feint
pretend
felicitous
apt suitably expressed well chosen apropos
fervid
showing earnest feeling
fetid
stinking
finical
too fussy about food clothing etc.
finicky
finical
flax
pale yellow (hair) a plant
fledged
able to fly trained experienced
florid
very much ornamented naturally red (e.g.. of face)
foible
defect of character (a person is wrongly proud)
foment
put smth warm (to lessen the pain)
foppish
like a man who pays too much attention to his clothes
forage
food for horses and cattle
forbear
refrain from be patient ancestor
ford
shallow place in a river (to cross)
forswear
renounce disallow repudiate
fracas
noisy quarrel
frenetic
frantic frenzied
froward
intractable not willing to yield or comply stubborn
fulmination
bitter protest
fulsome
disgusting offensive due to excessiveness
gainsay
to deny to oppose
garble
make unfair selection from facts
garrulity
talkativeness
garrulous
too talkative
gaucherie
socially awkward tactless behavior
germane
relevant pertinent to
glib
ready and smooth but not sincere
glut
supply to much fill to excess
gossamer
soft light delicate material
grandiloquent
using pompous words
gregarious
living in societies liking the company
hack
cut roughly hired horse
halcyon
calm and peaceful
harangue
a long passionate speech
harbinger
smth or smb that foretells the coming of
harrow
to distress create stress or torment
hirsute
hairy shaggy
hoi
polloi the masses the rabble
hoodwink
trick mislead
iconoclast
person who attacks popular beliefs
idiosyncrasy
personal mannerism
idyll
a carefree episode or experience
ignoble
dishonorable common undignified
ignominious
shameful dishonorable undignified disgraceful
illicit
unlawful forbidden
imbroglio
complicated and embarrassing situation
impassive
unmoved feeling no sign of passion
impecunious
having little or no money
imperious
commanding haughty arrogant
imperturbable
calm not capable of being excited
impetuous
having sudden energy impulsive thrusting ahead forceful
implacable
incapable of being placated unpleasable
implicate
show that smb has a share
importune
beg urgently solicit (of a prostitute)
imprecation
an invocation of evil a curse
impudent
rash indiscreet
impugned
challenged to be doubted
inane
silly senseless
inasmuch
since because
incense
make angry
inchoate
not yet fully formed rudimentary elementary
incipient
beginning
incise
engrave make a cut in
incongruous
out of place not in harmony or agreement
incorrigibility
cannot be cured or corrected
incredulous
skeptical unwilling to believe
inculcate
fix firmly by repetition
incumbents
official duties
indefatigability
not easily exhaustible tirelessness
indelible
that cannot be rubbed out
indigence
poverty
indistinct
not easily heard seen clearly marked
indolence
laziness
indomitable
not easily discouraged or subdued
ineffable
to great to be described in words
ineluctable
certain inevitable
ingenuous
naive young artless frank honest sincere
inimical
harmful or friendly
inimitable
defying imitation unmatchable
innocuous
causing no harm
insensible
unconscious unresponsive unaffected
insipid
without taste or flavor
insouciant
unconcerned carefree
insularity
narrow-mindedness isolated
interdict
prohibit forbid
intransigence
unwillingness to compromise stubbornness intractability
intransigent
uncompromising
intrepid
fearless brave undaunted
inured
accustomed to adapted
invective
abusive language curses
inveigh
to attack verbally denounce deprecate
inveterate
deep-rooted. long-established
involute
complex
irascible
irritable easily angered
irksome
tiresome
irresolute
hesitating undecided
itinerate
to travel from place to place to peregrinate
jibe
gibe make fun of
jocular
meant as a joke
labyrinthine
to entangle the state of affairs
lachrymose
causing tears tearful
lassitude
weariness tiredness
laudatory
expressing or giving praise
levee
formal reception/embankment
libel
statement that damages reputation
libertine
immoral person
lien
legal claim until a debt on it is repaid
limn
paint portray
lionize
treat as a famous person
lithe
bending twisting
loll
rest to sit or stand in a lazy way hang (dog's tongue)
lope
move along with long strides
loquacious
talkative garrulous
lucubrate
write in scholarly fashion
luculent
easily understood lucid clear
lugubrious
mournful excessively sad
lustrous
being bright polished
macabre
gruesome suggesting death
macerate
make or become soft by soaking in water
machination
plot scheme (esp. evil)
maladroit
tactless clumsy
malapropism
misuse of a word (for one that resembles it)
malinger
to fake illness or injury in order to shirk a duty
manacle
chains for the hands or feet
matriculation
be admitted enter a university as a student
maudlin
sentimental in a silly or tearful way
mellifluous
sweetly flowing
mendacity
dishonesty
mendicant
a beggar
mercurial
quick changeable in character fleeting
meretricious
attractive on the surface but of little value
mettle
quality of endurance or courage
middling
fairly good but not very good
minatory
menacing threatening
misanthrope
person who hates mankind
mollify
make calmer or quieter
molt
moult lose hair feathers before new growing
morose
ill-tempered unsocial
multifarious
varied motley greatly diversified
nadir
lowest weakest point
nascent
coming into existence emerging
nexus
a connection tie or link
noisome
offensive disgusting (smell)
nonplused
greatly surprised
nostrum
a quack remedy an untested cure
nugatory
trifling/worthless
obdurate
hardened and unrepenting stubborn inflexible
obfuscate
to darken make obscure muddle
obloquy
abusively detractive language sharp criticism vituperation
obsequious
too eager to obey or serve
obstreperous
noisy loud
obtuse
blunt/stupid
obviate
to make unnecessary get rid of
occluded
blocked up
odious
repulsive hateful
odium
contempt dislike aversion
officious
too eager or ready to help offer advice
onerous
needing effort burdensome
opprobrious
showing scorn or reproach
ossify
to turn to bone to settle rigidly into an idea
ostensible
seeming appearing as such professed
ostentation
display to obtain admiration or envy
overweening
presumptuously arrogant overbearing immoderate being a jerk
paean
song of praise or triumph
palatial
magnificent
palliate
lessen the severity of
palpability
can be felt touched understood
palpitate
tremble beat rapidly and irregularly
panegyric
formal praise eulogy
parsimonious
too economical miserly
paucity
scarcity a lacking of
peccadillo
small sin small weakness in one's character
pedantic
bookish showing off learning
pedestrian
commonplace trite unremarkable
pellucid
transparent easy to understand
penchant
strong inclination a liking
penurious
poor/stingy
penury
extreme poverty
peregrination
traveling about wandering
peremptory
urgent imperative unchallengeable ending debate
perfidious
treacherous faithless
perfidy
treachery breaking of faith
perfunctory
done as a duty without care
peripatetic
wandering
pernicious
harmful injurious
perspicacity
quick judging and understanding
petrous
like a rock hard stony
phlegmatic
calm sluggish temperament unemotional
picaresque
involving clever rogues or adventurers
pied
of mixed colors
piquant
agreeably pungent stimulating
pique
hurt the pride or self-respect stir (curiosity)
pith
essential part force soft liquid substance
plaintive
mournful melancholy sorrowful
platitude
a trite or banal statement unoriginality
pliant
pliable easily bent shaped or twisted
plod
continue doing smth without resting
poignant
deeply moving keen
ponderous
heavy bulky dull
portent
omen marvelous threatening
precursory
preliminary anticipating
predilection
special liking mental preference
preen
tidy/show self-satisfaction
presage
warning sign
presumption
arrogance
preternatural
not normal or usual
prevaricate
to equivocate to stray from the truth
prim
neat formal
probity
uprightness incorruptibility principle
proclivity
inclination
prodigious
enormous wonderful
profligacy
shameless immorality
profligate
wasteful prodigal licentious extravagant
prolix
tiring because too long
propinquity
nearness in time or place affinity of nature
propitiatory
conciliatory appeasing mitigating
propitious
auspicious presenting favorable circumstances
prosaic
everyday mundane commonplace trite pedestrian
proscribe
denounce as dangerous
protracted
prolonged
provident
frugal looking to the future
prudish
easily shocked excessively modest
pugnacious
fond of in the habit of fighting
puissance
strength
punctilious
precise paying attention to trivialities
pundit
pedant authority on a subject
pungency
sharpness stinging quality
purvey
provide supply
pusillanimous
cowardly craven
putrefaction
becoming rotten
pyre
large pile of wood for burning
quaff
drink deeply
quail
lose courage turn frightened
quandary
state of doubt or perplexity
quell
suppress subdue
quibble
try to avoid by sophistication
quiescence
state of being passive/motionless
quiescent
at rest dormant torpid
quixotic
generous unselfish
quotidian
banal everyday
raconteur
person who tells anecdotes
raffish
low vulgar base tawdry
ramify
to be divided or subdivided to branch out
rancorous
feeling bitterness spitefulness
rapacious
greedy (esp for money)
rarefy
to make thin to make less dense to purify or refine
rebuff
snub
recalcitrant
disobedient
recidivism
relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior
reciprocity
granting of privileges in return for similar
recompense
make payment to reward punish
recondite
little known abstruse
redoubtable
formidable causing fear
refractory
stubborn unmanageable untractable
refulgent
shining brilliant
regale
to delight or entertain to feast
regicide
crime of killing a king
remonstrate
to protest object
repast
meal
repine
at be discontented with
repudiate
disown refuse to accept or pay
requite
repay give in return
rescind
repeal/annul/cancel
resigned
unresisting submissive
restive
refusing to move reluctant to be controlled
resuscitation
coming back to consciousness
reticent
reserved untalkative silent taciturn
rivet
fix take up secure metal pin
rumple
make rough
sagacious
having sound judgment perceptive wise like a sage
salacious
obscene
salubrious
healthful
salutary
remedial wholesome causing improvement
sanctimony
self-righteousness hypocritical with FALSE piety
sanguine
cheerful confident optimistic
satiate
satisfy fully
saturnine
gloomy dark sullen morose
scurvy
mean contemptible
sedulous
persevering
sententious
short and pithy full of maxims/proverbs
sere
make hard and without feeling
servile
like a slave lacking independence
shrill
sharp piercing
shunt
send from one track to another lay aside evade discussion
simper
(give a) silly/self-conscious smile
sinuous
winding undulating serpentine
slake
to assuage to satisfy allay
slate
king of blue-grey stone propose criticize
sodden
soaked saturated
sophistry
fallacious reasoning faulty logic
sophomoric
self-assured though immature affected bombastic overblown
soporific
producing sleep
sordid
wretched comfortless contemptible
specious
illogical of questionable truth or merit
splenetic
bad-tempered irritable
squalid
foul filthy
stanch
to stop the flow of a fluid
steeply
rising or falling sharply
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
stipple
paint with dots
stolid
showing no emotion impassive
stygian
hence dark gloomy
sublime
extreme astounding
suborn
induce by bribery or smth to commit perjury
subpoena
written order requiring a person to appear in a low court
substantiation
giving facts to support (statement)
succor
assistance relief in time of distress
sullied
to be stained or discredited
summarily
briefly without delay
sumptuous
magnificent
sundry
various miscellaneous separate
supercilious
disdainful characterized by haughty scorn
supine
lying on the back slow to act passive
suppliant
asking humbly beseeching
supplicate
make a humble petition to
surcharge
additional load/charge
surfeit
satiate feed to fulness or to excess
sycophant
person who flatter to the rich and powerful
taciturn
untalkative silent
tamp
tap or drive down by repeated light blows
tangential
suddenly changeable
tautology
a repetition a redundancy
tawdry
cheap gaudy showy tacky
teetotal
oppose to alcohol
temerity
boldness brashness intrepidness
tenuous
insubstantial flimsy weak
tepid
lukewarm
terse
brief and to the point
thrift
care economy thriving prosperous
timorous
fearful timid afraid
toady
obsequious flatterer
torpid
sleeping sluggish lethargic dormant
tortuous
devious/not straightforward
tout
person who worries others to buy smth to use his service
tractable
easily controlled or guided
trenchant
forceful effective vigorous extremely perceptive incisive
trepidation
alarm excited state of mind
trifling
unimportant
trite
not new
truculence
aggressiveness ferocity
turbid
muddy having the sediment stirred up
turgid
excessively ornate swollen or bloated
turpitude
wickedness shamefulness
tyro
tiro beginner
ubiquitous
present everywhere
ulterior
situated beyond
umbrage
offense resentment
underbid
make a lower bid then smb else
unearth
discover and bring to light
unencumbered
easy-going trifle
unfeigned
not pretended sincere
untoward
unfortunate inconvenient
upbraid
scold reproach
urbane
elegant refined in manners
vacillation
being uncertain hesitating
vagary
strange act or idea
valorous
brave
venal
ready to do smth dishonest
veneration
regard with deep respect
veracity
truth
verdant
fresh and green
verisimilitude
appearing TRUE or real
veritable
real rightly named
verve
spirit vigor enthusiasm
vestige
trace or sign
vilify
slander say evil things
virago
a loud domineering woman a scold or nag
visceral
of the internal organs of the body
viscous
sticky/semi-fluid
vitiate
lower the quality weaken the strength
vituperate
curse abuse in words
vivacious
lively high-spirited
volubility
fluency verbosity easy use of spoken language
voluble
fluent
waffle
talk vaguely and without much result
wag
merry person
welter
turmoil a bewildering jumble
wend
to go proceed