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antidote
remedy for a poison or evil
astringent
1. substance that shrinks tissues and checks flow of blood
2. severe; stern
3. causing contraction
benign
1. not dangerous
2. gentle; kindly
convalesce
recover health after illness; recuperate
fester
form pus; rankle; rot; putrefy
hypochondriac
one who is morbidly anxious about personal health or suffering from imaginary illness
immunity
1. resistance (to a disease)
2. freedom (from an obligation)
lesion
injury; hurt
malignant
1. threatening to cause death
2. very evil
morbid
1. gruesome
2. having to do with disease
pestilential
1. morally harmful
2. pertaining to a plague
regimen
set of rules, esp. to improve health
salubrious
healthful
sebaceous
greasy; secreting sebum (fatty matter secreted by the glands of the skin)
therapeutic
curative
toxic
poisonous
unguent
salve; ointment
virulent
1. extremely poisonous; deadly; venomous
2. very bitter
virus
1. disease-causing substance too small to be seen through a microscope
2. corruptive force
acclaim
welcome with approval; applaud loudly
encomium
speech or writing of high praise; tribute; eulogy
eulogize
praise; extol; laud; glorify (ant. vilify)
laudable
praiseworthy; commendable
plaudit
applause; enthusiastic praise (used mainly in the plural)
calumnious
falsely and maliciously accusing; defamatory; slanderous
derogatory
expressing low esteem; belittling; disparaging
imputation
charge, esp. an unjust or false charge; insinuation; accusation
libel
false and defamatory printed (or written) statement
malign
speak evil of; vilify; traduce
slander
false and defamatory spoken statement; calumny
stigma
mark of disgrace
banter
playful teasing; joking; raillery
caricature
drawing, imitation, or description that ridiculously exaggerates peculiarities or defects
droll
odd and laughter-provoking
facetious
1. in the habit of joking
2. said in jest without serious intent
flippant
treating serious matters lightly
harlequin
buffoon; clown
hilarious
boisterously merry; very funny
irony
1. species of humor whose intended meaning is the opposite of the word used
2. state of affairs contrary to what would normally be expected
jocose
given to jesting; playfully humorous
levity
lack of proper seriousness; trifling gaiety; frivolity
ludicrous
exciting laughter; ridiculous; farcical; absurd
parody
humorous imitation
sarcasm (sardonic)
sneering language intended to hurt a person's feelings
(bitterly sarcastic; mocking)
satire
language or writing that exposes follies or abuses by holding them up to ridicule
travesty
imitation that makes a serious thing seem ridiculous; mockery
alacrity
cheerful willingness; readiness; liveliness
aversion
strong dislike; repugnance; antipathy
involuntary
not done of one's own free will; automatic; unintentional; spontaneous
loath
unwilling; disinclined; reluctant
loathe
have an intense aversion to; detest
volition
will
acclivity
upward slope
acme
highest point; pinnacle; summit
apogee
1. farthest point from the earth in the orbit of a heavenly body
2. highest point; culmination
climactic
arranged in order of increasing force and interest
consummate
perfect, superb; carried to the highest degree
eminence (eminent)
high rank (standing out; notable; famous)
ethereal
of the heavens; celestial; airy; delicate; intangible
exalt
1. lift up with joy, etc.; elate
2. raise in rank, dignity, etc.; extol; glorify
precipice (precipitous)
1. very steep, overhanging place; cliff
(hasty; rash)
preeminent
standing out above others; superior
sublimate
1. redirect the energy of a person's bad impulses into socially and morally higher channels
2. purify; refine
sublime
elevated; noble; exalted; uplifting
vertex
farthest point opposite the base, as in a triangle or pyramid; apex
zenith
1. highest point; culmination
2. point in the heavens directly overhead
abject
deserving contempt; sunk to a low condition; wretched
abysmal
deep; profound; immeasurably great
abyss
bottomless; immeasurably deep space
anticlimax
abrupt decline from the dignified or important to the trivial or ludicrous; comedown; bathos
chasm
deep breach; wide gap or rift
declivity
downward slope
dregs
most worthless part; sediment at the bottom of a liquid
earthy
coarse; low
humble
1. of low position or condition
2. not proud; unpretentious; modest; courteously respectful
humiliate
lower the pride, position, or dignity of; abase; degrade; mortify
menial
low; mean; subservient; servile
nadir
lowest point
plumb
get to the bottom of; ascertain the depth of; fathom
profound
very deep; deeply felt; intellectually deep
ravine
deep, narrow gorge worn by running water