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abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
accolate
an expression of praise
adulation
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
avarice
greed, especially for wealth (adjective form: avaricious)
axiom
a universaly recognized principle (adjective form: axiomatic)
burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristics of rural areas and their inhabitants
cacophony
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance (adjective form: cacophonous)
canon
an established set of principles or code of laws, often relgious in nature
castigation
severe criticism or punishment (verb form: castigate)
catalyst
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing causing change
caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
cogent
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
contrite
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness (noun form: contrition)
culpable
deserving blame (noun: culpability)
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
free from bias or self-interest; impartial
dogmatic
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
elegy
a mournful poem, especially one lamenting the dead
emollient
soothing, especially to the skin; making less harsh; mollifyin; an agent that soften or smoothes the skin
empirical
based on observations
enigmatic
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
ephemeral
brief; fleeting
esoteric
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
eulogy
a speech honoring the dead
exonerate
to remove blame
facetious
playful; humerous
fallacy
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
furtive
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
gregarious
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other pople
harangue
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
impecunious
lacking funds; without money
incipient
beginning 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
oscillation
the act or state of swining back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
penurious
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
pernicious
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
peruse
to examine with great care
pious
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
precursor
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
preen
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
prodigious
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
prolific
producing large volumes or amounts; productive
putrefy
to rot; to decay and give off a fould odor (adj. form: putrid)
quaff
to drink deeply
quiescense
stillness;motionlessness; quality of being at rest (adjective form: quiescent)
redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
sanction
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
satire
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice thru humor or derision
squalid
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
stoic
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
supplant
to take the place of; supercede
torpid
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
urbane
sophisticated; refined; elegant
vilify
to defame; to characterize harshly
viscous
think; sticky (noun form; vicsosity)