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ennui
"dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy.
ingenuous
"artless, frank and candid, lacking in sophistication
obtuse
"lacking sharpness of intellect, not clear or precise in thought or expression.
perfunctory
"cursory, done without care or interest
adumbrate
"to foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest or outline sketchily.
anathema
"a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
apocryphal
"of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious
apotheosis
"deification, glorification to godliness, the perfect example
apposite
"appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos
arcane
"mysterious, abstruse, esoteric, knowable only to initiates
arrant
"impudent; in every way, being completely such, barefaced, utter
asperity
"severity, rigor; roughness, harshness, acrimony, irritability
ascetic
"one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion.
aspersion
"an act of defamation or maligning
augury
"omen, portrait, the reading of omens.
auspice
"1. protection or support, patronage
auspicious
"favorable, propitious, successful, prosperous
aver
"to state as a fact; to confirm or support
baleful
"sinister, pernicious, ominous (look, glare, glance, and others)
bedizen
"to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner; festoon, caparison
blandish
"to coax with flattery, toady or fawn
blithe
"carefree, merry
cadge
"to sponge, beg, or mooch
calumniate
"to slander, make a false accusation
chimera
"an illusion; originally, an imaginary fire-breathing she-monster
austere
"without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
bucolic
"rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
effrontery
"extreme boldness; presumptuousness
ephemeral
"brief; fleeting, short-lived
extemporaneous
"improvised; done without preparation
penurious
"penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
perfidy
"intentional breach of faith, treachery
pernicious
"extremely harmful, potentially causing death
perspicacious
"acutely perceptive, having keen discernment
predilection
"a disposition in favor of something, preference
reticent
"quiet, reserved, reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
sordid
"characterized by filth, grime, or squalor, foul
squalid
The squalid living conditions the migrant laborers were forced to endure were simply inhuman; no one should have to live like that.
ubiquitous
"existing everywhere at the same time, constantly encountered, widespread
virulent
"extremely harmful or poisonous, bitterly hostile or antagonistic
churlish
"boorish, vulgar, loutish; difficult and intractable
contemn
"to scorn or despise
debacle
"rout, fiasco, complete failure
deprecate
"to disparage or belittle
depredate
"to plunder, pillage, ravage or destroy; to exploit in a predatory manner
desuetude
"disuse
detraction
"slandering, verbal attack, aspersion
diaphanous
"transparent, gauzy
discomfit
"to defeat, put down
distrait
"distracted; absent-minded, especially due to anxiety
doggerel
"trivial, poorly constructed verse
dulcet
"melodious, harmonious, mellifluous
effusive
"gushing; excessively demonstrative
encomium
"growing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy
epithet
"disparaging word or phrase
equanimity
"composure, self-possession
avarice
"greed, especially for wealth
chary
"wary; cautious; sparing
contrite
"regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
dearth
"smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; lack
demur
"to question or oppose
ebullience
"the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
emollient
"soothing, especially to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying
furtive
"marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
impecunious
"lacking funds; without money
prodigious
"abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
urbane
"sophisticated, refined, elegant
eschew
"to shun or avoid
expiate
"to atone or make amends for
extirpate
"to destroy, exterminate, cut out, pull out by the roots
fallow
"untilled, inactive, dormant
fatuous
"silly, inanely foolish
feckless
"ineffectual; irresponsible
felicitous
"apt; suitably expressed, well chosen, apropos; delightful
fetid
"stinking, having a heavy bad smell
fetter
"to shackle, put in chains, restrain
filigree
"an ornamental work, especially of delicate lacelike patterns resembling such a pattern.
forswear
"to renounce, disallow, repudiate
fractious
"quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, cranky
gambol
"to skip about playfully, frolic
garner
"to gather and save, store up, acquire
gauche
"crude, awkward, tasteless
hermetic
"airtight, impervious to outside influence
heterodox
"unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic
hirsute
"hairy, shaggy
idyll
"a carefree, light-hearted pastoral or romantic episode or experience; a literary or musical piece describing such
imbroglio
"difficult or embarrassing situation
imperious
"commanding, masterful, arrogant, domineering, haughty
importune
"to ask incessantly, beg, nag
impugn
"attack or assail verbally, censure, execrate, deny
ineluctable
"certain, inevitable
inimical
"damaging, harmful, injurious, hostile, unfriendly
amenable
"agreeable; responsive to suggestion
fervent
"greatly emotional or zealous
flout
"to demonstrate contempt for
fortuitous
"happening by fortunate accident or chance
glib
"marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
halcyon
"calm and peaceful, prosperous
hubris
"arrogant presumption or pride
idolatrous
"given to intense or excessive devotion to something
mendacity
"the condition of being untruthful, dishonesty
mercurial
"characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
obfuscate
"to deliberately obscure, to make confusing
obstinate
"stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
ostentatious
"characterized by or given to pretentiousness
pedantic
"ostentatious display of learning, excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules, unimaginative
polemical
"controversial, argumentative
rancorous
"characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
salubrious
"promoting health or well-being
sedulous
"diligent, persistent, hard-working
inimitable
"one of a kind, peerless
iniquity
"wickedness, gross injustice
inscrutable
"incapable of being discovered or understood, mysterious
insouciant
"unconcerned, carefree, nonchalant
insular
"parochial, narrow-minded, like an island
interdict
"prohibit, forbid, ban, halt
inveterate
"deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
jejune
"vapid, uninteresting; childish, immature; lacking nutrition
jibe
"to agree, to be in accord
jocose
"given to joking; humorous
labile
"readily open to change, unstable
lachrymose
"causing tears, tearful, showing sorrow
lassitude
"listlessness, languor, weariness
limpid
"transparent, serene, clear and simple in style, untroubled
malinger
"to feign illness so as to avoid work
maunder
"to talk or move aimlessly, mutter
mellifluous
"sweetly flowing, usually used to describe words or sounds
mendicant
"a beggar, supplicant
meretricious
"tawdry, pretentious, attractive but false, showy, having to do with prostitution.
mettlesome
"courageous, high spirited
militate
"to have weight or bearing on, to argue (against)
minatory
"menacing, threatening
misogynist
"one who hates women
multifarious
"varied, motley, greatly diversified
nadir
"low point, perigee
natty
"trimly neat and tidy, dapper
nexus
"a connection, tie, or link; center or focus
nostrum
"cure-all, placebo, questionable remedy
obstreperous
"noisy, loudly stubborn, boisterous
officious
"meddlesome, pushy in offering one's services where they are unwanted
ossified
"changed into bone; made rigidly conventional and unreceptive to change
ostensible
"seeming, appearing as such, professed
overweening
"presumptuously arrogant, overbearing, immoderate
palliate
"to make something appear less serious, gloss over, mitigate
peccadillo
"a slight offense, literally, a minor sin
derision
"scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
inimical
"damaging, harmful, injurious, hostile, unfriendly
proclivity
"a natural predisposition or inclination
profligate
"excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
prosaic
"dull, unimaginative
recondite
"hidden, concealed, difficult to understand, obscure
refulgent
"radiant, shiny; brilliant
renege
"to fail to honor a commitment, go back on a promise
tout
"to publicly praise or promote
trenchant
"sharply perceptive, keen, penetrating, biting, clear cut
untenable
"indefensible, not viable, inhabitable
vituperate
"to use harsh condemnatory language; abuse or censure severely
penchant
"strong inclination, a liking
peremptory
"admitting of no contradiction, putting an end to further debate, haughty, imperious
perigee
"the lowest or closest point, the nadir
peripatetic
"itinerant, traveling, nomadic
petrous
"like a rock, hard, stony
petulant
"impatient, irritable
picaresque
"involving clever rogues or adventurers
pillory
"to punish, hold up to public scorn
piquant
"agreeably pungent, spicy, stimulating
plangent
"pounding, thundering, resounding
plumb
"to measure the depth (as with a plumb line), to examine critically
poignant
"distressing, pertinent, touching, stimulating, emotional
precept
"rule establishing standards of conduct, a doctrine that is taught
profligate
"excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
prolix
"long-winded, verbose
propinquity
"nearness in time or place, affinity of nature, kinship
propitiate
"to appease, conciliate
provident
"frugal, looking to the future
puerile
"childish, immature
punctilious
"precise, paying attention to trivialities, especially in regard to etiquette
pundit
"an authority on a subject, one who gives opinions
pusillanimous
"cowardly, craven
ramify
"to be divided or subdivided, branch out
rapacious
"voracious, greedy, plundering, subsisting on prey
rebus
"riddle, a representation of words by pictures or symbols that sound like the words
recondite
"hidden, concealed, difficult to understand, obscure
recumbent
"leaning, resting, prone
redolent
"fragrant, suggestive or evocative
remonstrate
"to protest, object
repine
"to feel or express dejection or discontent, long for
evanescent
"tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
impunity
"immunity from punishment, penalty or harm
infelicitous
"unfortunate; inappropriate
penury
"extreme poverty, destitution or lack of resources
platitude
"a superficial or trite remark, especially one offered as meaningful
recalcitrant
"obstinately defiant of authority or guidance, difficult to manage.
repudiate
"to refuse to have anything to do with, disown
specious
"seeming true, but actually false, misleadingly attractive
spurious
"lacking authenticity or validity, false, counterfeit
surfeit
"to feed or supply in excess
tenacity
"the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued
salacious
"appealing to or causing sexual desire, bawdy
salient
"prominent, protruding, conspicuous, highly relevant
salutary
"remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
sanctimony
"self-righteousness, pretended piety
sanguine
"cheerful, confident, optimistic
saturnine
"gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
seminal
"like a seed, constituting a source originative
simper
"to smirk, to say something with a silly, coy smile
sinecure
"position requiring little or no work and usually providing an income
sinuous
"winding, curving, moving lithely, devious
sophomoric
"exhibiting immaturity, lack of judgment, pretentious
splenetic
"bad-tempered, irritable
stanch
"to stop the flow of a fluid
stygian
"gloomy, dark
succor
"assistance, relief in time of distress
supercilious
"disdainful, arrogant, haughty, characterized by haughty scorn
suppliant
"asking humbly, beseeching
supplicant
"a beggar, one who prays or begs for something
tamp
"to plug, to drive in or down by a series of blows
tautology
"a repetition, a redundancy, a circular argument
tawdry
"cheap, gaudy, showy, tacky, indecent
tendentious
"biased, showing marked tendencies
timorous
"timid, fearful, diffident
torrid
"scorching, ardent, passionate, hurried
travesty
"mockery, caricature, parody
tumid
"swollen
turbid
"muddy, having sediment stirred up, clouded to the point of being opaque, in a state of turmoil
turpitude
"depravity, baseness
umbrage
"offense, resentment
undulate
"to move in a wavelike fashion, fluctuate
untoward
"troublesome, unruly, unseemly, adverse
upbraid
"to scold, censure, rebuke, chastise
vaunt
"to brag or boast
venal
"capable of being bought or bribed, mercenary
waft
"a light breeze, a puff
welter
"to writhe, to toss about, to be in turmoil
wend
"to go, proceed, walk