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abscond
verb

to depart clandestinely; to steal off & hide
ab = hide

The cashier xxxx the money.
alacrity
noun

eager & enthusiastic willingness
alac = quick, active
anomaly
noun

deviation from the normal order or rule; abnormality
anomal = uneven, irregular
approbation
noun

an expression of approval or praise
prob = to prove, to test
arduous
adjective

strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
ardu = steep, difficult
assuage
verb

to soothe; to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
sua = smooth
audacious
adjective

daring & fearless; recklessly bold
aud = daring
austere
adjective

w/out adornment; bare, severly simple; ascetic
axiomatic
adjective

taken as a given; possessing self evident truth
axio = worthy, good

"everything living dies"
canonical
adjective

following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
canon = rule or model
capricious
adjective

inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
cap = head

Chris' xxxx behavior drove his colleagues up the wall since it made it difficult to arrange a workshop meeting.
censure
verb

to criticize severely; to officially rebuke; to condemn for doing something bad
Robert censured me and supported the the client's decision about pumas.
chicanery
noun

trickery or subterfuge, especially legally or politically
connoisseur
noun

an informed & astute judge in matters of taste or art; expert
con = with
convoluted
adjective

complex or complicated; twisted; coiled
con = with
disabuse
verb

to undeceive; to set right
dis = reversal

I must xxxx you of your feelings of grandeur.
disparate
adjective

fundamentally distinct or dissimilar; incompatible; unequal
dis = not
discordant
adjective

conflicting; dissonant or harsh sound; disagreeing
dis = not
effrontery
noun

extreme boldness; presumptuousness
ef = completely
synonym = audacity

She had the xxxx to ask for a free car!
eloquent
adjective

well-spoken, expressive, articulate (suggests clarity & power)
enervate
verb

to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ennui
noun

dissatisfaction & restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
mundane
equivocate
verb

to use ambiguous language w/ a deceptive intent
erudite
adjective

very learned; scholary
exculpate
verb

exonerate; to clear of blame
to xxxx the accused.
exigent
adjective

urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention; emergency
extemporaneous
adjective

improvised; done w/ out preparation
Most of Robert's presentation's were extemporaneous and hard to follow.
filibuster
noun

intentional obstruction, especially using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
fulminate
verb

to loudly attack or denounce
min = small

The pastor xxxx against legal marijuana.
ingenous
adjective

artless; frank & candid; lacking sophistication
in = without
inured
adjective

accustomed to accepting something undersirable or hardship
in = not, without

.... xxxx to cold ....
irascible
adjective

easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
ira = anger, angry

Zeke was xxxx as a puppy.
laud
verb

to praise highly
lucid
adjective

clear; easily understood
luc = light, clear
magnanimity
noun

the quality of being generously noble in mind & heart, especially in forgiving
martial
adjective

associated w/ war & the armed forces
mundane
adjective

of the world; typical of or concerned w/ the ordinary; pretty boring
mund = the world

ennui
nascent
adjective

coming into being; in early developmental stages
nas = to be born
nebulous
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
nebul = a cloud, mist
neologism
noun

a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
neo = new
log = word, speech
noxious
adjective

harmful, injurious
nox = harm, death
obtuse
adjective

lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression; insensitive, block-headed
obtus = dull, blunt
obviate
verb

to anticipate & make unnecessary
ob = over

to xxxx the risk of serious injury
onerous
adjective

troubling, burdensome
oner = burden
paean
noun

a song or hymn of praise & thanksgiving
the art was a xxxx to paganism
parody
noun

a humorous imitation intended to ridicule or comic effect, especially in literature & art; a satirical imitation
perfidy
noun

intentional breach of faith; treachery
per = completely, wrong
fid = faith, trust

It was the criminal's natural xxxx that finally did him in.
prediliction
noun

a disposition in favor of something; preference for something
prescience
noun

foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occuring
pre = before
sci = to know
prattle
verb

to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty & idle manner
the xxxx of children.
the xxxx of water rushing over stones.
prevaricate
verb

to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
precipitate (verb)
verb

to cause or happen before anticipated or required, or abruptly
precipitate (adjective)
acting w/ excessive haste or impulse
A xxxx decision is one made w/ out enough thought beforehand.
perspicacious
adjective

acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
Roland is much too xxxx to be fooled by such a act.
perennial
adjective

recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfuntory
adjective

cursory; done w/ out care or interest; unenthusiastic; careless
qualms
noun

misgivings, reservations, causes for hestitancy
recant
verb

to retract, especially a previously held belief; to publicly take back & deny
The politician xxxx his statement about women needing to stay at home bare-foot and pregnant.
refute
verb

to disprove; to successfully argue against
relegate
verb

to forcibly assign, especially to a lower place or position
leg = to select, to choose
reticent
adjective

quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts & feelings, especially about oneself.
reticen = silent

synthesis
noun

the combination of parts to make a whole
syn = with, together
squander
verb

to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
stupefy
verb

to stun, baffle, or amaze
stup = stun, benumb
stymie
verb

to block; thwart
sti = to be in a place

golfing term
solicitous
adjective

concerned & attentive; eager, often to the point of hovering
sol = care, concern
sordid
adjective

characterized by filth, grime, or squalor, foul
sord = filthy
static
adjective

not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
sta = to be in a place
sporadic
adjective

occurring only occassionally, or in scattered instances; stopping & starting
sporad = scattered
truculent
adjective

fierce & cruel; eager to fight
The Spartans were a xxxx bunch.
tortuous
adjective

winding, twisting; excessively complicated
tort = to twist
torque
noun

a force that causes rotation
tor = to twist
voracious
adjective

having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
vora = greedy
veractiy
noun

truthfulness, honesty
ver = truth
virulent
adjective

extremely harmful or poinsonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
virul = poisonous
waver
verb

to move to & fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion
aberrant
adjective

deviating from the norm
ab = away from
aberran = going astray

synonym = anomaly