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abate
verb

to lessen in intesity or degree
ab = off, away
accolade
noun

an expression of praise
adulation
noun

excessive praise; intense adoration
adul = flatter
aesthetic
ajective

dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
aesthet = sensitive or perceptive
ameliorate
verb

to make better or more tolerable
ascetic
noun

one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion.
avarice
noun

greed, especially for wealth
avar = eager, greed
axiom
noun

a universally recognized principle
burgeon
verb

to grow rapidly or flourish
bucolic
adjective

rustic & pastoral; characteristic of rural areas & their inhabitants
cacophony
noun

harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
canon
noun

an established set of principles or code of laws; often religious in nature
rule or model
castigation
noun

severe criticism or punishment
castig = chastise
catalyst
noun

a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reation w/out itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
caustic
adjective

burning or stinging; causing corrosion
cau = burn
chary
adjective

wary; cautious; sparing
cogent
adjective

appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance
noun

the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contentious
adjective

argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
contrite
adjective

regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
culpable
adjective

deserving blame
dearth
noun

smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
demur
verb

to question or oppose
didactic
adjective

intended to teach or instruct
discretion
noun

cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
adjective

free of bias or self-interest; impartial
dogmatic
adjective

expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
ebullience
noun

the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts & feelings
eclectic
adjective

composed of elements drawn from various sources
elegy
noun

a mournful poem, especially one lamenting the dead
eleg = mourn
emollient
adjective/noun

soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smoothes the skin
empirical
adjective

based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
adjective

mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
ephemeral
adjective

brief; fleeting
estoteric
adjective

intended for or understood by a small, specific group
esoter = inner
eulogy
noun

a speech honoring the dead
exonerate
verb

to remove blame
facetious
adjective

playful; humorous
fallacy
noun

an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
fallac = deceptive
furtive
adjective

marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
furtiv = secret; stolen
gregarious
adjective

sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
greg = flock, herd
harangue
verb/noun

to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
heretical
adjective

violating accepted dogma or convention
hyperbole
noun

an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
impecunious
adjective

lacking funds; without money
incipient
adjective

beginning to come into being or to become apparent
inert
adjective

unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
innocuous
adjective

harmless; causing no damage
innoc = harmless
intransigent
adjective

refusing to compromise
inveigle
verb

to obtain by deception or flattery
morose
adjective

sad; sullen; melancholy
odious
adjective

evoking intense aversion or dislike
odi = hate
opaque
adjective

impenetrable by light; not reflecting light back
oscillation
noun

the act or state of swinging back & forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
penurious
adjective

penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
pernicious
adjective

extremely harmful; potentially causing death
peruse
verb

to examine with great care
pious
adjective

extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
precursor
noun

one that precedes & indicates or announces another
preen
verb

to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
prodigious
adjective

abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
prolific
adjective

producing large volumes or amounts; productive
putrefy
verb

to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
putri = rotten
quaff
verb

to drink deeply
quiescence
noun

stillness; motionless; quality of being at rest
redoubtable
adjective

awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
sanction
noun/verb

authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
satire
noun

a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
squalid
adjective

sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
stoic
adjective

indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
supplant
verb

to take the place of; supersede
torpid
adjective

lethargic; sluggish; dormant
ubiquitous
adjective

existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; wide-spread
urbane
adjective

sophisticated; refined; elegant
vilify
verb

to defame; to characterize harshly
viscous
adjective

thick; sticky