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abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
aberrant
deviating from the norm
abscond
to depart secretly (think romeo and juliet running away)
acerbic
having sour or bitter taste or character
acumen
quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
adulation
excessive praise, intense adoration
adulterate
to reduce purity by combining w/ inferior ingredients
aesthetic
dealing with beauty and outward appearance
aggrandize
to increase in intensity, power
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
ameliorate
make better or more tolerable
amenable
agreeable, responsive to suggestion
anachronism
something out of place or time
anomaly
deviation from the norm; abnormality
approbation
approval, praise
archaic
outdated, really old and primitive, ancient
ascetic
practicing rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
assuage
to ease or lessen, appease or pacify
astringent
tightening effect on the skin, harsh, severe
audacious
daring and reckless, fearless and bold
austere
severely simple, without adornment
avarice
greed, especially for wealth
aver
state as a fact, confirm or support
axiom
universally recognized principle, given as a truth
bolster
provide support or reinforcement
bombast
pompous writing or speech
bucolic
rustic and pastoral
burgeon
grow rapidly, flourish
cacophony
harsh, discordant sound
canon
established set of laws
canonical
following or in agreement with orthodox requirements
capricious
erratic, unpredictable, fickle and changing one's mind
catalyst
causes change without changing itself
caustic
burning or stinging, causing corrosion
censure
criticize severely
chary
wary, cautious
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
cogent
convincing
complaisance
willingness to comply with wishes of others
connoisser
expert
contentious
argumentative, quarrelsome
contrite
regretful, seeking forgiveness
credulous
gullible, too trusting and believing
cynicism
belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
dearth
lack, scarcity
demur
to question or oppose
derision
scorn, ridicule, contempt
desiccate
dry out, dehydrate
diatribe
harsh denunciation
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
dilettante
amateur or superficial knowledge
disabuse
to undeceive, set right
discordant
harsh in sound, conflicting
discretion
cautious reserve
disparage
to slight or belittle
dissemble
disguise or conceal, mislead
dogmatic
stubbornly opinionated
ebullience
lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eccentric
departing from norms or conventions
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from different sources
effrontery
extreme boldness, presumptuousness
elegy
mournful poem (usually lamenting the dead)
emollient
soothing to the skin, mollifying
endemic
characteristic often found in particular locality, region, or people
enervate
weaken, reduce in vitality
enigmatic
mysterious, obscure, difficult to understand
ennui
restlessness from boredom or apathy
ephemeral
brief, fleeting
equivocate
use ambiguous language with deceptive intent
erudite
learned, scholarly
esoteric
intended for small, specific group
eulogy
speech honoring the dead
evanescent
disappearing, vanishing
exacerbate
make worse or more severe
exculpate
exonerate, clear from blame
exigent
urgent, pressing, requiring immediate attention or action
exonerate
clear from blame
extemporaneous
improvised, done without practice
facetious
playful, humorous
fervent
greatly emotional or zealous
filibuster
intentional obstruction, usually to delay legislative action
flout
demonstrate contempt for
fulminate
loudly attack or denounce
furtive
marked by stealth, covert
germane
relevant to the subject or matter at hand
glib
superficial, marked by informality, can be sarcastic
grandiloquence
pompous speech or expression
hackneyed
trite or commonplace due to frequent use
halcyon
calm and peaceful
harangue
to deliver pompous speech or tirade
hegemony
consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
heretical
violating accepted dogma or convention
hubris
arrogant presumption or pride
hyperbole
exaggerated statement (often figure of speech)
iconoclast
one who attacks or undermines conventions or institutions, maverick
idolatrous
given to intense or excessive devotion to something
imminent
about to happen, impending
immutable
never changing
impassive
revealing no emotion
impecunious
lacking funds, without money
imperturbable
marked by extreme calm
impetuous
extremely impulsive
impunity
immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate
not fully formed, in an initial state
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
infelicitous
unfortunate, inappropriate
ingenuous
frank and candid, lacking in sophistication
inimical
damaging, harmful
insipid
without taste or flavor, bland
intractable
stubborn, obstinate
intrepid
steadfast and courageous
intransigent
refusing to compromise
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
inveigle
obtain by deception or flattery
irascible
easily angered
laconic
using few words, terse
magnanimity
generously noble in mind and heart, especially in forgiving
malevolent
vicious in will, spiteful, hatred
martial
associated with war and armed forces
maverick
independent individual
mendacity
dishonesty
mercurial
rapid and unpredictable mood changes
meticulous
extreme care and attention to detail
misanthrope
one who hates all humans
mitigate
moderate, make less severe
nascent
in early developmental stages
nebulous
vague, cloudy, lacking clear defined form
neologism
creation of new words
neophyte
recent convert, beginner, novice
obdurate
stubborn, unyielding
obviate
make unnecessary
occlude
obstruct or block
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
onerous
troubling, burdensome
opprobrium
disgrace, contempt, scorn
ostentatious
given to pretentiousness
paean
song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
pedagogy
art of training, teaching, or instructing
pedantic
excessive attention to learning
penurious
penny-pinching, ungenerous
penury
poverty, destitution
perennial
happening repeatedly, through the years
perfidy
treachery
perfunctory
cursory, done without care or interest
pernicious
harmful, potentially causing death
perspicacious
acutely perceptive, having keen discernment
peruse
examine with great care
phlegmatic
calm, sluggish, unemotional
pirate
use/reproduce illegally
pith/pithy
essential or central part, precise and brief
platitude
superficial remark, especially one offered as meaningful
polemical
controversial, argumentative
precipitate
acting with excessive haste or impulse
prediliction
disposition in favor of something, preference
preen
primp, groom
prescience
knowing of events before they occur
prevaricate
deliberately avoid the truth, to mislead
probity
adherence to highest principles, uprightness
proclivity
natural disposition or inclination towards
prodigious
abundant in size, force, or extent - extraordinary
profligate
excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
proliferate
grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
prolific
producing large volumes or amounts, productive
propensity
natural inclination or tendency
prosaic
dull, unimaginative
pungent
strong, sharp smell or taste
putrefy
rot, decay and give off odor
quaff
drink deeply
querulous
prone to complaining
quiescence
stillness, motionless
quotidian
commonplace, occurring daily
rancorous
bitter, long-lasting resentment
rarefy
make thin, refine
recalcitrant
obstinately defiant of authority
recant
retract (especially previously held belief)
recondite
hidden, concealed, difficult to understand
redoubtable
worthy of honor, awe-inspiring
refulgent
radiant, shiny, brilliant
relegate
to forcibly assign, especially to a lower position
renege
to fail to honor a commitment, go back on a promise
repudiate
refuse to have anything to do with
rescind
invalidate, repeal, retract
reticent
quiet, reserved
salubrious
promoting health or well-being
sanction
penalty intended to enforce compliance
sedulous
diligent, presistent, hardworking
solicitous
concerned and attentive, eager
solvent
able to meet financial obligations, able to dissolve another substance
sordid
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor
specious
deceptively attractive
spurious
lacking authenticity, counterfeit
squalid
wretched and dirty from neglect
stoic
steadfast, unaffected
stupefy
stun, baffle, amaze
stymie
block, thwart
succinct
brief, concise
supplant
to take the place of
surfeit
excess, overindulgence
synthesis
combining of parts to make a whole
tacit
implied, not explicitly stated
tenacity
persistence to something valued
tenuous
weak, little substance or strength, flimsy
torpid
lethargic, sluggish
torque
force that causes rotation
tortuous
winding, twisting, very complicated
tout
publicly praise or promote
trenchant
sharply perceptive, keen
truculent
fierce and cruel, eager to fight
ubiquitous
widespread
untenable
indefensible, not viable, uninhabitable
urbane
sophisticated, refined, elegant
variegated
multicolored, motley
veracity
truthfulness, honesty
vexation
annoyance, irritation
vigilant
alert and watchful
viscous
sticky, thick (like a viscous fluid)
vituperate
use harsh language, abuse or berate severely
volatile
fickle, explosive
zealous
fervent, ardent, impassioned
ardent
impassioned, serious about something