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diligence
hard work
enhance
improve; compliment; make more attractive
futile
worthless; unprofitable
inclined
apt to; likely to; angled
levity
silliness; lack of seriousness
partisan
1. supporter; follower; 2. biased; one sided
redundant
reptitious; unnecessary
discerning
distinguishing one thing from another
enigma
mystery
glutton
overeater
incoherent
illogical; rambling
lucid
shining; easily understood
perceptive
full of insight; aware
refute
challenge; disprove
discord
disagreement; lack of harmony
ephemeral
temporary; brief; short lived
grandiose
flamboyant; extravagant
incompatible
disagreeing; disharmonious
magnanimous
forgiving; unselfish
peripheral
marginal; outer
relegate
to banish; to put to a lower position
discriminating
able to distinguish
equivocal
uncertain
gravity
seriousness
incredulous
unwilling to believe; skeptical
malicious
spiteful; vindictive
perniciuos
dangerous; harmful
relevant
of concern; significant
disdain
intense dislike; to look down upon; to scorn
erratic
unpredictable; strange
guile
slyness; deceit
indifferent
unconcerned
marred
damaged
pessimism
gloominess; hopelessness
remorse
guilt; sorrow
disparage
to belittle; to undervalue
erroneous
untrue; inacurate
gullible
easily fooled
indolent
lazy; inactive
meander
to wind on a course; to go aimlessly
phenomenon
1. miracle; 2. occurence
reprehensible
wicked; disgraceful
disparity
difference in form, character, or degree
esoteric
incomprehensible; obscure
hackneyed
commonplace; trite
indulgent
lenient; patient
melancholy
depression; gloom
philanthropy
charity; unselfishness
repudiate
to reject; to cancel
dispassionate
lack of feeling; impartial
euphony
pleasant sound
hamper
to interfere with; to hinder
inevitable
sure to happen; unavoidable
meticulous
exacting; precise
pious
religious; devout; dedicated
rescind
to retract; to discard
disperse
to scatter; to separate
abbreviate
to shorten; to reduce by contraction or omission
antagonist
opponent; combatant; adversary
assiduous
devoted; attentive; unremitting
asylum
sanctuary; place of refuge and protection
benevolent
disposed to do good; kind; charitable
censure
to find fault with; condemn; to blame
collaborate
join forces; cooperate
conformist
one who conforms or complies
convergence
joining or coming together of separate elements
deleterious
hurtful; noxious; destructive
demagogue
a leader of the rabble; mob orator
empathy
understanding and entering into another’s feelings
ephemeral
beginning and ending in a day, momentary, fleeting
florid
bright in color, flushed red
frugal
economical in the use or appropriation of flowers
gaudy
ostentatiously fine but tawdry
hackneyed
to make trite or commonplace
integrity
honesty; free from corrupting influence or motive
jubilation
rejoicing, exultation
lobbyist
someone who tries to persuade legislators to vote for bills they favor
mundane
commonplace; ordinary
nonchalant
indifferent; careless
orator
public speaker; one who is eloquent
precocious
mature before proper or natural times
pretentious
make claim to be important; tawdry or vulgar display
prosaic
dull; uninteresting; pertaining to prose
querulous
given to quarreling
rancorous
showing deep-seated resentment
renovation
repaired; renewed
resilient
rebounding; recoiling
sagacity
shrewdness; wisdom; acuteness of senses
spurious
false; not genuine
superficial
lying on the surface; shallow; not deep
tenacious
holding fast; inclined to retain possession
venerable
deserving of honor and respect
vindicate
defend; avenge; to assert a right to
wary
cautious of danger; circumspect; careful
abstract
not easy to understand; theoretical
adamant
not yielding; firm
advocate
to plead in favor of; -supporter; defender
alleviate
to lessen or make easier
altercation
controversy; dispute
amass
to collect together; to accumulate
ambivalent
undecided
amiable
friendly
anarchist
one who believes that a formal government is unnecessary
appease
to make quiet; to calm
arbitrary
based on one's preference or judgment
articulate
1. to speak distinctly; 2. eloquent; fluent; 3. capable of speech; 4. to hinge; to connect; 5. to convey; to express effectively
astute
cunning; sly; crafty
audacious
fearless; bold
austere
harsh; severe; strict
authoritarian
acting as a dictator; demanding obedience
belittle
to make small; to think lightly of
benevolent
kind; generous
biased
prejudiced; influenced; not neutral
blithe
happy; cheery; merry
candid
honest; truthful; sincere
caustic
burning; sarcastic; harsh
coalesce
to combine; to come together
compatible
in agreement with; harmonious
compliant
yielding; obedient
acclaim
loud approval; applause
adversary
an enemy; foe
aesthetic
showing good taste; artistic
aloof
distant in interest; reserved; cool
altruistic
unselfish
ambiguous
not clear; uncertain; vague
ameliorate
to make better; to improve
amorphous
having no determinate form
apathy
lack of emotion or interest
apprehensive
fearful; aware; conscious
arrogant
acting superior to others; conceited
assess
to estimate the value of
atrophy
to waste away through lack of nutrition
augment
to increase or add to; to make larger
authentic
real; genuine; trustworthy
banal
common; petty; ordinary
benefactor
one who helps others; a donor
benign
mild; harmless
blasphemous
irreligious; away from acceptable standards
brevity
briefness; shortness
capricious
changeable; fickle
censor
to examine and delete objectionable material
charlatan
an imposter; fake
complacent
content; self-satisfied; smug
comprehensive
all-inclusive; complete; thorough
compromise
to settle by mutual adjustment
concede
1.to acknowledge; to admit; 2. to surrender; to abandon one's position
concise
in few words; brief; condensed
condescend
to come down from one's position or dignity
condone
to overlook; to forgive
conspicuous
easy to see; noticeable
consternation
amazement or terror that causes confusion
consummation
the completion; finish
contemporary
living or happening at the same time; modern
acquiesce
to agree or consent to an opinion
contempt
scorn; disrespect
contrite
regretful; sorrowful
conventional
traditional; common; routine
cower
to crouch down in fear or shame
defamation
to harm a name or reputation; to slander
deference
yielding to the opinion of another
deliberate
1. to consider carefully; to weigh in the mind; 2. intentional
denounce
to speak out against; to condemn
depict
to portray in words; to present a visual image
deplete
to reduce; to empty
depravity
moral corruption; badness
deride
to ridicule; to laugh at with scorn
disseminate
to circulate; to scatter
haphazard
disorganized; random
infamous
having a bad reputation; notorious
minute
extremely small; tiny
placate
pacify
resignation
1. quitting; 2. submission
dissent
to disagree; to differ in opinion
execute
1. to put to death; to kill; 2. to carry out; to fulfill
hedonistic
pleasure seeking
infer
to form an opinion; to conclude
miser
penny pincher; stingy person
plausible
probable; feasible
resolution
proposal; promise; determination
dissonance
harsh contradiction
exemplary
outstanding; serving as an example
heed
to obey
initiate
1. to begin; to admit into a group; 2. a person who is in the process of being admitted into a group
mitigate
to alleviate; to lessen; to soothe
pragmatic
matter-of-fact; practical
respite
recess; rest period
diverse
different; dissimilar
exhaustive
thorough; complete
heresy
opinion contrary to popular belief
innate
natural; inborn
morose
moody; despondent
preclude
inhibit; make impossible
reticent
silent; reserved; shy
document
oficial paper containing information; to support; to substantiate; to verify
expedient
helpful; practical; worthwhile
hindrance
blockage; obstacle
innocuous
harmless; innocent
negligence
carelessness
predecessor
one who has occupied an office before another
reverent
respectful
dogmatic
stubborn; biased; opinionated
expedite
to speed up
humility
modesty
innovate
to introduce a change; to depart from the old
neutral
impartial; unbiased
prodigal
wasteful; lavish
rhetorical
having to do with verbal communication
dubious
doubtful; uncertain; skeptical; suspicious
explicit
specific; definite
insipid
uninteresting; bland
nostalgic
longing for the past; filled with bittersweet memories
prodigious
exceptional; tremendous
rigor
severity
eccentric
odd; peculiar; strange
extol
to praise; to commend
hypocritical
two faced; deceptive
instigate
to start; to provoke
extraneous
irrelevant; not related; not essential
hypothetical
assumed
intangible
incapable of being touched; immaterial
profound
deep; knowledgeable; thorough
sagacious
wise; cunning
efface
to wipe out; to erase
facilitate
to make easier
illuminate
to make understand
ironic
contradictory; inconsistent; sarcastic
novel
new
fallacious
misleading
illusory
unreal; false; deceptive
irrational
not logical
nullify
to cancel; to invalidate
sanguine
1. optimistic; cheerful; 2. red
effervescence
liveliness; spirit; enthusiasm; bubbliness
fanatic
extremist
immune
protected; unthreatened by
jeopardy
danger
objective
1. open minded; impartial; 2. goal
profusion
great amount; abundance
saturate
to soak thoroughly; to drench
egocentric
self-centered
fastidious
fussy; hard to please
immutable
unchangeable; permanent
kindle
ignite; arouse
obscure
not easily understood; dark
prosaic
tiresome; ordinary
scanty
inadequate; sparse
elaboration
addition of details
fervent
passionate; intense
impartial
unbiased; fair
languid
weak; fatigued
obsolete
out of date; no longer in fashion
provincial
regional; unsophisticated
desecrate
to violate a holy place or sanctuary
eloquence
the ability to speak well
fickle
changeable; unpredictable
impetuous
rash; impulsive; forcible; violent
laud
to praise
ominous
threatening
provocative
1. tempting; 2. irritating
detached
separated; not interested; standing alone
elusive
difficult to understand
fortuitous
accidental; happening by chance; lucky
implication
suggestion
lax
careless; irresponsible
optimist
person who hopes for best; sees the good side
prudent
wise; careful; prepared
deter
to prevent; to discourage; to hinder
emulate
imitate; copy; mimic
frivolity
giddiness; lack of seriousness
inadvertent
not on purpose; unintentional
didactic
instructive; dogmatic; preachy
endorse
support
fundamental
basic; necessary
incessant
constant; continual
orthodox
traditional; accepted
qualified
experienced; indefinite
digress
to stray from the subject; to wander from the topic
engender
to create; to bring about
furtive
secretive; sly
incidental
extraneous; unexpected
lethargic
lazy; passive
pagan
1. polytheist 2. polytheistic
rectify
to correct
scrupulous
honorable; exact
scrutinize
to examine closely; to study
servile
slavish; groveling
skeptic
doubter
slander
to defame; to maliciously misrepresent
solemnity
seriousness
solicit
to ask; to seek
stagnant
motionless; uncirculating
stanza
group of lines in a poem having a definite pattern
static
inactive; changeless
stoic
detached; unruffled; calm
subtlety
1. understatement; 2. propensity for understatement; 3. sophistication; 4. cunning
superficial
on the surface
superfluous
unnecessary; extra
surpass
to go beyond; to outdo
sychophant
flatterer
symmetry
correspondence of parts; harmony
taciturm
reserved; quiet; secretive
tedious
time-consuming; uninteresting
temper
to soften; to pacify;
tentative
not confirmed; indefinite
thrifty
economical; pennywise
tranquility
peace; harmony
trepidation
apprehension; uneasiness
trivial
unimportant; small; worthless
tumid
swollen; inflated
undermine
to weaken; to ruin
uniform
consistent
universal
concerning everyone
unobtrusive
reserved; inconspicuous
unprecedented
unheard of; exceptional
unpretentious
simple; plain; modest
vacillation
fluctuation
valid
acceptable
vehement
intense; excited
venerate
to revere
verbose
wordy; talkative
viable
1. capable of maintaining life; 2. possible; attainable
vigor
energy; forcefulness
vilify
to slander
virtuoso
highly skilled artist
virulent
deadly; maliciuos
vital
important; spirited
volatile
changeable; undependable
vulnerable
open to attack; unprotected
wane
to grow gradually smaller
whimsical
fanciful; amusing
wither
to wilt; to shrivel; to humiliate; to cut down
zealot
believer; enthusiast; fan
zenith
point directly overhead in the sky; apex