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abstract
not easy to understand; theoretical
acclaim
loud approval; applause
acquiesce
to agree or consent to an opinion
adamant
not yielding; firm
adversary
an enemy; foe
advocate
1. to plead in favor of; 2. supporter; defender
aesthetic
showing good taste; artistic
alleviate
to lessen or make easier
aloof
distant in interest; reserved; cool
altercation
controversy; dispute
altruistic
unselfish
amass
to collect together; to accumulate
ambiguous
not clear; uncertain; vague
ambivalent
undecided
ameliorate
to make better; to improve
amiable
friendly
amorphous
having no determinable form
anarchist
one who believes that a formal government is unnecessary
antagonism
hostility; opposition
apathy
lack of emotion or interest
appease
to make quiet; to calm
apprehensive
fearful; aware; conscious
arbitrary
based on one's preference or judgment
arrogant
acting superior to others; conceited
articulate
1. to speak distinctly; 2. eloquent; fluent; 3. capable of speech; 4. to hinge; to connect; 5. to convey; to express effectively
assess
to estimate the value of
astute
cunning; sly; crafty
atrophy
to waste away through lack of nutrition
audacious
fearles; bold
augment
to increase or add to; to make larger
austere
harsh; severe; strict
authentic
real; genuine; trustworthy
authoritarian
acting as a dictator; demanding obedience
banal
common; petty; ordinary
belittle
to make small; to think lightly of
benefactor
one who helps others; a donor
benevolent
kind; generous
benign
mild; harmless
biased
prejudiced; influenced; not neutral
blasphemous
irreligious; away from acceptable standards
blithe
happy; cheery; merry
brevity
briefness; shortness
candid
honest; truthful; sincere
capricious
changeable; fickle
caustic
burning; sarcastic; harsh
censor
to examine and delete objectionable material
censure
to criticize or disapprove of
charlatan
an imposter; fake
coalesce
to combnie; to come together
collaborate
to work together; to cooperate
compatible
in agreement wth; harmonious
complacent
content; self-satisfied; smug
compliant
yielding; obedient
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; beief; condensed
condescent
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 confusinon
consummation
the completion; finish
contemporary
living or happening at the same time; modern
contempt
scorn; disrespect
contrite
regretful; sorrowful
conventional
traditional; common; routine
cower
to crouch down in fear or shame
defamation
to harm a name or reputatino; 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
desecrate
to violate a holy place or sanctuary
detached
separated; not interested; standing alone
deter
to prevent; to discourage; to hinder
didactic
1. instructive; 2. dogmatic, preachy
digress
to stray from the subject; to wander from the topic
diligence
hard work
discerning
distinguishing one thing from anotehr
discord
disagerement; lack of harmony
discriminating
able to distinguish
disdain
1. intense dislike; 2. to look down upon; to scorn
disparage
to belittle; to undervalue
disparity
difference in form, character, or degree
dispassionate
lack of feeling; impartial
disperse
to scatter; to separate
disseminate
to circulate; to scatter
dissent
to disagree; to differ in opinion
dissonance
harsh contradiction
diverse
different; dissimilar
document
1. official paper containing information; 2. to support; to substantitate; to verify
dogmatic
stubborn; biased; opinionated
dubious
doubtful; uncertain; skeptical; suspicious
eccentric
odd; peculiar; strange
efface
to wipe out; to erase
effervescence
1. liveliness; spirit; enthusiasm; 2. bubbliness
egocentric
self-centered
elaboration
clarification; addition of details
eloquence
the ability to speak well
elusive
hard to catch; difficult ot understand
emulate
to imitate; to copy; to mimic
endorse
to support; to approve of; to recommend
engender
to create; to bring about
enhance
to improve; to compliment; to make more attractive
enigma
mystery; secret; perplexity
ephemeral
temporary; brief; short-lived
equivocal
doubtful; uncertain
erratic
unpredictable; strange
erroneous
untrue; inaccurate; not correct
esoteric
incomprehensible; obscure
euphony
pleasant sound
execute
1. to put to death; to kill; 2. to carry out; to fulfill
exemplary
serving as an example; outstanding
exhaustive
thorough; complete
expedient
helpful; practical; worthwhile
expedite
to speed up
explicit
specific; definite
extol
to praise; to commend
extraneous
irrelevant; not related; not essential
faciliate
to make easier; to simplify
fallacious
misleading
fanatic
enthusiast; extremist
fastidious
fussy; hard to please
fervent
passioante; intense
fickle
changeable; unpredictable
fortuitous
accidental; happening by chance; lucky
frivolity
giddiness; lack of seriousness
fundamental
basic; necessary
furtive
secretive; sly
futile
worthless; unprofitable
glutton
overeater
grandiose
extravagant; flamboyant
gravity
seriousness
guilt
slyness; deceit
gullible
easily fooled
hackneyed
commmonplace; trite
hamper
to interfere with; to hinder
hapahazard
disorganized; random
hedonistic
pleasure seeking
heed
to obey; to yield to
heresy
opinion contrary to popular belief
hindrance
blockage; obstacle
humility
lack of pride; modesty
hypocritical
two-faced; deceptive
hypothetical
assumed; uncertain
illuminate
to make understandable
illusory
unreal; false; deceptive