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abhor
to hate
bigot
prejudiced person, narrow-minded
counterfeit
fake; false
enfranchise
to give voting rights
hamper
hinder, hold back, obstruct
kindle
to start a fire
noxious
poisonous, harmful, lethal
placid
calm, peaceful
remuneration
payment for work done
talismen
lucky charm
abrasive
rough, coarse, harsh
bilk
cheat, defraud
covert
hidden, undercover
engender
cause
hanger
storage area for a plane
knotty
complex, difficult to solve
nuance
something subtle, a fine shade of meaning
plagiarism
taking credit for someone else's ideas or writings
renown
fame
tangent
going off the main subject, digress
abasement
humiliation, degradation
billowing
swelling, fluttering, waving
cower
recoil in fear or servility, shrink away from
enhance
improve, make better or clearer
harangue
attacking speech, noisy
labyrinth
a maze
nullify
to counter, make unimportant
plaintiff
petitioner (in a court of law)
replete
full
tangible
able to be held, can be touched
abrogate
deny, prevent, cancel, repeal
blasphemy
speech which offends religious sentiments
credible
believable
enigma
puzzling, mystery
harbingers
bringers of warning
labyrinthine
complicated, highly convoluted
nuzzle
cuddle, snuggle
plaudit
statement giving strong praise, applaud
reprehensible
shameful, very bad
tardy
late, slow, overdue
absolution
forgiveness, pardon, release
blatant
obvious
creditable
praiseworthy
ensconce
established firmly in a position
hasten
quicken, hurry, rush, accelerate
laceration
a cut
obdurate
stubborn
plausible
can be believed, reasonable
reprieve
a respite, postponement of a sentence
tawdry
of little value, gaudy
abstain
desist, go without, withdraw
blighted
damaged, destroyed, ruined
credulous
gullible, ready to believe anything
enshroud
cover
haughtiness
arrogance, pride
lachrymose
tearful, sad
obfuscate
deliberately make something difficult to understand
plethora
abundance, excess
reputable
shun, eschew
tedium
boredom
abstain
withdraw, to go without, desist
blighted
damaged, destroyed, ruined
credulous
gullible, ready to believe anything
enshroud
to cover,
haughtiness
arrogance, excessive pride
lachrymose
mournful, tearful, sad
obfuscate
deliberately make something difficult to understand
plethora
an excess
repudiate
shun, eschew
tedium
boredom
abstemious
self denying, refraining from indulgences
blithe
free-spirited, carefree
crepuscular
active at dawn and dusk
enunciation
clear pronunciation, accent, articulation
headstrong
stubborn, willful
lackluster
dull, monotonous, bland
objective
unbiased, not subjective
pliable
easily molded, flexible, not stubborn
rescind
retract, repel
temper
soften, to moderate
abstruse
difficult to understand, obscure
blunderbuss
ancient weapon (firearm); a clumsy person
cringe
recoil, flinch, shy away
envenom
to cause bitterness and a bad feeling
hedonism
self indulgence, pleasure-seeking
laconic
using few words, brief, to the point
oblique
indirect, slanted
plumage
feathers of a bird
resignation
acceptance of fate
tenacious
stubborn, resolute, holding firm to a purpose
accolade
tribute, honor, praise
bolster
to strengthen, support, prop up
cryptic
puzzling, enigmatic
ephemeral
short-lived
hedonist
a pleasure seeker
lamentation
expression of regret or sorrow
obliterate
destroy, demolish, eradicate
plummet
fall suddenly and steeply
resolution
determination
tentative
not certain
candid
honest, straightforward
conjecture
hypothesis, inference, guesswork
didactic
instructive (adj)
euphemism
a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting harsh, blunt, or offensive term, "to pass away"
extrapolate
to infer or estimate
lucid
easily understood, clear
rhetoric
the art of using language effectively and persuasively
ascertain
to find out, investigate
circumspect
careful, prudent, discreet
disseminate
to scatter wildly, as in sowing seeds
erudition
deep, extensive learning
husbandry
the application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding
pedantic
excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
perspicacious
shrewd, clear-sighted
pragmatic
practical
precocious
exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity
prospectus
formal proposal
rudimentary
basic, elementary in the earliest stages of development
abstruse
difficult to understand
callous
emotionally hardened, unfeeling
convoluted
intricate, complex
enigma
puzzling, mystery, riddle
inscrutable
difficult to fathom or understand, impenetrable
reticent
inclined to keep silent, reserved
staid
unemotional, serious
arcane
known or understood by very few
assimilate
to absorb or become absorbed, to make or become similar
autonomy
independent, self-determination
derivative
something that comes from another source
entourage
a group of attendants or associates, a retinue