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ABATE
to lessen; subsude
ACARPOUS
no longer fertile
ACCEDE
agree
ABRADED
rubbed off
ABUT
border upon
ABSTRUSE
difficult to comprehend; obscure
ABORTIVE
unsuccessful; fruitless
ABHOR
to hate; to detest
ABSTRACT
theoretical; not concrete
ABSTINENCE
restraint from pleasant things
ABOMINABLE
detestable; extremely unpleasant
ABOMINATE
loathe; hate
ABNEGATION
self-sacrifice
ABOLISH
cancel; put an end to
ABSOLVE
pardon
ABJURE
promise to give up
ABSCOND
to go away suddenly and hide
ABLUTION
washing
ABSTAIN
refrain; withhold from participation
ABSOLUTE
complete; certain
ABIDE
be faithful to; endure
ABSTEMIOUS
temperate; sparing in drink
ABJECT
wretched; lacking pride; showing lack of self-respect
ABET
help/encourage somebody (in doing wrong)
ABEYANCE
suspended action
ABDICATION
giving up control or authority
ABDICATE
renounce; give up (authority)
ABBREVIATE
shorten
ABROGATE
repeal or annul by authority
ABASH
embarrass
ABASE
lower; degrade; humiliate
ACCESSIBLE
easy to approach; obtainable
ACCLAIMED
welcomed with shouts and approval
ACCENTUATE
give more force or attention to
ACCELERATE
move faster
Plastic
adj. Able to be molded, altered, bent
Abate
v. To reduce in amount/degree/severity
Abscond
v. To leave secretly
Attenuate
v. To reduce in force/degree; to weaken
Convoluted
adj. Intricate and complicated
Credulous
adj. Too trusting; gullible
Dilatory
adj. Intended to delay
Dilettante
n. Someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
Dirge
n. A funeral hymn or mournful speech
Esoteric
adj. Known or understood by only a few
Estimable
adj. Admirable
Exculpate
v. To clear from blame; prove innocent
Impetuous
adj. Quick to act without thinking
Innocuous
adj. Harmless
Inundate
v. To overwhelm; cover with water
Loquacious
adj. Talkative
Reprobate
n. A morally unprincipled person
Extenuate
v. Weaken
Exiguous
adj. Excessively scanty
Bellicose
adj. Warlike in manner or temperament
Baleful
adj. Deadly
Apprise
v. Inform
Apostate
n. Abandons his religious faith
Apogee
n. Highest point
Antedilluvian
adj. Extremely ancient
Ancillary
n. Aid or accessory
Abstruse
adj. Obscure
Abrogate
v. Abolish
Abeyance
n. Suspended action
Apocryphal
adj. Of doubtful authenticity
Surreptitious
adj. Clandestine
Machination
n. Crafty scheme
Prosaic
adj. Everyday, ordinary
Pithy
adj. Tersely cogent
Pernicious
adj. Injurious or destructive
Recondite
adj. Difficult to understand
Louche
adj. Not reputable or decent
Abjure
v. Reject, renounce
Indemnify
v. Compensate for
Miasma
n. Atmosphere/influence that tends to deplete or corrupt
Dissolute
adj. Lacking restraint
Invidious
v. Causing disconnect, envy, animosity
Adroit
v. Having/showing skill, resourcefulness
Insouciant
n. Lighthearted unconcern
Prolix
adj. Wordy
Fluvial
adj. Relating to a river
Knell
n. An indication of the end or failure
Jaunty
adj. Sprightly in manner/appearance
Exigent
adj. Urgent
Castigation
n. Severe criticism
Extemporaneous
adj. Improvised
Venal
adj. Corruptable
Untoward
adj. Unfortunate; stubborn
Supercillious
adj. Arrogant, condescending
Stolid
adj. Dull
Recidivism
n. Habitual return to crime
Recalcitrant
adj. Stubborn
Prevaricate
v. Lie
Politic
adj. Well devised
Perfidious
adj. Disloyal
Malinger
v. Fake illness
Lambaste
v. Thrash verbally or physically
Inveigle
v. Lead astray
Inimical
adj. Hostile
Ineffable
adj. Unable to be expressed
Foment
v. Instigate
Fecundity
n. Fertility
Expatiate
adj. Wordy
Enmity
n. Hatred
Enervate
v. Weaken
Complacency
n. Self-satisfaction, smugness
Churlish
adj. Rude
Chicanery
n. Trickery
Calumny
n. Slander
Canard
n. Unfounded rumor
ana-
backwards, reversed
ante-
come before
op-
against
-ness
quality of
-able, -ible
able to
-tude
state of
-logue
kind of writing
-fy
to make
-ship
the art of
-less
without
-ism
practice of
-er, -or
one who
vid, vis
to see
port
to carry
mort
to die
graph
writing
fac
to make
dic
to say
chron
time
bene
good
belli
warlike
arch
to rule
com-
together
semi-
half
hypo-
under
hyper-
over
mal-
bad
retro-
backwards
poly-
many
bi-
two
un-
not
homo-
same
equi-
equal
omni-
all
anti-
against
in-
not
re-
back, again
non-
not
trans-
across
sub-
under
mis-
wrong
mono-
alone, one
ob-
against
inter-
between
Zenith
n. Topmost point
Whimsical
adj. Playful, capricious
Vie
v. Compete
Viable
adj. Capable of maintaining life
Venerate
v. Regard with respect or reverance
Vacuous
adj. Empty
Vacillation
n. Fluctuation
Ubiquitous
adj. Being everywhere
Turbid
adj. Muddy, churned up
Truculence
n. Aggressiveness
Tractable
adj. Easily managed or controlled
Torque
n.Twisting force
Torpor
n. Apathy, lethargy
Tenacious
adj. Persistent, stubborn
Tacit
adj. Not spoken but understood
Supposition
n. The act of supposing
Substantiate
v. Support
Striated
adj. Marked with parallel lines
Stint
v. Be cheap or thrifty
Stigma
n. Symbol of disgrace
Spurious
adj. False
Spendthrift
n. Someone who wastes money
Specious
adj. Seemingly true but actually not, deceptive
Soporific
adj. Something that causes sleep
Sophistry
n. A plausible but misleading argument
Sedulous
adj. Industrious, diligent
Secular
adj. Worldly
Scapegoat
n. Someone who bears the blame for others
Sanction
v. Approve
Salubrious
adj. Wholesome, healthful
Reticent
adj. Quiet in temperament
Resolution
n. Determination
Resigned
adj. Unresisting, patient
Rescind
v. Cancel or take back
Repudiate
v. Disown, disavow
Refractory
adj. Unmanageable, obstinate
Redoubtable
adj. Formidable, fearful
Recant
v. Withdraw previous statement
Rancor
n. Deep seated ill will
Quiescent
adj. Inactive or still
Intransigent
adj. Uncompromising
Intractable
adj. Stubborn
Interdict
v. Forbid or prohibit
Insularity
n. Narrowness of thought
Insipid
adj. Lacking flavor or zest
Ingenuous
adj. Unsophisticated, innocent
Inertia
n. Resistance to change
Inequity
n. Lack of fairness
Indolence
n. Laziness
Indigence
n. Poverty
Incongruous
adj. Disagreeing, incompatible
Inchoate
adj. Just beginning, immature
Imprudent
adj. Unwise
Implacable
adj. Unable to be soothed or pacified
Immutable
adj. Unchangeable
Iconoclastic
adj. Destroying sacred images
Hyperbole
n. Exaggeration
Homogenous
adj. The same kind
Harangue
n. Tirade, long angry speech
Hamper
v. Get in the way of
Guileless
adj. Sincere
Gregarious
adj. Talkative, sociable
Gratuitous
adj. Free, unearned
Embellish
v. Adorn
Elicit
v. Bring out, draw forth
Fervor
n. Intensity of emotion
Graduated
adj. Arranged by degrees
Garrulity
n. Talkativeness
Gainsay
v. Deny
Frugal
adj. Thrifty
Forestall
v. Prevent or delay
Forbearance
n. Abstinence
Flout
v. Scoff at, scorn
Fledgling
n. Young and inexperienced
Fetter
v. Shackle
Fawning
adj. Seek favor by flattery
Fallible
adj. Capable of erring
Fallacious
adj. Misleading
Facilitate
v. Make less difficult
Facetious
adj. Humorous
Extrapolation
n. An inference based on known information
Evanescent
adj. Fleeting, vanishing
Euphoria
n. Bliss, great happiness
Eulogy
n. Great praise
Erudite
adj. Deeply learned
Equivocate
v. Lie, mislead
Equanimity
n. Calm and even-tempered
Episodic
adj. Segmented
Ephemeral
adj. Fleeting
Engender
v. Cause
Endemic
adj. Prevalent to a locality or people
Efficacy
n. Power to produce desired effect
Eclectic
adj. Selecting from different sources
Ebullient
adj. Overflowing with excitement
Ductility
n. Capable of being easily molded, flexibility
Droll
adj. Odd and amusing
Dote
v. Be excessively fond of
Dormant
adj. Sleeping
Dogmatic
adj. Over positive; characterized by an authoritative, arrogant assertion of unproved principle
Distill
v. Purify or refine
Dissonance
n. Disagreeable sounds
Dissolution
n. Disintegration, looseness of morals
Dissemble
v. To put forth a false appearance, disguise
Disparate
adj. Entirely dissimilar, unrelated
Disparage
v. Belittle or slight
Disinterested
adj. Unprejudiced, having no bias
Disingenuous
adj. Not straightforward, crafty
Discrete
adj. Separate, unconnected
Purchase
n. Firm grasp, footing
Pungent
adj. Penetrating, biting
Pundit
n. Learned person
Proscribe
v. Denounce or condemn
Propitiate
v. Conciliate or appease
Propensity
n. Natural inclination
Prolific
adj. Producing in abundance
Profligate
adj. Wasteful, wildly extravagant
Prodigal
adj. recklessly wasteful
Probity
n. Uprightness, integrity
Pristine
adj. Perfect, unspoiled
Pretentious
adj. Ostentatious, extravagant outer show
Presumptuous
adj. Arrogant, assuming too much
Preen
v. Primp, take pride in one's appearance
Precursor
n. Forerunner, harbinger
Precipitate
v. To hasten
Precarious
adj. Dangerous
Pragmatic
adj. Practical
Plethora
n. Overabundance
Platitude
n. A trite, commonplace remark
Placate
v. To calm or pacify
Phlegmatic
adj. Calm
Permeable
adj. Porous
Perfunctory
adj. Superficial
Penurious
adj. Poverty stricken
Penchant
n. A strong inclination
Pedantic
adj. Arrogantly displaying one's knowledge
Pedagogy
n. Teaching
Paucity
adj. Scarcity
Pathological
adj. Of or relating to disease
Partisan
adj. One-sided
Parsimonious
adj. Stingy
Paragon
n. Model of perfection
Paradigm
n. Model or example
Ostentatious
adj. Showy, pretentious
Ossify
v. To change into bone
Oscillate
v. To wave back and forth
Opaque
adj. Not transparent
Officious
adj. Excessively forward in offering services
Obviate
v. Anticipate so as to render unnecessary
Obsequious
adj. Full of servile compliance
Obdurate
adj. Stubborn
Nadir
n. Lowest point
Mundane
adj. Ordinary, worldly (not spiritual)
Multifarious
adj. Having great variety
Mollify
v. Soothe
Mitigate
v. To become milder
Misanthrope
n. Someone who hates mankind
Meticulous
adj. Extremely careful
Maverick
n. Rebel
Malleable
adj. Capable of being shaped
Magnanimity
n. Generosity
Luminous
adj. Shining
Lucid
adj. Easily understood, clear
Levity
n. Lightness, frivolity
Lethargic
adj. Dull, sluggish
Laudatory
adj. Expressing praise
Latent
adj. Hidden, concealed
Lassitude
n. Lacking in energy
Laconic
adj. Terse, concise, to the point
Irascible
adj. Easily angered
Invective
n. Abusive expression
Intrinsic
adj. Inherent
Odious
adj. Offensive
Credulity
n. Believing too readily; gullibility
Opprobrium
n. Public disgrace
Nice
adj. Done with precision
Discrepancy
n. Lack of consistency
Discordant
adj. Conflicting, disagreeable in sound
Discerning
adj. Perceptive, mentally quick and observant
Disabuse
v. Undeceive, free from falsehood
Diffidence
n. Shyness
Dichotomy
n. Division into two contradictory parts
Diatribe
n. Bitter, abusive criticism
Detraction
n. Slander
Deterrent
adj. Something that discourages
Desultory
adj. Rambling, jumping from one thing to another
Dessicate
v. Dry up
Derivative
adj. Copied or adapted from another, unoriginal
Derision
n. Ridicule
Denigrate
v. Degrade
Deleterious
adj. Harmful
Deference
n. Courteous regard for another's wish, great respect
Decorum
n. Conforming to social conventions, propriety
Debase
v. Lower in character, quality, or value
Debacle
n. A sudden, disastrous collapse, ruin
Dearth
n. Scarcity
Daunt
v. Intimidate
Converge
v. Come together
Conundrum
n. Difficult problem
Contentious
adj. Quarrelsome
Consensus
n. general agreement
Connoisseur
n. Person who is competent to act as a judge of something
Condone
v. Overlook or disregard
Conciliatory
adj. Soothing
Compliant
adj. Yielding
Collusion
n. Conspiring for a fraudulent purpose
Cogent
adj. Convincing
Coda
n. A passage at the end of a composition or movement that brings it to a formal close
Chauvinist
n. Fanatical patriot
Catalyst
n. A substance which alters the rate of a chemical reaction without being consumed in the process
Capricious
adj. Impulsive and unpredictable
Capitulate
v. Surrender
Cajole
v. Wheedle, coax
Cacophony
n. Discordant sound
Buttress
v. To support
Burgeon
v. To grow
Bolster
v. To support
Beneficent
adj. Characterized by kindness or charity
Belie
v. To give false impression
Banal
adj. Commonplace, trite
Ballast
n. Something heavy used to add stability or weight
Autonomous
adj. Self-governing
Austere
adj. Strict or stern; without ornament
Augment
v. To increase
Audacious
adj. Bold or daring
Assuage
v. To lessen or ease
Assiduous
adj. Diligent
Ascetic
adj. Practicing self-denial
Arduous
adj. Hard or strenuous
Appropriate
v. To acquire, take possession of
Apathy
n. Lack of caring
Antipathy
n. Dislike
Anomalous
adj. Abnormal
Anarchy
n. State of disorder, lack of governing body
Anachronism
n. An error involving time and place
Ameliorate
v. To improve, make better
Ambivalence
n. The state of having conflicting feelings about something
Ambiguous
adj. Unclear
Amalgamate
v. Combine