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Approbation
(ap re ba' shen)

(n) the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval

Synonyms: commendation, sanction
Antonyms: disapproval, condemnation, censure
Assuage
(e swaj')

(v) to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench

Synonyms: mitigate, alleviate, slake, allay
Antonyms: intensify, aggravate, exacerbate
Coalition
(ko e lish' en)

(n) a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose

Synonyms: alliance, league, federation, combine
Antonyms: splinter group
Decadence
(de' ke dens)

(n) decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence

Synonyms: degeneration, corruption
Antonyms: rise, growth, development, maturation
Elicit
(e lis' it)

(v) to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)

Synonyms: call forth, evoke, extract, educe
Antonyms: repress, quash, squelch, stifle
Expostulate
(ik spas' che lat)

(v) to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning

Synonyms: protest, remonstrate, complain
Hackneyed
(hak' ned)

(adj) used so often as to lack freshness or originality

Synonyms: banal, trite, commonplace, corny
Antonyms: new, fresh, novel, original
Hiatus
(hi a' tes)

(n) a gap, opening, break (in sense of having an element missing)

Synonyms: pause, lacuna
Antonyms: continuity, continuation
Innuendo
(in yu en' do)

(n) a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)

Synonyms: insinuation, intimation
Antonyms: direct statement
Intercede
(in ter sed')

(v) to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement

Synonyms: intervene, mediate
Jaded
(ja' did)

(adj) wearied, worn-out, dulled (in a sense of being satiated by excessive indulgence)

Synonyms: sated, surfeited, cloyed
Antonyms: unspoiled, uncloyed
Lurid
(lur' ed)

(adj) causing shock, horror or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint

Synontms: gruesome, gory, grisly, baleful, ghastly
Antonyms: pleasant, attractive, appealing, wholesome
Meritorious
(mer i tor' e es)

(adj) worthy, deserving recognition and praise

Synonyms: praiseworthy, laudable, commendable
Antonyms: blameworthy, reprehensible, discreditable
Petulant
(pech' e lent)

(adj) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset

Synonyms: irritable, testy, waspish
Antonyms: even-tempered, placid, serene, amiable
Prerogative
(pre rag' e tiv)

(n) a special right or privilege; a special quality showing excellence

Synonyms: perquisite, perk
Provincial
(pre vin' shel)

(adj) pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of a simple, plain design that originated in the countryside

Synonyms: narrow-minded, parochial, insular, naive
Antonyms: cosmopolitan, catholic, broad-minded
Simulate
(sim' ye lat)

(v) to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of

Synonyms: feign, pretend, affect
Transcend
(v) to rise above or beyond, exceed

Synonyms: surpass, outstrip
Umbrage
(em' brej)

(n) shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion

Synonyms: irritation, pique, annoyance
Antonyms: pleasure, delight, satisfaction
Unctuous
(ank' chu es)

(adj) excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety; fatty, oily; pliable

Synonyms: mealymouthed, servile, fawning, greasy
Antonyms: gruff, blunt