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Intrepid
Valiant and brave.
Impecunious
Impoverished or poor.
Tirade
Bitter, condemnatory speech.
Entrepreneur
Organizer of speech.
Anathema
A curse.
Ruse
Trick or stratagem.
Sidereal
Pertaining to the stars.
Descry
To make out or see something that is distant.
Innocuous
Harmless.
Callow
An immature person.
"shallow" callow
consummate
to complete or realize
sanction
authoritative permission, support, or penalty
exorbitant
exceeding all bounds, as of custom or fairness
cogent
convincing
veritable
real or genuine
trepidation
a state of alarm or dread
vivacity
liveliness
specious
deceptively attractive
imperative
authority to command or impossible to evade
paramount
of chief concern or importance
fallacious
deceptive
sacrosanct
sacred and inviolable
camaraderie
comradeship
culmination
climax
perjure
to breach an oath or promise
clandestine
kept or done in secret
impudent
insolent or offensively bold
asinine
utterly stupid or silly
foolhardy
unwisely bold or venturesome
ensconced
to place or conceal in a secure place
castigated
to inflict severe punishment on
idiosyncratic
a structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group
excoriate
to censure strongly
obfuscate
to make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand
subjugate
to conquer
prepossessing
serving to impress favorably in advance
didacticism
inclined to teach or moralize excessively
despondent
dejected
inculpable
free of guilt
sardonic
scornfully or cynically mocking
forgoing
to abstain from
eschew
to avoid
acclimate
to become accustomed to a new environment or situation
innundation
an overwhelming number or amount
surfeit
to overindulge
dearth
a shortage
laud
praise
rife
abundant or numerous
cogitate
ponder
pervasive
having the tendency to pervade or permeate
tenable
rationally defensible
engender
to bring into existence
congested
to overfill or overcrowd
mollifying
to calm in temper or feeling
rudimentary
elementary
enumerate
to count
eclectic
made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources
gregarious
sociable
tabulate
to condense and list
debunk
to expose or ridicule the falseness
bellicose
aggressive
penurious
unwilling to spend money
profligate
recklessly wasteful
beguiling
to divert
abet
to approve
frivolous
insignificant
veritable
real or genuine
indigenous
originating and occurring naturally in an area or environment
denigrate
to attack the character or reputation of
elegy
poem or song of lamentation
elucidate
to explain or enlighten
emend
to correct
faze
to dismay
felicity
happiness
fallible
liable to err
farce
broad comedy
foible
weakness
forgo
to do without
forswear
to renounce or abandon
gouge
to tear out
guile
deceit
hackneyed
commonplace (adj)
harbor (v)
to provide refugee for
headlong
hasty or rash
hedonist
one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life
hoodwink
to deceive
histrionic
theatrical
hyperbole
overstatement
iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
ignominy
deep disgrace
illicit
illegal
illusory
deceptive
impeccable
faultless
impecunious
without money
impel
to drive onward
impetuous
rash
impiety
lack of respect
impetus
incentive
witticism
witty saying
zenith
point directly overhead in the sky, summit
zephyr
gentle breeze. west wind
yoke
to join together
withhold
to refuse to give
whimsical
capricious and unpredictable
whet
to sharpen
wheedle
to coax, decieve by flattery
waylay
to ambush
warble
to sing, babble
wallow
to roll in or indulge in
waive
to give up temporarily
voracious
ravenous
voluminous
bulky, large
voluable
talkative
volatile
explosive, unpredictable
vituperative
abusive, scolding
vitriolic
corrosive, sarcastic
visceral
felt in one's inner organs
virulent
hostile
virile
manly
vie
to contend, compete
vicarious
acting as a substitute
venerate
to revere or respect
veracity
truthfulness
verbiage
arrogant array of words
verdant
green, lush in vegetatiion
verity
quality of being true
vestige
remains, entrails
viable
practical, workable
vantage
position of advantage
valedictory
pertaining to farewell
vacillate
to waver, fluctuate
upshot
outcome
unwarranted
unjustified
unstinting
not holding back
unrequited
not reciprocated
unpalatable
disagreeable, distasteful
unprecedented
unparalleled
unobstrusive
inconspicuous
unkempt
disheveled, visually messy
ungainly
awkward, clumsy
unfetter
to liberate
underlying
fundamental
ulterior
situated beyond
tyro
novice
tycoon
wealthy leader
turpitude
depravity
turgid
swollen, distended
tryst
meeting
truncate
to cut the top off
truism
self-evident truth
truculence
aggressiveness, ferocity
trite
hackeneyed, commonplace
trenchant
cutting, keen
treatise
article treating a subject systematically
treacly
sticky and sweet
transmute
to change or convert
transient
momentary, temporary, fleeting
transgression
violation of law, sin
transcribe
to copy
transcendent
superior
trajectory
the path taken by a projectile
traduce
to expose to slander
tractable
changeable, manageable
tout
to publicize
torrid
passionate, hot
timorous
fearful
throng
crowd
thespian
pertaining to drama
terse
concise, abrupt
terminus
last stop of railroad
tepid
lukewarm
tentative
willing to try
tendentious
having an objective, biased
tenporize
to slack off or buy time
temperament
disposition, emotional excess
temerity
boldness, rashness
tawdry
cheap but gaudy
tautology
unnecessary repetition
taut
tight, ready
tarry
to delay
tantamount
equivalent in effect or value
tanner
a person who turns animal hides into leather
tangential
peripheral, only slightly connected, digressing
tactile
pertaining to the organs or sense of touch
taciturn
habitually silent
table (v)
to set aside a resolution for future consideration
synoptic
summarizing
symbiosis
interdependent, mutually beneficial and necessary
sycophant
servile flatterer
sybarite
lover of luxury
swill
to drink greedily
swelter
to be oppresed by heat
swathe
to wrap around, bandage
swarthy
dark and dusky
suture
stiches swen to hold wounds
susceptible
vulnerable to, easily influenced
surreptitious
secret, sneaky, hidden
surmount
to overcome
surmise
to guess
surly
rude, cross
supposition
hypothesis
supplicate
to pray for a favor
supple
flexible, pliant
supplant
to replace or usurp
supersede
to cause to be set aside, make obsolete
superimpose
place over something else
superficial
travial, shallow
sunder
to separate or part
summation
summary
sultry
hot
sully
to tarnish or soil
suffragist
advocate of voting rights
succor
to aid or comfort
succinct
brief, terse
subversive
tending to overthrow, destructive
subterfuge
retense, evasion
substantive
essential, pertaining to substance
substantiate
to establish by evidence, verify
subsistence
existence, means of support
subsidy
direct financial aid by government
subsidiary
secondary
subside
to settle down or grow quiet
subservient
behaving like a slave
suborn
to persuade to act unlawfully
subordinate
occupying a lower rank, inferior
subliminal
below the threshold
sublime
exalted or noble, utter
subjective
unreal
subdued
less intense, quieted
suavity
urbanity, finesse
stymie
to present an obstacle, to attempt to stop
stupefy
to stun or amaze
stultify
to frustrate or hinder
strut (n)
supporting bar
stringent
rigid
strident
loud and harsh
stricture
restriction, criticism
striated
marked with parallel bands, grooved
strew
to spread around randomly or scatter
stratify
to divide into classes
strategem
deceptive scheme
stolid
dull, impassive
stoke
to feed a fire
stoic
impassive
stodgy
stuffy, boringly conservative
stipulate
to specify
stipend
a pay for services
stint
to be thrify and set limits
stilted
inflated
stem (v)
to stop
stigma
token of disgrace, brand
steep (v)
to soak
statute
law enacted by the legislature
static
unchanging
stanch
to stop the flow of blood in a wound
stalwart
strong, steadfast
staid
sober
stagnant
motionless, dull
squalor
filth
squabble
a minor quarrel, bickering
spurn
to reject or scorn
spurious
false, forged, illogical
spry
nimble
sportive
playful
sporadic
occuring irregularly
spontaneity
naturalness, freedom from constraint
splice
to join together
spatial
relating to space
spate
sudden flood or strong outburst
spangle
small metallic piece sewn to clothing for ornamentation
sovereign
supreme
sordid
filthy, vile
soporific
sleep-causing
sophomoric
immature, half-baked
sophistry
a seemingly plausible but misleading reasoning
sonorous
resonant
somnolent
half asleep
somber
gloomy
solvent
able to pay all debts
soliloquy
talking to oneself
solicitous
worried, concerned
solemnity
seriousness
solecism
something that is flagrantly grammatically incorrect
solder
repair or make whole using a metal alloy
solace
comfort in trouble
sojourn
temporary stay
sodden
soaked
smelt
melt or blend ores
slur (n)
slander
sluggard
lazy person
slovenly
untidy
slough
cast off
slipshod
untidy, shabby
slight (n)
insult to one's dignity
sleight
dexterity
slapdash
careless, sloppy
slake
to quench
slough
to cast off
slag
residue from smelting metal, dross
skinflint
stingy person, miser
skimp
to live very economically
skiff
small light sailboat
sinuous
winding, bending
sinewy
tough, strong
sinecure
well-paid but with little responsibility
simper
to smirk
shyster
a lawyer using questionable methods
shoddy
sham, not genuine, inferior
shirk
to avoid
shher
very thin
sheaf
bundle of stalks of grain
sham
to pretend
servitude
slavery
servile
slavish, cringing
serendipity
accidental good fortune
sequester
to segregate or retire from public life
sententious
terse, concise
sensual
devoted to the pleasures of the senses
seminary
academy for young women
seep
to trickle
seemly
proper
seedy
run-down, decrepit
sedulous
diligent
fallacy
an incorrect reasoning or belief
underscore
to underline, to emphasize
undermine
to weaken
corpulence
condition of being in excess
debacles
a sudden defeat, flood, or failure
redoubled
to repeat or double
commendable
worthy of
harangue
a long pompous speech
intemperate
excessive, not moderate
conciliatory
regainable, agreeable
facile
easy
credential
evidence of entitled credit or authority
inscrutable
difficult to fathom or understand
convivial
fond of feasting, sociable
fallible
capable of error
droll
oddly amusing or humorous
expurgate
to censor or clean out
respite
a temporary break
salubrious
conductive to good health and well being
prevaricate
to lie, stretch, or stray from the truth
prosaic
ordinary or dull
relegate
to banish or devalue
obstinate
stubborn, inflexible
polemical
argumentative, controversial
fractious
uncooperative, irritable
martinet
a strict dictator
restive
unruly, stubbornly resisting control
salutary
promoting good health or wholesomeness, corrective
inveterate
firmly established, a long lasting habit
frugal
thrifty, unwilling to spend money
ineffable
unspeakable, indescribable
equanimity
emotional balance, evenness of disposition
equivocal
having a double meaning or dual nature
calumny
slander, hurtful rumor
compunction
feelings of remorse or guilt
protract
to lengthen or prolong
peevish
incooperative, cross
omniscent
knowing everything
perfidy
deceit, betrayal
esoteric
difficult to understand
capricious
fickle, constantly changes mind, skittish, captious
extricate
disentangle, unfetter
fulsome
abhorrent, loathesome, offensive
dilatory
tending to cuase delay, tardy, slow
ebullient
lively, animated, enthused
inviduous
hurtful, damaging
maudlin
excessively sentimental, mushy
inexorable
inflexible, unable to be persuaded
prodigal
recklessly wasteful
remonstrate
to object, protest
myopic
shortsighted, lacking in foresight
strident
having a harsh or unpleasant sound
furtive
secret, inconspicuous
heresey
belief or action contrary to standard religious teachings
inchoate
just begun, not fully formed
fastidious
excessively picky
irreproachable
blameless, faultless
misanthrope
a hater of humankind
intransigent
stubborn, uncompromisable
jaded
worn out
rancor
hatred, intense ill will
obdurate
callously stubborn, hardened
perspicacity
sharp insight, acute perceptivness, shrewdness
tenet
common accepted principle or belief
repartee
clever and quick dialogue, witty verbal exchange
saturnine
sullen, grave, glum
brazen
brash, harsh
contrite
sorry, regretful
benighted
ignorant, uninformed
exacerbate
to make worse, cause greater harm
indigent
poor
discursive
unfocused, rambling, wandering from one subject to another
evince
display a quality or trait, to make evident
liquidate
to abolish, to get rid of, to pay off (debts)
ingratiate
to win another's favor or affections, to create good towards oneself
jettison
to discard, to cast out or throw overboard
reprove
to disapprove, to criticize adversely
scrupulous
careful, exact, upright, honorable
scurrilous
vulgar, obscene, coares, foul
neophyte
beginner, naive
progeny
children, offspring
tennuous
thin, meager, flimsy, weak