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Abstruse
difficult to comprehend
Quantum physics is very abstruse.
Allegory
symbolic representation
The author used an ocean storm as an allegory for her life's struggles.
Anterior
preceding, previous, before
Prepartion is anterior to good game skills.
Approbation
praise, official approval
Frost Bank received approbations from the Export Import Bank.
Astringent
harsh, severe, stern
The coach's astringent pracitces made a result in the team's next victory.
Attenuate
to make slender or then, weaken
The early moring weight lifting attenuated my energy in the tennis match.
August
dignified, venerable
The gentlemen's August reputation was a result of his generous spirit and positive attitude.
Auspicious
promising
The contact was an auspicious sales lead.
Avarice
greed
His avarice resulted in many people not trusting him.
Axiom
premise, postulate, self-evident truth
Practice makes perfect is an axiom in tennis.
Baleful
harmful, with evil intentions
Steve was a baleful parnter.
Bastion
fortification, stronghold
Belie
misrepresentation
Benighted
unenlightened
Bespeech
to beg, plead, implore
Blandish
to coax with flattery
bonhomie
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
Brigand
bandit, outlaw
Catholic
universal, broad and comprehensive
Circumscribe
to encirle; set limits on, confirm
Circumspect
cautious, wary
Colloquy
dialogue or converstation, conference
Congenital
since birth
Cosset
to pamper, treat with great care
Countermand
to annul, cancel, make a contrary order
Craven
Cowardly
Credence
acceptance of something as true or real
Cupidity
greed
Debauch
to corrupt, seduce from virtue or duty, indulge
Decorous
proper, tasteful, socially correct
Decry
to belittle, openly condemn
Deferential
respectful and polite in a submissive way
Deleterious
harmful, destructive, detrimental
Delineation
depiction, representation
Demur
to express doubts or objections
derogate
to belittle, disparage
Desultory
at random, rambling, unmethodical
Diffidence
shyness,lack of confidence
Dilatory
slow, tending to delay
Dissemble
to pretend, disguise one's motive
Doleful
sad, mournful
Droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
Ebb
to fade way, recede
Efface
to erase or make illegible
Effulgent
brilliantly shining
Effusive
expressing emotion wo restraint
Engendered
to produce, cause bring about
Ensconce
to settle comfortably into a place
Ethos
beliefs or character of a group
Evanescent
momentary, transitory, short-lived
Evince
to show clearly, display, signify
Execrable
utterly, detestable, abhorrent
Exigent
urgent, excessively demanding
Expiate
to atone for, make amends for
Fallow
uncultivate, unused
Fastidious
careful with details
Fatuous
stupid, foolishly self-satisfied
Felicitous
suitable, appropriate, well spoken
Florid
gaudy
Foible
minor weakness or character flaw
Forswear
to repudiate, renounce, disclaim, reject
Fulsome
sickeningly excessive, repulsive
Gibe
to make heckling, taunting remarks
Gnostic
having to do with knowledge
Guile
Trickery, deception
Harrowing
extremely distressing, terrifying
Hidebound
excessively rigid, dry and stiff
hinterland
wilderness
ignominious
disgraceful and dishonorable
ilk
type or kind
Imbue
to infuse, dye, wet moisten
Indefatigable
never tried
Indolent
habitually
Indubitable
unquestionable
Inexorable
Inflexible, unyielding
Ingenious
original, clever, inventive
Iniquity
sin, evil act
Interdict
to forbid
Intransigent
uncompromising, refusing to be reconciled
inure
to harden;become used to
Invidious
envious; obnoxious
Juggernaut
huge force destroying everything in its path
Knell
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
Lassitude
lethargy, sluggishness
Legerdemain
trickery
Limpid
clear, transparent
Lugubrious
sorrowful, mournful, dismal
Machination
plot or scheme
Maelstrom
turmoil; agitated state of mind
Malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
Martinet
strict displinarian, one who rigidly follows rules
Matriculate
to enroll as a member of a college or university
Mendicant
beggar
Militate
to operate against, work against
Mirth
frivolity, gaiety, laughter
Mottle
to mark with spots
Nettle
to irritate
Noisome
stinking, putrid
Oblique
indirect, evasive, misleading, devious
Obtuse
stupid, dull, unclear
Obviate
to make unnecessary, to anticipate and prevent
Officious
too helpful, meddlesome
Ostensible
apparent
Palaver
idle
Pall
covering that darken or obscures;
to lose strength or interest
Panoply
impressive array
Parry
to ward off or deflect
Pastiche
piece of literature or music imitating other works
Paucity
scarcity, lack
Pejorative
having bad connotations; disparaging
Percipient
discerning, able to perceive
Perfidious
faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy
Perspicacious
shrewd, astute, keen witted
Petulance
rudeness, peevishness
Ply
to use diligently, to engage, to join together
Polemic
argument, verbal attack
Precipitate
sudden and unexpected;
to cause to happen, to throw drown from a height
Prescient
having foresight
Privation
lack of usual necessities or comforts
Profligate
corrupt, degenerate
Propinquity
nearness
Propitious
favorable, advantageous
Protean
readily assuming different forms or characters
Prurient
lustful, exhibiting lewd desires
Querulous
inclined to complain irritable
Quiescence
inactivity, stillness
Recondite
relating to obscure learning; known to only a few
Redress
relief from wrong or injury
Rejoinder
Response
Restive
Impatient, uneasy, restless
Ribald
humorous in a vulgar way
Salubrious
healthful
Sanguine
ruddy, cheerfully optimistic
Scurrilous
vulgar, low, indecent
Sententious
having a moralizing tone
Sentient
aware, conscious, able to perceive
Seraphic
angelic, pure sublime
Simper
to smirk, smile foolishly
Solipsism
belief that oneself is the only reality
Sophistry
deceptive reasoning or argumentation
Soporific
sleepy or tending to cause sleep
Spurious
lacking authenticity, false, counterfeit
Staid
self-restrained to the point of dullness
Stoic
having or showing little emotion
Stultified
to impair or reduce to uselessness
Supercilious
arrogant, haughty, overbearing condescending
Timorous
timid, shy, full of apprehension
Tractable
obedient, yielding
Trenchant
acute, sharp, incisive, forceful, effective
Turpitude
inherent vileness, foulness, depravity
Verisimilitude
quality of appearing true or real
Vicissitudes
change or variation: ups and downs
Abortive
ending without results
Acme
the highest level or degree attainable
Adjure
to appeal to
Adulation
excessive flattery or admiration
Adumbrate
to give a hint or indication or something to come
Aerie
a nest built high in the air, an elevated, often secluded, dwelling
Affected
phony, artificial
Alimentary
pertaining to food, nutrition or digestion
Amity
friendship, good will
Animus
a feeling of animosity or ill will
Anodyne
a source of comfort, a medicine that relieves pain
Aphorism
a short statement of a principle
Aplomb
self-confident assurance; poise
Apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
Arrogate
to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right
Beatific
displaying calmness and joy
Becalm
to stop progress of, to soothe
Becloud
to make less visible, obscure or blue
Beget
to bring about
Blasphemous
extremely irreverent
Blithely
lightheartedly cheerful; without appropriate thought
Broach
to mention or suggest for the first time
Burnish
to polish; to make smooth and bright
Calumny
misrepenstation
Captious
marked by the tendency to point out trivial faults; intended to confuse in an argument
Censorious
critical, tending to blame and condemn
Chary
watchful, cautious, extremely shy
Chimerical
fanciful, imaginary, impossible
Cloying
sickly sweet, excessive
Cogent
convincing
Consanguineous
related by blood
Contemptuous
scornful, expressing contempt
Coquette
a flirtatious woman
Declaim
to speak loudly and vehemently
Denizen
an inhabitant, a resident
Discomfit
to disconcert, to make one lose one's composure
Dogged
stubbornly persevering
Doleful
sad, mournful
Epochal
momentous, highly significant
Excoriate
to express strong disapproval
Exponent
one who champions or advocates
Extirpate
to destroy wholly
Feckless
ineffective, worthless
Fulsome
flattering in an insincere way
Galvanize
to arouse awareness
Gamely
spiritedly, bravely
Grandiloquence
fancy but meaningless language
Husband
to manage economically, to use sparingly
Imbibe
to receive into the mind and take in
Impassive
absent of any external sign of emotion
Imperious
domineering, urgent
Imprecation
a curse
impudent
marked by cocky boldness or disregard for others
Incandescent
shinning brightly
Incarnadine
red, especially blood red
Incredulous
skeptical
Insensate
foolish
Insolent
oberbearing
Interregnum
a temporary halting of the usual operations of government or control
Intimation
a subtle and indirect hint
Intransigent
uncompromising
Irascible
easily angered
Kismet
destiny, fate
laudable
deserving of praise
Libertine
a free thinker, usually used disparagingly; one without moral restraint
Lilliputian
a very small person or thing
Malapropism
use of a word which resembles the one intended by has a different often contradictory meaning
Malediction
a curse, a wish of evil upon another
Malevolent
wishing harm to others
Mannered
artificial or stilted in character
Mordant
biting and caustic in manner and style
Non sequitur
a statement that does not follow logically from anything previously said
Obdurate
stubbornly persistent, resistant to persuasion
Opprobrious
disgraceful, shameful
Palimpsest
an object or place having diverse layers or aspects beneath the surface
Pandemic
occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting a large portion of the population
Pare
to trim off excess, reduce
Pariah
an outcast
Patent
Obvious, evident
Patrician
aristocratic
Philistine
a person who is guided by materialism and is disdainful of intellectual or artistic values
Philology
the study of ancient texts and languages
Plaintive
expressive of suffering or woe
Platitudes
over-used and trite remark
Plucky
courageous, spunky
Pore
to read studiously or attentively
Portentous
foreshadowing
Posit
to assume as real or conceded
Precipitously
steeply; hastily
Prestidigitation
a cleverly executed trick or deception
Proffer
to offer for acceptance
Progenitor
an ancestor in the direct line
Prosaic
dull, ordinary
Proscribe
to condemn or forbid as harmful or unlawful
Puissant
powerful
Purloin
to steal
Rapt
deeply absorbed
Reactionary
marked by extreme conservatism