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Abhor
Hate
Bigot
narrow-minded, prejudiced person
counterfeit
fake, false
enfranchise
give voting rights
hamper
hinder, obstruct
kindle
to start a fire
Noxious
harmful, poisonous, lethal
placid
calm, peaceful
Remuneration
payment for work done
Talishman
lucky charm
Abrasive
rough, coarse, harsh
Bilk
cheat, defraud
covert
hidden, undercover
engender
cause
hangar
storage area (like garage) for a plane
knotty
complex, difficult to solve
nuance
something subtle, a fine shade of meaning
plagiarism
taking credit for someone else's writing or ideas
renown
fame
tangent
going off the main subject
Abrasiveness
harshness, coarseness
Billowing
swelling, fluttering, waving
Cower
recoil in fear or servility, shrink away from
Enhance
improve, make better or clearer
Harangue
noisy attacking speech
Labyrinth
a maze
Nullify
to counter, make unimportant
Plaintiff
applicant, petitioner
Replete
full
Tangible
can be touched
Abrogate
cancel, deny, repeal
Blasphemy
speech which offends religious sentiments
Credible
believable
Enigma
puzzle, mystery
Harbingers
indicators, bringers of warnings
Labyrinthine
complicated, highly convoluted
Nuzzle
cuddle, snuggle
Plaudit
statement giving strong praise
Reprehensible
shameful, very bad
Tardy
slow, late, overdue, delayed
Absolution
forgiveness, pardon, release
Blatant
obvious
Creditable
praiseworthy
Ensconce
establish firmly in a position
Hasten
hurry, accelerate, rush
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
an excess
Repudiate
shun, eschew, abandon
Tedium
boredom
Abstemious
self denying, refraining from indulging
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
flexible, not stubborn
Rescind
retract, repeal, cancel, abolish
Temper
to moderate, soften
Abstruse
difficult to understand, obscure
Blunderbuss
ancient weapon (type of gun); a clumsy person,a fool
Cringe
recoil, flinch, shy away
Envenom
to cause bitterness and bad feeling
Hedonism
self indulgence, pleasure-seeking
Laconic
using few words, brief, short to the point
Oblique
indirect, slanting
Plumage
feathers of a bird
Resignation
acceptance of fate
Tenacious
stubborn, resolute, holding firm to a purpose
Accolade
tribute, honor, praise
Bolster
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
Acquiesce
to agree to, give in to
Bombast
arrogant, pompous language
Curtail
cut short
Epicure
someone who appreciates good food and drink
Heed
listen to
Lampoon
ridicule, spoof
Oblivious
totally unaware
Podium
raised platform
Resonant
echoing
Tenuous
flimsy, not solid
Acrid
sharp, pungent (used of smells and tastes)
Boorish
ill-mannered
Cynical
believing that people act only out of selfish motives
Epistle
a letter (form of communication)
Heresy
against orthodox opinion
Lance
spear, spike, javelin
Obscure
difficult to understand, partially hidden
Poignant
deeply moving, strongly affecting the emotions
Respite
a break, intermission
Terse
concise, to the point
Acrophobia
fear of heights
Bourgeois
middle class
Debility
weakness, incapacity
Epistolary
concerned with letters, through correspondence
Hiatus
interruption, pause
Languid
tired, slow
Obscured
hidden, covered, buried
Poised
calm, collected, self-possessed
Resplendent
shining, glowing
Therapeutic
medicinal, curative
Acuity
sharpness (mental or visual)
Braggart
someone who boasts
Debunking
exposing false claims or myths
Hidebound
rigid in opinions
Epitomized
typified, characterized, personified
Languish
decay, fade away, get weaker
Obsequious
servile, submissive
Polemical
causing debate or argument
Restorative
A tonic
Thwart
prevent, frustrate
Adamant
forceful, inflexible
Brawny
muscular
Decathlon
an athletic competition with ten events
Equivocate
speak ambiguously; avoid telling the truth
Hieroglyphics
picture writing; writing difficult to read; enigmatic
Larceny
theft, robbery, stealing
Obsession
a dominating concern
Ponderous
weighty, slow and heavy
Retention
preservation, withholding
Timorous
cowardly, fearful
Adroit
skilful
Brevity
being brief
Decorum
dignified, decent, correct behavior (adj. Decorous)
Err
make a mistake
Hinder
obstruct
Largess
generosity
Obsolete
no longer valid
Pontificate
speak pompously, dogmatically
Reticent
restrained, holding something back,uncommunicative
Tirade
stream of verbal abuse
Adulation
strong admiration, worship
Bristle
to show irritation
Decoy
lure, trap, trick
Erratic
wandering, irregular
Histrionic
theatrical, exaggerated
Laud
praise
Obstreperous
noisy and boisterous
Portend
foretell
Retraction
withdrawal, cancellation of a statement
Titter
giggle quietly
Adversity
hardship
Broach
start to discuss, approach
Deference
respect
Esoteric
obscure and difficult to understand
Hoary
old
Lavish
on a grand scale, wasteful
Obtuse
mentally dull
Portent
a warning sign, omen
Revere
worship
Tome
large book
Advocate
support
Brusque
blunt, abrupt
Defoliate
cause leaves to fall off
Espouse
promote, take up, support
Hone
sharpen, increase,stimulate disire or whet.
Lax
careless, not strict
Obviate
avoid, make unnecessary
Poseur
someone who puts on an act
Riddled
full of (usually full of holes)
Torpid
inactive, lazy, stagnant
Aesthetic
concerning art or beauty
Bulwark
fortification, barricade, wall
Defunct
no longer in existence
Etymology
the study of word origins
Hyperbole
grossly exaggerated speech
Legend
1) key to map 2) myth or story
Odious
hateful
Posterity
future generations
Rife
common
Torpor
dormancy, sluggishness, inactivity
Affable
friendly, social, easygoing
Bureaucracy
officialdom
Degradation
deprivation, poverty, debasement
Eulogy
A speech or piece of writing praising a person.
Hypochondriac
a person obsessed with health; having imaginary illnesses
Legion
in large numbers
Officious
domineering; intrusive; meddlesome
Posthumous
after death
Rigor
thoroughness
Totter
walk unsteadily
Alacrity
eagerness, enthusiasm, quickness
Burgeon
grow, flourish, put forth new shoots
Deleterious
harmful
Euphemism
a polite phrase to cover something unpleasant
Hypocritical
insincere
Lethargic
tired, without energy
Ogle
stare at, observe in an obvious manner
Postulate
hypothesize, propose
Robust
strong, healthy, tough
Tractable
obedient, dutiful, polite
Alchemy
medieval chemistry; attempt to change base metal into gold
Burnish
polish
Deliberate
to think over deeply
Euphony
pleasant sounds
Iconoclast
person who opposes orthodoxy
Levity
flippancy, joking about serious matters
Olfactory
concerned with the sense of smell
Potable
suitable for drinking
Rotund
round
Tranquil
peaceful
Alibi
an excuse that shows someone was not at a crime scene
Buttress
strengthen, support
Delineation
demarcation, explanation, definition, outlining
Evacuate
vacate, empty, abandon
Idiosyncrasy
a personal peculiarity; something unique to an individual
Libertarian
someone who opposes: tyranny, abolute rule, dictatorship
Ominous
threatening
Potent
powerful, compelling, strong
Ruminate
think over something, ponder
Transcribe
copy
Allay
to lessen
Byline
the line that tells you who wrote an article
Demur
hesitate, refuse
Exacerbate
make worse
Ignominious
shameful
Liniment
soothing lotion
Omnipotent
all-powerful
Pragmatic
practical
Ruse
trick, stratagem
Transgress
go astray or away, disobey, commit a sin
Alleviate
make less severe
Cacophony
discordant, harsh, loud or conflicting noises
Denounce
condemn, speak out against
Exasperated
frustrated, annoyed
Ignominy
shame (adj. ignominious means shameful)
Lithe
flexible, supple
Omniscient
all-knowing
Pragmatist
concerned with usefulness
Saccharin
falsely sweet
Transient
short-lived, ephemeral
Aloof
distant, detached, cold
Cajole
coax , persuade, change someone's way by any means.
Deplete
use up, lessen
Exceptionable
very bad (something which we should object to)
Illuminate
to light up or make clear
Livid
very angry
Onerous
burdensome, hard to undertake
Preamble
introductory material
Sacrosanct
very holy, inviolable
Traverse
cross
Altruism
putting others first, being self-sacrificing
Caldron
huge cooking pot
Deplore
regret
Exculpate
free someone from blame, pardon, acquit
Illusory
deceptive, false, misleading
Lobbyist
someone tries to persuade someone to support a particular cause
Onus
burden
Precarious
unstable, risky
Sagacious
wise
Trepidation
fear
Amass
accumulate
Callow
immature
Depravity
moral corruption
Execrable
very, very bad
Immoderate
excessive, extreme, flattering
Lofty
snooty, arrogant, haughty
Opaque
does not let light through
Precedent
a previous occurrence used as a guide
Sage
a wise person
Trinket
something of little value, knick-knack
Ambiguity
uncertainty, vagueness
Candid
frank, honest
Deprecate
criticize, denounce
Exegesis
scholarly explanation or interpretation
Immutable
unchanging, permanent
Longevity
long life
Opulent
wealthy, rich, magnificent
Precept
guiding principle
Salacious
lecherous, erotic
Trite
unoriginal, dull
Ambiguous
unclear in meaning, can be interpreted in different ways
Candor
frankness, openness
Deride
ridicule, make fun of, mock
Exemplary
outstandingly good, setting a fine example
Impartial
unbiased, neutral
Loquacious
talkative
Ordain
destine; confer holy orders on a priest
Precinct
district of a city
Sallow
yellowish
Trivial
unimportant
Ambivalence
lack of clarity, wavering, being undecided
Cantankerous
bad-tempered, quarrelsome
Derogatory
uncomplimentary
Exemplify
to serve as a good example
Impecunious
having no money
Lucid
clear
Ornate
highly decorated
Precipice
steep slope
Salubrious
health-giving
Truant
shirker,lazy peson, someone absent without permission
Ambulatory
able to walk around (used of hospital patients)
Capacious
spacious
Desecrate
to damage or pollute a holy place
Exhaustive
complete and thorough
Impious
wicked, profane
Ludicrous
ridiculous, silly
Orthodox
conventional
Precipitous
done in a hurry
Salutary
something which teaches you a lesson; beneficial
Truncate
cut short
Ameliorate
make better
Capitulate
surrender, give in to
Desecration
spoiling something holy
Exonerates
acquits, absolves, removes blame
Impoverished
destitute, poor
Lukewarm
unenthusiastic; neither hot nor cold,cold blooded, emotionless, cool.
Ossify
turn to bone, become fixed and rigid
Preclude
prevent or make impossible
Sanctimonious
hypocritically holy
Tumult
uproar, noise
Amelioration
improvement
Carping
constant criticism
Desist
stop, discontinue, cease
Exorcism
getting free/rid of, eliminating (especially demons)
Impromptu
unrehearsed, spontaneous
Lummox
clumsy person, clown, dummy.
Ostentatious
showy
Precocious
developing early
Sanction
give approval to
Turpitude
depravity, immorality
Amiable
friendly
Cartographer
person who makes maps
Despondent
having no hope, miserable
Expatriate
refugee, emigrant, someone living away from his own country
Inadvertent
not intentional
Luscious
juicy, moist, succulent
Oust
push out of a position
Predecessor
one who came before
Sanguinary
bloodthirsty, bloody
Tyro
novice, beginner
Amity
friendship
Castigate
scold strongly
Destitution
hardship, poverty, misery
Expedient
convenient, practical
Incantation
chant, invocation, prayer
Lynch
assassinate, kill, illegal hanging
Overt
obvious, not hidden
Predicament
dilemma; difficult situation
Sanguine
optimistic, cheerful
Ubiquitous
found everywhere, omnipresent
Amorphous
lacking in shape
Catharsis
purging or releasing of held back emotions
Deter
put off, prevent
Expedite
make faster
Incarceration
putting in prison
Machinations
plots and plans
Overwrought
worked up, in an emotional state
Preeminent
famous, outstanding
Sardonic
mocking
Unalloyed
undiluted, total
Analgesic
medicine to combat pain
Caucus
type of private political meeting
Deteriorate
worsen, decline
Exposition
clear explanation
Incessant
without stopping
Maelstrom
whirlpool, storm in the ocean
Palatable
good to eat, agreeable
Prerogative
right or privilege
Savant
person with knowledge
Unctuous
oily; using excessive flattery
Analogous
comparable
Caustic
burning
Detrimental
harmful
Extol
praise
Incipient
just beginning
Magnanimous
generous, big-hearted
Palisade
a barrier, a fence
Prescient
having fore-knowledge
Scale
to climb
Undermined
damaged, attacked
Anarchy
chaos, lack of government
Cavalcade
procession or cathegorizing of vehicles
Devoured
greedily eaten/consumed
Extradite
deport from one country back to the home country
Inclination
tendency, a leaning toward
Magnate
powerful businessman
Palliative
a remedy that improves but doesn't cure
Presentiment
a feeling that something might happen
Scapegoat
person on whom blame is placed for faults of others
Underscore
emphasize, stress, or,underline
Anecdote
an amusing brief story
Celerity
speed
Dexterous
skilful with hands
Extraneous
irrelevant
Incoherent
not clear
Maladroit
clumsy, unskillful
Pallid
pale
Presumptuous
assuming too much, arrogant
Scrupulous
careful, diligent, painstaking
Unequivocal
clear, obvious
Animosity
hatred, antagonism
Censorious
disapproving, critical
Dichotomy
a division into two parts
Extrapolate
extend; predict on the basis of known data
Incongruous
not fitting in, out of place
Malady
illness
Palpable
easily felt, easily perceived
Pretentious
pompous, self-important, egotistic, bossy
Scrutinize
examine carefully
Unfetter
set free
Annex (noun)
a building which is an addition to an existing building
Censure
blame
Didactic
intended to teach, instructive
Extrinsic
irrelevant, on the outside
Inconsequential
unimportant, insignificant, negligible
Malediction
a curse
Panacea
remedy for all ills
Prevaricate
speak misleadingly and evasively
Scuttle
sink
Unfrock
to remove a priest from his position
Annex (verb)
take possession of, seize, capture
Cerebral
intellectual, smart
Diffident
lacking confidence
Fallacious
false
Inconspicuous
not easily seen, subtle, not noticeable
Malefactor
a wrong-doer
Paradigm
example, model, way of looking at things
Pristine
unspoiled
Seminary
an institution in which priests are trained
Unprecedented
never having happened before, modern
Anomaly
something which does not fit in a pattern, irregularity
Certitude
certainty
Digress
wander off the subject
Falter
hesitate, waver
Indelible
cannot be wiped out
Malinger
deliberately avoid work; shirk
Paradox
apparently contradictory statement
Proclivity
tendency towards
Sensuous
appealing to the senses
Unscathed
unharmed, intact, without a scratch
Antagonism
hostility, strong opposition
Charlatan
trickster who claims knowledge he doesn't have
Dike
dam, embankment
Fanatical
obsessive, fixated
Indifferent
neutral, or not outstanding
Malingerer
deliberately tries to avoid work
Paragon
a perfect example
Procrastinate
delay, put off
Sentinel
guard, sentry
Unwitting
not deliberate, unconscious
Antagonistic
opposed, hostile, aggressive
Chary
wary of, cautious about, reluctant to give
Dilatory
slow, falling behind with one's work
Fanaticism
passion,excessive devotion
Indigenous
native to a particular area
Malleable
flexible, can be shaped
Paramount
of supreme importance
Prodigal
wasteful, extravagant
Sequester
isolate
Upbraid
scold, tell off, reprimand
Antediluvian
outdated, prehistoric, very old-fashioned
Chastises
punishes
Dilemma
puzzling situation
Fastidious
overly particular, finicky
Indolence
laziness
Mallet
hammer, stick used for polo
Parasite
scrounger, animal which takes digested food from another
Prodigious
very large
Serendipity
fortunate coincidence, unsought discovery
Uproarious
hilarious, hysterical, very funny
Anthology
a book which is a collection of poems or stories
Chicanery
trickery
Dilettante
person who dabbles in a subject without serious study
Fatuous
silly, foolish
Inductee
novice; beginner
Manipulatable
influencable, controllable
Parched
dried up
Profane
unholy
Serene
calm, peaceful
Upshot
outcome
Anthropocentrism
putting man at the center of one's philosophy
Chimerical
changeable, unstable
Diligent
hard-working
Feasible
possible and practicable
Indulgent
pampering, satisfying desires
Marred
damaged, spoiled
Pariah
an outcast from society
Profanity
swearing, cursing
Serrated
jagged, saw-like
Urbane
sophisticated, suave
Antiquated
outdated, old fashioned
Choleric
easily angered
Diorama
model of a scene
Fecund
fertile
Inebriation
to be drunk, high, intoxicated
Marshal
to gather together
Parity
equality
Profound
having deep meaning
Servile
overly submissive, groveling
Usurp
take someone's position (usually by force)
Apathetic
indifferent, uninterested, lethargic
Chronicler
person who records historical information
Dirge
mournful song
Felicitous
apt, applicable, appropriate, proper
Ineffable
cannot be expressed in words
Marsupial
pouched mammal (like a kangaroo)
Parochial
narrow-minded, concerned only with local matters
Profundity
depth
Skeptical
doubting, not gullible
Utilitarian
useful
Apathy
lack of interest or emotion
Circuitous
indirect
Disapprobation
disapproval
Fervor
passion, enthusiasm
Inept
incompetent, unskilled, useless
Martinet
person who believes in strict discipline
Parody
a mockery, imitation for ridicule, spoof
Proletarian
member of the working class
Skirmish
minor battle
Utopian
a believer in an ideal world
Apocryphal
of doubtful origin
Circumlocution
using too many words, long-windedness
Discern
to distinguish one thing from another
Fickle
unpredictable, whimsical, easily swayed
Inertia
inactivity, lethargy
Masochist
person who intentionally inflicts pain on himself
Parry
ward off, avoid
Prolific
producing a lot
Sluggard
slow-moving, lethargic person
Vacillate
waver, hesitate
Appease
pacify, soothe, calm down, make peace with
Circumscribe
limit
Discord
disagreement
Finesse
skill
Inevitable
cannot be avoided
Matriarchy
society governed by women
Parsimonious
economical, frugal, thrifty
Proponents
promoters, supporters
Smelt
refine an ore
Vacuous
empty, silly, meaningless
Apprehensive
worried, fearful
Circumspect
cautious, considering all sides
Discordancy
cacophony, harshness, jarring
Fitful
not continuous, stopping and starting
Inexorable
relentless
Maverick
a loner
Parsimony
stinginess, frugality, cost-cutting
Prosaic
dull, boring, ordinary
Smorgasbord
collection, mix, Accumulation, mixture
Vagrant
person wandering without a home
Arable
can be cultivated
Circumvent
avoid
Discrepancy
something which does not match up; inconsistency
Flagrant
clearly wrong
Inexpedient
not advisable
Meager
in short supply
Partisan
biased, one-sided, committed to one group
Proscribe
forbid
Solace
comfort for grief
Vapid
dull, uninspiring
Arbitrary
random, for no definite reason
Clairvoyant
psychic, mystic
Discriminate
to make a clear distinction, see the difference
Flamboyant
showy, ornate
Infallible
perfect, flawless
Meander
wander from side to side
Pathos
Appealing to emotions, evoking sadness or pity
Prosody
study of versification, poems
Solicit
to ask for, seek
Variegated
multicolored, speckled
Arcane
obscure, known only to a few people
Clamor
shout, scream
Discursiveness
long windedness, indirectness
Flaunt
show off, display in a showy manner
Infamous
famous for something bad
Mellow
soft, melodious, ripe
Patron
one who give support (usually financial)
Prostration
lying face down, or, be overcome with extreme weakness
Somnambulist
sleepwalker
Vehemence
violence, fervor, forcefulness
Archaic
ancient, outdated, old fashioned
Clandestine
secret, covert, stealthy, quietly.
Disdain
contempt, strong dislike
Flippant
making jokes about serious matters
Infer
deduce, conclude
Menagerie
collection of animals, zoological garden, group, band.
Patronize
Help, Fund, promote, sponsor, foster.
Protagonist
main character in film, book, play, etc.
Soothsayer
fortuneteller
Vehement
forceful