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Acuity
sharpness (mental or visual)
Braggart
someone who boasts
Debunking
exposing false claims or myths
Epitomized
typified, characterized, personified
Hidebound
rigid in opinions
Languish
decay, fade away, get weaker
Obesquious
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
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
Theraputic
medicinal, curative
Brevity
briefness or conciseness in speech or writing
Concise
using few words in speaking and writing
Laconic
using few words in speech
Pithy
brief and full of meaning and substance;concise
Quiescent
quiet; still; inactive
Reticent
not talking much; reserved
succinct
clearly and briefly stated; consice
Taciturn
silent; sparing of words; close-mouthed
Terse
using only the words that are needed to make the point; very concise, sometimes to the point of rudeness
Bombastic
using language in a pompous, showy way; speaking to impress others
Circumlocution
speaking in circles; roundabout speech
Colloquial
pertaining to common everyday speech; conversational
Diffuse
spread out, not concise; wordy
Digress
to wander off from the subject or topic spoken about
Eloquence
artful ease with speaking; speech that can impact people's feelings
Garrulous
talkative; loquacious
Grandiloquent
using big fancy words when speaking for the purpose of impressing others
Loquacious
very talkative; liking to talk; garrulous
Prattle
to speak on and on in a senseless and silly manner; to talk foolishly
Ramble
to talk on and on pointlessly, without clear direction
Rant
to talk very loudly, even wildly
Rhetorical
relating to speech that is used to persuade or have some effect; insincere in expression
Larceny
theft, robbery, stealing
Obsession
a dominating concern
Ponderous
weighty, slow and heavy
Retention
preservation, withholding
Timorous
cowardly,fearful
Adroit
skillful
Brevity
being brief
Decorum
dignified, decent, correct behaviour (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
Retrication
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, 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
officiadom
Degradation
deprivation, poverty, debasement
Eulogy
praise
Hypochondriac
a person obsessed with health; having imaginery illnesses
Legion
in large numbers
Officious
domineering; instrusive; meddlesome
Posthumous
after death
Rigor
thoroughness
Totter
walk unsteadily
Alacrity
eagerness, enthusiam, 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, propsose
Robust
strong, healthy, tough
Tractable
obendient, 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
Idiosyncracy
a personal peculiarity; something unique to an individual
Libertarian
someone who opposes tyranny
Ominous
threating
Potent
powerful, compelling, strong
Ruminate
think over something, ponder
Transcribe
copy
Allay
to lessen
Byline
the line that tell 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, disobey, commit a sin
Alleviate
make less servere
Cacophony
discordant loud noises
Denounce
condem, speak out against
Exasperate
frustrated, annoyed
Ignominy
shame (adj. ignominious means shameful)
Lithe
flexable, supple
Omniscient
all-knowing
Pragmatist
concerned with usefullness
Saccharin
falsely sweet
Transient
short-lived, ephemeral
Aloof
distant, detached, cold
Cajole
coax
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, hard to undertake
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
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 occurence used as a guide
Sage
a wise person
Trinket
something of little value, knick-knack
Ambiguity
uncertainly, vagueness
Candid
frank, honest
Deprecate
criticize, denounce
Exegesis
scholarly explanation or interpretation
Immutable
unchanging, permanent
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 occurence used as a guide
Sage
a wise person
Trinket
something of little value, knick-knack
Ambiguity
uncertainly, 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, openess
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 indecided
Cantankerous
bad-tempered, quarrelsome
Derogatory
uncomplimentary
Exemplify
to serve as a good example
Imecunious
having no money
Lucid
clear
Ornate
highly decorated
Precipice
steep slope
Salubrious
health-giving
Truant
shirker, 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 throrough
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
Desercration
spoiling something holy
Exonerates
acquits, absolves, removes blame
Impoverished
destitute, poor
Lukewarm
unenthusiastic; neither hot nor cold
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
Ostentatious
showy
Precocious
developing early
Sanction
give approval to
Turpitude
depravity
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 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