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altruistic
1. thinking of other
2. unselfish
ambivalent
1. feeling at least two different ways about something.
2. experiencing contradictory emotions.
anachronism
1. something happening out of its proper time frame.
annul
1. to void or cancel as though something never happened
2. to nullify
antiquated
1. aged
2. obsolete
arable
1. farmable
2. plowable or fit for growing things
assiduous
1. diligent
2. persistent
atrophy
1. wasting away
2. diminution
austere
1. stern, strict or ascetic
2. bare
cankerous
1. crabby or disagreeable
2. unpleasant or quarrelsome
carp
1. to complain
2. to find fault
censure
1. blame
2. rebuke or disapproval
charlatant
1. a fake or fraud
2. a quack
chimerical
1. fanciful, fantastic
2. imaginary
curmudgeon
1. a grouchy person
2. a crab
dearth
1. harmful
2. shortage
deleterious
1. harmful
2. injurious
demagogue
1. a false leader
2. a leader who appeals to the emotions of followers
depraved
1. corrupt
2. immoral
dilatory
1. late or slow
2. procrastinating (think or dilating the time in which one does something, which would make the action slower.)
dogmatic
1. authoritative
2. rigid, unyielding
edifice
1. a building
2. often, a huge impressive building
elucidate
1. to clarify
2. to make clear
enigma
1. a puzzle
2. something confusing
ephemeral
1. short-lived
2. transitory
epitome
1. an ideal of example
2. a representative
esoteric
1. difficult to understand
2. understood by few people
garrulous
talkative
gregarious
1. friendly
2. sociable
haughty
1. overly proud and egotistical
2. arrogant
hedonistic
1. pleasure-seeking
2. concerned with physical gratification
hyperbole
1. exaggeration
2. extravagant statement, such as "I could eat a horse."
illusory
1. unreal
2. deceptive
imperious
1. haughty
2. overbearing
laconic
1. using few words
2. terse or to the point, concise
malevolence
1. spite
2. ill will
misanthrope
1. someone who hates mankind
munificent
1. generous
2. having a giving nature
neophyte (synonyms: tyro, novice)
1. a newcomer
2. a beginner
ostentatious
1. showy
2. pretentious
paragon
1. a model
2. an ideal; something perfect or excellent
paucity
1. scarcity
2. dearth, lack
pedestrian
1. ordinary, common or everyday (as an adjective)
2. walker (as a noun)
pejorative
1. negative (the Latin word peior means worse)
2. derogatory
penury
1. neediness
2. poverty or lack
primeval
1. ancient
2. original
prosaic
1. ordinary or everyday
2. straightforward or unimaginative
puerile
1. childish
2. immature
querulous
1. complaining
salutary
1. favorable
2. healthy or wholesome
spurious
1. false
2. inauthentic
stymie
1. to get in the way of; to block (as a verb)
2. an obstacle (as a noun)
surfeit
1. excess (as a noun)
2. to fill to excess (as a verb)
tacit
1. implicit or understood without being stated
2. silent or not talking
taciturn
1. quiet
2. not at all talkative
tepid
1. lukewarm
2. neither hot nor cold
terse
1. concise or employing few words
2. to the point