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appease
to soothe; to pacify by giving in to

Larry appeased his angry mother ny promising to wash the dishes.
frivolous
not serious; no solemn; with levity
instigate
to provoke; to stir up

I instigated the fight between two of my friends.
sage
wise; possesing wisdom derived from experience or learning
predecessor
someone or something that came before another
jeopardy
danger
tangible
touchable; palpable

A mountain of cigarette butts was the only tangible evidence that Luke was at our house.
indulgent
lenient; yielding to desire
remorse
sadness; regret
pivotal
crucial

Harry's contribution was pivotal; without it, we would have failed
scrupulous
strict; careful; hesitant for ethical reasons

Doug was scrupulous in keeping his accounts; he knew where every penny went and came from
refute
to disprove; to prove to be false

His expensive suit and imported shoes clearly refuted his claim that he was poor
respite
a rest; a period of relief

We worked without respite from five in the morning until five in the afternoon
volatile
quick to evaporate; highly unstable; explosive

The situation in the middle east was very volatile.
peripheral
unimportant
hedonistic
pleasure-seeking; indulgent
idiom
a peculiar expression
benefactor
a generous donor
brevity
briefness

The reader of his book may be greatful for the brevity of this example.
aporcryphal
of doubtful origin; false

An apocryphal story is one whose truth is not proven or whose falsehood is strongly suspected
virtuoso
masterful musician; a masterful practitioner in some other field

As an artist, he was a virtioso; as a husband he was a chump
slander
to defame; to speak maliciously of someone

Amy slandered Erica by telling everyone she cheated on a test
animosity
resentment; hostility; ill will

The rivals for the state championship felt great animosity toward each other.
deplete
to use up; to reduce; to lessen
amity
friendship
stringent
strict; restrictive

My mom is very stringent, I have to be in bed at 10.
voluminous
very large; spacious

my house is very voluminous.
auspicious
favorable; promising; pointing to a good result

A clear sky in the morning is an auspicious sign on the day of the picnic.
fickle
capricious; whimsical unpredictable
lethargy
sluggishness; laziness; drowsiness; indifference

The lethargy of the library staff caused what should have been a quick errand to expand into a full day's work
hackeneyed
banal; overused; trite

Michael's book was full of cliches and hackeneys expressions
amass
to accumulate
willfull
deliberate; obstinate; insistent on having one's way

When her mother told her that she couldn't have a cookie, the willfull little girl grabed the cookie jar and ran out.
bastion
stronghold; fortress; fortified place
trepidation
fear; apprehension; nervous trembeling

The trepidation of the swim team was obvious.
desecrate
to profane a holy place
fortuitous
accidental; occuring by chance

The object was so prefectly formed that its creation could not have been fortuitous.
vehement
urgent; passionate

saking his head and stomping on the floor, Gary was vehement in his denial
assuage
to soothe; to pacify; to ease the pain of; to relieve

Beth was extremely angry, but I assuaged her by promising to leave the house and never come back.
prodigious
extraordinary; enormous

The little boy cuaght a prodigious fish, it was 10 times larger than him.
torpor
sluggishness; inactivity; apathy
furtive
secretive
supercilious
haughty; patronizing

The supercilious Rolls-Royce slamesman treated us like peasants util we opened our suitcase that was full of 100 dollar bills
prudent
careful; having foresight

Jose is a very prudent money manager
verbose
wordy; overly talkative
pedestrian
common; ordinary; banal

The menu was pedestriam; I had encountered each of the dished dozens of times before
innocuous
harmless; banal

Meredith took offense at Bruce's innocuous comment about her soup being too salty.
fanatic
one who is exteremely devoted to a cause or idea
enhance
to make better; to augment
stoic
indifferent to pleasure or pain, to joy or grief.

Nina was stoic abou the death of her canary, she didn't care.