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Abscond
To depart secretly
Abstruse
Difficult to understand; recondite
Acerbic
Sour or bitter tasting; acid
Adroit
Clever; skillful
Ambivalence
Presence of two opposing feelings at the same time; contradicting values
Ameliorate
To make or become better
Amorphous
Formless and shapeless
Apex
Highest point; a high point of achievement; a climax
Apprise
To inform, to tell
Arcane
Mysterious; understood by few
Ardor
Warmth of feeling
Ascetic
A person who practices self-denial
Asperity
Roughness or unevenness of surface; sharpness of temper
Assiduous
Persistent; persevering; hard-working
Astute
Shrewd; cunning; crafty; clever
Atrophy
Cause to waste
Audacious
Daring;foolishly bold; impudent
Averse
Unwilling; reluctant; resistant
Aversion
Strong dislike
Baleful
Destructive; harmful
Banal
Boring; common; ordinary; dull
Baneful
Poisonous, harmful, destructive
Beguile
To deceive by charm; to make time pass by pleasantly
Belie
To give a false idea; fail to fulfil a promise
Bilk
Cheat; to defraud; swindle
Bombast
Speech intended to capture the attention of the audience; high- sounding language
Boorish
Crudely insensitive; rude person
Brevity
Shortness; conciseness
Bumptious
Offensively self-important
Cacophony
Unpleasant mixture of sounds; harsh noise; discord
Cajole
To deceive by flattery; to coax
Cantankerous
Hard or irritating to deal with
Capacious
Able to hold much
Capitulate
Surrender : yield to an enemy on conditions agreed upon
Celerity
Swiftness; fast
Charlatan
Imposter (one who assumes an identity or title to deceive others)
Chasten
To discipline or punish for the purpose of making better
Chastise
Punish by scolding or beating
Chicanery
Trickery (scheme to deceive; prank; deceptive)
Choler
Anger
Circumspect
Cautious
Clemency
Mercy; pity; kindness
Cloister
A convent or monastery; isolated from the outside world
Coalesce
To grow together; unite into one body
Collate
To compare carefully to learn the difference between the copies; arrange pages in proper sequence
Color
To influence, affect or alter
Consonance
Harmony; agreement
Consummate
To complete fully and perfectly
Contagion
Poison, disease spread by contact
Contrite
Feeling remorse or sorry for wrongdoing
Convivial
Festive; fond of feasting
Copious
Plentiful
Corporeal
Related to the body; material; physical
Cupidity
Greed for gain, especially for property or money
Cursory
To work in a hurry without paying attention to details
Dearth
Scarcity; lack; rare
Decadence
Cultural and moral decline
Delineate
To describe; to portray; describe with accuracy
Deplore
To grieve for; to regret
Deprecate
To express disapprove
Desecrate
Treat something usually sacred with disrespect
Desiccant
A drying agent; a dehydrant
Despondent
Having loss of hope
Desultory
Without system or purpose; unorganized
Dilatory
Causing delay
Disparage
To talk down; depreciate; belittle
Distended
Stretch out or expand
Dogmatic
Insisting on one’s opinion without proofs; pushy
Doleful
Sad; depressed
Dolt
Stupid person
Dour
Sullen, gloomy, stern, hard
Duplicity
Sneakiness; deceit; deliberate deception
Efface
Wipe out
Effervescence
Full of life or excitement
Electic
Choosing from many different sources; carefully selected
Enervate
Wear out; make weak, especially in physical strength
Enigma
A person or an act not easily understood; brain-twister
Enmity
Hostility
Ephemeral
Last only for a short time; short lived
Erudition
Knowledge obtained by learning; know-how; expertise
Eulogize
To exalt those who have passed away (usually during a funeral)
Expunge
To wipe out or erase something
Expurgate
To take out improper parts from a book
Extraneous
Not related to the matter; not essential
Fastidious
Fussy; hard to please; meticulous
Florid
Rich in ornament and color; reddish complexion
Furtive
Crafty; cunning
Garbled
Distort the meaning of a statement or fact by only selecting certain part
Garish
Showy; over-decorated
Garrulous
Garrulous
Genial
Sociable; hospitable; friendly
Girth
Circumference
Haphazard
Without a plan or a direction
Imbue
To inspire with feelings or opinions
Immutable
Unable to change
Impassive
Emotionless; showing no feeling
Impudence
Impoliteness; discourtesy
Inane
Absurd; foolish
Inchoate
Just formed; undeveloped
Incorrigible
Not capable of being corrected; cannot get out of a bad habit
Indigent
Needy; penniless
Infallible
Not capable of failing
Insipid
Without flavor; tasteless
Intractable
Unmanageable; not easily controlled
Irascible
Irritable; short-tempered; easily annoyed