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laud
v. praise
materialism
n. preoccupation with physical comforts and things
meticulous
adj. excessively careful; painstaking
philanthropist
n. lover of mankind; doer of good
substantiate
v. establish by evidence; verify; support
volatile
adj; changeable; explosive; evaporating rapidly
lethargic
adj. drowsy; dull
listless
adj. lacking in spirit or energy
inane
adj; silly; senseless
innocucous
adj. harmless
levity
n. lack of seriousness; lightness
innovation
n. change; introduction of something new. innovate, v.
stagnant
adj. motionless; stale ; dull
sanction
v. approve; ratify
somber
adj. gloomy; depressing; dark; drab
skeptic
n. doubter; person who suspends judgment until the evidence supporting a point of view has been examined
servile
adj. slavish, cringing
surpass
v. exceed
miserly
adj. stingy; mean
mundane
adj. worldy as opposed to spiritual everyday.
morose
adj. ill-humored; sullen; melancholy
superficial
adj. trivial; shallow
rancor
n. bitterness; hatred
superfluous
adj. unnecessay; excessive; overabundant
surreptitious
adj. secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
sycophant
n. sevile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man
ingenious
adj. clever; resourceful
turbulence
n. state of violent agitation
taciturn
adj. habitually silent; talking little
mitigate
v. appease; moderate
malicious
adj. hateful, spiteful. malice, n.
nurture
v. nourish, educate; foster
notoriety
n. disrepute; ill fame
relegate
v. banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign.
precocious
adj. advanced in development
prevalent
adj. widespread; generally accepted.
placate
v. pacify; conciliate
quandary
n. dilemma
peripheral
adj. marginal; outer
ponderous
adj. weighty; unwieldy
refute
v. disprove
redundant
adj. superfluous; repetitious; excessively wordy
rectify
v. set right; correct
recluse
n. hermit; loner
rebuttal
n. refutation; response with contrary evidence
terse
adj. concise; abrupt; pithy
transient
adv. momentary; temporary; staying for a short time
usurp
v. seize another's power or rank
reprehensible
adj. deserving blame
scrutinize
v. examine closely and critically
undermine
v. weaken; sap
reticence
n. reserve; uncommunicativeness; inclination to silence
rhetorical
adj. pertaining to effective communication; insincere in language
retract
v. withdraw; take back
reprove
v. censure; rebuke
ironic
adj. resulting in an unexpected and contrary outcome
vacillate
v. waver; fluctuate
vilify
v. slander
venerate
v. revere
virtuoso
n. highly skilled artist
reprimand
v. reprove severely; rebuke
renounce
v. abandon; disown; repudiate
satirical
adj. mocking
succinct
adj. brief; terse; compact
insipid
adj. lacking in flavor; dull
incongruous
adj. not fitting; absurd
immutable
adj. unchangeable
scrupulous
adj. consientious; extremely through
opaque
adj. dark; not transparent
opportunist
n. individual who sacrifices principle for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances.
opulence
n. extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance.
proximity
n. nearness
verbose
adj. wordy
zealot
n. fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal
ostentatious
adj. showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
oblivion
n. obscurity; forgetfullness
prudent
adj. cautious; careful
prolific
adj. abundantly fruitful
proliferation
n. rapid growth; spread; multiplication
pragmatic
adj. practical; concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
piety
n. relious devotion; godliness
prodigal
adj. wasteful; reckless with money
pretentious
adj. ostentatious; pompous; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious
pervasive
adj. pervading; spread throughout every part
partisan
adj. one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
pacifist
n. one opposed to force; antimilitarist
pessimism
n. belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess
repudiate
v. disown; disavow
preclude
v. make impossible; elminate
predecessor
n. former occupant of a post
presumptous
adj. overconfident; impertinently bold; taking liberties
profane
v. violate; desecrate; treat unworthily
profound
adj. deep; not superficial; complete
profusion
n. overabundance; lavish expenditure
acme
n. the top or highest point
stamina
n. that which gives strength and support; power of endurance
notable
adj. noticeable; plain; evident
benign
harmless
indignant
Feeling wrath, as when a person is exasperated by unworthy or unjust treatment, by a mean action, or by a degrading accusation.
brash
Impetuous, aggressively self-assertive, rash
tranquil
still or undisturbed
cordon
Surround with a barrier
deplete
To empty or unload; to take away the vital powers of
fortify
to add strength to; to strenthen; to confirm; to furnish with power to resist attack
denigrate
To defame; to tarnish the reputation of
diffuse
To pour out; send out; cause to flow on all sides
dwindle
To diminish; to become less; to shrink
improvise
To invent, or provide, offhand, or on the spur of the moment
novelty
Something new or unusual
apprehend
Arrest; anticipate with fear; gain understanding
sever
To cut off
lucrative
Profitable; making increase of money or goods
transcend
To rise above; to surmount
ossify
To form into bone; to harden
advocate
To plead the cause of another, to urge
ENIGMA
A puzzle; a dark, obscure, or inexplicable saying; something that cannot be adequately explained
alimony
An allowance paid by one spouse to another upon legal divorce.
pall
An overspreading of darkness or gloom
appurtenance
An adjunct; an appendage; an accessory
disdain
Contempt or scorn, or the expression thereof
generic
Inclusive; general; not specific
banal
Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite
striated
Marked with fine grooves, stripes, or lines of color
sacrilegious
Violating sacred things; profane; impious
subtle
Barely noticeable; clever, sneaky or perhaps shrewd
coherent
Sticking together; cleaving; logical
dilate
To expand; to distend; to enlarge or extend in all directions; to swell.
coalesce
To grow together; to unite by growth into one body
consolidate
Strengthen; unite; make firm and compact
aggressor
The person who first attacks; an assailant
affected
Insincere, artificial
tenacity
The quality of being persistent, singular in purpose
jocularity
Playfulness, an appreciation of jokes and jesting
witticism
A clever or funny remark
languid
Drooping or flagging from exhaustion; weak; without animation.
boorish
Improper or lacking manners, rude, disagreeable
derisive
Mocking, laughing; dismissive
inert
Very slow to act; sluggish; dull; inactive
dictate
Say or read aloud for another to transcribe or for a machine to record; set as a rule.
disparage
To insult with the intent of lowering in rank or reputation.
hinder
To keep back or behind; to prevent from starting or moving forward..
calibrate
To adjust an instrument so that it makes proper measurements.
infer
To derive by deduction or by induction; to conclude or surmise from facts or premises
endearing
Eliciting warm, affectionate feelings
querulous
Prone to be argumentative or disagreeable
opulent
Glamorous, dazzling, displaying almost excessive wealth.
incidental
Casual; accidental; not of prime concern
preponderance
A great amount (of something. Could refer to weight, quantity, power, influence, etc.)
debacle
A disaster or failure
writ
That which is written; writing; scripture
regard
Respect, esteem, high opinion
sluice
An opening or channel through which anything flows
gall
Impudence; brazen assurance.
hoi polloi
Common people, general populace
solvent
Having the power to dissolve; able to pay all debts
rampant
Uncontrolled; lacking restraint
ravish
To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy; to seize or carry away by violence.
slough
To shed or throw off
presevere
To pursue steadily any project or course begun
immerse
To drop (usually into liquid), to plunge
implacable
Unable to be appeased or changed
outmoded
No longer fashionable; obsolete
cognate
Of the same or a similar nature; of the same family; proceeding from the same stock or root
taut
Pulled tight; not slack
flimsy
Weak; feeble; limp
vent
To let out or release (as frustration).
confine
To restrain within limits; to restrict; to shut away
remedial
Affording a remedy; designed to overcome a deficit
illicit
Illegal, against the law