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abrogate
abolish, repeal, nullify
aggregate
collection of things; sum total
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
anachronistic
out of place in time or history
ancillary
subordinate; assisting
apostate
one who deserts their professed principles or faith
apotheosis
elevation to divine status; the perfect example of something
ascetic
hermitlike; practicing self-denial
augury
a (good) omen
auspices
protection, support, sponsorship
belie
to give a false impression; to contradict
bequest
something lfet to someone in a will
cabal
group of conspirators; clique
calipers
pinching instrument used to determine thickness of objects, distances between surfaces
canvass
to campaign; to seek or solicit orders or votes
capacitor
device that stores energy
captious
ill-natured, quarrelsome
cavil
to quibble; to raise trivial objections
chicanery
trickery, deceitfulness, artifice
cogitate
to ponder or meditate
conscript
enlisted, drafted, enrolled
coterie
group of close associates; circle of friends
dearth
shortage or scarcity of something
demagogue
rabble-rouser, leader of the people
demography
statistical study of characteristics of population
discomfit
to frustrate or confuse
diurnal
daily, during the day
draconian
severe, harsh, cruel
effigy
likeness of a person, usually used to express hatred
egregious
extremely bad, flagrant
endemic
native, restricted to one area
etymology
study of words and their meanings
euphonious
melodious
evince
to prove
execrate
to curse, denounce
expiate
to make amends, to atone
facile
fluent, superficially skillful
germane
relevant
goldbrick
to swindle; a swindle
halcyon
peaceful, serene, carefree
hegemony
leadership (of one nation over another)
hermetic
airtight, impervious to external influence
hubris
excessive pride
importune
to beg, urge, or insist persistently
inchoate
incomplete
ineffable
incapable of being expressed or described
jejune
lacking maturity or significance; irrelevant
jettison
to throw or cast off
lambaste
to assault violently with words
lexicon
a glossary or dictionary
liniment
a medicinal liquid or salve for rubbing on skin
lugubrious
exaggeratedly mournful
mendacious
lying, dishonest
misanthrope
one who hates people
moribund
dying
neologism
new word or phrase; a new usage of a word or phrase
neophyte
novice, beginner
obdurate
stubborn, insensitive, unyielding
obsequious
fawning, subservient
odometer
measure of miles traveled
palliative
something providing temporary relif without getting rid of the problem
panacea
something that cures everything
peccadillo
minor offense or error
penurious
stingy, poor, miserly
pernicious
deadly, very evil
perquisite
a privilige that accompanies a job
philistine
a smugly ignorant person with no appreciation for intellectual or artistic matters
polemic
powerful argument to attack/refute a controversial issue
predilection
natural preference for something
prescient
knowing things before they exist/happen
profligate
very wasteful; wildly immoral
promulgate
to publicly or formally declare something
quiescent
motionless; still; at rest
quotidian
daily; everyday; ordinary
recidivism
the act of repeating an offense
redolent
fragrant
retrenchment
cutting down or off; reduction
rhetoric
the study or art of using language well; the use of undue exaggeration
sanguine
cheerful, optimistic
saturnine
gloomy, taciturn
semantic
pertaining to the meaning of words/symbols
semaphore
a system of signalling, usually with flags
specious
deceptively plausible or attractice; misleading
supercilious
haughty, patronizing
tenable
valid, capable of being argued successfully
truculent
fierce, cruel, savagely brutal
ignominious
humiliating
salient
most important
unctuous
fatty, oily
fatuous
stupid, childish
fecund
fertile
viscous
thick, gooey
calumny
lies
battery
set or series
subsist
survive
obstreperous
unruly
officious
impertinent
efficacious
effective
scurrilous
vulgar, offensive
mawkwish
overemotional
nominal
small, insignificant
deluge
to overwhelm; to swamp
legerdemain
trick, slight of hand
imputing
accusing or blaming
onerous
difficult
abnegation
self-denial
accolade
praise, compliment
accretion
buildup
pathology
irregularity, abnormality
mercurial
inconstant, changing
seminal
formative, decisive
pathos
sadness
tractable
obedient
blandishments
flattering words
vicissitudes
events, circumstances
licentious
immoral
abscond
run away
paucity
lack or small amount of
redoubtable
fearsome, mighty
pellucid
very clear and easy to understand
abstruse
puzzling
iniquity
sin, evil
inimical
hostile
emollient
something physically soothing
rococo
excessively ornate
potables
drinks
commensurate
appropriate, matching
trenchant
effective, articulate
vituperate
to yell at
dilatory
meant to delay or slow down
reprobate
immoral, corrupt
probity
goodness
intransigent
stubborn, inflexible
inveterate
confirmed
invective
criticism, attack
conflagration
fire, blaze
proscribe
forbid, surpress
consign
commit
dissemble
stall, evade
turpitude
immorality, baseness
assiduous
diligent, persevering
adumbrate
to sketch out vaguely
impetus
driving force