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Acclaim
Praise, admiration, fame
Acme
The top or highest point; the culmination
Aggravate
Worsen, make more severe. Irritate or anger
Allegory
A work of art (story, painting, etc) in which a secondary meaning underlies the obvious message
Allot
To distribute, or parcel out in parts or portions; to set apart as one's share.
Ambiguous
Able to be interpreted in more than one way
Apartheid
A government policy of keeping different races separate
Apathetic
Without feeling; lacking interest or emotion
Arbiter
A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them
Assiduous
Performed with constant diligence or attention; unremitting; persistent.
Bate
To lessen by deducting or reducing
Bauble
An attractive object of little value
Bulwark
A rampart; a fortification; that which defends an enemy attack
Burgeon
Grow vigorously, expand greatly
Chasten
To correct by punishment; to discipline.
Colloquy
Mutual discourse of two or more persons; conference; conversation
Complacency
Pleasure, contentment, satisfied with own abilities
Conducive
Helpful; contributive; tending to promote
Consternation
Dismay. Sudden amazement or dread that results in confusion
Convoluted
Containing many folds, bends, and or twists
Covert
Secret, hidden, sheltered.
Cozen
To deceive; to cheat; to act deceitfully
Decree
Authoritative proclamation or command
Defer
Postpone, put off, delay
Degenerate
To decline in worth; to lose goodness
Deplore
To lament; to condemn or view as wrong
Desecrate
To defile, tarnish, or blemish
Diffuse
To pour out; send out; cause to flow on all sides
Disconcert
To make uncomfortable, upset
Discredit
Cause disbelief or disgrace
Dubious
Doubtful, uncertain, open to questioning
Duress
Compulsion by threat
Electorate
A group of eligible voters
Embroil
To implicate in confusion; to complicate; to jumble
Epigram
A witty or sharp thought expressed briefly, often in verse
Euphoria
Extreme, unmitigated joy and happiness
Expedient
Designed to efficiently achieve a particular end
Formality
A social custom, rule or ceremony; the observance of these
Forment
To nurse to life or activity; to encourage
Fortify
To add strength to; to strengthen; to confirm; to furnish with power to resist attack
Fortuious
Happening by chance, as in something lucky, apt or fortunate
Harbor
To shelter
Hardhearted
Difficult to move to feeling, cruel, without pity
Immerse
To drop (usually into liquid), to plunge. To absorb one's attention completely
Immolate
To sacrifice; to kill, as a sacrificial victim, especially by fire
Impediment
Barrier or obstruction, something blocking the way
Incorporate
To unite as one body; associate
Incorrigible
Impossible to correct
Inculcate
Teach something by frequent repetition or repeated warnings
Indeterminate
Not certain or fixed; indefinite
Inert
Very slow to act; sluggish; dull; inactive
Infaillable
Not liable to fail, deceive, or disappoint
Infernal
Having the quality of hell
Inherent
Existing in something as a permanent and inseparable quality
Intransigence
Unwillingness to compromise; stubborness
Knotty
Something difficult or intricate
Lethargy
Lack of motivation, state of laziness or sluggishness
Liaison
A union; an intimacy
Miser
One who hoards money and is hesitant to spend it
Nefarious
Evil, wicked
Negligible
Can be disregarded, or left out of consideration; small or inconsequential
Omnipotent
All-powerful
Onslaught
An intense attack
Palatial
Like a castle, magnificent, stately
Paradigm
An example; a model; a pattern
Paucity
A lack of something
Persist
To stand firm; to be fixed and unmoved
Placate
To calm, soothe or appease, often through concessions or offerings
Poignant
Deeply and sometimes painfully moving
Prone
Predisposed, inclined, likely
Propensity
Bias; bent; tendency
Prosaic
Commonplace; unimaginative
Prudent
Cautious; wary; careful
Pugnacious
Disposed to fight
Purvey
Supply, generally in a business context
Quay
A bank or wharf jutting into water from which boats may be loaded and unloaded
Queiscent
Lacking activity, quiet
Quorum
Minimum number of people required to hold an official meeting
Rarefied
Thinned out; made porous or less dense
Remiss
Negligent in fulfilling an obligation or duty
Rend
To tear one's clothes
Repulsive
Eliciting disgust and rejection
Satiated
Satisfied; full
Solace
Comfort, alleviation of grief or sadness
Squander
Spend lavishly, let slip away
Taunt
To challenge in an insulting manner
Tempestuous
Stormy
Trappings
The things that function as outwards signs of an object or person's existence; ornaments; dress; superficial decorations
Tribulation
That which brings about distress, trouble, or vexation
Ungovernable
Uncontrollable; unruly
Unrequited
Not repaid or returned
Usurp
To seize, and hold in possession, by force, or without right
Vagrant
Person who wanders from place to place; one lacking a set place to live
Vapid
Insipid; flat; dull; unanimated
Venturesome
Outgoing, daring, bold
Vice
A moral fault or failing; especially, immoral conduct or habit
Viciate
To make void or destroy; to render defective
Vivacious
Lively and animated
Wax
To increase in size; to grow bigger; to become larger or fuller
Zenith
The highest point, as in the highest point in the sky
Blanch
To make white. Typically associated with cooking.
Braggadocio
A braggart; a boaster; a swaggerer.
Congenial
Allied by natural characteristics; kindred; sympathetic
Ruminate
To muse upon, to think about something repeatedly
Tamper
To alter; to meddle with
Morose
Sullen, annoyed, unhappy
Timid
Shy, unassuming, lacking in self-assurance or courage
Rationalize
To offer an explanation of (often with the sense of convincing oneself.)
Covet
To enviously desire. To want what another has
Hieroglyphic
Picture writing of the ancient Egyptian priests; sometimes used to describe something complex, difficult, or esoteric
Virtue
Any positive characteristic; bravery; daring; spirit; valor
Discredit
Cause disbelief or disgrace
Finale
The closing part, piece, or scene in any public performance or exhibition
Ancedote
The closing part, piece, or scene in any public performance or exhibition
Gruesome
Ugly; frightful
Introspective
Given to self-examination
Pedestrian
Common, everyday, unexceptional
Extricate
To untangle or release from a difficult situation
Conflound
To confuse; to mingle and blend, so that different elements cannot be distinguished
Subjugate
Subdue, bring under control
Unilateral
Onesided, or established by one side or party
Nostalgia
Fond recollection of a past time; homesickness
Cosmetic
Affecting only the surface; skin deep
Allegation
Unproven assertion
Contempt
Hatred, disdain. As a legal term, the act of disobeying a court
Mandatory
Required; obligatory
Velocity
Quickness of motion; swiftness; speed
Engulf
To surround completely; to flow over and enclose
Adhere
To stick fast or cleave; to hold, be attached; to be in accordance; to agree
Caption
A descriptive title or heading, often found accompanying an illustration
Radiant
Emitting light, shining, glowing; joyful, beaming
Coerce
To cause someone to do something by threat or force
Refractory
Obstinate, stubborn, unmanageable
Zealous
Holding a strong, energetic belief
Intervene
To insert (oneself) into a situation and take action to affect the outcome
Abdicate
To relinquish (give up) the throne; also to renounce, or cast-off a responsibility
Inhibit
To reduce or prevent
Conviction
Strong belief; a proof or decision of guilt in a courtroom setting
Levity
Inappropriately funny behavior
Disdain
Contempt or scorn, or the expression thereof
Prodigy
Something extraordinary, or out of the usual course of nature
Admonition
Gentle or friendly warning; counseling against a fault or error
Multifaceted
Having many sides or angles; intricate
Partition
Something which separates, often separates rooms in a building
Verbose
Using or containing more words than are necessary
Intersperse
Scatter amongst, to place at intervals inside something else
Insipid
Uninteresting; weak; vapid; lacking taste or flavor
Clandestine
Done in secret
Paranoia
Irrational fear and suspicion; pathological state of fear
Ascetic
Extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere; severe
Transcribe
To write over again, or in the same words; to copy
Infamous
Having a bad reputation
Apprehensive
Cautious and fearful, anxious towards the future
Slur
Insulting remark
Lexicon
A dictionary or a vocabulary particular to a subject
Fallible
Liable to err or to be mistaken
Vindicitive
Disposed to revenge; prompted or characterized by revenge
Stigma
Mark of infamy or disgrace
Severity
Gravity; seriousness; harshness (as of a punishment.).
Gnarled
Knotty; twisted
Animosity
Ill will, hostility
Differinciate
To distinguish or mark by a specific difference
Brash
Impetuous, aggressively self-assertive, rash
Vanguard
Front group, leading edge
Misrepresent
To present in an inaccurate, false, or unfair fashion
Mutable
Capable of change (or capable of being changed)
Dementia
Insanity; madness; weakness of mind; inability to reason
Methodical
In an organized, systematic fashi
Glib
Done in a smooth or offhand manner
Tepid
Lukewarm
Extraneous
Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing
Lurk
To lie in wait; to keep out of sight
Prime
To prepare; to get something ready to function
Astound
Suprise greatly, fill with wonder and confusion or bewilderment
Treatise
A written composition on a particular subject, in which its principles are discussed or explained; a tract
Predisposition
Previous inclination, tendency, or propensity; predilection
Duress
Compulsion by threat
Ally
One united to another by treaty or league; someone on the same side; a kinsman
Empirical
Based on observations and measurement
Auxiliary
Backup, secondary, supporting