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Abase
to degrade, to humiliate
Abate
to reduce in intensity or amount
Abstruse
Difficult to understand, recondite, concealed
Abyss
Bottomless hole, a vast expanse or depth
Acuity
Sharpness of perception
Affinity
A likeness, a natural relationship, a kinship
Alacrity
prompt and cheerful response
Alchemist
One who practices medieval chemistry or tries to change metals into gold
Alloy
A substance that is a mixture of metals
Amenable
open to or willing to follow advice or suggestion, tractable, malleable
Antipathy
A dislike, distaste, or enmity
Append
to add in a supplementary manner
Arduous
very difficult to accomplish or to achieve, very demanding (task)
Ascend
to move upward, to rise from a lower station
Ascetic
one who leads a life of self-denial and contemplation; absent of luxury
Audacity
excessive boldness, rashness, daring
Augury
an omen or prophecy
Auspicious
favorable
Austere
strict, stern; unadorned, ascetic
Balm
a soothing substance or one that gives relief
Benevolence
kindness, generosity, charity
Benign
not causing harm, of gentle disposition, beneficial
Betoken
to give a sign of
Blighted
destroyed or caused by decline or decay
Buoyant
capable of floating; cheerful
Burnish
to make shiny or to polish by rubbing
Calamity
a serious event causing distress or misfortune
Capricious
changing suddenly, fickle
Consecrate
to dedicate or to declare sacred
Credible
reliable and believable
Dearth
a lack, a scarcity
Decorousness
proper behavior
Decorum
appropriate conduct, correct and proper behavior
Deleterious
Harmful; dangerous; injurious
Depravity
moral crruption, a wicked or perverse act
Derision
scoffing at, mockery, ridicule
Despondency
depression, dejection
Despotic
ruling oppressively and absolutely; tyrannical
Discern
to differentiate between two or more things
Duplicity
double-dealing, hypocrisy
Edifice
a very large building
Effervescent
showing high spirits
Endow
to provide with income or property, to supply with a talent or quality
Enmity
absolute hatred
Entreaty
a plea, an earnest request
Enumerate
to count one by one
Erudite
scholarly
Esoteric
understood only by a small group or a select few
Estrange
to alienate, to separate
Ethreal
Heavenly, unusually delicate, light, lacking material substance, intangible
Eulogy
praise or tribute
Evanescent
Fleeting; impermanenet
Exigent
urgent, requiring immediate attention
Expiate
to atone or to make amends for a sin or a crime
Extant
still in existence
Fervent
ardent, showing great emotion, impassioned
Florid
flowery, flushed with color
Foliage
leaves of a plant, leafage
Forbearance
patience, lenience
Foreboding
premonitition of evil, an ominous omen
Fugitive
a person who is elusive or hard to find, wandering
Furrow
to make wrinkles or grooves
Gaunt
very thin, emaciated, angular
Gentility
state of refinement, member of the upper class or gentry
Gratuitous
given freely, unwarranted
Grievous
characterized by severe suffering or sorrow, serious or grave
Ignominy
Disgraceful or dishonorable conduct
Imbibe
to absorb or to drink in
Imperious
extremely overbearing
Implicit
understood but not directly expressed
Import
relative importance, significance
Impugn
to assail or to attack one's honor or integrity
Impute
to blame or to charge
Inauspicious
unfavorable
Incantation
a spell, written or recited formula of words designed for a particular effect
Inclement
stormy, severe
Incongruity
nonconformity, disagreement, incompatibility
Incurious
uninterested, lacking normal curiosity
Indefatigable
tireless, incapable of being fatigued
Inextricable
not able to be disentangled
Infamous
having a reputation of the worst kind, vicious, notoriously bad
Inopportune
inconvenient, poorly timed
Inscrutable
difficult to understand; mysterious
Insidious
treacherous or dangerous in a secret sort of way
Inverterate
firmly established, habitual, deep rooted
Inviolable
secure from violation or from being profaned
Jocular
jesting or joking
Jollity
merriment, state of being jolly
Labyrinthine
like a maze, very convoluted and intricate
Lament
to mourn or to express sorrow in a demonstrative manner
Languid
slow,sluggish, listless,weak
Laud
to praise, to extol
Loquacious
very talkative
Lurid
Sensational, gruesome and causing shock or horror
Magnate
a person of power and influence
Malefactor
a criminal
Malevolence
ill will or evil intentions
Malicious
motivated by hate or deliberate intent to harm
Malleable
capable of being shaped, influenced, or altered; tractable
Melancholy
depression of spirits
Mirth
gladness and merriment usually accompanied by laughter
Misanthrope
a hater of mankind
Mollify
to soothe or to appease, to assuage
Oblivion
state of being forgotten
Obscure
difficult to see, vague
Obtuse
dull of mind, insensitive, stupid
Obviates
makes unecessary, prevents as a result of anticipating
Odious
deserving hate or contempt
Ominous
threatening
Opaque
not allowing the passage of light, not transparent; hard to understand
Palliate
to ease pain, guilt or intensity
Pallor
extreme paleness usually relating to the face
Palpable
tangible, perceptible, easily noticeable
Peal
a loud ringing (usually of bells)
Penitent
showing or feeling regret for wrongdoing, repentant
Petty
small and insignificant
Petulance
unreasonable touchiness or irritability
Piety
devotion and reverence to God
Placid
peaceful, calm
Plaintive
mournful and expressing sorrow
Pompous
exaggerated show of dignity or self-importance, bombastic
Ponderous
very heavy, unwieldy from weight
Portal
a doorway (especially a large one)
Portent
a sign or forewarning
Posterity
future generations, all descendants of a person
Potent
powerful,having a strong effect
Potentate
a monarch, very powerful ruler, sovereign
Prattle
meaningless sounds, babble
Precipice
a very steep cliff or mass of rock, the brink of something dangerous
Precocious
exceptionally early in development or occurrence
Predilection
preference
Primeval
ancient, relating to the earliest ages
Prolific
abundantly fruitful, marked by great productivity
Propensity
preference, natural inclination
Propinquity
nearness; kinship
Propriety
correct conduct
Quaint
unusual in character or appearance
Regimen
the regular process, procedure, or system of doing something
Remonstrate
to protest, to make objections
Replete
filled to capacity, abundantly supplied
Requite
to make repayment or to return
Revere
to honor, to regard with respect
Rotund
very plump, round
Sagacious
wise, shrewd, very discerning
Scintillating
sparkling, shining, or flashing
Sedulously
very diligent, accomplishing with painstaking care
Sentinel
one who keeps guard as a sentry
Solace
to comfort or to cheer
Stalwart
one who supports a cause with firm partisanship
Superfluous
beyond what is needed or required, an overflow
Tarry
to delay in coming or going, to linger
Tempestuous
turbulent, stormy
Tome
a book that is a larger volume
Torpid
sluggish, inactive, dull
Unobtrusive
not readily noticeable, inconspicuous
Vagrant
a wanderer who does not have a home
Venerate
to honor, to revere
Vicissitude
a passing from one thing to another, change of luck
Virtuous
having excellent morals; righteous
Vista
a distant view seen through an opening
Vitiated
impaired, corrupted, or made ineffective
Voluminous
marked by great volume or size
Voluptuous
pleasurable to the senses, sensuous
Wan
very pale and sickly
Witticism
a clever and witty remark
Zenith
the highest point overhead, peak