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abridge
to shorten or condense
acquiesce
to consent, agree passibely
allude
to refer to or mention casually
constitute
to form, or make up
contrive
to plot, scheme, devise a way
corroborate
to verify, confirm, substantiate
culminate
to reach the higest point
depreciate
to decrease in value
dilate
to expand or enlarge
discriminate
to observe differnces, make unfair distinctions
arid
dry, barren, parched, lifeless
chronic
constant, habitual, recurring
dubious
doubtful, uncertain, causing doubt
indulgent
yielding, lenient, easy-going
internal
inside, within (body, country, etc.) inner
lethal
deadly, fatal
livid
pale, lead-colored, grayish blue
overt
open, unconcealed
senile
characteristic of old age
virtual
almost, for all practical purposes, being something in effect but not
aegis
protection, sponsorship
amazon
a large strong or athletic woman, a female warrior
aurora
the dawn or similar luminosity
odyssey
extended journey or wandering
paean
song of thanksgiving, joy, praise, triumph
palladium
safegaurd, something to insure safety
plutocrat
a wealthy person, especially one whose wealth means power
siren
a bewitching or irresistible woman, fascinating, captivating
valhalla
hall of feasting heroes
ambrosial
fragrant, delicious, superior
apollonian
godlike, living by enlightened, aesthetic, intellectual values; harmonious, spiritual
dionysian
living for sensual and material delights
hermetic
completely sealed, airtight, hard to understand, relating to the occult or the magical
procrustean
taking fanatical or ruthless action to attain conformity
promethean
daring, creative, or heroic on behalf of humanity
pyrrhic victory
a too-costly victory
stygian
dark, gloomy, hellish
tantalizing
teasing, tormenting
terpsichorean
pertaining to dancing
titanic
extremely large, strong, or powerful
anomaly
an abnormal, irregular fact or occurrence
apogee
highest or farthest point (in an orbit); climax
apocalypse
vision of future (well-being); revelation
arson
act of setting fire(s) purposely
client
person for whom lawyer, accountant or agency is acting; customer
incidence
process of a happening, an occurrence
initiative
unprompted action, the first step, enterprise
litany
a responsive prayer or religious service
maxim
a wise saying, aphorism, proverb
mosaic
inlaid art work, design made from bits of glass or stone set in cement
perquisite
an extra benefit or remuneration
complement
to round out, make complete
console
to comfort (a person), make less sad
consummate
bring to fulfillment or completion
enervate
weaken, take strength from, debilitate
hypothesis
theory; unproved explaination
exalt
to lift up, elevate
perforate
punch hole(s), pierce
propagate
to reproduce, spread abroad
stipulate
to specify, include explicitly (in an agreement)
accelerate
to speed up, increase the speed
compensate
to make up for, pay, remunerate
exaggerate
to overstate, magnify, inflate
humiliate
to lower the self-respect of, mortify
impale
to pierce, thrust through
jeopardize
to endanger
perpetrate
to perform, carry out
promulgate
to make known, spread widely
resuscitate
to revive, bring back to life
simluate
to feign, pretend, imitate
metaphor
an implied comparison
moron
person of low intelligence, fool
nonentity
a person or thing of no importance
parity
equality, equivalence
satellite
a small body revolving around a larger one; a person, group, nation dependent on a larger one
scroll
an ancient rolled manuscript
simile
an expressed comparison
sovereign
the supreme ruler, monarch
stratum
a layer or level
tenacity
unyielding firmness
affinity
attraction, kinship
despot
a ruler with absolute power, a tyrant
effigy
image, likeness
hybrid
a cross between two varieties
illusion
something not what it appears to be
opulence
wealth, abundance
precision
exactness, accuracy
proximity
nearness
reminiscence
a calling to mind, recollection
reprisal
act of retaliation, especially in war
adroit
skillful, clever
facile
easily done, moving easily or quickly
feline
catlike, sly, stealthy
mediocre
average, commonplace
prodigious
enormous, marvelous, superhuman
prosaic
dull, monotonous, uninteresting
punitive
intended to punish, bringing punishment
spontaneous
arising naturally from within, bubbling up
subtle
delicate, artful, requiring acuteness
transient
fleeing, short-lived
Austere
rigorous, stern, severely simple
Avid
eager, greedy
Capricious
subject to whims, changeable
Competent
capable, skillful, well qualified
Diffident
shy, timid, unassertive
Diminutive
undersized, small
Formidable
hard to overcome, causing fear or dread
Inscrutable
mysterious, unfathomable, beyond comprehension
Inveterate
habitual, deeply established
Lugubrious
mournful, doleful, dismal
Melancholy
gloomy, brooding, sadly thoughtful
Meticulous
scrupulous about details
Munificent
very generous, lavish
Opportune
timely, advantageous, seasonable
Plebeian
common, ordinary, low-class
Precipitous
very steep
Precocious
ahead in development (especially mental); exhibiting exceptionally mature qualities
Pugnacious
quarrelsome, inclined to fight
Querulous
fretful, complaining
Inexorable
unyielding, unrelenting