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abjure
deny; swear away from; recant
abject
degraded; miserable
abhor
to hate
abscond
to run away
abstruse
hard to understand
aberration
something away from the normal or typical
antedate
to occur before
antecedent
coming before an event
antiquarian
of a anitques or antiquities
antediluvian
ancient; old-fashioned; before Noah's flood?
epithet
a brief description of a person
epitome
representative or the best of a class
epigram
short, witty statement
epitaph
inscripiton of words in memory of the dead
extirpate
to destroy fully; exterminate
expurgate
to clean out; purge
exonerate
to free from guilt
excoriate
to criticize harshly; to "cuss out"
exacerbate
to aggrevate; to bring out (make worse)
efface
to wipe out
ebullient
enthusiastic; outgoing
explicate
to explain; to bring out
abdicate
renounce; resign; give up
interdict
to officially prohibit
dictatorial
domineering; arbitrary
edict
speaking out by official decree
inundate
to flood; overflow
sanguine
ruddy; cheerful
meticulous
very careful of details
lax
careless; not strict
sporadic
occasional; scattered
obviate
to eliminate; make unnecessary
fortuitous
accidental; lucky
conjecture
guesswork without complete evidence
diatribe
an abusive reprimand
anathema
accursed or damned
truncate
to abruptly cut off part of
incontrovertible
undeniable
cognizant
knowledgeable of; fully aware
recant
take back
posterity
progeny; descandants
antipathy
hatred; aversion
contravene
contradict; violate
reticent
uncommunicative
mutltifarious
a great variety
supercilious
snobbish; contemptuous; arrogant
subjugate
bring under control
prodigal
wasteful
ilk
kind; sort (usually used as a negative)
furtive
secret
malevolent
an evil wish or action
malady
badd condition or illness
malodorus
having a bad odor
malign
to speak evil of
malediction
a curse
maladroit
clumsy
malapropism
absurd misuse of words that sound alike
potytheism
belief in many gods
polygot
speaking in many languages
polypragmatic
too interested in other people's buisness; nosy
polyphonic
combination of many independent sounds
polymath
a person fo great learning in many subjects
intercede
to go between
accede
to give in
recede
to go back; withdraw
credulous
willing to believe too quickly
incredulous
skeptical; not believing
miscreant
criminal; one who's done things so he cannot be believed
accreditation
authorization; certification
credence
belief
excursion
journey
precursor
what came before; a forerunner
recourse
a turning for aid
discursive
rambling
cursory
brief
recur
to happen again
concurrent
running together
incur
to bring upon oneself (often used negatively); run into
corroborate
to confirm or support
schism
split
ostentatatious
showy
importune
to plead; urge
surreptitious
secret
eschew
avoid
flout
to reject; to show contempt for
nefarious
villian