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ostracize
exclude from society
defiance
open disobedience
undermine
erode something from base; weaken something gradually
undergird
support; support from below
submerge
to go under water
supersede
replace something less efficient
overhaul
comprehensive repair; check something for mechanical faults; revise something thoroughly; gradually overtake somebody
intersperse
break something's continuity; put here and there
enact
make something law
flattery
paying of compliments to win favor
aromatic
having a smell which is sweet or spicy (pleasant smell)
putrefaction
a smelly mass that is decomposition of organic matter
anarchist
one who believes that a formal government is unnecessary
amity
friendly relations
amiable
friendly relations
amendment
a positive change
ambivalent
undecided
ambiguous
not clear; uncertain; vague
altruistic
unselfish
perjury
the practice of lying
incompetence
failing to meet necessary requirements
alchemist
a person who studies chemistry
alleviates
to lessen or make easier
adulation
high praise
adage
an old saying now accepted as being truthful
prodigal
wasteful; lavish
disavowed
to deny; to refuse to acknowledge
abrupt
happening or ending unexpectedly
stigma
a mark of disgrace
virtuoso
highly skilled artist
uncanny
of a strange nature; weird
amalgam
a mixture or combination (often of metals)
lustrous
bright; radiant; shining
rancor
strong ill will; enmity
ostentatious
being showy
neologism
giving a new meaning to an old word
whimsical
fanciful; amusing
molten
melted
pernicious
dangerous; harmful
spurious
not genuine; false; bogus
transmutation
a changed form
ribald
vulgar joking or mocking
reprehensible
wicked; disgraceful
sinuous
full of curves; twisting and turning
pragmatic
matter-of-face; practical
inept
unable to handle job; totally inappropriate; incompetent; clumsy
qualified
experienced; restricted
None
ulterior
buried; concealed; undisclosed
lax
careless; irresponsible
pensive
deeply thoughtful; reflective; comtemplative
loquacious
very talkative; garrulous
autocracy
an absolute monarchy; government where one person holds power
dispassionate
lack of feeling; impartial
suave
charming in an insincere way; pleasingly dressed; effortlessly gracious
jovial
cheery; jolly; playful
waived
to give up possession or right
chagrin
distress; shame
mitigate
to alleviate; to lessen; to soothe
tarry
remain; wait; linger; to go or move slowly; to delay
saturated
to soak thoroughly; to drench
stipend
payment for work done
valor
bravery
nostalgic
longing for the past; filled with bittersweet memories
paraphernalia
equipment; accessories
innovated
to introduce a change; to depart from the old
charisma
appeal; magnetism; presence
pristine
primitive; pure; uncorrupted
malevolent
wishing evil (opposite: benevolent)
quixotic
foolishly idealistic
gloated
be smugly happy; brag; to glory over
susceptible
easily affected; easily imposed; inclined
duplicity
deception
lucrative
profitable; gainful
altruism
unselfish devotion to the welfare of others rather than self
None
delineated
to outline; to describe
rigor
severity
terse
concise; abrupt
assessed
to estimate the value of
rescinded
to retract; to discard; to revoke, repeal, or cancel
fulminate
to issue a strong denunciation
ominous
threatening
potable
a beverage that is drinkable
vagabond
wanderer; one without a fixed place
reiterate
to repeat
distant
having separations or being reserved
choleric
cranky; cantankerous; easily angered
sycophant
flatterer
arbitrary
based on one's preference or judgment
occult
supernatural or magic; mystical; mysterious
contrite
refretful; sorrowful
virulent
deadly; harmful; malicious
abominated
to loathe; to hate
facilitate
to make easier; to simplify
prevalent
generally occurring
pedantic
emphasizing minutiae or form in scholarship or teaching
universal
concerning everyone; existing everywhere
obliterated
destroy completely
indigenous
native to a region; inborn or innate
perpetual
never ceasing; continuous
chimera
something totally unrealistic or impractical; an impossible fancy
candid
honest; truthful; sincere
exorbitant
going beyond what is reasonable; excessive
uniform
consistent; unvaried; unchanging
ossified
to turn to bone; to harden
slandered
to defame; to maliciously misrepresent
quaint
old-fashioned; unusual; odd
destitute
poor; poverty-stricken
retract
to draw or take back
cognitive
possessing the power to think or meditate; meditative; capable of perception
brevity
briefness; shortness
paranoia
extreme and unreasonalbe suspcion of other people and their motives
paranoid
distrustful
vulgar
crude or indecent
loathe
dislike somebody or something
avow
affirm
reflective
thoughtful; able to reflect
meditate
think carefully about something; plan something; empty or concentrate mind
drench
soak somebody or something
denunciation
public condemnation
inborn
inherited from parents or possessed from birth
innate
present from birth
unveil
expose something secret
amid
within or among
succinct
concise, brief and to point
alacrity
cheerful promptness or speed
palpable
touchable; clear; obvious
anonymous
nameless; unidentified
baneful
deadly or causing distress, death
tentative
not confirmed; indefinite
opaque
dull; cloudy; non-transparent
garrulous
extremely talkative or wordy
derided
to laugh at with contempt; to mock
iconoclast
one who smashes revered images; an attacker of cherished beliefs
negligence
carelessness
foible
a minor weakness of character
dissonance
musical discord; a mingling of inharmonious sounds; nonmusical;disagreement; lack of harmony
hypocritical
two-faced; deceptive
pagan
polytheistic
loiter
to spend time aimlessly
recondite
hard to understand; concealed; characterized by profound scholarship
exotic
unusual; striking; foreign
dubious
doubtful; uncertain; skeptical; suspicious
livid
1. black-and-blue; discolored 2. enraged; irate
intermittent
periodic; occasional
usury
the art of lending money at illegal rates of interest
kinship
family relationship; affinity
menagerie
a place to keep or a collection of wind or strange animals
levity
silliness; lack of seriousness
rancid
having a bad odor
lassitude
a state of being tired or listless
compromised
to settle by mutual adjustment
anchorage
something that can be relied on; security
irascible
prone to anger
proverbial
well-known because it is commonly referred to
hackneyed
commonplace; trite
haggard
tired-looking; fatigued; wild and unruly in appearance
comprehensive
all-inclusive; complete; thorough
toxic
poisonous
irrational
not logical
behoove
to be appropriate, proper for somebody; to be advantageous; to be necessary
profound
deep; knowledgeable; thorough
instigate
to start; to provoke, to start trouble
converge
to move toward one point (opposite: diverge)
ignoble
shameful; dishonorable
charlatan
an impostor; fake
unobtrusive
inconspicuous; reserved
vacillation
fluctuation
cognizant
knowing about something; aware of ; perceptive
inadvertent
not on purpose; unintentional
volatile
changeable; undependable; unstable
traumatic
extreme distress; causing a violent injury
novel
new
circumlocutory
being too long, as in a description or expression; a roundabout, indirect, or ungainly way of expressing something
zephyr
a gentle wind; breeze
banal
trite, without freshness or originality
progeny
children; offspring
digress
to stray from the subject; to wander from the topic
wanton
unruly; excessive
ironic
contradictory; in consistent; sarcastic
intangible
incapable of being touched; immaterial
inert
not reacting chemically; inactive
feasible
reasonable; practical
incessant
unceasing; constant; continual
heresy
unorthodox opinion; opinion contrary to popular belief
realm
an area; sphere of activity
sporadic
rarely occurring or appearing; intermittent
abstinence
the act or process of voluntarily refraining from any action or practice; self-control; chastity
obligatory
mandatory; necessary; legally or morally binding
allusions
an indirect reference (often literary); a hint
abstemious
sparing in use of food or drink
anomaly
an oddity; inconsistency; a deviation from the norm
soliloquy
a talk one has with oneself (esp. on stage)
valid
acceptable; legal
liberalism
believing in personal freedom (favoring reform or progress)
indolent
lazy; inactive
heeds
pay attention to advice; to obey; to yield to
dogmatic
stubborn; biased; opinionated
coherent
sticking together; connected; logical; consistent
contest
to attempt to disprove or invalidate
hierarchy
a system of persons or things arranged according to rank
muse
to think or speak meditatively
illuminate
to make understandable, to clarify something; to shine light on something
rarefy
to make less dense or refined
recluse
solitary and shut off from society
relinquish
to let go; to abandon
hedonistic
pleasure-seeking
exonerate
to declare or prove blameless
plaintive
being mournful or sad
abbreviated
to shorten; to compress; to diminish
aesthetic
artistic; of beauty; sensitive to beauty
unequivocal
clear; definite
panegyric
high praise
prevaricated
to speak equivocally or evasively; to lie
diffuse
spread out; verbose (wordy); not focused
incisive
quick to understand; expressing or expressed clearly; to be acute or penetrating
pallid
sallow; colorless
tenacious
persistently holding to something
grandiose
magnificent; flamboyant
frugality
thrift; economical use or expenditure
erratic
unpredictable; irregular
disputatious
argumentative; inclined to disputes
rationalize
to offer reasons for; to account for on rational grounds
copious
full of information
caustic
burning; sarcastic; harsh
hindrance
blckage; obstacle
fatigue
mental or physical exhaustion; inability to respond to situation
ecstatic
delighted; dominated by emotion
aberrant
abnormal; straying from the normal or usual path
timorous
fearful
reciprocal
nutual; having the same relationship to each other
innate
natural; inborn
prudent
wise;careful;prepared
pervade
to occupy the whole of
tribute
expression of admiration
censure
to criticize or disapprove of
resplendent
dazzling and shining
trepidation
apprehension; uneasiness
impromptu
without preparation
obstinate
stubborn
germane
relevant; pertinent; related; to the point
disapprobation
disapproval
diffident
timid; lacking self-confidence
comeliness
beauty; attractiveness in appearance or behavior
affable
friendly; amiable; good-natured
painstaking
thorough; careful; precise
rhapsodize
to speak or write in a very enthusiastic maner
awry
crooked (ly); uneven (ly); wrong; askew
optimist
person who hopes for the best, sees the good side
malinger
to pretend to be ill in order to escape work
insinuate
imply something unpleasant gradually or inderectly; to work into gradually and indirectly
morose
gloomy; moody, despondent
derogatory
belittling; uncomplimentary
gainsay
to speak against; to contradict; to deny
inarticulate
speechless; unable to speak clearly
illusory
unreal; false; deceptive
privy
private; confidential
stupor
a stunned or bewildered condition
disseminate
to circulate; to scatter
vex
to trouble the nerves; to annoy
unpretentious
simple; plain; modest
verbatim
employing the same words as another
prosaic
lacking inmagination; tiresome; ordinary
vindicate
to free from charge; to clear
wheedle
to try to persuade; to coax
potent
having great power or physical strength
vigor
energy; forcefulness
surmise
to draw an inference; to guess
seethe
to be in a state of emotional turmoil; to become angry
lascivious
lewd; indecent; immoral; involving lust
deign
to condescent; to stoop
refute
to challenge; to disprove
anachronism
something out of place in time (e.g., an airplaine in 1492)
disinterested
neutral; unbiased
squalid
filthy; wretched (from squalor)
cogent
to the point; clear; convincing in its clarity and presentation
laud
to praise
servile
slavish; groveling
ideology
set of beliefs; principles
passive
submissive; unassertive
vivacious
lively and highly spirit; animated; gay
beneficent
conferring benefits; kindly; doing good
indulgent
lenient; patient; permissive
wry
amusing and ironic; mocking; cynical
discerning
distinguishing one thing from another
catharsis
emotional release; a purging or relieving of the body or soul
assiduous
very careful; carefully attentive; industrious
rant
to speak in a loud, pompous manner; to rave
deter
to prevent; to discourage; to hinder
haphazard
disorganized; random
aspersion
slanderous statement; a damaging or derogatory criticism
disingenuous
not frank or candid; deceivingly simple
subsidiary
subordinate
deplete
to reduce; to empty; to exhaust
tractable
easily managed (opposite: intractable)
gullible
easily fooled
confluence
a thing that is joined together
myriad
innumerable; countless
abstract
not easy to understand; theoretical
humility
lack of pride; modesty; unwillingness to draw attention to your own achievements or abilities
infer
to form an opinion; to conclude
resolution
proposal; promise; determination
vehement
intense; excited; enthusiastic
reproof
a rebuke, censure
vacuous
dull; stupid; empty-headed
consummation
the completion; finish
incoherent
illogical; rambling; disjointed
lethargic
lazy; passive
phobia
morbid fear
dishearten
discouraged; depressed
ruminate
to think about through meditation
salubrious
promoting good health
impartial
unbiased; fair
turbulence
condition of being physically agitated; disturbance
intractable
stubborn; obstinate; not easily taught or disciplined
coterie
a clique; a group who meets frequently; usually socially
impassive
showing no emotion
skeptic
doubter
ethnic
pertaining to races or peoples and their origin classification or characteristics
exemplary
serving as an example; outstanding
acclaim
loud approval; applause
usurpation
the act of taking something for oneself; seizure
accrue
to collect; to build up
languid
weak; fatigued
pertinent
relevant; related to the matter at hand
depravity
moral corruption; badness
desolate
to be left alone or made lonely;empty
nullify
to cancel; to invalidate
immune
exempt from or protected against something
wrath
violent or unrestrained anger; fury
rummage
to search thoroughly
detached
separated; not interested; standing alone
dissonant
not in harmony; in disagreement
effigy
dummy representing somebody disliked; the image or likeness of a person
deleterious
harmful; hurtful; noxious
vulnerable
open to attack; unprotected
pledge
solemn undertaking
vow
a solemn promise to carry out a certain act, or behave in a given way
plight
unfortunate condition, a difficult or dangerous condition; make a vow( in marriage)
theretofore
before then
surveillance
close watch
pioneer
inventor or innovator; first person to explore territory; to invent, to explore..
entrench
protect
thrust
push someone or something forcfully; a forward movement
quell
put stop to something by force
appeal
earnest or urgent request