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Alacrity
speed or quickness
Analogous
similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
Approbation
approval and praise
Bombastic
pompus in speech and manner
Circumspect
cautious; aware of potential consequences
Condone
to overlook, pardon or disregard
Desiccate
to dry out thoroughly
Diffident
lacking self-confidence
Dogmatic
dictorial in one's opinions
Elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech
Equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
Euphemism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
Exigent
urgent; requiring immediate action
Guile
deceit, trickery
Iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs and institutions
Ingenuous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
Insipid
lacking flavor or interest
Lassitude
a state of diminished energy
Lavish
extremely generous or extravegant; to give unsparingly
Monotony
no variation, tediously the same
Obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
Occlude
to stop up, prevent the passage of
Opprobrium
public disgrace
Plastic
able to be molded, altered or bent
Precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
Probity
complete honesty and integrity
Rarefy
to make thinner or sparser
Rhetoric
effective writing or speaking
Specious
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
Sublime
lofty or grand
Volatile
easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
Abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
Abstain
to choose not to do something
Advocate
to speak in favor of
Ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain, can be interpreted several ways
Antipathy
extreme dislike
Archaic
ancient; old-fashioned
Assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe
Austere
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
Cacophony
harsh, jarring noise
Castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
Chaos
great disorder or confused situation
Corroborate
supporting evidence
Decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
Efficacy
effectiveness
Embellish
to add ornamental or ficticious details
Dupe
to decieve; or a person who is easily decieved
Emulate
to copy; to try to equal or excel
Enigma
a puzzle, a mystery
Esoteric
known or understood only by a few
Fanatical
acting excessively enthusiastic, filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion
Florid
excessively decorated or embellished
Frugality
tending to be thrifty or cheap
Impetuous
quick to act without thinking
Irascible
easily made angry
Lucid
clear and easily understood
Malleable
capable of being shaped
Misanthrope
a person who dislikes others
Paragon
model of excellence or perfection
Perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent; cursory
Philanthropy
charity, a desire or effort to promote goodness
Proliferate
to increase in number quickly
Prudence
wisdom, caution or restraint
Tirade
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
Vacillate
to physically sway or to be indecisive
Verbose
wordy
Zeal
passion, excitement