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obtrude
push forward or intrude; butt in
odorous
having an odor
officious
meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services
oligarchy
government by a privileged few
omnivorous
eating both plant and animal food; devouring everything
onerous
burdensome
onus
burden; responsibility
opiate
medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain
ornithologist
scientific student of birds
ostracize
exclude from public favor; ban
overbearing
bossy and arrogant; decisively important
overt
open to view
overwrought
extremely agitated; hysterical
pacify
soothe; make calm or quiet
palatable
agreeable; pleasing to the taste
pallid
pale; wan
panacea
cure-all; remedy for all diseases
pander
cater to the low desires of others
paradigm
model; example; pattern
paradox
something apparently contradictory in nature
paragon
model of perfection
parochial
narrow in outlook; provincial; related to parishes
paroxysm
fit or attack of pain, laughter or rage
pastoral
rural
pathological
related to the study of disease; diseased or markedly abnormal
pathos
tender sorrow; pity; quality of producing these feelings
pedagogy
teaching; art of education
pedant
scholar who overemphasizes book learning or technicalities
pedantic
showing off learning, bookish
pedestrian
ordinary; unimaginative
pejorative
negative in connotation
penchant
strong inclination
peruse
read with care
philistine
narrow-minded person; uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain
phlegmatic
calm, not easily disturbed
phobia
morbid fear
picaresque
pertaining to rogues in literature
placebo
harmless substance prescribed as a dummy pill
plagiarism
theft of another's ideas or writings passed off as original
plagiarize
steal another's ideas and pass them off as one's own
plausible
having a show of truth but open to doubt
plumage
feathers of a bird
polyglot
speaking several languages
pontifical
pertaining to a bishop or pope; pompous or pretentious
portend
foretell; presage
portent
sign; omen; forewarning
posthumous
after death
precept
practical rule guiding conduct
precipitate
rash; premature; hasty; sudden
predilection
partiality; preference
prehensile
capable of grasping or holding
preternatural
beyond what is normal in nature
primordial
existing at the beginning of time
problematic
doubtful; unsettled, questionable
proclivity
inclination; natural tendency
prodigious
marvelous; enormous
progenitor
ancestor
progeny
children; offspring
proletarian
member of the working class; blue collar person
promiscuous
mixed indiscriminately; haphazard; irregular - particularly sexually
propitiate
appease
propitious
favorable; fortunate; advantageous
proponent
supporter; backer; opposite of opponent
propriety
fitness; correct conduct
prostrate
stretch out full on the ground
provocative
arousing anger or interest; annoying
pseudonym
pen name
quibble
minor objection or complaint
quintessence
purest and highest embodiment
quixotic
idealistic but impractical
raconteur
storyteller
rampant
growing in profusion; unrestrained
redress
remedy; compensation
refractory
stubborn; unmanageable
regale
entertain
regimen
prescribed diet and habits
rejoinder
retort; comeback; reply
rejuvenate
make young again
repository
storehouse
reprieve
temporary stay
reprisal
retaliation
reprobate
person hardened in sin; devoid of a sense of decency
requisite
necessary requirement
resentment
indignation; bitterness; displeasure
restitution
reparation; indemnification
restive
restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control
retentive
holding; having a good memory
retinue
following; attendants
retrench
cut down; economize
retrograde
go backwards; degenerate
revile
attack with abusive language; vilify
rife
abundant; current
riveting
absorbing; engrossing
rostrum
platform for speech making; pulpit
rotundity
roundness;
saboteur
one who commits sabotage
saccharine
cloyingly sweet
sadistic
inclined to cruelty
sagacious
perceptive; shrewd; having insight
salubrious
healthful
sardonic
disdainful; sarcastic; cynical
sartorial
pertaining to tailors
sequester
isolate; retire from public life
shirk
avoid responsibility
simian
monkeylike
sinuous
winding; bending in and out
skinflint
stingy person; miser
skulk
to move furtively and secretly
sodden
soaked; dull
soliloquy
talking to oneself
somnambulist
sleepwalker
spartan
avoiding luxury and comfort; sternly disciplined
stalwart
strong; brawny; steadfast
stigmatize
brand; mark as wicked
stymie
present an obstacle; stump
suavity
urbanity; polish
sublime
exalted or noble and uplifting
subliminal
below the threshold
subservient
behaving like a slave; servile
subterfuge
pretense, evasion
subversive
tending to overthrow; destructive
supercilious
arrogant; condescending; patronizing
supposition
hypothesis; the act of supposing
sustenance
means of support, food, nourishment
swarthy
dark; dusky
tactile
pertaining to the organs and sense of touch
tangible
able to be touched; real; palpable
tautological
needlessly repetitious
tedious
boring; tiring
tepid
lukewarm
thrifty
careful about money
tome
large volume (book)
topography
physical features of a region
torrid
passionate; hot or scorching
tortuous
winding; full of curves
tout
publicize; praise excessively
transitory
impermanent; fleeting
trappings
outward decorations; ornaments
treatise
article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly
trivial
unimportant; trifling
turbid
muddy
turgid
swollen; distended
turpitude
depravity
ulterior
situated beyond; unstated
unanimity
complete agreement
unequivocal
plain; obvious; unmistakable
unimpeachable; blameless and exemplary
unmitigated
unrelieved or immoderate; absolute
unrequited
not reciprocated
unseemly
unbecoming; indecent; in poor taste
unwieldy
awkward; cumbersome
vapid
dull; unimaginative
venal
capable of being bribed
veneer
thin layer; cover
venerable
deserving high respect
veracity
truthfulness
verisimilitude
appearance of truth; likelihood
vernacular
living language; natural style
vicarious
acting as a substitute
virile
manly
visceral
felt in one's inner organs
viscous
sticky; gluey
vitriolic
corrosive; sarcastic
volition
act of making a conscious choice
voluminous
bulky; large
voyeur
Peeping Tom
waffle
speak equivocally about an issue
waif
homeless child or animal
waive
give up temporarily; yield
wan
having a pale or sickly color
wane
decrease in size or strength
watershed
critical dividing point
wax
increase; grow
windfall
unexpected lucky event
winnow
separate good parts from bad