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abase (v.)
to lower
abate (v.)
to lessen
abbreviate (v.)
to shorten
abduct (v.)
to kidnap
aberration (n.)
a deviation from the expected course
abhor (v.)
to hate
abide (v.)
to put up with
abject (adj.)
of the most miserable or contemptible kind
abort (v.)
to give up unfinished
abridge (v.)
to shorten
abrogate (v.)
to abolish
abscond (v.)
to sneak away and hide
abundant (adj.)
in great numbers
accede (v.)
to agree
accentuate (v.)
to emphasize
accommodating (adj.)
obliging
accost (v.)
to approach or confront aggressively
acumen (n.)
keen insight
acute (adj.)
sharp
affable (adj.)
friendly
affluent (adj.)
rich
aggrandize (v.)
to increase or make greater
aggregate (v.)
to gather
aghast (adj.)
struck by amazement or terror
agoraphobia (n.)
an abnormal fear of open or public places
akimbo (adj.)
with hands on hips and elbows extending outward
alacrity (n.)
speed
algid (adj.)
frigid
allay (v.)
to sooth
alleviate (v.)
to relieve
aloof (adj.)
reserved
altercation (n.)
an argument
amalgamation (n.)
a union
ambivalent (adj.)
having contradictory feelings
amble (v.)
to stroll
ameliorate (v.)
to improve
amend (v.)
to change for the better
amiable (adj.)
friendly
amorous (adj.)
relating to or showing love
amorphous (adj.)
without shape or borders
anomaly (n.)
something that does not fit into the normal order
antechamber (n.)
a waiting room
anxiety (n.)
uneasiness
aphorism (n.)
a short saying
apocalypse (n.)
total devastation
apparitional (adj.)
ghostly
arbitrator (n.)
one who settles controversy between two sides
ascetic (n.)
one who practices restraint as a means of self
assuage (v.)
to ease
atone (v.)
to apologize
audacious (adj.)
excessively bold
augment (v.)
to increase or make larger
austere (adj.)
very bare
baleful (adj.)
harmful
bard (n.)
a poet
battery (n.)
an assault or an array of similar things intended for use together
belligerent (adj.)
contentious
benevolent (adj.)
kind
benign (adj.)
non
berate (v.)
to scold severely
bereft (adj.)
without
bide (v.)
to wait
bilk (v.)
to cheat
blandish (v.)
to coax through flattery
bloated (adj.)
swollen
boisterous (adj.)
loud
bourgeois (adj.)
middle class
brash (adj.)
hasty or lacking in sensitivity
brazen (adj.)
excessively bold
brumal (adj.)
wintry
brusque (adj.)
short
buffet (n.)
a spread of food involving choices
buffet (v.)
to hit or strike
burgeon (v.)
to come forth
cacophony (n.)
noise
cadence (n.)
rhythm
cajole (v.)
to urge
callous (adj.)
harsh
calumny (n.)
an attempt to defame another’s reputation
camaraderie (n.)
cheerful unity among a group
canvas (n.)
a piece of cloth on which an artist paints
capricious (adj.)
impulsive
captivate (v.)
to hold the interest of
carouse (v.)
to revel
cavity (n.)
a hole
cavort (v.)
to frolic
celestial (adj.)
relating to the sky or the heavens
chastise (v.)
to criticize
choreographed (adj.)
arranged
circumlocution (n.)
indirect language
circumspect (adj.)
cautious
clairvoyant (adj.)
able to see things that others cannot
claustrophobia (n.)
an abnormal fear of closed or crowded spaces
cliché (n.)
a trite
coalesce (v.)
to combine into one
cogent (adj.)
intelligent
collusion (n.)
a conspiracy
colossus (n.)
an enormous structure
comatose (adj.)
lethargic
commendable (adj.)
worthy of praise
commodious (adj.)
spacious
compel (v.)
to force
complicit (adj.)
being an accomplice in a wrongful act
compliment (n.)
an expression of esteem or approval
concede (v.)
to give in
conciliatory (adj.)
agreeable
concoct (v.)
to make up or invent
concord (n.)
agreement
conduit (n.)
a pipe
confluence (n.)
a convergence
confound (v.)
to frustrate
connotation (n.)
a meaning or association suggested by a word beyond its definition
contusion (n.)
bruise
convalescence (n.)
the gradual return to health after illness
copious (adj.)
abundant
corpulent (adj.)
very fat
cosmopolitan (adj.)
worldly
credulity (n.)
readiness to believe
cursory (adj.)
brief to the point of being superficial
daft (adj.)
insane
daunting (adj.)
intimidating
dearth (n.)
a lack
defame (v.)
to destroy the reputation of
deft (adj.)
skilled
defunct (adj.)
no longer used or existing
deleterious (adj.)
harmful
delude (v.)
to deceive
deluge (n.)
a great flood or something that overwhelms like a flood
derelict (adj.)
run
desolate (adj.)
deserted
despondent (adj.)
discouraged
destitute (adj.)
impoverished
diaphanous (adj.)
transparent
dictate (v.)
to pronounce
differentiate (v.)
to distinguish
dilapidated (adj.)
in a state of disrepair
diligent (adj.)
careful
diminish (v.)
to decrease or make smaller
diminutive (adj.)
miniature
discreet (adj.)
prudent or inconspicuous
discrete (adj.)
separate
disparage (v.)
to criticize
dissonance (n.)
lack of harmony or agreement
divergent (adj.)
different
diverse (adj.)
varied
divisive (adj.)
causing conflict
domicile (n.)
a residence
doppelganger (n.)
a ghostly double of a living person
douse (v.)
to drench
dutiful (adj.)
careful to fulfill obligations
dynamic (adj.)
characterized by continuous change or activity
elocution (n.)
the art of public speaking
elucidate (v.)
to clarify
empathetic (adj.)
feeling another’s pain as one’s own
empathy (n.)
the experience of another’s feelings as one’s own
enervate (v.)
to weaken
enervated (adj.)
lacking energy
entity (n.)
something that exists as a discrete unit
entomology (n.)
the study of insects
envious (adj.)
jealous
erect (v.)
to construct
erroneous (adj.)
mistaken
espouse (v.)
to support
espy (v.)–
catch sight of
ethereal (adj.)
heavenly
euphoric (adj.)
elated
exacerbate (v.)
to make more violent
excursion (n.)
a trip
exemplary (adj.)
serving as an example
exigent (adj.)
critical
existential (adj.)
relating to existence
exorbitant (adj.)
excessive
extol (v.)
to praise
extravagant (adj.)
excessive
fabricate (v.)
to invent
fabulist (n.)
a teller of fables; a liar
facile (adj.)
easy
fallacious (adj.)
incorrect
familial (adj.)
relating to family
fatuous (adj.)
silly
fecund (adj.)
fertile
feign (v.)
to fake or pretend to
feral (adj.)
savage
fetter (v.)
to restrain
fey (adj.)
magical
fickle (adj.)
characterized by changeableness
figurative (adj.)
symbolic
firmament (n.)
the sky
flabbergasted (adj.)
astounded
flaccid (adj.)
limp
flattery (n.)
compliments
flout (v.)
to scorn
fluctuate (v.)
to vary irregularly
flux (n.)
a state of constant change or a flow
forage (v.)
to rummage
forestall (v.)
to delay
forlorn (adj.)
lonely
formidable (adj.)
arousing fear or alarm
forsake (v.)
to abandon
fortify (v.)
to strengthen
fortitude (n.)
strength
fortuitous (adj.)
lucky
foster (v.)
to stimulate
frenetic (adj.)
frenzied
gape (v.)
to open the mouth and stare stupidly
gay (adj.)
happy
gluttonous (adj.)
insatiable in appetite
goad (v.)
to urge
gourmand (n.)
one who likes eating and drinking
grandiose (adj.)
extraordinary
gregarious (adj.)
sociable
grotto (n.)
a small cave or cavern
guile (n.)
deceitful actions or behavior
hail (v.)
to come from
hapless (adj.)
unlucky
harmony (n.)
agreement
harrowing (adj.)
agonizing
hedonist (n.)
one whose primary pursuit is pleasure
henchman (n.)
a trusted follower
hiatus (n.)
an interruption in continuity
hiemal (adj.)
wintry
hierarchy (n.)
a ranking system of groups or individuals
histrionic (adj.)
excessively dramatic or emotional
idolatrous (adj.)
worshiping excessively an object or person
illusory (adj.)
deceptive
immaculate (adj.)
impeccably clean
immutable (adj.)
not susceptible to change
impecunious (adj.)
excessively poor
impervious (adj.)
unable to be penetrated
impudent (adj.)
rude
incessant (adj.)
without interruption
incisive (adj.)
clear
inclement (adj.)
stormy
inclination (n.)
a tendency
indictment (n.)
accusation of wrongdoing
indignation (n.)
anger due to an unfair situation
inextricable (adj.)
hopelessly confused or tangled
infuse (v.)
to inject
ingenious (adj.)
marked by special intelligence
inimical (adj.)
hostile
iniquity (n.)
a wicked act
innate (adj.)
inborn
innocuous (adj.)
harmless
inquisitor (n.)
someone who asks questions or makes an inquiry
inundate (v.)
to flood
invariable (adj.)
not susceptible to change
invective (n.)
a verbal attack
inveterate (adj.)
habitual
irascible (adj.)
easily angered
jubilant (adj.)
joyful
judicious (adj.)
of sound judgment
juvenile (adj.)
young or immature
juxtapose (v.)
to put next to each other
labyrinthine (adj.)
intricate
laceration (n.)
a cut
lachrymose (adj.)
tearful
latent (adj.)
present but hidden
laud (v.)
to applaud or praise
laudatory (adj.)
admiring
lavish (adj.)
extravagant
lethargic (adj.)
sluggish
lewd (adj.)
vulgar
libel (n.)
a statement that gives an unjust or unfavorable representation of a person or thing
licentious (adj.)
amoral
limber (adj.)
bending or flexing readily
limpid (adj.)
clear
linchpin (n.)
something that holds separate things together
lithe (adj.)
graceful
loquacious (adj.)
talkative
lull (n.)
a relatively calm interval
luminescence (n.)
light from non
magnanimous (adj.)
generous
malaise (n.)
vague feeling of discomfort
malevolent (adj.)
having intent to harm others
malicious (adj.)
malevolent
malign (v.)
to slander
malleable (adj.)
easily shaped or formed
mandatory (adj.)
required
manifest (v.)
to show clearly
manifold (adj.)
many
masticate (v.)
to chew
matrimony (n.)
marriage
maudlin (adj.)
sentimental
maxim (n.)
a common saying of advice or virtue
meager (adj.)
lacking in quality stature
mediate (v.)
to intervene
melodramatic (adj.)
exaggeratedly emotional or sentimental; histrionic
mendacious (adj.)
inclined to lie or mislead
mercurial (adj.)
quick and changeable in temperament
meritorious (adj.)
deserving of praise or merit
metamorphosis (n.)
a change of form
mimic (v.)
to imitate
misogyny (n.)
hatred of women
modicum (n.)
a small amount of something
mollify (v.)
to soften in temper
monogamy (n.)
having only one spouse at a time
mores (n.)
moral attitudes
morose (adj.)
gloomy or sullen
munificent (adj.)
generous
mutability (n.)
capability of change
myopic (adj.)
short
myriad (adj.)
consisting of a very great number
narrate (v.)
to tell a story
nebulous (adj.)
indistinct
nefarious (adj.)
horribly villainous
neologism (n.)
the creation of new words
neonate (n.)
a newborn baby
noisome (adj.)
foul
notoriety (n.)
infamy
novel (adj.)
strikingly new
noxious (adj.)
harmful
obdurate (adj.)
unyielding to persuasion or moral influences
obfuscate (v.)
to render incomprehensible
obsequious (adj.)
excessively compliant or submissive
odious (adj.)
meriting strong displeasure
officious (adj.)
offering unwanted help or service
olfactory (adj.)
relating to the sense of smell
ominous (adj.)
foreboding or foreshadowing evil
oration (n.)
a dignified and formal speech
ostracize (v.)
to exclude from a community
pacify (v.)
to sooth
paragon (n.)
model of perfection
pariah (n.)
an outcast
parody (n.)
a satirical imitation
patent (adj.)
clear
pedagogue (n.)
a schoolteacher
pellucid (adj.)
clear
penchant (n.)
a tendency
peregrinate (v.)
to travel from place to place on foot
perfunctory (adj.)
showing little enthusiasm
permeate (v.)
to spread out
persevere (v.)
to persist
pertinacious (adj.)
stubbornly persistent
peruse (v.)
to examine carefully
pervasive (adj.)
to spread throughout
petulance (n.)
irritability
physiognomy (n.)
the art of judging human character from facial features
pique (v.)
to provoke or to cause indignation
pithy (adj.)
succinctly meaningful
pittance (n.)–
very small amount
placate (v.)
to soothe
placid (adj.)
calm
plethora (n.)
a great number
pliable (adj.)
flexible
poach (v.)
to hunt or fish illegally
poised (adj.)
balanced
polygamy (n.)
having more than one spouse at a time
portentous (adj.)
foreboding or foreshadowing evil
portly (adj.)
fat
precarious (adj.)
dangerously lacking in security or stability
predestination (n.)
the concept of destiny or fate
premonition (n.)
a presentiment of the future
preponderance (n.)
a great amount or frequency
presage (n.)
an omen
prestidigitation (n.)
a sleight of hand
presumptuous (adj.)
disrespectfully bold
profane (adj.)
indecent
profuse (adj.)
abundant
propensity (n.)
an inclination
propriety (n.)
decency
protean (adj.)
readily taking on various shapes or forms
prudent (adj.)
cautious
puerile (adj.)
immature
pugnacious (adj.)
belligerent
pulchritude (n.)
physical beauty
punctilious (adj.)
eager to follow rules
pungent (adj.)
having a sharp
purport (v.)
to present an intention that is often FALSE
putrid (adj.)
rotten
quaint (adj.)
old
quid pro
(n.
quotidian (adj.)
daily
radiant (adj.)
bright
rancid (adj.)
rotten
ratiocinate (v.)
to think
raze (v.)
to demolish
recalcitrant (adj.)
defiant
recalibrate (v.)
to readjust or make corrections to
recapitulate (v.)
to repeat
rectify (v.)
to set right
redact (v.)
to revise
redoubtable (adj.)
formidable
redress (v.)
to set right or remedy
reel (v.)
to be thrown off balance or feel dizzy
refrain (v.)
to hold oneself back
reiterate (v.)
to repeat
relish (v.)
to take zestful pleasure in
remiss (adj.)
negligent
render (v.)
to say
renovate (v.)
to restore
repose (n.)
rest
reprehensible (adj.)
deserving criticism
repudiate (v.)
to reject
repulse (v.)
to cause disgust or distaste
requisition (n.)
a demand for goods
restitution (n.)
compensation
retaliation (n.)
revenge
retract (v.)
withdraw
retribution (n.)
vengeance
revel (v.)
to enjoy
rife (adj.)
abundant
ruddy (adj.)
having a healthy
ruse (n.)
a trick
rustic (adj.)
relating to country life
saccharine (adj.)
overly sweet
sacrosanct (adj.)
sacred
sagacious (adj.)
shrewd
salient (adj.)
significant
salutation (n.)
a greeting
sanguine (adj.)
cheery
sate (v.)
to satisfy (an appetite) fully.
satiate (v.)
to satisfy excessively
savor (v.)
to appreciate fully
scathing (adj.)
hurtful
scourge (n.)
a plague
scurrilous (adj.)
crude
sedate (v.)
to calm
sedentary (adj.)
sitting
seer (n.)
a fortune teller
seminal (adj.)
original
serendipity (n.)
the act of finding things not sought
slander (n.)
a FALSE statement to damage the reputation of another
sobriety (n.)
moderation from excess
somnolent (adj.)
sleepy
soothsayer (n.)
a fortune teller
sordid (adj.)
dirty
spectral (adj.)
ghostly
spurious (adj.)
FALSE but intended to seem believable or possible
stagnant (adj.)
still
stagnate (v.)
to be idle
static (adj.)
not moving
steadfast (adj.)
fixed or unchanging
strenuous (adj.)
requiring tremendous strength or energy
strife (n.)
conflict
stupefy (v.)
to astound
submissive (adj.)
easily yielding to authority
subsist (v.)
to live
succinct (adj.)
marked by compact precision
suffice (v.)
to meet needs
supplant (v.)
to displace and substitute for another
surfeit (n.)
an excess
surmise (v.)
to guess
surreptitious (adj.)
done in a secret
swarthy (adj.)
of dark color or complexion
sybarite (n.)
someone devoted to pleasure and luxury
sycophant (n.)
a self
sympathetic (adj.)
compassionate
sympathy (n.)
an expression of pity for another
synopsis (n.)
a summary
taciturn (adj.)
not inclined to talk
tantamount (adj.)
equivalent in value or significance
tedious (adj.)
boring
telepathic (adj.)
capable of reading minds
tenuous (adj.)
having little substance or strength
terrestrial (adj.)
relating to the land
terse (adj.)
abrupt
timorous (adj.)
fearful
tome (n.)
a large book
toothsome (adj.)
delicious
torpid (adj.)
lazy
torrid (adj.)
giving off intense heat
tortuous (adj.)
winding
tragedy (n.)
a disastrous event
tranquil (adj.)
calm
travesty (n.)
a grossly inferior imitation
trek (v.)
to walk
trite (adj.)
overused
truculent (adj.)
eager to fight
ubiquitous (adj.)
existing everywhere
ultimate (n.)
the last part
umbrage (n.)
anger
uncanny (adj.)
of supernatural character or origin
undulate (v.)
to move in a smooth wavelike motion
uniform (adj.)
unvarying
unilateral (adj.)
having only one side
unique (adj.)
being the only one of its kind
upbraid (v.)
to criticize
vacillate (v.)
to sway from one side to another
variance (n.)
a difference between what is expected and what actually occurs
variegate (v.)
to diversify
vast (adj.)
enormous
veneer (n.)
a superficial or deceptively attractive appearance
veracious (adj.)
honest
verbose (adj.)
wordy
vicarious (adj.)
experienced through another’s actions
vicissitudes (n.)
the unexpected changes and shifts often encountered in one’s life
vigor (n.)
vitality and energy
vim (n.)
and energy
vivacious (adj.)
lively
vocation (n.)
one’s work or professional calling
volition (n.)
a conscious choice or decision
voluminous (adj.)
large
voluptuary (n.)
someone devoted to sensory pleasure and luxury
wane (v.)
to decrease gradually in size or degree
wax (v.)
to increase gradually in size or degree
weather (v.)
to withstand or survive a situation
whet (v.)
to make more keen
winsome (adj.)
charming
Zeitgeist (n.)
the spirit of the time