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indifferent
not caring one way or the other; mediocre; lacking a preference; neutral
apathy
lack of emotion or interest
obscure
unclear; clouded; partially hidden; hard to understand
impartial
unbiased; neutral
objective
without bias
revere
to worship; to honor
discriminate
to differentiate; to make a clear distinction; to see the difference
denounce
to speak out against; to condemn
innovate
to be creative; to introduce something new
relevant
important; pertinent
candid
honest; frank
discernment
insight; ability to see things clearly
disdain
arrogant scorn; contempt
abstract
theoretical, lacking substance
temperate
moderate; restrained
enigma
mystery
inevitable
unavoidable; bound to happen
eccentric
not conventional; a little kooky; irregular
provincial
limited in outlook to one's small corner of the world; narrow
futile
hopeless; without effect
diverse
varied
benevolent
kind; good-hearted; generous
pious
reverent or devout; outwardly (and sometimes falsely) reverent or devout
conciliatory
making peace; attempting to solve a dispute through goodwill
resignation
reluctant acceptance of a bad situation
resolute
determined; firm; unwavering
servile
submissive and subservient; like a servant
acute
sharp; shrewd
reticent
restrained; uncommunicative
anarchy
absence of government or control; lawlessness; disorder
virulent
extremely poisonous; malignant; full of hate
scrutinize
to examine closely
discord
disagreement
repudiate
to reject; to deny
diligent
hardworking
superficial
on the surface only; shallow; not thorough
contempt
reproachful disdain
lucid
clear; easy to understand
aesthetic
having to do with artistic beauty; artistic
prodigal
extravagant; wasteful
augment
to add to; to increase; to make bigger
complacent
smug; self-satisfied; pleased with oneself; contented to a fault
guile
cunning; duplicity
squander
to waste
incessant
unceasing; never-ending
laudable
worthy of praise
deter
to prevent; to stop; to keep from doing something
redundant
repetitive; unnecessary; excessively wordy
infamous
shamefully wicked; having (and deserving) an extremely bad reputation; disgraceful
provocative
exciting; attracting attention
depravity
moral corruption
gravity
seriousness
banal
unoriginal; ordinary
extol
to praise
euphony
pleasant sound
deride
to ridicule; to laugh at contemptuously
insipid
dull; banal
austere
unadorned; stern; forbidding; without much money
expedite
to make faster or easier
heresy
an opinion violently opposed to established beliefs
novel
new; original
philanthropy
love of mankind; donating to charity
tentative
experimental; temporary; uncertain
deference
submission to another's will; respect; courtesy
vacillate
to be indecisive; to waver back and forth
fervor
passion
dispassionate
without passion; objective; neutral
pragmatic
practical; down to earth; based on experience rather than theory
rigorous
strict; harsh; severe
solemn
serious; grave
alleviate
to lessen; to relieve; usually temporarily or incompletely; to make bearable
negligence
carelessness
conspicuous
standing out; obvious
advocate
to speak in favor of; to support
ascetic
hermitlike; practicing self-denial
profound
deep; insightful
ironic
satiric; unexpected
dogmatic
arrogantly assertive of unproven ideas; arrogantly claming that something (often a system of beliefs) is beyond dispute
condone
to overlook; to permit to happen
dissent
disagreement
volition
will; conscious choice
voluntary
willing; unforced
didactic
instructive; intended to instruct
disparate
different; incompatible
disparage
to belittle; to say uncomplimentary things about, usually in a somewhat indirect way
ephemeral
short-lived; fleeting; not lasting
compliant
yielding; submissive
prosaic
dull; unimaginative
profuse
flowing; extravagant
expedient
providing an immediate advantage; serving one's immediate self-interest
fastidious
meticulous; demanding
belligerent
combative; quarrelsome; waging war
astute
perceptive; intelligent
languish
to become weak, listless, or depressed
censure
to condemn severely for doing something bad
stagnation
motionlessness; inactivity
mitigate
to lessen the severity of something
reprehensible
worthy of blame or censure
engender
to create; to produce
exemplary
outstanding; setting a great example
neutral
unbiased; not taking sides; objective
relegate
to banish; to send away
anecdote
a brief, entertaining story
scanty
inadequate; minimal
fallacious
false
acclaim
praise; applause; admiration
uniform
consistent; unchanging; the same for everyone
incoherent
jumbled; chaotic; impossible to understand
repress
to hold down
articulate
speaking clearly and well
solicit
to ask for; to seek
reproach
to scold
condescend
to stoop to someone else's level, usually in an offensive way; to patronize
orthodox
conventional; adhering to established principles or doctrines, especially in religion; by the book
indolence
laziness
congenial
agreeably suitable; pleasant
preclude
to prevent; to make impossible; to shut out
apprehensive
worried; anxious
elaborate
detailed; careful; through
arrogant
feeling superior to others; snooty
elusive
hard to pin down; evasive
efface
to erase; to rub away the features of
taciturn
untalkative by nature
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
acquiesce
to give in; to agree
atrophy
to waste away from lack of use
dubious
doubtful; uncertain
flagrant
shocking; outstandingly bad
concise
brief and to the point; succinct
immutable
unchangeable; permanent
static
stationary; not changing or moving
credulous
believing; gullible
blasphemy
irreverence; an insult to something held sacred; profanity
coalesce
to come together as one; to fuse; to unite
lax
careless; not diligent; relaxed
cryptic
mysterious; mystifying
levity
lightness; frivolity; unseriousness
ambivalent
undecided; blowing hot and cold
innate
existing since birth; inborn; inherent
sycophant
one who sucks up to others
amiable
friendly
esoteric
hard to understand; understood by only a select few; peculiar
extraneous
irrelevant; extra; unnecessary; unimportant
tedious
boring
caustic
like acid; corrosive
inadvertent
lax; careless; without intention
exhaustive
thorough; complete
incongruous
not harmonious; not consistent; not appropriate
belittle
to make to seem little
unprecedented
happening for the first time; novel; never seen before
digress
to go off the subject
appease
to soothe; to pacify by giving in to
frivolous
not serious; not solemn; with levity
instigate
to provoke; to stir up
sage
wise; possessing wisdom derived from experience or learning
predecessor
someone or something that came before another
jeopardy
danger
tangible
touchable; palpable
indulgent
lenient; yielding to desire
remorse
sadness; regret
pivotal
crucial
scrupulous
strict; careful; hesitant for ethical reasons
refute
to disprove; to prove to be false
respite
a rest; a period of relief
stoic
indifferent (at least outwardly) to pleasure or pain, to joy or grief, to fortune or misfortune
volatile
quick to evaporate; highly unstable; explosive
peripheral
unimportant
hedonistic
pleasure-seeking; indulgent
idiom
a peculiar expression
benefactor
a generous donor
brevity
briefness
apocryphal
of doubtful origin; false
virtuoso
masterful musician; a masterful practitioner in some other field
slander
to defame; to speak maliciously of someone
animosity
resentment; hostility; ill will
deplete
to use up; to reduce; to lessen
amity
friendship
stringent
strict; restrictive
voluminous
very large; spacious (this word has nothing to do with sound)
auspicious
favorable; promising; pointing to a good result
fickle
capricious; whimsical; unpredictable
lethargy
sluggishness; laziness; drowsiness; indifference
hackneyed
banal; overused; trite
amass
to accumulate
willful
deliberate; obstinate; insistent on having one's way
bastion
stronghold; fortress; fortified place
trepidation
fear; apprehension; nervous trembling
desecrate
to profane a holy place
fortuitous
accidental; occurring by chance
vehement
urgent; passionate
assuage
to soothe; to pacify; to ease the pain of; to relieve
prodigious
extraordinary; enormous
torpor
sluggishness; inactivity; apathy
furtive
secretive
supercilious
haughty; patronizing
prudent
careful; having foresight
verbose
wordy; overly talkative
pedestrian
common; ordinary; banal
innocuous
harmless; banal
fanatic
one who is extremely devoted to a cause or idea
enhance
to make better; to augment
retract
to take back; to withdraw; to pull back
ambiguous
unclear in meaning; confusing; capable of being interpreted in at least two similarly plausible ways
paucity
scarcity
rescind
to repeal; to take back formally
subtle
not obvious; able to make fine distinctions; ingenious; crafty
zealous
fervent; enthusiastically devoted to something
benign
gentle; not harmful; kind; mild
compliant
yielding; submissive
emulate
to strive to equal or excel, usually through imitation
innumerable
too many to number or count; many
meander
to wander slowly, like a winding river
authoritarian
like a dictator
brawn
bulk; muscles
contrite
deeply apologetic; remorseful
exemplify
to serve as an example of
facilitate
to make easier
hypothetical
uncertain; unproven
recalcitrant
stubbornly defiant of authority or control
ambulatory
able to walk; walking
diffident
timid; lacking in self-confidence
drone
to talk on and on in a dull way
gullible
overly trusting; willing to believe anything
marred
damaged; bruised
nullify
to make unimportant
parsimony
stinginess
propriety
properness; good manners
rejuvenate
to make young and strong again
skeptical
doubting
tenacious
tough; hard to defeat
animated
alive; moving
authentic
real
bias
prejudice; tendency; tilt
blithe
carefree; cheerful
dearth
a lack of; scarcity
divert
to change the direction of; to alter the course of; to amuse
enthrall
to thrill
heed
to listen to
hindrance
an obstruction; an annoying interference or delay
irascible
irritable
merger
a joining or marriage
nostalgia
a sentimental longing for the past; homesickness
pretentious
pompous; self-important
saccharine
sweet; excessively or disgustingly sweet
stanza
a section of a poem; verse
venerate
to revere; to treat as something holy, especially because of great age
vilify
to say vile things about; to defame