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Abbreviate
To shorten, abridge
Abstinence
The act of refraining from pleasurable activity, e.g., eating or drinking
Adulation
High praise
Adversity
Misfortune, an unfavorable turn of events
Aesthetic
Pertaining to beauty or the arts
Amicable
Friendly, agreeable
Anachronistic
Out-of-date, not attributed to the correct historical period
Anecdote
Short, usually funny account of an event
Anonymous
Nameless, without a disclosed identity
Antagonist
Foe, opponent, adversary
Arid
Extremely dry or deathly boring
Assiduous
Persistent, hard-working
Asylum
Sanctuary, shelter, place of refuge
Benevolent
Friendly and helpful
Camaraderie
Trust, sociability amongst friends
Censure
To criticize harshly
Circuitous
Indirect, taking the longest route
Clairvoyant
Exceptionally insightful, able to foresee the future
Collaborate
To cooperate, work together
Compassion
Sympathy, helpfulness or mercy
Compromise
To settle a dispute by terms agreeable to both sides
Condescending
Possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing
Conditional
Depending on a condition, e.g., in a contract
Conformist
Person who complies with accepted rules and customs
Congregation
A crowd of people, an assembly
Convergence
The state of separate elements joining or coming together
Deleterious
Harmful, destructive, detrimental
Demagogue
Leader, rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice
Digression
The act of turning aside, straying from the main point, esp. in a speech or argument
Diligent
Careful and hard-working
Discredit
To harm the reputation of, dishonor or disgrace
Disdain
To regard with scorn or contempt
Divergent
Separating, moving in different directions from a particular point
Empathy
Identification with the feelings of others
Emulate
To imitate, follow an example
Enervating
Weakening, tiring
Enhance
To improve, bring to a greater level of intensity
Ephemeral
Momentary, transient, fleeting
Evanescent
Quickly fading, short-lived, esp. an image
Exasperation
Irritation, frustration
Exemplary
Outstanding, an example to others
Extenuating
Excusing, lessening the seriousness of guilt or crime, e.g., of mitigating factors
Florid
Red-colored, flushed; gaudy, ornate
Fortuitous
Happening by luck, fortunate
Frugal
Thrifty, cheap
Hackneyed
Cliched, worn out by overuse
Haughty
Arrogant and condescending
Hedonist
Person who pursues pleasure as a goal
Hypothesis
Assumption, theory requiring proof
Impetuous
Rash, impulsive, acting without thinking
Impute
To attribute an action to particular person or group
Incompatible
Opposed in nature, not able to live or work together
Inconsequential
Unimportant, trivial
Inevitable
Certain, unavoidable
Integrity
Decency, honesty, wholeness
Intrepid
Fearless, adventurous
Intuitive
Instinctive, untaught
Jubilation
Joy, celebration, exultation
Lobbyist
Person who seeks to influence political events
Longevity
Long life
Mundane
Ordinary, commonplace
Nonchalant
Calm, casual, seeming unexcited
Novice
Apprentice, beginner
Opulent
Wealthy
Orator
Lecturer, speaker
Ostentatious
Showy, displaying wealth
Parched
Dried up, shriveled
Perfidious
Faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy
Precocious
Unusually advanced or talented at an early age
Pretentious
Pretending to be important, intelligent or cultured
Procrastinate
To unnecessarily delay, postpone, put off
Prosaic
Relating to prose; dull, commonplace
Prosperity
Wealth or success
Provocative
Tending to provoke a response, e.g., anger or disagreement
Prudent
Careful, cautious
Querulous
Complaining, irritable
Rancorous
Bitter, hateful
Reclusive
Preferring to live in isolation
Reconciliation
The act of agreement after a quarrel, the resolution of a dispute
Renovation
Repair, making something new again
Resilient
Quick to recover, bounce back
Restrained
Controlled, repressed, restricted
Reverence
Worship, profound respect
Sagacity
Wisdom
Scrutinize
To observe carefully
Spontaneity
Impulsive action, unplanned events
Spurious
Lacking authenticity, false
Submissive
Tending to meekness, to submit to the will of others
Substantiate
To verify, confirm, provide supporting evidence
Subtle
Hard to detect or describe; perceptive
Superficial
Shallow, lacking in depth
Superfluous
Extra, more than enough, redundant
Suppress
To end an activity, e.g., to prevent the dissemination of information
Surreptitious
Secret, stealthy
Tactful
Considerate, skillful in acting to avoid offense to others
Tenacious
Determined, keeping a firm grip on
Transient
Temporary, short-lived, fleeting
Venerable
Respected because of age
Vindicate
To clear from blame or suspicion
Wary
Careful, cautious