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Abridge
To cut down, shorten
Acrimony
Harshness of speech or manner, expression of great dislike.
Aggrandizement
The process of becoming richer or greater.
Ambivalence
Contradictory attitudes; uncertainty about what to do.
Amenity
An item that increases comfort
Antiquated
Old, out of date
Bequeath
Leave something to someone by a will; hand down.
Beseech
To beg, plead, implore
Cajole
Coax, wheedle, or flatter.
Commodious
Spacious, roomy.
Corroborate
Confirm, support.
Credulity
Willingness to believe; faith.
Criterion
Standard used in judging.
Cryptic
Mysterious, puzzling, secret.
Deferential
showing respect for the authority of another person
Delineate
Portray.
Discordant
Conflicting or inharmonious.
Disinclination
Unwillingness.
Dissonance
Discord, disagreement.
Ebullient
Excited, exuberant; bubbling or boiling.
Eclectic
From a wide variety of types or styles.
Enigma
Puzzle, mystery.
Eradicate
To completely erase or wipe out.
Erudite
Learned
Esoteric
Rare, special; known only to a chosen few.
Execrable
Loathsome, detestable
Exorbitant
Beyond reasonable limits, excessive.
Expedient
Suitable, practical, politic, advisable, opportune.
Goad
To urge, spur, incite to action
Gravity
Seriousness, dignity, or significance.
Gregarious
Sociable.
Histrionic
Theatrical, overly dramatic.
Implicit
Understood but not stated (opposite of explicit).
Incendiary
(1) a person who agitates (2) inflammatory, causing combustion
Incessant
Uninterrupted, continuous.
Increment
An enlargement; the process of increasing
Indict
Charge with a crime.
Infamous
Notoriously bad.
Innocuous
Harmless.
Intractable
Unruly, stubborn.
Ironic
Resulting in an unexpected situation, often the exact opposite of what is expected.
Loquacious
Talkative, wordy, garrulous.
Maelstrom
A destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects
Oblivion
Forgetfulness or the state of being forgotten.
Oscillation
A swinging back and forth, indecision, or wavering.
Paramount
greatest in importance, rank, character
Pedantic
Showing off knowledge in a narrow and petty way; condescending.
Perfunctory
Superficial, cursory, not thorough, routine.
Pervasive
Spread throughout; permeating.
Piety
Religious devotion; godliness.
Placate
Pacify, conciliate, mitigate, appease.
Preclude
Make impossible; prevent.
Profound
Deep; not superficial.
Profusion
Lavish expenditure, large amount.
Pungent
Having a pointed, sharp quality; often used to describe smells
Rebuff
Snub, reject.
Reprobate
One whose conduct is reproachful; scoundrel.
Reprove
To scold, rebuke
Reticence
Silent, reserved; reluctant to speak.
Ruminate
Think about carefully; ponder.
Rustic
Pertaining to the countryside; rural, simple, unrefined.
Sacrilege
Irreverent treatment of holy things; desecration, blasphemy.
Sanction
Approve or ratify.
Simulated
Imitated, pretended, feigned.
Surrogate
One acting in place of another
Trepidation
Fear or trembling.
Umbrage
Offense, resentment
Unbridled
Unrestrained, uncontrolled.
Unkempt
Ungroomed, disheveled.
Verbose
Wordy.
Vitriolic
Caustic, bitter, cutting.
Wane
To decrease in size, dwindle
Zealot
Person who shows excessive zeal; fanatic.