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abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
abscond
to leave secretly
abstain
to choose not to do something
abyss
an extremely deep hole
adulterate
to make impure
advocate
to speak in favor of
aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
alleviate
to make more bearable
amalgamate
to combine or mix together
amalgam
a mixture, especially of two metals
ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted serveral ways
ameliorate
to make better; to improve
anachronism
something out of place in time
analogous
similar or alike in some way equivalent to
anomoly
deviation from what is normal
antagonize
to annoy or provke to anger
antipathy
extreme dislike
ardor
intense and passionate feeling
assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
audacious
fearless and daring
austere
servere or stern in appearance; undecorated
banal
predictable, cliched, boring
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
cacophony
harsh jaring noise
candid
impartial and honest in speech
capricious
changing one's mind quickly and often
chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
cogent
convincing and well reasoned
convulted
intricte and complicated
corroborate
to proivde supporting evidence
credulous
too trusting; gullible
crescendo
steadily increasing volume or force
deference
respect
deride
to speak of or treat with contempt
derisive
in a mocking manner
desiccate
to dry out thoroughly
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
diffident
lacking self confidence
dilate
to make larger or to expand
dilatory
intended to delay
dillettante
something with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
dirge
a funeral hymm or mournful speech
disabuse
to set right to free from error
disparate
fundmanetally different entirely unlike
dissemble
to lie
dissonance
a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds
elegy
sorrowful poem or speech
eloquent
persuasive and moving especially in speech
enervate
to reduce in strength
ephemeral
lasting a short time
equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
erudite
learned, schoarly, bookish
esoteric
known or understood by only a few
estimable
admirable
exculpate
to clear from blame; prove innocent
exigent
urgent; requiring immediate action
fawn
to grovel
fervid
intensely emotional; feverish
malinger
to evade responsiblity by pretending to be ill
misanthrope
a person who disslikes others
mollify
to calm or make less severe
obdurate
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
obviate
to stop up to prevent the passage of
opprobbrium
public disgrace
ostentation
excessive showiness
pedant
some who shows off learning
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
perfunctory
done in routine way
prodigal
wasteful, lavish
propitiate
to conciliate to apease
propriety
correct behavior, obedience to rules and customs
prudenec
wisdom, caution, or restraint
reticient
silent reserved
soporific
causing sleep or lethargy
specious
deceptively attractive
tacit
done without using words
torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
venerate
to respect deeply
veracity
filled with truth and accuracy
vex
to annoy