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abate
to reduce in amount
abscond
to leave secretly
abstain
to choose not to do something
abyss
an extremely deep hole
aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
advocate
to speak in favor of
aggrandize
to increase in power
aldulterate
to corrupt
ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain
amalgamate
to combine and mix together
alleviate
to make more bearable
apathy
lack of emotion
antipathy
extreme dislike
antagonize
to annoy or provoke
anomaly
deviation from what is normal
analogous
similar or alike in some way
anachronism
something out of place in time
ameliorate
to make better/improve
arbitrate
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
archaic
ancient
ardor
intense and passionate
articulate
able to speak clearly
assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate
to reduce or weaken
audacious
fearless, daring
austere
severe in appearance
banal
predictable, boring
bolster
support, prop up
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
cacophony
harsh noise
candid
impartial and honest
capricious
changing one's mind quickly
castigate
to punish
caustic
biting in wit
catalyst
something that brings about change in something else
chaos
great confusion
chauvinist
someone prejudiced
chicanery
deception by means of craft (guile)
crescendo
steadily increasing volume
credulous
too trusting, gullible
corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
convoluted
intricate and complicated
condone
to overlook, pardon, disregard
cogent
convincing, well reasoned
decorum
appropriateness of behavior
deference
respect, courtesy
deride
to mock, speak with contempt
desultory
jumping from one thing to another (disconnected)
desiccate
to dry out thoroughly
diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech
dilate
to make larger, to expand
diffident
lacking self confidence
dilatory
intended to delay
dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
dirge
a funeral hymn
disabuse
to set right; to free from error
discern
to perceive, to recognize
disparate
fundamentally different
dissemble
to present a false appearance
dissonance
a harsh and disagreeable combination
dogma
a firmly held opinion
dogmatic
dictorial in one's opinion
dupe
to deceive a person who is easily deceived
eclectic
made up from a variety of sources
efficacy
effectiveness
elegy
a sorrowful poem, speech
eloquent
persuasive and moving (in a speech)
emulate
to copy, to try to equal or excel
enervate
to reduce in strength
engender
to produce, cause or bring about
enigma
a puzzle, a mystery
enumerate
to count, list
ephemeral
lasting a short time
equivocate
use expressions of double meaning to mislead
erratic
wandering and unpredictable
erudite
learned, scholarly, bookish
esoteric
known or understood only by a few
estimable
admirable
eulogy
speech in praise of someone
euphemism
use of an inoffensive work, phrase in place of a more distasteful one
exacerbate
to make worse
exculpate
prove innocent
exigent
urgent
exonerate
to clear of blame
explicit
clearly stated or shown
fanatical
acting excessively enthusiastic
fawn
to grovel
fervid
intensely emotional
florid
excessively decorated
foment
to arouse
frugality
thrifty
garrulous
talk a lot
gregarious
outgoing
guile
deceit, trickery
gullible
easily deceived
homogenous
of a similar kind
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs and institutions
imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed
impervious
impossible to penetrate, cannot be affected
impetuous
quick to act without thinking
implacable
unable to be calmed down
inchoate
disorganized
ingenuous
showing childlike innocence
inimical
unfriendly, hostile
innocuous
harmless
insipid
lacking interest
intransigent
uncompromising
inundate
to overwhelm
irascible
easily made angry
laconic
using a few words
lament
to express sorrow
laud
to give praise
lavish
extremely generous
lethargic
acting slow, sluggish
loquacious
talkative
lucid
clear and easily understood
luminous
bright, brilliant, glowing
malinger
evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
malleable
changeable
metaphor
a figure of speech comparing two different things
meticulous
extremely careful about details
misanthrope
a person who dislikes others
mitigate
to soften, to lessen
mollify
to calm or make less severe
monotony
lack of variation
naive
lacking sophistication or experience
obdurate
hardening in feeling, resistant to persuasion
obsequious
overly submissive, eager to please
obstinate
stubborn, unyielding
obviate
to prevent (unnecessary)
occlude
to stop up, prevent passage
onerous
troublesome, burdensome
opaque
impossible to see through
opprobrium
public disgrace
ostentation
excessive showiness
paradox
dilemma
paragon
model of excellence/perfection
pedant
someone who shows off learning
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
perfunctory
done in a routine way
permeate
penetrate
philantropy
charity
placate
soothe, pacify
plastic
able to be molded
plethora
excess
pragmatic
practical as opposed to idealistic
precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly
prevaricate
to lie
pristine
fresh and clean, uncorrupted
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
proliferate
to increase in number quickly
propitiate
to conciliate, to appease
propriety
correct behavior
prudence
wisdom, caution, restraint
pungent
sharp and irritating to senses
quiescent
motionless
rarefy
to make thinner, or sparser
repudiate
to reject the validity of
reticent
silent, reserved
rhetoric
effective writing or speaking
satiate
to staisfy fully, overindulge
soporific
causing sleep or lethargy
specious
deceptively attractive
stigma
a mark of shame or discredit
stolid
unemotional
sublime
lofty or grand
tacit
done without using words
taciturn
silent, not talkative
tirade
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
torpor (torpid)
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
transitory (transient)
temporary, lasting a brief time
vacillate
to swap physically, to be indecisive
venerate
to respect deeply
veracity
filled with truth and accuracy
verbose
wordy
vex (vexation)
to annoy
volatile
easily aroused or changeable
waver
to fluctuate between choices
whimsical
acting in a fanciful manner
zeal (zealous)
passion, excitement