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to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
ABATE
to leave secretly
ABSCOND
to choose not to do something
ABSTAIN
an extremely deep hole
ABYSS
to make impure
ADULTERATE
to speak in favor of
ADVOCATE
concerning the appreciation of beauty
AESTHETIC
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
AGGRANDIZE
to make more bearable
ALLEVIATE
to combine; to mix together
AMALGAMATE
doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways
AMBIGUOUS
to make better; to improve
AMELIORATE
something out of place in time
ANACHRONISM
similar or alike in some ways; equivalent to
ANALOGOUS
deviation from what is normal
ANOMALY
to annoy or provoke to anger
ANTAGONIZE
extreme dislike
ANTIPATHY
lack of interest or emotion
APATHY
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
ARBITRATE
ancient, old-fashioned
ARCHAIC
intense and passionate feeling
ARDOR
able to speak clearly and expressively
ARTICULATE
to make something unpleasant less severe
ASSUAGE
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
ATtENUATE
fearless and daring
AUDACIOUS
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
AUSTERE
predictable, cliched, boring
BANAL
to support; to prop up
BOLSTER
pompous in speech and manner
BOMBASTIC
harsh, jarring noise
CACOPHONY
impartial and honest in speech
CANDID
changing one's mind quickly and often
CAPRICIOUS
to punish or criticize harshly
CASTIGATE
something that brings about a change in something else
CATALYST
biting in wit
CAUSTIC
great disorder or confusion
CHAOS
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
CHAUVINIST
deception by means of cragt or guile
CHICANERY
ocnvincing and well reasoned
COGENT
to overlook, pardon, or disregard
CONDONE
intricate and complicated
CONVOLUTED
to provide supportiing evidence
CORROBORATE
too trusting; gullible
CREDULOUS
steadily increasing volume or force
CRESCENDO
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
DECORUM
to annoy or provoke to anger
ANTAGONIZE
extreme dislike
ANTIPATHY
lack of interest or emotion
APATHY
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
ARBITRATE
ancient, old-fashioned
ARCHAIC
intense and passionate feeling
ARDOR
able to speak clearly and expressively
ARTICULATE
to make something unpleasant less severe
ASSUAGE
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
ATtENUATE
fearless and daring
AUDACIOUS
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
AUSTERE
predictable, cliched, boring
BANAL
to support; to prop up
BOLSTER
pompous in speech and manner
BOMBASTIC
harsh, jarring noise
CACOPHONY
respect, courtesy
DEFERENCE
to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
DERIDE
to dry out thoroughly
DESICCATE
jumping form one thing to another; disconnected
DESULTORY
an abusive, condemnatory speech
DIATRIBE
lacking, self confidence
DIFFIDENT
to make larger; to expand
DILATE
intended to delay
DILATORY
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
DILETTANTE
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
DIRGE
to set right; to free from error
DISABUSE
to percieve; to recognize
DISCERN
fundamentally different; entirely unlike
DISPARATE
to present a false appearance; to disguise one;s real intentions or character
DISSEMBLE
a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds
DISSONANACE
a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
DOGMA
dictatorial in one's opinions
DOGMATIC
to decieve; a person who is easily deceived
DUPE
selecting from or made up from a vareity of sources
ECLECTIC
effectiveness
EFFICACY
a sorrowful poem or speech
ELEGY
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
ELOQUENT
to copy; to try to equal or excel
EMULATE
to reduce ini strength
ENERVATE
to producem causem or bring about
ENGENDER
a puzzle; a mystery
ENIGMA
to count, list, or itemize
ENUMERATE
lasting a short time
EPHEMERAL
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
EQUIVOCATE
wandering and unpredictable
ERRATIC
learned, scholarly, bookish
ERUDITE
known or understood by only a few
ESOTERIC
admirable
ESTIMABLE
speech in praise of someone
EULOGY
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
EUPHEMISM
to make worse
EXACERBATE
to clear from blame; prove innocent
EXCULPATE
urgent; requiring immediate action
EXIGENT
to clear of blame
EXONERATE
clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression
EXPLICIT
acting, excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion
FANATICAL
to grovel
FAWN
intensely emotional; feverish
FERVID
excessively decorated or embellished
FLORID
to arouse or incite
FOMENT
a tendency to be thrifty or cheap
FRUGALITY
tending to talk a lot
GARRULOUS
outgoing, sociable
GREGARIOUS
deceit or trickery
GUILE
easily deceived
GULIBLE
of a similar kind
HOMOGENOUS
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and instiutions
ICONOCLAST
not capable of being disturbed
IMPERVIOUS
quick to act without thinking
IMPETUOUS
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
IMPLACABLE
not fully formed; disorganized
INCHOATE
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
INGENUOUS
hostile, unfriendly
INIMICAL
harmless
INNOCUOUS
lacking interest or flavor
INSIPID
uncompromising refusing to be reconciled
INTRANSIGENT
to overwhelm; to cover with water
INUNDATE
easily made angry
IRASCIBLE
using few words
LACONIC
to express sorrow; to grieve
LAMENT
to give praise; to glorify
LAUD
to give unsparingly; extremely generous or extravagant
LAVISH
acting in an indifferent or slow sluggish manner
LETHARGIC
talkative
LOQUACIOUS
clear and easily understood
LUCID
bright, brilliant, glowing
LUMINOUS
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
MALINGER
capable of being shaped
MALLEABLE
a figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol
METAPHOR
extremely careful about details
METICULOUS
a person who dislikes others
MISANTHROPE
to soften; to lessen
MITIGATE
to calm or make less severe
MOLLIFY
lack of variation
MONOTONY
lacking sophistication or experience
NAIVE
hardened in felling; resistant to persuasio
OBDURATE
overly submissive and eager to please
OBSEQUIOUS
stubborn, unyielding
OBSTINATE
to prevent; to make unnecessary
OBVIATE
to stop up; to prevent the passage of
OCCLUDE
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
ONEROUS
impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
OPAQUE
public disgrace
OPPROBRIUM
excessive showiness
OSTENTATION
a contradiction or dilemma
PARADOX
model of excellence or perfection
PARAGON
someone who shows off learning
PEDANT
willing to betray one's trust
PERFIDIOUS
done in a routine way; indifferent
PERFUNCTORY
to penetrate
PERMEATE
charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
PHILANTHROPY
to soothe or pacify
PLACATE
able to be molded, altered, or bent
PLASTIC
excess
PLETHORA
practical as opposed to idealistic
PRAGMATIC
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking dileberation
PRECIPITATE
to lie or deviate from the truth
PREVARICATE
fresh and clean; uncorrupted
PRISTINE
lavish, wasteful
PRODIGAL
to increase in number quickly
PROLIFERATE
to conciliate; to appease
PROPITIATE
correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs
PROPRIETY
wisdom, caution, or restraint
PRUDENCE
sharp and irritating to the senses
PUNGENT
motionless
QUIESCENT
to make thinner or sparser
RAREFY
to reject the validity of
REPUDIATE
silent, reserved
RETICENT
effective writing or speaking
RHETORIC
to satisfy fully or overindulge
SATIATE
causing sleep or lethargy
SOPORIFIC
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious
SPECIOUS
a mark of shame or discredit
STIGMA
unemotional lacking sensitivity
STOLID
lofty or grand
SUBLIME
done without using words
TACIT
silent, not talkative
TACITURN
long, harsh speech or verbal attack
TIRADE
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
TORPOR
temporary, lasting a brief time
TRANSITORY
to sway physically; to be indecisive
VACILLATE
to respect deeply
VENERATE
filled with truth and accuracy
VERACITY
wordy
VERBOSE
to annoy
VEX
easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
VOLATILE
to fluctuate between choices
WAVER
acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable
WHIMSICAL
passion, excitement
ZEAL