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Anomaly
Deviation from what is normal
Assuage
To make something unpleasant less severe
Enigma
Puzzle, Mystery
Equivocal
Using a double meaning in order to mislead
Erudite
Bookish, learned, scholarly
Fervid
Intensely emotional; feverish
Lucid
Clear and easily understood
Opaque
Impossible to see through; Preventing the passage of light
Placate
To soothe or pacify
Precipitate
To throw violently

Act hastily without deliberation
Prodigal
Lavish, wasteful
Zeal
Passion, excitement
Abstain
to choose not to do something
Adulterate
to make impure
Apathy
Lack of interest or emotion
Audacious
Fearless and daring
Capricious
Changing one's mind quickly and often
Corroborate
To provide supporting evidence
Desiccate
To dry out thoroughly
Engender
To produce, cause, bring about
Ephemeral
Lasting a short time
Gullible
Easily deceived
Homogenous
Of a similar kind
Laconic
Using few words
Laudable
Worthy of praise
Loquacious
Talkative
Mitigate
To soften; to lessen
Pedant
Someone who shows off learning
Pragmatic
Practical as opposed to idealistic
Propriety
Correct behaviour; Obedience to rules and customs
Vacillate
To sway physically

To be indecisive
Volatile
Easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive
Advocate
To speak in favour of
Antipathy
Extreme dislike
Bolster
To support

To prop up
Cacophony
Harsh, jarring noise
Deride
To speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
Dissonance
A harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds
Enervate
to reduce in strength
Eulogy
Speech in praise of someone
Garrulous
Tending to talk a lot
Ingenuous
Showing innocence or childlike simplicity
lethargic
Acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner.
malleable
Capable of being shaped
misanthrope
A person who dislikes others
obdurate
Hardened in feeling; Resistent to persuation.
ostentation
Excessive showiness
paradox
A contradiction or dilemma
philanthropic
Charitable

Desiring or trying to promote goodness
prevaricate
To lie or deviate from the truth
venerate
To respect deeply
waver
To fluctuate between choices
Abyss
An extremely deep hole
Aesthetic
Concerning the appreciation of beauty
Alleviate
To make more bearable
Amalgamate
To combine; to mix together
Ambiguous
Doubtful or uncertain

Able to be interpreted several ways
Ameliorate
To make better; to improve
Anachronism
Something out of place in time
Analogous
Similar or alike in some way

Equivalent to
Antagonize
To annoy or provoke to anger
Arbitrate
To judge a dispute between two opposing parties
Archaic
Ancient, old-fashioned
Articulate
Able to speak clearly and expressively
Candid
Impartial and honest in speech
Catalyst
Something that brings about a change in something else
Chaos
Great disorder or confusion
Chauvinist
Someone prejudiced in favour of a group to which he/she belongs
Condone
To overlook, pardon, or disregard
Convoluted
Intricate and complicated
Crescendo;
Steadily increasing volume or force
Dilate
To make larger; to expand
Discern
To perceive; to recognize
Dogma
A firmly held opinion, often a religous belief.
Dogmatic
Dictatorial in one's opinions
Dupe
To deceive

A person who is easily deceived
Eclectic
Selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
Efficacy
Effectiveness
Elegy
A sorrowful poem or speech
Eloquent
Persuasive and moving, especially in speech
Emulate
To copy; To try to equal r excel
Enumerate
To count, list, or itemize
Erratic
Wandering and unpredictable
Estimable
Admirable
Euphemism
Use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
Exacerbate
To make worse
Exonerate
To clear of blame
Explicit
Clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression
Fanatical
Acting excessively enthusiastic; Filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion
Fawn
To grovel
Florid
Excessively decorated or embellished
Frugality
A tendency to be thrifty or cheap
Impervious
Impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected.
Lament
To express sorrow; to grieve
Lavish
To give unsparingly (v.)

Extremely generous or extravagant (adj.)
Luminous
Bright, brilliant, glowing
Metaphor
A figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol
Meticulous
Extremely careful about details
Monotony
Lack of variation
Naive
Lacking sophistication or experience
Obstinate
Stubborn, unyeilding
Onerous
Troublesome and Oppressive; Burdensome
Permeate
To penetrate
Plethora
Excess
Pristine
Fresh and clean; Uncorrupted
Proliferate
To increase in number quickly
Prudence
Wisdom, caution, or restraint
Pungent
Sharp and irritating to the senses
Rhetoric
Effective writing or speaking
Satiate
To satisfy fully or overindulge
Sublime
Lofty or grand
Tacit
Done without using words
Tirade
Long, harsh speech or verbal attack
Transitory
Temporary, lasting a brief time
Veracity
Filled with truth and accuracy
Verbose
Wordy
Vex
To annoy
Whimsical
Acting in a fanciful of capricious manner; unpredictable