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abase
to humble, disgrace
abash
embarass
abate
subside or moderate
abdicate
to give up position, right, power
aberrant
deviant; abnormal
abeyance
held in suspended action
abiding
enduring, continuing
abject
miderable, pitiful
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny, renounce
abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
abscond
depart secretly and hide
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
abstemious
moderate in appetite
abstruse
difficult to understand
abut
to touch, be in contact with
accede
to express approval, agree to
accost
to approach and speak to someone
accretion
growth in size or amount
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acidulous
sour in taste or manner
acme
highest point, summit
acquiesce
to agree/comply
acuity
sharpness
acumen
sharpness of insight
admonish
to caution or reprimand
adroit
skillful, accomplished
adulterate
make impure by addition of inferior or tainted substances
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adventitious
accidental
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
aesthetic
artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
affable
friendly, easy to approach
afface
to erase or make illegible
affected
pretentious, phony
aggregate
gather; accumulate
aggrieve
to afflict, distress
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness
alchemy
medieval chemical philosophy based on the quest to turn metal into gold
algorithm
mechanical problem solving procedure
alleviate
relieve
allusiveness
quality of making many indirect references
altruism
unselfishly concerned for others' welfare
amalgam
mixture, combination, alloy
ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence
state of having two opposing or conflicting emotions
ambulatory
itenerant, walking around
ameliorate
improve
amend
to improve or correct flaws in
amortize
to diminsh by installment payments
amulet
ornament worn as charm against evil
anachronism
something or someone misplaced in time
analgesia
a lessening of pain
analogous
comparable
anarchy
absence of a governing body; state of disorder
anathema
ban, curse, something shunned or disliked
ancillary
accessory, subordinate
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
anoint
to apply oil, especially in a sacred rite
anomalous
irregular abnormal
antecedent
coming before in place or time
antedate
dated prior to the actual occurance
antediluvian
third from last
anterior
preceding, previous, prior
anthropomorphic
attribuuting human qualities to non humans, having human qualities
antipathy
dislike; aversion
apace
done quickly
apathy
lack of caring; indifference
aphasia
inability to speak or use words
aphelion
point in a planets orbit that it is farthest from the sun
aphorism
old saying or short pithy saying
aplomb
poise, confidence
apocryphal
not genuine, fictional
apostate
one who renounces religious faith
apostrophe
speech to the reader or someone not present
apothegm
a short instructive saying
apotheosis
glorification, glorified ideal
appease
soothe; pacify
apprise
inform
approbation
praise, official approval
appropriate
acquire; take possession of for one's own use
arable
suitable for cultivation
arboreal
relating to trees, living in trees
arduous
hard; strenuous
arraign
to call to court to answer a charge
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
artless
open and honest
ascetic
practicing self-denial; austere
ascribe
to attribute to, assign
ashen
resembling ashes, deathly pale
asinine
lacking intelligence or judgement
askance
scornfully
asocial
unable or unwilling to interact socially
asperity
harshness, roughness
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report
assay
to analyze or estimate
assent
to express agreement
assidious
dligent, persistent, hard working
assignation
appointment for lover's meeting, assignment
assonance
resemblance in sound, partial rhyme
assuage
ease or lessen; soothe; satisfy
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
asunder
into different parts
attenuate
weaken; make thin
audacious
daring; bold
audit
formal examination of financial records
auditory
having to do with hearing
augury
prophesy, prediction of events
august
dignified, awe inspiring
auspicious
having favorable prospects
austere
forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
autonomous
self-governing
avarice
greed
aver
state confidently
avow
to state openly or declare
axiom
premise, self evident truth
bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
balk
to shirk, refuse, prevent
balm
soothing healing influence
banal
trite; commonplace; hackneyed; unoriginal
bane
something causing ruin, death
beatific
appearing to be saintly, angelic
beguile
to decieve, mislead, charm
behemoth
huge creature
beleaguer
to harass, plague
belie
to misrepresent, expose as false
bellicose
warlike, aggrssive
bemuse
confuse, stupefy
beneficient
kindly; doing good
benighted
unenlightened
benison
blessing
betoken
to indicate, signify
bevy
group
bifurcate
divide into two parts
bilious
easile irritated, related to bile
billet
board and lodging for troops
blandish
to coax with flattery
blithe
joyful, cheerful, without thought
bolster
support; reinforce
bombastic
pompous; using inflated language
bonhomie
good natured geniality, good cheer
boorish
rude; insensitive
brigand
bandit, outlaw
bromide
dull or commonplace person or idea
buffet
to strike or hit
bulwark
defense wall
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
buttress
support; prop up
byway
back road
cabal
a secret group seeking to overturn something
cacophonous
discordant; not in harmony
cajole
to flatter coax, persuade
calamitous
disastrous, catastrophic
callow
immature, lacking sophistication
calumny
false and mallicious acusation, misrepresentation, slader
canard
a lie
canny
smart, founded on common sense
canonize
to declare a person a saint
capacious
large, roomy, extensive
capricious
upredicatable; fickle
careen
to lean to one side
carom
to strike and rebound
carp
to find fault
castigation
punishment; severe criticism
catholic
universal, broad appeal
caucus
smaller group within an organization, a meeting of such a group
causality
cause and effect relationship
caustic
burning; sarcastically biting
cavalcade
a procession
cavil
to raise trivial objections
celerity
quick moving or acting
censorious
severely critical
censure
to criticize or find fault with
cession
act of surrendering something
chagrin
shame, embarrasment, humiliation
champ
chew noisily
charlatan
quake, fake
chary
watchful, cautious, shy
chattel
piece of personal property
cherubic
sweet, innocent, resembling a cherub angel
chicanery
trickery; deception
chide
to scold, express disapproval
chimirical
fanciful, imaginary, visionary, impossible
choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
churlish
rude
circumlocution
roundabout, lengthy way of saying something
cistern
tank for rainwater
cleave
to split or separate, to stick, cling
clement
mild
cloying
indulging to excess
coagulate
clot; congeal; thicken
coalesce
to grow together, cause to unite as one
coda
conclusion to a musical or literary piece
coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
cogent
convincing
cognate
related, similar
cognomen
family name, any name, especially a nickname
collateral
accompanying
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
colloquy
dialogue or conversation
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commensurate
equal in extent
commodious
roomy, spacious
compendious
summarizing completely and briefly
complaisant
agreeable, friendly
compliant
yielding; conforming to requirements
compunctious
feeling guilty or having misgivings
concatenate
linked together
conciliatory
overcoming distruct or hostility
concomitant
accompanying something
condone
approve; overlook; forgive; excuse
conflagration
big, destructive fire
confound
confuse; puzzle
congenial
similar in tastes and habits
congenital
existing since birth
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
connoisseur
person competent to act as a judge of art, etc; lover of an art
consanguineous
of the same origin, related by blood
consign
to commit, entrust
construe
to explain or interpret
consummate (adj)
accomplished, complete, perfect
consummate (v)
to complete, fulfill
contend
to battle, clash, compete
contention
thesis; claim
contentious
quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
continence
self control, self restraint
contrite
penitent
contumacious
rebellious
contusion
bruise
conundrum
riddle; difficult problem
converge
approach; tend to meet; come together
convivial
sociable, fond of eating, drinking and people
convoke
to call together, summon
convoluted
coiled around; intricate; involved
coquette
woman who flirts
corpulence
obesity, fatness
corrugate
to mold in shape with parellel grooves and ridges
cosmography
science that deals with the nature of the universe
cosset
to pamper, treat with great care
coterie
small group of persons with a similar purpose
countenance (n)
facial expression, look of approval or support
countenance (v)
to favor or support
countermand
to annul, cancel, make a contrary order
countervail
to counteract, to exert foece against
coven
group of witches
covet
ro strongly desire something possessed by another
craven
cowardly
credence
acceptance of something as true or real
culpable
guilty, responsible for wrong
cupidity
greed
curmudgeon
cranky person
cygnet
young swan
daunt
frighten; intimidate
debauch
to corrupt, seduce from virtue
debutante
young woman making a debut in society
decadence
decline or decay
decathlon
athletic contest with ten events
deciduous
losing leaves in fall, short-lived, temporary
declivity
downward slope
decorous
proper, tasteful, socially correct
decorum
propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
default
failure to act
deference
courteous regard for others wishes
deleterious
harmful,destructive, detrimental
delineate
sketch; portray; depict
deluge
flood
demagogue
leader, rabble-rouser who appeals to emotion, prejudice
demise
death
denigrate
slur, blacken someones reputation
denunciation
public condemnation
depose
to remove from a high position, such as a throne
deprecate
to belittle, disparage
depreciate
to lose value gradually
deride
ridicule; make fun of
derivative
unoriginal; obtained from another source
derogate
to take away; detract
None
descry
to discover or reveal
desultory
at random, rambling, unmethodical
determinate
having defined limits, conclusive
deterrant
something that discourages; hindrance
diaphanous
allowing light through, delicate
diatribe
bitter scolding; invective
dichotomy
split; separate into two branches, often conflicting
dictum
authoritative statement, popular saying
didactic
excessively instructive
diffidence
lacking confidence
diffract
to cause to separate into different parts, especially light
diffuse
wordy; rambling; spread out
digression
wandering away from the subject
diluvial
relating to a flood
diminutive
small
dirge
lament with music
disabuse
correct a false impression; undeceive
disaffected
discontented and disloyal
discerning
mentally quick and observant; having insight
disclaim
to deny, disavow
discomfit
to cause perplexity and embarassment
discompose
to disturb composure or serenity
disconsolate
unable to be consoled
discordant
not harmonious; conflicting
discredit
destroy confidence in; disbelieve; defame
discrepancy
lack of consistency; difference
discrete
separate; unconnected
discursive
wandering from topic to topic
disgorge
to vomit, discharge violently
disingenuous
not naive; sophisticated
disinterested
unprejudiced
dismiss
reject; eliminate from consideration
disparage
belittle
disparate
unrelated; basically different
dispirit
to dishearten, make dejected
dissemble
to pretend, disguise motives
disseminate
spread; distribute; scatter
dissimulate
to disguise or put on false appearance
dissipate
to scatter, to pursue pleasure to excess
dissociate
to separate, remove from association
dissolution
disintegration; looseness of morals
dissonance
discord; opposite of harmony
distaff
the female branch of the family
distend
to swell inflate or bloat
distill
purify; refine; concentrate
dither
to move or act confusedly without clear purpose
diurnal
daily
diverge
vary; go in different directions from the same point
divest
strip; deprive
divisive
creating disunity or conflict
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
document
provide written evidence
dogmatic
doctrinal; arbitrary; opinionated
doldrums
a period of depondency
doleful
sad, mournful
dolor
sadness
dormant
asleep; latent; lethargic
dotage
senile condition
dotard
senile old person
doughty
courageous
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
dudgeon
angry indignation
dulcet
pleasant sounding, soothing to the ear
dupe
someone easily fooled
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irratable
earthy
crude
ebullient
exhillerated, full of enthusiasm
eclectic
selective; obtained from disparate sources
edict
law, command, offical public order
edify
to instruct morally and spiritually
efficacy
the power to produce desired results
efficatious
effective
effluvia
outpouring of gas or vapors
effrontery
imprudent boldness, audacity
effulgent
brilliantly shining
effusive
expressing emotion without restraint
egregious
conspicuously bad
elegy
song or poem expression lamentation
elicit
draw out by discussion
emebellish
adorn; ornament; enhance
emend
to correct a text
emollient
having soothing qualities, esp. for skin
empirical
based on experience
emulate
mimic; rival
encipher
to translate a message into code
encomium
warm praise
endemic
belonging to a particular area
endogamous
marrying within a specific group due to law or custom
enervate
weaken
engender
cause; produce
enhance
increase; improve
enjoin
to urge, order, command; forbid or prohibit, as by judicial order
ennui
boredom, lack of interest
ensconce
to settle comfortable into a place
enshroud
to cover , enclose
epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
epigram
short, witty saying or poem
epigraph
quotation at the beginning of a book
epotome
representative of an entire group, summary
equanimity
calmness, composure
equivocal
ambiguous, open to two interpretations
equivocate
lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
ersatz
fake
erudite
learned; scholarly
eschew
to abstain from, avoid
esoteric
hard to understand; known only to a chosen few
esurient
hungry, greedy
eulogy
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
euphemism
a mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
evince
to show clearly, display
exacerbate
embitter; worsen
excoriate
to denounce
exculpate
to clear of blame or fault
exhort
to urge or incite by strong appeals
exigency
urgent situation
exorcise
expel evil spirits
expatiate
to wander; to discuss or describe at length
expiate
to attone for, make ammends for
exponent
one who champions or advocates
expunge
to erase, eliminate completely
expurgate
to censor
extemporaneous
unrehearsed, spur of the moment
extenuate
to loosen the seriousness, strength or effect of
extol
to praise
extrapolate
to estimate
extrapolation
projection; conjecture
extrinsic
not inherent or essential
facetious
witty in an inappropriate way
facilitate
make easy; help bring about
fallacious
false; misleading
farcical
absurd, ludicris
fatuous
stupid, foolishly self satisfied
fawning
courting favour by cringing and flattering
fealty
intense loyalty
feckless
ineffective, careless, irresponsible
fecund
fertile, fruitful, productive
felicitous
suitable, appropriate; well spoken
felicity
feeling great happiness
fervor
glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
fetid
foul-smelling, putrid
fey
otherworldly; doomed
fictive
fictional, imaginary
filch
to steal
filial
appropriate for a child
fission
process of splitting into 2 parts
fixity
being fixed or stable
flaccid
limp, flabby, weak
flag
droop; grow feeble
fledgling
inexperienced
flout
reject; mock
flurried
to become agitated or confused
fodder
raw material, feed for animals
foible
minor weakness or character flaw
foliate
to grow, sprout leaves
foment
stir up; instigate
forbearance
patience, restraint, leniency
forensic
relating to legal proceedings
forestall
prevent by taking action in advance
forfend
to prevent
forswear
to repudiate, renounce, disclaim, reject
fortnight
two weeks
founder
to fall helplessly, sink
fracas
noisy dispute
fractious
unruly, rebellious
frenetic
wildly frantic, fenzied
frond
leaf
frugality
economy; thrift
fulminate
to explode with anger
fulsome
excessive, overdone
funereal
mournful, appropriate to a funeral
furtive
sevret, stealthy
futile
useless; ineffectual
gainsay
to deny
gall (n)
bitterness, careless nerve
gall (v)
to exasperate and irritate
gallant
fashionable young man
gambol
to dance or skip playfully
game
courageous
garner
to gather and store
garrulous
talkative; wordy; loquacious
gauche
crude, socially awkward
germinate
to begin to grow
gibe
to make heckling taunting remarks
glib
fluent in an insincere manner, offhand, casual
gnostic
having to do with knowledge
goad
urge on
gossamer
something light, delicate or tenuous
gouge
overcharge
grandiloquent
pompous; using inflated language; bombastic
gratuitous
free, voluntary
gregarious
sociable
grevious
causing grief or sorrow; serious and distressing
guileless
without deceit
gullible
easily deceived
gustatory
relating to sense of taste
hackneyed
worn out by over use
hallow
to make holy; treat as sacred
hapless
unfortunate, having bad luck
harangue
a pompous speech
hector
a bully, a braggart
hegemony
leadership, domination, usually by a country
hemicycle
semicircular form or structure
heretical
opposed to an established religious orthodoxy
hermetic
tightly sealed
heterodox
unorthodox, not widely accepted
hew
to cut with an ax
hidebound
excessively rigid, dry and stiff
hoary
very old; whitish or gray from age
homogeneous
of the same kind
homonym
word identical in pronounciation but different in meaning
husband
to farm; manage carefully and thriftily
hutch
pen or coup for animals; shack, shanty
hyperbole
exaggeration; overstatement
iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
idiosyncracy
peculiarity of temperament, excentricity
idolatry
idol worship; excessive admiration
ignoble
dishonorable
ignominous
disgraceful and dishonorable
ilk
type or kind
illimitable
limitless
illusory
unreal, deceptive
imbue
to infuse, dye, wet
immure
imprison
immutable
unchangeable
impair
injure; hurt
impassive
showing no emotion
impecunious
poor
impede
block; hinder
imperative
essential
imperious
arrogantly self absorbed, domineering, overbearing
imperturbable
calm; placid
impervious
impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
implacable
not able to be placated
implicit
meant but not said
implode
burst inwards
impolitic
unwise
importune
to ask repeatedly, beg
imprecation
curse
impromptu
spontanous, without rehearsal
improvident
without planning or foresight, negligent
impugn
to call into question
inadvertently
unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly
inatory
menacing
incarnadine
blood-red in color
incarnate
having bodily form
incendiary
combustible, flammable
inchoate
recently begun; rudimentary; elementary; imperfectly formed or developed
None
incipient
beginning to exist, in an initial stage
incisive
perceptive, penetrating
incongruity
absurdity; not in harmony
inconsequential
insignificant; unimportant
inconsequential
insignificant; unimportant
incorporate
introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite
incorrigible
incapable of being corrected
inculcate
to teach, impress in the mind
inculpate
to blame
indefatigable
never tired
indefensible
inexcusable
indenture
bound to another by contract
indeterminate
uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
indicative
showing or pointing out
indigence
poverty
indigent
very poor
indolent
habitually lazy
indomitable
fearless
inernecine
deadly to both sides
inert
unable to move, tending to inactivity
inestimable
too great to be estimated
inexorable
inflexable
infalliable
incapable of making a mistake
ingenious
original, clever, inventive
ingenuous
naive and trusting; young; not sophisticated
inglorious
shameful
ingratiate
to bring into good graces
ingress
entrance
inherent
firmly established by nature or habit
inimical
hostile, unfriendly
iniquity
sin, evil act
injunction
command, order
innocuous
harmless
innuendo
indirect and sly criticism
inscrutable
impossible to understand
insensible
unconscious; unresponsive
insentient
unfeeling
insidious
sly, treacherous, devious
insinuate
imply; hint; creep in
insipid
flavourless; bland
insolent
insulting and arrogant
insularity
narrow-mindedness; isolation
insuperable
unconquerable
intemperate
not moderate
inter
bury
interdict
forbid
interlocutor
someone taking part in a dialogue
interloper
trespasser, meddling in other's affairs
internecine
deadly to both sides
interpolate
to insert, change by adding new words or material
interregnum
interval between reigns
interstice
a space between things
intimation
clue
intractable
not easily managed
intramural
within an institution
intransigence
refusal to come to a compromise; stubborness
intrepid
fearless
intrinsic
inherent, internal
inundate
to overwhelm as if with a flood; to cover with water
None
inure
to harden; accustom; become used to
inured
accustomed; hardened
invective
verbal abuse
inveigh
protest strongly
investiture
ceremony conferring authority
inveterate
confirmed
invidious
likely to provoke ill will
irascible
irritable; easily angered
irresolute
uncertain how to act; weak
itinerant
wandering from place to place
itinerary
travel schedule
jaundice
yellowish discoloration of the skin
jibe
to shift suddenly from one side to the other
jingoism
belligerent support of one's country
jocular
jovial, playful, humorous
juggernaut
huge destructive force
jurisprudence
philosophy of law
kernel
innermost, essential part; seed grain, often in a shell
kismet
fate
knell
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
kudos
fame, glory, honor
laceration
cut or wound
lachrymose
tearful
laconic
brief and to the point
lambaste
disapprove angrily
languid
lacking energy
languor
listlessness
lapidary
relating to precious stones
larder
place where food is stored
largess
generosity, gift
lassitude
lethargy, sluggishness
latent
potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden
laud
praise; applaud
legerdemain
trickery (magician like); a show of skill or deceitful cleverness
None
lethargic
drowsy; dull
levee
stone or earthen embankment built to prevent flooding
levity
humour, frivolty, gaiety
lexicon
dictionary or list of words
libertine
one without moral restraint
libidinous
lustful
licentious
immoral
limpid
clear and simple
liniment
external pain relief liquid
lionize
to treat as a celebrity
lissome
easily flexed
lithe
graceful
log
record of flight or voyage; written record of day to day activities
loquacious
talkative
low
moo
lucid
clear; easily understood; intelligible
lugubrious
sorrowful
luminous
shining; giving off light
luscious
good tasting
macabre
gruesome, producing horror
machination
plot or scheme
macrobiotics
art of prolongin life through organic non meat
maelstrom
whirlpool; turmoil; agitated state
magnanimity
generosity
mainstay
chief support
maladroit
clumsy
malapropism
humorous misuse of a word
malediction
curse
malefactor
evil doer; culprit
malevolent
ill-willed, causing evil or harm to others
malingerer
one who feigns sickness to escape from duty
malleable
able to be shaped by pounding; impressionable
managerie
various animals exhibited together
mandacious
dishonest
manifold
diverse, varied, compromised of many parts
manumission
release from slavery
martial
warlike
martinet
disciplinarian
matriculate
to enroll
matrilineal
tracing and ancestry through the mother not the father
maudlin
overly sentimental
maverick
rebel; non-conformist
mawkish
sickeningly sentimental
megalith
huge stone in prehistoric structure
megalomania
mental state with delusions of wealth and power
mendacious
dishonest
mendicant
beggar
mercurial
quick, shrewd, unpredictable
meretorious
deserving praise/reward
meretricious
gaudy
metamorphosis
change of form
meticulous
very careful; painstakingly scrupulous
mettle
courageousness
militate
work against
minatory
menacing, threatening
mirth
frivolity
misanthrope
one who hates mankind
missive
note or letter
mitigate
moderate; appease
mnemonic
relating to memory, assisting memory
mollify
soothe
molt
to shed
mordacious
caustic
mordant
sarcastic
mores
customs or manners
moribund
dying, decaying
morose
ill-humoured; sullen; melancholy
mote
speck, particle
motley
many colored; composed of diverse parts
multifarious
diverse
mundane
everyday; worldy as opposed to spiritual
munificient
generous
nadir
lowest point
nascent