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adulterate
to make impure: The restaureteur made his ketchup last longer by ADULTERATING it with water
aggrandize
to increase in power: The supervisor sought to AGGRANDIZE himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
anachronism
something out of place in time: The aged hippie used ANACHRONISTIC phrases like groovy that had not been popular for years.
analogous
similar in some way, equivalent: In a famous argument for the existence of God, the universe is ANALOGOUS to a mechanical timepiece . . .
antipathy
extreme dislike:The ANTIPATHY between French and the English regularly erupted into open warfare.
ardor
intense and passionate feeling: Bishop's ARDOR for landscape was evident when he passionately described the eauty of the scenic Hudson Valley.
austere
severe or stern in appearance, undecorated: The lack of decoration makes Zen temples seem AUSTERE to the untrained eye.
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly: Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore CASTIGATE perpetrators . . .
Chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile:Dishonest used car salesmen often use CHICARNEY . . .
credulous
too trusting, gullible:Although some 4 yr olds believe in the Easter Bunny, only the most CREDULOUS 9 yr . . .
deference
respect, courtesy:The respectful law clerk treated the Supreme Court justice with the utmost DEFERENCE.
deride
to speak of or treat with contempt,to mock:The awkward child was often DERIDED by his 'cooler' peers
desultory
disconnected: Diane had a DESULTORY academic record;she changed majors 12 times in 3 years.
dilatory
intended to delay:The congressman used DILATORY measures to delay passage of the bill.
dilettante
someone with an ameteurish and superficial interest in a topic:Jerry's friends were DILETTANTES that they seemed to have new jobs and hobbies every week.
dirge
a funeral hymn or mournful speech: Melville wrote the poem "A DIRGE for James McPherson" . . .
disabusse
te set right, to free from error:Galileo's observations DISABUSED scholars of the notion that the Sun revolved around the Earth.
disssemble
to present a false appearance: The villain could DISSEMBLE to the police no longer-he admitted the deed . . .
dogmatic
dictatorial in one's opinions: The dictator was DOGMATIC-he and only he, was right.
elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech: Although "ELEGY written in a Country Churchyard" is about death and loss . . .
emulate
to copy, to try to equal or excel: The graduate student sought to EMULATE his professor . . .
ephemeral
lasting a short time: The lives of mayflies seem EPHERMAL to us, since . . .
ESOTERIC
known or understood by only a few: Only a handful of experts are knowledgeable about ESOTERIC world of particle physics.
estimable
admirable: Most people consider it ESTIMABLE that Mother Teresa spent her life helping the poor of India.
euphemism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one:The funeral director preferred to use the EUPHEMISM 'sleeping' instead of the word 'dead'
exigent
urgent, requiring immediate action: The pt was losing blood so rapidly that it was EXIGENT to stop the source of the bleeding
fervid
intensely emotional;feverish: The fans of Maria Callas were unusually FERVID, doing anything to catch a glimpse of the great opera singer
florid
excessively decorated or embellished:The palace has been decorated in an excessively FLORID style . . .
foment
to arouse or incite:The protestors tried to FOMENT feeling against the war through their speeches.
Garrulous
tending to talk a lot: The GARRULOUS parakeet distracted its owner with its continuous talking.
festinate
hasty
yegg
safecracker;robber
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exalt
teleological
exhibiting or relating to design or purpose especially in nature
adscititious
derived or acquired from something extrinsic
volplane
to glide in or as if in an airplane