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To belittle; to say uncomplimentary things about
Disparage
To make worse
Exacerbate
To soothe; to pacify, to ease the pain of; to relieve
Assuage
To dry out
Desiccate
To convert from one religion or doctrine to another; to recruit converts to a religion or doctrine
Proselytize
To attack, especially to attack the turth or integrty of something
Impugn
To rever; to treat as soemthing holy, espeically because of great a ge
Venerate
To scold, usually indisappointment; to blame; to disgrace
Reproach
To bring into existence; to creat; to cause
Engender
To make better or more tolerable
Ameliorate
To satirize; to mock; to parody
Lampoon
To make unimportant
Nullify
To vilate; to sin
Transgess
To thrill
Enthrall
To step down froma position of power or responsibility
Abdicate
To mourn
Lament
To annoy; to pester; to confuse
Vex
To humiliate
Mortify
To yield or submit; to die
Succumb
To inflict punishment on; to discipline
Chastise
To sparkle, either literally or figuratively
Scintillate
To support; to advocate
Espouse
To contemplate; to ponder; to mull over
Ruminate
To banish; to send away
Relegate
To open up a subject for discussion, often a dilecate subject
Broach
To expand
Burgeon
To brand with disgrace; set a mark of disgrace upon
Stigmatize
To grant the privilages of citizenship, espeically the right to vote
Enfranchise
To speed up or ease the process of
Expedite
To persuade someone to do soemthing he/she doesnt want to do
Cajole
To praise highly; to brag publicly about
Tout
To agree
Concur
To cuase to happen abruptly
Precipitate
To swell; to extend a great deal
Distend
To throw someone out of his or her native land; to move away from one's native land ; to emigrate
Expatriate
To enlighten; to instuct espeically in religous or moral matters
Edify
To help settle differences
Mediate
To set or keep apart
Sequester
To criticize mildly
Reprove
To have insight; to see things clearly; to discriminate; to differentiate
Discern
To be indecisive; to waver
Vacillate
To accumulate
Amass
To come together as one; fuse; unite
Coalesce
To spread the seeds of soemthing; scatter; make widely known
Disseminate
To moderate the effect of soemthing
Mitigate
To free completely form blame; to exculpate
Exonerate
To publically take back and deny; to openly confess error
Recant
To break up into opposing factions or groupings
Polarize
To subdue and dominate; to enslave
Subjugate
To darken; to confuse; to make confusing
Obfuscate
Wild living; excessing intemperene
Debauchery
Something not typical; a deviation from the standard
Aberration
Substitute
Surrogate
Surplus; overabundance
Glut
A military action undertaken inrevenge for another; an act of taking an eye for an eye
Reprisal
Excessive love of ones body or oneself
Narcissism
A strong tast or liking for something
Penchant
One who attacks popular beliefs or institutions
Iconoclast
A dull or trite remark; a cliche
Plattitude
The belief that there are no values or morals int he universe
Nihilism
A peculiar expression
Idion
An inhabitant
Denizen
A consequence; a branching out
Ramification
A prolonged, bitter speach
Tirade
A brief summary that captures the meaning of hte whole; the perfect example of something
Epitome
A summary; an abridgment
Compendium
The direct opposite
Antithesis
Sentimental longing for the past; homesickenss
Nosalgia
A sublte difference or distinction
Nuance
Happiness; skillfulness, especially at expressing things
Felicity
A restriction; a limitation
Stricture
Cunning; duplicity; artfulness
Guile
Something that cures everything
Panacea
A brief and usually witty or satirical saying
Epigram
A peculiarity; an eccentircity
Idiosyncrasy
The pursuit of pleasure as a way of life
Hedonism
Treachery; treason; a cilation of loyalty or faith
Perfidy
Bitter, long-lasting ill will or resentment
Rancor
A purification that brings emotional relief or renewal
Catharsis
A leader of the people, but more a rabble rouser
Demagogue
Treason; the incitement of public disorder or rebellion
Sedition
Someone witht he superficial knowledge or the arts
Dilettante
The art of formal speaking or writing; inflated discourse
Rhetoric
Stronghold; fortress; fortified place
Bastion
Thrifty management or resources; livestock farming
Husbandry
Something handed down from the past; to bequest
Legacy
A right, powerful, or bery successfull business person
Magnate
Golden age; prime
Heyday
Sum total; a collection of separate things mixed together
Aggregate
One who deeply distrusts human natue; one who believes humans are motivated only by slefishness
Cynic
Violent breakdown; sudden overthrow; overwhelming defeat
Debacle
Scarcity
Paucity
An award; an honor
Accolade
Humiliation; embarrassed disappointment
Chagrin
A ludicrous, mocking, or esaggerated imitation
Burlesque
One who decides; a judge
Arbiter
Will; conscious choice
Volition
Enviroment; surroundings
Milieu
Irreverence; an insult to something held sacred; profanity
Blasphemy
Properness; good manners
Propriety
In name only; insignificant
Nominal
Charming in a rustic way; naturally peaceful
Idyllic
Timid; lacking in self-confidence
Diffident
Unimaginative; banal
Pedestrian
Favorable; promising; pointing to a good result
Auspicious
Rude; cranky; ill-tempered
Petulant
Of doubtful authenticity; fictitious; spurious
Apocryphal
Required; necessary
Requisite
Eager to believe; gullible
Credulous
Lazy
Indolent
Painfully emotional; extremely moving; sharp or astute
Poignant
Incapable of being reformed
Incorrigigle
Humorous; not serious; clumsily humorous
Facetious
Extra; unnecessary; redundant
Superfluous
Arrogantly assertive of unproven ideas; stubbornly claiming that something is beyond dispute
Dogmatic
Hating humandkind
Misanthropic
Overly dramatic; theatricle
Histrionic
Native; restricted to a particular region or era; indigenous
Endemic
Hardowrking; busy; quite diligent
Assiduous
Stressign usefulness or utitilty above all other aualties; pragmatic
Utilitarian
Violent breakdown; sudden overthrow; overwhelming defeat
Debacle
Scarcity
Paucity
An award; an honor
Accolade
Humiliation; embarrassed disappointment
Chagrin
A ludicrous, mocking, or esaggerated imitation
Burlesque
One who decides; a judge
Arbiter
Will; conscious choice
Volition
Enviroment; surroundings
Milieu
Irreverence; an insult to something held sacred; profanity
Blasphemy
Properness; good manners
Propriety
In name only; insignificant
Nominal
Charming in a rustic way; naturally peaceful
Idyllic
Timid; lacking in self-confidence
Diffident
Unimaginative; banal
Pedestrian
Favorable; promising; pointing to a good result
Auspicious
Violent breakdown; sudden overthrow; overwhelming defeat
Debacle
Scarcity
Paucity
An award; an honor
Accolade
Humiliation; embarrassed disappointment
Chagrin
A ludicrous, mocking, or esaggerated imitation
Burlesque
One who decides; a judge
Arbiter
Will; conscious choice
Volition
Enviroment; surroundings
Milieu
Irreverence; an insult to something held sacred; profanity
Blasphemy
Properness; good manners
Propriety
In name only; insignificant
Nominal
Charming in a rustic way; naturally peaceful
Idyllic
Timid; lacking in self-confidence
Diffident
Unimaginative; banal
Pedestrian
Favorable; promising; pointing to a good result
Auspicious
Apparent; professed
Ostensible
Clear; easy to udnerstand
Lucid
Carefree; cheerful
Blithe
Self-satisfied; overly pleased with oneself
Complacent
Having to do with existance
Existential
Incapable of being expressed or described
Ineffable
Capable of being bribed; corrupe; doing anything for money
Venal
Cheerful; optimistic; hopful
Sanguine
Commonly accepted; supposed; reputed
Putative
Absurd; ludicrous
Farcical
Oily, both literally and figuratively; insincere
Unctuous
Poor
Indifent
Harmful
Deleterious
Stingy
Parsimonious
Evil; flagrantly wicked
Nefarious
Complaining; grumbling; whining
Querulous
Thoughtful and sad
Pensive
Fleeting; vanishing; happening only briefly
Evanescent
Accidental; occurring by chance
Fortuitous
Talking a lot of too much
Loquacious
Cow related; cowlike
Bovine
Horse related
Equine
Pig related
Porcine
Bear related
Ursine
Fish related
Piscine
Lacking a sense of right or wrong; without moral feelings
Amoral
At home in many places; situations; sophisticated
Cosmoplitan
Loud; noisy
Vociferous
Dependent; possible
Contingent
Impossible to see through, or understand
Opague
Healthful; remedial; curative
Salutary
Yearning; sadly longing
Wistful
Dying
Moribund
Brilliant; giving off heat or light
Incandescent
Having nothing to do with religion or spiritual concerns
Secular
Very, very, very small, infinitely small
Infinitesimal
Awesome; extremely exalted; lofty; majestic
Sublime
negative; Despairing
Pejorative
Immature; Naive; inexperienced
Callow
Capable of living; workable
Viable
Extremely demanding; difficult; requireing great skill or care
Exacting
Extravagantly wasteful and, usually, wildly immoral
Profligate
Forgiving; unresentful; noble in spirit; generous
Magnanimous
Haughty; patronizing
Supercilious
Given freely; unjustified; unprovoked
Gratuitious
Intended to teach; morally instructive; pedantic
Didactic
Wastefully extravagant
Prodigal
Stubbornly defiant of authority or control; disobiedient
Recalcitrant
False; fake
Spurious
Having to do with artistic beauty; artistic
Aesthetic
Original; unspoiled; pure
Pristine
Hard to understand; understood by only a select few; peculiar
Esoteric
Sneaky; secret
Surreptitious
Harmless; producing no injury; unlikely to give offense
Innocuous
Unadorned; stern; forbidding; without excess
Austere
Uncompromising; stubborn
Intransigent
Frantic; frenzied
Frenetic
Relating to land; relating to the management or farming of land
Agrarian
Scholarly; deeply learned
Erudite
Fragrant
Redolent
Not conrolled by conscience; unscrupulous
Unconscionable
Dull; bland; banal
Insipid
Abundantly productive; fruitful or fertile
Prolific
Passionate
Ardent