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adroit
adj.
skillful, clever, avoid danger, deft
Syn-dexterous, apt
Ant-clumsy, awkward
adulterate
verb
to make impure
adj
impure
adventitious
adj
accidental, not planned
aegis
noun
a shield, protection, sponsorship
aesthetic
adj
pertaining to beauty, creative
affectation
noun
a phony attitude, pose
syn-insincerity, sham
ant-sincerity, genuineness
affinity
noun
an attraction to
affluence
noun
wealth, richness
agape
open-mouthed; surprised, agog
aggrandize
verb
to enlarge; to expand
altruism
noun
a concern for others; generosity
syn-magnanimity
ant-egoism
ambiguous
adj
open to more than one interpretation
syn-unclear, uncertain, vague
ant-explicit, definite
amoral
adj
lacking a sense of right and wrong
amorphous
adj
shapeless, formless, vague
animosity
noun
hatred, bitter hostility
antipathy
noun
an intense dislike
syn-aversion
ant-affinity
antithesis
noun
an exact opposite
badinage
noun
playful, teasing talk
verb
to banter; to tease
banal
adj
common, ordinary, having lost force by repitition
baroque
adj
overly decorated, having unusual shapes
syn-ornate
ant-simple
bauble
noun
a showy but useless thing
bedlam
noun
a noisy uproar; a scene of wild confusion, insane person
beguile
verb
to deceive, to charm, to enchant
besiege
verb
to overwhelm, to surround and attack
besmich
verb
to make dirty, to stain, to dishonor
syn-soil, sully, smear
bestial
ady
savage, brutal, inhuman
syn-brutish, vile, cruel, foul
bilious
adj
bad tempered, cross
syn-grouchy, cantankerous
blanch
verb
to whiten, to make pale
bland
mild, tasteless, dull
blandishment
noun
flattery
syn-cajole
bombast
noun
impressive but meaningless language
bona fide
adj
in good faith
boor
noun
a rude of implolite person
bovine
adj
pertianing to cows of cattle, slugish
bowlderize
verb
to remove offensive passages of a play, novel...
syn-to censor
brevity
noun
briefness, short duration
ayn-tersness, conciseness, succinctness
bucolic
adj
pertaining to the countryside, rural, rustic
syn-pastoral
cajole
verb
to coax, to persuade, to wheedle, persuade by flattery
syn-palaver, inbiegle
callow
adj
yougn and inexperienced
carcinogen
noun
causing cancer
carnal
adj
sensual, sexual, relating to desires of the flesh
syn-erotic, voluptuous, sensual
ant-chaste, modest, spirtual
carrion
noun
decaying flesh
catacylsm
noun
a sudden violent change
syn-disaster, catastrophe
ant-triumph, boon
cataract
noun
large waterfall
abnormality of the eye
caveat
noun
a warning, an official order not to do someting
celibate
noun
unmarried
adj
abstaining from sex
censure
verb
to criticize sharply
syn-blame, condemn, reproach
ant-praise, applaud
cessation
noun
a stopping; a discontinuance
syn-a pause, a ceasing
haff
noun
worthless mater
chagrin
noun
emabarrassment
chimerical
adj
imaginary, fantastic
syn-absurd, illusionary
ant-practical
coalesce
verb
to blend, to merge
syn-mix, unite, combine
debacle
noun
a complete failure, a total collapse
syn- a sudden diaster
ant-success, triumph
debauchery
noun
corruption, self indulgence
syn-excess, dissipation
deference
noun
respect, consideration
syn-regard, honor
defile
verb
to pollute, to corrupt
syn-contaminate
deign
verb
to lower oneself before an inferior
syn-stoop, condesend
delineate
verb
to describe, to depict, to portray in pictures or gestures
demeanor
noun
behavoir, manner of conducting oneself
syn-deportment
denouement
noun
an outcome, result
syn-conclusion
deride
verb
to ridicule, to mock, scornful gaity
syn-to scorn, taunt, banter, insult
ant-to praise complement
desiccated
adj
dried up, to perserve food by drying
despicable
adj
contempible, hateful, deserving of contempt or scorn
desultory
adj
wandering from subject to subject
deviate
verb
to turn aside, stray from standard
diadem
noun
a crown, cloth head band
diaphanous
adj
very sheer and light, fine texture, transparent
dichotomy
noun
a division into two parts, branching of ansestrial lines, process of dividing into two parts
ebullient
adj
enthusiastic, boiling or agitated
eclectic
adj
choosing from various sources, systems or doctrins
edify
verb
improve someone morally, intelectually or spirtually
effete
adj
worn out, barren, marked by self indulgence
egregious
adj
remarkably bad, outrageous, conspicuously bad
elegy
noun
a sad or mournful poem
elicit
verb
to draw forth, to call forth, to cause a reaction
elixer
noun
a supposed remedy for all ailments, solution of alchohol and water, substance that prolongs life indeffinatly
elucidate
verb
to make clear
emanate
verb
to come forth, to send forth, to come out
emendation
noun
a correction, alteration intended to improve
empathy
noun
an understanding of another's feelings
empirical
adj
based on practical experience rather than theory
endemic
adj
confined to a particular coutry or area
enervate
verb
to weaken
ennui
noun
boredom; a weariness resulting from lack of interest
ephemeral
adj
lasting only a brief time; short-lived, lasting only a day
epitome
noun
a typical example, a condensed account, summary
ergo
conj
therefore
erotic
adj
pertaining to sexual love
eschew
verb
to keep away from, to avoid, to shun
facetious
adj
comical, jocular, flippant
facticious
adj
causing disagreement
fastidious
adj
hard to please, fussy
syn-meticulous
fatuous
adj
foolish, inane
fecund
adj
fertile, productive
ferret
verb
to search or drive out, to expel
fervent
adj
eager, earnest, intense
fetish
noun
an object that recieves respect or devotion
finesse
noun
diplomacy, tact, artful managment
fiscal
adj
pertianing to finances, relating to taxation, public debt
fissure
noun
an opening, a groove, a split, a separation
flaccid
adj
flabby
flagellate
verb
to whip, to lash
flaunt
verb
to show off
flout
verb
to ridicule, to show contempt for
foment
verb
to stir up, to incite
fop
noun
an excessively fashion-conscious man
fortuitous
adj
lucky, by chance, fortunate
gambol
verb
to frolic, to romp about playfully
garish
adj
tastelessly gaudy
garner
verb
to gather, to acquire
garrulous
adj
talkative, wordly, rambling
germane
adj
relevant, fitting
gibe
verb
to scoff, to ridicule
gloat
verb
to look at or think about with great satisfaction
glower
verb
to stare angrily, sullen anger
grandiose
adj
impressive, showy, magnificent, characterized by grandness
gratuitous
adj
unnecessary or uncalled for, unjustified, above what is neccessary
grotesque
adj
absurd, distorted, ludicris distortion
gumption
noun
courage and initiative, common sense
hackneyed
adj
commonplace, overused
halcyon
adj
calm, pleasant
hallow
verb
to make holy
adj
holy
harbinger
noun
an omen or sign
harlequin
noun
a clown
hector
verb
to bully, to pester
hedonism
noun
pursiut of pleasure, especially of the senses
hegira
noun
flight, escape
hermetic
adj
tightly sealed
heterogeneous
adj
different, dissimilar
hiatus
noun
a pause or gap
hoi polloi
noun
common people, the masses
hospice
noun
a shelter
hubris
noun
excessive pride or self-confidence
hybrid
noun
anything of mixed origin
adj
mixed, assorted
idiosyncrasy
noun
a peculiar personality trait
idolatry
noun
excessive or blind adoration, worship of an object
ignoble
adj
dishonorable, shameful
imminent
adj
likely to happen, threatening
immolate
verb
to kill someone as a sacrificail victim, usually by fire
immutable
adj
unchanged, fixed
impair
verb
to weaken, to cause to become worse
impale
verb
to pierce with a sharp stake through the body
impalpable
adj
unable to be felt, intangible
impecunious
adj
without money, penniless
impediment
noun
barrier, obstruction
imperative
adj
extremely necessary, vitally important
imperious
adj
domineering, haughty
impinge
verb
to strike, to encroach
impious
adj
disrespectful toward God
importune
verb
to persistently ask, to beg
impotent
adj
powerless, lacking strength
imprecation
noun
a curse
jocular
adj
humorous, lighthearted
juxtapose
verb
to place side by side for comparison
kinetic
adj
pertaining to motion
kismet
noun
destiny, fate, fortune
knell
noun
a sound made by a bell rung slowly for a death or funeral
labyrinth
noun
a maze
lachrymose
adj
tearful, weepy
laconic
adj
using few words, short, concise
lambent
adj
softly bright or raidiant, runing or moving lightly over a surface
languid
adj
sluggish, drooping from weakness
lascivious
adj
lustful or lewd, inciting sexual disire
legerdemain
noun
sleight of hand, deception
libertine
noun
one who leads an immoral like
machination
noun
an evil design or plan
macroscopic
adj
visible to the naked eye
maelstrom
noun
whirlpool, turbulence, agitated state of mind
malapropism
noun
a word hmorously misused
malleable
adj
capable of being changed, easily shaped
martinet
noun
a strict disciplinarian, taskmaster
masochist
noun
one who enjoys his or her own pain and suffering
mendacious
adj
lying, false, decietful
meretricious
adj
attrative in a cheap, flashy way
milieu
noun
environment, setting
miscreant
noun
a vicious person
nebulous
adj
hazy, vague, uncertain
necromancy
noun
magic, especially that practiced by a witch
neologism
noun
use of a new word, making up a new word or definition
nihilism
noun
a total rejection of established laws
nirvana
noun
a condition of great peace or happiness, ideal condition or rest
nonentity
noun
aperson or thing of little importance
non sequitur
noun
something that does not logically follow
nubile
adj
a female suitable for marriage in regard to age and physical development
obdurate
adj
stubborn, hardharted
obfuscate
verb
to confuse, to bewilder
obloquy
noun
strong disaproval, a bad reputating resulting from public critism
obsequious
adj
excessively submissive or overly attentive
obviate
verb
to prevent, to get around
offal
noun
garbage, waste parts
olfactory
adj
pertaining to smell
onerous
adj
burdensome, heavy, hard to endure
onus
noun
a burden, respinsibility, obligation
optimum
noun/adj
the best, the most favorable, the ideal
opulent
adj
rich, luxurious, wealthy
orifice
noun
mouth, opening
orthography
noun
correct spelling
paleontology
noun
a science dealing with prehistoric life through study of fossils
palliate
verb
to ease, to lessen, to soothe
panache
noun
self-confidence, a showy manner
pandemic
adj
general, widespread
panegyric
noun
an expression of praise
paradigm
noun
a model, an example
parochial
adj
local, narrow, limited
parody
noun
a work which imitates antoher in a ridiculous manner
paroxysm
noun
a sudden outburst, a fit
patent
adj
evident or obvious
peccadillo
noun
a minor offence, a misdeed
pecuniary
adj
pertaining to money, financial
pedantic
adj
tending to show off one's learning
pedestrian
adj
a person or thing said to be ordinary or dull
pejorative
adj
having a negative effect, insulting
perdition
noun
damnation, ruin, hell
perfunctory
adj
done without care, in a routine fashion
perspicacity
noun
keenness of judgement
peruse
verb
to read carefully
quagmire
noun
a awamp, a difficult or inextricable situtation
quandary
noun
a puzzling situation; a dilemma
quasi
adj
resembling, seeming half
querulous
adj
complaining, grumbling, whiney
quiddity
noun
an essential quality
raiment
noun
clothing, garments
rakish
adj
carefree, dashing, jaunty
ratiocinate
verb
to reason, to think
rationalize
verb
to make an excuse for