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paramount
chief, supreme
zenith
highest point, culmination, point in the heavens directly overhead
crux
essential part
buoyant
cheerful
rotund
rounded out, full-toned
progeny
offspring, children
nugatory
of little or no value
gala
characterized by festivity
dogmatic
opionated, asserted without proof
kilth and kin
friends and relatives; kindred
arbitrary; arbitrate
autocratic, tyrannical; decide a dispute acting as a judge, submit a dispute to arbitration
lank
lean, ungracefully tall
propinquity
kinship; nearness of a place, proximity
dregs
most worthless part, sediment at bottom of a liquid
malleable
capable of being shaped by hammering, adaptable
menagerie
place where wild animals are kept and trained, collection of wild animals
symmetrical; symmetry
balanced in arrangement; harmony
salubrious
healthful
contour
outline of a figure
badger
tease, annoy, nag
contiguous
touching, adjoining
preeminent
standing out above others, superior
environs
districts surrounding a place, suburbs
obese; obesity
extremely overweight; excessive bodyweight
adjacent
lying near or next to
sardonic
mocking, bitterly sarcastic
coy
pretending to be shy
convivial; conviviality
fond of eating and drinking with friends, sociable; sociability
tenable
capable of being maintained or defended
therapeutic
curative
fallible
liable to be mistaken
contrite; contrition
showing deep regret and sorrow for wrongdoing; repentance
sully
tarnish, defile
toxic
poisonous
paradoxical
self-contradictory that may nevertheless be true
dejected; dejection
sad, depressed; sadness, depression
analogy
similarity, comparison
geneology
a person's family's descent; pedigree
cogitate
think over, ponder
complacency; complacent
self-satisfaction, smugness; too pleased with oneself
relevent
bearing upon the matter in hand, pertinent
aversion
strong dislike, antipathy
illusion
misconception
fulsome
offensive because of insincerity, repulsive
distort
twist out of shape; change from the true meaning
volition
will
sloven
person habitually untidy, dirty, or careless in dress habits
disgruntled
in bad humor, displeased, dishumored
fallacaious
misleading, deceptive
plaudit
enthusiastic praise, applause
plausible
apparently trsutworthy, superficially true or reasonable
pathos
quality in events or in art that arouses our pity
rational; rationalize
sensible, based on reason; invent excuses for one's actions, desires, failures, etc.
sabeceous
greasy
heterodox
rejecting regularly accepted beliefs or doctrines, noncomformist
buoy
keep afloat, raise spirits of
concave
curved inward, creating a hollow space
sibling
one of two or more children of a family
squalid
filthy from neglect
nostalgic
homesick
speculate
reflect, conjecture; buy or sell with the hope of profiting by price fluctuations
malignant
threatening to cause death; very evil
juxtapose; juxtaposition
put side by side; cose or side-by-side position
aviary
place where birds are kept
hypothetical
supposed, like a hypothesis
encomium
speech or writing of high praise
amorphous
shapeless, unorganized
burly
strongly and heavily built; husky
dilemma
predicament
humble
of low position or condition; not proud, modest
orthodox
conventional, approved
ecstasy; ecstatic
state of overwhelming joy, rapture; enraptures
paltry
practically worthless, petty
calumnious
slanderous, falsely and maliciously accusing
bias
opinion formed before there are grounds for it; prejudice
plight
unfortunate state; predicament
indubitable
certain, indisputable
menial
subservient
preposterous
senseless, irrational
cherubic
chubby and innocent looking, like a chrub (angel in the form of a child)
deduce
infer
flippant
treating serious matters lightly
squalor
filth
buxom
plump and attractive
criterion
standard, rule or test for judging
eminence; eminent
high rank; standing out, notable
approximate
nearly correct
apiary
place where bees are kept
sophistry
clever but deceptive reasoning
vertex
farthest point opposite the base (triangle or pyramid)
grave
deserving serious attention
cajole; cajolery
persuade by pleasant words; wheedling, coaxing
sinuous
being in and out, winding, serpentine
anticlimax
abrupt decline from the dignified or important to the trivial or ludicrous
eclectic
choosing from various sources
lionize
treat as highly important
bigoted; bigotry
intolerant, narrowminded; views or behaviors of a bigot (prejudiced, narrowminded person)
virulant; viral; virus
venomous, deadly, very bitter; caused by a virus; disease-causing substance too small to be seent through a microscope, corruptive force
modest; modesty
humble; humility
pathetic
arousing pity
demure
falsely modest or serious; grave, prim
immunity; immunize
resistance to a disease, freedom from an obligation; make immune
diffident
shy, unduly timid
haggard
careworn, gaunt
staid
sedate, quite disposition
levity
lack of proper seriousness, frivolity
sordid
filthy, vile
tribulation
suffering; distress
specious
apparently reasonable, but not really so
ethereal
heavenly
axiomatic
self-evident, universally accepted as true
sycophant
parisitic flatterer
brazen
shameless; made of brass or bronze
acme
highest point
vainglorious
elated by vanity, excessively proud or boastful
lament; lamentable
mourn, deplore; pitiable, rueful
ostentatious
showy, to impress others
travesty
imitation that makes a serious thing seem ridiculous, mockery
egoism
selfishness
molt
shed feather, skin, hair, etc.
vain
conceited, empty or worthless, futile
unguent
salve; ointment
overweening
arrogant, thinking too highly of oneself
halcyon
calm, peaceful
pert
bold, saucy
droll
odd and laughter-provoking
vanity
conceit
chagrin; chagrined
embarrrassment; ashamed, mortified
gentility
good manners; gentry upper class
obsequious
showing excessive willingness to serve
acclaim
welcome with approval, applaud loudly
compunction
regret; remorse
climactic
arranged in order or increasing force and interest
doleful
causing grief or sadness
acclivity
upward slope
parasite; parisitic
animal, plant, or person living on others; living at the expense of another, sponging
derogatory
expressing low esteem, belittling
pudgy
short and plump
consummate
perfect, carried to the highest degree
ornithology
study of birds
plumb
get to the bottom of, ascertain the depth of
blandishment
word or deed of mild flattery
laudable; laudatory
praiseworthy, commendable; expressing praise
maudlin
homesickness, yearning for the past
satire, satiric/satirical
language or writing that exposes follies or abuses by holding them up to ridicule; given or expressing satire
adulation
excessive praise, flattery
sarcasm; sarcastic
sneering language intended to hurt someone's feelings; given to or expressing sarcasm
sullen
resentfully silent
maternal
like a mother
emaciated
made unnaturally thin, abnormally lean because of starvation or illness
loath; loathe
unwilling, disincline; detest
bliss; blissful
perfect happiness; very happy
pestilential
morally harmful, pertaining to a plague
blithe
merry, joyous; heedless
humiliate; humility
degrade; humbleness
poignant
painfully touching
stigmatize
brand with a mark of disgrace
svelte
slender, lithe
chasm
wide gap or rift
ascetic (adj.); (n.)
shunning pleasures, self-denying; person who shuns pleasures and lives simply
ravine
deep, narrow gorge worn by running water
delectable
very pleasing, delightful
parody
humorous imitation
lackey
follower who carries out another's wishes like a servant
ironic/ironical; irony
containing or expressing irony; species of humor whose intended meaning is the opposite of the words used, state of affairs contrary to what would normally be expected
scavenger
animal or person removing refuse, decay, etc.
abysmal; abyss
deep, profound; bottomless immeasurably deep space
throes
anguish; pangs
paternal
like a father
disconsolate
cheerless, inconsolable
morbid
gruesome; having to do with disease
antidote
remedy for poison or evil
alacrity
cheerful willingness, liveliness
elated; elation
in high spirits, joyful; euphoria
declivity
downward slope
glum
moody, gloomy, dour
jocose
given to jesting
curry favor
seek to gain favor by flattery
hilarious; hilarity
very funny; mirth, glee
frolic; frolicsome
play and run about happily; full of merriment, playful
apogee
farthest point from the earth in orbit of a heavenly body, highest point or culmination
jocund
merry; cheerful
fraternal
like a brother
jubilant; jubilation
showing great joy; rejoicing, exultation
regimen
set of rules, esp. to improve health
parrot
repeat mechanically, like a parrot
ludicrous
exciting laughter, ridiculous
attenuate
make thin, weaken
imputation
accusation, insinuation
ingratiate
work oneself into favor
precipice; precipitous
cliff; steep as a cliff, hasty, rash
benign
not dangerous; gently, kindly
sublimate; sublime
redirect energy of a person's bad impulses into socially and morally high standards, purify, refine; elevated, noble
truckle
make a doormat of oneself
facetious
in the habit of joking, said in jest without serious intent
astringent
substance that shrinks tissue and checks blood flow(n.); (adj.)severe or stern, causing contraction
caricature
drawing, imitation, or description that ridiculously exaggerates peculiarities or defects
convalesce; convalescent
recuperate; person recovering form sickness
harlequin
buffoon, clown
fester
form pus, rot
nadir
lowest point
hypochondriac
one who is morbidly anxious about personal health, or suffering from an imagined illness
profound
intellectually deep
pensive
thoughtful in a sad way; melancholy
progenitor
forefather
antediluvian
antiquated; belonging to the time before the Biblical Flood (when all except Noah and his family perished)
banter
playful teasing
puberty
physical being of manhood (14) or womanhood (12)
nepotism
favoritism to relatives by those in power
nonage; nonegenarian
legal minority, period before maturity; person in his or her 90's
involuntary
not done of one's own free will
longevity
long life; length of life
libel; libelous
false and defamatory printed statement; injurious to reputation
senile
showing the weakness of age
malign
speak evil of
dipsomania
abnormal, uncontrollable craving for alcohol; alcoholism
eulogize
praise, extol
marine; mariner
of the sea or shipping, nautical; sailor, seaman
abject
deserving contempt, wretched
mature
ripe; carefully thought out
earthy
coarse, low
juvenile
youthful; immature
filial
of or like a son or daughter
fusty
stale-smelling, musty, moldy; old-fashioned
exalt
elate; glorify
decrepit
weakened by old age
lesion
injury; hurt
fragrant
having a pleasant odor
slander
false and defamatory spoken statement
rancid
unpleasant to smell or taste from being spoiled or stale
veteran
person experienced in some occupation, at or profession; ex-member of the armed forces
jettison
throw good overboard to lighten a ship or plane, discard
infantile
of or like an infant or infancy; childlike
inebriated
drunk, intoxicated
forebear
forefather, ancestor
crone
withered old woman
primeval
pertaining to the world's first ages, primitive
yore
long ago
doldrums
calm windless part of the ocean near the equator; listlessness
carousal
jovial feast, drinking party
callow
young and inexperienced
unsavory
unpleasant to taste or smell; morally offensive
adolescent
growing from childhood to adulthood; of the teenage years
brine
salty water; ocean
contemporary
person who lives at the same time as another
starboard
pertaining to the right-hand side of a ship when you face the bow
malodorous
ill-smelling; stinking
olfactory
pertaining to the sense of smell
venerable
worthy of respect because of his advanced age, achievement, virtue, or historical importance
patriarch
venerable old man; father and ruler of a family or tribe
superannuated
retired on a pension; extremely old
incense
substance yielding a pleasant odor when burned
abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking; abstinent
pungent
sharp in smell or taste, acrid
scent (n.); (v.)
smell, perfume; get suspicious of
purge
cleanse, purify, rid of undesired elements or person
expurgate
remove objectionable material from a book, purify
inveterate
firmly established by age, deep-rooted; habitual
aroma; aromatic
pleasant odor, bouquet; sweet-scented, fragrant
peurile
foolish for a grown-up to say or do, childish
putrid
stinking from decay; extremely bad
sot
person made foolish by excessive drinking; drunkard
matriarch
moather and ruler of a family; highly respected elderly lady
bow
forward part of a ship; prow
archaic
old-fashioned
teetotaler
person who totally abstains from intoxicating beverages
hoary
white or gray with age; ancient
posthumous
published after the author's death; occurring after death
dross
waste, refuse
defunct
dead, extinct, deceased
rank
having a strong, bad odor or taste; extreme
leeward
in the direction away from the wind
reek
emit a strong, disagreeable smell
noisome
offensive to smell, disgusting; harmful
immaculate
spoltless
carrion
decaying flesh of a carcass
contaminate
make impure by mixture, pollute
jetsam
goods cast overboard to lighten a ship in distress
offal
waste parts of a butchered animal, garbage
obsolescent; obsolete
going out of use, becoming obsolete; out-of-date
flotsam
wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating on the sea, driftage
slatternly
untidy, slovenly
sober; sobriety
not drunk, serious; abstinence
pristine
in original, long-ago state; uncorrupted