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abate
reduce in amount
abscond
leave secretly
abstain
not do something
abyss
deep hole; chasm
adulterate
make impure (ketchup)
advocate
speak in favor of
aesthetic
Beauty
aggrandize
increase in power
alleviate
make more bearable (headache with aspirin)
amalgamate
bring society's together
ambiguous
doubtful/ uncertain
ameliorate
make better
anachronism
out of place saying. "groovy"
analogous
equilavent to
anomaly
deviate from norm
antagonize
annoy, provoke anger
antipathy
extreme dislike
apathy
lack of interest/ emotion
arbitrate
mediate judge
archaic
old-fashioned, ancient
ardor
intense passion
articulate
speak clearly
assuage
make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate
to weaken/ attenuate the power of govt
audacious
fearless, daring
austere
stern in appearance, undecorated
banal
boring, cliche
bolster
to support, prop up
bombastic
pretentious, pompous in speech
cacophony
harsh noise
candid
honest, impartial
capricious
change mind
castigate
punish
catalyst
it brings about change
caustic
witty
chaos
disorder, confusion
chauvinist
prejudiced for group belong to
chicanery
deception, trickery
cogent
well reasoned
condone
disregard, overlook
convoluted
complicated
corroborate
supporting evidence
credulous
gullible
crescendo
increase volume/ force
decorum
propriety, good manners
deference
respect, courtesy
deride
mockery
desiccate
dry out
desultory
jump from one thing to another. disconcerted
diatribe
unkind words, abusive
diffident
lacking self confidence
dilate
get larger
dilatory
delay
dilettante
superficial interest in topics
dirge
funeral hymn, mournful speech
disabuse
free from error
discern
recognize
disparate
unlike, different
dissemble
false appearance, disguise
dissonance
harsh sounds, disagreeable combination
dogma
firmly held opinion, often religious
dogmatic
dictatorial (right); bossy
dupe
easily deceived
eclectic
made from a variety of sources
efficacy
effectiveness; vigor
elegy
sorrowful poem
eloquent
persuasive & moving, especially in speech
emulate
to copy
enervate
reduce in strength
engender
born, bring about
enigma
mystery, puzzle
enumerate
count, list
ephemeral
lasting a short time
equivocate
double meaning to mislead
erratic
wandering, unpredictable
erudite
scholarly, learned
esoteric
understood by only a few
estimable
admirable
eulogy
speech of praise
euphemism
using a non-offensive word, in place of. "sleeping" instead of "dead"
exacerbate
make worse
exculpate
prove innocent, clear from blame
exigent
urgent, immediate action
exonerate
clear from blame
explicit
clearly stated
fanatical
excessively enthusiastic
fawn
to grovel - the actor fawned over the director in hopes of getting a part
fervid
intense emotion
florid
decorated
foment
to arrouse, instigate
frugality
thrift/ cheap
garrulous
talk a lot
gregarious
social, outgoing
guile
deceit, trickery
gullible
easily deceived, credulous
homogenous
similiar kind
iconoclast
opposes established beliefs, customs - nonconformist
imperturbable
can't disturb
impervious
cannot penetrate or affect
impetuous
react without thinking - a good investment should not be impetuous
implacable
cannot calm. relentless, unrelenting
inchoate
disorganized, not fully formed. amorphous/ incoherent
ingenuous
innocence, naive
inimical
unfriendly, hostile
innocuous
harmless. not poisonous
insipid
lacking interest or flavor
intransigent
cannot be reconciled, uncompromising
inundate
overwhelm
irascible
easily made angry
laconic
using few words
lament
sorrow, grieve
laud
praise, glorify
lavish
give unsparingly; extreme generous
lethargic
slow, sluggish
loquacious
talkative
lucid
clear
luminous
bright, glowing
malinger
evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
malleable
can be shaped
metaphor
figure of speech comparing 2 things
meticulous
extremely careful about details
misanthrope
dislikes others
mitigate
lessen, to soften
mollify
calm, less severe
monotomy
lack of variation
naive
lacking experience or sophistication
obdurate
hardened in feeling
obsequious
overly submissive, eager to please
obstinate
stubborn
obviate
prevent, make unnecessary
occlude
prevent the passage of
onerous
troublesome, burdensome
opaque
cannot see through
opprobrium
public disgrace
ostentation
showy, pretentious
paradox
dilemma, contradiction
paragon
model of excellence
pedant
show off learning
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
perfunctory
routine, indifferent
permeate
to penetrate
philanthropy
charity
placate
soothe or pacify
plethora
excess
pragmatic
realistic, not idealistic
precipitate
abrupt, lack deliberation. (steep cliff) impulsive
prevaricate
lie
pristine
fresh, clean
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
proliferate
increase in number
propitiate
to appease
propriety
decorum. manners
prudence
wisdom, caution, or restraint
pungent
sharp, irritate the senses
quiescent
motionless
rarefy
make thinner, sparse
repudiate
reject validity of
reticent
silent, reserved
rhetoric
effective writing or speech
satiate
satisfy fully, overindulge
soporific
sleep, lethargic
specious
seems plausible, but false (ex - an excuse)
stigma
shame or discredit
stolid
unemotional, lack of sensitivity
sublime
grand, noble, majestic
tacit
done w/o using words
taciturn
silent
tirade
long harsh speech
torpor
mental & physical sluggishness
transitory
brief, temporary
vacillate
be indecisive, to sway
venerate
revere, respect deeply
veracity
truth & accuracy
verbose
wordy
vex
annoy
volatile
easily chageable, erratic
waver
fluctuate btwn choices
whimsical
capricious, unpredictable, frivilous
zeal
passion, excitement
fastidious
careful with details
fickle
unreliable
facetious
inappropriately witty
hauteur
haughty/ condescending
adroit
skillful
tether
tie
tyranny
dictator
autonomy
independent. separate
anarchy
chaos
provincial
unsophisticated. limited in scope
myopic
near-sighted
larder
place to store food
belies
misrepresent; expose as false
tactile
touch
flacid
limp