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Abate
To reduce in amount, degree, or severity
Abscond
to leave secretly
Abstain
to choose not to do something
Adulterate
to make impure
Unadulterated
pure
Adultery
illicit relationship, an affair
Abyss
an extremely deep hole
Abyssal
pertaining to great depth
Abyss
an extremely deep hole
Abysmal
extremely bad
Advocate
to speak in favor of
Advocacy
Active support for
Aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
Aesthete
someone unusually sensitive to beauty
Aestheticism
concern with beauty
Aggrandize
to increase in power, influence and reputation
Alleviate
to make more bearable
Amalgamate
to combine; to mix together
Amalgam
a mixture, especially of 2 metals
Ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted in several ways
Ambiguity
the quality of being ambiguous
Ameliorate
to make better; to improve
Anachronism
something out of place in time
Analogous
similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
Analogy
a similarity between things that are otherwise dissimilar
Analogue
something that is similar in some way to something else
Anomaly
deviation from what is normal
Anomalous
deviating from what is normal
Antagonize
to annoy or provoke in anger
Antagonistic
tending to provoke conflict
Antagonist
Someone who fights another
Antipathy
extreme dislike
Apathy
lack of interest or emotion
Arbitrate
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
Arbitration
a process by which a conflict is resolved
Arbitrator
a judge
Archaic
ancient; old fashioned
Archaism
an outdated word or phrase
Ardor
intense and passionate feeling
Ardent
expressing ardor; passionate
Articulate
able to speak clearly and expressively
Assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe
Attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
Audacious
fearless and daring
Audacity
the quality of being audacious
Austere
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
Austerity
severe, especially poverty
Banal
predictable, cliched, boring
Banality
the quality of being banal
Bolster
to support; to prop up
Bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
Bombast
pompous speech or writing
Cacophony
harsh, jarring noise
Candid
impartial and honest in speech
Capricious
changing one's mind quickly and often
Caprice
whim, sudden fancy
Castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
Catalyst
something that brings about a change in something else
Catalyze
to bring about a change in something else
Caustic
biting in wit
Chaos
great disorder or confusion
Chaotic
jumbled, confused
Chauvinist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
Chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
Cogent
convincing and well reasoned
Cogitate
to thjink deeply
Condone
to overlook, pardon, or disregard
Convoluted
intricate and complicated
Corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
Credulous
too trusting; gullible
Credulity
quality of being credulous
Crescendo
steadily increasing volume or force
Decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
Decorous
conforming to acceptable standards
Deference
respect, courtesy
Defer
to delay; to show someone deference
Deferent
courteous and respectful
Deride
to speak of or treat with contempt
Derision
mockery and taunts
Derisive
in a mocking manner
Desiccate
to dry out thoroughly
Dessicant
something that removes water from another sunstance
Desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
Diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech
Diffident
lacking self confidence
Dilate
to make larger; to expand
Dilatory
intended to delay
Dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
Dirge
a funeral hymn or mournful speech
Disabuse
to set right; to free from error
Discern
to percieve; to recognize
Discernment
taste and cultivation
Disparate
fundamentally different; entirely unlike
Dissemble
to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character
Dissonance
a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds
Dogma
a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
Dogmatic
dictatorial in one's opinion
Dupe
to decieve; a person who is easily decieved
Eclectic
selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
Efficacy
effectiveness
Efficacious
effective; productive
Elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech
Elegiac
like an elegy; mournful
Eloquent
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
Emulate
to copy; to try to equal or excel
Enervate
to reduce in strength
Unnerve
To deprive of strength or courage
Engender
to produce, cause, or bring about
Enigma
a puzzle; a mystery
Enumerate
to count, list, or itemize
Ephemeral
lasting a short time
Equivocate
to use expressions of double meanings in order to mislead
Equivocal
undecided; trying to decieve
Equivocation
the act or state of equivocating
Erratic
wandering and unpredictable
Errant
straying, mistaken, roving
Erudite
learned, scholarly, bookish
Erudition
extensive knowledge or learning
Esoteric
known or understood by only a few
Estimable
admirable
Esteem
high regard
Eulogy
speech in praise of someone
Euphemism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one.
Exacerbate
to make worse
Exculpate
to clear from blame; prove innocent
Exigent
urgent; requiring immediate action
Exonerate
to clear from blame
Explicit
clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression
Explicable
capable of being explained
Explicate
to give a detailed explanation
Fanatical
acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion
Fawn
to grovel
Fervid
intensely emotional; feverish
Fervent
enthusiastic
Fervor
passion
Florid
excessively decorated or embellished
Foment
to arouse or incite
Frugality
a tendency to be thrifty or cheap
Garrulous
tending to talk a lot
Gregarious
outgoing, sociable
Guile
deceit or trickery
Guileless
innocent, without trickery
Gullible
easily decieved
Gull
a person who is easily tricked
Homogenous
of a similar kind
Homogenized
thoroughly mixed together
Iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
Imperturable
not capable of being disturbed
Perturb
to disturb greatly
Impervious
impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
Impetuous
quick to act without thinking
Impetus
impulse
Implacable
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
Placate
to make peaceful
Incohate
not fully formed; disorganized
Ingenuous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
Ingenue
a naive girl or young woman
Disingenuous
giving a false impression of innocence
Inimical
hostile, unfriendly
Innocuous
harmless
Insipid
lacking interest or flavor
Intransigent
uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
Inundate
to overwhelm; to cover with water
Irascible
easily make angry
Irate
angry
Laconic
using few words
Lament
to express sorrow; to grieve
Laud
to give praise; to glorify
Laudable
worth of praise
Laudatory
expressing praise
Lavish
to give unsparingly (v); extremely generous or extravagant (adj.)
Lethargic
acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner
Loquacious
talkative
Eloquence
powerful, convincing speaking
Loquacity
the quality of being loquacious
Lucid
clear and easily understood
Lucidity
clarity
Lucent
glowing with light
Luminous
bright, brilliant, glowing
Illuminate
to shine light on
Luminary
an inspiring person
Malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
Linger
to be slow in leaving
Malleable
capable of being shaped
Metaphor
a figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol
Metaphorical
standing as a symbol for something else
Meticulous
extremely careful about details
Misanthrope
a person who dislikes others
Mitigate
to soften; to lessen
Mollify
to calm or make less severe
Monotony
lack of variation
Monotone
a sound that is made at the same tone or pitch
Naive
lacking sophistication or experience
Naivete
the state of being naive
Obdurate
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
Obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
Obeisance
a physical show of respect or submission, such as a bow
Obstinate
stubborn, unyielding
Obviate
to prevent; to make unnecessary
Occlude
to stop up; to prevent the passage of
Onerous
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
Opaque
impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
Opacity
the quality of being obscure and indecipherable
Opprobrium
public disgrace
Ostentation
excessive showiness
Ostensible
apparent
Paradox
a contradiction or dilemma
Paragon
model of excellence or perfection
Pedant
someone who shows off learning
Pedantic
making an excessive display of learning
Perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
Perfidy
deceit, treachery
Perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent
Permeate
to penetrate
Impermeable
unable to be permeated
Philanthropy
charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
Philanthropist
someone who is generous and desires to promote goodness
Placate
to soothe or pacify
Placid
tolerant; calm
Implacable
unable to be made peaceful
Plastic
able to be molded, altered, or bent
Plethora
excess
Pragmatic
practical as opposed to idealistic
Pragmatism
a practical approach to problem solving
Precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
Precipitous
very steep
Precipice
a steep cliff
Precipitation
weather phenomena, like rain or snow, that fall from the sky
Prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
Pristine
fresh and clean; uncorrupted
Prodigal
lavish; wasteful
Prodigality
excessive or reckless spending
Proliferate
to increase in number quickly
Prolific
very productive or highly able to reproduce rapidly
Propitiate
to conciliate; to appease
Propitious
advantageous, favorable
Propriety
correct behavior; obedicence to rules and customs
Appropriate
suitable for a particular occasion or place
Prudence
wisdom, caution, or restraint
Prude
someone who is excessively concerned with propriety
Prudish
prissy and puritanical
Pungent
sharp and irritating to the senses
Quiescent
motionless
Quiescence
state of rest or inactivity
Rarefy
to make thinner or sparser
Rarefaction
the process of making something less dense
Repudiate
to reject the validity of
Reticent
silent, reserved
Rhetoric
effective writing or speaking
Satiate
to satisfy fully or overindulge