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exhaustive
thorough; comprehensive
tantamount
equivalent to
rebuff
to reject
partisan
based on loyalty to a particular group
jettison
to throw away
derogate
to speak ill of
apocryphal
of doubtful authenticity
belie
to give a false impression
ponderous
massive, heavy, burdensome
prolific
extremly productive
lurid
overly explivit in describing detail
affinity
attraction toward something
precursor
somothing that leads to a later development
spendthrift
one who spends $ foolishly
fetter
to bind; restrain
contentious
argumentative
guile
trickiness
infamous
famous in a bad way
maudlin
overly sad in a showy way
grwgarious
sociable
circumscribe
to limit or define the boundries of
ostracize
to banish or exclude from the company of others
profare
to mistreat or disrespect
expedient
practical or adventageous in the short term
coalesce
to unite into a single group
culpable
guilty
trite
dull
insidious
harmful in a way that goes unknowticed
truncate
to shorten by cutting
ascetic
one who avoids physical pleasures
desecrate
to mistreat somthing
quixotic
unrealistic: folishy romantic
preclude
to prevent or make unnessacary
dilatory
habitually late
vilify
to speak ill of
didactic
inteded to teach
innate
born with
scintillating
sparkling
accolade
public praise
querlous
complaining argumentative: peevish
abridge
to shorten
sanguine
cheerful; optimistic; (red colored)
sanction
to give official approval
prologue
introduction
replete
well-provided for (full)
radical
extreme
ethics
principles of proper behavior
predilection
a preferance for
lament
to moarn; regret
(n) sad
mollify
to soothe; pacify; ease
quandry
a dilemma; state of doubt
exhortation
words used to encourage or urge
supersede
to take precidence over somthing
circuitous
indirect; roundabout
suptuous
lavish; extravegant (food)
endemic
native; indigenous
exemplary
outstanding
disparage
to speak ill of; to criticize
fervent
passionate; zealous; enthusiastic
dour
gloomy; sad; unhappy
vacilate
to change; to waver; to take back and forth
chronic
ongoing; persisting through time
tumult
uproar; commotion; chaos
rancor
bitterness; hatred
penchant
a liking for; tendency toward
discursive
rambling; unfocused (usually in a speech)
prevaricate
to mislead; lie
penury
extreme poverty
despondent
extremely sad; depressed
chastise
to scold severly; punish
misgiving
a sense of doubt; hesitation
flagrant
obvious; blatant
munificent
extremely generous
magnanimous
kind & generous
immutable
unchangeable
nullify
to cancel; make invalid
intransigent
stubborn
illusory
deceptive; giving a false impression
garrulous
talkative & sociable
hedonism
single minded pursuit of pleasure
uniform
the same throughout
orthodox
traditional; conservative
ameliorate
to improve (make better)
rescind
to take back; withdraw
exhume
to dig up (a body)
enervate
to tire; exhaust
surretitious
sly; sneaky; stealthy
apathy
a lack of caring; indifferance
ephemeral
fleeting; short-lived
rudimentary
basic; fundamental
gratuitous
excessive; uncalled for
eclectic
based on a wide variety
assail
to attack
convivia
sociable; friendly
opulent
luxurious; characterized by wealth
acuity
sensory sharpness; keenness
renounce
to take back (a position; a statement)
despot
tyrant; harsh, absolute ruler
altruistic
self-sacrificing; charitable
iconoclast
one who rebels agianst accepted order
burgeon
to grow; florish
paragon
a perfect example or model
deprecate
to express disapproval
dissonacnce
a lack of harmony (a harsh sound)
exacerbate
to make worse
decry
to criticize; bemon
odious
hateful; despised
callous
showing lack of sympathy or feeling
squalor
filth & misery
hamper
to get in the way of; impede
debilitate
to weaken or disable
refute
to disapove; show to be false
conjecture
(to make) an educated guess; hypothesis
desultory
aimless; haphazard; random
stolid
unemotional
antithesis
the opposite of something
antithesis
the opposite of something
paucity
the lack of something
paucity
the lack of something
ascertain
to determine; make sure of something
ascertain
to determine; make sure of something
sporatic
Inconsistent fitful; on & off
sporatic
Inconsistent fitful; on & off
supplant
to replace
supplant
to replace
vigilant
extremely watchful
vigilant
extremely watchful
atrophy
to waste away (because of disuse)
atrophy
to waste away (because of disuse)
satiate
to satisfy completely
satiate
to satisfy completely
extol
to praise highly
extol
to praise highly
hiatus
a break (in activity)
hiatus
a break (in activity)
antithesis
the opposite of something
mitigate
to lessen (the effect); to ease
antithesis
the opposite of something
paucity
the lack of something
mitigate
to lessen (the effect); to ease
innocuous
harmless
paucity
the lack of something
innocuous
harmless
ascertain
to determine; make sure of something
rehetoric
things said for effect (the art of speaking)
ascertain
to determine; make sure of something
rehetoric
things said for effect (the art of speaking)
sporatic
Inconsistent fitful; on & off
sporatic
Inconsistent fitful; on & off
laconic
untalkative; taciturn
supplant
to replace
laconic
untalkative; taciturn
vigilant
extremely watchful
obdurate
stubborn; intransigent
obdurate
stubborn; intransigent
supplant
to replace
atrophy
to waste away (because of disuse)
satiate
to satisfy completely
vigilant
extremely watchful
atrophy
to waste away (because of disuse)
extol
to praise highly
satiate
to satisfy completely
hiatus
a break (in activity)
extol
to praise highly
hiatus
a break (inactivity)
mitigate
to lessen (the effect); to ease
innocuous
harmless
rehetoric
things said for effect (the art of sepaking)
laconic
untalkative; taciturn
obdurate
stubborn; intransigent
vapid
dull; lacking in intelligence or content
disseminate
to spread (or disperse)
recticent
reluctant to speak; shy; quiet
irreprochable
perfect; ideal in behavior
deference
respect; courteous yielding
pugnacious
eager to fight; quarrelsome; belligerent
rectify
to correct or fix (to make up for)
idiosyncratic
perculiar to an individual; quirky
provincial
narrowmindedness due to inexperiance
malevolence
ill willed; hatred
alienate
to cause a feeling of isolation
deplore
to disapprove of
scrupulous
honest; ethical
steadfast
stubbornaly loyal
incorrigible
unable to be corrected / unmanageable
terse
breif
inception
beggining
servile
excessivly obedient
pretntious
phony
benign
harmless
zealous
having strong feelings; passionate
tirade
a harsh, ranting speech
authoritarian
overly bossy; dictatrial
sage
wise; a wise person
anachronism
out of place in time
articulate
well spoken; slear in a speech; to speak or pronounce clearly
dupe
one who is easily decieved; to decieve
protagonist
the main character of a story
eradicate
to get rid of completely
discern
to detect ot percieve or distinguic
pseudonym
a flase name; penname
reiterate
to repeat or say agian
pious
revertly indicated to ones religion
voluminous
very large
litigation
a lawsuit
adulterate
to contaminate
pique
to provoke or irritate
imperturbable
unable to be flutered or annoyed
inconsequencial
of monor imporatnace
warrented
justified; or called for
innovative
new & inventive
inclination
likeing or preference for
mirth
happyness
hoard
to stockpile; to secretly gather up
estranged
alienated; separated
relic
something remaining from an earlier time
bolster
to strengthen; increase; support
incongrous
not in agreement; strongly out of place
censure
to critisize
exotic
foreign or unusual
buttress
to support; a support of fortification
fabricate
to amke up or lie
ornate
very decretive
fitful
inconsistent; sporatic
aversion
a dislike & disire to avoid
exploit
to take advantage of; an adventurous act a deed
din
an on going noise
recluse
hermit; avoids company of others
adherent
a believer of somthing
vociferous
overly vocal; loudly expressive
exrticate
to remove (from difficulty)
stoic
indifferent to pain or pleasure
prudent
wise; sensible
stalwart
strong & brave
empirical
based on observation rathr than theory
demogogue
a leader who manipulates peoples fears & prejudces
sinuous
s-shaped curve
raze
to tear down completely
temper
to strenghthen by exposure to extremes
aquiesce
to give in; surender
adamant
insistent; unyeilding
cryptic
difficult to understand
obfuscate
to cloud or confuse
nefarious
evil
embellish
to decorate or add untrue but interesting detail
amenable
willing; open to new ideas
capricious
unpredictable; impulsive
platitude
a dull; unoriginal statement
pleathora
an abundance of
expidite
to spread & make more efficient
paltry
small; meager
recant
to take back (a previous statement)
illicit
illegal; not sanctioned by custom
syncophant
a "flatterer"/"suck up"/"brown-noser"/"kiss-ass"
tenuous
weak; insubstantial
edify
to serve on educational purpose
glutton
one who eats too much
cognizant
aware
abstruse
extremely difficult to understand
spurious
deceptively false
fallow
(used w/ farmland) not currently in use
egalitarian
dedicated to principle of equality
emulate
to model oneself after another (to copy)
bane
a destructive thing; cause of downfall (bane of existence)
paradox
a self-contradictory statement or situation
unbiquitous
so common as to be seen everywhere
parsimony
extreme stingyness
sparse
thinly spread; meager
cajole
to coax or to use flattery to set something
indolent
lazy; listless
wary
cautious
aesthetic
pertaining to art or beauty
insipid
dull; bland
engender
to bring about or cause
thwart
to prevent (someone elses plan from suceeding)
castigate
to scold; or critisize
strident
loud; harsh sounding
banal
dull and unoriginal
erudite
scholarlt, highly educated