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aloof
cool, reserved
ameliorate
improve
bequeath
hand down
ambivalence
simultanious conflicting feelings
apocryphal
doubtful authenticity
aversion
strong dislike
antithesis
exact opposite
buffoon
clown, one who amuses
aggrandizement
increase in power or riches
analogous
similarity in some ways
bombastic
pompous
capitulate
surrender
atrophy
waste away, shrink up
advocate
support a cause
anonymity
unidentified
antagonism
hostility
altruistic
unselfish concern for others
acquiesce
consent w/o protest
authoritarian
inforcing strict obedience to authority
cajole
coax
aesthetic
sensitive to art or beauty
catharsis
relieving of emotional tension
ambiguous
vague
alienate
make unfriendly
admonish
warn or advise;
reprove mildly
catalyst
stimulus
autonomy
self-government
animosity
strong hatred
acclaim
great approval
censure
one who examines;
condemnation, blame
caustic
corrosive; sarcastic
articulate
speaking clearly
cacophony
harsh, jarring sounds
cache
hiding place; anything hiding
callous
hardened, unfeeling
carping
complaining
celestial
of the heavens; divine
belittle
make seem unimportant
abstract
theoretical
aberration
deviation from normal, right
austere
strict; very plain; severe
affinity
close relationship; attraction
abstinence
an abstaining from
arduous
strenuous; laborous
augment
increase
blithe
carefree; cheerful
capricious
unpredictable
colloquial
not formal
disperse
scatter
disdain
scorn
dismantle
take apart
concise
short, clear
debilitate
make weak
dearth
scarcity
delineate
draw; sketch; describe
crass
showing poor taste or greed
deflate
loss of importance or air
conspicuous
easy to see; outstanding
derogatory
degrading
conciliatory
reconcile
criterion
standard, rule
devious
roundabout
deprecate
express dissaproval
copious
abundant
disparity
difference; unlikeness
disposition
arrange; incline mentally
composure
calmness; self-possession
deter
keep from action
demeanor
behavior
discerning
shrewed
dissipated
scatter; squander; indulge
condone
forgive; overlook
chimerical
impossible or foolish fancy
diffuse
scatter
despot
tyrant
compatible
capable of getting along
decadence
declining (as in morals or art)
clemency
mercy
commiserate
sympathize
corroberate
confirm
disparage
belittle
desecrate
violate sacredness of
deference
yielding in opinion; respect
clandestine
secret
denunciation
a denouncing
circumspect
careful; discreet
didactic
meant to teach
chronic
reccuring; long-lasting
devoid
empty
chastise
scold sharply
cryptic
secret; mysterious
clairvoyant
special sight
diatribe
denunciation
coalesce
unite into a single body
distraught
extremely troubled
dogmatic
arrogant
dormant
quiet; inactive
duplicity
cunning deception
ebb
flow backward; decline
eclectic
using various sources
efface
erase; wipe out
effervescent
to bubble; be lively
egregious
glaringly bad
elucidate
explain
elusive
baffling
embellish
decorate
embroil
get involved
emulate
imitate
enervate
weaken
engender
to cause
enhance
make greater
enigma
baffling matter or person
ephemeral
short-lived
equanimity
composure
equivocate
mislead
esoteric
known or understood by few
eulogy
praise
euphemism
mild word replacing an offensive one
evanescent
passing swiftly
exacerbate
aggravate
exemplary
serving as an example
expedient
useful
expedite
speed up
expunge
erase
extol
praise highly
facilitate
make easier
fallacy
false idea or reasoning
fastidious
hard to please
fervor
passion, devotion
fitful
irregular
flagrant
glaringly bad
fledgling
inexperienced
forlorn
abandoned; wretched; miserable
formidable
hard to overcome; awsome
fortuitous
accidental; lucky
furtive
done stealthily
galvanize
stimulate
garbled
distorted
garner
gather & store
garrulous
talking much
gratuitous
uncalled for
guile
deceit
gullible
easily tricked
hackneyed
worn out; stale
haphazard
random
rebuff
treat w/ scorn
sagacious
very wise or shrewed
raze
demolish
stringent
strict
respite
a delay; period of rest or relief
recalcitrant
refusing to obey
succinct
concise
supercilious
haughty; disdainful
repugnant
opposed; distasteful; offensive
substantiate
prove to be true or real
sanction
opproval
recluse
one who lives a schedualed, solitary life
relic
something from the past
superfluous
unnecessary
repudiate
disown
sumptuous
costly; lavish
spurious
false; not genuine
relegate
put into a lower position
squalid
foul; unclean
stagnate
sluggish
sectarian
narrow-minded
stultifying
seems foolish; dull
scoff
mock
rescind
cancel; repeal
reticent
disinclined to speak
soporific
causing to sleep
salutary
healthful; beneficial
vilify
defame; slander
sycophant
flatterer
trepidation
fearful uncertainty
viable
able to exist
tirade
long angry speech
vacillate
waver; show indecision
virtuouso
having great skill
tenet
opinion or belief
volatile
changeable; unstable
vicarious
taking anothers place
zenith
the highest point
thwart
block; hinder
vindictive
revengeful
tentative
not final
temerity
rashness; boldness
serreptitious
secret; stealthy
unequivocal
straighforward; clear
untenable
cant be defended or believed
unassailable
unquestionable
whet
sharpen by grinding; stimulate
wanton
cuel; irresponsible; immoral
voracious
greedy; very eager
taciturn
usually silent
verbose
wordy
vitriolic
caustic remark
imminent
likely to happen w/o delay
hierarchy
group of officials in graded rank
immutable
unchangeable
impassive
calm
marred
having surface destroyed
listless
indifferent b/c ill or tired
lethargic
lacking energy
ingratiate
get into anothers favor
incipient
just begining to exist or appear
hyperbole
exaggeration
jargon
special vocab
heretic
one w/ unorthodox opinions or beliefs
incisive
piercing; acute
insurgent
rebel
labyrinth
maze
meandering
wind back & forth
laconic
concise; brief
lampoon
written satirical attack
lucid
clear; sane; shining
malicious
ill will
inadvertent
accidental
inscrutable
cant be understood
indigent
poor; needy
insipid
tasteless; dull
laudable
praiseworthy
latent
undeveloped
hedonist
pleasure-seeker
intractable
hard to manage
innocuous
harmless
impartial
fair; just
lassitude
weariness
intemperate
excessive
incorrigible
to bad to be reformed
iconoclast
one who attacks venerated institutions or ideas
levity
improper gaiety, frivolity
impertubable
calm; impassive
nomenclature
system or list of names
pugnacious
quarrelsome
pragmatic
practical
perfidy
treachery
prolific
producing much
rancor
bitter hate; ill will
preclude
make impossible
querulous
fretful; complaining
quixotic
idealistic but impractical
pretentious
showy; flashy
peruse
read
morose
gloomy
paucity
scarcity
overt
open; public
prudent
wisely careful
mitigate
make or become less severe
philistine
one who is smugly conventional
placate
appease
raconteur
one clever at telling stories
profusion
abundancy
pompous
pretentious
opulent
wealthy; abundant
placid
calm
ponderous
heavy; clumsy
piety
devotion to religious duty
pique
offend; excite
partisan
strong supporter
parsimonious
stingy
quandary
dillemma
propensity
natural tendency
officious
meddlesome
provincial
narrow-minded
platitude
trite remark
prodigious
amazing; enormous