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cognate
related by origin from the same word or root
derivative
word formed from another word or root
diminuitive
word whose suffix indicates small size
inflection
grammatical change in form of words
orthography
art or study of correct spelling
paradigm
list of all inflectional forms of a word
philology
study of language development
phonology
system of speech sounds in a language
rhetoric
art of using language effectively
syntax
way in which words are combined or arranged
belie
to picture falsely
clandestine
concealed, often for unlawful purposely
collusion
secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
dissemble
to disguise behind a false appearance
nefarious
extremely wicked or evil
berserk
destructively violent
jubilee
occasion of joyful celebration
juggernaut
overwhelming and irresistible force or movement
kowtow
to show respect or submission; fawn
maelstrom
a whirlpool of extraordinary size of violence
mecca
a place regarded as the center of an activity or interest
nabob
a person of great wealth and prominence
saga
a prose narrative; story.
shibboleth
a slogan or often repeated word or phrase
trek
to make a slow, difficult journey
perfidious
disloyal; treacherous
probity
complete and confirmed integrity
scrupulous
acting in strict regard for what is considered proper
spurious
lacking authenticity or validity
strategem
a clever scheme or trick designed to attain a goal
emanate
to come forth; originate
inhibit
to restrain or hold back
meander
to follow a winding or turning course
retrogress
to return to an earlier, inferior state
serpentine
of or resembling a serpent
supersede
to take the place of; replace
torpid
lacking energy or vigor
transitory
existing only briefly
undulate
to move in waves or with a wavelike motion
unremitting
never slackening
adjunct
something attached to another thing but in a dependent or auxiliary capacity
amalgate
to combine, unite or consolidate
contiguous
sharing a boundary or edge; touching
diffuse
widely spread or scattered
diverge
to go beyond or extend in different directions
parity
equality, as in amount, status, or value
periphery
the outermost part or region within a precise boundary
synergy
the combined action of two or more agents, substances, organs, or organisms
transcend
to pass beyond or rise above
unison
the act of speaking or singing the same words simultaneously
adumbrate
to give a sketchy outline of
arcane
known or understood only by a few
covert
concealed; hidden; secret
educe
to draw or bring out; elicit
fathom
to get to the bottom of and understand
impervious
incapable of being penetrated
limpid
characterized by transparent clearness
manifest
clearly apparent to the sight or understanding; obvious
nebulouas
lacking definite form or limits
translucent
transmitting light but causing sufficient diffusion to make impossible the perception of images
capacious
capable of holding a large quantity
captious
inclined to find fault and make petty criticisms
captivate
to fascinate by special charm, wit, or intelligence
cater
to provide food, services, or entertainment
concept
a general idea or understanding, especially one derived from specific instances
inception
the beginning of something
perceptible
capable of being grasped by the senses or mind
precept
a rule that imposes a particular standard or action
receptacle
something that holds or contains
recipient
one that receives
axiomatic
self-evident; pertaining to an accepted principle
definitive
determining finally; decisive
empirical
relying solely on practical experience without regard for theory
hypothetical
based on a belief or theory that accounts for a set of facts that can be tested
presuppose
to assume in advance
rationalize
to devise self-satisfying but incorrect reasons for behavior
rebuttal
a statement or statements that present opposing evidence
repudiate
to reject the validity of
synthesis
the combining of separate elements or substances to form a whole
verifiable
able to to be proved true by the presentation of evidence
aberrant
deviating from what is normal
anomaly
a deviation or departure from the normal or common order
eccentricity
odd, peculiar, or whimsical behavior
endemic
prevalent in or peculiar to a particular area
incongruous
not consistent with what is logical
mundane
typical of or concerned with the ordinary, practical or usual
outlandish
conspicuously unconventional; bizarre
paragon
a model of perfection or excellence
ubiquitous
being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time
unwonted
not habitual, customary, or common
animus
a feeling of animosity
corupulent
having a large, overweight body
corpus
a large collection of writings of a specific kind
corpuscle
a cell, such as a blood or lymph
equanimity
the quality of being calm and even-tempered
inanimate
not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms
incorporate
to unite with something already in existence
incorporeal
lacking material form or substance
magnanimous
noble of mind and heart, especially generous in forgiving
pusillanimous
cowardly
abscond
to leave quickly and secretly and hide
bilk
to cheat or swindle
clemency
mercy, especially toward an offender or enemy
contrite
sincerely sorry for one's sins
impute
to attribute to another
iniquity
wickedness; sinfulness
redress
to set right; rectify
reprehensible
deserving of blame
resititution
the act of restoring or returning to the rightful owner of something
vindicate
to clear of accusation, blame, or suspicion by means of evidence
atrophy
to waste away; wither
debilitate
to make feeble; weaken
livid
discolored, as from a bruise; black-and-blue
moribund
in a condition approaching death or an end
noxious
injurious or harmful to health
pestilent
tending to cause death; fatal
prostrate
to weaken or render helpless
salubrious
favorable to health or well-being
scourge
a cause of great suffering or harm
unscathed
unharmed; uninjured
apprend
to add as a supplement
dispense
to prepare and distribute in parts or portions
expendable
viewed as not worth keeping or maintaining
expenditure
the act or process of consuming or using something up
impend
to hang or hover menacingly
pending
not yet decided; awaiting conclusion
preponderance
superiority in weight, quantity, power, or importance
perpendicular
interesting at or forming a right angle
recompose
to award compensation to, as for services rendered
suspension
the temporary deferment of an action
eulogy
a speech praising another
exalt
to glorify; praise
exhort
to urge or incite by strong argument, advice, etc.
expatiate
to speak or write at length
garrulous
habitually talkative
gist
the central idea of a matter
histrionic
excessively dramatic or emotional
laconic
using or marked by the use of few words
peremptory
not allowing contradiction or refusal
polemic
a controversy or argument, especially one that is a refutation of another's opinions
consecrate
to declare or set apart as holy or sacred
credo
a system of fundamental beliefs or guiding principles
desecrate
to violate or abuse the sacredness of
laudable
deserving praise
pious
having or exhibiting reverence and earnest compliance in the observance of religion; devout
sacrilegious
disrespectful or irreverent toward something sacred
sanctimony
pretended devoutness or righteousness
sanctity
the quality or condition of being considered sacred
suppilicate
to make a humble entreaty too; beseech
venerate
to regard with respect, reverence, or deference