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abjure
recant solemnly, repudiate, renounce
abrogate
abolish or annul by authority; put down
abstruse
difficult to comprehend; obscure
acarpous
effete, no longer fertile, worn out
accretion
growth, increase by successive addition, building up
alacrity
cheerful promptness
alloy
to debase by mixing with something inferior
ameliorate
improve, make better
apotheosis
deification, glorification to godliness
arduous
steep, difficult ascent; laborious
austere
forbiddingly stern, simple, unadorned, very plain
bane
cause of injury, poison, source of harm
baneful
causing harm or ruin, pernicious, destructive
bedizen
to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner
belie
contradict, give a false impression
bilge
bulge, the protuberance of a cask
blandishment
flattery, enticement
broach
bring up, announce, begin to talk about
brook
to tolerate, endure
burnish
to polish, rub to a shine
calumniate
to slander, present false accusal
calumny
slander, aspersion
capricious
fickle, whimsical, given to change, unpredictable
censure
expression of blame or disapproval; a rebuke
chastened
corrected, punished
chauvinist
a blindly devoted patriot
coeval
of the same period, coexisting
cogent
convincing
conciliatory
reconciling, soothing, comforting, mollifying
conjoin
to join together
consternation
sudden confusion or amazement
contemn
to scorn or despise
contentious
argumentative, pugnacious, combative, quarrelsome
countenance
to favor or approve of
debacle
a breakup, overthrow, sudden disaster
denigrate
blacken, belittle, sully, defame
deposition
accretion, depositing, building up layer by layer
deprecate
protest against, express disapproval of
derivative
unoriginal, obtained from another source
desultory
aimless, haphazard, digressing at random
detraction
slandering, verbal attack, aspersion
detumescence
diminishing or lessening of swelling
dissemble
to hide, conceal, disguise
dissolution
disintegration, looseness in morals
doggerel
trivial, poorly constructed verse
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm; showing excitement
edifying
enlightening
effluvia
outflow in a stream of particles; a noxious odor or vapor
effrontery
boldness, impudence, arrogance
elegy
a lament, a melancholy composition
encomium
warm or glowing praise; eulogy, panegyric
endemic
prevailing in a specific area
engender
cause, produce, give rise to
episodic
loosely connected, not flowing logically
epitome
brief summary or abstract; representative example; a typical model
equanimity
calmness of temperament
eulogy
formal praise; panegyric
evince
to show clearly, to indicate
excoriate
to flay, strip off the skin; to denounce sharply
exculpate
to clear from a charge of guilt
exigency
emergency, an urgent situation
expatiate
to roam, wander freely
expurgate
to remove obscenity, purify, censor
exsert
thrust out, push forth
extenuate
reduce the strength of, lessen seriousness, partially excuse
facetious
humorous, funny, jocular
fatuous
complacently stupid
fecund
fertile
fervor
zeal, ardor, intense emotion
floridness
ruddiness; heavily decorated; ornateness
flout
reject, mock, to go against
foment
to stir up, arouse, incite
forestall
prevent by taking action in advance, preempt
fulsome
disgusting, offensive due to excessiveness
gainsay
to deny, declare false, to oppose
gregarious
sociable, outgoing
grievous
causing grief or pain; serious, dire, grave
harangue
a long, passionate speech
hermetic
sealed by fusion
iconoclastic
attacking cherished beliefs
idyll
a carefree episode or experience; a short poem describing a picturesque episode
ignominious
shameful, dishonorable, undignified, disgraceful
impecunious
poor, penniless
imperiousness
arrogance, commanding presence, overbearingness
impetuous
having sudden energy, impulsive, thrusting ahead, forceful
importune
ask incessantly, to beg, to nag
inchoate
not yet fully formed, rudimentary, elementary
indolence
laziness
indomitable
not easily discouraged or subdued
ineluctable
certain, inevitable
inherent
ingrained within one's nature; firmly established; a natural part of
inscrutable
incapable of being discovered or understood
insularity
narrow-mindedness, isolated
interdict
prohibit, forbid
intransigence
unwillingness to compromise, stubbornness, intractability
inured
accustomed to, adapted
involute
intricate, complex
irascible
irritable, easily angered
itinerate
to travel from place to place, to peregrinate
judicious
sound in judgment; wise
lubricious
lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery
maladroit
clumsy, bungling
malleable
yielding; easily shaped; moldable; adapting
maverick
rebel, nonconformist
mendicant
a beggar
mercurial
quick, changeable in character, fleeting
mitigate
appease, lessen, propitiate
mollify
to soothe
mundane
worldly as opposed to spiritual; commonplace, everyday
nadir
bottom, the lowest point
nexus
a connection, tie, or link
obfuscate
to darken, make obscure, muddle
obloquy
abusively detractive language, sharp criticism, vituperation
obtain
to be established, accepted, or customary
obtrusive
projecting, prominent, undesirably noticeable
obviate
to make unnecessary, get rid of
occult
hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension
odium
contempt, dislike, aversion
officious
meddlesome, pushy in one's services
opprobrious
shameful, expressing disgrace
paean
a song of praise or triumph
palliate
to make something appear less serious, to alleviate, to gloss over, put a postive spin on
panegyric
formal praise, eulogy
paradigm
a model, example, or pattern
pedantic
bookish, showing off learning
pedestrian
commonplace, trite, unremarkable
penury
extreme poverty
peregrination
traveling about, wandering
peremptory
urgent, imperative, unchallengeable, ending debate
peripatetic
walking
pernicious
deadly, very destructive
perverted
twisted, corrupted, turned from normal course
petrify
to make hard, rocklike
petrous
like a rock, hard, stony
petulant
impatient, irritable
philistine
a smug ignorant person; one who lacks knowledge
plaintive
mournful, melancholy, sorrowful
platitude
a trite or banal statement; unoriginality
poignant
physically painful, distressing, pertinent, touching, stimulating, emotional
poseur
someone taking on airs to impress others; a phony
precipitate
(v) to hurl down, to fall headlong (adj) speeding, acting recklessly
precipitous
rash, foolhardy; dropping sharply, dangerous
prevaricate
to equivocate, to stray from the truth
pristine
primitive, unspoiled, pure, as in earlier times, unadulterated
probity
uprightness, incorruptibility, principle
profligate
wasteful, prodigal, licentious, extravagant
prolix
long and wordy
propinquity
nearness in time or place, affinity of nature
propitiate
appease, mitigate
propitiatory
conciliatory, appeasing, mitigating
propitious
auspicious, presenting favorable circumstances
prosaic
everyday, mundane, commonplace, trite, pedestrian
proscribe
ostracize, banish, outlaw
pugnacious
contentious, quarrelsome, contumacious, given to fighting, belligerent
pundit
a learned scholar, an authority on a subject
querulous
complaining, peevish, discontented
quotidian
daily; commonplace, pedestrian
ramify
to be divided or subdivided; to branch out
rapacious
voracious, greedy, plundering
rarefy
to make thin, to make less dense, to purify or refine
recidivism
relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior
recondite
not easily understood, abstruse, inscrutable
recondite
profound, abstruse, obscure
redoubtable
formidable, causing fear
regale
to delight or entertain; to feast
repudiate
disown, disavow, reject as untrue
reticent
reserved, untalkative, silent, taciturn
rubric
heading, title, or category
sagacious
having sound judgment; perceptive, wise; like a sage
salient
prominent, protruding, conspicuous, highly relevant
salubrious
healthful
sanctimony
self-righteousness, hypocritical, with false piety
sanguine
cheerful, confident, optimistic
scurvy
mean, contemptible
sententious
short and pithy, full of maxims/proverbs
sinuous
winding, undulating, serpentine
slake
to assuage, to satisfy, allay
sophomoric
self-assured though immature, affected, bombastic, overblown, lacking maturity
specious
illogical, of questionable truth or merit
splenetic
bad-tempered, irritable
spurious
false, counterfeit
stanch
to stop the flow of a fluid
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
stint
to be thrifty, to set limits
stygian
gloomy, dark
stymie
to hinder, obstruct, or block
succor
assistance, relief in time of distress
sundry
various, miscellaneous, separate
supercilious
disdainful; characterized by haughty scorn
suppliant
asking humbly, beseeching
surfeit
satiate, feed to fullness or to excess
tautology
a repetition, a redundancy
temerity
boldness, brashness, intrepidness
tenuous
unsubstantial, flimsy, weak
timorous
fearful, timid, afraid
torpid
sleeping, sluggish, lethargic, dormant
trenchant
forceful, effective, vigorous; extremely perceptive, incisive
turpitude
wickedness, shamefulness
undulate
to move in wavelike fashion, fluctuate
untoward
perverse, unruly, unseemly
venal
corruptible, open to bribery
veritably
unquestionably, certainly
virago
a loud, domineering woman; a scold or nag
vitiate
to pervert, debase, make ineffective
volatile
changeable, inconstant, fickle, unstable, explosive
zenith
top, the highest point
irresolute
uncertain how to act; weak
inundate
overwhelm, flood, submerge
bilge
bulge; the rounded bottom portion of a ship's hull
specious
intentionally misleading
deride
ridicule, make fun of
admonish
warn, reprove
converge
approach, come together
rancorous
characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
voracious
insatiable appetite for activity/pursuit; ravenous
sedulous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
prodigious
abundant in size, force, or extent; extroidinary
platitude
trite remark, common place statement
exigency
urgent situation
austere
forbidingly stern; serenly siimple and unornamented
dissolution
disintegration; looseness of morals
approbation
approval
untoward
perverse, unruly, unseemly
extenuate
reduce the strength of, lessen seriousness, partially excuse
dogmatic
opinionated, arbitrary, doctrinal
appropriate
acquire