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auspicious
favorable, successful, prosperous
aver
affirm, assert, prove, justify
baleful
harmful, ominous, causing evil
bellicose
belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
boisterous
loud, noisy, rough, lacking restraint
boorish
crude, offensive, rude
burgeon
grow forth, send out buds
cabal
a scheme or plot, a group of plotters
castigate
to chastise, correct by punishing
complaisance
tending to comply, obliging, willingness to please
consequential
pompous, self important
contentious
quarrelsome, competitive, quick to fight, pugnacious
contumacious
insubordinate, rebellious
conundrum
a riddle, dilemma, enigma
countenance
(n) mien, face (v) approve of
craven
cowardly
credulous
gullible, too willing to believe
daunt
intimidate, make fearful
decorum
propriety, properness.
delineate
to portray, depict, sketch out
demur
to hesitate, raise objections
denouement
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
desiccate
to dry up, dehydrate
desuetude
cessation of use; disuse
diaphanous
transparent, gauzy
diffidence
shyness
dilatory
causing delay, procrastinating
disabuse
to undeceive, correct a false impression
discomfit
to defeat, put down
disingenuous
sophisticated, artful, trying to deceive, cunning
dissemble
present false appearance; deceive
dogmatic
positive, certain, arbitrary, without room for discussion
dross
waste product, sludge; something worthless, common, or trivial
dulcet
melodious, harmonious
dynamo
a generator, something that produces electric current; an energetic person
edacious
voracious, devouring
effete
infertile, worn out, weak
enervate
weaken, deprive of strength, attenuate.
epitome
representative, a summary or abstract, a typical example
equipoise
equal distribution of weight; equilibrium
equivocate
lie, mislead, conceal the truth.
erudite
learned, scholarly
expostulate
argue earnestly to dissuade, correct, or protest
exscind
to cut out, cut away
extirpate
to destroy, exterminate, cut out, exscind
feckless
lacking purpose or vitality; ineffective; careless
felicitous
apt; suitably expressed, well chosen, apropos
fervid
intense, zealous
forswear
renounce, disallow, repudiate
fulminate
berate, vituperate, to thunder out, to explode,
gainsay
deny
garner
to gather and save; to store up
garrulity
talkativeness. Adjective is garrulous
guileless
without deceit, honest
hallow
to make holy; consecrate
hapless
unlucky, unfortunate
harrow
to distress, create stress or torment
hirsute
hairy, shaggy
ignoble
dishonorable, common, undignified
illusory
deceptive; an illusion
imbroglio
difficult or embarrassing situation
impair
worsen, diminish in value
impassive
without feeling, not affected by pain
impetuous
impulsive, forceful, with energy
implacable
incapable of being placated, unpleasable
imprecation
an invocation of evil; a curse
impute
to attribute to a cause or source, ascribe
indefatigability
not easily exhaustible; tirelessness
inimitable
defying imitation, unmatchable
insensible
unconscious, unresponsive, unaffected
insouciant
unconcerned, carefree
intractable
unruly, refractory, stubborn
intrepid
fearless, brave, undaunted
inveigh
to attack verbally, denounce, deprecate
inveigle
wheedle, led astray
inveterate
deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
irresolute
unresolved, indecisive
lachrymose
causing tears, tearful
laconic
brief, to the point, terse
lassitude
weariness, tiredness
libertine
immoral person
loquacious
talkative, garrulous
lucubrate
write in scholarly fashion
luculent
easily understood, lucid, clear
lugubrious
mournful, excessively sad
malinger
to fake illness or injury, in order to shirk a duty.
mellifluous
sweetly flowing; usually used to describe use of words.
mince
pronounce or speak affectedly, euphemize, speak too carefully.
misanthrope
one who hates mankind
misogynist
one who hates women/females
morose
gloomy, sullen
multifarious
varied, motley, greatly diversified
nascent
coming into existence, emerging
nice
precise, sensitive to subtleness
nostrum
a quack remedy, an untested cure
obdurate
stubborn, inflexible, adamant
obstreperous
noisy, loud
ossify
to turn to bone; to settle rigidly into an idea or practice, become closed-minded
ostensible
seeming, appearing as such, professed
overweening
presumptuously arrogant, overbearing, immoderate, being a jerk
pariah
an outcast, a rejected and despised person
partisan
one-sided, committed to a party, biased or prejudiced.
paucity
scarcity, a lacking of
pellucid
transparent, easy to understand
penchant
strong inclination, a liking.
perfidious
violating good faith, treacherous, dishonest
perfunctory
superficial, listless, not thorough
personable
pleasing in appearance, attractive
phlegmatic
calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional
piquant
agreeably pungent, stimulating
pique
resentment at being slighted
pith
heart of the matter, basic trait. Also force, strength, or vigor
polemical
controversial, argued
pragmatic
practical, favoring utility.
precarious
uncertain, risky, dangerous.
precepts
rules establishing standards of conduct
prevaricate
stray from or avoid the truth; equivocate
prodigal
wasteful, reckless with money
provident
frugal; looking to the future
punctilious
precise, paying attention to trivialities, especially in regard to etiquette
pungency
sharpness; stinging quality
pusillanimous
cowardly, craven
quaff
drink large quantities
quail
lose courage, turn frightened
qualify
to limit
quiescent
at rest, dormant, torpid
raffish
low, vulgar, base, tawdry
raffish
disreputable; tawdry
recreancy
cowardice, a cowardly giving up
refractory
stubborn, unmanageable, intractable
remonstrate
to protest, object
render
deliver, provide, represent
reprobate
person hardened in sin; one devoid of decency
resigned
unresisting, submissive
salacious
obscene
salient
conspicuous, highly relevant, prominent
salutary
remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
saturnine
gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
seminal
like a seed; constituting a source, originative.
sodden
soaked, saturated
sophistry
fallacious reasoning, faulty logic
squalid
foul, filthy
stolid
showing no emotion; impassive
striated
striped, grooved, or banded. Having stripes.
strut
a supporting bar
sublime
lofty, noble
supine
lying on the back. Also slow to act, passive.
sycophant
flatterer, parasite; a suck-up
taciturn
untalkative, silent
tawdry
cheap, gaudy, showy, tacky
tenacity
firmness, persistency, adhesiveness, tending to hang on
torpor
lethargy, sluggishness, dormancy
tractable
easily influenced, obedient, docile
transient
temporary, fleeting
turbid
muddy, having the sediment stirred up
turgid
excessively ornate; swollen or bloated
tyro
novice, amateur
umbrage
offense, resentment
upbraid
reprove, reproach
urbane
elegant, refined in manners
venal
corruptible, bribable, unprincipled
verisimilitude
appearing true or real
veritable
unquestionable, true.
vituperate
berate, rail against, attack verbally
volubility
fluency, verbosity, easy use of spoken language
wag
to be incessantly active, to waddle; also a mischievous person
welter
turmoil; a bewildering jumble
wend
to go, proceed
abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
aberrant
deviating from the norm
abscond
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
accolade
an expression of praise
acerbic
having a sour or bitter taste or character
acumen
quick, keen or accurate knowledge or insight
adulation
excessive praise; intense adoration
adulterate
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
aesthetic
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
aggrandize
to increase in intensity, power or prestige
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
alchemy
a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, especially base metals into gold
amalgamate
to combine several elements into a whole
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
anachronism
something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
anomaly
deviation from the normal order, form or rule; abnormally
approbation
an expression of approval or praise
archaic
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
arduous
strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
assuage
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
astringent
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe
audacious
daring and fearless; recklessly bold
austere
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
avarice
greed, especially for wealth
aver
to state as a fact; to confirm or support
axiom
a universally recognized principle
axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
bolster
to provide support or reinforcement
bombast
self important or pompous in writing or speech
bombastic
pompous; grandiloquent
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
cacophony
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
canon
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
canonical
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
capricious
inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
catalyst
a person or thing that causes change
caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
censure
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chary
wary; cautious; sparing
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
cogent
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
connoisseur
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
contiguous
sharing a border; touching; adjacent
contrite
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
convention
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
convoluted
complex or complicated
credulous
tending to believe too readily; gullible
culpable
deserving blame
cynicism
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
dearth
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
decorum
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
demur
to question or oppose
derision
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
desiccate
to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
diatribe
a harsh denunciation
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
disabuse
to deceive; to set right
discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
discretion
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
indifferent; free from self-interest
disparage
to slight or belittle
disparate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
dissemble
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
divulge
to disclose something secret
dogmatic
stubbornly opinionated
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eccentric
departing from norms or conventions
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
elegy
a mournful poem, especially one lamenting the dead
eloquent
well-spoken; expressive; articulate