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acuity
(n) sharpness (particularly of the mind or senses)
Syn: keenness, acuteness
Ant: dullness, obtuseness
delineate
(v) to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to represent pictorially
Syn: depict, picture, render
depraved
(adj) marked by evil and corruption, devoid of moral principles
Syn: perverted, degenerate, vicious, corrupt
Ant: moral, virtuous, upright, uncorrupted
enervate
(v) to weaken or lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of; enfeeble, hamstring
Syn: impair, cripple, paralyze
Ant: invigorate, strengthen, buttress
esoteric
(adj) intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
Syn: occult, cryptic, arcane, recondite
Ant: accessible, comprehensible, intelligible
fecund
(adj) fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
Syn:fertile, teeming, prolific
Ant: infertile, barren, unproductive
fiat
(n) an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
Syn: edict, dictum, ukase
figment
(n) a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary notion
Syn: creation, invention, fancy
garner
(v) to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
Syn: collect, accumulate, accrue
Ant: scatter, squander, waste, dissipate
hallow
(v) to set apart as holy or sacred, sanctify, consecrate; to honor greatly, revere
Syn: venerate, bless
Ant: desecrate, defile, profane
idiosyncrasy
(n) a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify
Syn: eccentricity, quirk, mannerism
ignominy
(n) shame and disgrace
Syn: dishonor, humiliation, disrepute, odium
Ant: honor, glory, acclaim
mundane
(adj) earthly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
Syn: prosaic, humdrum, routine, sublunary
Ant: heavenly, unworldly, spiritual, transcendental
nuance
(n) a subtle or slight variation (as in color, meaning, quality), delicate gradation or shade of difference
Syn: shade, nicety, refinement
overweening
(adj) conceited, presumptuous; excessive, immoderate
Syn: arrogant, unbridled, inflated
Ant: restrained, understated, modest, meek
penchant
(n) a strong attraction or inclination
Syn: proclivity, propensity, predilection
Ant: disinclination, aversion
reputed
(adj) according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation; (part) alleged
Syn: putative, reputable, supposed
Ant: proven, corroborated, authenticated
sophistry
(n) reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy
Syn: specious reasoning
sumptuous
(adj) costly, rich, magnificent
Syn: lavish, munificent, opulent, splendid
Ant: skimpy, meager, stingy, niggardly, spartan
ubiquitous
(adj) present or existing everywhere
Syn: omnipresent, pervasive, universal
Ant: restricted, limited, rare, scarce