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v. to make less in amount, degree, etc.; to subside, become less; to nullify; to deduct, omit
abate
n. praise or flattery that is excessive
adulation
n. an object of intense dislike; a curse or strong denunciation (often used adjectivally without the article)
anathema
adj. shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom
astute
n. a greedy desire, particularly for wealth
avarice
adj. deserving blame, worthy of condemnation
culpable
adj. tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt; intended to delay or postpone
dilatory
adj. conspicuous, standing out form the mass (used particularly in an unfavorable sense)
egregious
v. to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation; to be deliberately vague or ambiguous
equivocate
adj. vanishing, soon passing away; light and airy
evanescent
adj. unable to make up one's mind, hesitating
irresolute
adj. cloudlike, resembling a cloud; cloudy in color, not transparent; vague, confused, indistinct
nebulous
n. one who is just a beginner at some activity requiring skill and experience (also used adjectivally)
novice
n. extreme poverty; barrenness, insufficiency
penury
adj. done for show, striving to make a big impression; claiming merit or position unjustifiably; making demands on one's skill or abilities, ambitious
pretentious
v. to review a series of facts; to sum up
recapitulate
v. to revive, bring back to consciousness or existence
resuscitate
adj. untidy, dirty, careless
slovenly
n. something that is assumed or taken for granted without conclusive evidence
supposition
adj. inactive, sluggish, dull
torpid