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adjective: having a sour or bitter taste or character
Acerbic
verb: to combine several elements into a whole
Amalgamate
adjective: agreeable; responsive to suggestion
Amenable
verb: to provide support or reinforcement
bolster
noun: self-important or pompous writing or speech
bombast
adjective: pompous; grandiloquent
bombastic
adjective: tending to believe too readily; gullible
credulous
noun: a harsh denunciation
diatribe
verb: to flatter or praise excessively
fawn
adjective: greatly emotional or zealous
fervent
verb: to demonstrate contempt for, as in a rule or convention
flout
adjective: happening by fortunate accident or chance
fortuitous
adjective: pointlessly talkative; talking too much
garrulous
adjective: relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
germane
adjective:marked by ease or informality: nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
glib
adjective: calm and peaceful
halcyon
noun: arrogant presumption or pride
hubris
adjective: given to intense or excessive devotion to something
idolatrous
adjective: about to happen; impending
imminent
adjective: marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
imperturbable
adjective: hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
impetuous
adjective: not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
implacable
adjective: having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
indifferent
adjective: steadfast and courageous
intrepid
adjective: using few words; terse
laconic
adjective: capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
malleable
noun: an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
maverick
noun: the condition of being untruthful; dishonesty
mendacity
adjective: characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
meticulous
verb: to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
mollify
adjective: unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
obdurate
verb: to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
obfuscate
adjective: exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
obsequious
adjective: stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
obstinate
noun: disgrace; contempt; scorn
opprobrium
verb
to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior
Alloy
verb
to take for one's own use; confiscate
Appropriate
verb
to suspend; to engage; to hold one's attention
arrest
adjective
majestic; venerable
august
noun
leanin; inclination; proclivity; tendency
bent
verb
to bring up or announce; to begin to talk about
broach
verb
to tolerate, endure or countenance
brook
adjective
of great importance
cardinal
verb
to change as if by dyeing, i.e., to distort, gloss or affect
color
verb
to diminish the intensity or check the vibration of a sound, etc.
damp
noun
a part of a machine that punches shaped holes or cuts
die
verb
to test or try; to attempt or experiment
essay
verb
to demand, call for, require or take
exact
verb
to sag or droop; to become spiritless; to decline
flag
adjective
sarcastic, impertinent
flip
verb
to wade across the shallow part of a river or stream
ford
verb
to complain or grumble
grouse
noun
a cord or cable used to steady or guide something
guy
verb
to imply, suggest, or insinuate
intimate
verb
to tilt or lean to one side
list
verb
to move heavily and clumsily
lumber
verb
to exploit; to squeeze every last ounce of
milk
verb
to pronounce or speack affectedly; to speak too carefully; also to take tiny steps or tiptoe
mince
adjective
exacting; fastidious; extremely, even excessively precise
nice
verb
to be established, accepted, or customary
obtain
adjective
hidden; concealed; beyond comprehension
occult
adjective
commonplace; trite; unremarkable; quotidian
pedestrian
adjective
multicolored, usually in blotches or patches
pied
verb
to lose vigor (as through grief); to year
pine
adjective
moldable; pliable; not rigid
plastic
verb/noun
to pry; to press or force with a lever; something taken by force; spoils
prize
verb
to complain about bitterly
rail
adjective/noun
torn, past of rend; an opening or tear caused by such
rent
verb
to lose courage; to become frightened
quail
verb
to limit
qualify
verb
to enervate or weaken the vitality of
sap
adjective
contemptible; despicable
scurvy
adjective
exceptional; unusual; odd
singular
verb
to saturate or completely soak
steep
noun
the supporting structural cross-part of a wing
strut
verb
to remove (as a parliamentary motion) from consideration
table
verb
to proffer or offer; to give
tender
verb
to equivocate; to change one's position
waffle
noun
wit; joker
wag
sarcastic; derisively humorous; mocking
sardonic
a division or separation, particularly within a religious body
schism
lateral curvature of the spine
scoliosis
without a will
Intestate
understand through direct awarenes; intuition
intuit
to aggressively invade; intrude, spread, infringe
invasive
cannot be taken back; unalterable, irreversible
irrevocable
lacking substance or interest
jejune
merry, high-spirited, jolly
jocund
a massive, inexorable force or object that crushes everything in its path
juggernaut
a group of persons controlling a government, often after a revolutionary seizure of power
junta
to place side by side
juxtapose
literally to impale; also, to hold motionless as if being pierced, (
transfix
(transfix by a stare or a speech)
temporary; passing; transitory; momentary
transient
fear; apprehension; tremulous hesitation
trepidation
of longstanding habit; habitual, inflexible
inveterate
by the fact itself; by the nature of the case
ipso facto
angry; arising from anger
irate
the study of religion or god
theology
a long, bitter, ranting speech; a harsh lecture
tirade
lethargy; sluggishness; apathy
torpor
lively; energetic; relating to motion and energy
kinetic
tearful, mournful
lachrymose
doctrine of non-interference; freedom of choice and action
laissez-faire
make fun of; satirize, parody, mock
lampoon
expert in precious stones; cutter, polisher, engraver
lapidary
generosity
largesse
very loud, noisy
vociferous
voluntary; by choice, done consciously; will
volition
a stray, not cared for, person or animal; a homeless child
waif
unscrupulous; not directed by conscience
unconscionable
oily; greasy; false and ingratiating
unctuous
can not be accused or called into question
unimpeachable
depravity; wickedness; inherent baseness and immorality
turpitude
play or fiddle with a purposeless or nervous way
twiddle
a feeling of irritation or resentment at a slight or insult; offense taken
umbrage
to sing the praises of; extol; applaud
laud
suggestive of a lion
leonine
lightness, frivolity, humor
levity
having a smooth or slippery quality; lecherous, salacious
lubricious
absurd, ridiculous, laughable
ludicrous
radiant, glowing, bright, giving off light
luminous
melodramatic, sensational, shocking; gruesome
lurid
scheming action or design
machination
the great world, the universe
macrocosm
characterized by lustful desires; lascivious
libidinous
lithe, nimble, flexible
lissome
talkative, chatty, garrulous
loquacious
person of wealth, influence, power, or distinction, most often in business
magnate
a great work, especially of literature or art
magnum opus
a feeling of discomfort or uneasiness
malaise
illegal act, especially when done by a public official
malfeasance
easy to shape or bend; easily influenced
malleable
easily seen, obvious, evident
manifest
food miraculously provided to the starving Israelites; divine, spiritual sustenance; anything badly needed that comes unexpectedly
manna
warlike, having to do with combat
martial
effusively sentimental; drunk enough to be emotionally silly
maudlin
shake, wiggle; to manipulate for fraudulent purposes; to get by devious means; finagle
wangle
a traveler, especially on foot
wayfarer
very pleasing, often with childlike charm; winning, cheerful, gay
winsome
tough, difficult; hard
arduous
rise to prominence or power
ascendancy
crooked; skewed, awry
askew
a rebel, a nonconformist
maverick
to wander slowly, like a winding river
meander
a mental delusion of personal omnipotence and grandeur
megalomania
vocation, trade; area of activity in which one excels
metier
environment, setting, surroundings
milieu
menacing; threatening
minatory
rapidly changing in mood; emotionally unpredictable
mercurial
deserving of honor or esteem
meritorious
to measure; to give out by measure, dole
mete
a mixture of various elements, a hodgepodge
melange
dishonest, lying
mendacious
a trusted counselor or guide; tutor; coach
mentor
hating and distrusting mankind
misanthropic
hatred of women
misogyny
alleviate, mollify; to moderate the effect of something
mitigate
huge, solid, unyielding, uniform
monolithic
approaching death, dying
moribund
a study of structure or form: of organisms, of languages, and of words
morphology
house of worship for Muslims
mosque
ordinary, plain; boring
mundane
changeable; tending, or able to change
mutable
evil, vicious, flagrantly wicked
nefarious
favoritism to a friend or relative in business or in politics
nepotism
miserly, extremely stingy; begrudging
niggardly
one who follows orders unquestioningly
myrmidon
the lowest point; in astronomy, the point directly opposite the zenith
nadir
vague, indistinct
nebulous
burdensome, heavy, oppressive
onerous
study or science of the nature of being
ontolgy
light cannot pass through; not easily understood; obtuse, dull, unintelligible
opaque
governance by a few, usually for corrupt, selfish ends
oligarchy
literally--all potent, all powerful, unlimited authority and influence
omnipotent
knowing everything; complete and universal knowledge and awareness
omniscient
total forgetfulness; the state of being forgotten or unknown
oblivion
insensitive, stupid, dense, dull
obtuse
a long journey with many changes of fortune; a spiritual or intellectual journey or quest
odyssey
a subtle distinction or quality; delicate shades of meaning or feeling
nuance
stubborn, unyielding, inflexible
obdurate
indirect; not straightforward; devious; at an angle
oblique
a remark or conclusion unraltion to the converstation or reasoning which came before it
non sequitur
sentimental remembrance of the past
nostalgia
new, original
novel
treat as an inferior; treat condescendingly, arrogantly
patronize
the science and art, or profession, of teaching;
pedagogy
a pedagogue is a teacher
plain; boring; not colorful; banal
pedestrian
narrow, restricted point of view; often implying selfish or prejudiced
parochial
sparing; stingy
parsimonious
male head of a family or tribe
patriarch
loss of color, particularly in the face; paleness
pallor
small; trivial, meager, insignificant
paltry
dash, style, spice and flamboyance; verve
panache
resembling sheep; ovine behavior; behaving like sheep
ovine
a joyful song of triumph, a hymn of praise or tribute
paean
"taking pains"; with great attention and care; diligent effort
painstaking
a branch of zoology dealing with birds; the study of birds
omithology
change into bone; become rigid, inflexible
ossify
pretentious display; showy
ostentatious
appease; pacify, usually by conceding something
placate
a vote by everyone in a district or country, expressing their view on a proposal, or ruler, or choice of government
plebiscite
an overabundance of; in excess, unending number
plethora
one who makes love insincerely; has many passing affairs
philanderer
an emblem of immortality; a thing of great beauty renewed or restored after apparent annihilation
phoenix
of little value; petty, small-minded piety
picayune
deadly, noxious; highly destructive
pernicious
stubborn; unyielding; holding to some belief
pertinacious
found everywhere; spread throughout
pervasive
year after year; again and again
perennial
by force of circumstances
perforce
moving from place to place
peripatetic
having a negative connotation; disparage, belittle
pejorative
one who feels or expresses sorrow and regret for an offense commeitted; repentant, showing penitence
penitent
eternal damnation; hell
perdition
the consequence of something; offshoot, outgrowth
ramification
bitterness; long lasting ill will, resentment
rancor
bring together; come to terms, enter state of cordial relations
rapprochement
a quiet state; undisturbed
quietude
one who collaborates with the invading enemy of his country; traitor
quisling
scold, in a harsh, abusive language
rail
to put off intentionally something that should be done; to delay
procrastinate
recklessly extravagant; wasteful; profuse
prodigal
a highly talented child; an extraordinary accomplishment
prodigy
to cut off or prevent from happening in the first place
preclude
a right or privilege specific to a person, class or group
prerogative
of or related to the earliest ages of the earth
primeval
aggressive attack on another's ideas; the art of disputation
polemic
practical, based on experience; down to earth
pragmatic
rule to be governed or guided by; a maxim
precept
temporary state of suffering and misery; between heaven and hell
purgatory
supposed; rumored; reported
purported
pertaining to fireworkds or combustibility; a spectacular display
pyrotechnic
to prohibit; to outlaw;
proscribe

a proscription is an imposed restriction
observed, prescribed etiquette; expected behavior
protocol
for the time being; temporary, conditional, subject to change, tentative
provisional
wordy; unduly prolonged or drawn out
prolix
a strong natural inclination or preference; a tendency
propensity
or act as if an owner; a proprietary interest
proprietary
wildly extravagant, prodigal; completely given in to immorality
profligate
bountiful, lavishly abundant; extravagant
profuse
the laboring class
proletariat
publicly take back; renounce; make open confession of error
recant
to compensate; to return in kind; requite
recompense
bitterly counter accuse; a retaliatory charge
recriminate
inclined to, arousing, or provoking laughter; funny
risible
category under which things are classified; also, an established rule, tradition or custom
rubric
a clever subterfuge; a trick
ruse
necessary; a requirement
requisite
reluctant, restrained, held back, quiet
reticent
language; the art of speaking or writing, also insincerity in speech, inflated; grandiloquence
rhetoric
rising again to being or vigor
renascent
light sparring with words, cleverness in reply; wit; witty exchange
repartee
the consequences, sometimes unforeseen, of an action or event
repercussion
characterized by habitual, unthinking behavior
reflexive
the killing of a king
regicide
to say, or plead, in protest; raise objections
remonstrate
to modify, delimit (set the limits of), or restrict
qualify
huge quantity
quantum
something for something; one thing in return for another, for example, a political favor
quid pro quo
a private detective
shamus
related to, or resembling, monkeys or apes
simian
strong, lithe movements; also, intricate complex
sinous
terse, concise, full of meaning, tending to moralize in a pompous manner
sententious
to set apart, segregate; seclude; withdraw
sequester
winding and curving one way and another; evilly cunning or subtle; like a serpent
serpentine
to examine closely and minutely
scrutinize
of the everyday world; worldly, not religious or ecclesiastical
secular
busy; hardworking
sedulous
leaps out at you; conspicuous; sticks out; a salient point
salient
rremedial, producing a curative effect; restorative
salutary
fake devoutness; hypocritical righteousness
sanctimonious
a time of rest; leave, time off or change from normal routine
sabbatical
status of being immune from criticism or reproach, often unreasonably immune
sacred cow
absolutely not to be violated
sacrosanct
prove, back with evidence
substantiate
concise; precise expression, without waste of words
succint
superior, haughty; patronizing
supercilious
strict, harshly restrictive
stringent
thwart, stop, block the way of; hinder
stymie
dominate into submission; subdue and enslave
subjugate
caring for, and carrying out of obligations and responsibilities
stewardship
a mean, nasty, contemptible person
stinkard
boring, dull, heavy, hidebound, drab
stodgy
inactivity, without movement of life
stagnation
stationary; motionless, unchanging; remaining the same
static
steadfast, committed; firmly in favor of
staunch
able to pay all one's debts
solvent
disgusting, filthy; squalid
sordid
characterized by spite, bad temper and malevolence
splenetic
strong, tough; not easily pulled apart; persistent
tenacious
weak; flimsy; thin
tenuous
concise; succinct
terse
equivalent to
tantamount
repetition of the same sense in different words
tautological
boldness; chutzpah; recklessness
temerity
implied; expressed without words
tacit
relationship between two persons or things involving cooperative action, mutual dependence
tandem
perceptible; substantially real; material
tangible
one who is attracted to things or people that are foreign
xenophile
stupid, crass, insensitive person
yahoo
ardent interest in pursuit of something
zealous
excessive amount; overindulgence in eating or drinking
surfeit
sneaky, stealthy, secret
surreptitious
close watch kept over someone or something (as by a detective); supervision
surveillance
not available, not inclined; slightly ill, averse
indisposed
incapable of being expressed; indescribable
ineffable
unaviodable; inevitable
inexorable
like an infant; very immature
infantile
illness, personal failing; shortcoming
infirmity
since birth; inherent, inborn
innate
something fresh; creative
innovative
not easily understood or figured out; mysterious
inscrutable
lacking in taste, or dull, flat
insipid
put into; impart; implant
instill
key part of; essential to completeness
integral
to put into the earth; bury
inter
sensualist; voluptuary; someone fond of luxury and good living
sybarite
living in the woods or forest; charasteristic of the forest
sylvan
happening or existing at precisely the same time; simultaneous
synchronous
not changeable, fixed
immutable
not biased, not favoring one or the other; objective
impartial
without fault; flawless, perfect
impeccable
characteristic of an emperor; majestic or magnificent
imperial
without patience; extremely impatient; impulsive
impetuous
to make poor; deplete
impoverish
empty, shallow, pointless
inanity
lacking caution; carelss
incautious
make really angry
incense
only partially or imperfectly formed
inchoate
stormy; severe; inclement weather
inclement
not able to communicate; without means of communication
incommunicado
incapable of reform or correction
incorrigible
not have a fixed length of time; vague
indeterminate
in need; poor, impoverished
indigent
confused, complicated situation; entanglement
imbroglio
about to occur; just about to happen
imminent
to kill as a sacrificial victim; destroy often by fire
immolate
the process of thinking and forming ideas (as of things not present to the senses)
ideation
a set or system of beliefs, political or social
ideology
tremendous, deep disgrace
ignominy
morbid fear of water
hydrophobia
a condition, especially of childhood, characterized by hyperactivity
hyperkinesis
theoretical; as yet unproven; assumed as a possibility
hypothetical
organization or division based on rank or social standing
hierarchy
hairy, bristly
hirsute
the maintenance of a stable equilibrium, especially through physiological process
homeostasis
the pursuit of pleasure as the goal of life
hedonism
tremendously demanding, tremendously courageous or powerful
herculean
airtight; protected from external influence
hermetic
belonging to a particular style or sort; category of art
genre
relevant, central to; fitting
germane
divide into political units to give one group an advantage
gerrymander
tremendous in size or volume; gigantic
gargantaun
art of good eating; culinary customs and style
gastronomy
a measuring instrument; to judge, take the measure of
gauge
thrifty, economical; sparing; penny-pinching
frugal
stealthy, secretive, sly, surreptitious
furtive
formally deny or contradict; speak against
gainsay
happening by chance, accidental; a lucky occurance
fortuitous
to murder one's brother or sister, or one who is like a brother or sister
fratricide
frantic, frenzied
frenetic
to move with exaggerated, jerky motions; to leave suddenly, as in a huff
flounce
a weakness; a minor character flaw; fault
foible
to hold back, abstain; to control oneself when provoked
forebear
to deliver an accused criminal from one state or place to another
extradite
to deliver an accused criminal from one state or place to another
extradite
to project or reason out from something known; to infer
extrapolate
a person whose attention is centered outside of himself; an out-going, sociable person
extrovert
external appearance or costume; pretense or pretext
guise
overused, trite, unoriginal
hackneyed
to make a bombastic, ranting speech; to lecture
harangue
so big as to be unreal; exaggerated, uncommonly large
grandiose
not called for in the circumstances; unwarrented, inappropriate
gratuitous
something that can be used to advantage; matter of interest or value forming the basis of a story
grist
making gestures, especially when speaking
gesticulate
excess in eating or drinking; a glutton
gluttony
like floating feathers; light, delicate insubstantial
gossamer
refinement, skillful handling; delicate maneuvering
finesse
in clear violation; glaringly bad
flagrant
a small fleet
flotilla
frisky, exuberant; spunky
feisty
resembling a cat in movement or nature
feline
state of progressive rotting or deterioration
fester
ridiculous, absurd
farcical
difficult to please, exacting, meticulous, finicky
fastidiuos
complacently or inanely foolish
fatuous
to rejoice in triumph; to glory, to celebrate
exult
arrived at without due care or effort; performed or achieved without effort; expressing oneself readily, clearly and effectively
facile
a mistaken idea; a failure in reasoning which makes an argument invalid
fallacy
fleeting, tending to vanish; transient
evanescent
serve as an example
exemplify
an emergency; urgent requirement
exigency
take up a cause; embrace, promote
espouse
science or descrition of causes, esp. of disease
etiology
an exaggerated feeling of well-being; a high
euphoria
based on the equality of all people
egalitarian
extremely bad; flagrant
egregious
to draw out, to evoke
elicit
explain; to make clear and understandable
elucidate
to steal money which was entrusted to your care
embezzle
based on experience and observation, not theory
empirical
composure, self-possession, calm
equanimity
totally wipe out; exterminate
eradicate
to avoid as wrong or distasteful; abstain
eschew
something inexplicable; a mystery
enigma
to follow, to come afterwards or as a result of
ensue
devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; fond of good food and comfort
epicurean
passionately in love, fascinated, absorbed in passion
enamored
native to a particular people or region, indigenous
endemic
to sap the strength and energy of; to unnerve
enervate
relating to unity among the world's Christian churches; concerned with unity
Ecumenical
bring forth something hidden; elicit, draw out
educe
having lost character, vitality or strength; effeminate
effete
ill-tempered, petulant, having indigestion
dyspeptic
unusual, peculiar, odd, behaving strangely
eccentric
chosen from a variety of sources
eclectic
sleeping, inactive, latent
dormant
barbarously harsh; referring to the severity of a law or code
draconian
a feeling of intense indignation; deep resentment
dudgeon
break up; scatter; squander
dissipate
to swell; to swell up
distend
obedient; easily taught
docile
careful in judgement; prudent, not showy
discreet
very dissimilar; different in character
disparate
state of lacking in peace or quiet; disturbed, agitated
disquietude
to drive out, or deliver from evil
exorcize
to facilitate; free up, speed up
expediate
do or say in the moment; improvise
extemporize
shy; overly timid
diffident
someone who dabbles, not serious; amateur
dilettante
differentiate, discriminate; see clearly
discern
dry up or dry out
desiccate
lacking in the extreme; very poor
destitute
a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source
dictum
reduce in value or price
depreciate
coming from something else; not original; derived
derivative
discover by investigation; detect; catch sight of
descry
the unfolding of a plot or situation
denouement
strip of covering or possessions; make bare
denude
base lack of morality; corruption
depravity
exorbitant, in excess of legal rate, interest charged to a borrower for the use of money
usury
to waver or hesitate; to be indecisive
vacillate
insipid; spiritless; uninteresting
vapid
not justifiable; inexusable
unwarrented
outcome; summary, end result
upshot
a mischievous youngster, usually raggedly dressed
urchin
manly, potent,strong
virile
objectionably harsh or strong, also, extremely poisonous; noxious
virulent
full of bitterness; harsh, caustic
vitriolic
experienced through others; not experienced directly by oneself
vicarious
nourishment; food; provisions
victual
malign; make wrong in harshest terms
vilify
looking just like the real thing; appearance of similarity to truth or reality
versimilitude
language of everyday usage; common, slang
vernacular
harass; trouble; also, puzzle or baffle
vex
angry, nasty; bitter
acrimonious
sharp insight; keeness of mind
acumen
created on the spot; temporary
ad hoc
utterly hopeless; totally and profoundly terrible
abysmal
bitter, harsh; biting
acerbic
give in, surrender; go quietly
acquiesce
swollen, inflamed tissue are
abscess
to free from blame, sin, or responsibility
absolve
theoretical; at the idea level, not concrete
abstract
to really hate; to detest
abhor
without hope, defeated
abject
to deny oneself, to give up something desired or valuable
abnegate
singing without an instrumental accompaniment
a capella
to cease, subside; reduce
abate
take away by force; kidnap
abduct
outer cover; facade, good surface exterior, hiding defects below
veneer
poisonous; noxious; spiteful; malevolent; pernicious
venomous
overly wordy
verbose
accurately portray or describe
delineate
a false belief; misconception
delusion
shy, prim, proper
demure
to derive by reasoning; infer
deduce
complete and thorough; the last word
definiteve
damaging, hurtful; harmful
deleterious
suave, urband; sophisticated charm
debonair
polite refusal
declination
conforming to accepted standards
decorum
intimidate
daunt
in fact; in reality
de facto
a violent disruption; breakdown, collapse
debacle
shallow; superficial
cursory
field studying and comparing human nervous and electro-mechanical communication systems
cybernetics
flirtatious invovlement, dilly dallying
dalliance
ill-tempered, twisted, eccentric
crotchety
a blind alley; dead end
cul-de-sac
deserving blame; blameworthy
culpable
to desire; to long for something
covet
eager to believe; gullible
credulous
shaped like the increasing moon
crescent
worldly; sophisticated
cosmopolitan
facial expression; bearing, demeanor
countenance
agreement; solemn pledge or contract
covenant
an unanswerable question; a mystery
conundrum
plentiful; abundant
copious
circle of color around a luminous body, such as the sun or moon
corona
of, relating to a continent or the classic cuisine of Europe, especially France
continental
depending on something; conditional
contingent
make up, concoct
contrive
keep safe, preserve, protect
conserve
one that consults or advises; especially to a bishop or sacred congregation
consultor
to mediate on; consider with continued attention
contemplate
innate; something you are born with
congenital
inference; guess
conjecture
to make, or declare, holy
consecrate
a seasoning or relish for flavoring food
condiment
leading to a result; contributing, helpful
conductive
to confuse, puzzle, perplex
confound
peace-making; resolving through goodwill
conciliatory
secret assembly; private meeting
conclave
happening at the same time; to concur means to agree
concurrent
in a coma; lethargic
comatose
goes with; equal in measure
commensurate
smug and uncritically satisfied with one's self or achievements
complacency
convincing; compelling; valid
cogent
to be logically consistent; make sense, hold together
coherent
ordinary, informal conversation and expression
colloquial
fear of being in a confined space
claustrophobia
a trite expression; overused sayings
cliche
in addition to a will; added provision
codicil
speaking indirectly, using wordy or evasive language
circumlocution
discreet, cautious
circumspect
civilized; polite
civil
cautiously reluctant
chary
trickery, deceitfulness, especially legal or political
chicanery
rough, surly, boorish
churlish
abstinence from sex
celibacy
relating to the brain; intellectual, brainy
cerebral
a powerful and irresistible personality; an extraordinary ability to attract followers
charisma
agent that starts a reaction with being changed (scientific); something causing change
catalyst
an emotional release, purification and renewal
catharsis
acidic; severe, sarcastic; corrosive
caustic
critical, fault-finding; argumentative, quibbling
captious
to lurch or toss from side to side; to lean over to one side
careen
a distinct social class or class system
caste
comradeship; good fellowship
camaraderie
a code of laws; a basis for judgement
canon
to give up, surrender
capitulate
to expand, flourish, blossom
burgeon
loud and harsh-sounding mixture of noises
cacophony
a musical keyboard instrument that plays steam whistles, usually at carnivals
calliope
boldness intended to impress or intimidate
bravado
briefness
brevity
rustic, pastoral, charmingly rural
bucolic
the removal of a piece of tissue from a living body for examination
biopsy
pompous language; pretentious and meaningless speech
bombast
middle class; conventional; of narrow, materialistic interests
bourgeois
a group, a flock
bevy
composed of two chambers or legislative branches
bicameral
foul-tempered; bitter; irritable
bilious
generous; charitable; helpful
benevolent
something left to someone in a will; legacy
bequest
to harass; to trouble; to overwhelm
beset
to surround, besiege; to relentlessly harass
beleaguer
to put someone down; to insult
belittle
confused; dazed; bewildered
bemused
in a coma; lethargic
comatose
goes with; equal in measure
commensurate
smug and uncritically satisfied with one's self or achievements
complacency
convincing; compelling; valid
cogent
to be logically consistent; make sense, hold together
coherent
ordinary, informal conversation and expression
colloquial
fear of being in a confined space
claustrophobia
a trite expression; overused sayings
cliche
in addition to a will; added provision
codicil
speaking indirectly, using wordy or evasive language
circumlocution
discreet, cautious
circumspect
civilized; polite
civil
cautiously reluctant
chary
trickery, deceitfulness, especially legal or political
chicanery
rough, surly, boorish
churlish
to surround, besiege; to relentlessly harass
beleaguer
to put someone down; to insult
belittle
confused; dazed; bewildered
bemused
fortress; stronghold
bastion
small, showy, worthless trinket or decoration
bauble
to charm, enchant; to deceive; to while away time
beguile
not straight; off course; askew
awry
witty conversation
badinage
ordinary; commonplace; trite
banal
favorable; holding the promise of something good to come
auspicious
new, innovative; experimental
avant-garde
to declare openly; to acknowledge frankly
avow
to take in, absorb; become part of
assimilate
sharp, keen judgment
astute
boldness; daring
audacity
to take in, absorb; become part of
assimilate
sharp, keen judgement
astute
boldness; daring
audacity
one who decides for others; a judge
arbiter
the study of history through the systematic recovery of surviving artifacts
archaeology
original model or example followed by all
archetype
to please by giving in; soothe, pacify, mollify
appease
raise the value of
appreciate
approval; commendation
approbation
an opening; hole, gap
aperture
brief, often witty saying that states a truth
aphorism
one who deserts his faith or principles
apostate
silly act; game, prank, trick
antic
the exact opposite; opposed
antipodal
racial separation and injustice
apartheid
to take in, absorb; become part of
assimilate
sharp, keen judgement
astute
boldness; daring
audacity
one who decides for others; a judge
arbiter
the study of history through the systematic recovery of surviving artifacts
archaeology
original model or example followed by all
archetype
to please by giving in; soothe, pacify, mollify
appease
raise the value of
appreciate
approval; commendation
approbation
an opening; hole, gap
aperture
brief, often witty saying that states a truth
aphorism
one who deserts his faith or principles
apostate
silly act; game, prank, trick
antic
the exact opposite; opposed
antipodal
racial separation and injustice
apartheid
to take in, absorb; become part of
assimilate
sharp, keen judgement
astute
boldness; daring
audacity
one who decides for others; a judge
arbiter
the study of history through the systematic recovery of surviving artifacts
archaeology
original model or example followed by all
archetype
to please by giving in; soothe, pacify, mollify
appease
raise the value of
appreciate
approval; commendation
approbation
an opening; hole, gap
aperture
brief, often witty saying that states a truth
aphorism
one who deserts his faith or principles
apostate
silly act; game, prank, trick
antic
the exact opposite; opposed
antipodal
racial separation and injustice
apartheid
to take in, absorb; become part of
assimilate
sharp, keen judgement
astute
boldness; daring
audacity
one who decides for others; a judge
arbiter
the study of history through the systematic recovery of surviving artifacts
archaeology
original model or example followed by all
archetype
to please by giving in; soothe, pacify, mollify
appease
raise the value of
appreciate
approval; commendation
approbation
an opening; hole, gap
aperture
brief, often witty saying that states a truth
aphorism
one who deserts his faith or principles
apostate
silly act; game, prank, trick
antic
the exact opposite; opposed
antipodal
racial separation and injustice
apartheid
to take in, absorb; become part of
assimilate
sharp, keen judgement
astute
boldness; daring
audacity
one who decides for others; a judge
arbiter
the study of history through the systematic recovery of surviving artifacts
archaeology
original model or example followed by all
archetype
to please by giving in; soothe, pacify, mollify
appease
raise the value of
appreciate
approval; commendation
approbation
an opening; hole, gap
aperture
brief, often witty saying that states a truth
aphorism
one who deserts his faith or principles
apostate
silly act; game, prank, trick
antic
the exact opposite; opposed
antipodal
racial separation and injustice
apartheid
soon; presently, shortly
anon
before the war (esp. U.S. Civil War)
antebellum
scientific study of man; culturally and physically
anthropology
comparison of one thing to another, similarity
analogy
a short, entertaining story about a real incident or person (often amusing)
anecdote
ill will; resentment, hostility
animosity
official pardon for those who break the law
amnesty
lacking a distinct shape
amorphous
a charm worn around the neck as protection from evil
amulet
not clear in meaning
ambiguous
go along with the wishes of another; agreeable
amenable
friendly; likeable
amiable
removed; indifferent
aloof
selfless giving; generosity
altruism
using both hands with equal ease
ambidextrous
a specialist in the legal aspects of mental disease; psychiatrist
alienist
lighten the load, make easier; relieve
alleviate
indirect reference to; link; a hint
allusion
rich; wealthy
affluent
list to go through; a program or plan
agenda
having to do with the land; farming, agriculture
agrarian
excessive admiration, worship, flattery
adulation
unfavorable, difficult, unfortunate
adverse
friendly; open; easygoing
affable
stubborn; completely inflexible; unyielding
adamant
to speak to; or to face; to direct attention to
address
to decide by judicial procedure; to settle a case in court
adjudicate