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Affinity
a natural attraction to a person place or thing
inclination penchant opposites- distaste, aversion
Bilious
Peevish or irritable
choleric, irascible, peevish, splenetic Opposite- sweet-tempered genial pleasant delightful
cognate
such a person place or thing
closely related in origin essential nature or function
allied affiliated relative
opposites- dissimilar unrelated
corollary
a proposition that follows from one already proven a natural consequence or result
deduction conclusion opposites- axiom postulate premise
Cul- de sace
blind alley futher progress impossible
Derring- Do
valor or heroism daring deeds or exploits
audacity, bravado, pyrotechnics
Opposite- cowardice, timidity, poltroonery
elixir
a potion once thought capable of curing all ills and making life indefinitely, a panacea, a sweet liquid used as a vehicle in medicines
cure-all nostrum tonic
folderol
foolish talk, ideas, or procedures, nonsense a trifle
hoopla gibberish
opposite- sense significance
divination
the act or art of predicting the future or discovering hidden knowledge
prophecy augury
gamut
an entire range or series
scope compass sweep

hoi polloi
the common people the masses
rank and file
opposites- aristocracy elite upper class
ineffable
not expressible in words too great or too sacred to be uttered
inexpressible indescribable
lucubration
laborious study or thought esp at nite the result of such work
burning the midnight oil deep thought
mnemonic
relating to or designed to assist the memory
remind cue

obloquy
a public abuse indicating strong disapproval or censure the disgrace resulting from such treatment
discredit opprobrium ignominy dishonor
Opposite- praise acclaim approbation
parameter
a determining or characteristic element a factor that shapes the total outcome a limit or boundary
pundit
a learned person, one who gives authoritative opinions
expert authority savant
opposites- layman amateur dilettante
risible
pertaining to laughter able or inclined to laugh laughable
droll ludicrous
opposites- depressing poignant heartrending
symptomatic
typical or characteristic being concerned with a symptom oof disease
indicative
volte- face
an about face a complete reversal
turnabout
aficanado
an enthusiastic and usually expert follower or fan
devotee enthusiast
browbeat
to intimidate by a stern or overbearing manner to bully
cow coerce
opposites coax cajole wheedle sweet-talk
commensurate
equal in size extent duration or importance proportionate measurable by the same standards
comparable corresponding coordinate
diaphanous
very sheer and light almost completely transparent
translucent, gossamer
Opposites Opaque coarse dense
emolument
profit derived from an office or position or from employment a fee or salary
pay wages compensation
foray
a quick raid especially for plunder a venture into some field or endeavor to make such a raid
sally sortie
Opposites- retreat strategic withdrawal
genre
a type class variety
species sort school
homily
a sermon stressing moral principles a tedious moralizing lecture of discourse
immure
to enclose or confine within walls to imprison to seclude or isolate
incarcerate mew up
opposites- releasse liberate emancipate
insouciant
blithely indifferent or unconcerned carefree happy- go- lucky
nonchalant blase devil-may-care
opposites- worried careworn agitated distraught
matrix
mold surrounding a situation or environment
model pattern
obsequies
funeral rites or ceremonies
last rites funeral services
panache
a confident and stylish manner dash a strickingly elaborate or colorful display
style verve elan eclat flamboyance
persona
a character in a novel or play the outward character or role that a person assumes
personality image role
philippic
a bitter verbal attack
harangue tirade diatribe
opposites- encomium panegyric tribute
prurient
having lustful desires or interests tending to arouse sexual desires
lascivious salacious lewd titillating
opposites prudish demure innocent
sacrosanct
very scared or holy inviolable set apart or immune from questioning or attack
systemic
of or pertaining to the entire body relating to a system or systems
extensive comprehensive system-wide
opposites- localized specific isolated confined
tendentious
intended to promote a particular point of view doctrine or cause biased or partisan
partial
opposites- fair impartial equitable disinterested
vicissitude
a change variation or alteration successive or changing phases or conditions(pl form)
fluctuation vacillation
opposites- sameness eveness
abortive
failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose only partially or imperfectly developed
miscarried fruitless premature
opposites- successful realized consummated
bruit
to spread news reports or unsubstantiated rumors
noise abroad broadcast blazen
opposites- cover up conceal hush up
contumelious
insolent or rude in speech or behavior insultingly abusive humiliating
vituperative scurrilous excoriating
opposites- laudatory commendatory deferential
dictum
a short saying an authoritative statement
maxim precept aphorism axiom
ensconce
to settle comfortably and firmly in position to put or hide in a safe place
nestle lodge entrench
opposites- unseat displace oust
iconoclastic
attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs ideas or institutions
image- breaking irreverent heretical
opposites- orthodox conservative reverent
in medias res
in or into the middle of a plot or in the middle of things
internecine
mutually destructive characterized by great slaughter and bloodshed
murderous savage ruinous
opposites- peaceful harmonious constructive
maladroit
lacking skill or dexterity lacking tact perception or judgment
inept awkward clumsy gaucheopposites- skillfull dexterous deft tactful
maudlin
excessively or effusively sentimental
mushy mawkish
modulate
to change or vary the intensity or pitch to temper or soften to regulate adjust
adapt moderate
portentous
foreshadowing an event to come causing wonder or awe self consciously weitghty pompous
foreboding omnious pretentious
opposites- auspicious propitious encouraging
prescience
knowledge of events or actions before they happen foresights
foreknowledge
opposite-hindsight
quid pro quo
something given in exchange or return for something else
swap trade
salubrious
conductive to health or well being wholesome
beneficial healthy invigorating
opposites- harmful unhealthy deleterious noxious
saturnalian
characterized by riotous or restrained revelry or licentiousness
dissipated debauched orgiastic
opposites- sedate prim decorous seemly
touchstone
a means of testing worth or genuineness
criterion yardstick benchmark
traumatic
so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and psychological damage
jolting
opposites- soothing comforting agreeable pleasant
vitiate
to weaken debase or corrupt to impair the quality or value of
degrade undermine
opposites- purify fortify strengthen enhance
waggish
fond of making jokes characteristic of a joker playfully humorous or droll
whimsical jocular
opposites- serious grave grim dour humorless
iconoclastic
attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs ideas or institutions
image- breaking irreverent heretical
opposites- orthodox conservative reverent
in medias res
in or into the middle of a plot or in the middle of things
internecine
mutually destructive characterized by great slaughter and bloodshed
murderous savage ruinous
opposites- peaceful harmonious constructive
maladroit
lacking skill or dexterity lacking tact perception or judgment
inept awkward clumsy gaucheopposites- skillfull dexterous deft tactful
maudlin
excessively or effusively sentimental
mushy mawkish
modulate
to change or vary the intensity or pitch to temper or soften to regulate adjust
adapt moderate
portentous
foreshadowing an event to come causing wonder or awe self consciously weitghty pompous
foreboding omnious pretentious
opposites- auspicious propitious encouraging
prescience
knowledge of events or actions before they happen foresights
foreknowledge
opposite-hindsight
quid pro quo
something given in exchange or return for something else
swap trade
salubrious
conductive to health or well being wholesome
beneficial healthy invigorating
opposites- harmful unhealthy deleterious noxious
saturnalian
characterized by riotous or restrained revelry or licentiousness
dissipated debauched orgiastic
opposites- sedate prim decorous seemly
touchstone
a means of testing worth or genuineness
criterion yardstick benchmark
traumatic
so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and psychological damage
jolting
opposites- soothing comforting agreeable pleasant
vitiate
to weaken debase or corrupt to impair the quality or value of
degrade undermine
opposites- purify fortify strengthen enhance
waggish
fond of making jokes characteristic of a joker playfully humorous or droll
whimsical jocular
opposites- serious grave grim dour humorless