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ABATE

verb
to lessen in intensity or degree
ABERRANT

adjective
deviating from the norm
ABSCOND

verb
to depart clandestinely; to steal away and hide
ACCIKADE

noun
an exprssion of praise
ACERBIC

adjective
having a sour or bitter taste or character
ACUMEN

noun
quick, keen, or accurate knowledte or insite
ADULATION

noun
excessive praise; intense adoration
AESTHETIC

adjective
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
AGGRANDIZE

verb
to increase in intensity, power, or prestige
ADULTERATE

verb
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
ASCETIC

noun
one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
ASSUAGE

verb
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
ASTRINGENT

adjective
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe
AUDACIOUS

adjective
daring and fearless; recklessly bold
AUSTERE

adjective
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
AVER

verb
to state as a fact; to confirm or support
AXIOM/AXIOMATIC

noun/adjective
a universally recognized principle; taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
BOLSTER

verb
to provide support or reinforcement
BOMBAST/BOMBASTIC

noun/adjective
self-evedint or pompous writing or speech; pompous; grandiloquent
BUCOLIC

adjective
rustic and patoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
BURGEON

verb
to grow rapidly; to flourish
CACOPHONY

noun
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
CANON

noun
an established set of principales or code of laws, often religious in nature
CANONICAL

adjective
following or in agreement with orthodox requirements
CAPRICIOUS

adjective
inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
CASTIGATION

noun
severe criticism or punishment
CATALYST

noun
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
CAUSTIC

adjective
burning or stinging; cousing corrosion
CENSURE

verb
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
CHARY

adjective
qary; cautious
CHICANERY

noun
trickery or subterfuge
COGENT

adjective
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
COMPLAISANCE

noun
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
CONNOISSEUR

noun
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
CONTENTIOUS

adjective
argumentative; quarrelsome; cousing controversy or disagreement
CONTRITE

adjective
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
CONVENTION

noun
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
CONVOLUTED

adjective
complex or complicated
CREDULOUS

adjective
tending to believe too readily; gullible
CULPABLE

adjective
deserving blame
CYNICISM

noun
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
DEARTH

noun
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
DECORUM

noun
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
DEMUR

verb
to question or oppose
DERISION

noun
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
DESICCATE

verb
to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
DIATRIBE

noun
a harsh denunciation
DIDACTEC

adjective
intended to teach or instruct
DILETTANTE

noun
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
DISABUSE

verb
to undeceive; to set right
DISCORDANT

adjective
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
DISCRETION

noun
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
DISINTERESTED

adjective
indifferent; free from self-interest
DISPARAGE

verb
to slight or belittle
DISPARATE

adjective
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
DISSIMBLE

verb
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
DIVULGE

verb
to disclose something secret
DOGMATIC

adjective
stubbornly opinionated
EBULLIENCE

noun
the quality of lively or inthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
ECCENTRIC

adjective
departing from norms or conventions
ECLECTIC

adjective
composed of elements drawn from various sources
EFFRONTERY

noun
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
ELEGY

noun
a mournful poem, especially one lamentaing the dead
ELOQUENT

adjective
well-spoken; expressive; articulate
EMOLLIENT

adjective
soothing, especially to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying
EMPIEICAL

adjective
based on observation or experiment
ENDEMIC

adjective
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
ENERVATE

verb
to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ENIGMATIC

adjective
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
ENNUI

noun
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy