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ABSCOND (verb)
to depart clandestinely (done in secret, often with an illicit purpose); to steal off and hide
ABERRANT (adj)
deviating from the norm (noun form aberration)
ALACRITY (noun)
eager and enthusiastic willingness
ANOMALY (noun)
deviation from the normal order; abnormality (adj. form anomalous)
APPROBATION (noun)
an expression of approval or praise
ARDUOUS (adj)
strenuous; requiring significant effort
ASSUAGE (verb)
to ease or lessen (something burdensome); to appease or pacify
AUDACIOUS (adj)
daring and fearless; recklessly bold (noun form audacity)
AUSTERE (adj)
bare, severely simple, ascetic, without adornment
AXIOMATIC (adj) AXIOM
taken as a given; has self-evident truth; general principle or rule that is accepted
CANONICAL (adj)
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
CAPRICIOUS (adj)
impulsive; erratic; unpredictable
CENSURE (verb)
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke (reprimand)
CHICANERY (noun)
trickery or subterfuge
CONNOISSEUR (noun)
an informed and astute judge in the matters of taste; expert
CONVOLUTED (adj)
complex or complicated
DISABUSE (verb)
to undeceive; to set right
DISCORDANT (adj)
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
DISPARATE (adj)
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
EFFRONTERY (noun)
extreme boldness; presumptuousness (going beyond what is proper; extremely forward)
ELOQUENT (adj)
well-spoken; articulate; expressive
ENERVATE (verb)
to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ENNUI (noun)
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
EQUIVOCATE (verb)
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
ERUDITE (adj)
very learned; scholarly (noun form erudition)
EXCULPATE (adj)
exonerate; to clear of blame
EXIGENT (adj)
urgent; requiring immediate attention or action
EXTEMPORANEOUS (adj)
improvised; done without preparation
FILIBUSTER (noun)
an intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
FULMINATE (verb)
to loudly attack or denounce
INGENUOUS (adj)
artless; lacking sophistication; frank
INURED (adj)
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
IRASCIBLE (adj)
easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
LAUD (verb)
to praise highly (adj form laudatory)
LUCID (adj)
clear; easily understood
LISTLESS (adj)
lacking energy; lethargic; disinclined to exert effort
IMPENETRABLE (adj)
Impossible to penetrate or enter; impossible to understand; impervious to sentiment or argument
CENTRIFUGE (noun)
An apparatus consisting essentially of a compartment spun about a central axis to "separate" contained materials of different specific gravities, or to separate colloidal particles suspended in a liquid.
LASSITUDE (noun)
A state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness
MISER (noun)
greedy or avaricious person; lives meagerly in order to hoard money
FRENETIC (adj)
Wildly excited or active; frantic; frenzied
FLAG (verb)
To decline in vigor or strength
DRAWL (verb)
To speak with lengthened or drawn-out vowels
SOPORIFIC (adj)
Inducing or tending to induce sleep; drowsy
MALINGER (adj)
To avoid work or responsibilities by feigning illness
CORDIAL (adj)
Warm and sincere; friendly; Strongly felt; fervent
GAINSAY (verb)
to deny; to say against (to say the opposite)
FOMENT (verb)
to stir up or instigate
LASCIVIOUS (adj)
Given to or expressing lust; Exciting sexual desires
MOROSE (adj)
sullenly melancholy; gloomy
IGNOMINIOUS (adj)
Marked by shame or disgrace; Degrading; debasing
GUILE (noun)
skillful deceit; treacherous cunning (beguile/deceive)
RESOLUTE (adj)
firm or determined in purpose or belief; unwavering
VORACIOUS (adj)
ravenous (for food); having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit
MAGNANIMITY (noun)
generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
(adj form magnanimous)
NASCENT (adj)
coming into being; in early developmental stages
NEBULOUS (adj)
vague; cloudly (like a nebula); lacking clearly defined form
NEOLOGISM (noun)
a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
NOXIOUS (adj)
harmful; injurious
OBTUSE (adj)
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
OBVIATE (verb)
to anticipate and make unnecessary (prevent something from happening)
ONEROUS (adj)
troubling; burdensome
PAEAN (noun)
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
PARODY (noun)
a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect
PERFIDY (noun)
intentional breach of faith; treachery (perfidous)
PERFUNCTORY (adj)
cursory; done without care or interest
PERSPICACIOUS (adj)
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment (judgment/insight)
PRATTLE (verb)
to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty, idle manner
PRECIPITATE (adj)
acting with excessive haste or impulse
PRECIPITATE (verb)
to cause or happen before anticipated or required
PREDILECTION (noun)
a disposition in favor of something; preference
PRESCIENCE (noun)
foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring (prescient)
QUALMS (noun)
misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy (uneasiness about the fitness of an action)
RECANT (verb)
to retract/withdraw, esp. a previously held belief (usually under pressure)
REFUTE (verb)
to disprove; to successfully argue against
RELEGATE (verb)
to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
RETICENT (adj)
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
SOLICITOUS (adj)
concerned and attentive; eager
SORDID (adj)
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
SQUANDER (verb)
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
STUPEFY (verb)
to stun, baffle, or amaze
STYMIE (verb)
to block; thwart (an obstacle)
TORQUE (noun)
a force that causes rotation
TORTUOUS (adj)
winding; twisting; excessively complicated
TRUCULENT (adj)
fierce and cruel; eager to fight
VERACITY (noun)
truthfulness; honesty
VIRULENT (adj)
extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
WAVER (verb)
to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion