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cheerful willingness; readiness; liveliness

ex: Dr. Burke's class is one which pupils attend with alacrity and leace with reluctance.
alacrity
strong dislike; repugnance; antipathy

ex: Philip's aversion to worl led to his dismissal
aversion
not done of one's own free will; automatic; unintentinal; spontaneous(ant. voluntary)
involuntary
unwillng; averse; disclined; reluctant

ex: We were loath to leave our friends, but my father's tracsfer to California left us no choice.
loath
have an intense aversion to; detest
loathe
will

ex: Were you discharged or did you leave of your own volition?
volition
upward slope
acclivity
highest point; pinnacle; summit
acme
1. farthest point from the earth in the orbit of a heavenly body (ant. perigee)

2. higest point; culimation
apogee
arranged in order of increasing force and interest (ant. anticlimactic)
climactic
perfect; superb; carried to the highest degree

ex: The pilot guided the plane onto the runway with comsummate skill.
consummate
high rank

ex: Raised suddenly to an eminence for which he was ill qualified, the executive could not get along with his new subordinates.
eminence
standing out; notable; famous

ex: Emily Dickson was an eminent poet.
eminent
of the heavens; celestial; airy; delicate; intangible

ex: Charles was told by his employer, "Get rid of your ethereal notions and come down to earth."
ethereal
1. lift up with joy, pride, etc.; elate (ant. humiliate)

2. rise in rank, dignity, etc.; extol; glorify

Some films have exalted criminals to the level of heroes.
exalt
very steep, overhanging place; cliff

ex: The climbers had to make a lengthy detour around an insurmountable precipice.
precipice
1. steep as a precipice

ex: She descended from the summit in low gear, using her brakes all the way, since the road was so precipitous.

2. hasty; rash

ex: Dont rush into a precipitous action that you may later regret. Take your time.
precipitous
standing out above others; superior
preeminent
1. redirect the energy of a person's bad impulses into socially and morally higher channels

2. purify; refine
sublimate
elevated; noble; exalted; uplifting

ex: Visitors to the Grand Canyon are uplifted and refreshed by its sublime scenery
sublime
farthest point opposite the base, as in triangle or pyramid; apex
vertex
1. highest point; culmination (nadir)

2. point in the heavens directly overhead.
zenith
adj.
deserving contempt; sunk to a low condition
abject
adj.
deep; profound; imeeasurably great.
abysmal
n.
bottomless, immeasurably deep space

ex: The sudden death of his closest friend threw Tennyson into an abyss of despair.
abyss
n.
abrupt decline from the dignified or important to the trivial or ludicrous; comedown; bathos
anticlimatic
n.
deep breach; wide gap or rift
chasm
n.
downward slope
declivity
n.
most worthless part; sediment at the bottom of a liquid
dregs
adj.
coarse; low
earthy
adj.
1. of low position or condition

2. not proud; unpretentious; modest; courteously respectful
humble
v.
lower the pride, position, or dignity of; abase; degrade; mortify (ant. exalt)
humiliate
n.
freedom from pride; humbleness; lowliness; modesty
humility
adj.
low; mean; subservant; servile
menial
n.
lowest point (ant. zenith)
nadir
v.
get to the bottom of ascertain the depth of; fathom
plumb
adj.
very deep; deeply felt; interllectually deep
profound
n.
deep, narrow gorge worn by running water
ravine
adj.
of or like a son or daughter
filial
adj.
of or like a brother
fraternal
n.
a person's or family's descent; lineage; pedigree
genealogy
n.
friends and relatives; kindred
kith and kin
adj.
of or like a mother
maternal
n.
favortism to relatives by those in power
nepotism
adj.
of or like a father
paternal
n.
forefather
progenitor
n.
offspring; children; descendants
progeny
n.
one of two or more children of a family
sibling
n.
pleasant odor; bouquet
aroma
adj.
sweet-scented; fragrant
aromatic
adj.
having a pleasant odor; pleasantly odorous or odoriferous
fragrant
1. stale-smelling; musty; moldy

2. old-fashioned
fusty
n.
substance yielding a pleasant odor when burned
incense
adj.
ill-smelling; stinking; fetid; unpleasant odorous
malodorous
adj.
1. offensive to smell; disgusting

2. harmful; noxious
noisome
adj.
pertaining to the sense of smell
olfactory
adj.
sharp in smell ot taste; acrid; biting; stimulating
pungent
adj.
1. stinking from decay

2. extremely bad; corrupt
putrid
adj.
1. having a strong, bad odor or taste; offensively gross or coarse

2. extreme
rank
v.
emit a strong, disagreeable smell; be permeated with
reek
smell; perfume
scent
v.
get a suspicion
scent
adj.
1. unpleasant to taste or smell

2. morally offensive
unsavory