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degenerate
v. to fall below a normal or desirable state, especially functionally or morally; deteriorate ~flourish~
depict
v. to represent, show, describe
derision
n. object of ridicule, laughtingstock; laughter, ridicule
desiccate
v. to dry out thoroughly (as to preserve foods) ~moisten~
desultory
adj. moving or jumping from one thing to another; disconnected ~connected~
didactic
adj. intented to instruct
digression
n. deviation
dirge
n. a mournful poem, literary work musical composition
discernible
adj. perceptible
disputatious
adj. argumentative ~agreeable~
clemency
n.mercy (especially used in law or lawishness) ~punishment~
coalesce
v. to grow together; fuse; to come together as to form one whole; unite ~seperate, dissolve~
cogitate
v. to think deeply or ponder ~disregard~
compliance
n. a disposition or tendency to; adaptation to; yield to the will of others; the act of following one's wishes or demands; obedience ~disobedience, dissent, resistance~
compunction
n. remorse (lots of times = w/out compunction)
conflagration
n. a large destructive fire
connotation
n. implied meaning of the word: implication (eg thrify and stingy)
convivial
adj. fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; sociable; merry, festive, jovial ~morose, dull, solitary~
covert
adj. secretive or undercover ~overt, open, publicized~
culpable
adj. deserving of blame or censure as being wron, evil, improper, or injurious; guilty ~innocent~
bane
n. downfall (e.g. of my existence) ~pride~
benevolent
adj. kind, intending good things ~malevolent~
blandishment
n. flattery ~degredation~
bourgeois
adj. middle-class; pretty andn materialistic (common American use) ~working class~
brevity
n. the quality of being brief; conciseness ~lenth, longevity~
cadaverous
adj. like a cadaver; ill-looking, gaunt ~robust, healthy~
candor
n. frankness, directness, forthright with honesty ~guile~
cathartic
adj. healing ~harmful~
charlatan
n. a person who is a quack, a fake: a fake doctor
clairvoyant
n. a person who is these things
adj. profit-like, seeing into the future, predicting etc.
abase
v. to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem; mortify, degrade ~encourage, promote~
acrimony
n. bitter, sharp animosity, especially in speech or behavior; bitterness ~sweetness, kindness~
aesthetic
adj. a guiding principle of artistic matters; appreciation of beaty; good taste
affable
adj. easy; pleasant to speak to; approachable; gentle,gracious ~cranky, mean, disdainful, unfriendly~
affinity
n. a natural attraction, liking, or feeling of kinship ~averision~
altruistic
n. showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others (selfless) ~selfish~
ambiguous
adj. open to more than one interpretation; doubtful, uncertain, unclear ~clear~
ambivalence
n. coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings; uncertainty as to path; indifference ~certainty~
amenable
adj. responsive to advice, authority, suggestion; willing ~stubborn, unwilling~
aversion
n. a fixed, intense dislike; repungance; cause or obj. ~affinity~
tempestuous
adj. tumultuous, stormy, turbulent ~calm~
tenuous
adj. long and thing; slender; having little substance; weak ~well-established, strong~
thwart
v. to prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of ~encourage, aid, assist~
toady
n. a person who flatters or deters others for self-serving reasons; suck-up ~sycophant~
ubiquitous
adj. being or seeming ot be everywhere at once ~scarce~
undulate
v. to cause to move in a smooth wavelike motion
usurp
v. to take over or occupy without right ~relinquish~
vigor
n. physical or mental strength, energy, or force ~relinquish~
volatile
adj. tending to very often or widely; inconsistent; explosive; unstable ~stable~
wane
v. to decrease gradually in size, amount, intensity, or degree; to approach an end ~wax, increase~
abdicate
v. to formally relinquish power or responsibility ~acquire~
aberration
n. a deviation from the proper or expected course ~normality~
bastion
n. a defensive stronghold
brusque
adj. abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt ~gentle~
capitulate
to surrender under specified conditions; come to terms ~defeat~
castigation
n. the act of inflicting severe punishment on; the act of critizing severely ~praise~
deciduous
adj. falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth ~evergreen
defunct
adj. having ceased to exist or live ~extant (in existence)~
erroneus
adj. containing or derived from error; mistaken ~correct~
exuberant
adj. full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy ~gloomy~
bracken
(n.) an area overgrown with this fern; widespread, often weedy fern with large triangular fronds - often forming dense thickets; coarse ferns
coarse
(adj.) rough; lacking delicacy or refinement ~smooth~
desolate
(adj.) abandoned, devoid of inhabitants, deserted; sad and forlorn ~inhabited~
forlorn
(adj.) appearing sad or lonely because deserted or abandoned, sad ~cheerful~
kloof
(n.) a deep ravine (S. African) ~hill~
matted
(adj.) tangled in a dense mass ~untangled~
nature
(n.) character; the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized