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Flagrant
Outrageously bad or notorious
Heinous
Outrageously wicked
Lament
Expression of sadness or mourning
Broach
To introduce a subject into conversation
Acrimonious
Bitter or angry; i.e.: A heated debate
Misanthropy
Someone who hates mankind
Irrational
Not making any sense
Noxious
Harmful
Unyielding
Stubborn; Holding onto a position and refsuing to let go; Not allowing anyone else to go ahead
Intransigent
Refusing to come to an agreement on anything
Adamant
Having an unbreakable will; Refusing to move from a particular position or resolve
Obstinate
Determined to have your own way, no matter what anyone else says; Completely unwilling to cooperate
Obdurate
Stubborn; Hardened and unrepenting
Intractable
Disobedient; Refusing to cooperate
Inexorabble
Unable to be moved or altered
Antipathy
A feeling against something
Contemptuous
To hold something in contempt; Something hateful
Aversion
To avoid something
Disdain
To believe something to be foolish and a waste of time; To hold in contempt
Abhor
Hate
Despise
Hate
Animosity
Hatred
Repugnance
A feeling of disgust or antipathy
Odious
Hateful
Revulsion
Disgusted
Anathema
A curse
Lucid
To be clear
Censure
To condemn one's actions; Disapproval
Vigor
Health and strength
Reconcile
To bring two things, usually people, together after a quarrel
Strident
Loud and harsh sounding
Zealot
Intense enthusiasm
Illuminate
Full of light; Lit up
Parochial
Small in outlook; Narrow-minded
Destitute
Hitting rock bottom
Indigent
One who has nothing
Insolvent
Unable to pay debts
Impecunious
Not having any money
Penury
When one is dead broke
Impoverished
The state of being poor
Ornate
Heavily decorated
Conciliatory
One who placates; Bringing people together; Winning someone over
Contrite
Really sorry; Wanting to change your ways entirely
Supercilious
Snobbish; Haughty
Ingenuous
Open; Candid; Holding nothing back
Impudent
Nervy; Smart-alecky; Disrespectful
Capitulate
Give in; Surrender
Rebuff
Blunt refusal
Obscure
Not easily understood
Enigma
Puzzle; Mystery
Abstruse
Hard to understand
Recondite
Ideas beyond our grasp; Too deep for the normal person to understand
Impentetrable
Unfathomable; Can't be understood
Incomprehensible
Can't be understood
Infallible
Incapable of failing
Alacrity
Speed; Enathusiasm; Eagerness
Boor
A rude person
Clemency
Leniency; Merciful
Circumspect
Looking at all aspects before making a decision; Looking around
Obtuse
Not sharp; Not smart
Diminution
The process of diminishing
Quandry
A dilemma
Mundane
Ordinary
Prosaic
Ordinary
Pedestrian
Ordinary
Harbinger
A sign of something to come
Magnanimous
Generous; Good
Ascetic
One who leads an extremely simple life
Germane
Relevant; Applying to the subject at hand
Ignominious
Shameful
Amenable
Responsive; Obedient
Synopsis
Quick run-down of events
Assess
To place a value on something
Objective
Emotionally detached; Having uncontamintaed reason; Little room for opinion
Dispassionate
Leaving your feelings out; Calm
Unbiased
Having no opinion on the subject one way or the other
Indifferent
Having no care; Having no partiality on the subject
Impartial
Judging something on the basis of the facts alone; Being fair
Disinterested
Unbiased; Impartial; Not being influenced from a liking or an opinion
Compliant
Eager to please; Something pliant is bendable, so if you are flexible you are willing to please
Unprecendented
Something that has never happened before
Deter
To prevent something from happening
Futile
Of no use
Stringent
Harsh; Severe; Strict
Penchant
A fondness (for something)
Lax
Not tight; Rigid; Relaxed
Advocate
To support something; To speak out for something; A hobby, but not something you are called to do
Exuberant
Wildly happy
Blithe
Carefree
Ebullient
Bubbling with enthusiasm
Effervescent
Bubbly and dynamic (in describing a person)
Frolicsome
Playful; Merry; Full of high sprits
Vivacious
Full of life; To give life (vivify)
Jovial
Playful; In a good mood
Solicit
To ask for something; (To sell; To try to convince one to do something)
Aesthetic
A sensitivity to art and beauty
Subjugate
Forced to do things based on the rule of others; Under the rule of the conquerors
Antithesis
Exact opposite
Extricate
To get yourself out of something (like a bad situation)
Anachronism
Something that is in the wrong time
Omniscient
One who knows everything; Because no one knows everything, the only possible omniscient figure is a God
Provincial
Narrow in outlook; A lack a sophistication; A bumpkin; One who knows only his little corner of the world
Cliched
Fallen out of fashion
Trite
Overused; Worn out; Stale
Hackneyed
Overused; Trite
Banal
Lifeless; Uninteresting; Ordinary
Insipid
Flat; Dull; Without flavor
Instigate
To start something; To incite; Usually it means to start something mischevious or evil
Acquiesce
To agree to something without great enthusiasm; To give in
Reticent
Habitually uncommuicative; Reserved
Acrid
Sharp or bitter taste or smell
Arrogant
Conceited; One who believes he is better than everyone else
Fallacious
Erroneous; Incorrect
Dichotomy
A division into two parts (If Joe wants to go out with Jill, but also thinks she is highly arrogant, his feelings are dichotomous)
Myopic
Short-sighted; Not able to see what is coming up ahead
Gregarious
Friendly; Outgoing
Genial
Pleasant; Easy to be around
Congenial
Genial with others; Friednly with each other (A congenial group is one that enjoys each other's company)
Convivial
Lively and fun; A fun and lively spirit that wears off an others (Joe was a convivial man as he was always the life of the party)
Amiable
Sweet; Friendly; Good-natured
Amity
Friendship; Goodwill
Comity
Courteous behavior; Politeness; Usually between two groups, people, nations, etc. (Behavior between two parties)
Bovine
Like a cow; Big; Slow; Dull
Serpentine
Like a snake; Sly; Treacherous
Aquiline
Like an eagle; An aquiline nose is hooked like a beak of an eagle
Ursine
Like a bear; Big; Hairy
Canine
Like a dog; Canine teeth are sharp and pointy
Feline
Like a cat; Crafty; Stealthy; Graceful
Equine
Like a horse; An equestrian stride of something runners strive for
Elephantine
Like an elephant; Huge; Clumsily huge
Leonine
Like a lion; Lazy; Not liking to be bothered
Ovine
Like a sheep; Those who will line up and follow anyone who shows the slightest sense of leadership are said to be ovine
Porcine
Like a hog; Hugely fat; Eats greedily; Exceptionally sloppy
Raze
To destroy; To demolish
Predecessor
Someone who came before
Pious
Very religious; Devout; (Can be used in a negative way to describe one who is overly religious or falsely devout)
Vehement
A strong feeling or passion
Vacuous
Empty; Used to describe an idea or a person without substance; An airhead is vacuous
Onerous
Burdensome; It's something many try to avoid if possible
Repudiate
To cut all connections with something; To cast something off publicly; To retract (In order to win the election, Joe had to repudiate his earlier statement that women should stay in the kitchen)
Wry
To twist or bend; If you make a wry face, you twist your features; Something gone awry has bended out of place, or has gone wrong; Wry humor is such that allows normal statements to contain hidden humorous meanings (Mr. Tobolowsky has wry (or dry) humor)
Salient
Somethat that protrudes; Sticks out
Immutable
Unchangeable
Facilitate
To make something easier (A travel agent facilitates vacation planning)
Atrophy
Withering away, especially of human tissue, muscles, or bones; When someone loses the use of their legs the leg muscles atrophy
Static
Standing still
Stupefy
To put into a daze or stupor; To amaze
Vitality
Life force; Necesaary for life; Loaded with energy, life, and health
Acumen
Mental sharpness
Sapient
Wise
Sagacious
Wise
Profound
Deep
Conversant
Familiar with a subject/topic; Experience with an issue
Cognizant
Aware of something
Shrewd
Crafty in one's dealings with others; One doesn't miss much
Perspicacious
Keenly perceptive; Shrewd
Astute
Mentally sharp
Discernment
Clear recognition
Superfluous
Unnecessary; Wasteful
Sporadic
Scattered
Insiduous
Scheming; Deceitful; Treacherous
Covenant
Solemn promise; An agreement taken very seriously (e.g. A marriage)
Transient
On the move; Not permanent
Bane
Ruin; Poison; Death
Complacent
Very satisfied with oneself
Resignation
Submitting; Giving up; Giving in
Proverb
An expression of some kind of obvious truth
Adage
A proverb
Aphorism
A short saying
Platitude
An overused saying (an overused aphorism)
Maxim
An important principle or rule to live by
Bromide
Something taken to settle one's stomach; An overused saying
Saw
A wise, old saying
Exploit
To make use of something
Qualify
To meet the requirements
Tentative
Provisional; Not final
Usurp
To take something by force
Capricious
One who is capricious is one who acts on a whum; One who does something because he wants to
Bane
Ruin; Poison; Death
Complacent
Very satisfied with oneself
Resignation
Submitting; Giving up; Giving in
Proverb
An expression of some kind of obvious truth
Adage
A proverb
Aphorism
A short saying
Platitude
An overused saying (an overused aphorism)
Maxim
An important principle or rule to live by
Bromide
Something taken to settle one's stomach; An overused saying
Saw
A wise, old saying
Exploit
To make use of something
Qualify
To meet the requirements
Tentative
Provisional; Not final
Usurp
To take something by force
Capricious
One who is capricious is one who acts on a whum; One who does something because he wants to
Convention
To bring members/people together
Modest
One who does not brag about his/her own accomplishments; Humble or quiet in appearance
Temperament
Natural disposition
Guile
Cunning or crafty conversation; Persuasion; Deception
Artifice
Artificial; Not real
Duplicity
To reproduce; To tell one person one story while telling another person a different story
Innocuous
Harmless
Tenet
A statement of belief or principle
Engender
To create; To originate; To bring something to life
Peruse
To look over carefully; To browse
Credulous
Gullible
Meticulous
Very detail-oriented
Querulous
One who likes to find the fault in others; A complainer
Ominous
Something that fortells of something bad
Dejected
Feeling down
Despondent
Lost hope
Morose
Inclinded to pout; Sitting around all day in a bad mood
Doleful
Grief or pain
Doldrums
Depressed; Bored; Waiting for better days
Lugubrious
One who always seems to have a sad temperament
Melancholy
Sad; Lost in thought
Dispirited
Feeling down
Downcast
Discouraged
Redundant
The same thing over and over
Preclude
To prevent; To make something impossible in advance
Temperate
Modest in actions
Tacit
(Understood, yet) unspoken
Altruistic
One who does good deeds for others for the simple sake of doing something good
Auspices
Reference to a special kind of guidance and support that ensures future successes
Disconcerted
Upset or embarassed
Incisive
Cutting; Cuts to the heart of the matter
Anarchy
Having no government at all; Chaos; Lawlessness
Patriarchy
Rule by the father; A tribal system in which the eldest (the father) is the head of the clan
Despotism
(A despot is an absolute ruler) Belief in having a single, all-powerful leader to rule the government
Matriarchy
Most powerful woman in the family; A society dominated by women
Soveriegnty
Independence and freedom from external control
Oligarchy
When a society is ruled by a few priviliged people
Monarchy
A society governed by one ruler (a King or a Queen)
Democracy
A government fueled and dependent upon the people
Suppress
To try to get rid of something by stifling it
Precarious
Unsteady; Uncertain
Amass
To bring something together; To collect something
Pensive
Deep in thought
Amorphous
Very little shape or structure; Vague; Poorly formed
Evasive
Able to get away or avoid something/someone
Vicarious
The feeling that something is happening to you, although you are watching it or witnessing it as it is actually happening to someone else (to live vicariously through someone)
Obliterate
To do away with something completely
Defiance
To challenge the authority of something
Willful
Wanting one's own way
Insubordinate
Refusing to give in
Unruly
Loud and innappropriate
Incorrigible
One who won't/can't be changed
Obstreperous
Loud and difficult to control
Contumacious
Disobedient and insubordinate
Recalcitrant
Defiant
Refractory
One who refuses to yield to the wishes of others
Benign
Well-born; Kindly; Good-natured; (Not mean, not cancerous, not harmful)
Subtle
Not obvious
Exhort
Warning; Piece of heartfelt advice
Rectify
To correct
Wallow
Rolling around in something; To wallow in one's trouble is to dwell and immerse yourself in them
Mawkish
Nauseating (beit, women telling sob stories or actual stomach pain)
Demure
Modest; Reserved; Coy
Spurn
Cast aside; Reject
Libel
Print/Say something about a person that is not true
Slander
Sayuing something about someone in public that hurts their reputation
Defame
Loss of high regard; Attacking someone's character by making mean-spirited, sometimes false, statements
Malign
To say evil things about someone
Aspersion
To discredit someone in various ways
Calumny
Saying something about someone that is not true
Vilify
To say terrible things about someone
Esoteric
Understood only by a few (in the know)
Condescend
To come down to a lower level
Elusive
Hard to find or grasp
Abstract
Not concrete; Does not exist in the material world
Cursory
Casual; Hasty; Done in a hurry; Not done meticulously
Accolade
Honor; Award; Showing of respect
Innate
Born in you; Ability obtained in/before/at birth
Exposition
To set forth the facts of a case
Veneer
A false covering that hides an inferior surface underneath
(to make a surfacr look better than it truly is)
Spurious
Counterfeit; Not the real thing
Charlatan
Quack; A fake anyhthing
Facade
Mask; Something that hides inside
Faux
False
Feign
Pretend
Guise
Pretending to be someone else
Skeptical
Not easily persuaded; Cynical
Docile
Sweet; Easy to deal with
Facetious
Not serious
Synthesis
Brings together several elements to make a new blend
Antidote
Remedy (usually for poison)
Posthumous
Something that happens after death
Wary
Cautious
Presumptuous
Taking something/a lot for granted
Amoral
Having no code at all; No worries regarding right or wrong
Iniquity
Sin
Sordid
Dirty; Filthy
Wanton
Unrestrained; Sexually promiscuous
Debauchery
A spree of very bad behavior
Nefarious
Wicked deeds/plans/actions
Deviant
Behavior against what is acceptable
Licentious
Morally unrestrained
Depravity
Corrupt
Circumlocution
Wordy; Constantly talking but not getting to the point
Trepidation
Fear
Hiatus
A gap in sequence
Hyperbole
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration
Coerce
Force someone to do something against his/her will
Lampoon
To make fun of something
Acute
Sharp
Dogmatic
Holding strong beliefs; Highly opinionated
Verbose
Wordy
Garrulous
Chatty
Loquacious
Talking endlessly
Dubious
To be doubtful
Sequester
Seperated from society so to not hear the news
Auspicious
Full of good luck
Consummate
Brought to completion
Malice
Ill will
Proverbial
A common example
Undermine
Digging under the foundation of something
Trivial
Small and unimportant
Beseech
To inquire about earnestly; To request of something by begging your sincerity
Importune
Beg
Cajole
To coax one to give you something that you want
Supplicate
To make a humble request; Usually a request one makes to someone who stands higher above in rank
Entreat
To request by making an appeal
Innovative
New; To come up with a new idea or an invention
Respite
A temporary relief from something; A delay; If you are taking a hiatus from work you are looking for a respite
Euphemism
A word that is used in place of another word that could be seen as offensive; A word perceived as more politically correct (i.e.: restroom vs. toilet)
Indulgent
Yielding to something; Enjoying it; An indulgent person gives things that people would like to indulge in
Decorum
Having good taste
Levity
Giddiness; Frivolity
Propagate
Reproduction in plants and animals
Reactionary
A person whose ideas are based on being contrary to opposing ideas
Heterogeneous
All the elements of the group are different
Diverse
Different from each other
Dauntless
Not intimidated
Audacity
Nerve; Daring
Mettle
One's own character
Doughty
Able; Strong; Heroic
Bravado
The talking one does about how good he/che is (Usually this is all talk); Confidence
Intrepid
Fearless
Motley
An odd mixture of people or things that, if not for the particular situation, would not be grouped together
Sundry
Miscellanious types of things
Variegated
A veriety; Two or more of something
Tedious
Boring
Extraneous
Extra; Unnecessary
Austere
Plain; Devoid of ornament
Hindrance
An obstacle; Something that gets in the way
Fastidious
A neatnik; Meticulous
Opaque
Something that can't be seen through; Opaque person: Slow in understanding; Opaque idea: Hard to understand
Utilitarian
Something useful
Exhaustive
All used up
Ambiguous
Vague; Having more than one meaning
Sober
Serious; Reasoned; Sane; Having temperate habits
Paradigm
A plan or model for something
Belie
To represent falsely
Cogent
Convincing
Paradox
An apparent contradiction that, when examined further, cannot be resolved (i.e.: This sentence is a lie.); A visual paradox is an optical illusion
Vivid
Bright and intense
Stymie
The blocking of a path for/of something
Articulate
Being able to speak
Elocution
The art of public speaking
Eloquent
Beautiful speech
Efface
To make thin; Made as thin to be non-existent
Subvert
Undermine; To corrupt something on purpose
Vapid
Boring
Decadent
In a state of decay; Process of wasting away or rotting
Arbitrary
A whim; At random; Done without reason other than thats how the "arbitrator" wants it
Partisan
Someone who is partisan chooses one viewpoint over another; In history, those who have withstood an opposing army have been seen as patisans; Being involved in partisan politics is choosing one party over another
Quarry
A hole in the ground where rock has been excavated; Also the prey of a carniverous animal
Clamor
(As a noun) A loud uproar or a big noise made by a crowd; (Or, as a verb) The act of making a big noise
Affectation
A mannerism that is put on to impress people
Pretentious
Someone who pretends that he/she is something that they're not
Ostentatious
Showy; A display of wealth
Flamboyant
One who makes not concessions to anybody for taste or propriety; Over the top (i.e.: RuPaul for his/her complete and utter transexualness)
Pompous
Self-important; Those who expect others to treat them like kings
Benevolent
Goodwill; The will to do good
Ambivalent
Feeling two different ways; Holding two conflicting emotions at once
Prodigious
Huge; Wonderful; Amazing; A young person with a lot of talent is seen as a prodigy
Augment
To add on; To enlarge
Redress
To correct something; To remedy something
Ephemeral
Fleeting; Short-lived
Deference
Yielding one's own desires/opinions to the desires/opinions of another; To defer to someone (You treat your father with deference because he is your elder (However, this does not necessarily mean respect, but it means respecting and yeielding to another's opinion))
Magnate
Someone who is very important, especially in a business sense; Someone who si very big in importance
Frugal
Not wasting things; Thrifty
Parsimonious
Beyond frugal; Stingy; Frugal to an extreme
Miser
One who is not only stingy, but selfish at the same time; One who refuses to both spend and share
Penurious
One who is so frightened by the thought of penury (poverty) that he/she refuses to spend unnecessarily
Serendipity
Finding something wonderful when you are looking for something else not related to what you found (or sometimes, it can be related to what you found)
Coalesce
Merging together into one substance (i.e.: Two halves of a broken bone coalesce by growing back together as one)
Sullen
Gloomy; Dismal; Sulky
Perfunctory
Without great interest or care
Gesticulate
Using your hands when you talk; Making energetic gestures in the air to further what you are talking about
Elucidate
To make something clear; To explain
Nonchalant
Not seeming to care; Indifferent
Solitude
Alone; Isolated from other people
Relentless
One who doesn't give up; One who doesn't quit
Tenacious
One who holds fast to something; Stubborn; Not letting up; Not letting go
Pertinacious
A more extreme version of tenacious; Holding onto something even harder; Being even more stubborn
Persistent
One who doesn't give up in the face of hardship or opposition
Unremitting
One who doesn't forgive; One who doesn't take back his/her own decisions/actions
Revere
To hold something in a very high respect/regard; To venerate
Embellish
To provide extra details for show/decoration; To overexaggerate
(Extra details/overexaggeration is not always true)
Cardinal
Of primary importance (i.e.: Cardinal virtues or cardinal sins)
Pundit
Self-appointed authority of something; Unofficial critics
Laudable
Praiseworthy
Inherent
To be apart of the nature of something; To have an innate characteristic
Contemporary
Happening right now
Whimsical
Spur of the moment without any particular rhyme or reason
Tirade
A long, usually angry, speech about something that is bothersome
Harangue
A tirade;
Obloquy
A speech against something
Diatribe
A bitter denunciation of something; Speaking out against something
Fulminate
Exploding like thunder and lightning in a rage against something
Phillipic
Any kind of speech that denounces something
Uniform
When things are all the same; A certain set of apparel
Portent
A sign that something big and usually something bad is going to happen
Dissenting
A disagreement with an explanation of why one disagrees
Facile
Easy
Caustic
Biting; Mean; Sarcastic
Pastiche
A collection, hodgepodge, a potpurri of dissimilair things
Vagary
Odd behaviors or ideas that don't really make sense
Cacophony
An irritating or harsh noise
Chide
To scold somebody, usually mildly
Rebuke
To scold for bad behavior
Reprimand
A formal rebuke; An official rebuke (i.e.: A soldier being reprimanded in the Army for a poor decision he made or an athlete being reprimanded for his actions by his team for his actions that may have been detrimental to the team)
Admonish
A scolding or a warning
Reproach
(As a verb) A blame put on someone for something; (As a noun)The actual words that one speaks when he/she reproaches [as a verb]
Reprove
The opposite of 'approve'; Failing to give your support
Upbraid
To scold someone severely
Chastise
To criticize severely or to punish, often using physical punishment
Berate
To scold someone soundly
Castigate
To rebuke someone in front of a crowd or in front of the press
Objurgate
To act as the jury by judging and pronouncing a sentence
Lambaste
A verbal thrashing
Revile
To vilify by using strong or abusive language
Gravity
Seriousness
Dissemeniate
To scatter; To distribute
Proscribed
Forbidden
Assiduous
One who works hard and diligently
Tangible
Something that can be touched
Phenomenon
An observable fact of nature or something that can be perceived by the senses; Something that is remarkable or stunning
Superficial
Limited to the surface; Shallow; Real only on the surface
Validity
Something that is strong; Accurate
Productive
To create; Producing
Fertile
Being able to reproduce; Applies to all kind of reproduction
Fruitful
To reproduce
Prolific
To be fertile; (Figurative) To be successful or very productive at one's field or line of work
Fecundity
Fertility