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abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
aberrant
deviating form the norm
abjure
to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
abrogate
to abolish or annul by authority; put down
abscission
act of cutting off or removing
abscond
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
accolade
an expression of praise; an award
accretion
growth, increase by successive addition, building up
acerbic
having a sour or bitter taste or character
acumen
quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
admonish
to reprove; to express warning or disapproval
adroit
adept, dexterous
adulation
excessive praise; intense adoration
adulterate
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
adumbrate
to forshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest, or outline sketchily
aesthetic
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
aggrandize
to increase in intensity, power, or prestige; to make appear greater
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
alchemy
a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, especially base metals into gold; any magical or wonderful transformation
amalgamate
to combine several elements into a whole
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
amendable
agreeable; responsive to suggestion
anchronism
something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
anathema
a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
anodyne
soothing
anomaly
deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
antipathy
aversion, dislike
antithetical
diametrically opposed, as in antithesis
apocryphal
of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious
apogee
farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
apostate
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions; a betrayer of a cause
apotheosis
deification, glorification to godliness, the perfect example
apposite
appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos
apprise
give notice to, inform
approbation
an expression of approval or praise
appropriate
to take for one's own use, confiscate
arabesque
complex, ornate design
arcane
mysterious, abtruse, esoteric, knowbale only to initiates
archaic
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive time
ardouous
strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort
arrant
imprudent; in every way, being completely such, barefaced, utter
arrest
to suspend; to engage
arresting
holding one's attention
artless
completely without guile; natural, without artificiality
perigee
the lowest of closest point, or the nadir
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
asperity
severity, rigor, roughness, harshnes; acrimony, irritability
aspersion
an act of defamation or maligning
assiduous
diligent, hard-working
assuage
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
astringent
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe
attenuate
to rarefy, weaken or make thinner, lessen
audacious
daring and fearless; recklessly bold
augury
omen, portent, the reading of omens
august
majestic, venerable
auspice
protection or support; patronage
auspicious
favorable, propituous, successful, prosperous
austere
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
avarice
greed, especially for wealth
aver
to state as a fact; to confirm or support
axiom
a universally recognized principle; a generally accepted or common saying
axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing a self-evident truth
miasma
foul air, a corrupting influence spread as though carried through the air
baleful
sinister, pernicious, ominous
bane
cause of injury, source of harm; source of persistent frustration
beatify
to belss, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to; to regard as saintly
bedizen
to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner; festoon, caparison
belie
to give a false impression of, to misrepresent
bellicose
belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
bent
leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency
blandish
to coax with flattery, toady or fawn
blithe
carefree, merry
boisterous
loud, noisy, rough, lacking restraint
bolster
to provide support or reinforcement
bombastic
pompous; grandiloquent
grandiloquent
a lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language
boor
a rude or insensitive person; lout; yokel
broach
bring up, announce, begin to talk about
brook
to tolerate, endure, countenance
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
burnish
to polish, rub to a shine
byzantine
labrynthine, complex
cacophony
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
cadge
to sponge, beg, or mooch
cajole
to inveigle, coax, wheedle, sweet-talk
caluminate
to slander, make a false accusation
canon
an established set or principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
calumny
slander, aspersion
canonical
following or in agreement with accepted traditional standards
capricious
incline to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
cardinal
of basic importance or consequence; primary
caret
an insertion mark (^) used by editors and proofreaders
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
catalyst
a subtance that accelerates the rate of a chemical change without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
censure
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chary
wary; cautious; sparing
chasten
to chastise or correct; subdue
chauvinist
one blindly devoted to a group of which one is a member
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
subterfuge
something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity; deceptive device or strategem
chimera
an illusion; originally, an imaginary fire-breathing she-monster
churlisih
boorish, vulgar, loutish; difficult and intractable
coalesce
to come together; to fuse or unite
coda
concluding section to a musical or literary peice, something that concludes or completes
cogent
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
color
to change as if by dyeing, influence, distort, or gloss over
commensurate
matching, corresponding, or proportionate in degree, size, amount or other property
complaisance
the willingnes to comply with the wishes of others
connoisseur
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
consequential
pompous, self-important
contemn
to scorn or despise
contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
contiguous
sharing a border; touching; adjacent
contrite
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
convention
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
convoluted
complex or complicated
corrigible
capable of being set right, correctable, reparable
countenance
to approve of or tolerate
cozen
to deceive, beguile, hoodwink
craven
contemptibly fainthearted, pusillanimous, lacking any courage
credulous
tending to believe too readily; gullible
culpable
deserving blame
cynicism
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
damp
to diminish the intensity or check something, such as a sound or feeling
daunt
to intimidate or dismay
dearth
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; lack
debacle
rout, fiasco, complete failure
decorum
politness or appropriateness of conduct or behavior
demur
to question or oppose
denigrate
blacken, belittle, sully, defame, disparage
denouement
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
deprecate
to disparage or belittle
depredate
to plunder, pillage, ravage or destroy; to exploit in a predatory manner
derision
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
derivative
unoriginal, obtained from another source
dessiccate
to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
desuetude
disuse
desultory
random; thoughtless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose
detraction
slandering, verbal attack, aspersion
diaphanous
transparent, gauzy
diatribe
a harsh denunciation
didactic
intended to teach or instruct
die
a tool used for shaping
diffidwnt
reserved, shy, unassuming; lacking in self-confidence
digress
to stray from the point; to off on a tagent
dilatory
causing delay, procrastinating
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial intrest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
din
loud sustained noise
disabuse
to undeceive; to set right
discomfit
to defeat, put down
discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
discretion
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decision
disinterested
free from self-intrest; unbiased
disparage
to slight or belittle
disparate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
dissemble
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
dissolution
disintegration, looseness in morals
distrait
distracted; absent-minded, especially due to anxiety
divulge
to disclose something in secret
doggrel
trivial, poorly constructed verse
dogmatic
authoritatively and or arrogantly assertive of principles, which often cannot be proved; stubbornly opinionated
dross
slag, waste or foriegn matter, impurity, surface scum
dulcet
melodious, harmonious, mellifluous
dynamo
generator; forceful, energetic person
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
eccentric
departing from norms or conventions
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from various sources
edifying
enlightening, informative
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
effusive
gushing; excessively demonstrative
egress
exit
elegy
a mournful poem, especially one lamenting the deed; any mournful wrtting or peice of music
eloquent
well-spoken; expressive; articulant
emollient
soothing, especially to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying
empirical
based on observation or experiment
encomium
glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy
endemic
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people; restricted to or peculiar to that region; indigenous
enervate
to weaken; to reduce in vitality
engender
to cause, produce, give rise to
enigmatic
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness from boredom or apathy
enormity
excessive wickedness; evilness
ephermeral
brief, fleeting, short-lived
epicure
one devoted to sensual pleasure, particularly in food and drink; gourmand, sybarite
episodic
loosely connected, not flowing logically, occurring at intervals
epithet
disparaging word or phrase
epitome
enbodiment; quintessence
equanimity
composure, self-possession
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
errant
traveling; itinerant, peripatetic
erudite
very learned; scholarly
eschew
to shun or avoid
esoteric
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
essay
to test or try; attempt, experiment
estimable
worthy; formidable
eulogy
a speech honoring the dead
evancescent
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
evince
to show clearly, to indicate
exacerbate
to make worse or more severe
exact
to demand, call for, require, take
excoriate
to cesure scathingly, to upbraid
exculpate
to exonerate; to clear of blame
exemplar
typical or standard specimen; paradigm, model
exhort
to incite, to make urgent appeals
exigent
urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
exonerate
to remove blame
expatiate
discuss or write about at length; to range freely
expiate
to atone or make amends for
expurgate
to remove obscenity; purify, censor
extant
existing, not destroyed or lost
extemporaneous
improvised; done without preparation
extirpate
to destroy, exterminate, cut out, pull out by the roots
facetious
plyful; humorous; not serious
fallacy
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
fallow
untilled, inactive, dormant
fatuous
silly, inanely foolish
fawn
to flatter or praise excessively
feckless
ineffectual; irresponsible
felicitous
apt; suitably expresses, well chosen, apropos; delightful
fell
a barren or stony hill; an animals hide
fervent
greatly emotional or zealous
fetid
stinking, having a heavy bad smell
fetter
to shackle, put in chains, restrain
filibuster
intentional obstruction, usually using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
filigree
an ornamental work, especially of delicate lacelike patterns; resembling such a pattern
flag
to sag or droop, to become spiritless, to decline
flip
sarcastic, impertinent
florid
flushed with color, ruddy, ornate
flout
to demonstrate contempt for
foment
to stir up, iite, rouse
forbearance
patience, willingness to wait
ford
to wade accross the shallow part of a river or stream
forestall
to act in a way to hinder, exclude or prevent an action; to circumvent or thwart
forswear
to renounce, disallow, repudiate
fortuitous
happening by fortunate accident or chance
fracas
noisy fight or quarrel, brawl
fractious
quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, cranky
froward
intractable, not willing to yield or comply, stubbornly disobediant
fulminate
to attack loudly or denounce
furtive
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitus
gainsay
to deny, dispute, contradict, oppose
gambol
to skip about playfully, frolic
garner
to gather and save, store up, acquire
garrulous
poinlessly talkative, talking too much
gauche
crude, ackward, tasteless
germane
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
glib
marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
gossamer
delicate,insubstantial or tenuous; insincere
grandiloquence
pompous speech or expression
gregarious
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people