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ardent
fervent or zealous, burning
benign
kindly, gentle and mild
benevolence
stresses well-wishing, but may imply charitable deeds
altruism
stress charitable deeds, but it may indicate only a desire to help others
philanthropy
denotes deeds, gifts, benefactions, often on a large scale
celestial
heavenly, of the sky
ethereal
light, airy, delicate, angelic, or celestial
empyrean
an older, literary word for the sky, firmament, or heaven
literally the place of pure light or fire
civil
of a citizen or state, polite
civil service
nonmilitary service in the local, state, or federal government
civic duties
the normal obligations of a citizen
complacent
self-satisfied, contented, smug
credible
believable
credulous
too willing to believe, thus easily deceived
credulity
often a result of ignorance
culpable
blameworthy, deserving blame
culprit
an offender, someone to blame for a crime or fault
eccentric
odd, peculiar
literally off center
anomalous
irregular, abnormal, unexpected
aberration
a defect in character or vision which causes deviation from what is normal, right, or logical
capriciousness
unpredictable behavior, subject to whim
idiosyncrasies
minor peculiarities of personal behavior, like fitting the tips of one's fingers together
futile
useless, ineffectual
effectual
producing the desired resultes
incipient
in the early or beginning stages, commencing
percipient
seeing clearly, keenly, or readily
fallacy
false reasoning, mistaken idea
fallible
subject to error, likely to be mistaken
fluctuation
rise and fall, continual variation
undulate
to rise and fall evenly, like waves
vacillate
to waver in one's mind, to be irresolute
falter
to weaken momentarily or to waver in one's determination; also to speak in hesistating words
alter
to change
alternation
taking turns
indolence
love of ease, laziness
sloth
and older and more sinister word for laziness
lethargy
conclusion, deduction
inference
a conclusion one draws
implication
an idea implicit or built into what someone says
morale
spirit, state of courage or confidence
esprit de corps
a French phrase for the spirit of the group
implies pride, enthusiasm, and courage
retribution
merited punishment, requital
retribution
compensatory justice
requital
impersonal repayment for good or evil
subterfuge
a trick, scheme, or artifice ( to escape something unpleasant)
maneuver or stratagem
a trick to outwit or deceive someoneruse
ruse
a trick intended more to mislead than to outwit
feint
a pretended action to mislead an opponent
temerity
rashness, reckless boldness
audacity
bold courage, daring, or impudence, but is not rash like temerity
effrontery
shameless boldness, especially in a personal confrontation
impudence
shameless and often wanton boldness with a little hint of bravery to sweeten its ugliness
presumption
assertiveness that goes beyond one's apparent rights or abilities
imposture
goes beyond presumption
imposter
one who poses as a docter, for example, but has no medical training
quixotism
visionary temerity, based on ill-considered idealism
utility
usefulness, something useful
utilitarianism
a philosophy which takes as its practical goal the maximum happiness for the most people
veracity
truthfullness
verity
truth in the abstract sense
verisimilitude
artistic truth, or a similarity between artistic representation and reality