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Accolade
praise
Accolade
praise
Allusion
indirect reference
Ambivalence
uncertainty; having 'mixed' feelings
Ambivalent
unable to decide
Analogy
comparison
Anecdote
short account of something interesting; story
Anomalous
odd; not fitting the pattern
Apparition
ghost; something that 'appears'
Aspersion
negative feeling; damaging remark
Belligerence
aggression
Bombastic
too elaborate; exaggerated
Candid
truthful
Capricious
changeable; fickle
Cherished
cared for; firmly-held
Cliche
over-used expression
Conception
1. idea; view. 2. beginning of pregnancy
Convoluted
complicated or long-winded
Credence
belief
Cryptic
hidden
Currency
1. widespread acceptance, 2. money
Decorous
good and correct (behavior)
Denunciation
act of speaking out against
Derailed
thrown off course
Derivative
unoriginal
Despotic
acting like a tyrant
Detritus
rubbish
Diaphanous
very thin and transparent
Dictum
often-used saying
Dilettante
person who dabbles in the arts
Disdained
showed contempt for
Dispassionate
unbiased; fair
Dowager
an elderly woman of elevate social status
Dubious
doubtful
Egalitarian
equal; believer in equality
Elicit
draw out (information or feelings)
Elliptical
1. shaped like an ellipse, 2. indirect
Epitomizes
acts as a typical example of
Equivocate
speak ambiguously/vaguely
Evasiveness
trying to avoid something
Explicitly
very clear; nothing hidden
Foraging
searching for food
Hypothetical
based on guesswork; not proven
Iconoclast
person who goes against accepted authority
Idiosyncratic
quirky; unique to an individual
Imponderable
cannot be understood
Indecorous
not well-behaved; lacking in dignity
Indigence
extreme poverty
Inept
clumsy
Inherent
inbuilt; genetic
Intricate
complicated
Irrefutable
cannot be proved wrong
Jingoism
using words to stir up exaggerated patriotism
Jubilant
joyful
Judicious
fair and equal
Lament
express regret over something
Loquacious
talkative; using too many words
Mendicancy
begging
Metaphorical
not literal; figurative
Milieu
environment; surroundings
Mitigated
made less severe
Nascent
just begun; in an early stage of development
Nostalgia
longing for the past
Obtrusive
easily seen
Orthographical
concerned with writing and spelling
Ossified
become fixed and rigid
Ostentatious
showy
Palpable
can be felt
Pastoral
concerned with the countryside
Pedestrian
1. boring (adj), 2. person who walks (n)
Perfidy
treachery; betrayal
Profligacy
wasteful and immoral behavior
Prohibitive
very expensive
Prudence
wisdom; caution
Pugnacious
aggressive
Purveyor
one who sells something or causes something to spread
Resonance
echo
Respite
break (from work)
Resurgence
revival
Sparse
thin; not thick
Stringent
strict
Succumbing
giving in to; falling under the influence of
Supercilious
arrogant
Tenacity
firmness of purpose
Transcend
go beyond a limit
Variegated
multicolored
Venerable
worthy of respect
Viable
workable; able to live or grow
Visceral
concerned with the 'guts'; physical rather than mental
Ambivalent
undecided; having 'mixed' feelings
Apathy
lack of energy or interest
Autonomy
self-government
Benevolent
kindly
Blanched
turned pale
Bolster
give support to
Bucolic
concerned with the countryside and farming
Callous
cruel and unfeeling
Cantankerous
bad tempered
Capricious
changeable; fickle
Chicanery
trickery; attempt to deceive
Churlish
ill-mannered
Cohesive
forming a whole; 'sticking' together
Concur
agree
Cryptic
hidden; obscure
Decimation
extensive destruction
Deft
skillful
Delinquency
wrong-doing
Depravity
moral corruption
Desolate
lonely; devoid of life; feeling very sad and hopeless
Devoid of
empty of
Didactic
intending to teach or give instructions
Disingenuous
crafty
Dispassionate
unbiased
Disposition
tendency; personality
Dissent
disagreement
Effusive
overly expressive of emotions; 'gushing'
Endorse
support
Enigma
puzzle
Enumerate
count out; list
Ephemeral
short-lived
Erroneous
wrong
Erudition
great knowledge or learning
Esoteric
obscure
Fabrication
something made up; untrue
Facetious
cheeky; not to be taken seriously
Factions
sides in a dispute; groups with common interests
Flotsam
floating rubbish
Fostered
encouraged
Hackneyed
stale and over-used
Harbored
held [as in 'harbored and idea']
Hodgepodge
strange mixture
Hypothetical
not proven; based on guesswork
Impetuous
impulsive
Implacable
cannot be appeased; relentless
Impugned
challenged; attacked in words
Incorrigible
cannot be corrected (of behavior)
Indigenous
native to a particular place
Ineffable
cannot be expressed in words
Irascible
easily angered
Ironic
unexpected
Lament
express regret
Languid
having no energy or interest
Lassitude
lack of energy
Lugubrious
mournful; very sad
Mercurial
rapidly changing
Misnomer
wrong name for something
Mollified
calmed; pacified
Multifaceted
having many aspects
Mundane
dull; ordinary
Nostalgic
longing for the past
Obtrusive
easily seen; 'sticking out'
Omnipotent
all powerful
Pedagogy
science of teaching
Phlegmatic
calm
Plausible
believable
Precursor
fore-runner; earlier version
Preeminence
fame; top position
Pretentious
putting on an act
Prognosis
outlook
Prolific
producing a lot
Provocative
provoking
Raiment
clothes; garments
Reciprocate
pay back
Reconcile
bring disputing side together again
Remiss
wrong
Remonstrance
criticism
Resilient
able to spring back; strong
Retrenchment
reducing staff or forces; conserving resources
Robust
firm and strong
Skeptical
doubtful
Skewed
distorted; bent
Stringent
strict
Subtle
not obvious
Succinct
clear, short and well-expressed
Sundry
miscellaneous
Sustenance
support; food
Tenable
can be held (of an opinion, for example)
Tenuous
shaky; not firm
Torrid
hot and steamy
Undermine
attempt to overthrow; weaken
Underscore
emphasize
Unequivocal
clear; cannot be misunderstood
Vector
carrier (of disease, for example)
Verbose
wordy
Whimsical
fickle; changeable
Wistful
full of sadness and longing
Abashed
ashamed or sorry
Allusion
indirect reference
Ambivalent
undecided; unclear
Analogy
comparison
Anecdote
short account/story
Annihilated
wiped out
Anomalies
oddities; things that don't fit the pattern
Antipodes
places on opposite sides of the globe
Apprehension
worry; nervousness
Arduous
hard and difficult
Articulate
(adj.) able to express something well in words
Assuage
to make less
Auspicious
fortunate; indicative of a successful outcome
Avuncular
acting like an uncle; kindly
Axiom
basic idea that is taken to be true
Banal
dull; unoriginal
Bellicose
aggressive
Benign
kindly
Bereft of
without; deprived of
Bifurcation
division into two
Blatantly
obviously
Cacophonous
very noisy; unpleasant sounding
Cantankerous
irritable and difficult to please
Captivating
fascinating
Chided
scolded
Clairvoyant
able to see into the future/another dimension
Coddled
over-protected; kept warm
Comely
attractive
Complacent
smug; over-confident
Conducive to
suitable for; leading to
Convivial
sociable and friendly
Cornucopia
literally a horn filled with fruits etc; symbol of plenty
Cosmopolitan
composed of varied nationalities
Counterfeiter
faker; someone who makes fake money, for example
Decipher
decode; work out meaning
Deferential
showing respect
Deterrent
something that puts one off; a preventive
Dichotomies
divisions into two parts
Diffident
shy; hesitant
Digression
going off the point
Discriminating
having good taste; favoring one side/group and acting against another
Docile
placid; easily lead
Elite
the upper levels in a society; the privileged ones
Equitable
fair and equal
Equivocal
ambiguous; something that can be interpreted in more than one way
Exhilarating
exciting
Fathom
1. (v) work out; understand, 2. (n) measure of depth
Fervent
passionate
Filial
concerned with the relationship between child and parent
Foreboding
sense of doom
Funerary
concerned with funerals
Galvanized
1. stirred into action; stimulated, 2. coated with zinc
Grandiose
exaggerated; too great; on a grand scale
Haughty
arrogant
Hilarious
very funny
Hyperbole
over-exaggeration
Impetuous
impulsive
Indecipherable
cannot be decoded; cannot be worked out
Irresolute
lacking firmness; inability to decide or commit
Levity
lack of seriousness; humor
Loquacious
talkative
Mediocre
average
Mellifluous
pleasant-sounding
Metaphor
figurative speech; using implied comparisons
Miscreants
wrong-doers
Mitigated
made less severe
Naive
unsophisticated; simple and inexperienced
Nonchalant
assuming an appearance of not caring; indifferent
Obliterated
wiped out
Ousted
pushed out of a position
Pacifists
people who oppose war
Panacea
remedy for all ills
Paradoxically
counter to what one would think; contradictory
Personification
attributing human qualities to something non-human
Perusal
reading or examining
Placid
calm and peaceful
Presumptuous
assuming too much; arrogant
Profiteer
someone who seeks to make unjustified profits
Propagandist
someone who spreads ideas
Proximity
closeness
Qualification
something added to modify an opinion
Reconcile
bring disputing sides together; overcome bad feeling
Respite
break from work etc.
Reticent
shy; unwilling to reveal information
Reverential
showing respect
Revisionists
people who revise; anti-revolutionaries
Sanctimonious
hypocritically holy; making a pretense of religious feeling
Stoic
brave; able to tolerate whatever life throws at you
Symbiotic
mutually advantageous; close relationship
Syncopated
with strongly accented rhythm
Tacit
unspoken; understood even though not expressed in words
Taunted
teased; mocked
Temperate
mild; moderate
Understatement
making something seem less important than it is
Unqualified
without hesitation; complete and total
Unrelenting
never giving up; non-stop
Unwarranted
unjustified
Watershed
1. area between two river basins, 2. turning point
Advocate
support
Ambiguous
vague
Animosity
hostility; hatred
Boorishness
rudeness; ill-mannered behavior
Censure
blame; criticize
Concord
agreement
Conflagration
big fire
Consecrated
dedicated; made holy
Consummate
supremely good
Contagious
passed on through touch; infectious
Cursory
superficial
Dalliance
non-serious involvement; toying or playing with something
Deleterious
harmful
Disparaging
critical
Dubious
doubtful
Equitable
fair and equal
Eulogy
praise
Fastidious
very fussy; excessively concerned (esp. about cleanliness)
Fidelity
faithfulness; loyalty
Formidable
inspiring awe
Futile
useless; waste of time and effort
Futility
uselessness
Holistic
whole; entire
Idiosyncratic
quirky; eccentric; unique to an individual
Ineffable
can’t be expressed in words
Infelicity
unsuitability; inappropriateness
Integrity
honor; honesty
Intermittent
on and off; not continuous
Judicious
fair; wise
Legitimate
to make legal; give approval to
Mercenary
seeking money above all else
Meticulous
thorough; taking care of details
Petulant
sulky
Polarized
divided into two extremes
Pragmatism
practicality
Presumptive
presumed
Propensity
tendency; leaning’ predilection
Prosaic
ordinary
Quelled
suppressed
Regressive
moving backwards
Remiss
neglectful
Rhetoric
persuasive language
Sedulous
thorough; eager
Sermonized
gave moral lecture
Shroud
1. a cover for dead body, 2. to cover
Steadfastness
loyalty; firmness of purpose
Temporize
put off; procrastinate
Treacly
too sweet; over sentimental
Vacillated
wavered; hesitated
Vindication
proving right
Vindictive
seeking revenge
Abstruse
difficult to comprehend
Acumen
sharpness of mind
Adroit
skillful
Anachronistic
out of normal time range
Arcane
obscure; known only to few people
Autonomy
self-government
Belittlers
people who criticize/disparage
Byzantine
excessive; decadent
Consecration
dedication
Corollary
consequence; inference
Curtail
cut short
Debunkers
people who expose/throw out old ideas
Devious
cunning
Didactic
intending to preach or teach
Effacement
wiping out; (self-effacement = excessive modesty)
Egotistical
selfish
Embodiment
living example of
Epitome
essence; typical example or symbol of
Esoteric
obscure
Extrapolated
predicted on the basis of existing data; extended
Foster
encourage
Inane
silly
Incoherence
lack of clarity
Inconspicuous
not easily seen
Indiscriminate
without thought; random; careless
Ingenuous
naïve
Insolence
lack of respect; rudeness
Insurrectionists
rebels
Intemperance
lack of moderation
Irreverence
lack of respect
Jeopardize
put at risk
Lackadaisical
lazy; careless; lax
Lucid
clear
Magnanimity
generosity (of spirit)
Multifarious
having many aspects
Nefarious
infamous
Onerous
burdensome
Opportunism
grabbing opportunities; seeking unprincipled advantage
Ornate
highly decorated
Precursor
forerunner
Proponents
supporters
Resolute
firm of purpose
Sanctity
holiness
Seditious
causing division or rebellion
Slipshod
careless; untidy
Solicitousness
expressing care/concern
Sophistry
devious logic
Substantiate
give supporting evidence
Subversive
intending to overthrow
Sustain
support
Tenacious
holding firmly to idea or purpose
Volatile
1. evaporates easily, 2. easily angered; emotional
Adroit
skillful
Agnostic
unsure of the existence of god
Ameliorating
making better
Arboreal
living in trees
Ascertain
find out; make sure
Barrage
bombardment; stream (of abuse etc.)
Belabor
over-emphasizing
Brevity
briefness
Cacophony
noise; din
Censured
blamed
Circumvent
avoid
Coerced
forced
Condoning
tolerating
Congenial
friendly; sociable; suitable
Demagogues
mob leaders; agitators
Disparaged
criticized
Docile
tame; subservient
Eclectic
taking things from different sources
Elitist
favoring top group; snob
Elusive
difficult to pin down
Empiric
found by experiment/practice
Endorsed
supported
Envisioning
imagining, predicting
Extolled
praised
Foster
support; encourage
Furtiveness
secretiveness
Gluttonous
greedy
Indictment
charge; legal accusation
Indigenous
native to a locality
Irreproachable
cannot be criticized. (Reproach = criticize)
Knack
trick; skill
Libelous
open to prosecution for libel (Libel = written slander)
Naiveté
innocence; lack of worldliness
Nihilism
belief in nothing; anarchy
Paucity
shortage
Penchant
tendency; leaning toward
Perquisites
‘perks’
Phobic
fearful
Pilfer
steal
Pliant
flexible
Predilection
liking for; penchant
Presumption
assuming too much
Profundity
depth (of ideas)
Quixotic
idealistic; impractical
Reclusive
avoiding other people; solitary
Rehash
revamp hurriedly/carelessly
Repertoire
range; set of skills
Repertory
story; stock; repertoire
Reprehensible
very bad
Sarcasm
sneering, bitter remarks; ironic or taunting
Supple
flexible; pliant; lithe
Temperamental
volatile; changeable
Transitory
shot-lived
Tribulations
troubles
Unwitting
not deliberate
Venality
corruption
Vulnerable
open to attack; susceptible
Aberration
deviation; abnormality
Abstruse
difficult to comprehend
Affability
friendliness; cordiality
Affluence
wealth and status
Alleviation
making less severe
Amalgamation
mixture or joining of different components
Amassed
accumulated
Arcane
esoteric
Augmenting
increasing in size or number
Belied
contradicted
Benevolent
kindly
Callous
cruel and unfeeling
Candid
truthful; honest
Coalition
a union of two parts
Concordance
agreement
Conflagration
big fire
Copious
in large amounts
Dearth
shortage
Debacle
disaster
Disarming
charming; unthreatening
Disillusioned
freed from wrong ideas
Disparaging
criticizing
Embellished
decorated
Empathetic
understanding in an insightful way
Encompassed
included; surrounded
Endorsement
support; approval
Entourage
group of followers; retinue
Equanimity
peace of mind; balance; calm
Eradicating
wiping out; destroying
Esoteric
obscure
Exacerbated
made worse
Excised
cut out
Exotic
strange; foreign
Faction
section; group with common interests
Finagle
wheedle; wangle; trick
Grating
harsh; rasping
Gratuitous
free; unwarranted
Hackneyed
commonplace; over-used
Insightful
perceptive
Insolence
rudeness
Intrigued
interested and curious
Intuition
sixth sense; ‘gut feeling’
Languid
lacking energy; weak
Lobby
1. to try to persuade, 2. entrance hall
Lucid
clear
Marred
spoiled; ruined
Meager
small; scanty
Monotonous
dull; repetitive
Motley
varied; miscellaneous
Opting
choosing
Overhaul
renovate
Preclude
prevent
Precursors
forerunners
Purportedly
apparently claiming
Ratify
give official approval to
Resilience
strength; ability to withstand
Retraction
removal; ‘taking back’
Sporadic
intermittent; on and off
Spurned
shunned; rejected
Substantiated
backed up; given supporting evidence
Supplant
replace
Truculence
stubbornness
Unequivocal
certain; cannot be disputed
Voluminous
large; bulky; extensive
Winnow
sift; separate good from bad
Alacrity
speed and eagerness
Amiable
friendly; lovable
Apathetic
lacking energy or interest
Bypasses
avoids; finds a way around
Capricious
whimsical; changeable
Censures
blames
Conciliatory
seeking compromise
Convergence
coming together
Cumulative
building up
Deferment
putting off
Deliberation
careful thought
Delineates
outlines
Derelict
rundown; abandoned
Discrepancy
inconsistency
Embittered
full of bitter feelings
Encroaching
trespassing
Eradicate
wipe out
Exacerbates
makes worse
Exasperation
frustration and annoyance
Exorbitant
excessive
Flabbergasted
shocked; speechless
Foil for
person that shows another to advantage
Frugal
economical
Glacial
icy; unfriendly
Grimy
dirty
Inconsequential
unimportant
Indiscernible
not easy to see
Infusion
influx
Integrity
honesty
Jaded
tired; bored
Juxtaposition
placing two thing nest to each other
Lithe
flexible
Miffed
annoyed
Mitigator
moderator
Modicum
tiny amount
Negate
wipe out
Nondescript
having no special qualities; ordinary
Penurious
miserly
Phlegmatic
calm; imperturbable
Razing
knocking down
Recrimination
blame
Reprieve
let off (at least temporarily)
Rousing
stirring
Salvageable
can be saved
Scouring
cleaning thoroughly; thorough searching
Secluded
lonely; isolated
Solace
comfort
Squelch
suppress; crush
Stifling
suppressing
Surfeit
excess
Tangential
off the point; irrelevant
Temper
moderate
Tremulous
hesitant
Unyielding
not giving up
Vigilant
wary; watchful
Waning
declining
Warped
twisted; distorted
Wary
cautious
Wrath
anger
Alleviate
make less severe
Amalgam
mixture
Astute
wise; mentally sharp
Autonomous
self-governing
Belied
contradicted
Callousness
cruelty; unfeeling behavior
Circumstantial
accidental; indirect (as in circumstantial evidence)
Corroborated
supported; given supporting evidence
Credulity
belief
Debilitated
weakened
Deliberation
careful thought
Denuded
stripped
Derided
mocked
Despoiled
spoiled
Dilatory
slow; sluggish
Dispatch
speed and eagerness
Empathetic
exhibiting deep emotional understanding
Eradicate
wipe out
Estrangement
separation
Expeditious
speedy
Extant
still in existence
Flag
1. to lose energy, 2. to signal
Foundered
sank
Fraudulent
crooked; intending to cheat
Hubris
excessive pride
Idiosyncratic
eccentric
Impetuosity
impulsiveness
Impudent
cheeky
Indomitable
unshakeable; fearless
Innocuous
harmless
Insolvent
bankrupt
Irresolute
lacking firmness of purpose; hesitant
Irreverent
lacking respect
Manipulative
deceptive; skilful at handling people
Morbidity
concern with death and disease
Myopic
short-sighted (literal or metaphoric)
Occlusion
shutting out
Officious
interfering
Peevishness
childish sullenness; irritability
Placid
peaceful
Prudent
wise; cautious
Punctilious
meticulous
Rambunctious
boisterous
Rancor
bitterness and bad feeling
Scrutinize
examine carefully
Scuttled
sunk
Sedate
calm; placid
Serene
peaceful
Squander
waste
Validated
proved right
Valor
bravery
Vulnerable
open to attack; susceptible
Adroitness
skill
Altruism
self-sacrifice
Arbitration
mediating between disputing sides
Archaic
old-fashioned
Aural
through the sense of hearing
Cognitions
mental knowledge
Discernment
judgment;
Disingenuous
crafty
Distension
swelling
Egotists
selfish people
Emancipators
those who set others free
Enigmas
puzzles
Erudition
learning; scholarly knowledge
Exemplars
excellent examples of
Exonerated
proved not guilty
Extirpation
destruction
Fawning
groveling; ‘sucking up’ to people
Finesse
skill
Fitful
intermittent; on and off; not continuous
Gestures
signals
Hilarity
great laughter
Husbandry
careful management of resources
Ignominy
shame
Ineptitude
lack of ability
Insipid
flavorless; bland
Intuitions
gut feelings
Invocation
prayer
Irony
something unexpected; opposite meaning
Lackadaisical
lazy
Lamentable
regrettable
Mandate
permission
Manifesto
statement of values
Modicum
tiny amount
Notoriety
infamy
Obsequious
groveling
Opulence
lavish display of wealth
Pathos
sadness; stirring the emotions
Plaudits
praise
Prospectus
brochure
Raze
knock down
Rectitude
uprightness
Reprimanded
scolded
Rudimentary
elementary; basic
Sarcasm
mockery
Soporific
sleep-inducing
Stipulated
insisted
Tactile
through the sense of touch
Tenacity
firmness of purpose
Versatility
ability to do many things
Vicarious
experienced indirectly; at secondhand