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ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
deny, renounce
abrogate
abolish by athourity
adumbrate
to sketch, outline
amortize
diminish by installment payments
antediluvian
prehistoric
aplomb
poise
apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
apothegm
short, instructive saying
beatific
saintly
benison
blessing
banal
lacking originality, boring
bilious
easily irritated
bonhomie
good-natured geniality
calumny
slander
canard
a lie
carom
to strike and rebound
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
compunctious
feeling guilty
congenial
similar in tastes and habits
contumacious
rebellious
cosset
to pamper
declivity
downward slope
descry
to discover or reveal
dictum
authoritative statement, popular saying
distaff
the female branch of a family
doughty
courageous
effulgent
brilliantly shining
encomium
warm praise
ersatz
fake
evince
to show clearly
expatiate
to wander, discuss at length
expiate
to atone for
fey
doomed
foliate
sprout leaves
fulminate
explode with anger
fulsome
excessive, overdone
gainsay
to deny
gauche
crude, awkward
glib
offhand, casual
harangue
pompous speech
hermetic
tightly sealed
ilk
type or kind
inculcate
to teach
indigent
very poor
ingress
entrance
internecine
deadly to both sides
inure
to accustom
invidious
offensive
jibe
to shift suddenly from one side to the other
kismet
fate
lambaste
disapprove angrily
lapidary
relating to precious stones
legerdemain
trickery (sleight of hand)
libidinous
lustful
limpid
clear and simple in style
liniment
medicinal liquid used to ease pain
lionize
to treat as a celebrity
lissome
easily flexed, limber, agile
malapropism
humorous misuse of a word
martinet
strict disciplinarian
maudlin
overly sentimental
mawkish
sickeningly sentimental
mendacious
dishonest
mendicant
beggar
minatory
menacing
mordacious
caustic
nadir
lowest point
neologism
new word or expression
noisome
stinking, putrid
numismatics
coin collecting
obfuscate
to confuse
obstreperous
troublesome
ouster
expulsion
paean
song of praise or thanksgiving
panegyric
elaborate praise
pastiche
piece of literature imitating other works
peccadillo
minor offense
peculation
theft
perspicacious
shrewd, astute
plangent
resounding; plaintive
polemic
controversy
prescient
having foresight
probity
honesty, high-mindedness
prolix
tedious, wordy
promulgate
to make known publicly
prurient
lustful
pusillanimous
cowardly
querulous
inclined to complain
rapacious
greedy, predatory
rapprochement
reestablishing a cordial relationship
recalcitrant
resisting authority
recidivism
tendency to repeat previous behavior
recondite
relating to obscure learning
recreant
disloyal, cowardly
renitent
obstinate
restive
restless, uneasy
riposte
a retort
sacrosanct
extremely sacred
salacious
lustful
salubrious
healthful
sanguine
ruddy, cheerfully optimistic
scurrilous
vulgar
simper
smirk, smile foolishly
sinecure
well paying job that requires little work
solecism
grammatical mistake
solipsism
belief that the self is the only reality
sophist
person good at arguing deviously
stentorian
extremely loud
supercilious
arrogant
tableau
vivid description, incident
temerity
recklessness
threnody
sad poem or song
trammel
to impede or hamper
trenchant
incisive, forceful
truculent
savage, ready to fight
turpitude
inherent vileness, depravity
tyro
beginner
umbrage
offense
vitiate
reduce in value
voluble
talkative, glib