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Ardor
Intense and passionate feeling
Bishop's ardor for landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley.
Articulate
Able to speak clearly and expressively
She is such an articulate defender of labor that unions are among her strongest supporters.
Assuage
To make something unpleasant less severe
Serena used aspirin to assuage her pounding headache.
Attenuate
To reduce in force or degree; to weaken
The Bill of Rights attenuated the traditional power of government to change laws at will.
Audacious
Fearless and daring
Her audacious nature allowed her to fulfill her dream of skydiving.
Austere
Severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
The lack of decoration makes Zen temples seem austere to the untrained eye.
Banal
Predictable, clichéd, boring
He used banal phrases like Have a nice day, or Another day, another dollar.
Bolster
To support; to prop up
The presence of giant footprints bolstered the argument that Sasquatch was in the area.
Bombastic
Pompous in speech and manner
The dictator's speeches were mostly bombastic; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
Cacophony
Harsh, jarring noise
The junior high orchestra created an almost unbearable cacophony as they tried to tune their instruments.
Candid
Impartial and honest in speech
The observations of a child can be charming since they are candid and unpretentious.
Capricious
Changing one's mind quickly and often
Queen Elizabeth I was quite capricious; her courtiers could never be sure which of their number would catch her fancy.
Castigate
To punish or criticize harshly
Americans are amazed at how harshly the authorities in Singapore castigate perpetrators of what would be considered minor crimes in the United States.
Catalyst
Something that brings about a change in something else
The imposition of harsh taxes was the catalyst that finally brought on the revolution.
Caustic
Biting in wit
Dorothy Parker gained her reputation for caustic wit from her cutting, yet clever, insults.
Chaos
Great disorder or confusion
In most religious traditions, God created an ordered universe from chaos.
Chauvinist
Someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
The attitude that men are inherently superior to women and therefore must be obeyed is common among male chauvinists.
Chicanery
Deception by means of craft or guile
Dishonest used car salesmen often use chicanery to sell their beat-up old cars.

Cogent

Convincing and well reasoned

Swayed by the cogent argument of the defense, the jury had no choice but to acquit the defendant.

Condone
To overlook, pardon, or disregard
Some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as condoning an air of lawlessness.