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To lessen in intensity or degree.
|Abdication||To relinquish (power or responsibility) formally.|
|Aberration||Straying away from what is normal.|
|Abet||To improve, encourage or support; urge and help on.|
|Abeyance||Condition of being temporarily set aside; suspension.|
To hate or detest.
To be faithful; to endure.
|Abjure||To renounce under oath; forswear.|
|Abraded||To wear down or rub away by friction.|
|Burnish||To make smooth or glossy as if by rubbing.|
To reinforce or support.
|Cabal||A conspirational group of plotters or intriguers.|
|Cadge||To beg or get by begging.|
|Cajole||Use flattery or deceit to persuade.|
|Calumny||A false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation.|
|Cant||Insincere talk; to speak in jargon.|
|Canvass||To examine carefully or discuss thoroughly; scrutinize.|
|Effrontery||Brazen boldness, presumptuousness.|
|Egress||Way out, exit.|
|Elegy||A lament, melancholy composition.|
To draw out.
Use in a wrong way for one's own benefit.
Relying on observation or experiment.
|Encomium||Warm or glowing praise.|
Prevalent to a particular locality, region or people.
Making dear or liked.
Burden, things that get in the way of.
Excessive or abusive criticism.
|Fledged||Abled to fly, trained, experience.|
|Foilble||A minor weakness or failing of character.|
|Florid||Flushed with rosy color; ruddy.|
|Flout||To show contempt for; scorn.|
|Fluke||A chance occurrence; an accident.|
Make nervous or confused.
|Foil||To prevent from being successful; thwart.|
Food or domestic animals; fodder.
Affect extreme elegance in dress or manner.
|Foolproof||Incapable of failure or error.|
|Loquacious||Very Talkative, garrulous.|
|Lucid||Clear and easily understood.|
|Lucubrate||To write in a scholarly fashion; produce scholarship.|
Easily understood, clear or lucid.
|Lugubrious||Mournful, dismal or gloomy.|
|Lull||Become quiet or less active.|
|Lumber||To walk or move with heavy clumsiness.|
A person who is an inspiration to others.
|Lurk||To lie in wait as in ambush.|
|Lustrous||Having sheen or glow.|
|Quibble||To raise the importance of an issue by raising trivial objections.|
|Quiescence||State of being passive, motionless, inactivity, quiet.|
|Quixotic||Idealistic without regards to practicality.|
|Quotidian||Everyday, common place.|
|Rabble||A tumultuous crowd; a mob.|
|Raconteur||One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.|
|Raffish||Cheap or vulgar in appearance or nature; tawdry.|
|Ramify||To have complicated consequences or outgrowths.|
|Rancorous||Bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will.|
|Rant||To speak or write in an angry or violent manner; rave.|
|Venal||Open to bribery; mercenary.|
|Veer||To turn aside from a course, direction or purpose; swerve.|
|Vanquish||To defeat or conquer in battle; subjugate.|
|Vain||Not yeilding the desired outcome.|
|Vagary||An extravagant notion or action.|
|Vacillation||To sway from one side to the other; oscillate.|
|Urbane||Polite, refined, and often elegant in manner.|
|Upbraid||To reprove sharply; reproach.|
|Innocuous||Causing no harm.|
|Inimitable||Defying imitation, unmatchable|
|Inimical||Injurous or harmful in effect.|
|Ingenuous||Lacking in cunning, guile, or wordliness, artless; openly frank.|
|Infuse||To fill or cause to be filled with something.|
|Infuriate||Fill fury or rage.|
|Inferno||A place or condition suggestive in hell.|
|Inept||Not apt or fitting; inappropriate, unskillful.|
|Ineffable||Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable.|
|Dereliction||Deserting and leaving.|
|Derision||Ridicule, mockery, deriding.|
|Derivative||Copied or adapted; obtained from another source.|
|Derogatory||Insulting, tending to damage.|
|Descry||Catch sight of, see something in the distance.|
|Desiccate||To dry completely, dehydrate.|
|Desuetude||A state of discourse or inactivity.|
|Desultory||Aimless, haphazard, digressing at random.|
|Detraction||Slandering, verbal attack, damaging comment.|
|Germane||Being both pertinent and fitting.|
|Glean||To gather facts.|
|Glib||Showing little thought, preparation or concern.|
|Gloat||To feel or express great, often malicious, self-satisfaction.|
|Glut||To be filled beyond capacity, especially with food; satiate.|
|Gnaw||Erode, bite steadily.|
Urging a person to action.
|Gorge||Eat greedily; narrow opening with a stream.|
|Gossamer||A soft sheer gauzy fabric.|
|Gouge||A chisel with a rounded, troughlike blade.|
|Penchant||A definite liking; a strong inclination.|
Feeling or expressing remorse for one's misdeeds or sins.
|Peregrination||To journey or travel from place to place, esp. on foot.|
Putting an end to all debate or action.
Present through the years, persistent.
|Perfidy||The act or instance of treachery.|
Done as a duty without care.
|Peripatetic||Walking about or from place to place.|
|Perjury||Willful false statement; unlawful act.|
Pompous or bombastic speech or expression.
Serious, requiring consideration.
|Gregarious||Seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable.|
|Grievous||Causing grief, pain, or anguish.|
|Grovel||Crawl, humble oneself.|
|Guile||Deceit, trickery, deception.|
|Gullible||Easily gulled, naive.|
|Gush||Burst out suddenly, talk ardently.|
|Gust||Outburst of feeling; sudden rain, wind, fire.|
|Hermetic||Completely Sealed, esp. against escape or entry of air.|
|Heresy||An act opposed to established religious orthodoxy.|
|Heinous||Grossly wicked reprehensible; abominable.|
|Heed||To pay attention; listen to and consider.|
|Haughty||Arrogant and conceited.|
|Harrow||To distress, create stress or torment.|
|Harbinger||One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.|
|Harangue||A long pompous speech, like one delivered before a gathering.|
|Hallow||To make holy, consecrate.|
|Hack||Cut roughly; hired horse.|
|Halcyon||Calm and peaceful; tranquil.|
|Suppliant||Asking humbly and earnestly; beseeching|
|Surcharge||Additional sum added to the usual amount.|
To feed or supply to excess, satiety, or disgust.
The capacity to be affected by deep emotions.
|Sycophant||A person who tries to please in order to gain a personal advantage.|
|Talon||Claw of a bird of prey.|
|Tamp||Pack down lightly by blows or tamps.|
|Tangential||Merely touching or slightly connected.|
|Taunt||To reproach in mocking, insulting, or contemptuos manner.|
|Supine||Lying on the back or having to face upward, marked by legarthy.|
|Yarn||A long, often elaborate narrative of real or fictitious adventures.|
A written order issued by a court.
|Woo||To seek the attention of, with intent to romance.|
Determined by chance or impulse, rather than necessity or reason.
To persuade or attempt to persuade by flattery or guile.
To go one's way; proceed.
|Welter||A confused mass, a jumble.|
|Warrant||Authorization or certification, sanction as given by a superior|
|Mince||To restrain words for the sake of politeness, euphemize.|
|Misanthrope||Person who hates mankind.|
|Miser||Person who is extremely stingy.|
One who hates women or females.
|Mitigate||To soften, make milder.|
|Mollify||To calm in temper or feeling, soothe.|
|Morbid||Of, relating too or caused by disease.|
|Morose||Sullenly melancholy; gloomy.|
|Muffler||A device that absorbs noise.|
Having great variety, diverse.
|Mundane||Of, relating to, or typical of this world; secular.|
|Nadir||The lowest point.|
|Nascent||Coming into existence, emerging.|
|Nebulous||Cloud-like, hazy, vague, indistinct.|
|Neophyte||A beginner or novice.|
|Nexus||A connected series of groups.|
Puzzled, not knowing what to do, at a loss
|Nostrum||A favorite but untested remedy for problems or evils.|
|Nugatory||Of little or no importance; trifling.|
|Obdurate||Hardened, Stubborn, Inflexible|
|Obfuscate||To darken, make obscure, muddle.|
|Obloquy||Abusively detractive language or utterance, calumny.|
Full or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
|Obstreperous||Noisily and stubbornly defiant.|
|Obtuse||Lacking quickness of perception.|
|Obviate||To anticipate and dispose of effectively, render unecessary.|
To become closed, obstruct.
|Odious||Arousing strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure.|
|Officious||Eagerness in offering unwanted services, offensively intrusive.|
Transparent or vague.
|Diatribe||Bitter and violent attacks in words.|
Shyness, lacking confidence.
To free from error or misconception.
|Discern||To recognize or comprehend mentally.|
To make uneccessary or perplexed.
|Disconcert||To frustrate by throwing into disorder.|
|Discountenance||To view or treat with disfavor.|
|Disingenuous||Not straightforward or candid; insincere, calculating.|
|Disinter||Dig up from the Earth, exhume.|
|Corporeal||Of, relating to, or characteristic of the body.|
|Corroboration||Additional strengthening evidence, to confirm, verify.|
|Countenance||To give or express approval to; condone.|
|Countervail||To act against with equal force; counteract.|
Flirtatiously shy or modest.
|Cravat||A scarf or piece of fabric around the neck like a tie.|
|Craven||Characterized by abject fear; cowardly.|
|Credulous||Disposed to believe to readily; gullible.|
Secret with a hidden meaning.
A state of uncertainty or perplexity.
|Qualm||An uneasy feeling about the rightness of a course of action.|
|Quail||To shrink back in fear, cower.|
|Quaff||To drink a beverage heartily.|
|Quack||A Charlatan, someone claiming to be something they aren't.|
|Pyre||A heap of combustibles for burning a corpse as a funeral rite.|
|Putrefaction||Decomposition of organic matter.|
|Pussillanimous||Lacking courage, cowardly.|
|Purvey||To supply (food for example); furnish.|
|Remonstrate||To say or plead in protest, rejection, reproof.|
|Repast||A meal or the food eaten at a meal.|
|Repine||To be discontented or low in spirits.|
|Reproach||To express disapproval of, criticism of, disappointment in.|
|Reprobate||A morally unprincipled person.|
|Repudiate||To reject the validity or authority of.|
|Requiet||To make payment or return for.|
|Restive||Uneasily impatient under restriction, opposition, criticism or delay.|
|Reticent||Inclined to keep one's thoughts and personal affairs to oneself.|
Crime of killing a king.
|Sordid||Filthy, dirty or foul.|
Having the ring of truth or plausibility.
|Splenetic||Affected or marked by ill humor or irritability.|
|Spurn||To reject disdainfully or contemptuosly; scorn.|
|Squalid||Dirty as from poverty or lack of care.|
|Squander||To spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissapate.|
To stop, check or allay.
A mark of token or infamy, disgrace or reproach.
|Tautology||Repeating something again but in a different way.|
|Tawdry||Gaudy and cheap.|
Not drinking alcohol.
|Temerity||Foolhardy disregard to danger.|
|Temperance||Moderation or self-restraint.|
|Tenuous||Having little substance,flimsy.|
|Tepid||Halfhearted, lacking enthusiasm or warmth.|
|Testiness||Irritated or impatient.|
|Toady||A person who flatters others for self serving reasons.|
|Ubiquitous||Omnipresent, being everywhere at the same time.|
Lying outside the area of interest.
|Underbid||To bid lower than a competitor.|
|Undermine||To weaken by wearing away.|
Not burden with cares or responsibilities
Not sincerely felt or expressed.
|Unfettered||To set free.|
|Evince||To show or demonstrate clearly.|
To clear from a charge of guilt.
To free, clear of charges.
Extra, too high.
|Expatiate||To roam or wander freely.|
Likely to be useful.
|Expostulate||To reason earnestly with someone.|
|Expergate||To remove vulgar or obscene material from.|
|Abut||Touch one end or side, lie adjacent.|
|Accretion||Increase by size gradually, fusion.|
|Acumen||Quick, keen or accurate knowledge or insight.|
|Adulteration||Making impure, to corrupt.|
Appreciation of beauty.
|Affinity||Close connection and relationship.|
|Aggrandize||To make larger or greater in power.|
Eager or cheerful readiness.
|Alchemy||A medieval science aimed at transmuting metal.|
Difficult to comprehend.
|Abscond||To leave quickly and secretly.|
|Abrogate||Repel or annul by authority.|
|Alloy||To debase by mixing.|
|Amenable||Agreeable, responsive to suggestion.|
|Amortize||End (a dept) by setting aside money, repay.|
|Anomolous||Irregular, deviating from the norm.|
|Antipathy||Dislike, hostility, extreme opposition.|
|Antithetical||Being in diametrical opposition.|
|Lith||Readily bent, supple.|
|Lionize||To look on or treat a person as a celebrity.|
|Limn||To depict by painting or drawing.|
|Lien||Legal claim until a debt on it is repaid.|
|Libertine||One who acts without moral restraint.|
|Liberality||The quality or state of being liberal or genereous.|
Lightness of manner or speech.
|Levee||Formal reception, also an embankment.|
|Latent||Present or potential but not active.|
|Lassitude||A state or feeling of weariness or diminish energy.|
Appearing to be real.
|Veritable||Real or genuine.|
|Vilify||To make mean statements.|
|Virago||A women regarded as noisy.|
|Visceral||Obtained through intuition.|
|Vitiate||To reduce the value of; impair.|
To rebuke or criticize.
Marked by a ready flow of speech.
|Waffle||To speak or write evasively.|
|Irresolute||Ubsure of how to act or proceed.|
|Irrevocable||Impossible to revoke or take back.|
|Itinierate||Travel from place to place.|
|Jibe||To make taunting, heckling or jeering remarks.|
Characterized by joking.
Having or exhibiting sound judgement.
|Lachrymose||Weeping or inclined to weep, tearful.|
|Equivocal||Open to two or more interpretations.|
Having or showing profound knowledge.
|Fervid||Characterized by intense emotion, hot.|
|Precipitate||bring about abruptly or with haste.|
|Prodigal||Generous or recklessly extravagant.|
|Apathy||Lacking enthusiasm emotion or interest.|
|Audacious||More likely to venture or take risks.|
|Capricious||Determined by chance or impulse not need or reason.|
Cause, produce, give rise to.
|Pragmatic||Guided by experience and observation, not theory.|
|Propriety||Appropriatness of behavior.|
|Volatile||Likely to change or lead to violence.|
To support or reinforce.
|Deride||To mock with contempt.|
|Dissonance||A harsh and disagreeable combination, especially of sounds.|
|Enervate||To weaken mentally or morally.|
A contridiction or dilema.
Humanitarian, giving money to the poor.
|Prevaricate||To lie or mislead.|
|Waver||To physically sway or be undecided.|
|Sophistry||Plausible but fallacious.|
|Somatic||Of, relating to or affecting the body.|
|Snub||To ignore or act coldly toward.|
A trapping device.
To pass over lightly or carelessly.
|Sluggard||A slothful person.|
|Slake||To lesson the force or activity of.|
|Sinuous||Many curves or turns, winding.|
Lack of feeling emotion or interst.
Easily Seen, remarkable.
|Consternation||A state of paralying dismay.|
Perfect, make complete.
To scorn or despise.
Connecting without a break.
|Contrite||Filled with deep sorrow for wrong doing.|
|Contumacious||Disobedient or rebellious.|
|Convoke||To assemble in a meeting, convene.|
A line or cord to hold something back, ribbon or ornament.
Superiority in weight or force.
|Presage||An indication or warning of a future occurence, an omen.|
|Presumption||Boldy arrogant or offensive.|
|Preternatural||Beyond the course of nature.|
|Prevaricate||To lie, evade the truth.|
|Probity||Complete and confirmed integrity.|
|Proclivity||A natural propensity or inclination.|
Rashly or wastefully extravagant.
Impressively great in size, force or extent.
|Profligacy||Dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure.|
|Feckless||Lacking purpose or vitality.|
|Fecund||Capable of producing offspring, fruitful.|
To give a false appearance of.
|Felicitous||An agrreebaly apprpriate manner or style.|
A state of agitation or change.
|Ferret||To uncover or bring to light by searching.|
|Fetid||Having an offensive odor.|
|Fetter||Something that serves to restrict; a restraint.|
|Fidelity||Faithfulness to obligations.|
|Figurehead||Carved image on the prow of a ship.|
Refinement or delicacy of a performance.
Exact about details.
Impossible to penetrate.
|Impetous||Sudden energy or emotion.|
Lacking respect for a god.
|Implicate||To involve or connect intimately.|
|Importune||To beset with requests.|
|Imprecation||An invocation of evil, a curse.|
|Impudent||Characterized by offensive boldness; Impertinent.|
To attack as false; challenge an argument.
|Impute||To relate to a certain cause; attribute the fault to.|
One that lacks sense or substance.
To cause to be angry.
|Inchoate||In an initial or eraly stage, incipient.|
Unable to be corrected or reformed.
To teach others by repetition.
|Bellicose||Warlike in manner.|
|Benign||Kind and gentle, mild.|
|Bequest||Arrangement at death, legacy, inheritance.|
|Bilge||The bulging part of a barrel or cask.|
|Blandishment||To coax by flattery, cajole.|
|Blandness||Polite manner, comforting.|
Noisy and rough.
|Blithe||Cheerful, casual, carefree.|
Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing.
|Boorish||Crude, offensive, rude.|
|Brash||Hasty and unthinking, lacking in sensitivty.|
|Broach||Bring up, announch, talk about.|
To tolerate, to endure.
To sprout or flourish.
Harsh or corrosive in tone.
|Castigate||To chastise or punish.|
An expression of disapproval or criticism.
|Centurion||To commander of a century in the Roman army.|
|Chicanery||Legal trickery, false argument.|
|Churl||Rude, mal-tempered person.|
Closing device to end a debate by voting.
|Coagulation||To change from thick to solid.|
|Coda||Concluding passage in music.|
Originating or existing in the same period.
Strong reasoning, convincing.
|Cogitate||To think carefully, ponder.|
|Collusion||Secret agreement for decietful purpose.|
Of the same size, extent or duration.
|Pied||Patchy in color, splotched.|
|Pine||To wither or waste away from longing.|
Having or exhibiting religious reverence.
|Piquant||Pleasantely pungent or tart in taste.|
|Pith||The heart or essence, the central part.|
|Banal||Obvious, dull, repetitive.|
A trite or banal remark or statement.
|Pliant||Easily bent or flexed, pliable.|
|Pluck||Resourceful, courage and daring in the face of difficulties.|
To examine closely or probe.
Lacking grace or fluency.
|Portent||Prophetic, threatening significance.|
|Pragmatic||Practical, moved by facts rather than ideas.|
A rule prescribing a particular course of action
To make impossible as by action taken in advance.
|Predilection||To be in favor of something, a preference.|
|Sagacious||Having or showing keen discernment.|
|Salubrious||Conducive or favorable to health or well being.|
Feigned piety (worshiping god) or righteousness.
|Sanction||Permission or approval that makes something valid.|
|Saturnine||Melancholy or sullen.|
A sheath as for a daggard or sword.
Preserving or constant in effort, assiduous.
|Seminal||High and oringally influential.|
|Sentious||Terse and energetic, pithy.|
|Servile||Abjectly (miserably) submissive; slavish.|
|Simper||To smile in a silly or coy way.|
To hinder or block.
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