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abate

to make less in amount, degree, etc, to subside, become less; to nullify, deduct, omit

abet

to encourage, assist, aid, support (especially in something wrong or unworthy)

accrue

to grow or accumulate over time; to happen as a natural result

aver

to affirm, declare confidently, assert

disseminate

to scatter or spread widely, disperse, circulate

equanimity

calmness, composure, refusal to panic

equivocate

to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation; to be deliberately vague/ambiguous

expatiate

to expand on, write or talk at length or in detail; to move about freely

expurgate

to remove objectionable passages or words from a written text; to cleanse, purify

extenuate

to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses

foist

to impose fraud; use stealth, dishonesty, or coercion

ignoble

mean, low, base

impugn

to call into question, to attack as false

inauspicious

unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting future bad luck

inculcate

to impress by repetition, teach persistently/earnestly, instill

intemperate

immoderate, lacking in self-control, inclement

penury

extreme poverty, barrenness, insufficiency

perfidy

faithlessness, treachery

pernicious

extremely harmful, deadly, fatal

prosaic

dull, lacking in distinction and originality, matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic

sententious

self-righteous, characterized by moralizing; given to use of maxims or adages; saying much in few words

specious

deceptive, apparently good or valid but w/o real merit

surfeit

(n.) an excess in eating or drinking, causing disgust; (v.) to feed or supply with anything to excess

torpid

inactive, sluggish, dull

turgid

swollen, bloated, filled to excess; overdecorated or excessive in language

winsome

charming, attractive, pleasing (childlike charm/innocence), delightful

cupidity

an eager desire for something; greed, craving

reprobate

a depraved, vicious, or unprincipled person; wicked, corrupt, or unprincipled; to disapprove of, condemn

encumber

to weigh down or burden with difficulties, cares, or debt; to fill up, block up, hinder

recondite

exceeding ordinary knowledge and understanding

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