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Assuage

to ease, relieve, or lessen

Munificent

very generous

Enhance

to improve

Obscure

difficult to understand; difficult to see

Capricious

tending to change one's mind suddenly

Corrupt

to change from good to bad

Ascend

to move upwards

Extricate

to free from difficulty

Quiescence

inactivity

Disperse

to spread widely

Succinct

brief

Taciturn

quiet, untalkative

Meager

lacking in quantity or quality

Esoteric

understood by only a few

Guile

trickiness; deceptiveness

Ephemeral

short-lived

Novel

new or different

Commend

to praise

Apathy

lack of emotion or concern

Innocuous

harmless

Superficial

shallow; on the surface

Debilitate

to weaken

Endorse

to support

Inclination

tendency; preference

Innovative

original, new

Monotony

a dull sameness

Denounce

to criticize publicly

Atrophy

to waste away

Coalesce

to unite, come together

Voluble

talkative

Undermine

to weaken

Cursory

hasty, disregarding details

Reticent

quiet, untalkative

Refute

to disprove, offer arguments against

Frugal

not spending freely

Inevitable

unavoidable, certain to happen

Vindicate

to clear of blame or suspicion

Abstract

theoretical; difficult to understand

Discord

lack of agreement or harmony

Intractable

stubborn, difficult to manage

Ponderous

very dull, boring

Spontaneous

impulsive, not planned

Inept

lacking skill, clumsy

Copious

abundant, plentiful

Conventional

traditional, ordinary

Vulnerable

easy to injure or harm

Impartial

fair, not favoring either side

Deplore

to strongly disapprove of

Innate

inborn, present at birth

Contrite

regretful, feeling guilt

Contemporary

modern

Contentious

quarrelsome, fond of arguing

Hypocrite

a person who claims to be what he is not

Deplete

to use up

Discursive

rambling, unfocused

Tyranny

absolute power that is often cruel

Accolade

praise; a statement of approval

Daunt

to intimidate; to discourage

Enigmatic

mysterious, puzzling

Verbose

wordy

Audacity

boldness

Homogeneous

made up of similar parts

Ambivalent

uncertain; having conflicting feelings

Expedite

to speed up

Arable

fit to grow plants on

Subtle

difficult to detect or understand

Coherent

consistent; logically connected

Censure

to criticize

Garrulous

talkative

Flagrant

obvious, blatant

Squander

to waste; to spend foolishly

Austere

strict; severely simple

Tranquil

calm, peaceful

Articulate

able to speak clearly and effectively

Viable

workable; able to remain alive

Gregarious

friendly, sociable

Clemency

mercy; gentleness in punishing

Burgeon

to grow rapidly

Inception

beginning

Profuse

very abundant; giving freely

Wither

to become dry or lifeless

Elicit

to bring out; cause to happen

Adulation

excessive praise

Stolid

unemotional; not easily excited

Indifferent

having no preference

Dearth

scarcity, limited supply

Altruistic

concerned for the welfare of others

Vilify

to speak ill of; to slander

Furtive

secretive, stealthy

Dissent

to disagree

Mitigate

to relieve, lessen, alleviate

Advocate

to support; to speak in favor of

Cognizant

aware

Miser

a person who saves money excessively

Revere

to respect, admire

Pacifist

a person who favors peace

Incontrovertible

indisputable, undeniable

Alacrity

eagerness, cheerful willingness

Garner

to get; to acquire

Penury

extreme poverty

Peripheral

on or having to do with the outer edge

Proclivity

tendency, leaning

Recalcitrant

disobedient, resisting authority

Undulating

moving in a wavelike manner

Volatile

highly unstable; explosive

Ambiguous

having more than one meaning

Tolerance

respect for the ways and views of others

Embellish

to decorate; to add fictitious details to

Efface

to erase; to make less noticeable

Conform

to fit in; to act in agreement with

Virtue

moral excellence; good quality

Eulogy

high praise (usually for someone who has died)

Acquiesce

to give in

Competent

capable; sufficiently skilled

Censor

to prevent publication of

Contempt

strong dislike; scorn

Buoyant

cheerful; capable of floating

Prodigal

wasteful of money

Tact

sensitivity, courtesy

Resilient

capable of recovering quickly

Monarch

a ruler (such as a king or queen)

Indulge

to give in to (a desire)

Dawdle

to waste time

Recant

to take back (a statement)

Parsimony

extreme stinginess

Platitude

a dull, overused remark

Desultory

aimless, haphazard, unconnected

Partisan

strongly supporting one party or cause

Vigor

strength, energy

Compatible

capable of working in harmony

Extol

to praise highly

Petulant

irritable, touchy

Acrimony

bitterness

Cultivate

to grow; to improve

Disparage

to put down, to belittle

Erratic

wandering, inconsistent

Beneficial

helpful, good

Levity

lightness off behavior or feeling

Ameliorate

to make better, to improve

Deride

to laugh at, make fun of cruelly

Bane

something that harms or destroys

Anarchy

disorder, absence of government control

Provincial

narrow-minded, unsophisticated

Soluble

capable of being dissolved

Conspicuous

obvious, readily apparent

Consolidate

to join together, merge

Extraneous

not essential, not related to

Expunge

to remove, erase

Trifling

unimportant

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