:Amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous
:His dignified attitude was no match for the droll way others viewed him.
: To feel or express sympathy or sorrow for
: We commiserated with the woman who had lost her only child to a drunk driver.
: To speak damagingly of; criticize in a deragtory manner
: Due to stories like Snow White, it is not uncommon to denigrate step parents.
: Settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, or feeling
: The man was only in debt because he was a known inveterate gambler... and luck was never on his side.
: Characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion
: Most wars start over pious reasons, as if one nation is inferior for calling God by a different name.
:Ignorant of or uninterested in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside of one's own experience
: As he grew up in a small town, he had an insular childhood.
: Showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others
: As a nurse, one must have altruistic motives.
: Small, meager, petty, trivial
: When he said the ends justified the means, he meant the lives of innocents were paltry.
: Showing a lack of proper concern, offhand
: Her cavalier outlook on death was easy to understand; you only live once.
: A strong or habitual liking something or having a tendency to do something
: The French have a penchant for fresh baguettes.
: Encourage or assist someone to commit (a crime)
: It was not that I will abet you in killing our boss; I just won't stop you.
: A song of praise or triumph
: In church, we sang paeans that glorified God.
: Childishly sulky or bad-tempered
: My 22 year old sister was petulant after the scolding our mother gave for her drunken behavior.
:Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person
: Living a vicarious life through your child is not as exciting as achieving your dreams by yourself.
: A person who tells anecdotes in a skillfill and amusing way
: My grandmother is quite the raconteur; ask her about the time my dad looked for his sister's winky.
: Kept secret or done secretively (esp. illicit)
: John Edwards had a clandestine affair for obvious reasons.
: Fond of company; sociable
: The puppy was quite gregarious; left alone he would chew the house to pieces.
: Disturbing or horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury
: The Middle Ages were filled with macabre tales of war and plague.
: A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.
: That demagogue said he would give the whole world free housing...all I could do was wrinkle my nose at his stupidity.
: Lasting for a very short time
: The trendy fashions are ephemeral: in with one season out with the next.
: Of or like a person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning
: It's as if AP students have no choice but to be pedantic and love homework.
: Grimly mocking or cynical
: He bowed to the man he was supposed to regard as master with a somewhat sardonic smile on his face.
: Describe or depict (something) precisely
: The judge will delineate the terms of your sentence quite carefully.
: Having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgement
: Only sagacious bucks escape the hunter's arrow.
: A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group
: White means purity in the idiosyncratic nature of weddings.
: Speaking or spoken incessantly; marked by a ready flow of speech
: My stepmother is one of those voluble individuals who never seems to have heard of the word "quiet".
: To weaken or destroy the vitality or strength of; cause (someone) to feel drained of energy
: My brown belt test, which consisted of four hours of grueling exercise, enervated me as well as the other students.
: A series of petitions for use in church services, usually recited by the clergy and responded to in a recurring formula by the people; a tedious recital or repititive series
: There were a litany of crimes committed in Dublin this year.
: distress or embarassment at having failed or been humiliated
: Much to the jury's chagrin, the convicted murderer was actually innocent.
: A sudden and unaccountable change in mood or behavior
: She refused to marry him and gave no reason for her decision; it was merely a caprice.
: begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish
: The trout population is burgeoning now that fishing is prohibited.
:Playfully quaint or fanciful, esp. in an appealing and amusing way; acting in a capricious manner
: My brother has a whimsical phrase he uses a tad too often for comfort: "My sister did it."
: Excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance
: His hubris and superior attitude made him less than appealing.
: Loyal, reliable, hardworking
: George Washington remained a stalwart supporter of rebellion even when his armies encountered defeat, sickness, and death.
: Lacking in efficiency or vitality; unthinking and irresponsible
: Her feckless behaviors subjected her to a life of alcohol, drugs, and teen pregnancy.
: Causing harm or damage; injurious
: Ingesting rat poison is considered delterious to both a rat's health and a human's health.
: Extremely steep
: I want to climb the precipitous faces of the Sierra Nevadas if only so I can savor the victory of conquering my fear of heights.
: Near sighted; unable to see distant objects clearly
: Based on his inability to see objects at distances greater than ten feet, he was considered myopic.
: Recklessness; giving little thought to danger
: It is said that stunt doubles give in to foolhardiness...how else could they do their jobs?
: Present, found, or appearing everywhere; omnipresent
: After the funeral, his ubiquitous presence soothed her.
: A reward or recompense
: This dream car was the ultimate guerdon after years of good behavior and obedience.
: A fedual tenant's or vessel's sworn loyalty to a lord; formal ackowledgement of this
: The knights owed fealty to King Arthur.
: Obseqious flattery; excessive admiration or praise
: The infamous bachelor had keys to his success which included adulation, flowers, and charm.
: Unahppy about being away and longing for familiar things or persons
: After moving to her dorm room, she was the furthest thing from nostalgic her friends had ever seen as she was either busy with school or partying next door.
: Demonstarting aggression and willingness to fight
: It is a common misconception that all martial artists are bellicose.
: Feeling or revealing an overt and often offensive sexual desire
: The defendant gave her a lascivious wink.
: Self-assertive in a rude, noisy, or overbearing way
: Frankly, he talks about himself constantly and I find him to be a brash conservationalist.
: Anger, rage, fury
: The tense set of his jaw, the way he pulled his eyebrows downward, and the grim line of his mouth painted a complete portrait of ire.
: Make something larger by adding to it; increase
: He augmented the value of his house by remodeling the bathrooms.
: A small quantity of a particular thing, especially something considered desirable or valuble
: She expected more than a modicum of charm from her beau.
: Wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy; causing little or no pain (in a disease)
: The obese teen was more than a little indolent.
: Scholarly or rarefied in taste; intellectual
: As all his relatives had attended Brown University, he was considerd or a highbrow breed.
: The state of being tedious or too long, slow, or dull
:After her friends left, the tedium of summer was disappointing.
: Regard or represent of being of little worth
: The abused woman accused her husband of disparaging her on a regular basis.
:A projecting support of stone or brick against a wall
: It could have passed for a buttress but for the ornately carved designs on it.
: A person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining
: Though his words hurt like a knife, she remained stoic at his outburst.
: Having or showing knowledge of events before they take place
: Prescient Dumbledore knew Harry would defeat Voldemort even when others doubted him.
: Not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered;final
The decision to go to college was an irrevocable one in her mind.
: Assuming authority without justification; arrogant; domineering
: She loved him despite his imperious personality.
: Charcaterized by showing interest or concern; eager or anxious to do something
: She preferred "solicitous parenting" over "helicopter parenting".
: Essentially different in kind; not allowing for comparison
: One would think that chickens and dinosaurs come from disparate families...apparently not.
: Dirty; squalid; involving ignoble actions that arouse moral distaste and contempt
: Though they were poor, they never lived in sordid living conditions.
: A stoppage of flow of body fluid; a period or state of inactivity or equilibrium
: If life was to be sustained, the stasis of blood needed to be immediate.
: Involving heavy obligations; involving a burdensome amount of effort or difficulty.
: She viewed dating as an onerous, daunting activity.
: Extreme poverty; destitution
: Because she spent her amazing fortune, she died in penury.
: Having or showing great knowledge or learning; scholarly
: After attending Brown, she was quite the erudite individual.
: Of a situation or condition-extremely bad, unpleasant, degrading; of an unhappy state of mind-experienced to the maximum degree
: No cowardice, let alone abject cowardice, was to be experienced in the Army.
: In low spirits from loss of courage or hope
: After the divorce, she was no less than despondent when it came to love.
: Beg someone earnestly or desperately to do something
: After the affair she would implore him to forgive her.
: Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way but with harmful effects
: The insidious effects of stress took their toll on her body.
: The state of not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily
: Reticence is something most people deal with which is why the texting invention is so brilliant.
: Talk in a loud, aggressive, or indignant way with little effect
: He started to bluster about why I would never leave him, because I would never find something better.
: Shock or excite (someone); typically into taking action
: His voice galvanized them into picking up their rifles though they were exhausted from previous exertions.
: Of a person or their manner- slow and gloomy; of a person or their features-dark in coloring and moody or mysterious
: The dark knight was the most saturnine of all the heroes.
: Fearless and adventurous
: The intrepid climber was trapped amongst the ice the whole time!
: Adj; Noun
: Cheerfully optimistic (adj.), blood-red color (noun)
: My sanguine best friend does not know how to cry; she sees the best in every situation.
: (0f work) Not requiring much skill and lacking prestige
: During the indutrial era, practically everyone had a menial factory job.
: Combine or unite to form one organization or structure
: He amalgamted his company with Viagra in the biggest merger in world history.
: An employee who does all kinds of work
: Most karate instructors are factotums; they make phone calls, clean the toilets, and teach kids how to kick ass.
: A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit
Kris Jenner's job is a sinecure.
: A strict disciplinarian, especially in the armed forces
: Psh, you think your training officer was a martinet? Meet my mother.
: Lacking significance through having been overused (of a phrase or idea)
: If I see one more hackneyed commerical that latches onto "lol", I might scream.
: Of a person-reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little
: After living alone for years, she was quite taciturn.
: Relating to deep inward feelings rather then intellect
: Most people have a visceral fear of snakes.
: Derogatory; making a show of being morally superior to other people
: The reason she doesn't go to church is because she thinks most sanctimonious eggheads attend.
: Impulsive; acting or done quickly and without thought or care; moving forcefully or rapidly
: She made an impetuous decision when she inhaled marijuana.
: Lying stretched out on the ground with one's face downward
: While in church, he remained prostrate.
: Most noticeable or important
: The salient point in the case was the lack of DNA evidence.
: The state or quality of conforming to conventionally accepted standards of morals or behaviors; proper; suitable
: Propiety in public life is mandatory unless you want to be hailed off to jail.
: Defiant aggressiveness
: Truculence seems to manifest amongst teenagers.
: Complaining in a petulant or whining manner
: When she doesn't get her way, she turns into a querulous brat.
: Overly theatrical or melodramatic in character or style
: She dyes her hair every other week due to her histrionic tendencies, honey.
: Unwilling to spend money or use resources; stingy or frugal
: Parsimonious behaviors are common with their grandparents.
: Loyal and committed in attitude
: He was a stauch supporter of the Republican party.
: Naturally accompanying or associated
: The concomitant hug precedes a kiss.
: Legal Use-the ending, reduction, or lessening of something
: We can get you an abatement on your sentence, okay?
: An unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or someone's behavior
: The vagaries of the weather in Reno are astounding.
: Self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental; often through drunkenness
: You should see the maudlin imbeciles that drink at bars in Vegas.
: Belonging to or having the characteristics of a ruler who holds absolute power, typically exercising it cruelly
: Hitler and Stalin were the two most despotic men in history.