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abstemious

temperate, sparing in diet

abstruse

hard to understand

acrimonious

bitter

acumen

accuracy, keenness

adversary

opponent

aggregate

accumulate

altruistic

unselfishly generous

analogous

compareable

animosity

hatred, hostility

antediluvian

a very old (or old fashioned) person

antipodes

any two places or regions on diametrically opposite sides of the Earth

antiquated

old- fashioned

apocryphal

untrue

arable

(of farmland) capable of being farmed productively

arbitrary

random

arcane

known to only a few

articulate

expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language

ascertain

to find out

ascetic

Practicing self denial of things

ascribe

to attribute to a specific cause

assail

to attack

assiduous

diligent

astute

wise

attribute

explain

augment

increase

austere

stern, simple

avarice

greediness

aversion

dislike

avuncular

like an uncle in kindness or indulgence

baleful

threatening

balk

to stop short and refuse to proceed

bandy

to trade

bauble

a small, inexpensive trinket

bedlam

a place or scene of noisy uproar and confusion

beguile

mislead

belie

contradict, false impression

bequeath

hand down

bifurcations

Division

blighted

suffering from disease, destroyed

brevity

shortness of time

cajole

coax, flattery

capricious

unpredictable

carping

finding fault

charlaton

one who pretends to have knowledge

circumspect

careful, discreet

coercion

use of force to get someone to obey

colloquial

pertaining to the conversation of normal speech

complacency

the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself

comprehensive

thorough

concede

admit, yield

conciliatory

overcoming animosity or hostility

condone

overlook, forgive

conflagration

great fire

confluence

flowing together

confound

confused

contend

struggle

contentious

argumentative

contentious

inclined to argue

convivial

occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company

convoluted

complex

cordial

gracious

corrugated

wrinkled, ridged

credulity

gullibility

culpable

deserving blame

curtail

shortened

debilitate

weaken

debunk

expose as false

decorum

order

deference

courteous regard for another's wish

deleterious

harmful

delineate

portray, depict

deplore

regret, disapprove of

depose

remove from office or position

depravity

corruption, wickedness

deprecate

express disapproval of

deride

ridicule

desiccate

dry up

despondent

depressed

dichotomies

divisions into two parts

didactic

instructive

diffidence

shyness

diffuse

wordy

dilitory

delaying

diminution

lessoning

discordant

not harmonious

disparity

difference

disputatious

argumentative

disseminate

distribute

dubious

questionable

ebullient

showing excitment

edify

instruct or benefit

efface

to wipe out

effervescence

inner excitment

elegy

poem or song expressing grief

elicit

draw out by discussion

eloquence

expressiveness

emaciated

thin and wasted

enigma

puzzle

enjoin

to command or direct an action with authority

enmity

hatred

entourage

group of associates

equanimity

Calmness, composure, refusal to panic

erudite

learned

evanescent

fleeting

exacerbate

worsing

exalt

raise in rank

expedite

hasten

explicit

clearly expressed

exploit

make use of

extol

praise

extrapolate

to infer from known information

extricate

free

facilitate

make easier

fallacious

false

fallow

not in use/ uncultivated

fastidious

difficult to please

fathom

(mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore/ comprehend

fervor

intense feeling

filial

relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring

fitful

unsteady

flagrant

wicked

frivolous

lacking in seriousness

fulsome

overdone flattering

funerary

of or for or relating to a funeral

garrulous

wordy, loquacious

gratuitous

given freely

guile

deceit

hardy

sturdy

heresy

opinion contrary to popular belief or religion

husbandry

farming

iconoclastic

characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions

idiosyncrasy

a characteristic particular to an individual

ignominy

deep disgrace

illicit

illegal

immutable

unchangable

impecunious

Having little money

imprecation

a curse

impudence

rude

inane

silly

incidental

not essential

incoherent

lacking connection

incongruous

out of place; inappropriate

inconsequental

insignificant

incontrovertible

indisputable

incorrigible

not correctable

indefatigable

tireless

indigenous

originating where it is found

inert

inactive

inexorable

relentless, unyielding

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