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cordial

(adj) friendly; welcoming; gracious

corporeal

(adj) having to do with the body or the physical world

corroborate

(verb) support with evidence; tell the same story; confirm

criteria

(noun) requirements or standards used to make a decision

cryptic

(adj) hidden; secret; mysterious

culpable

(adj) guilty; blameworthy

cupidity

(noun) greed, especially for money

cursory

(adj) quickly and incompletely done; superficial

daunted

(adj) dismayed; disheartened; discouraged (made less courageous)

decadence

(noun) moral decay or decline

defame

(verb) to say things harmful to a person's reputation; malign; vilify

deference

(noun) the act of yielding to someone else out of respect

denounce

(verb) criticize; condemn

depleted

(verb) emptied; drained; used up

deplore

(verb) to express regret or disapproval; complain; criticize

deprecate

(verb) disapprove; belittle

deride

(verb) to make fun of; ridicule

despondent

(adj) feeling hopeless or depressed

destitute

(adj) poor; lacking possessions

dexterity

(noun) high level of skill, especially with the hands; adroitness

despot

(noun) tyrant

desultory

(adj) lacking a plan; aimless

diatribe

(noun) a bitterly critical speech

digress

(verb) to move away from the main topic when writing or speaking; to go off on a tangent

dilatory

(adj) causing lateness; stalling

discerning

(adj) insightful; perceptive

disclose

(verb) provide information; reveal

discord

(noun) disagreement; dissonance

discourse

(noun) exchange of ideas; conversation

disdain

(noun) a feeling of scorn or contempt

disparage

(verb) to say negative things; belittle

disparate

(adj) different

disperse

(verb) spread around; scatter

dissent

(verb) to disagree, especially with the majority, or with an authority

dissolution

(noun) separation into parts; the process of dissolving

distended

(adj) swollen; extended

divergence

(noun) the act of splitting off into different directions

diverse

(adj) different; various

dogmatic

(adj) sticking to long-held beliefs, even when faced with contrary evidence; closed-minded

doleful

(adj) extremely sad

eclectic

(adj) choosing from many different sources; carefully selective

eccentric

(adj) different from most, especially in personality or behavior

efface

(verb) erase

efficacy

(noun) the ability to produce the desired results

effervescence

(noun) the quality of being bubbly or full of life

elated

(adj) extremely happy; overjoyed

eloquence

(noun) powerfully effective speech

embellish

(verb) to make more beautiful; decorate; adorn

endorse

(verb) promote; recommend

emulate

(verb) imitate

endemic

(adj) native to a particular country or among a particular group

enervate

(verb) to sap the strength; weaken

enhance

(verb) intensify; improve

enigma

(noun) mystery; puzzle

enmity

(noun) mutual hatred

ephemeral

(adj) temporary; short-lived

eradicate

(verb) remove completely and permanently; exterminate

erratic

(adj) unpredictable; differing from what is normal or expected

erudition

(noun) the knowledge acquired through many years of study

esoteric

(adj) known to, or understood by, a limited group of people

ethereal

(adj) heavenly; fine; delicately beautiful

eulogize

(verb) to praise highly; to extol

euphemism

(noun) a word or phrase that's used to make an unpleasant idea sound better

evasive

(adj) tending to avoid giving direct answers

exacerbate

(verb) to make a bad situation worse

expurgate

(verb) to remove offensive words, ideas, or symbols; censor

exalt

(verb) raise in rank; elevate; praise

expunge

(verb) erase

extemporaneous

(adj) done without planning; improvised

extol

(verb) praise

extraneous

(adj) unnecessary; irrelevant

extricate

(verb) to free from a trap or difficult situation; to disentangle

exuberant

(adj) uncontrollably joyous

fallacious

(adj) false; misleading

fastidious

(adj) difficult to please

fickle

(adj) lacking loyalty; unpredictably changeable; erratic

fervor

(noun) strong passion

flaccid

(adj) lacking firmness; soft; limp

flagrant

(adj) openly and obviously evil; glaring; conspicuous

fledgling

(noun) beginner

flippancy

(noun) treating a serious situation with arrogant humor or disrespect

foment

(verb) to stir into action; rouse; incite

foresight

(noun) the ability to see ahead, anticipate, or predict

frugal

(adj) careful with money; thrifty

fulminate

(verb) to explode, either with sound or anger

furtive

(adj) sneaky; secretive

futile

(adj) hopelessly ineffective; useless; in vain

garbled

(adj) changed so much that the original meaning has been distorted; scrambled

garish

(adj) flashy; gaudy

garner

(verb) collect; gather; accumulate; earn

garrulous

(adj) very talkative; loquacious

genial

(adj) friendly; gracious; kind

germane

(adj) relevant; fitting

girth

(noun) distance around an object; circumference

glutton

(noun) a person who consumes huge quantities of food or drink; someone with great endurance

gregarious

(adj) sociable; extroverted; enjoying companionship

gravity

(noun) seriousness

gullible

(adj) easily deceived

hackneyed

(adj) unoriginal; trite

hamper

(verb) interfere with movement or progress

haphazard

(adj) without plan or direction

harangue

(noun) a long, lecturing speech

harbor

(verb) to provide shelter or refuge; hide

hardy

(adj) bold; brave; capable of withstanding harsh conditions

hedge

(verb) to avoid giving a clear answer, thereby escaping responsibility or blame

heed

(verb) notice; pay attention to

heinous

(adj) shockingly evil

heresy

(noun) an opinion expressed in defiance of generally accepted ideas

hiatus

(noun) gap; interruption; a break in continuity; a pause

hierarchy

(noun) a group of people in authority, ranked in order of power; a sequential listing

homage

(noun) respect paid to someone or something; tribute; honor

homogeneous

(adj) the same throughout; consistent; uniform

hyperbole

(noun) extreme exaggeration

hypocrite

(noun) an insincere person; one who pretends to have felings he doesn't really possess

idolatry

(noun) the worship of objects or people as gods

imbue

(verb) to fill, as with a strong dye or a strong feeling

imminent

(adj) about to take place; happening soon

immutable

(adj) unable to change

impair

(verb) weaken in strength or value

impasse

(noun) a situation from which you cannot escape; stalemate

impassive

(adj) without feeling; expressionless

impede

(verb) get in the way; hinder

impetuous

(adj) taking sudden action; hasty; impulsive

impostor

(noun) pretender

impudence

(noun) rudeness; insolence

inadvertent

(adj) unintentional

inane

(adj) silly; insignificant

inaugurate

(verb) begin; induct into

incessant

(adj) continuous; endless

inchoate

(adj) not yet fully developed

incite

(verb) arouse to action; stir up; foment

incompatible

(adj) incapable of existing together in peace

incongruous

(adj) out of place

incorrigible

(adj) impossible to correct, control, or discipline

incredulous

(adj) unwilling or unable to believe

indict

(verb) charge with a crime; accuse

indigent

(adj) very poor

indolent

(adj) lazy

induce

(verb) cause to happen; bring about

inert

(adj) lacking movement; inactive; sluggish

infallible

(adj) incapable of making a mistake

infamy

(noun) a bad reputation; notoriety

infer

(verb) to figure out, based on given information; conclude; deduce

infiltrate

(verb) penetrate by passing through gaps; enter secretly and become established, such as a spy might do in an enemy organization

ingenuous

(adj) naive; unsophisticated; inexperienced

innate

(adj) having a quality that arise from within, rather than learned or acquired from the oustide; native; inborn

innocuous

(adj) harmless; inoffensive

innovation

(noun) a new idea, product, or method

inscrutable

(adj) mysterious

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