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insipid

(adj) dull; flat; without sparkle or flavor

insolent

(adj) rude; haughty

insolvent

(adj) unable to pay bills; bankrupt

intermittent

(adj) occurring at intervals; periodic; not constant or continual

intractable

(adj) stubborn; immovable

intrinsic

(adj) located within the very nature of an object or person; inherent

invert

(v) turn upside down or inside out; reverse position

irascible

(adj) easily angered

irony

(n) an unexpected outcome, or the use of a word that is the opposite of its literal meaning

irresolute

(adj) indecisive; unsure

irreverent

(adj) disrespectful

jargon

(n) specialized language used by a particular group

jaundice

(n) yellow color; or, envy or resentment

jaunty

(adj) lively; perky

jeopardy

(n) the threat or possibility of danger

jettison

(v) to throw overboard; to discard

jocular

(adj) joking; playful; jesting; witty

jubilant

(adj) filled with joy

judicious

(adj) wise; making good decisions

juncture

(n) point in time, especially a crucial one; joint or connection

juxtapose

(v) to place side-by-side

kindle

(v) to start a fire; ignite; arouse

kinetic

(adj) in motion; active

laconic

(adj) quiet; of few words; terse

lament

(v) express sorrow; complain

languish

(v) lose energy or motivation; become weak or depressed

latent

(adj) existing but inactive, such as a certain quality; dormant; invisible

laud

(v) praise; worship; extol

legacy

(n) something inherited, either from an ancestor or from the past itself

lethargic

(adj) tired; sluggish; drowsy

levity

(n) lightness; playfulness; jocularity

lionize

(v) to put someone onto a pedestal; to treat with great respect

listless

(adj) tired; sluggish; lacking drive

loath

(adj) reluctant; unwilling

loathe

(v) to hate

lofty

(adj) at a great height; elevated; noble

loquacious

(adj) talkative

lucid

(adj) easy to understand; transparent; clear-thinking

ludicrous

(adj) absurd; ridiculous

lugubrious

(adj) mournful

magnanimous

(adj) big-hearted; generous; forgiving; noble

magnate

(n) a person of great power

malediction

(n) evil speech; curse

malefactor

(n) person who tries to hurt others; criminal

malice

(n) a desire to cause harm or suffering

malign

(v) to say evil or harmful things about someone; defame; vilify

malleable

(adj) able to be reshaped by force; pliable; impressionable

marred

(adj) spoiled, scratched, blemished

meager

(adj) small in amount; thin; weak

meander

(v) wander in a carefree manner; follow a winding course; ramble

mellifluous

(adj) smooth; sweetly flowing

mendacity

(n) a lie; a false statement

meticulous

(adj) very careful about details

minute

(adj) very small in size

misconstrue

(v) misunderstand; interpret incorrectly

mitigate

(v) make less severe; mollify

mollify

(v) lessen anger; soothe; placate

monologue

(n) a long, uninterrupted speech

morose

(adj) depressed

mundane

(adj) ordinary; earthly (not spiritual); practical; temporary

myriad

(adj) large number; many

negligent

(adj) careless and possibly causing harm; neglectful

nefarious

(adj) extremely evil

neophyte

(n) beginner

nocturnal

(adj) active at night

nostalgic

(adj) wishing for a return to the way things used to be; longing for the past; homesick

novelty

(n) something new or unusual

nuance

(n) slight degree; shade of difference

nullify

(v) remove or cancel all value or force; negate

nurture

(v) provide care and support; nourish; train or educate

obdurate

(adj) stubborn; unyielding

objurgate

(v) scold; castigate

obliterate

(v) remove or destroy completely; erase

obscure

(adj) hazy; unfamiliar; difficult to understand

obsequious

(adj) behaving like a meek, spineless servant; subservient; sycophantic

obsolete

(adj) no longer usable; outdated

obstinate

(adj) stubborn; refusing to be persuaded

obtuse

(adj) dull; blunt; unintelligent; lacking sharpness

obviate

(v) eliminate the need for something; make unnecessary

ominous

(adj) a sign of something unpleasant that's about to happen; inauspicious

onerous

(adj) burdensome; oppressive

optimist

(n) someone who always believes things will turn out okay

opaque

(adj) too dark or thick for light to pass through

opulence

(n) luxury; wealth; riches

opportunist

(n) someone who takes advantage of the situation

pacifist

(n) person who refuses to fight

paltry

(adj) worthless; insignificant, petty

paragon

(n) model of excellence; the best

parity

(n) equality or equivalence; balance among a group of rivals

parsimony

(n) stinginess; excessive frugality

partisan

(adj) blindly devoted to a cause or organization

paucity

(n) too few; scarcity

pecuniary

(adj) having to do with money; financial

penchant

(n) a strong liking; attraction

penury

(n) extreme poverty; destitution

perfunctory

(adj) without enthusiasm or thoroughness; routine

pernicious

(adj) destructive

perspicacity

(n) mental sharpness; keen insight; shrewdness

peruse

(v) read carefully; study in detail

pervade

(v) to spread to every part

petulance

(n) grouchiness

phlegmatic

(adj) calm; unemotional

pious

(adj) exhibiting religious devotion

pithy

(adj) to the point; concise

placate

(v) to appease; pacify; mollify

platitude

(n) dull, trite statement

plausible

(adj) believable, but not completely

pompous

(adj) filled with self-importance; arrogant; obnoxiously proud

ponderous

(adj) slow; weighty; labored

portent

(n) warning sign; omen; indication

preclude

(v) prevent; make impossible

potent

(adj) powerful

precarious

(adj) risky; uncertain

precocious

(adj) mature at a young age

predecessor

(n) an earilier occupant of a job, office, or position

predilection

(n) a preference for something

pretentious

(adj) showy; making ridiculous claims; excessively ambitious

prevalent

(adj) widely-accepted; common; prevailing

primordial

(adj) formed long ago; primitive

prodigal

(adj) wasteful, especially of money; extravagant

prodigious

(adj) very large

profound

(adj) filled with wisdom and insight; beyond the superficial; deep

profuse

(adj) in large amounts or quantities

protract

(v) extend in time or space

provoke

(v) to anger; to stir up or arouse

proximity

(n) nearness; closeness

prudent

(adj) wise; shrewd; cautious

puerile

(adj) childish

qualify

(v) to limit the meaning of a previous statement; to modify

quandary

(n) a state of confusion or doubt; dilemma

quarantine

(n) forced isolation to prevent the spread of disease

quell

(v) to calm; pacify

querulous

(adj) constantly complaining

rampant

(adj) unrestrained; widespread

ratify

(v) approve (by formal vote, for example); confirm

rebuff

(v) to ignore or reject strongly; snub

rebuttal

(n) denial or contradiction; argument; refutation

recant

(v) take back something you've said; withdraw a statement or belief

redolent

(adj) strongly scented; fragrant

recluse

(n) person who prefers to be alone all the time; someone withdrawn from the rest of society

redundant

(adj) more than what is necessary; in speech or writing, a repetition of words or ideas

recondite

(adj) hidden; difficult to understand; profound

relegate

(v) reduce or demote to an inferior place or position; banish

relevancy

(n) having a clear relationship to the matter at hand

remorse

(n) a feeling of guilty; regret; self-reproach

reprimand

(v) scold; criticize

reprove

(v) scold; criticize; disapprove of

repudiate

(v) disown; reject

reserve

(n) the ability to control your emotions and actions; self-restraint

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