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abnegate

to deny oneself things; to reject; to renounce

acerbic

harsh

acidulous

harsh; sharp caustic

acrimonious

harsh; resentful and angry

ancillary

secondary, intended to support; not essential, auxillary

apace

quick, abreast

ascetic

practices self denial as spiritual discipline

aspersion

defamation, a disparaging remark

banal

over used, hackneyed, trite, commonplace

berate

scold, censure severely or angrily

bereave

deprive through death

bilious

easily angered, peevish or irritable; sickeningly unpleasant

burgeoning

blossoming, forming rapidly

callow

inexperienced, immature

calumny

false and malicious accusation, Slander

castigate

to criticize or reprimand severely

caustic

sarcastic

censure

disapproval; to criticize someone

countenance

consent to, give permission; , the appearance conveyed by a person's face

dauntless

fearless

debauchery

immoral behavior

decry

criticize, denounce, express strong disapproval of

defunct

no longer existing

depraved

immoral

deride

to ridicule, laugh at with contempt

derisive

mocking, abusing vocally

dilettante

someone who takes up an interest in a superficial or desultory way, an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge

dogmatic

opinionated

dolorous

showing sorrow

engender

to cause, to produce, to create

espouse

adopt something as a belief, marry

excoriate

criticize, denounce, express strong disapproval of

factitious

made up, artificial; produced artificially; sham; false; Ex. factitious tears

fatuous

dense, stupid; foolishly self-satisfied

gainsay

contradict

headlong

quickly, impuslively

hegemonic

leadership, dictatorial

imperious

empire like, able to deal authoritatively with affairs

impetuous

impulsive

impugn

cast doubt on, attack as false or wrong

inchoate

undeveloped; just beginning, imperfectly formed

incipient

in the beginning stages, only partly in existence

iniquity

injustice or an immoral act

insipid

dull, lacking significance or impact

inveigh

to make a violent attack in words, express strong disapproval

irascible

easily angered, characterized by anger

lambaste

to criticize, censure severely or angrily, denounce

lewd

sexual in an offensive way; moral looseness, lust

libertine

immoral, dissolute person

libidinous

sexual, driven by lust

macabre

gruesome

mainstay

main support

mercurial

liable to sudden unpredictable change

mordacious

sarcastic, cynical, biting

mordant

sarcastic, cynical, biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh

mundane

earthly, ordinary, commonplace

munificent

generous

nascent

beginning to develop, coming into existence

neophyte

a convert

novitiate

novice

obloquy

speak badly about, a malicious attack

obsequies

funeral rites

opprobrium

shame, Public disgrace

paradigm

pattern, a model; an example

pedestrian

common, dull

peremptory

final, absolute

pettish

easily annoyed

pillory

to expose to ridicule or criticism

pique

resentment from wounded pride (eg. loss in a contest); V: provoke; arouse; annoy; cause to feel resentment; Ex. pique her curiosity

platitude

overused statement

precipitate

(v.) to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hurl down from a great height, to give distinct form to; (adj.) characterized by excessive haste; (n.) moisture; the product of an action or process

proponent

supporter

prosaic

dull, lacking imagination

proselyte

a new convert

querulous

complaining

quotidian

found in the ordinary course of events

rebuke

to scold, to criticize sharply

remonstrate

protest, present and urge reasons in opposition

reprehend

express strong disapproval of

revile

to speak bad about

ribald

humorous but lewd, vulgar

salacious

lustful

sordid

immoral, dishonest

spartan

marked by simplicity and lack of luxury

stoic

unemotional

tirade

angry rant, a speech of violent denunciation

trenchant

clearly or sharply defined to the mind (trenchant distinctions) ;, having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect (trenchant criticism or argument)

turpitude

depravity, moral corruption

tyro

beginner

umbrage

offense; annoyance; displeasure

vituperate

be critical, To abuse verbally; berate

volatile

liable to lead to sudden change or violence

waspish

very irritable

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