Hit Parade II

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Abate

to lessen in intensity or degree

Accolade

an expression of praise

Adulation

excessive praise; intense adoration

Avarice

greed, esp. for wealth

Burgeon

to grow rapidly or flourish

Bucolic

rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and inhabitants

Cacophony

harsh, jarring, discordant sound

Canon

an established set of principles or code of laws

Castigation

severe criticism or punishment

Chary

wary

Cogent

convincing

Complaisance

the willingness to comply with the wishes of others

Contentious

argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement

Dearth

scarcity; a lack

Demur

to question or oppose

Didactic

intended to teach or instruct

Disinterested

impartial

Dogmatic

expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or unprovable principles

Ebullient

cheerful and energetic

Elegy

mournful poem, esp. one lamenting for the dead

Emollient

soothing

Enigmatic

mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand

Surreptitious

kept secret, esp. because it would not be approved of

Esoteric

intended for or understood by a small, specific group

Eulogy

a speech honoring the dead

Furtive

marked by stealth

Harangue

to deliver a long pompous speech

Hyperbole

an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech

Impecunious

lacking funds

Incipient

beginning to come into being or to become apparent

Inert

unmoving; lethargic, sluggish

Intransigent

refusing to compromise

Inveigle

to obtain by deception or flattery

Odious

evoking intense aversion or dislike

Penurious

ungenerous; excessively thrifty

Peruse

to examine thoroughly

Putrefy

to decay

Quiescence

stillness

Redoubtable

awe-inspiring; worthy of honor

Squalid

dirty and wretched

Supplant

to take the place of; supersede

Torpid

sluggish; lethargic

Urbane

sophisticated

Vilify

defame; characterize harshly

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