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abate

to reduce in amount, severity

abscond

to leave secretly

abstain

to choose not to do something

abyss

an extremely deep hole

adulterate

to make impure

advocate

to speak in favor of

aesthetic

concerning the appreciation of beauty

aggrandize

to increase in power

alleviate

to make more bearable

amalgamte

to combine to mix together

ambiguous

doubtful or uncertain

ameliorate

to make better, improve

anachronism

something out of place

analogous

similar or alike in some way

anomaly

deviation from normal

antagonize

to annoy or provoke

antipathy

extreme dislike

apathy

lack of caring

arbitrate

to judge a dispute between two opposing parties

archaic

ancient

ardor

intense and passionate

articulate

able to speak clearly

assuage

to make something less severe

attenuate

to reduce in force or degree

audacious

bold, fearless

austere

severe or stern in appearance

banal

predictable

bolster

to support

bombastic

pompous in speech and manner

cacophony

harsh noise

candid

impartial and honest in speech

capricious

changing ones mind quickly

castigate

to punish or criticize

catalyst

something that brings about a change

caustic

biting in wit

chaos

great disorder

chauvinist

someone prejudiced in favor of a group that he/she belongs

chicancery

deception by means of craft

cogent

convincing and well reasoned

condone

to overlook, pardon or disregard

convuluted

intricate and complicated

corroborate

to provide supporting evidence

credulous

too trusting

crescendo

steadily increasing

decorum

appropriateness of behavior

deference

respect, courtesy

deride

to mock, to speak of or treat with contempt

desicate

to dry out

desultory

jumping from one thing to another

diatribe

an abusive condemnatory speech

diffident

lacking self confidence

dilate

to make larger

dilatory

intended to delay

dilettante

someone with an amateurish interest in topic

dirge

funeral with hymn or mournful speech

disabuse

to set right

discern

to perceive, to recognize

disparate

fundamentally different

dissemble

to present a false appearance

dissonance

a harsh sound

dogma

firm opinion

dogmatic

dictatorial in ones opinions

dupe

to deceive

eclectic

selecting from variety of sources

efficacy

effectiveness

elegy

a sorrowful poem or speech

eloquent

persuasive and moving

emulate

to copy

enervate

to reduce in strength

engender

to produce

enigma

puzzled

enumerate

to count, list, itemize

ephemeral

lasting a short time

equivocate

to use expressions of double meaning to mislead

erratic

wandering, unpredictable

erudite

learned, scholarly

esoteric

known or understood by a few

estimable

admirable

eulogy

speech in praise of someone

euphemism

use of an inoffensive word or phrase in replace of a worse one

exacerbate

to make worse

exculpate

to clear from blame

exigent

urgent, requiring immediate action

exonerate

to clear of blame

explicit

clearly stated or shown

fanatical

acting extra enthusiastic

fawn

to grovel

fervid

emotional,

florid

excessively decorated

foment

to arouse

frugality

tendency to be thrifty

garrulous

tending to talk a lot

gregarious

outgoing, sociable

guile

deceit or trickery

gullible

easily deceived

iconoclast

one who opposes beliefs or customs

imperturbable

not capable of being disturbed

impervious

impossible to penetrate

impetuous

quick to act without thinking

implacable

unable to be calmed down

inchoate

not fully formed, disorganized

ingenuous

showing innocence or childlike simplicity

inimical

hostile, unfriendly

innocuous

harmless

insipid

lacking interest or flavor

intransigent

uncompromising

inundate

to overwhelm

irascible

easily made angry

laconic

using few words

lament

to express sorrow

laud

to give praise

lethargic

acting slow or sluggish

loquacious

talkative

lucid

clear

luminous

bright, glowing

malinger

to evade by pretending to be ill

malleable

capable of being shaped

metaphor

comparing two different things

meticulous

extra careful about details

misanthrope

dislikes humans

mitigate

to soften, to lesson

mollify

to calm or make less severe

monotony

lack of variation

naive

lacking experience

obdurate

hardened in feeling, resistant to persuasion

obsequious

overly submissive and eager to please

obsinate

stubborn

obviate

to prevent

occlude

to stop up, prevent passage

onerous

troublesome and oppressive

opaque

impossible to see through

opprobrium

public disgrace

ostentation

excessive showiness

paradox

a contradiction

paragon

model of excellence

pedant

someone who shows off learning

perfidious

willing to betray ones trust

perfunctory

done in a routine way

permeate

to penetrate

philanthropy

desire to promote goodness

placate

to soothe

plastic

able to be molded

plethora

excess

pragmatic

practical as opposed to idealistic

precipitate

to throw violently or bring about abruptly

prevaricate

to lie

pristine

fresh and clean

prodigal

lavish, wasteful

proliferate

to increase in number

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