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stagnate

to stay or not improve

staid

serious

static

stationary, still, fixed

stingy

not generous

stoic

unaffected by passion or feeling

stolid

expressing little sensibility, unemotional

strenuous

requiring tremendous energy or stamina

strident

harsh, loud

stupefy

to atonish, make insensible

subjugate

to bring under control, subdue

sublime

lofty, grand, exalted

submissive

easily yielding to authority

succinct

marked by compact precision, short

superfluous

exceeding what is necessary

surfeit

an overabundant supply or indulgance

surmise

to infer with less evidence

surreptitous

stealthy

surrogate

one acting in place of another

swarthy

of dark color or complexion

sycophant

one who flatters for self-gain

tacit

expressed without words

taciturn

not inclined to talk

tangential

incidental, a different subject

tantamount

equivalent in value or significance

tedious

dull, boring

temerity

audacity, recklessness

temperance

moderation in action or thought

tenable

able to be defended or maintained

tenuous

having little substance or strength

terrestrial

relating to the land

timorous

timid, fearful

tirade

a long speech marked by harsh or biting language

toady

one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors

tome

a large book

torpid

lethargic, lacking motion

torrid

giving off intense heat, passionate

tortuous

winding

tractable

easilly controlled

tranquil

calm

transgress

to violate, go over a limit

transient

parring through briefly

transmute

to change or alter in form

travesty

a grossly inferior imitation

tremulous

fearful

trechant

effective, articulate, clear-cut

trepidation

fear, apprehension

trite

not original, overused

truculent

ready to fight, cruel

truncate

to shorten by cutting off

turgid

swollen, excessively embellished in style or language

turpitude

depravity, moral corruption

ubiquitous

existing everywhere

umbrage

resentment, offense

uncanny

of supernatural character or origin

unctuous

smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, or manner

undulate

to move in waves

upbraid

to criticize or scold severely

usurp

to seize by force

utilitarian

relating to or aiming at usefulness

utopia

an imagionary and remote place of perfection

vacillate

to hesitate

vacuous

lack of content or ideas, stupid

vagary

an unpredictable or erratic action, whim

validate

to confirm, support

vapid

lacking liveliness

variegated

diversified, distinctly marked

vehemently

marked by intense force

veneer

a superficial or deceptively attractive apearance

venerable

deserving of respect because of age or achievment

venerate

to regard with rescpect

veracity

truthfulness, accuracy

verbose

wordy, impaired by wordliness

verdant

green in tint or color

vestige

a mark or trace of something lost or vanished

vex

to confuse or annoy

vicarious

experiencing through another

vicissitude

event that occurs by chance

vigilant

watchful, alert

vilify

to lower in importance

vindicate

to avenge

vindictive

vengeful

virtuoso

one who excels in an art

viscous

not free-flowing, thick

vitriolic

having a caustic quality

vituperate

to berate

vivacious

lively

vocation

the work in which someone is employed, profession

vociferous

loud, boisterous

wallow

to pity oneself indolently

wane

to decrease in size

wanton

undisciplined

whimsical

fanciful

wily

crafty, sly

winsome

charming, pleasing

wistful

full of yearning

wizended

dry, shrunken

wrath

vengeful anger, punishment

yoke

to join, link

zealous

fervent, filled with eargerness

zenith

the highest point

zephyr

a gentle breeze

resplendent

shiny, glowing

restitution

retoration to the rightful owner

restive

resistant, subborn

retract

to withdraw

revel

to enjoy intensely

revere

to esteem, show deference

revoke

to take back

rhapsodize

to engage in excessive enthusiasm

ribald

coarsely, cruely humorous

rife

abundant

ruminate

to contemplate, relfect

ruse

a trick

saccharine

sickeningly sweet

sacrosanct

holy, something that should not be criticized

sagacity

shrewdness, soundness of perspective

salient

significant

salutation

a greeting

salve

a soothing balm

sanctimonious

giving a hypocritical apearance of pity

sanguine

optimistic

satiate

to satisfy excessively

scathing

sharp, hurtful

scintillating

sparkling

scrupulous

painstaking, careful

scurrilous

vulgar, coarse

sedentary

sitting, settled

semaphore

a visual signal

seminal

original

sensual

involving sensory gratification (usually regarding sex)

sensuous

involving sensory gratification

serendipity

good luck, finding good things without looking for them

serene

calm

servile

subservient

sinuous

lithe, serpentine

sobriety

sedate, calm

solicitous

concerned

solipsistic

believing that oneself is all that exists

soluble

able to dissolve

solvent

able to pay debts

somnolent

sleepy

sophomoric

immature

sovereign

having absloute authority

speculative

not based in fact

spurious

false but designed to seem plausible

reservior

1.to reserve; 2.a place where something is kept

resilient

able to recover from misfortune

resolute

firm, determined

resolve

1.to find a solution; 2.to firmly decide

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