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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

castigation

severe criticism or punishment

caustic

burning or stinging; causing corrosion

chary

wary; cautious; sparing

cogent

appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing

complaisance

the willingness to comply with the wishes of others

contrite

regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness

demur

to question or oppose

disinterested

indifferent; free from self-interest

dogmatic

stubbornly opinionated

elegy

a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead

emollient

soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh

exonerate

to remove blame

gregarious

sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people

harangue

to deliver a pompous speech or tirade

impecunious

lacking funds; without money

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

morose

sad; sullen; melancholy

odious

evoking intense aversion or dislike

peruse

to examine with great care

prodigious

abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary

quaff

to drink deeply

urbane

sophisticated; refined; elegant

viscous

thick; sticky

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