to lessen in intensity or degree
an expression of praise
excessive praise; adoration
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
to make better or more tolerable
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
greed, esp. for wealth
a universally recognized principle
to grow rapidly or to flourish
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants.
harsh, jarring, discordant sounds; dissonance
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
severe criticism or punishment
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change.
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
wary; cautious; sparring
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
to question or oppose
intended to teach or instruct
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions.
free of bias or self-interest; impartial
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
composed of elements drawn from various sources
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that soften or smooths the skin
based on observation or experiment
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
a speech honoring the dead
to remove blame
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
marked by stealth; convert; surreptitious
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long pompous speech
violating accepted dogma or convention
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
lacking funds; without money
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
harmless; causing no damage
refusing to compromise
to obtain by deception or flattery
sad; sullen; melancholy
evoking intense aversion or dislike
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm.
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
to examine with great care
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
producing large volumes or amounts; productive
to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor.
stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
sordid; wretched and dirty from neglect
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
to take the place of; to supersede
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
sophisticated; refined; elegant
to defame; to characterize harshly
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