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Aberration

A deviation or departure from the norm.

Abeyance

temporary inactivity or suspension.

Abate

To reduce in degree or intensity.

Abjure

to forswear or abstain from; to give up.

Abrade

to wear down or rub away the surface of something.

Abridge

to reduce the length of or diminish in scope.

Abrogate

to end or do away with something.

Abscond

to withdraw and hide, typically to avoid arrest.

Accretion

a gradual increase in the amount or size of something.

Acquisitive

characterized by a strong desire to gain or retain information or objects.

Adroit

showing skill and experience.

Ambivalent

characterized by uncertainty; unable to decide between opposites.

Anachronism

something existing or happening out of it's time in history

Annotate

to provide with extra notes or comments.

Ardor

intense feelings; passion.

Ascribe

to attribute to a specific source; to assign a characteristic.

Asperity

roughness or severity.

Assay

an analysis or examination.

Assiduous

characteristic of careful and persistent effort

Assuage

To lessen or ease.

Aver

to declare as true; to maintain.

Bequest

the act of passing on; something that is passed on.

Bereft

deprived or despondent.

Blithe

Carefree or joyous; casual.

Brazen

bold or shameless; insolent.

Burgeoning

thriving or growing rapidly

Cadge

to beg

Capricious

impulsive; prone to sudden change.

Castigate

to punish or criticize severely.

Censure

a formal criticism or intense disapproval.

Circumspect

mindful of potential consequences; prudent.

Cite

to quote as example or proof

Coalesce

to unite or come together

Cogent

Convincing and reasonable

Coherence

the quality of being logical and clear.

Commensurate

corresponding in size, degree, or duration.

Complaisant

showing a willingness to please; obliging.

Concede

to admit or reluctantly yield; to surrender

Consternation

alarm or fear

Convivial

festive and sociable

Correlate

to have corresponding characteristics

Corroborate

to confirm, to substantiate with evidence.

Credulous

easily deceived, believing too readily.

Culmination

completion or climax.

Culpable

deserving of name; guilty.

Decry

to denounce or criticize

Denigrate

to speak ill of; to belittle

Deplore

to condemn; disapprove of or regret

Derision

use of ridicule to show contempt

Derivative

adj. copied or adapted. n. something derived

Desultory

inconsistant and irregular, aimless.

Diatribe

an abusive, insulting verbal attack.

Didactic

intended for the purpose of moral teaching or instructing, even such instruction is not necessary or welcome.

Disabuse

to free someone of believing something that is untrue.

Discern

to differentiate or distinguish; to perceive.

Disparity

the state of being different or unequal

Dissemble

to disguise or conceal

Dissident

adj. disagreeable. n. one who disagrees.

Dissonance

lack of harmony; discord.

Divest

to get rid of

Dubious

unsure, skeptical

Eclectic

combining elements from many different sources or styles.

Effrontery

rude and presumptuous behavior.

Egregious

noticeably bad or offensive.

Empirical

based on or provable by observation and experiment.

Emulate

to follow an admirable example; imitate.

Engender

to give rise to; originate.

Enigmatic

unexplainable, puzzling.

Enumerate

to state things in a list.

Ephemeral

temporary, fleeting.

Equivocal

uncertain or ambiguous

Erudite

learned; having great knowledge.

Esoteric

understood by few people; mysterious.

Espouse

to choose to follow or support something.

Estimable

admirable; deserving of esteem.

Euphemism

an inoffensive expression substituted for one that is deemed offensive.

Exacerbate

to intensify bitterness or violence.

Excoriate

to denounce; to chafe.

Exculpate

to remove blame; acquit

Exhort

to urge or try to persuade.

Exigent

demanding immediate attention; urgent.

Explicate

to explain or make comprehensible.

Extant

currently existing.

Extenuating

partially justifiable.

Extol

to praise or glorify.

Exultant

gleeful because of success.

Fatuous

Foolish or delusive; smug.

Feckless

lacking in purpose; careless.

Feign

to fabricate or deceive

Feint

n. a deceptive diversionary action. v. to make a deceptive show of.

Florid

flushed with color, ornate.

Foment

to incite or agitate

Fracas

a noisy fight; a brawl

Gainsay

to deny or contradict.

Garrison

a military post; the troops stationed at a military post.

Garrulous

very talkative.

Glib

seemingly slick or clever

Gratuitous

for no reason or at no cost.

Grievous

causing grief or pain; serious.

Guile

cunning, shrewdness.

Hackneyed

unoriginal, overused.

Harrow

to torment or cause suffering and agony.

Idiosyncrasy

a peculiar characteristic.

Immutable

not subject to change.

Imperturbable

hard to excite or upset, very calm.

Impetus

a stimulus encouraging a particular activity.

Inchoate

poorly formed or formless.

Incorrigible

impossible to change or reform.

Ingenuity

cleverness or imagination.

Inimical

harmful or unfriendly.

Inscrutable

difficult to understand; having an obscure nature.

Insipid

dull; lacking in flavor or zest.

Insular

isolated; narrow minded.

Intercede

to mediate or plead on anthers behalf.

Interpolate

to insert or introduce between; often to falsify.

Intractable

difficult to manage, stubborn.

Inure

to cause to accept something that is undesirable; habituate.

Irascible

easily angered.

Lambaste

to scold or criticize sharply; to beat.

Languish

to exist in a dreadful or gloomy situation; to become weak.

Latter

the second of two things mentioned; nearer the end.

Laudable

deserving praise; favorable.

Loquacious

Very talkative or rambling.

Magnanimous

courageous, generous, or noble.

Mar

to inflict damage or blemishes on.

Mercurial

prone to sudden unpredictable change; volatile.

Mitigate

causing something to be less intense, forceful, or harmful.

Mollify

to calm down or alleviate; to soften.

Munificence

the act of liberally giving.

Obdurate

firm, stubborn.

Obscurity

the condition of being unknown.

Obsolete

no longer in use; outmoded or old-fashioned.

Obtuse

lacking intellectual clarity; blunt, or slow-witted.

Obviate

to render unnecessary.

Odious

arousing or deserving strong hatred.

Onerous

very troublesome or oppressively difficult.

Paradox

a self contradiction; something that appears to be self-contradictory, but is nonetheless true.

Paragon

an example of excellence

Parse

to break down into components.

Pedantic

characterized by a narrow concern for detail, particularly in academics.

Penchant

a tendency or fondness.

Percolate

to slowly pass through.

Peripatetic

adj. moving or traveling from place to place. n. one who travels frequently from place to place.

Pervasive

capable of spreading or flowing throughout.

Pith

significance, importance.

Placate

to calm.

Poignant

profoundly moving;incisive.

Precedent

an example or event that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time; custom arising from long term practice.

Precept

a guiding rule or principle.

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