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abate
to make less in amount, degree, etc, to subside, become less; to nullify, deduct, omit
abet
to encourage, assist, aid, support (especially in something wrong or unworthy)
accrue
to grow or accumulate over time; to happen as a natural result
aver
to affirm, declare confidently, assert
disseminate
to scatter or spread widely, disperse, circulate
equanimity
calmness, composure, refusal to panic
equivocate
to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation; to be deliberately vague/ambiguous
expatiate
to expand on, write or talk at length or in detail; to move about freely
expurgate
to remove objectionable passages or words from a written text; to cleanse, purify
extenuate
to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses
foist
to impose fraud; use stealth, dishonesty, or coercion
ignoble
mean, low, base
impugn
to call into question, to attack as false
inauspicious
unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting future bad luck
inculcate
to impress by repetition, teach persistently/earnestly, instill
intemperate
immoderate, lacking in self-control, inclement
penury
extreme poverty, barrenness, insufficiency
perfidy
faithlessness, treachery
pernicious
extremely harmful, deadly, fatal
prosaic
dull, lacking in distinction and originality, matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic
sententious
self-righteous, characterized by moralizing; given to use of maxims or adages; saying much in few words
specious
deceptive, apparently good or valid but w/o real merit
surfeit
(n.) an excess in eating or drinking, causing disgust; (v.) to feed or supply with anything to excess
torpid
inactive, sluggish, dull
turgid
swollen, bloated, filled to excess; overdecorated or excessive in language
winsome
charming, attractive, pleasing (childlike charm/innocence), delightful
cupidity
an eager desire for something; greed, craving
reprobate
a depraved, vicious, or unprincipled person; wicked, corrupt, or unprincipled; to disapprove of, condemn
encumber
to weigh down or burden with difficulties, cares, or debt; to fill up, block up, hinder
recondite
exceeding ordinary knowledge and understanding