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asdg

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maelstrom
a destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects
magnanimous
noble, generous
malediction
a curse
malevolent
wanting harm to befall others
malleable
capable of being shaped or transformed
mandate
an authoritative command
manifest
easily understandable, obvious
manifold
diverse, varied
maudlin
weakly sentimental
maverick
an independent, nonconformist person
mawkish
characterized by sick sentimentality
maxim
a common saying expressing a principle of conduct
meager
deficient in size or quality
medley
a mixture of differing things
mendacious
having a lying, false character
mercurial
characterized by rapid change or temperamentality
meritorious
worthy of esteem or reward
metamorphosis
the change of form, shape, substance
meticulous
extremely careful with details
mitigate
to make less violent, alleviate
moderate
not extreme
modicum
a small amount of something
modulate
to pass from one state to another, especially in music
mollify
to soften in temper
morass
a wet swampy bog; figuratively, something that traps and confuses
mores
the moral attitudes and fixed customs of a group of people
morose
gloomy or sullen
multifarious
having great diversity or variety
mundane
concerned with the world rather than with heaven, commonplace
munificence
generosity in giving
mutable
able to change
myriad
consisting of a very great number
nadir
the lowest point of something
nascent
in the process of being born or coming into existence
nebulous
vaguely defined, cloudy
nefarious
heinously villainous
negligent
habitually careless, neglectful
neophyte
someone who is young or inexperience
nocturnal
relating to or occurring in during the night
noisome
unpleasant, offensive, especially to the sense of smell
nomadic
wandering from place to place
nominal
trifling, insignificant
nonchalant
having a lack of concern, indifference
nondescript
lacking a distinctive character
notorious
widely and unfavorably known
novice
a beginner, someone without training or experience
noxious
harmful, unwholesome
nuance
a slight variation in meaning, tone, expression
nurture
to assist the development of
obdurate
unyielding to persuasion or mural influences
obfuscate
to render incomprehensible
oblique
diverging from a straight line or course, not straightforward
oblivious
lacking consciousness or awareness of something
obscure
unclear, partially hidden
obsequious
excessively compliant or submissive
obsolete
no longer used, out of date
obstinate
not yielding easily, stubborn
obstreperous
noisy, unruly
obtuse
lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect
odious
instilling hatred or intense displeasure
officious
offering one's services when they are neither wanted nor needed
ominous
foreboding or foreshadowing evil
onerous
burdensome
opulent
characterized by rich abundance verging on ostentation
oration
a speech delivered in a formal or ceremonious manner
ornate
highly elaborate, excessively decorated
orthodox
conventional, conforming to established protocol
oscillate
to sway from one side to the other
ostensible
appearing as such, seemingly
ostentatious
excessively showy, glitzy
ostracism
exclusion from a group
pacific
soothing
palatable
agreeable to the taste or sensibilities
palette
a range or color or qualities
palliate
to reduce the severity of
pallid
lacking color
panacea
a remedy for all ills or difficulties
paradigm
an example that is a perfect pattern or model
paradox
an apparently contradictory statement that is perhaps true
paragon
a model of excellence or perfection
paramount
greatest in importance, rank, character
pariah
an outcast
parody
a satirical imitation
parsimony
frugality, stinginess
partisan
a follower, adherent
patent
readily seen or understood, clear
pathology
a deviation from the model
pathos
an emotion of sympathy
paucity
small in quantity
pejorative
derogatory, uncomplimentary
pellucid
easily intelligible, clear
penchant
a tendency, partiality, preference
penitent
remorseful, regretful
penultimate
next to last
penurious
perfidious
perfunctory
showing little interest or enthusiasm
permeate
to spread throughout, saturate
pernicious
extremely destructive or harmful
perplex
to confuse
perspicacity
shrewdness, perceptiveness
pert
flippant, bold
pertinacious
stubbornly persistent
perusal
a careful examination, review
pervasive
having the tendency to spread throughout
petulance
rudeness, irritability
philanthropic
charitable, giving
phlegmatic
uninterested, unresponsive
pillage
to seize or plunder
pinnacle
the highest point
pithy
concisely meaningful
pittance
a very small amount, especially relating to money
placate
to east the anger of, soothe
placid
calm, peaceful
platitude
an uninspired remark, cliché
plaudits
enthusiastic approval, applause
plausible
believable, reasonable
plentitude
an abundance
plethora
an abundance, excess
pliable
flexible
poignant
deeply affecting, moving
polemic
an aggressive argument against a specific opinion
portent
an omen
potable
suitable for drinking
potentate
one who has great power, a rule
pragmatic
practical
precipice
the face of a cliff, a steep or overhanging place
preclude
to prevent
precocious
advanced, developing ahead of time
predilection
a preference or inclination for something
preponderance
superiority in importance or quantity
prepossessing
occupying the mind to the exclusion of other thoughts
presage
an omen
prescient
to have foreknowledge of events
prescribe
to lay down a rule
presumptuous
disrespectfully bold
pretense
an appearance or action intended to deceive
primeval
original, ancient
privation
lacking basic necessities
probity
virtue, integrity
proclivity
a strong inclination toward something
procure
to obtain, acquire
profane
lewd, indecent
profligate
dissolute, extravagant
profuse
plentiful, abundance
promulgate
to proclaim, make known
propagate
to multiply, spread out
propensity
an inclination, preference
propitious
favorable
propriety
the quality or state of being proper, decent
prosaic
plain, lacking liveliness
proscribe
to condemn, outlaw
protean
able to change shape; displaying great variety
prowess
extraordinary ability
prudence
cautious, circumspect
prurient
eliciting or possessing an extraordinary interest in sex
puerile
juvenile, immature
pugnacious
quarrelsome, combative
pulchritude
physical beauty
punctilious
eager to follow rules or conventions
pungent
having a point, sharp quality - often used to describe smells
punitive
involving punishment
putrid
rotten, foul
quagmire
a difficult situation
quaint
charmingly old-fashioned
quandary
a perplexed, unresolvable state
quell
to control or diffuse a potentially explosive situation
querulous
whiny, complaining
quixotic
idealistic, impractical
quotidian
daily
rail
to scold, protest
rancid
having a terrible taste or smell
rancor
deep, bitter resentment
rapport
mutual understanding and harmony
rash
hasty, incautious
raucous
loud, boisterous
raze
to demolish, level
rebuke
to scold, criticize
recalcitrant
defiant, unapologetic
recapitulate
to sum up, repeat
reciprocate
to give in return
reclusive
solitary, shunning society
reconcile
to return to harmony
rectitude
uprightness, extreme morality
redoubtable
formidable
refract
to distort, change
refurbish
to restore, clean up
refute
to prove wrong
regurgitate
to vomit
relegate
to assign to the proper place
relish
to enjoy
remedial
intended to repaid gaps in students' basic knowledge
remiss
negligent, failing to take care
renovate
restore, return to original state
renown
honor, acclaim
renunciation
to reject
repentant
penitent, sorry
replete
full, abundant
repose
to rest, lie down
reprehensible
deserving rebuke
reprieve
a temporary delay of punishment
reproach
to scold, disapprove
reprobate
evil, unprincipled
reprove
to scold, rebuke
repudiate
to reject, refuse to accept
repulse
to disgust
reputable
of good reputation
requisition
a demand for goods, usually made by an authority
rescind
to take back, repeal
reservoir
reserves, large supply
resilient
able to recover from misfortune; able to withstand adversity
resolute
firm, determined
resolve
to find a solution
respite
a break, rest
resplendent
shiny, glowing
restitution
restoration to the rightful owner
restive
resistant, stubborn, impatient
retract
withdraw
revel
to enjoy intensely
revere
to esteem, show deference, venerate
revoke
to take back
rhapsodize
to engage in excessive enthusiasm
ribald
coarsely, crudely humorous
rife
abundant
ruminate
to contemplate, reflect
ruse
a trick