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abscond
leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft.
arduous
involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.
belie
(of an appearance) fail to give a true notion or impression of (something); disguise or contradict. fail to fulfill or justify (a claim or expectation); betray.
bombast
high-sounding language with little meaning, used to impress people.
cacophony
a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds.
castigation
to criticize or reprimand severely
censure
express severe disapproval of (someone or something), typically in a formal statement.
chicanery
the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose.
cower
crouch down in fear.
craven
contemptibly lacking in courage; cowardly.
denigrate
criticize unfairly; disparage.
derision
contemptuous ridicule or mockery.
diatribe
a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something.
discomfit
make (someone) feel uneasy or embarrassed.
disingenuous
not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.
dissemble
conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs.
exacerbate
make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse.
furtive
attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive.
garrulous
excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters.
harangue
a lengthy and aggressive speech.
inopportune
occurring at an inconvenient or inappropriate time.
irascible
having or showing a tendency to be easily angered.
malevolent
having or showing a wish to do evil to others.
misanthrope
a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society.
morose
sullen and ill-tempered.
amalgamate
combine or unite to form one organization or structure.
assuage
make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense.
bolster
support or strengthen; prop up.
burgeon
begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish.
buttress
provide (a building or structure) with projecting supports built against its walls. increase the strength of or justification for; reinforce.
capricious
given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior.
catalyst
a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.
caustic
able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action. sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way.
desiccate
remove the moisture from (something, especially food), typically in order to preserve it. lacking interest, passion, or energy.
divest
deprive (someone) of power, rights, or possessions.
enervate
cause (someone) to feel drained of energy or vitality; weaken.
ephemeral
lasting for a very short time.
eradicate
destroy completely; put an end to.
inchoate
just begun and so not fully formed or developed; rudimentary.
obdurate
stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or course of action.
obsequious
obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree.
onerous
(of a task, duty, or responsibility) involving an amount of effort and difficulty that is oppressively burdensome.
opprobrium
harsh criticism or censure.
pedantic
someone who's too concerned with literal accuracy or formality
perjury
the offense of willfully telling an untruth in a court after having taken an oath or affirmation.
recalcitrant
having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline.
secrete
(of a cell, gland, or organ) produce and discharge (a substance).
specious
superficially plausible, but actually wrong.
spurious
not being what it purports to be; false or fake.
vexation
the state of being annoyed, frustrated, or worried.
aberrant
departing from an accepted standard.
anachronistic
a chronological inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of person(s), events, objects, or customs from different periods of time.
anomalous
deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected.
archaic
very old or old-fashioned.
ascetic
characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons.
banal
so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.
commensurate
corresponding in size or degree; in proportion.
derivative
(typically of an artist or work of art) imitative of the work of another person, and usually disapproved of for that reason.
deviance
the fact or state of departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behavior.
diffuse
spread or cause to spread over a wide area or among a large number of people.
discordant
disagreeing or incongruous. (of sounds) harsh and jarring because of a lack of harmony.
discrete
individually separate and distinct.
disinterested
not influenced by considerations of personal advantage.
intransigent
unwilling or refusing to change one's views or to agree about something.
inundate
overwhelm (someone) with things or people to be dealt with.
obviate
remove (a need or difficulty). avoid; prevent.
perfidy
deceitfulness; untrustworthiness.
placate
make (someone) less angry or hostile.
precipitate
cause (an event or situation, typically one that is bad or undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely.
proliferate
increase rapidly in numbers; multiply.
propagate
breed specimens of (a plant, animal, etc.) by natural processes from the parent stock. spread and promote (an idea, theory, etc.) widely.
rarefy
to become less thin or less dense, or to make or become more refined.
rectify
put (something) right; correct. convert (alternating current) to direct current
retard
delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment.
viscous
having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid;
admonish
warn or reprimand someone firmly.
apprise
inform or tell (someone).
approbation
approval or praise.
articulate
(of a person or a person's words) having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently.
aver
state or assert to be the case.
candor
the quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness.
distention
the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope.
electric
of, worked by, charged with, or producing electricity.mhaving or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement.
emulate
match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation.
esoteric
intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.
florid
having a red or flushed complexion. elaborately or excessively intricate or complicated.
heretical
holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.
homogeneous
consisting of parts all of the same kind.
iconoclastic
characterized by attack on cherished beliefs or institutions.
imperturbable
unable to be upset or excited; calm.
innocuous
not harmful or offensive.
marginal
of, relating to, or situated at the edge or border of something.
mitigate
make less severe, serious, or painful.
mundane
lacking interest or excitement; dull.
ostracism
exclusion from a society or group.
perennial
lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring.
recluse
a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people.
sporadic
occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated.
tangential
diverging from a previous course or line; erratic.
temper
a person's state of mind seen in terms of their being angry or calm.
circumspect
wary and unwilling to take risks.
cogent
clear, logical, and convincing.
corroborate
confirm or give support to
diffident
modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence.
disabuse
persuade (someone) that an idea or belief is mistaken.
discretion
the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information.
elegy
a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead.
enumerate
mention (a number of things) one by one.
equivocate
use ambiguous language so as to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself.
euphemism
a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.
exculpate
show or declare that (someone) is not guilty of wrongdoing.
extemporaneous
spoken or done without preparation.
fawn
a young deer in its first year. a light yellowish-brown color.
glib
fluent and voluble but insincere and shallow.
goad
provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate some action or reaction.
implicit
implied though not plainly expressed. with no qualification or question; absolute.
laconic
using very few words.
laud
praise (a person or their achievements) highly, especially in a public context.
loquacious
tending to talk a great deal; talkative.
lucid
expressed clearly; easy to understand.
mollify
appease the anger or anxiety of (someone).
propitiate
win or regain the favor of (a god, spirit, or person) by doing something that pleases them.
rescind
revoke, cancel, or repeal (a law, order, or agreement).
rhetoric
the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.
sanction
a threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule. official permission or approval for an action.
antipathy
a deep-seated feeling of dislike; aversion.
arbitrary
based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.
aversion
a strong dislike or disinclination.
bent
sharply curved or having an angle.
condone
accept and allow (behavior that is considered morally wrong or offensive) to continue.
convention
a way in which something is usually done, especially within a particular area or activity. an agreement between countries covering particular matters, especially one less formal than a treaty.
dogma
a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true.
engender
cause or give rise to (a feeling, situation, or condition).
fortuitous
happening by accident or chance rather than design.
frugality
the quality of being economical with money or food; thriftiness.
illusory
not real.
insipid
lacking flavor.
inured
accustom (someone) to something, especially something unpleasant.
miser
a person who hoards wealth and spends as little money as possible.
nonplussed
surprised and confused so much that they are unsure how to react.
penchant
a strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.
penury
extreme poverty; destitution.
phlegmatic
having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition.
soliloquy
an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.
succinct
briefly and clearly expressed.
tacit
understood or implied without being stated.
taciturn
reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.
tout
attempt to sell (something), typically by pestering people in an aggressive or bold manner.
veracity
conformity to facts; accuracy.
wheedle
employ endearments or flattery to persuade someone to do something or give one something.
audacious
showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks. showing an impudent lack of respect.
beneficent
generous or doing good.
blithe
showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper.
burnish
polish (something, especially metal) by rubbing.
calibrate
mark (a gauge or instrument) with a standard scale of readings.
consternation
feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected.
convoluted
extremely complex and difficult to follow.
deference
humble submission and respect.
effrontery
insolent or impertinent behavior.
endemic
regularly found among particular people or in a certain area.
epitome
a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.
plethora
a large or excessive amount of (something).
preempt
take action in order to prevent (an anticipated event) from happening; forestall.
prodigal
spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant.
prone
likely to or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something, typically something regrettable or unwelcome.
propensity
an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way.
qualm
an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one's own conduct; a misgiving.
quiescence
Quiet, still, or inactive.
repudiate
refuse to accept or be associated with.
restitution
the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner.
savor
taste (good food or drink) and enjoy it completely. have a suggestion or trace of (something, especially something bad).
solvent
having assets in excess of liabilities; able to pay one's debts. able to dissolve other substances.
stint
supply an ungenerous or inadequate amount of (something). a person's fixed or allotted period of work.
superfluous
unnecessary, especially through being more than enough.
veneration
great respect; reverence.
erudite
having or showing great knowledge or learning.
facetious
treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.
fatuous
silly and pointless.
fidelity
faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.
implacable
unable to be placated.
ingenuity
the quality of being clever, original, and inventive.
intemperance
lack of moderation or restraint.
intrepid
fearless; adventurous (often used for rhetorical or humorous effect).
magnanimity
the fact or condition of being magnanimous; generosity.
membrane
a pliable sheetlike structure acting as a boundary, lining, or partition in an organism.
perfunctory
carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection.
plasticity
the quality of being easily shaped or molded.
porous
having minute spaces or holes through which liquid or air may pass.
pragmatic
dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.
pristine
clean and fresh as if new; spotless.
probity
the quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency.
prodigious
remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree.
prudent
acting with or showing care and thought for the future.
solicitous
characterized by or showing interest or concern.
surfeit
an excessive amount of something.
tortuous
full of twists and turns. excessively lengthy and complex.
tractable
easy to control or influence.
unfeigned
genuine; sincere.
unfettered
release from restraint or inhibition.
warranted
justify or necessitate.
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