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abreast
Keeping up with; side by side (adj)
accede
Agree, give consent to; assume power (verb)
accretion
Gradual increase (noun)
acme
The summit, cream of the crop, the peak (noun)
affable
Warm, friendly (adj)
aggrandize
Increase the power, status, or wealth of; enhance the reputation of someone beyond what is justified by the facts (verb)
aggregate
Gather together, amount to (verb)
alacrity
Cheerful or speedy willingness (noun)
alleviate
Lesson, make easier to endure (verb)
amalgamate
Blend, merge, or unite (verb)
ameliorate
To make better; to improve (verb)
amortize
Gradually pay off a debt, or gradually write off an asset (verb)
analgesia
Pain relief; inability to feel pain (noun)
analogous
Comparable (adj)
anodyne
Medicine that relieves pain (noun); soothing, relieving pain (adj)
appease
Pacify; soothe; calm down; make peace with (verb)
apposite
Highly appropriate, suitable, or relevant (adj)
appreciable
Sufficient to be noticed or measured (adj)
approbation
Praise or approval, especially formal approval (noun)
appropriate
Take for one's own use, set aside (verb); suitable (noun)
ardent
Enthusiastic, passionate (adj)
articulate
Using language in a clear fluent way (adj); speak distinctly or give clarity to an idea (verb)
ascribe
Assign or credit to a certain cause or source (verb)
aseptic
Surgically clean, free of germs (adj)
assiduous
Diligent (adj)
assuage
To make something unpleasant less intense; to satisfy (verb)
attuned
In harmony; in sympathetic relationship (adj)
augment
To make larger, increase (verb)
august
Majestic, inspiring admiration and respect (adj)
avid
Enthusiastic; having a keen interest in something (adj)
balloon
Swell or puff out; increase rapidly (verb)
beneficent
Generous or doing good (adj)
bevy
Any large group (noun)
bolster
To support; prop up (verb)
bonhomie
Cheerful friendliness, good heartedness; geniality (noun)
buffer
Something that shields, protects, absorbs shock, or cushions (noun)
burgeon
Grow or flourish rapidly (verb)
buttress
To support, strengthen (verb); A supporting structure (noun)
candid
Completely honest, straightforward (adj)
cardinal
Most important; fundamental (adj)
clinch
Make final or settle conclusively; to fasten or hold together (verb)
coalesce
Come together and form one mass or whole; combine in a mass or whole (verb)
complaisant
Eager to please; cheerfully complying (adj)
complementary
Completing; fitting together well; filling mutual needs (adj)
conciliatory
Intended or likely to placate or pacify; appeasing; soothing; showing willingness to reconcile (adj)
concur
To express agreement, approve (verb)
condone
To overlook, pardon, or disregard (verb)
connoisseur
An expert, particularly in matters of art and taste (noun)
console
To lessen sadness or disappointment; give comfort to (verb)
contrite
Remorseful; affected by guilt (adj)
conversant
knowledgeable about, experienced/familiar with (adj)
convoke
Call together, as to a meeting (verb)
corroborate
To confirm, make more certain, bolster, substantiate (verb)
cosmopolitan
Familiar with and at ease in many different countries and cultures; sophisticated, worldly (adj)
cosset
To pamper, treat with excessive indulgence (verb)
countenance
Facial expression or face; support (noun); admit as acceptable or possible, to tolerate, permit (verb)
culminate
Come together to reach a climax or point of highest development (verb)
decorous
Behaving with propriety and good taste; polite (adj)
dilate
To make or become larger or wider; to expand upon (verb)
dispatch
Send off to a destination; deal with (verb); The sending of someone to a destination for a purpose (noun)
distend
Expand; swell out (verb)
distill
Purify; extract the essential elements of (verb)
dovetail
Join or fit together (verb)
ebullient
Very enthusiastic, cheerful and full of energy; bubbling as though being boiled (adj)
eclectic
Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources; selecting the best (adj)
edify
Instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually, educate, guide (verb)
eloquent
Expressive, articulate, moving (adj)
eminent
Famous, outstanding, distinguished (adj)
encomium
A formal expression of high praise; a tribute (noun)
engender
To produce, cause, or bring about/give rise to (verb)
epicure
Person with cultivated, refined tastes, esp. in food and wine (noun)
equanimity
Composure, evenness of mind; mental or emotional stability, esp. under stress (noun)
erudite
Scholarly, knowledgeable (adj)
estimable
Worthy of great respect, esteem (adj)
euphony
Pleasing or sweet sound, especially as formed by a harmonious use of words (noun)
exculpate
To clear from guilt or blame; prove innocent (verb)
exonerate
To clear from a charge or accusation (verb)
exponent
One who advocates, speaks for, explains, or interprets (noun)
expurgate
To censor (verb)
feasible
Possible (adj)
fecund
Fruitful, fertile; capable of abundantly producing offspring, vegetation, or creative or intellectual work (adj)
felicitous
Well chosen or suited to the circumstances; pleasing and fortunate (adj)
fervid
Heated in passion or enthusiasm, esp. excessively (adj)
finesse
Extreme delicacy, subtlety, or diplomacy in handling a sensitive situation or in a performance or skill (noun); use tact or diplomacy; employ a deceptive strategy (verb)
fluke
Stroke of luck, something accidentally successful (noun)
foment
Incite, instigate, stir up, promote the growth of (verb)
fortify
Strengthen,encourage (verb)
fortuitous
Accidental, occurring by a happy chance (adj)
frenetic
Frantic, wildly excited or active in an uncontrollable way (adj)
garner
To gather and store (verb)
germane
Relevant, fitting (adj)
gradation
A series of gradual changes (noun)
gregarious
Outgoing; sociable (adj)
halcyon
Denoting a calm, happy, peaceful period of time (adj)
hallmark
A mark or symbol of genuineness or high quality (noun)
hearken
Listen, pay attention to (verb)
hegemony
Domination over others (noun)
homage
Honor or respect shown publicly (noun)
husband
To manage economically; to use sparingly (verb)
imbue
Inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality (verb)
impermeable
Impossible to penetrate (adj)
impervious
Incapable of being affected; impermeable (adj)
incorporate
To bring together features, ideas, or elements; to include (verb)
indefatigable
Incapable of being tired out (adj)
ingenuous
Naive, innocent and unsuspecting (adj)
ingratiate
To bring oneself into favor with someone by flattering or trying to please them (verb)
innocuous
Harmless, inoffensive (adj)
inordinate
Unusually or disproportionately large; excessive (adj)
intelligible
Able to be understood, clear (adj)
interplay
An interaction, the way in which two or more things have an effect on each other (noun)
intrepid
Fearless; adventurous - often used for rhetorical or humorous effect (adj)
inundate
To overwhelm; to cover with water (verb)
inure
Accustom or habituate to pain, hardship (verb)
investiture
The formal bestowal, confirmation, or presentation of rank, office, or a possessory or prescriptive right (noun)
juxtapose
To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast (verb)
largess
Generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others; money or gifts given generously (noun)
laudable
Worthy of praise (adj)
lavish
Luxurious; sumptuously rich; elaborate (adj)
lionize
To treat as a celebrity (verb)
lissome
Thin, supple, agile, and graceful (of a person or their body) (adj)
lucid
Clear and easily understood (adj)
lull
Soothe or cause to fall asleep (as in a lullaby); quiet down; make to feel secure, sometimes falsely (verb); a period of calm or quiet (noun)
magnanimous
Very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself (adj)
magnate
A wealthy, influential person, especially in business (noun)
milieu
Environment, atmosphere; the environmental setting in which something happens or develops (noun)
mirth
Jollity, merriment; amusement or laughter (noun)
mirthful
Full of mirth, merry; amusing (adj)
mitigate
To make less severe (verb)
mollify
To calm or soothe (an angry person); lessen or soften (verb)
multifarious
Having great variety; numerous and diverse (adj)
munificent
Extremely generous, lavish (adj)
nontrivial
Important or big enough to matter; significant (adj)
pacific
Peaceful in character or intent (adj)
palatial
Suitable for or resembling a palace, magnificent (adj)
panegyric
A formal or elaborate praise (noun)
panoply
A collection or an assortment of things; an impressive array (noun)
penchant
A strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something (noun)
penitent
Regretful, feeling remorse for one's sins or misdeeds (adj)
permeate
To spread through, penetrate, soak through (verb)
pervasive
Having the tendency to spread throughout (adj)
phalanx
A body or troops of police officers standing or moving in close formation (noun)
pious
Devoutly religious (adj)
piquant
Having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavor; pleasantly stimulating or exciting to the mind (adj)
placate
To appease, soothe, pacify; satisfy or calm down (verb)
placid
Not easily upset or excited; peaceful (adj)
plausible
Seemingly reasonable or probable; believable (adj)
plethora
An abundance or excess of something (noun)
plucky
Having or showing determined courage in the face of difficulties; brave, spirited (adj)
politic
Seemingly sensible and judicious, shrewd, pragmatic (adj)
potentate
A monarch or ruler, especially an autocratic one (noun)
primacy
The state of being first or most important (noun)
principled
Having high moral satandards; ethical (adj)
pristine
In its original condition; unspoiled (adj)
probity
The quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency (noun)
prodigal
Wastefully extravagant (adj)
prodigious
Remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree (adj)
profuse
Exuberantly plentiful; abundant; extravagant (adj)
proliferate
To grow or increase rapidly in numbers (verb)
promulgate
To promote or make widely known (verb)
propagate
Reproduce, spread, increase (verb)
propitiate
To win or regain favor of; to appease (verb)
propitious
Indicating a good chance of success; favorable (adj)
providential
Occurring at a favorable time; opportune (adj)
proxy
Substitute; to represent someone else (noun)
puckish
Playfully, especially in a mischievous way (adj)
puissance
Great power, influence, or prowess; a competitive test of a horse's ability to jump large obstacles in show jumping (noun)
putative
Generally considered or reputed to be (adj)
qualified
Officially recognized as trained to perform a job; certified; not complete or absolute; limited (adj)
quiescent
In a state or period of inactivity or dormancy (adj)
quixotic
Extremely impractical but romantic; unrealistic (adj)
rarefied
Distant from the lives/concerns of ordinary people (adj)
redress
Correct; remedy; set right (verb)
refulgent
Shinning brightly (adj)
remedial
Providing a remedy, curative; correcting a deficient skill (adj)
replete
Filled or well-supplied with something in abundance; complete with (adj)
repose
A state of rest, sleep, tranquility (noun); be lying; kept in (verb)
requite
Reciprocate; return (verb)
resolution
A firm decision to do or not do something (noun)
reverent
Feeling or showing deep and solemn respect (adj)
ruminate
To think deeply about something; contemplate (verb)
sacrosanct
Regarded as scared; important; valuable (adj)
salubrious
Health-giving; healthy (adj)
sanction
A threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule; official permission or approval for an action (noun)
sangfroid
Composure or coolness, sometimes excessive, as shown in danger or under trying circumstances (noun)
sanguine
Optimistic or positive, especially in a bad or difficult situation (adj)
satiate
To satisfy completely; to fill to excess (verb); full, satisfied (adj)
savant
A learned person, scholar, especially a distinguished scientist (noun)
secrete
To produce and discharge (verb)
sedulous
Showing dedication and diligence (adj)
slake
quench or satisfy (verb)
slew
Turn or slide violently or uncontrollably in a particular direction (verb)
solicitous
Showing interest or concern (adj)
soporific
Inducing drowsiness or sleep (adj)
sound
To measure or investigate (verb); In good condition (adj)
spate
A large number of similar things; sudden flood (noun)
spearhead
lead (verb)
standing
Status, rank (noun); remaining in force or use; permanent (verb)
steeped
Immersed in; saturated with (adj)
stentorian
Loud and powerful (adj)
strut
Structural support (noun); walk with a stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or conceited gait (verb)
sublime
Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe (adj)
Subside
Become less intense; settle down; return to normal (verb)
substantiate
To provide evidence to support or prove the truth of (verb)
supplicate
Ask or beg earnestly/humbly (verb)
surfeit
Excessive amount of something (noun); cause (someone) to desire no more of something as a result of having consumed or done it to excess (verb)
symbiosis
The interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both (noun)
synchronous
Happening at the same time (adj)
torrid
Very hot, dry; fulll of difficulty (adj)
travesty
A false, absurd, or distorted representation of something (noun)
triage
To assign degrees of urgency to (wounded or ill patients) (verb)
underscore
A line drawn underneath for emphasis (noun)
vanguard
A group of people leading the way in new development (noun)
venerate
To regard with great respect; revere (verb)
veracity
The conformity to facts; accuracy, habitual truthfulness (noun)
verisimilar
Having the appearance of truth, probable (adj)
viable
capable of working successfully; feasible (adj)
vim
Energy; enthusiasm (noun)
voluble
speaking or spoken incessantly (without interruption) and fluently (adverb)
whet
To sharpen the blade of (a tool or weapon) (verb); a thing that stimulates appetite or desire (noun)
winsome
Attractive or appealing in appearance or character (adj)
wry
Using or expressing dry, especially mocking, humor (adj)
zeal
Great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective (noun)
zenith
the highest point reached by a celestial or other object (noun)

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