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abase
Degrade or humble; to lower in rank, status, or esteem
abeyance
Temporary suspension, inactivity
abreast
Side-by-side. The more common "abreast of" means keeping up with, staying aware of, or remaining equal in progress with.
abscission
Cutting off; sudden termination; the separation of leaves, petals, or other parts from a plant or animal
abscond
Depart suddenly and secretively
abyss
A deep and vast space or cavity; anything profound or infinite
accede
Agree, give consent; assume power (usually as "accede to")
accretion
Gradual increase; an added part or addition
acerbic
Sour; harsh or severe
acidulous
Slightly acid or sour; sharp or caustic
acumen
Keen, quick, accurate insight or judgment
adulterate
Make impure by adding inappropriate or inferior ingredients
adumbrate
Give a rough outline of; foreshadow; reveal only partially; obscure
aerie
Dwelling or fortress built on a high place; the nest of a bird of prey, such as an eagle or hawk, built on a mountain or cliff
albeit
Although, even though
aloof
Distant physically or emotionally; reserved; indifferent
amalgamate
Blend, merge, or unite
ameliorate
Improve; make better or more bearable
amortize
Gradually pay off a debt, or gradually write off an asset
anachronism
Something that is not in its correct historical time; a mistake in chronology, such as by assigning a person or event to the wrong time period
analgesia
Pain relief; inability to feel pain
annul
Make void or null, cancel, abolish (usually of laws or other established rules)
anodyne
Medicine that relieves pain (noun); soothing, relieving pain (adj)
antedate
Be older than, precede in time; assign to an earlier date
antithetical
Directly opposed, opposite; involving antithesis (the rhetorical act of placing two phrases opposite one another for contrast, as in love me or hate me)
apostate
Person who deserts a party, cause, religion, etc.
apostle
Pioneer of a reform movement (originally, an early follower of Jesus)
apposite
Highly appropriate, suitable, or relevant
apprise
Inform, give notice to
approbation
Praise or approval, especially formal approval
appropriate
Set aside or authorize (such as money) for a particular purpose; take for one's own use
arbiter
Judge, umpire, person empowered to decide matters at hand
ardent
Very passionate, devoted, or enthusiastic
arrogate
Claim or take presumptuously or without the right to do so
ascribe
Assign or credit to a certain cause or source
aseptic
Free from germs
asperity
Rigor, severity; harshness or sharpness of tone; roughness of surface
aspersions
Damaging remarks, defamation, slander
assail
Attack violently, assault
assiduous
Persevering, diligent, constant
attenuate
Weaken or thin out
attuned
In harmony; in sympathetic relationship
augury
Telling the future, such as through supernatural means
august
Venerable, majestic; inspiring admiration
avarice
Insatiable greed; a miserly desire to hoard wealth
axiom
Self-evident truth requiring no proof; universally or generally accepted principle
balloon
Swell or puff out; increase rapidly
banal
Lacking freshness and originality; cliché
bane
Something that ruins or spoils
baying
Howling in a deep way, like a dog or wolf
beneficent
Doing good
bent
Personal inclination or tendency
besiege
Attack, overwhelm, crowd in on or surround
bevy
Group of birds or other animals that stay close together; any large group
bifurcate
To fork into two branches or divide into two halves
bilk
Cheat or defraud
blight
Disease that kills plants rapidly, or any cause of decay or destruction (noun); ruin or cause to wither (verb)
blithe
Joyous, merry; excessively carefree (so as to ignore more important concerns)
bombastic
(Of speech or writing) far too showy or dramatic than is appropriate; pretentious
bonhomie
Friendliness, open and simple good heartedness
brandish
Shake, wave, or flourish, as a weapon
brook
Suffer or tolerate
bucolic
Pertaining to shepherds; suggesting a peaceful and pleasant view of rural life
burnish
Polish, make smooth and lustrous
calumny
Malicious lie intended to hurt someone's reputation; the act of telling such lies
canard
Rumor, a false or baseless story
cardinal
Chief, most important
catholic
Universal, broad-minded
chicanery
Trickery, deception by knowingly false arguments
circumscribe
Strictly limit a role, range of activity, or area; in math, to be constructed around so as to touch as many points as possible
circumspect
Cautious, prudent; careful to consider the circumstances and consequences
clamber
Climb awkwardly or with difficulty, scramble
cloying
Disgustingly or distastefully sweet
coagulate
Cause a liquid to become solid or semisolid
coda
Final part of a musical composition; an ending, esp. one that sums up what has come before
coffer
Chest for storing valuables; financial resources, a treasury
collude
Conspire; cooperate for illegal or fraudulent purposes
compendium
Concise but complete summary; a list or collection
complaisant
Eager to please; cheerfully complying
confound
Confuse, frustrate; mix up or make worse
connote
Suggest or imply in addition to the precise, literal meaning
contraries
Things that are opposing; either of two opposite things
contrite
Remorseful; feeling sorry for one's offenses or sins
contumacious
Rebellious; stubbornly disobedient
convoke
Call together, as to a meeting
cosset
Treat as a pet, pamper
coterie
Close or exclusive group, clique
cupidity
Greed, great or excessive desire
curmudgeon
Bad-tempered, difficult person; grouch
declaim
Speak in an impassioned, pompous, or oratorical manner; give a formal speech
declivity
Downward slope
delimit
Fix, mark, or define the boundaries of
demagogue
A leader who lies and gains power by arousing the passions and especially prejudices of the people
demur
Show reluctance or object, especially for moral reasons
desultory
Lacking consistency or order, disconnected, sporadic; going off topic
diaphanous
Very sheer, fine, translucent
dichotomy
Division into two parts or into two contradictory groups
dictum
Formal or authoritative pronouncement; saying or proverb
diffident
Lacking confidence, shy
diffuse
Spread widely, disseminate (verb); dispersed, widely spread out, or wordy and going off-topic (adj)
dilate
To become wider or make wider, cause to expand; to speak or write at length, elaborate upon
dilatory
Slow, late; procrastinating or stalling for time
dilettante
Person who takes up an art or activity for amusement only or in a superficial way
dirge
A funeral or mourning song or poem
discomfiting
Disconcerting, confusing, frustrating
discordant
Harsh or inharmonious in sound; disagreeing, incongruous
discrete
Separate, distinct, detached, existing as individual parts
disparage
Belittle, put down; bring shame upon, discredit
disparate
Distinct, different
dissemble
Mislead, conceal the truth, put on a false appearance of
dissolution
Dissolving, the state of having been dissolved; breaking bonds or breaking up of a group of people; death, disintegration; sinking into extreme hedonism, vice, and degradation
distaff
Female, esp. relating to the maternal side of the family; women or women's work; a staff that holds wool or flax for spinning
distend
Swell, expand, stretch, bloat
dither
Act indecisively (verb); a state of fear or trembling excitement
diurnal
Occurring every day; happening in the daytime (rather than at night)
doctrinaire
Person who applies doctrine in an impractical or rigid and close-minded way (noun); merely theoretical, impractical, or fanatical about other people accepting one's ideas (adj)
doff
Take off (such as clothes), put aside; remove one's hat as a gesture
dovetail
Join or fit together
droll
Funny in an odd way
dupe
Person who is easily fooled or used (noun); to fool or exploit (verb)
duplicity
Deceit, double-dealing, acting in two different ways for the purpose of deception
dyspeptic
Grumpy, pessimistic, irritable; suffering from dyspepsia (indigestion)
ebullient
Very enthusiastic, lively, excited; bubbling as though being boiled
echelon
A level, rank or grade; the people at that level
edify
Uplift, enlighten, instruct or improve in a spiritual or moral way
effigy
Representation or image of a person, esp. a crude facsimile used to mock a hated person
effrontery
Shameless boldness
egress
An exit or the action of exiting
elegy
Song or poem of sorrow, esp. for a deceased person
emaciate
Make abnormally thin, cause to physically waste away
encomium
Warm, glowing praise, esp. a formal expression of praise
endemic
Native, local; natural, specific to, or confined to a particular place
engender
Produce, give rise to, cause to exist; procreate
epicure
Person with cultivated, refined tastes, esp. in food and wine
equanimity
Composure, evenness of mind; mental or emotional stability, esp. under stress
equivocate
Use unclear language to deceive or avoid committing to a position
ersatz
Artificial, synthetic; being an inferior substitute
erstwhile
Former, previous (adj); in the past, formerly (adv)
ethos
The character, personality, or moral values specific to a person, group, time period, etc.
euphemism
Substitution of a mild, inoffensive, or indirect expression for one that is considered offensive or too direct
euphony
Pleasing or sweet sound, especially as formed by a harmonious use of words
exigent
Requiring immediate attention, action, or aid; excessively demanding
exonerate
Clear from blame or accusation; free from a responsibility
expedient
Suitable, proper; effective, often at the expense of ethics or other considerations
expurgate
Censor; remove objectionable or offensive parts
extemporaneous
Done without preparation (esp. of a speech), or with some preparation but no notes; improvised, done on the spur of the moment
faction
Group or clique within a larger organization; party strife and dissension
fallow
Left unplanted (of land); not in use
fastidious
Excessively particular, difficult to please; painstaking, meticulous, requiring excessive attention to detail
fatuous
Foolish, silly, esp. in a smug or complacent manner
fawn
Show affection or try to please in the manner of a dog; try to win favor through flattery and submissive behavior
fecund
Fruitful, fertile; capable of abundantly producing offspring, vegetation, or creative or intellectual work
felicitous
Admirably appropriate, very well-suited for the occasion; pleasant, fortunate, marked by happiness
fervid
Very hot; heated in passion or enthusiasm
fetid
Stinking; having an offensive smell
fledgling
A young bird that has just recently gotten its feathers, an inexperienced person (noun); new or inexperienced (adj)
florid
Reddish or rosy; flowery, showy, or excessively fancy
flout
Treat with disdain, contempt, or scorn (usually of rules)
fluke
Stroke of luck, something accidentally successful
forage
Wander in search of; rummage, hunt, make a raid
ford
Place where a river or similar body of water is shallow enough to walk or ride a vehicle across (noun); to cross at such a place (verb)
forestall
Delay, hinder, prevent by taking action beforehand
fortuitous
Happening by chance; lucky
fracas
Noisy disturbance or fight; brawl
fractious
Unruly, troublemaking; irritable
frenetic
Wildly excited, frantic, distracted
fulminate
Explode, detonate; attack verbally in a vehement, thunderous way
furtive
Done secretly; stealthy, sly, shifty
gambol
Frolic; skip or leap playfully
garner
Gather and store; amass, collect
gestation
Pregnancy; the period from conception until birth of an animal or (metaphorically) of an idea or plan
glacial
Pertaining to glaciers; cold, icy, slow, unsympathetic
glower
Stare in an angry, sullen way
goad
Urge on (as cattle) with a pointed or electrically charged stick; spur on, stimulate, encourage
gouge
Scooping or digging tool, like a chisel, or a hole made with such a tool (noun); cut or scoop out; force out a person's eye with one's thumb; swindle, extort money from (verb)
graft
Insert part of a plant into another plant, where it continues to grow; join living tissue (such as skin) to part of the body where it will continue to live and grow; attach as if by grafting (verb); the part so grafted (as in a graft of skin); the act of acquiring money or other benefits through illegal means, esp. by abusing one's power (noun)
grandiloquent
Relating to lofty speech, esp. to the point of being pompous, overblown, bombastic
grandstand
Perform showily in an attempt to impress onlookers
grating
Irritating; harsh or discordant (of a noise); scraping
grievous
Causing grief or suffering; very serious, grave; flagrant, outrageous
grouse
Complain or grumble (verb); a reason for complaint (noun)
grovel
Creep or crawl with one's face to the ground, prostrate oneself as a token of subservience, degrade or abase oneself
halcyon
Calm and peaceful, carefree; prosperous, successful, happy
hallmark
A mark indicating quality, purity, genuineness, etc.; any distinguishing characteristic
hand-wringing
Grasping, squeezing, etc. of the hands as an expression of nervousness, guilt, etc.; extend debate over what to do about an issue
hapless
Unlucky, unfortunate
harangue
Long, intense verbal attack, esp. when delivered publicly
harrow
Farming tool that breaks up soil (noun); painfully disturb or distress (verb)
hedge
Avoid commitment by leaving provisions for withdrawal or changing one's mind; protect a bet by also betting on the other side
hegemony
Domination, authority; influence by one country over others socially, culturally, economically, etc.
hermetic
Airtight, sealed, isolated; reclusive; pertaining to alchemy, occult
hew
Strike, chop, or hack (as with an axe, sword. etc.); make or shape something (such as a statue) with a cutting tool
hoary
Very old, gray or white as from old age
homage
Honor or respect demonstrated publicly
hoodwink
Trick, deceive
hotly
In an intense, fiery, or heated way
husband
Manage prudently, sparingly, or economically; conserve
iconoclast
Attacker of cherished beliefs or institutions
idolatry
Idol worship; excessive or unthinking devotion or adoration
idyllic
Presenting a positive, peaceful view of rural life (as poetry or prose); pleasant in a natural, simple way
ignoble
Not noble; having mean, base, low motives; low quality
imbue
Permeate or saturate, as dye in a fabric; influence throughout
immutable
Unchangeable
impasse
Position or road from which there is no escape; deadlock
impassive
Not having or not showing physical feeling or emotion
impecunious
Poor, without money
imperious
Commanding, domineering; acting like a high-ranking person; urgent
impermeable
Impassable, not allowing passage through (such as by a liquid)
imperturbable
Calm, not able to be upset or agitated
impervious
Impenetrable, not able to be harmed or emotionally disturbed
impetuous
Passionately impulsive, marked by sudden, hasty emotion; forceful, violent
impious
Not religious, lacking reverence, ungodly
implacable
Not able to be appeased, calmed, or satisfied
imprecation
Curse; prayer for harm to come to someone
impugn
Attack the truth or integrity of
impute
Credit, attribute; lay blame or responsibility for (sometimes falsely)
incarnadine
Blood red or flesh-colored
inconstancy
Fickleness, unreliability; the state of changing without good reason
inculcate
Teach persistently, implant (an idea) in a person
indefatigable
Untiring, not able to become fatigued
indigence
Extreme poverty
indolent
Lazy, slothful
inert
Inactive; having little or no power to move
inexorable
Relentless, unyielding; not moved by pleading
infallible
Incapable of error; certain
ingrate
Ungrateful person
ingratiate
Make an effort to gain favor with
inimical
Hostile, adverse, harmful
iniquity
Injustice, wickedness, sin
inordinate
Excessive, not within proper limits, unrestrained
inquest
Legal or judicial inquiry, especially before a jury and especially made by a coroner into the cause of someone's death; the results of such an inquiry
insensible
Incapable of feeling; unconscious, unaware
insinuate
Hint, suggest slyly; introduce (an idea) into someone's mind in a subtle, artful way
insipid
Dull, stale, lacking taste or interest
insular
Pertaining to an island; detached, standing alone; narrow-minded, provincial
insurrection
Rebellion or revolt against a government or similarly established authority
inter
Bury (a dead body) or place in a tomb
interplay
Interaction, reciprocal relationship or influence
interregnum
A time in between two reigns or regimes during which there is no ruler; a period during which government does not function; any period of freedom from authority or break or interruption in a series
intransigent
Refusing to compromise, inflexible, having extreme attitudes
inundate
Flood, cover with water, overwhelm
inure
Toughen up; accustom or habituate to pain, hardship, etc.
invective
Violent denunciation; accusations, insults, or verbal abuse
inveigle
Entice, lure; get something by flattery, cleverness, or offering incentives
investiture
Investing; formally giving someone a right or title
invidious
Hateful, offensive, injurious
irascible
Irritable, easily angered
irresolute
Wavering, not sure how to proceed, not firm in one's decision-making
itinerant
Traveling from place to place, esp. as part of a job
itinerary
Travel schedule; detailed plan for a journey
jettison
Discard, cast off; throw items overboard in order to lighten a ship in an emergency
jingoism
Excessive, loud patriotism and aggressive, warlike foreign policy
juxtapose
Place side by side (either physically or in a metaphorical way, such as to make a comparison)
kindle
Ignite, cause to begin burning; incite, arouse, inflame
kinetic
Pertaining to motion
knell
The sound made by a bell for a funeral, or any sad sound or signal of a failure, death, ending, etc. (noun); to make such a sound (verb)
lachrymose
Tearful, mournful
larceny
Theft
largess or largesse
Generosity, the giving of money or gifts (esp. with the implication that the giver is a bit superior to the recipient)
latent
Potential; existing but not visible or active
laudable
Worthy of praise
lax
Not strict; careless, loose, slack
leery
Suspicious or wary
legerdemain
Slight-of-hand (magic as performed by a magician); trickery or deception
lethargic
Lazy, drowsy, or sluggish
licentious
Sexually unrestrained; immoral; ignoring the rules
limpid
Clear, transparent; completely calm
lionize
Treat like a celebrity
lissome
Flexible, supple, agile
listless
Spiritless, lacking interest or energy
livid
Furiously angry, enraged
lugubrious
Mournful, gloomy (sometimes in an exaggerated way)
lumber
Walk in a heavy or clumsy way, sometimes due to being weighed down
luminous
Shining, radiant, well-lit; brilliant or enlightening
lurid
Gruesome or excessively vivid; sensational, shocking, unrestrained
machination or machinations
Crafty schemes or plots
maelstrom
Violent whirlpool; any chaotic, turbulent situation
magnanimous
High-minded, noble, lofty; generous in forgiving others, free of resentment
magnate
Very important or influential person, esp. in business
malediction
A curse
malinger
Pretend to be sick, esp. to get out of work, duties, etc.
manifest
Obvious, apparent, perceptible to the eye (adj); to show, make clear, or prove (verb)
mannered
Having a particular manner, esp. an artificial one
mar
Damage, spoil, ruin
martinet
Person who adheres to rules extremely closely; strict disciplinarian
maudlin
Excessively sentimental, showing sadness or some other emotion in a foolish or silly way
maxim
A general truth or fundamental principle, esp. expressed as a proverb or saying
mendicant
Beggar, or religious follower who lives by begging
meretricious
Attractive in a vulgar or flashy way, tawdry; deceptive
metaphysical
Concerned with abstract thought, related to metaphysics (branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the nature of being and of the world); very subtle or abstruse
milieu
Environment, atmosphere; the environmental setting in which something happens or develops
militate
Have a great effect, weigh heavily (often as militate against)
mired
Stuck, entangled (in something, like a swamp or muddy area), soiled
mirth
Jollity, merriment; amusement or laughter
misanthrope or misanthropist
Hater of humankind
missive
Letter, written message
modicum
A little bit or limited quantity
modish
Stylish, contemporary
molt
Shed or cast off, esp. to regularly shed skin, feathers, etc. (as a snake)
monastic
Relating to or resembling a monastery (where monks or nuns live), esp. by being quiet, secluded, contemplative, strict, and/or lacking luxuries
morose
Gloomy, sullen
multifarious
Diverse, having a lot of variety
munificent
Generous, giving liberally
myopic
Near-sighted; lacking long-term thinking, short-sighted
nadir
Lowest point
neologism
New word or phrase (or a new meaning applied to an existing word or phrase)
neophyte
Beginner, novice; person newly converted to a religion
nettle
Irritate, sting, or annoy
noisome
Offensive, disgusting; harmful
nominal
Trivial, so small as to be unimportant; in name only, so-called
nontrivial
Important or big enough to matter
normative
Implying or attempting to establish a norm; expressing value judgments or telling people what to do (rather than merely describing that which is happening)
obdurate
Stubborn, hardhearted, hardened in wrongdoing
oblique
Slanting or sloping; indirect, misleading, or evasive
occlude
Stop up, close, shut in or shut off
opine
Express an opinion
opprobrium
Disgrace and disapproval that result from outrageously shameful actions
orotund
Full, rich, and clear (of the voice or speaking); pompous, bombastic
ossify
Become bone or become hard like bone; become inflexible in attitudes, opinions, etc.
ostensible or ostensive
Professed, evident, or pretended; outwardly appearing in a certain way
ostentatious
Pretentious, boastful showiness
overwrought
Overly nervous, agitated, or excited; too ornate, elaborate, or fussy; overdone
palatial
Suitable for or resembling a palace, magnificent
palliate
Make less serious or severe; relieve symptoms of an illness
pallid
Abnormally pale (as skin); lacking color or vitality
panache
Flair, style, swagger; a flamboyant or grand way of acting
panegyric
Formal or lofty expression of praise
panoply
Splendid, wide-ranging, impressive display or array
paragon
Model of excellence, perfect example
pare
Peel or cut off the outer layer (such as peeling fruit with a knife), reduce or trim as if cutting off the outer parts
parley
Discussion, negotiation, esp. between enemies (noun); to have such a discussion (verb)
parry
Deflect or avoid (esp. a blow or attack); skillfully evade (a question)
pastiche
Mix of incongruous parts; artistic work imitating the work of other artists, often satirically
pathogenic
Capable of producing disease
pedant
Person who pays excessive attention to book learning and rules, or who uses his or her learning to show off
peddle
Travel around while selling; sell illegally; give out or disseminate
pejorative
Disparaging, derogatory, belittling (adj); a name or word that is disparaging (noun)
pellucid
Transparent, translucent; clear, easy to understand
penitent
Regretful, feeling remorse for one's sins or misdeeds (adj); a person who feels this way (noun)
penumbra
Outer part of a shadow from an eclipse; any surrounding region, fringe, periphery; any area where something "sort of" exists
penury
Extreme poverty or scarcity
per se
Intrinsically; by itself; in itself
peregrinate
Travel from place to place, esp. on foot
perennial
Lasting through the years or indefinitely, enduring; recurring
perfunctory
Done superficially, without much care, or merely as routine
peripatetic
Journeying from place to place; traveling on foot
pernicious
Very harmful or destructive, deadly
perspicacious
Having penetrating insight or good discernment
phalanx
Formation of soldiers carrying shields close together for defense; any very close group of people
philistine
Person deficient in or hostile to culture
phlegmatic
Apathetic, sluggish, not easily excited or made emotional
platitude
A shallow, overused statement; cliche
plebian
Of the common people
plethora
Excess; excessive amount
plucky
Brave, spirited
plutocracy
Rule by the wealthy
polemic
Controversial argument, esp. one attacking a specific idea
politic
Shrewd, pragmatic; tactful or diplomatic
polyglot
Speaking or composed of many languages (of a person, book, etc.); a person who knows several languages
posit
Presume, suggest, put forward (an idea)
prattle
Talk in an idle, simple-minded, meaningless, or foolish way; chatter, babble
precipitate
Cause to happen suddenly or prematurely; fling, plunge, or hurl down
précis
Concise summary, abstract
predilection
Preference, tendency or favorability towards
prescient
Having foreknowledge or foresight, seeing the future
preternatural
Supernatural, exceptional
prevaricate
Stray from the truth, mislead, lie
primacy
The state of being first or most important
proclivity
Inclination, natural tendency
prolix
Excessively long and wordy (of a person, piece of writing, etc.)
propagate
Reproduce, spread, increase
propensity
Natural inclination or tendency
prophetic
Relating to prophesy, predicting, ominous
propitiate
Attempt to reconcile with, satisfy, or reduce the animosity of (a person who is angry, offended, etc.)
propitious
Favorable, giving good signs for the future, likely to work out; kind or forgiving
providential
Lucky, fortunate, or relating to divine care (the idea that a deity has helped or cared for a person)
proxy
Agent, substitute, person authorized to act on behalf of another
puerile
Juvenile, immature
pugilism
boxing, fighting with the fists
puissance
Power, might
pulchritude
Physical beauty
pungent
Having a sharp taste or smell; biting, stimulating, sharp
pusillanimous
Cowardly, timid
querulous
Given to complaining, grumbling
quiescent
Quiet, still
quixotic
Extremely impractical but very romantic, chivalrous, or idealistic; impulsive
raconteur
Witty storyteller
rarefied
Lofty, very high up or elevated (in a metaphorical way); exclusive, select; thin, pure, or less dense (as air at the top of a mountain)
reactant
Something that reacts; a substance that undergoes a change in a chemical reaction
recalcitrant
Not obedient, resisting authority, hard to manage
recant
Withdraw, retract, or disavow something one has previously said, esp. formally
recapitulate
Summarize, repeat in a concise way
recondite
Not easily understood, hidden, dealing with an obscure topic
recrudescent
Revival, breaking out into renewed activity
redound
To have a good or bad effect, esp. as a result of a person's efforts or actions (usually used with to, on, or upon)
redress
Setting something right after a misdeed, compensation or relief for injury or wrongdoing (noun); correct, set right, remedy (verb)
refractory
Stubbornly disobedient, hard to manage
refulgent
Shining, radiant
rejoinder
Response or reply, esp. a witty comeback
rend
Tear violently, esp. to tear one's clothing or hair out of grief; pull apart, split, or tear away
repast
A meal (noun); to eat or feast (verb)
repertorial
Pertaining to a repertory or repertoire, a stock of available things or a number of theatrical performances presented regularly or in sequence
repose
The act or state of resting; peacefulness, tranquility; lying dead in a grave
reprobate
Disreputable, unprincipled, or damned person (noun); shameless, depraved (adj)
resurgent
Having a revival, renewing, rising or surging again
revamp
Renovate, redo, revise (verb); a restructuring, upgrade, etc. (noun)
ribald
Using or relating to obscene or vulgar humor
ridden
Dominated or burdened by
rift
A gap or fissure (such as in rock), a break in friendly relations
rococo
Very elaborate and ornate (in decorating or metaphorically, as in speech and writing); relating to a highly ornate style of art and architecture in 18th-century France
rue
Regret, remorse (noun); to feel regret or remorse (verb)
ruminate
Turn over in the mind, reflect on; chew cud (as a cow)
salient
Obvious, standing out; projecting, protruding, jutting out
sardonic
Scornfully or ironically mocking, cynically derisive
savant
Learned person, scholar, someone admitted to membership in a scholarly field; a person with amazing mental abilities despite having a cognitive difference or disability
scintilla
A tiny bit or trace
scurvy
Contemptible, mean
searchingly
In a searching or penetrating manner; while examining closely or probing for answers
secrete
Produce and release a substance from a cell or gland of the body for a functional purpose
sedition
Inciting rebellion against a government, esp. speech or writing that does this
semantic
Relating to the different meanings of words or other symbols
seraphic
Like an angel; serene, spiritually carried off or transported
shard
Fragment of some brittle substance, esp. a sharp fragment of pottery, glass, etc.
sinecure
A job or position that pays while requiring little or no work
skittish
Shy, fickle, uncertain, or prone to act suddenly due to nervousness; lively in a restless or excessive way
slake
Satisfy (esp. thirst), cool, or refresh; make less active
sobriquet
A nickname
solecism
Nonstandard use of grammar or words; mistake, esp. in etiquette
solidarity
Fellowship in interests, feelings, responsibilities, etc., such as among a group of people or among classes, nations, etc.
somatic
Of the body
squalid
Disgusting, filthy, foul, extremely neglected
squelch
Crush, squash; suppress or silence; walk through ooze or in wet shoes, making a smacking or sucking sound
stasis
Equilibrium, a state of balance or inactivity, esp. caused by equal but opposing forces
steeped
Immersed (in), saturated (with)
stentorian
Very loud and powerful (generally of a human voice)
stigma
Mark of disgrace, a figurative stain or mark on someone's reputation
stint
Period of time spent doing something, or a specific, limited amount of work (noun); to be frugal, to get by on little (verb)
stipulate
Specify; make an open demand, esp. as a condition of agreement
stratagem
Military maneuver to deceive or surprise; crafty scheme
stratum
One of many layers (such as in a rock formation or in the classes of a society)
strut
A structural support or brace
sublime
Lofty or elevated, inspiring reverence or awe; excellent, majestic; complete, utter
subpoena
A court order requiring a person to appear in court and give testimony
sully
Make dirty, stain, tarnish, defile
supplant
Take the place of, displace, especially through sneaky tactics
supposition
Assumption, hypothesis, something that has been supposed
surly
Bad-tempered, hostile, unfriendly, or rude
surrogate
Substitute, person who acts for another (noun); acting as a replacement (adj)
sybarite
Person devoted to pleasure and luxury
symbiosis
Mutually dependent relationship between two organisms, people, groups, etc.
synoptic
Relating to a synopsis or summary; giving a general view
syntax
The rules governing grammar and how words join to make sentences (or how words and symbols join in writing computer code), the study of these rules, or any system or orderly arrangement
tawdry
Gaudy, cheap or cheap-looking; indecent
tendentious
Marked by a strong point of view, biased
terrestrial
Relating to the Earth or to land; worldly
terse
Concise, brief and to the point (sometimes to the point of rudeness)
toady
Someone who flatters or acts in a servile manner for self-serving reasons
token
Sign, symbol, mark, badge; souvenir, memento; coin-like disk used as currency for subways, arcade games, etc.; sample, or person, thing, idea taken to represent an entire group (noun); of very little or merely symbolic value (adj)
tome
Large or scholarly book; one of the volumes in a set of several books
tortuous
Twisting, winding, complex; devious, not straightforward
transgression
Violation of a law, moral rule, order, etc.; sin
travesty
Exaggerated, debased, or grotesque imitation
treacherous
Betraying trust, not faithful or trustworthy; not dependable; dangerous or deceptive
trenchant
forceful or vigorous, effective, keen; caustic, sharp
truculent
Fierce, cruel, savage; belligerent
tumultuous
Riotous, violently agitated, marked by disturbance or uproar; noisy, chaotic
turgid
Swollen, inflated; or, metaphorically "inflated," such as in overblown, pompous speech
turpitude
Depravity, baseness of character, corrupt or depraved acts
tyro
Beginner
umbrage
Offense or annoyance (usually as take umbrage, meaning become offended or annoyed)
unconscionable
Not guided by conscience; morally wrong, unjust, unreasonable
unsparing
Generous, lavish (as in not sparing any help or gifts to others); unmerciful, harsh (as in not sparing any criticism)
untempered
Not toned down; not moderated, controlled, or counterbalanced
upbraid
Find fault with, criticize or scold severely
usury
Charging interest on a loan, esp. charging illegally high or excessive interest
vanguard
Leading units at the front of an army; leaders in a trend or movement, people on the "cutting edge"; the forefront of a trend or movement
variegated
Varied in color, having multicolored patches or spots; diverse
verdant
Green, such as with vegetation, plants, grass, etc.; young and inexperienced
verisimilar
Having the appearance of truth, probable
vernal
Relating to the spring; fresh, youthful
vestige
Trace or sign of something that once existed
vex
annoy or bother; puzzle or distress
via
Through, by means of, by way of (by a route that goes through or touches)
vicissitude
Changes or variations over time, esp. regular changes from one thing to another
vim
Pep, enthusiasm, vitality, lively spirit
virulent
Extremely infectious, poisonous, etc.; hateful, bitterly hostile
viscid or viscous
Thick, adhesive, or covered in something sticky
vitriol
Something highly caustic, such as criticism (literally, one of a number of chemicals including sulfuric acid)
vociferous
Noisily crying out, as in protest
voluble
Easily fluent in regards to speech
wan
Unnaturally pale, or showing some other indication of sickness, unhappiness, etc.; weak, lacking forcefulness
wanton
Reckless, vicious, without regard for what is right; unjustifiable, deliberately done for no reason at all; sexually unrestrained or excessively luxurious
welter
Confused mass or pile, jumble; confusion or turmoil (noun); roll around, wallow, toss about, writhe (verb)
whet
Stimulate, make keen or eager (esp. of an appetite)
whitewash
A substance used to whiten walls, wood, etc. (noun); deception, covering up of wrongs, errors, misdeeds, etc. (verb)
winnow
Sift, analyze critically, separate the useful part from the worthless part
winsome
Charming, engaging, esp. in a sweet and innocent way
wizened
Withered, shriveled
xenophobia
Fear or hatred of foreigners or that which is foreign
yoke
A burden or something that oppresses; a frame for attaching animals (such as oxen) to each other and to a plow or other equipment to be pulled, or a bar across a person's shoulders to help carry buckets of water, etc. (noun); to unite together or to burden (verb)
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