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considered apart
acquiesce
accept or comply
adroit
skillful
advocate
support
aesthetic
artistic
affirmation
assertion
alienate
estrange
aloof
detached
altruistic
charitable
amass
accumulate
ambiguous
enigmatic, mysterious
ambivalence
simultaneous attraction and repulsion
ameliorate
improve
amend
correct, enhance
amity
cordiality
amorphous
formless
analogous
alike
anarchist
believe in no government
antagonistic
hostile
antithesis
opposite
apathy
indifference
ferment
n. agitation, unrest, excitement, commotion
solder
v. to join closely and intimately
posture
v. to act in an affected or artificial manner
extricate
v. to free or release from entanglement
flange
n. a projecting ring, collar, or rim formed to give additional support
lugubrious
adj. mournful, dismal or gloomy
treatise
n. a formal and systematic exposition of a subject
provident
adj. having or showing foresight
benison
n. a blessing
apposite
adj. suitable, well-adapted, pertinent
impute
v. to attribute or ascribe
presage
v. a presentiment or foreboding; something that portends
vicissitude
n. a change, alternation, or variation in conditions or over a course
plurality
n. fact of being numerous
earnest
adj. serious in intention, purpose, or effort--n. potion of something, given as pledge or reminder
vertiginous
adj. whirling; spinning; rotary
protean
adj. readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable
fastidious
adj. requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking
coarse
adj. lacking delicacy, taste, or refinement; unpolished
adroit
adj. expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body
lash
v. to attack, scold, or punish severely with words
ungainly
adj. not graceful; awkward; unwieldy; clumsy
quaint
adj. having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; slightly picturesque
striae
n. a slight or narrow furrow, ridge, stripe, or streak, esp. one of a number in parallel arrangement
colonnade
n. a series of regularly spaced columns supporting an entablature and usually one side of a roof
arcade
n. an arched or covered passageway, usually with shops on each side
signal
adj. unusual; notable; outstanding
maelstrom
n. a restless, disordered, or tumultuous state of affairs
tumult
n. a highly distressing agitation of mind or feeling; turbulent mental or emotional disturbance
indolent
adj. having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful
sententious
adj. abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims
traduce
v. to speak maliciously and falsely of; slander; defame
expurgate
v. to purge or cleanse of moral offensiveness
choleric
adj. extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible
opulence
n. wealth, riches, or affluence; abundance
pulchritude
n. physical beauty, comeliness
feline
adj. sly, stealthy, or treacherous
ragamuffin
n. a ragged, disreputable person; tatterdemalion
dandy
n. a man who is excessively concerned about his clothes and appearance; a fop
impious
adj. not pious or religious; lacking reverence for God
putative
adj. commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed
languid
adj. lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow
recidivism
n. repeated or habitual relapse; as in crime
turgid
adj. inflated, overblown, or pompous; bombastic
recondite
adj. dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter
turbid
adj. not clear or transparent because of stirred-up sediment; confused, muddled, disturbed
carp
v. (w/obj) to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil
anathema
n. imprecation; a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction
categorical
adj. without exceptions or conditions; absolute; unqualified and unconditional
captious
adj. apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding
appease
pacify
apprehension
comprehension, concern
arbitrary
domineering, random
arrogance
superiority
articulate
eloquent
ascendancy
supremacy
ascetic
self denial
assesment
appraisal
assuage
alleviate
astute
sharp, shrewd
asylum
shelter
atrophy
waste away
augment
increase
austerity
severe
banal
common, stale
belittle
diminish, disparage
belligerent
argumentative
benevolent
charitable
benign
gentle
diligence
perservering
diminution
diminishing
discerning
revealing
discordant
inharmonious
discretion
being discreet, your choice
discriminating
judicious
discursive
digressive, roundabout
disdain
contempt, scorn
disinclination
reluctance
disparage
belittle
disparity
contrast
dispassionate
impartial
dispel
dissipate
disperse
scatter
disputation
debate
disseminate
spread
dissent
differ in opinion
dissonance
discord
divergent
branch, separate
diverse
unlike
diversion
deviation
document
furnish evidence
dogmatic
positiveness in stating opinion especially when unwanted/arrogant
dubious
questionable
eccentric
strange
effervesence
bubbly
elaboration
development
elated
euphoric
eloquence
articulateness
elusive
evasive
endorse
support
engender
create
enhance
improve
enigmatic
ambiguous, obscure
equivocal
misleading
erratic
having no fixed course
erroneous
incorrect
esteem
admire
evasive
elusive
exacerbate
make more violent, bitter
exalt
glorify
execute
accomplish
exhaustive
thorough
expedient
advantageous
expedite
speed up
explicit
clear and precise
exploit
use unfairly
extol
praise highly
extraneous
irrelevant
fledgling
young bird
fluctuate
unsteady
foresight
look into future
frivolity
insignificant
furtive
sneaky
garbled
distort meaning of
glutton
eats to excess
gravity
severity
grudging
reluctant to give
guile
deceitful
gullible
naive
hamper
hinder
haphazard
disorderly
haughtiness
arrogance
heed
attention
hindrance
impede
humility
humble
hypocritical
insincere
hypothetical
theoretical