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Abridge
V. to cut short
Adamant
Adj. unwilling to give in; inflexible
Adroit
Adj. skillful
Alluring
Adj. tempting
Ambivalent
Adj. unable to decide
Amend
V. to improve, alter or correct
Arduous
Adj. difficult; demanding
Avert
V. 1. to turn away or avoid 2. to prevent
Belligerent
Adj. hostile, war-like
Benign
Adj. kind, gentle; not harmful
Concur
V. 1. to agree with 2. to occur simultaneously
Corrupt
Adj. 1. immoral; dishonest V. to contaminate or destroy
Detest
V. to hate
Dubious
Adj. doubtful
Extol
V. to praise or admire
Hinder
V. to make difficult
Imply
V. to hint or suggest indirectly
Impudent
Adj. disrespectful
Indifferent
Adj. 1. Not caring one way or another 2. Not good or bad; moderate
Intrepid
Adj. brave and fearless
Irate
Adj. extremely angry
Jaunty
Adj. self-confident and lively; showy
Jovial
Adj. jolly and cheerful
Lenient
Adj. not strict; merciful
Lethargic
Adj. lazy; tired
Lucid
Adj. 1. easily understood 2. sane
Melancholy
Adj. sad and depressed
Miserly
Adj. very cheap; penny-pinching
Naive
Adj. easily fooled; overly trusting
Obtuse
Adj. slow to understand; unintelligent
Pragmatic
Adj. practical
Procrastinate
V. to put off; delay
Prominent
Adj. 1. noticeable 2. well-known
Rectify
V. to set right; to correct
Refute
V. to prove false or deny the truth
Renounce
V. to give something up; to reject
Scrutinize
V. to look at with great care; examine
Sever
Adj. to cut or split apart
Shun
Adj. to avoid
Sterile
Adj. 1. unproductive or infertile 2. germ-free
Subtle
Adj. very difficult to detect; hidden
Succumb
V. to give in
Taint
V. to spoil or ruin
Tedious
Adj. boring
Tepid
Adj. 1. without enthusiasm 2. lukewarm
Trite
Adj. overused
Unbiased
Adj. not having a preference or prejudice; impartial
Verbose
Adj. long-winded; talkative
Virtuous
Adj. possessing moral excellence; ethical
Wane
V. to get smaller; to decrease
Jeer
V. to make fun of
Jest
V. to joke
Parody
a humorous imitation
Recreation
something done for fun, a hobby or game
Skit
a short comic scene
Adjunct
an accessory, something added on
Coalesce
to come together
Congeal
to thicken, or change from liquid to solid
Consensus
an agreement
Contiguous
lying side by side
Fission
a splitting apart
Fusion
a joining together
Integrate
to bring together and make whole
Juxtapose
to place side by side
Pact
a formal agreement between two countries; a bargain
Rendezvous
a meeting, usually secret
Abdicate
to give up power
Accord
to be in agreement
Allege
to declare that something is true without proof
Assess
to evaluate or determine the worth of
Condone
to forgive or disregard an offense; to not agree with
Conventional
traditional, ordinary
Counsel
to advise
Debunk
to prove false
Decree
an order or command
Inquiry
a request for information
Ratify
to approve; usually a law
Sustain
to support
Ambiguous
unclear
Amorphous
without shape
Itinerant
nomadic; constantly moving
Kinetic
moving
Obscure
hidden or dark, hard to see; to hide
Remote
far away, distance
Writhe
to twist
Egress
exit
Epoch
a period of time
Intangible
not able to be touched or sensed
Polymorphous
having many shapes
Prolific
fertile, very productive
Scull
a small rowboat or an oar for a rowboat
Sporadic
having no pattern or order
Surrogate
a substitute
Variegated
having many parts or colors
Akin
related to or alike
Amiable
friendly; good-natured
Congenial
agreeable
Equivalent
equal
Extol
to praise
Placate
to quiet down, appease
Altruistic
doing good for others
Aspirant
someone reaching for something
Astute
sharp, shrewd
Benevolence
goodness
Animosity
hostility
Debilitating
weakening, harmful
Deficient
lacking an essential part
Insolent
disrespectful, rude
Irate
enraged
Notorious
known widely and unfavorable
Profane
to abuse or put to ill use
Recalcitrant
disobedient, stubborn
Warlock
a male witch
Aloof
keeping a distance
Banal
unoriginal and boring
Belligerent
hostile, warlike
Browbeat
to intimidate
Choleric
irritable
Garrulous
overly talkative
Incompetent
not able to do something properly
Insipid
lacking interest, dull, boring
Ostentatious
showy, pretentious
Pedantic
overly scholarly, boring
Pugnacious
hostile
Ravenous
extremely hungry
Sanctimonious
acting morally superior, holier-than-thou
Abyss
a deep narrow pit
Barrage
a flood
Brige
the prison of a ship
Hovel
a shack
Indictment
the situation of having been charged with a crime
Quiver
a portable container for arrows
Plight
a bad situation, a predicament
Rue
to regret
Adverse
unfavorable, opposed, going against
Aggravate
to make worse
Assailable
vulnerable
Corpulent
excessively overweight
Founder
to sink, someone who starts something
Impasse
a deadlock, a point at which one can go no further
Incumbent
someone who is currently holding a political position
Insinuation
a sneaky suggestion of something bad
Mar
to spoil, to mark
Null
zero value
Repudiate
to put down, to renounce
Ruse
a clever trick
Sedate
to calm, especially by use of a drug
Slander
a false and mean-spirited statement meant to injure someone
Superfluous
more than what is required or needed
Benign
harmless
Exquisite
beautifully made or designed
Immaculate
perfectly clean, free from dirt or stain
Robust
healthy
Clarity
clearness
Deft
skillful
Meticulous
careful, paying attention to details
Pious
deeply religious
Illuminate
to light up or make clear
Imply
to express indirectly
Lament
to express grief for, mourn
Reminiscence
a memory, the act of recalling the past
Dormant
temporarily inactive, asleep
Eradicate
to erase or get rid of
Excavate
to dig up
Fundamental
an essential part, basic
Innate
possessed at birth, not learned
Merge
to blend together
Adept
very skilled
Facet
an aspect of something
Ingenuity
innovation, creativity
Inscribe
to write or etch words on or into a surface
Novice
a beginner
Procure
to obtain
Tenacious
holding firmly, especially to a belief, stubborn
Toil
hard work, or to work hard
Vend
to sell
Vigor
strength, energy
Wane
to decrease in size or strength
Admiring
regarding with approval or respect
Ambivalent
having opposing or mixed feelings
Analytical
intending to understand the nature of something
Biased
favoring one side or opinion over another
Brash
bold
Cautious
careful
Dubious
doubtful
Ironic
the use of words to express an unintended or contradictory meaning
Jubilant
overly joyful
Objective
not influenced by personal opinion, just the facts
Sarcastic
the use of witty language used to insult or show displeasure
Skeptical
doubtful
Somber
serious, dark, or gloomy
Subjective
influenced by personal opinion, biased
Temperament
your usual mood or behavior
Pedestrian
ordinary, dull, a person on foot
Uniform
all the same, common
Sage
wise
Flag
to decrease or diminish
Refrain
to hold back, abstain, or restrain
Abominable
horrible or unpleasant
Arid
very dry
Delusion
a false opinion or idea
Despair
a feeling of absolute hopelessness, or to lose hope
Dread
overwhelming fear or to be very afraid
Exasperate
to make very angry or impatient
Gaunt
very thin and bony
Impediment
an obstacle, something in the way
Laden
weighed down with a heavy load, burdened
Parch
to make very thirsty
Pungent
a sharp, biting smell or taste
Rancid
having a nasty smell or taste, rotting
Repugnant
highly disgusting, offensive
Revile
to criticize with abusive language
Scorn
to abuse or treat with no respect, or a strong feeling of dislike
Abhor
to hate or detest
Deleterious
harmful to one's health
Disparage
to criticize or speak badly of
Penurious
extremely stingy or miserly
Quandary
a state of uncertainty
Recuperate
to heal or return to good health
Salve
something used to heal or soothe
Authentic
genuine and true, not fake
Era
a period of time (usually in the past)
Extinct
no longer existing
Hackneyed
over used and old-fashioned
Hoary
very old, or gray from old age
Obsolete
out of date, no longer useful
Posterity
all of a person's descendants
Premise
an essential fact that others are based on
Retrospect
the review of past events, hindsight
Absolved
freed from guilt or blame
Concede
to give in or surrender
Contrition
deep regret for doing something wrong
Implore
to beg or ask earnestly
Indignant
feeling angry or insulted from an injustice or wrongdoing
Obdurate
stubborn
Obstinate
stubborn
Pardoned
forgiven
Penitent
feeling or expressing remorse for a wrongdoing
Placate
to please, or make less angry
Revere
to deeply respect or admire
Ail
to suffer from sickness
Bewilder
to confuse
Confound
to puzzle or confuse
Crevice
a narrow crack, especially in a rock
Decompose
to rot or decay
Deteriorate
to get worse
Dilute
to weaken, especially by adding water to a solution
Distort
to bend or twist something out of its normal shape
Quibble
to complain about little things
Rift
a narrow break
Squalid
appearing dirty and wretched
Abridge
to shorten in length or duration
Academic
having to do with school or education
Adage
an old saying usually considered to be true
Assert
to state a viewpoint
Cumulative
increasing through successive addition
Genre
a specific style of art or literature
Oration
a formal speech
Preamble
an introduction to a formal document
Cacophony
jarring and unpleasing sounds
Evanescence
lasting a short time, fading away gradually
Mercurial
characterized by rapid and unpredictable changes, fickle
Volatile
easily changeable, quick to explode
Circulate
to move around freely, to spread widely
Evacuate
to leave or withdraw, as from a dangerous area
Exclusion
not being allowed to enter or join
Exile
to banish someone from their native country
Fluctuate
to shirt back and forth without regularity
Linger
to delay or be slow in leaving
Ramble
to move or speak without direction
Recede
to move away or become smaller
Rout
an overwhelming defeat or to defeat
Audible
able to be heard
Dingy
dirty, dull or shabby
Elaborate
very detailed or to explain something in greater detail
Elongate
to lengthen
Embroider
to decorate an object with needlework
Emulate
to copy or imitate
Fringe
the edge or outer portion
Hue
the color or share of an object
Livid
discolored, bruised, or very angry
Lush
juicy and tender or covered with plant life
Opulent
rich, characterized by wealth
Plumage
the feathers of a bird
Stark
bare, without decoration
Sublime
without equal, awe-inspiring
Tome
a book, especially a large and scholarly one
Translucent
almost transparent, able to be seen through clearly
Virtuoso
a person with great skill, especially a musician
Vivid
very distinct and sharp, realistic
Adamant
stubborn and persistant
Condescend
to act as if you are better than someone
Contradict
to disagree
Egotist
a self-centered or conceited person
Glutton
one who eats and drinks too much, greedy
Imperious
arrogant, behaving like royalty
Plunder
to steal
Shun
to avoid deliberately
Timid
shy
Wily
cunning and crafty
Abstinence
act or practice or refraining from indulging, especially in alcohol
Capricious
unpredictable and impulsive
Contemptuous
expressing disdain or extreme dislike
Contentious
inclined to fight or argue
Feral
wild and untamed
Rancorous
showing hatred or ill-will
Staid
straightlaced and serious
Candor
honesty, openness
Clandestine
secret
Correlation
connection between facts or events
Fathom
to understand
Frank
honest and open
Keen
sharp-witted and intelligent
Plausible
possible or believable
Presume
to take for granted or to assume something to be true
Prophetic
predicting the future
Shrewd
very clever and smart, tricky
Stifle
to hold back or smother
Tryst
a secret meaning
Impervious
unable to pass or enter; unable to upset or disturb
Indifferent
having no feelings or not caring one way or another
Languid
slow-moving
Mirth
happiness and good cheer
Nimble
agile and flexible
Nonchalant
without concern, calm and cool
Tepid
neither hot nor cold, luke-warm
Burly
very stocky and muscled
Dexterity
mental skill or quickness
Exuberant
overflowing with joy or happiness
Felicity
joy and happiness
Frugal
not wasteful or extravagant
Idiosyncratic
a characteristic peculiar to an individual, a quirk
Integrity
a person's moral character, honesty and truthfulness
Paramount
having superior power and influence
Prosperous
wealthy or fortunate
Prudent
sensible and wise
Thrifty
able to handle money wisely, not extravagant
Venerate
to regard with deep respect
Whimsical
determined by chance or fancy instead of reason; impulsive