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abate
subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity
aberration
deviation, not normal
abhor
fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate
abstruse
obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
accost
approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
acrimony
bitter animosity
acumen
mental keenness; quickness of perception
adamant
extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding
adept
expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
adroit
skillful and adept under pressing conditions
affected
speaking or behaving in artificial way; emotionally stirred or moved; infected or attacked
alacrity
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
aloocate
assign, portion
altruistic
unselfishly generous; concerned for others
amenable
responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
amiable
good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly
amicable
exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
antediluvian
antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times
anthropology
social science that studies origins and social relationships of human beings
antipathy
strong feeling of aversion; dislike
apathetic
feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
apt
likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
arcane
secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
ascendancy
superiority or decisive advantage; domination
ascetic
leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
aspire
seek to attain; long for; strive toward an end
assail
assault; attack with or as if with violent blows
assiduous
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
assuage
ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
atrophy
wasting away; decrease in size; reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease
attenuate
make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
august
impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration
aura
air, feeling
auspicious
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
autocrat
dictator; ruler having unlimited power
automaton
mechanism that imitates actions of humans
avarice
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
banal
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
barrage
artificial obstruction; heavy curtain of artillery fire; rapid, concentrated discharge of missiles
belie
contradict; give a false impression
belligerent
inclined or eager to fight; aggressive
benevolent
generous in providing aid to others; charitable
bequeath
leave to someone by a will; hand down
berate
rebuke or scold angrily and at length
bitartisanship
supported by two opposing parties
blighted
suffering from a disease; destroyed, ruined, or spoiled
bog
marsh, swamp
bolster
support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
bombastic
pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
boorish
rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners
buoyant
able to float; cheerful and optimistic
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly
buttress
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
byzantine
convoluted, complex
cacophonous
discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding
cajole
influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
callous
emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened
cantankerous
ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious
capricious
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
castigate
criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
caustic
capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action
censorious
critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
censure
expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame
cerebral
relating to the brain or cerebrum; intellectual rather than emotional
chagrin
anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment
charlatan
quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance
chastise
punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke
chide
scold mildly so as to correct or improve; express disapproval
churlish
difficult to work with; rude; unyielding; unmanageable
circuitous
being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course; going round in a circuit; not direct
circumscribe
limit narrowly; confine; draw a line around; encircle
circumvent
surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit
clandestine
secret; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
coalesce
combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
compendious
succinct
complacency
feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble
compliant
yielding to request or desire; ready to accommodate; disposed or willing to comply
conciliate
compromising, apologizing
concur
agree
conflagration
large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
confluence
act of two things flowing together; junction or meeting place where two things meet
congenial
compatible
conscientious
diligent; responsible; reliable
consternation
intense state of fear or dismay; astonishment combined with terror
contempt
state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of
contemptible
worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean
contentious
quarrelsome; disagreeable; marked by heated arguments or controversy
convivial
festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
copious
plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
corroborate
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; support with evidence
cosmopolitan
sophisticated; of worldwide scope
credulity
readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
culpable
blameworthy
cursory
casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
dauntless
bold; incapable of being discouraged; fearless
dearth
scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
debacle
sudden downfall; complete disaster
debilitate
make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of
debunk
expose as false, exaggerated, worthless; ridicule
decimate
destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of
decorum
propriety in manners and conduct; good taste in manners; conventions or requirements of polite behavior
deference
willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect
degredation
humiliation
deleterious
having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
delineate
portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out
demonstrative
openly emotional
demure
modest and reserved in manner or behavior
demystify
clarify; free from mystery or obscurity
denigrate
blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade
depose
force to leave; remove from office
depravity
extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness
deprecate
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
depreciation
devaluation; decrease in price or value
deride
ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt
derivative
unoriginal; derived from another source
derogatory
expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling
desecration
violate the sacredness of
despondent
in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
despot
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; eastern Orthodox bishop
destitute
extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid
deterrent
something that discourages; tending to deter
devoid
completely lacking; barren or empty
didactic
excessively morally instructive
diffident
shy
diffuse
spread out widely; scatter freely; pour out and cause to spread freely
digress(ion)
stray from the subject at hand
dilatory
tending to waste time
diminutive
below the average size; very small; little
dire
urgent, dreadful
discern
detect; perceive
discomfited
disappointed, defeated
discount
give reduction in price on
disheartening
discouraging
disillusionment
disenchantment, disappointment
disingenuous
giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating
disparage
belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank
dispassionate
calm; impartial; unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice
dispel
scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
disputatious
argumentative; fond of arguing; inclined to dispute
disquiet
make uneasy or anxious; trouble
disseminate
distribute; spread; scatter like seeds
distaste
dislike, aversion
divergent
differing; tending to move apart in different directions
divisive
creating conflict
divulge
reveal; make known to public
doctrine
principles presented for belief, as by religious; principle of law; act of teaching; instruction
dormant
sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active
dupe
easily deceived person; duplicate of photographic image
duplicitous
deliberately deceptive
ebullient
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
eclectic
composed of elements from a variety of sources
efface
rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing
effervesce
bubble, fizz
egalitarian
belief in equality
elated
overjoyed; extremely happy and excited
elicit
draw out; bring forth or to light; generate or provoke as response or answer
elucidate
make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify
elude
avoid cleverly; escape perception of
elusive
difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind
embitter
make worse
embroiled
throw into confusion; deeply involved especially in something complicated
empathetic
compassionate
empirical
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
encompass
surround; form a circle or ring around; enclose; envelop
encroaching
intrusive
encumbrance
burden
enigma
puzzle; difficult problem
enumerate
list each one; mention one by one
ephemeral
short-lived; enduring a very short time
epiphany
sudden realization
epitome
representative or perfect example of a class or type; brief summary, as of a book or article
equanimity
calmness of temperament; steadiness of mind under stress.
equitable
marked by or having equity; just and impartial
equivocal
open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead
erudite
learned; scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books
esoteric
hard to understand; known only in a particular group
estrange
alienate
eulogy
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
evoke
bring out; arouse; call forth
exacting
making severe demands; rigorous; requiring great care, effort, or attention
excavate
unearth; dig out; make a hole in; hollow out
exemplar
representative example
exhibitionist
deliberately behaving a certain way to attract attention
exhort
urge on or encourage, especially by shouts; make urgent appeal
exorbitant
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; exceeding proper limits
expedient
suitable; appropriate to a purpose; serving to promote your interest
expose
set forth; set out to public view
extol
praise highly; glorify; celebrate
extricate
free, as from difficulties or perplexities; cause to be emitted or evolved
facile
done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; ready or fluent
faction
a party of persons having a common end in view
fallacious
false; tending to mislead; deceptive
fallacy
deceptive or false appearance; false notion; deception
fanaticism
excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause
fastidious
difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
fathom
measure the depth; come to understand
felicitious
well-suited, happy
finesse
refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
flagrant
obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice
flippant
lacking proper seriousness; speaking freely; talkative; communicative
florid
reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
flummox
confuse
folly
foolishness; lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight
foolhardy
rash; marked by unthinking boldness
forlorn
sad and lonely; wretched; abandoned or left behind
fortitude
bravery; force; power to attack or to resist attack
fortuitous
accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause
fraudulent
cheating; deceitful; planning or using fraud; given to practice of fraud
frugal
sparing; economical; costing little; inexpensive
furor
great excitement; public disorder or uproar
furtive
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
futile
useless; having no useful result; vain
gait
manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving; walk; rate of moving
gallant
courtly; lively and spirited; having or displaying great dignity or nobility
gargantuan
huge; of a tremendous size, volume, degree
garish
over-bright in color; tastelessly showy
genial
friendly; cordial; having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner
germinate
cause to sprout or grow; come into existence
glutton
person who eats too much food and drink
grandiose
impressive from inherent grandeur; large and impressive, in size, scope or extent
hackneyed
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
hamper
put at disadvantage; prevent progress or free movement of
hardy
in robust and good health; able to survive under unfavorable conditions
hasten
accelerate; quicken
heresy
opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion
histrionic
characteristic of acting or stage performance
hubris
excessive pride or self-confidence
idiosyncrasy
behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
idyllic
excellent and delightful in all respects
ignominy
deep disgrace; shame or dishonor
illicit
illegal; unlawful; not authorized or permitted
impasse
road or passage having no exit; deadlock
imperious
urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial
impetuous
marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate
impudence
offensively bold behavior; trait of being rude
inane
silly; senseless; unconsciously foolish; void
incongruity
quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate
incredulous
difficult to believe; incredible; skeptical
incriminate
accuse of a crime or other wrongful act; suggest that someone is guilty
incubate
hatch; develop under favorable conditions
indeterminate
uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
indictment
formally accuse of a crime
indigenuous
native to a region
indignant
affected with indignation; wrathful; passionate; irate; feeling wrath by unworthy or unjust treatment
indiscriminate
choosing at random; not marked by fine distinctions
indolent
lazy; slow to heal, grow, or develop; inactive
indomitable
unconquerable; incapable of being overcome
induce
persuade; bring about; reason or establish by induction
indulgent
yielding; lenient; forbearing or tolerant
ineffable
unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
ineptitude
incompetence
inert
inactive; lacking power to move; unable to move or act
ingenuous
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
inherent
firmly established by nature or habit
inhibit
restrain; prevent or forbid; hold back
innate
possessed at birth; inborn
innocuous
having no adverse effect; harmless
innuendo
hint; indirect implication , usually malicious
inscrutable
impenetrable; not readily understood; mysterious
insipid
lacking flavor or zest; not tasty; dull
insolence
scornful treatment; insulting speech or conduct
instigate
goad or urge forward; provoke; incite
insular
of isolated people, especially having a narrow viewpoint
intrepid
fearless; indicating or springing from courage
inundate
overwhelm; cover with water, especially floodwaters
invoke
call upon; ask for; request earnestly
irate
feeling or showing extreme anger; enraged
irony
expression by deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning; witty language used to insult
irreverent
disrespectful; showing lack of due respect; not revering god
jaded
fatigued dulled by surfeit; exhausted; worn out; wearied
jocular
humorous, amusing or joking; sportive; not serious
jovial
good-natured; marked by good cheer; cheerful and good-humored
judicious
exhibiting good judgment or sound thinking; prudent
lackadaisical
lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; lacking spirit or liveliness
laconic
brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words
laggard
slow; sluggish; wasting time
languid
lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness
latent
present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden
laud
give praise to; glorify; celebrate or honor
listless
lacking in spirit or energy to exert effort
lithe
flexible; moving and bending with ease
lucid
easily understood; clear; intelligible
lucrative
profitable; producing good profit
lull
moment of calm; a period of calm weather; temporary quiet and rest
lurid
causing shock or horror; gruesome
luxuriant
abundant; rich and splendid; fertile
magnanimous
generous; high-minded; chivalrous
malleable
capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable
marred
damaged or disfigured by injury or rough wear
maudlin
tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental
melancholy
gloomy; feeling of thoughtful sadness; affected by depression
mercenary
interested in making money; profit oriented; hired for service in foreign army
mercurial
capricious; liable to sudden unpredictable change; quick and changeable in temperament
miserly
indicative of lack of generosity; cautious with money
mitigate
make less severe or harsh; moderate
modicum
limited quantity; small or moderate amount; any small thing
morose
ill humored; sullen; depressingly dark; gloomy; persistent
motley
multi-colored; mixed; having elements of great variety
multifarious
varied; greatly diversified; made up of many differing parts
nebulous
lacking definite form or limits; hazy; cloudy
nefarious
very wicked; infamous by being extremely wicked
neophyte
recent convert to a belief; one newly initiated
notoriety
known for some unfavorable act or quality; bad or ill fame
noxious
harmful to living things; injurious to health
nuance
subtle or slight degree of difference; small difference in meaning
obdurate
hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion
obstinate
stubbornly adhering to an attitude or opinion; hard to control or treat
officious
marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others
onerous
burdensome or oppressive; not easily borne; wearing
opportunist
one who takes advantage of any chance to achieve an end, with no regard for principles or consequences
oracle
answer of god; communications, revelations, or messages delivered by god to the prophets
orthodox
traditional; conservative in belief; adhering to established faith, especially in religion
ostensible
put forth or held out as real, actual, or intended; proper or intended to be shown
oversight
unintentional omission or mistake; watchful care or management; supervision
pacifist
one opposed to force; antimilitarist
pacify
ease anger or agitation of; make calm or quiet; end war or violence
painstaking
extremely careful and diligent work or effort; taking of pains
palliate
lessen violence of disease; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses
paradigm
one that serves as a pattern or model; system of assumptions, concepts, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality
parch
burn surface of; roast over fire, as dry grain; dry to extremity
parody
work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony; make fun of
partisan
one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
patronize
act as a patron to; support or sponsor
paucity
scarcity; smallness of number; fewness
pedant
one who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning
peevish
unpleasant
penchant
strong inclination; definite liking
penurious
cheap, stingy
peremptory
offensively self-assured; dictatorial; not allowing contradiction or refusal
perfunctory
done routinely and with little interest or care; acting with indifference; showing little interest or care
peripheral
located in outer boundary; unimportant; auxiliary
perquisite
any gain above stipulated salary; extra payment
petulant
easily irritated or annoyed; unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered
philanthropist
person who loves mankind in general; very generous person or institution
piety
religious devotion and reverence to God; devout act, thought, or statement; godliness
placate
appease or pacify; bring peace to
placid
peaceful; tranquil; calm or quiet
plasticity
ability to be molded, formed, or modeled; quality or state of being plastic
plausible
likely but not certain to be or become true or real
plethora
excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance
pliable
flexible; yielding; easily bent or shaped
polemical
aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious
prattle
speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly; talk artlessly and childishly
precarious
uncertain; risky; dangerously lacking in security or stability
precipitate
rash; moving rapidly and heedlessly; speeding headlong; occurring suddenly
preclude
make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent; eliminate
precocious
advanced in development; appearing or developing early
presumptuous
overconfident; going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward
pretext
excuse; something serving to conceal plans; fictitious reason
prevaricator
liar
procure
bring into possession; cause to accrue to, or to come into possession of; cause to come
prodigious
impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous
profound
deep; not superficial; far-reaching
profuse
in great quantity or abundance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal
prohibitive
tending to discourage; prohibiting; forbidding
proliferate
grow rapidly; propagate; reproduce
prolific
producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile
pronouncement
formal declaration
propensity
natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection
proponent
one who argues in support of something; advocate; backer
prosaic
dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
prospective
being within view or consideration, as a future event or contingency; relating to the future: expected
provident
displaying foresight; providing carefully for future; preparing for emergencies
provincial
relating to a province; limited in outlook; unsophisticated
punctillious
meticulous, attentive to detail
pundit
authority on a subject; learned person; expert
quell
extinguish; put down forcibly; suppress; pacify or quiet
quixotic
idealistic without regard to practicality
rampant
unrestrained and violent; occurring without restraint
ramshackle
of very poor quality or condition; loose-jointed; ill-made; out of gear or repair
rancor
bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will; hatred
rapport
emotional closeness; harmony; relationship of mutual trust or emotional affinity
ratify
approve formally; confirm; verify
raucous
harsh and rough-sounding; disturbing public peace; loud and rough
ravenous
extremely hungry; voracious; eager for prey
raze
destroy completely; scrape or shave off
reap
gain; harvest a crop from; get or derive; obtain as a result of effort
rebuttal
proving to be false or incorrect; response with contrary evidence
recalcitrant
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
recant
retract a previous statement; sing over again; utter repeatedly in song
recessive
tending to go backward
recluse
one who lives in solitude; withdrawn from the world; reclusive
rectify
set right; correct by calculation or adjustment
redolent
fragrant; odorous; suggestive of odor
refutation
arguing that a claim is false
regressive
tending to return or revert
relegate
assign to obscure place, position, or condition; delegate; assign
relinquish
give up something with reluctance; retire from; give up or abandon
renounce
abandon; disown; turn away from; give up
repertory
place, such as a storehouse, where a stock of things is kept; storage; entire range of skills or aptitudes
reprehensible
deserving blame; admonition; blameworthy
reprimand
reprove severely, especially in a formal or official way; rebuke formally; censure severely or angrily
reproach
express disapproval or disappointment; bring shame upon; disgrace
repudiate
disown; refuse to acknowledge; reject validity or authority of
repugnant
arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive; hateful
rescind
cancel; make void; repeal or annul
reticent
inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.
reverent
respectful; worshipful; impressed with veneration or deep respect
rhetorical
relating to skill of using language effectively and persuasively; insincere in language
rouse
become active; excite, as to anger or action; stir up; awaken
sage
one celebrated for wisdom, experience, and judgment; various plants of the genus Salvia
sanctimonious
excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious
sanction
give authorization or approval to something; penalize a state, especially for violating international law
sanctity
holiness
sanguine
cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy
satiate
satisfy fully; overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
satire
form of literature in which irony and ridicule are used to attack human vice and folly
saturate
soak, fill, or load to capacity; cause to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance
scanty
somewhat less than needed in amplitude or extent; insufficient
scathing
harshly critical
scintillating
lively, effervescent
scope
range of one's perceptions, thoughts, or actions; extent; bound
scrupulous
exactly and carefully conducted; by extreme care and great effort; cautious
scrutinize
examine closely and critically
self-righteous
smug, holier-than-thou
self-serving
selfish
serendipity
gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck
servile
slavish; suitable to slave or servant; relating to servitude or forced labor
shrew
astute, smart
shroud
hide from view; wrap for burial; shut off from sight; shelter
simile
comparison of one thing with another, in English generally using like or as
slight
almost no; very little; deliberate discourtesy
slipshod
untidy or slovenly; shabby; great carelessness; done poorly or too quickly
solace
comfort or relieve in sorrow, misfortune, or distress
solicitous
worried or concerned; full of desire; expressing care or concern
somber
gloomy; depressing or grave; dull or dark in color
sophistry
argument for exercise merely; plausible but misleading argument; art or process of reasoning; logic
spartan
avoiding luxury and comfort; sternly disciplined
sporadic
occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time
spurious
false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
spurn
reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn
squander
spend wastefully; fail to take advantage of; lose a chance for
stagnat
not moving
stark
bare; complete or extreme
static
having no motion; being at rest; fixed; stationary
staunch
strong and loyal
steadfast
firmly or constant loyal; fixed or unchanging
stock
certificate for shareholder of corporation; total amount of goods in a shop
strident
loud and harsh; insistent; high-pitched; rough-sounding
stupefy
make senseless or dizzy; be mystery or bewildering to
subservient
behaving like slave; subordinate in capacity or function
substantiate
establish by evidence; make firm or solid; support
subversive
tending to overthrow; in opposition to civil authority or government
succulent
full of juicy; full of richness; highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable
supercilious
arrogant; feeling or showing haughty disdain; overbearing
superfluous
being beyond what is required or sufficient
supplant
replace; usurp; displace and substitute for another
surfeit
eat until excessively full; be more than full; feed someone to excess
susceptible
easily influenced; having little resistance, as to a disease; receptive to
sycophant
one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; bootlicker; yes man
tangential
peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing
teem
be abuzz; be full of; move in large numbers
temperamental
of or pertaining to temperament; excessively sensitive or irritable; moody; likely to perform unpredictably
temporize
act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision
tenacious
sticking together; stubbornly unyielding; holding together firmly
tenuous
long and thin; slender; having little substance
tirade
extended scolding; long angry or violent speech
toady
person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons; yes man
torpor
state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility; sluggishness; dormancy
totalitarian
undemocratic, rigid political control
tout
advertize in strongly positive terms; praise excessively; show off
tractable
easily managed or controlled; governable; easily handled or worked; docile
transient
momentary; temporary; staying for short time
treatise
systematic, usually extensive written discourse on a subject
trepidation
state of alarm or dread; nervous apprehension; involuntary trembling or quivering
tribulation
suffering
trifling
trivial; of slight worth or importance; frivolous or idle
trite
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse; worn out by use
truculent
disposed to fight; belligerent; aggressively hostile
ubiquitous
being or existing everywhere; omnipresent
unabashed
not embarrassed
uncanny
strange; mysterious; peculiarly unsettling, as if of supernatural origin or nature
uncouth
lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
unfathomable
difficult or impossible to understand; difficult or impossible to measure
ungainly
awkward; lacking grace in movement or posture
unruly
difficult or impossible to discipline, control, or rule; not according to rule; irregularly
unwitting
not intended; not knowing; unaware; ignorant
urbane
showing a high degree of refinement
usurp
seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority
vacuous
empty; showing lack of thought or intelligence; vacant
vanquish
conquer; overcome; come out better in a competition
vapid
dull and unimaginative; lacking taste or flavor
venal
capable of being bribed; for sale, available for a price; corrupt
venerable
deserving high respect; impressive by reason of age; profoundly honored
verbose
wordy; using or containing a great and usually an excessive number of words
vigilant
attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety; wakeful; watchful; circumspect; wary
vindicate
clear from blame; exonerate; maintain, uphold, or defend
vindictive
seek revenge or intended for revenge; showing malicious will
virtuoso
highly skilled artist, as musician; one who is dazzlingly skilled in his field
virulent
extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter
viscous
sticky; gluey; having high resistance to flow
vocation
career; profession
vying
striving
waning
lessening
wayward
selfish, stubborn
wrath
forceful, often vindictive anger; fury; just punishment of an offense or crime
wry
turned to one side; twisted; marked by humorous twist, often with a touch of irony
zealot
fanatically committed person; person who shows excessive zeal
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