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adjure
to reject, renounce
abrogate
to abolish, usually by authority
acerbic
biting, bitter in tone/taste
acrimony
bitterness, discord
acumen
keen insight
adumbrate
to sketch out in a vague way
alacrity
eagerness, speed
anathema
a cursed, detested person
antipathy
a strong dislike, repugnance
approbation
praise
arrogate
to take without justification
ascetic
practicing restraint as a menas of self-discipline, usually religious
aspersion
a curse, expression of ill-will
assiduous
hard-working, diligent
blandish
to coax by using flattery
boon
a gift or blessing
brusque
short, abrupt, dismissive
buffet
to strike with force
burnish
to polish/shine
buttress
to support/ something that offers supports
cacophony
tremendous noise, disharmonious sound
cajole
to urge, coax
calumny
an attempt to ruin another's reputation by spreading lies
capricious
subject to whim, fickle
clemency
mercy
cogent
intellectually convincing
concomitant
accompanying in a subordinate fashion
conflagration
great fire
contrite
penitent, eager to be forgiven
conundrum
puzzle, problem
credulity
readiness to believe
cupidity
greed, strong desire
cursory
brief to the point of being superficial
decry
to criticize openly
defile
to make unclean, impure
deleterious
harmful
demure
quiet, modest, reserved
deprecate
to belittle depreciate
deride
to laugh at mockingly, scorn
desecrate
to violate the sacredness of a thing or place
desiccated
dried up, dehydrated
diaphanous
light, airy, transparent
diffident
shy, quiet, modest
discursive
rambling, lacking order
dissemble
to conceal, fake
dither
to be indecisive
ebullient
extremely lively, enthusiastic
effrontery
impudence, nerve, insolence
effulgent
radiant, spendorous
egregious
extremely bad
enervate
to weaken, exhaust
ephemeral
short-lived, fleeting
eschew
to shun, avoid
evanescent
fleeting, momentary
evince
to show, reveal
exculpate
to free from guilt or blame, exonerate
execrable
loathsome, detestable
exigent
urgent, critical
expiate
to make amends for, atone
expunge
to obliterate, eradicate
extant
existing, not destroyed or lost
extol
to praise, revere
fallacious
incorrect, misleading
fastidious
meticulous, demanding, having high and often unattainable standards
fatuous
silly, foolish
fecund
fruitful, fertile
feral
wild, savage
fetid
having a foul odor
florid
flowery, ornate
fractious
troublesome or irritable
garrulous
talkative, wordy
gradiloquence
lofty, pompous language
gregarious
drawn to the company of others, sociable
hackneyed
unoriginal, trite
hapless
unlucky
harangue
a ranting speech/ to give one
hegemony
domination over others
iconoclast
one who attacks common beliefs or institutions
ignominious
humiliating, disgracing
impassive
stoic, not susceptible to suffering
imperious
commanding, domineering
impertinent
rude, insolent
impervious
impenetrable, incapable of being affected
impetuous
rash, hastily done
impinge
to impact, make an impression/ to encroach
implacable
incapable of being appeased or mitigated
impudent
casually rude, insolent, impertinent
inchoate
unformed or formless, in a beginning stage
incontrovertible
indisputable
indefatigable
incapable of defeat, failure, decay
ineffable
unspeakable, incapable of being expressed through words
inexorable
incapable of being persuaded or placated
ingenuous
not devious; innocent and candid
inimical
hostile
iniquity
wickedness or sin
insidious
appealing but imperceptibly harmful, seductive
intransigent
refusing to compromise, often on an extreme opinion
inure
to cause someone/something to become accustomed to a situation
invective
an angry verbal attack
inveterate
stubbornly established by habit
jubilant
extremely joyful, happy
juxtaposition
the act of placing two things next to each other for implicit comparison
laconic
terse in speech or writing
languid
sluggish from fatigue or weakness
largess
the generous giving of lavish gifts
latent
hidden, but capable of being exposed
legerdemain
deception, slight-of-hand
licentious
displaying a lack of moral or legal restraints
limpid
clear, transparent
maelstrom
a destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects
magnanimous
noble, generous
malediction
a curse
malevolent
wanting harm to befall others
manifold
diverse, varied
maudlin
weakly sentimental
mawkish
characterized by sick sentimentality
mendacious
having a lying, false character
mercurial
characterized by rapid change or temperamentality
modicum
a small amount of something
morass
a wet swampy bog/ something that traps and confuses
multifarious
having a great diversity or variety
munificence
generosity in giving
myriad
consisting of a very great number
nadir
the lowest point of something
nascent
in the process of being born or coming into existence
nefarious
heinously villainous
neophyte
something who is young or inexperienced
obdurate
unyielding to persuasion or moral influences
obfuscate
to render incomprehensible
oblique
diverging from a straight path, not straightforward
obsequious
excessively compliant or submissive
obstreperous
noisy, unruly
obtuse
lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect
odious
instilling hatred or intense displeasure
officious
offering one's services when they are neither wanted nor needed
opulent
characterized by rich abundance verging on ostentation
ostensible
appearing as such, seemingly
palliate
to reduce the severity of
pallid
lacking color
panacea
a remedy for all ills or difficulties
paragon
a model of excellence or perfection
pariah
an outcast
parsimony
frugality, stinginess
pathos
an emotion of sympathy
paucity
small in quantity
pejorative
derogatory, uncomplimentary
pellucid
easily intelligible, clear
penurious
miserly, stingy
perfidious
disloyal, unfaithful
perfunctory
showing little interest or enthusiasm
pernicious
extremely destructive or harmful
perspicacity
shrewdness, perceptiveness
pertinacious
stubbornly persistent
petulance
rudeness, irritability
pithy
concisely meaningful
platitude
an uninspired remark, cliché
plethora
an abundance, excess
polemic
an aggressive argument against a specific opinion
portent
an omen
precocious
advanced, developing ahead of time
prescient
to have foreknowledge of events
primeval
original, ancient
probity
virtue, integrity
proclivity
a strong inclination toward something
promulgate
to proclaim, make known
propensity
an inclination, preference
propitious
favorable
prosaic
plain, lacking liveliness
proscribe
to condemn, outlaw
protean
able to change shape; displaying great variety
prurient
eliciting or possessing an extraordinary interest in sex
puerile
juvenile, immature
pugnacious
quarrelsome, combative
pulchritude
physical beauty
punctilious
eager to follow rules or conventions
quagmire
a difficult situation
querulous
whiny, complaining
quixotic
idealistic, impractical
rancor
deep, bitter resentment
rebuke
to scold, criticize
recalcitrant
defiant, unapologetic
rectitude
uprightness, extreme morality
replete
full, abundant
reprobate
evil, unprincipled
reprove
to scold, rebuke
repudiate
to reject, refuse to accept
rescind
to take back, repeal
restive
resistant, stubborn, impatient
ribald
coarsely, crudely humorous
rife
abundant
ruse
a trick
sacrosanct
holy, something that should not be criticized
sagacity
shrewdness, soundness of perspective
salient
significant, conspicuous
sanctimonious
giving a hypocritical appearance of piety
sanguine
optimistic, cheery
scurrilous
vulgar, coarse
serendipity
luck, finding good things without looking for them
servile
subservient
solicitous
concerned, attentive
solipsistic
believing that oneself is all that exists
somnolent
sleepy, drowsy
spurious
false but designed to seem plausible
staid
sedate, serious, self-restrained
stolid
expressing little sensibility, unemotional
stupefy
to astonish, make insensible
surfeit
an overabundant supply or indulgence
surmise
to infer with little evidence
surreptitious
stealthy
sycophant
one who flatters for self-gain
tacit
expressed without words
taciturn
not inclined to talk
tantamount
equivalent in value or significance
temerity
audacity, recklessness
tenuous
having little substance or strength
timorous
timid, fearful
torpid
lethargic, dormant, lacking motion
tractable
easily controlled
transient
passing through briefly; passing into and out of existence
transmute
to change or alter in form
trenchant
effective, articulate, clear-cut
truculent
ready to fight, cruel
turgid
swollen, excessively embellished in style or language
turpitude
depravity, moral corruption
ubiquitous
existing everywhere, widespread
umbrage
resentment, offense
unctuous
smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, manner
undulate
to move in waves
upbraid
to criticize or scold severely
usurp
to seize by force, take possession of without right
vacillate
to fluctuate, hesitate
vacuous
lack of content or ideas, stupid
vapid
lacking liveliness, dull
variegated
diversified, distinctly marked
venerate
to regard with respect or to honor
veracity
truthfulness, accuracy
verdant
green in tint or color
vex
to confuse or annoy
vicarious
experiencing through another
vicissitude
event that occurs by chance
vilify
to lower in importance, defame
viscous
not free flowing, syrupy
vitriolic
having a caustic quality
vituperate
to berate
wanton
undisciplined, lewd, lustful
winsome
charming, pleasing
wistful
full of yearning; musingly sad
wizened
dry, shrunken, wrinkled
zenith
the highest point, culminating point
zephyr
a gentle breeze