93 terms

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abnegate
to deny oneself things; to reject; to renounce
acerbic
harsh
acidulous
harsh; sharp caustic
acrimonious
harsh; resentful and angry
ancillary
secondary, intended to support; not essential, auxillary
apace
quick, abreast
ascetic
practices self denial as spiritual discipline
aspersion
defamation, a disparaging remark
banal
over used, hackneyed, trite, commonplace
berate
scold, censure severely or angrily
bereave
deprive through death
bilious
easily angered, peevish or irritable; sickeningly unpleasant
burgeoning
blossoming, forming rapidly
callow
inexperienced, immature
calumny
false and malicious accusation, Slander
castigate
to criticize or reprimand severely
caustic
sarcastic
censure
disapproval; to criticize someone
countenance
consent to, give permission; , the appearance conveyed by a person's face
dauntless
fearless
debauchery
immoral behavior
decry
criticize, denounce, express strong disapproval of
defunct
no longer existing
depraved
immoral
deride
to ridicule, laugh at with contempt
derisive
mocking, abusing vocally
dilettante
someone who takes up an interest in a superficial or desultory way, an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
dogmatic
opinionated
dolorous
showing sorrow
engender
to cause, to produce, to create
espouse
adopt something as a belief, marry
excoriate
criticize, denounce, express strong disapproval of
factitious
made up, artificial; produced artificially; sham; false; Ex. factitious tears
fatuous
dense, stupid; foolishly self-satisfied
gainsay
contradict
headlong
quickly, impuslively
hegemonic
leadership, dictatorial
imperious
empire like, able to deal authoritatively with affairs
impetuous
impulsive
impugn
cast doubt on, attack as false or wrong
inchoate
undeveloped; just beginning, imperfectly formed
incipient
in the beginning stages, only partly in existence
iniquity
injustice or an immoral act
insipid
dull, lacking significance or impact
inveigh
to make a violent attack in words, express strong disapproval
irascible
easily angered, characterized by anger
lambaste
to criticize, censure severely or angrily, denounce
lewd
sexual in an offensive way; moral looseness, lust
libertine
immoral, dissolute person
libidinous
sexual, driven by lust
macabre
gruesome
mainstay
main support
mercurial
liable to sudden unpredictable change
mordacious
sarcastic, cynical, biting
mordant
sarcastic, cynical, biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
mundane
earthly, ordinary, commonplace
munificent
generous
nascent
beginning to develop, coming into existence
neophyte
a convert
novitiate
novice
obloquy
speak badly about, a malicious attack
obsequies
funeral rites
opprobrium
shame, Public disgrace
paradigm
pattern, a model; an example
pedestrian
common, dull
peremptory
final, absolute
pettish
easily annoyed
pillory
to expose to ridicule or criticism
pique
resentment from wounded pride (eg. loss in a contest); V: provoke; arouse; annoy; cause to feel resentment; Ex. pique her curiosity
platitude
overused statement
precipitate
(v.) to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hurl down from a great height, to give distinct form to; (adj.) characterized by excessive haste; (n.) moisture; the product of an action or process
proponent
supporter
prosaic
dull, lacking imagination
proselyte
a new convert
querulous
complaining
quotidian
found in the ordinary course of events
rebuke
to scold, to criticize sharply
remonstrate
protest, present and urge reasons in opposition
reprehend
express strong disapproval of
revile
to speak bad about
ribald
humorous but lewd, vulgar
salacious
lustful
sordid
immoral, dishonest
spartan
marked by simplicity and lack of luxury
stoic
unemotional
tirade
angry rant, a speech of violent denunciation
trenchant
clearly or sharply defined to the mind (trenchant distinctions) ;, having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect (trenchant criticism or argument)
turpitude
depravity, moral corruption
tyro
beginner
umbrage
offense; annoyance; displeasure
vituperate
be critical, To abuse verbally; berate
volatile
liable to lead to sudden change or violence
waspish
very irritable