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aberrant
deviate, abnormal
abeyance
suspended action
abscond
depart secretly and hide
abstemious
sparingly eating and drinking
adulterate
make impure by adding inferior or tainting substances
alacrity
cheerfulness, eagerness
ambivalence
state of having contradictory or emotional attitudes
ameliorate
improve
anachronism
something or someone misplaced in time
analogous
comparable
anomalous
abnormal, irregular
antipathy
aversion, dislike
apprise
inform
approbation
approval
appropriate
to take possession of
arduous
hard and strenuous
artless
open and honest
ascetic
practicing self-denial
assiduous
diligent
assuage
ease, lessen, satisfy sooth
attenuate
weaken, reduced in strength
austere
forbiddingly stern; severely simple; unornamented
aver
state confidently
banal
obvious and dull
belie
contradictory
boorish
rude and insensitive
burgeon
grow and flourish
burnish
polish and make shiny
cacophonous
having an unpleasant sound
capricious
impulsive and unpredictable
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
chicanery
trickery
coagulation
thicken, blood clotting
cogent
convincing
commensurate
Equal
compendium
brief, comprehensive summary
compliant
disposed or willing to comply
conciliatory
appeasing; soothing; showing willingness to reconcile
condone
to forgive or overlook an offense
contention
assertion; claim; thesis; struggling; competition
aggrandize
to increase in greatness, power, or wealth
candid
impartial and honest in speech
decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct
deference
respect
desiccate
remove water from
desultory
marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another; rambling, aimless, haphazard
diatribe
abusive speech
diffident
lacking self-confidence
dilatory
intending to delay
dilettante
an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge
dirge
mournful speech
disabuse
free somebody (from an erroneous belief)
disparate
fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
dissemble
make believe with the intent to deceive
dogma
firmly held opinion - often religious
dogmatic
dictatorial one's opinions
eclectic
selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
efficacy
effectiveness
emulate
to copy
enervate
to weaken
engender
to produce
ephemeral
short-lived
equanimity
calmness
equivocate
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
erudite
having or showing profound knowledge
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a small group
euphemism
an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive
exacerbate
make worse, intensify, provoke
exculpate
free from blame
exigency
a pressing or urgent situation
facetious
playfully humorous
fatuous
foolish
fawning
attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
felicitous
marked by good fortune
fervor
passion
flag
become less intense
fledgling
any new participant in some activity
flout
To mock, treat with contempt
foment
try to stir up public opinion
forestall
act in advance of
gainsay
to deny
goad
urge on
grandiloquent
puffed up with vanity
gregarious
Sociable
guileless
not deceitful or crafty
harangue
a long, strongly expressed speech or lecture
iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
idolatry
the worship of idols
refractory
stubbornly resistant to authority or control; hard to manage; disobedient
immutable
unchangeable
impassive
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
imperturbable
not easily excited; emotionally steady
implacable
unable to be appeased or pacified
inchoate
not fully formed; disorganized
indigence
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
indolent
habitually lazy or inactive
ingenuous
innocent, simple; frank, sincere
insinuate
to suggest or hint slyly
insipid
lacking interest or significance, not pleasing to the sense of taste
insularity
the state of being isolated or detached
intractable
Stubborn, difficult to manage
intransigence
refusal to moderate a position or to compromise
inundate
to flood
inured
accustomed; hardened
invective
abusive language
irascible
characterized by anger
laconic
brief and to the point
lassitude
a feeling of lack of interest or energy
levity
feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness
loquacious
Talkative
magnanimity
generosity
malingerer
someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
mendacious
Lying; untruthful; habitual lying
misanthrope
hater of humanity
mollify
soothe
mundane
belonging to this earth or world
obdurate
stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
obsequious
attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
obviate
to anticipate and prevent; to remove, dispose of
officious
intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
onerous
burdensome
opprobrium
state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
paragon
model of excellence or perfection of a kind
paucity
scarcity
penchant
a strong inclination or liking
penury
extreme poverty; stinginess
perfidious
treacherous, disloyal, tending to betray
pervasive
spreading throughout
phlegmatic
slow-moving, sluggish; unemotional
platitude
a trite or obvious remark
precarious
Not safe or secure; dangerously uncertain
precipitate
done with very great haste and without due deliberation
precursor
forerunner
prevaricate
to lie
pristine
in original, long-ago state; uncorrupted
probity
uprightness; honesty; incorruptibility
prodigal
a recklessly extravagant consumer
proliferate
cause to grow or increase rapidly
propensity
a natural inclination
propitiate
appease, make peace with
propriety
correct or appropriate behavior
proscribe
prohibit; ostracize; banish; outlaw
qualified
limited or restricted
quiescent
being quiet or still or inactive
rarefied
having low density
recalcitrant
marked by stubborn resistance to authority
recant
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
recluse
one who lives in solitude
recondite
difficult to understand; profound, abstruse
relegate
assign to a lower position
reproach
to blame for something; a disgrace
reprobate
marked by immorality
repudiate
refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
rescind
annul by recalling; cancel
reticent
inclined to keep silent; reserved
salubrious
promoting health
sanction
official permission or approval
secrete
place out of sight
solicitous
showing hovering attentiveness, concerned
specious
plausible but false
stigma
a symbol of disgrace or infamy
stint
supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
stipulate
specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement
stolid
not easily moved mentally or emotionally; dull, unresponsive
subpoena
a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
supposition
a hypothesis that is taken for granted
tacit
unspoken, silent; implied, inferred
tenuous
having thin consistency
torpor
Laziness; inactivity; dullness
tortuous
marked by repeated turns and bends, not straightforward
transgression
violation of a law; sin; V. transgress: go beyond (a limit); violate; do wrong
truculence
aggressiveness; ferocity
vacillate
waver; fluctuate
veracious
truthful
vituperative
abusive; scolding
welter
turmoil; bewildering jumble
zealot
fanatic
defunct
no longer existing or functioning
inveigling
to entice; to lure
opining
to hold or express an opinion
fulminating
Speaking against something, shouting or explosive
recidivism
habitual relapse into crime
vestige
a trace or evidence of something that once existed
divesting
removing
habiliments
clothing
claque
a group of followers hired to applaud at a performance
decrepitude
a state of deterioration due to old age or long use
bluster
vain and empty boasting
swagger
act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner
delectable
extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
codify
arrange and set down in writing
officiate
perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function
denigrating
minimize, defame
imbibition
the act of consuming liquids
lugubrious
excessively mournful
lucubration
laborious study or thought, especially at night; the result of such work
mettle
the courage to carry on
euphuistic
highly elaborate way of speaking
fastidious
giving and careful attention to detail
perfunctory
hasty and without attention to detail
fortuitous
occurring by happy chance; accidental
ubiquitous
being present everywhere at once
instigate
serve as the inciting cause of
splenetic
very irritable
churlish
rude and boorish
periphrasis
a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things; unclear
pernicious
exceedingly harmful
exsiccated
to dry up
espied
catch sight of, glimpse
disinterred
removed from the grave
comestible
any substance that can be used as food
pulchritudinous
used of persons only, physically beautiful
esculent
eatable; fit for consumption
craven
cowardly
delineate
to portray, sketch, depict