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44 terms

Hit Parade II

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Abate
to lessen in intensity or degree
Accolade
an expression of praise
Adulation
excessive praise; intense adoration
Avarice
greed, esp. for wealth
Burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
Bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and inhabitants
Cacophony
harsh, jarring, discordant sound
Canon
an established set of principles or code of laws
Castigation
severe criticism or punishment
Chary
wary
Cogent
convincing
Complaisance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
Contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
Dearth
scarcity; a lack
Demur
to question or oppose
Didactic
intended to teach or instruct
Disinterested
impartial
Dogmatic
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or unprovable principles
Ebullient
cheerful and energetic
Elegy
mournful poem, esp. one lamenting for the dead
Emollient
soothing
Enigmatic
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
Surreptitious
kept secret, esp. because it would not be approved of
Esoteric
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
Eulogy
a speech honoring the dead
Furtive
marked by stealth
Harangue
to deliver a long pompous speech
Hyperbole
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
Impecunious
lacking funds
Incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
Inert
unmoving; lethargic, sluggish
Intransigent
refusing to compromise
Inveigle
to obtain by deception or flattery
Odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
Penurious
ungenerous; excessively thrifty
Peruse
to examine thoroughly
Putrefy
to decay
Quiescence
stillness
Redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
Squalid
dirty and wretched
Supplant
to take the place of; supersede
Torpid
sluggish; lethargic
Urbane
sophisticated
Vilify
defame; characterize harshly