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abate
to reduce in amount, severity
abscond
to leave secretly
abstain
to choose not to do something
abyss
an extremely deep hole
adulterate
to make impure
advocate
to speak in favor of
aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
aggrandize
to increase in power
alleviate
to make more bearable
amalgamte
to combine to mix together
ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain
ameliorate
to make better, improve
anachronism
something out of place
analogous
similar or alike in some way
anomaly
deviation from normal
antagonize
to annoy or provoke
antipathy
extreme dislike
apathy
lack of caring
arbitrate
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
archaic
ancient
ardor
intense and passionate
articulate
able to speak clearly
assuage
to make something less severe
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree
audacious
bold, fearless
austere
severe or stern in appearance
banal
predictable
bolster
to support
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
cacophony
harsh noise
candid
impartial and honest in speech
capricious
changing ones mind quickly
castigate
to punish or criticize
catalyst
something that brings about a change
caustic
biting in wit
chaos
great disorder
chauvinist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group that he/she belongs
chicancery
deception by means of craft
cogent
convincing and well reasoned
condone
to overlook, pardon or disregard
convuluted
intricate and complicated
corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
credulous
too trusting
crescendo
steadily increasing
decorum
appropriateness of behavior
deference
respect, courtesy
deride
to mock, to speak of or treat with contempt
desicate
to dry out
desultory
jumping from one thing to another
diatribe
an abusive condemnatory speech
diffident
lacking self confidence
dilate
to make larger
dilatory
intended to delay
dilettante
someone with an amateurish interest in topic
dirge
funeral with hymn or mournful speech
disabuse
to set right
discern
to perceive, to recognize
disparate
fundamentally different
dissemble
to present a false appearance
dissonance
a harsh sound
dogma
firm opinion
dogmatic
dictatorial in ones opinions
dupe
to deceive
eclectic
selecting from variety of sources
efficacy
effectiveness
elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech
eloquent
persuasive and moving
emulate
to copy
enervate
to reduce in strength
engender
to produce
enigma
puzzled
enumerate
to count, list, itemize
ephemeral
lasting a short time
equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning to mislead
erratic
wandering, unpredictable
erudite
learned, scholarly
esoteric
known or understood by a few
estimable
admirable
eulogy
speech in praise of someone
euphemism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in replace of a worse one
exacerbate
to make worse
exculpate
to clear from blame
exigent
urgent, requiring immediate action
exonerate
to clear of blame
explicit
clearly stated or shown
fanatical
acting extra enthusiastic
fawn
to grovel
fervid
emotional,
florid
excessively decorated
foment
to arouse
frugality
tendency to be thrifty
garrulous
tending to talk a lot
gregarious
outgoing, sociable
guile
deceit or trickery
gullible
easily deceived
iconoclast
one who opposes beliefs or customs
imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed
impervious
impossible to penetrate
impetuous
quick to act without thinking
implacable
unable to be calmed down
inchoate
not fully formed, disorganized
ingenuous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
inimical
hostile, unfriendly
innocuous
harmless
insipid
lacking interest or flavor
intransigent
uncompromising
inundate
to overwhelm
irascible
easily made angry
laconic
using few words
lament
to express sorrow
laud
to give praise
lethargic
acting slow or sluggish
loquacious
talkative
lucid
clear
luminous
bright, glowing
malinger
to evade by pretending to be ill
malleable
capable of being shaped
metaphor
comparing two different things
meticulous
extra careful about details
misanthrope
dislikes humans
mitigate
to soften, to lesson
mollify
to calm or make less severe
monotony
lack of variation
naive
lacking experience
obdurate
hardened in feeling, resistant to persuasion
obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
obsinate
stubborn
obviate
to prevent
occlude
to stop up, prevent passage
onerous
troublesome and oppressive
opaque
impossible to see through
opprobrium
public disgrace
ostentation
excessive showiness
paradox
a contradiction
paragon
model of excellence
pedant
someone who shows off learning
perfidious
willing to betray ones trust
perfunctory
done in a routine way
permeate
to penetrate
philanthropy
desire to promote goodness
placate
to soothe
plastic
able to be molded
plethora
excess
pragmatic
practical as opposed to idealistic
precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly
prevaricate
to lie
pristine
fresh and clean
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
proliferate
to increase in number
propitiate
to conciliate, to appease
propriety
correct behavior
prudence
wisdom, caution
pungent
sharp, irritating to senses
quiscent
motionless
rarefy
to make thinner or sparser
repudiate
to reject the validity of
reticent
silent, reserved
rhetoric
effective writing
satiate
overindulgence
soporific
causing sleep or lethargy
specious
deceptively attractive
stigma
mark of shame or discredit
stolid
unemotional
sublime
lofty or grand
tacit
done without using words
taciturn
silent, not talkative
tirade
long, harsh verbal attack
torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness
transitory
temporary, lasting short time
vacillate
to sway, be indecisive
venerate
to respect
veracity
filled with truth
verbose
wordy
vex
to annoy
volatile
easily aroused, changeable
waver
to fluctuate between choices
whimsical
acting in fanciful unpredictable manner
zeal
passionate