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excess
too much
surplus
too much
reimburse
to pay back money
divert
to move something in a different direction
compensate
to pay or reward someone
stun
to surprise or shock
suspend
to put on hold; to hang in the air
inferior
worse, lower in quality
din
loud noise
clamor
loud noise
deceit
trickery, misleading someone (deceive)
deception
trickery, misleading someone (deceive)
civil
respectful or polite
civility
respectfulness or politeness
hallowed
holy
sacred
holy
distinguished
outstanding, well respected
apprehension
fear, hesitation
aggravation
frustration
bleak
hopeless, depressing
dreary
sad, depressing
divulge
to reveal a secret
betray
to give away information on someone, to be unloyal
soothe
to calm
vigorous
strong, healthy, thorough
robust
strong, healthy
despondent
hopeless, depressed
console
to try to make a sad person feel better
heightened
increased
satiate
to satisfy, esp. hunger
prolong
to make something last longer (time)
elongate
to make longer (physical)
impulsive
doing things without thinking them through first
spontaneous
doing things without prior planning
ingenious
clever, brilliant
wan
pale
foreign
unfamiliar, weird
detest
to hate
despise
to hate
apparition
ghost
malevolent
wishing bad (mal) upon people
widespread
common
tolerant
accepting, open-minded
grave
serious
ambitious
competitive and wanting to achieve a lot
myopic
near-sighted, not seeing the big picture
prolific
producing a lot (work, babies)
nefarious
evil
elusive, elude (v.)
hard to understand (idea), hard to catch (person)
meager
small amount
emphatic
with emphasis
acrid
smelling bad, unpleasant, stinging (usually a smell)
belittle
to diss or dismiss as unimportant
exuberant
enthusiastic
eminent
important and famous
imminent
about to happen
advent
arrival
belligerent
aggressive
inextricable
cannot be escaped
insular
not very open to the outside world
glib
good at talking but not saying anything intelligent
futile, futility (n.)
hopeless, won't work
discontent
unhappy
lackadaisical
lazy
singe
to burn a bit (like blackened toast)
tangible
can be touched or held, real
luxurious
fancy, high-quality
monarchs
rulers (kings)
regal
related to the king
suffice
to be enough
ample
a lot
contested
argued over
mangle
injure, destroy
reverence
respect
affinity
a liking for something
contempt
hatred
hilarity
hilarious-ness
inept
not able, not skilled
competent
capable
reserve
quiet shyness
irk
to annoy
affable
friendly
gauche
awkward, saying or doing the wrong thing
faux pas
a social error
ostracize
to exclude someone from your group
attribute
an aspect of something (ex: hair color, personality)
characteristic
an aspect of something (ex: hair color, personality)
tendency
what you "tend" to do (ex: I have a tendency to talk too much)
likelihood
how likely something is, probability
industrious
hard-working
irate
furious
instinct
gut feeling, automatic response
adequate
enough
anxious
nervous, worried
anxiety
nervousness, worry
accustomed
used to something
jovial
happy
primitive
not modern and sophisticated, ancient
derive
to come from something (else)
dubious
doubtful, suspicious
introverted
shy, quiet
extraverted
outgoing, friendly
clandestine
secret, hidden
amicable
friendly
sanctioned
allowed
elaborate (n.)
fancy, complicated
elaborate (v.)
to give more detail
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
abduct
to carry, take, or lead away forcefully or wrongfully
abhor
to hate, to detest
absurd
ridiculously unreasonable, lacking logic.
acclaim
(n). praise, enthusiastic approval. (v). to welcome with applause and praise.
acute
sharp in some way (acute angle) or in intelligence
adage
proverb, old saying
adhere
to stick fast, to hold to
adjourn
to postpone, suspend for a period of time
adjunct
supporting, assisting
admonish
to scold, to advise
adorn
to decorate (like ornament)
adversary
opponent or enemy
aeronautic
relating to aircraft
affable
pleasantly easy to get along with
affectation
something you do that's fake (limp, accent, etc.)
aghast
overcome by surprise, disgust, or amazement.
agility
ability to move quickly and easily
agitate
to shake or grow excited
aimless
lacking purpose or goal
alleviate
to make easier to bear, lessen
allure
fascination, appeal
aloof
emotionally distant
altruistic
not selfish
amateur
someone not paid to engage in hobby
amend
to improve, to alter
amorous
having to do with love
amorphous
shapeless
angular
pointy
animosity
hatred
annhilate
to destroy completely
antidote
remedy for a poison
aperture
opening
aqueous
liquid
ardent
passionate
arid
very dry
articulate
well spoken, to pronounce clearly
artifice
trickery
ascertain
to figure out
assail
to attack
astound
to amaze
astute
able to understand clearly and quickly
atrocity
horrible act
audacity
boldness or daring
authoritative
having great authority
banal
boringly predictable
banish
to send away, drive or put away
barrier
anything that makes progress hard or impossible
beguile
to delude, deceive by trickery
benefactor
someone giving financial advice or general assistance
bewildered
completely confused or puzzled
bias
prejudice, particular tendency
bile
ill temper, irritability
bliss
supreme happiness
boisterous
loud and unrestrained
botanist
plant scientist
bounty
generosity in giving, reward
bravado
showy display of courage
brevity
state of being brief, of not lasting a long time
brig
ships prison
burnish
to make shiny by rubbing; shininess produced by burnishing
cache
hiding place for treasures, anything in such a hiding place
cajole
to persuade with promises or flattery
camouflage
disguise worn in order to deceive an enemy
candor
honesty, sincerity
canine
relating to dogs
cantankerous
quarrelsome and grouchy
caprice
sudden, unpredictable change
cascade
waterfall; or to fall like a waterfall
catastrophe
disastrous event
celestial
relating to the heavens
censor
to remove material from books, magazines, plays, etc. for moral, political, or religious reasons
chasm
gorge or deep canyon
choleric
bad-tempered
choreograoher
person creating and arranging dances for stage performances
chorus
group acting together
chronic
continuing over a long period of time, long-lasting
circumscribe
to limit in anyway
collision
crash, clash, or conflict
communicative
talkative and likely to communicate
compassion
deep feeling of pity or sympathy for others
compel
to force something or someone to act
competent
having enough skill for some purpose, adequate but not exceptional
concise
brief and compact
condone
to pardon, to forgive, to overlook
confidential
done secretly
constrict
to squeeze, make tighter
contemplation
thoughtful observation
contend
to fight or struggle against, to debate
contentious
eager to quarrel
convene
to assemble or meet
conventional
established or approved by general usage
copious
abundant, large in number or quantity
countenance
(n) face or facial expression, or general appearance or behavior of something or someone
(v) to approve or support
couplet
unit of poetry with two rhyming lines
courier
person who carries messages, news, or information
cue
hint or guiding suggestion
curvature
state of being curved
dawdle
to waste time with idle lingering
deadlock
standoff caused by opposition of two conflicting forces
dearth
shortage, lack
debris
charred or spoiled remains of something that has been destroyed
decade
period of ten years
deciet
deception or tricky falseness
decieve
to delude or mislead
declamation
exercise in speech-giving, attack or protest
deficient
defective, inadequate
dehydrate
to remove water from
dejected
depressed, sad
delude
to deceive, to mislead
deluge
flood, large overflowing of water, too much of anything
demote
to reduce to a lower grade or class
deplore
to regard as deeply regrettable and hateful
desolation
condition of being deserted and destroyed
despicable
deserving contempt
despondent
in a state of depression
destitute
without or left without, poor
devestate
to lay waste, to overwhelm
devotee
someone passionately devoted
devout
deeply religious
dexterity
agility, cleverness, skill in using hands or body
diminish
to become or make smaller in size, number, or degree
dingy
dark or drab in color, dirty, shabby
diplomatic
polite, tactful
disclaim
to deny ownership of or association with
discursive
covering a wide area or digressing from a topic
dismal
causing gloom, cheerless
dispute
argument or quarrel
disseminate
to scatter or spread widely
divert
to change the course of, to draw someones attention by amusing them
doff
to remove or takeoff
dogged
persistent in effort
dogmatic
asserting without proof
doze
to nap or sleep lightly
dungeon
underground room in fortress often used to keep prisoners
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm or excitement
eccentric
person who differs from the accepted norms in an odd way
estatic
deliriously overjoyed
eddy
small whirlpool or any similar current
effect
result, to produce make or bring about
elusive
hard to find or express
embellish
to add detail, make more complicated
eminent
distinguish, high in rank or station
emulate
to imitate or copy
enact
to make into a law
encompass
to form a circle or a ring around
endorse
to approve, sustain, or support
enigma
mystery or riddle
enigmatic
unexplainable, mysterious
ensnare
to capture in, or involve
entice
to lure or attract by feeding desires
entourage
group of followers, attendants, or assistants
era
period of time
err
to make a mistake (as in an error)
erudite
knowledgable and learned
essential
basic, fundamental, of great importance
etiquette
code of social behavior
evacuate
to empty out, remove, or withdraw
exotic
of foreign origin or character, strange, exciting
expand
to make greater, broader, larger, or more detailed
expunge
to delete or omit completely
extraction
process of removal or something removed
extricate
to release from difficulty or an entanglement
extroverted
outgoing or interested in people
fanatic
someone with excessive enthusiasm
fatal
causing or capable of causing death or ruin
fatigue
to exhaust the strength of, weariness, tiredness from exertion
fauna
animals of a given area
felicity
happiness, bliss
ferocious
savage and fierce
fervent
showing great warmth, enthusiasm; hot, burning, glowing
fickle
easily changeable, especially in emotions
fidelity
faithfulness to duties
finale
the final part of some entertainment
flagrant
outrageously noticeable; notorious, scandalous
flippant
not serious, playful
flow
to move along in a stream or like a stream, to proceed continuously
foretell
to predict the future
formidable
to inspire awe or wonder because of outstanding power, size, etc.
foundation
basis or groundwork for anything
fragile
easily broken or damaged
frequent
happening or occurring at short intervals
futile
useless; unimportant
garrulous
talkative or likely to chatter
germinate
to bud or sprout
glee
joy, pleasure, happiness
glib
having a ready flow of words
gregarious
fond of company, social
grotesque
odd or unnatural in some way
grovel
to humble oneself, to beg
gruesome
grisly, horrible
harbinger
omen, messenger
harsh
stern or cruel, unpleasant to the ear, physically uncomfortable
hasty
done quickly, rushed, sloppy
heed
careful attention, notice, observation
herbivorous
feeding on plants
heterogeneous
not uniform, made up of different parts that remain separate
hexagon
polygon having 6 sides
hibernate
to speed the winter in a sleep-like, dormant state
hive
structure where bees live
horrid
something that causes horror
hovel
small, miserable, shack
humid
moist or damp
ignite
to set on fire; to stir emotionally
illiteracy
inability to read or write
immaculate
spotless, free from error
imminent
about to happen, on the verge of occurring
immortal
never-dying
impasse
road having no exit; a dilemma with no solution
impervious
incapable of being penetrated, unable to be influenced
impious
lacking respect for religion
imply
to suggest without stating directly
inadvertent
unintentional
incentive
motivation or drive to do a particular task or go in a given direction
incredulous
not believing
indicate
to point out or make known with a good degree of certainty
inert
having no power to move or act
infectious
contagious
ingenuity
inventive skill or cleverness
inhabit
to reside or live in
innate
present at birth
innocent
pure, not guilty
insinuation
devious hint or sly suggestion made to cause suspicion or doubts.
insomnia
inability to fall asleep
insurgent
rebel; rising in revolt, starting a revolution
irate
full of anger, wrathful, incensed.
jeer
taunting remark; to mock in an abusive way
jubilant
feeling joy or happiness
judicious
having wise judgment
kinetic
relating to motion
lagoon
shallow body of water connected to a much larger one
lenient
merciful, not strict
lethargy
drowsiness, tiredness, inability to do anything much
limber
bending and moving easily
lunge
to thrust something forward
magnanimous
having great or noble spirit; acting generously, patiently, or kindly
malfunction
an instance of failing to function; to fail to function
malleable
can be molded or shaped
mar
to damage something and make it imperfect
marvel
something astonishing or marvelous; to be surprised or full of wonder
meager
very small or insufficient
meek
humble and submissive
melancholy
very sad or depressing
meteorologist
scientist dealing with weather and weather conditions
mimic
imitate, copy
minuscule
tiny, miniature
misbegotten
poorly planned, based on false assumptions or reasoning
mourn
feel sad for, regret
murky
dark, dim
nauseous
sickening, makes you feel sick
nebulous
hazy, not well defined
nimble
quick and agile in movement or thought
nomad
someone who has no permanent home and wanders
notify
to tell, let know, give notice
obese
very fat
obnoxious
offensive and very disagreeable
obscure
very hard to see; to hide or make difficult to find
observation
examination; remark, comment
obstinate
stubborn
obstruct
to get in the way of; to block
obtuse
not acute; someone who is not smart; thick, dull
olfactory
relating to the sense of smell
ominous
threatening, menacing, having the character of an evil omen
opportune
appropriate to time or circumstance, lucky, timely
option
choice, selection, preference
orbit
to move around some object; to circle; the actual rout the thing takes when it goes around another thing
orchid
purple (as in the flower)
obstentatious
pretentious and flashy
palatable
good tasting
paradox
contradiction, something that doesn't fit, something that shouldn't be
passive
not active, someone who lets things happen rather than himself take action
peddle
sell (usually used in a somewhat bad way)
pedestrian
common, everyday, usual; one who does not ride but walks
perjury
making deliberately false statements when under oath
persevere
to continue in come course of action despite setbacks and opposition; struggle, endure, persist
petrify
to turn to store; to paralyze with fear or surprise
pious
religiously devout or moral
plagiarism
copying someone else's work and claiming it as your own
plausible
seeming to be true
pompous
characterized by stiff, unnatural formality
procrastinate
to postpone, to put something off to a later time
profound
deep, wise, serious
profilic
producing great amounts; fertile
propel
to move, make something go forward
prophesy
to predict the future using divine guidance
pungent
sharp, flavorful
pursue
to chase, go after
quell
to quiet something loud and harsh; crush, defeat, conquer
quench
to satisfy a need or desire
rabble
large, disorderly, and easily excited mob
rabid
afflicted with rabies; acting frantically or madly, as if being afflicted by rabies
rancor
bad feeling, bitterness
random
lacking order/free from order
ransack
to search thoroughly and messily
ratify
to approve formally
ravenous
wildly eager to eat; hungry for anything
raze
to destroy utterly
recluse
someone who lives far away from other people
recur
to return; to occur again
reek
strong smell, to be pervaded by something unpleasant
refrain
to stop or avoid doing something; quit
regal
royal, splendid
reign
rule over, govern, dominate
reimburse
ro repay someone for their expenses
rienforce
strengthen, add to
reminiscence
memory or act of recalling the past
renowned
well-known, famous, celebrated
repartee
witty conversation, retort
repudiate
to reject what one was once associated with
repungant
something gross, repulsive, or revolting
residue
something that remains after a part is taken
reveal
show, divulge, expose
revel
celebrate noisily, have a party
rout
conquer, defeat, and chase off
satellite
moon, a small thing going around a bigger thing
saturate
to fill something to the point where it can hold no more
saucy
impudent, lively, rude, insolent
savor
to enjoy something with relish or delight
scald
burn with hot liquid or steam
scarce
rare, uncommon
scathing
overly critical
schism
division or separation between groups of members within an organization
scrupulous
acting in accordance with a strict moral code; thorough in the performance of a task
secure
to fasten; not likely to fall or come lose
seethe
to boil, bubble, team
sentry
guard, watchman
sequel
addition or result; story that continues a previous one
shrewd
clever, cunning
significant
meaningful, important, relevant
sinister
threatening, evil, menacing
slack
lack of tautness or tension; a time of little activity; sluggish, idle, barely moving
sociable
friendly, amiable
solicit
to seek something from another; to make a request of someone
specify
to mention, name, or require specifically or exactly
splice
to join, bind, attach
spurn
reject with scorn, turn away
squalid
very dirty or foul
squander
to waste in some worthless purchase or practice
staunch
steady, loyal
stealthy
sneaky, secret
stress
emphasize, point out
suave
smooth, graceful, and confident in speech and behavior
subdue
to bring under control; to decrease the intensity of
succeed
to follow, come after; to prosper, do well
succumb
to give in, to submit
suffice
to be adequate or enough
summit
highest level or point
superb
wonderful, superior, excellent
suppress
crush, hold in, hide
surfeit
overly abundant supply, an excess
surmise
to guess, to infer; instance of surmising
surrogate
person or thing substituted for another
susceptible
vulnerable, liable to be affected by something
suspense
fear or anticipation of waiting for something
synopsis
short summary, outline
taciturn
quiet, tending not to speak
tactful
acting with sensitivity to others feelings
taint
to poison (as a drink); to corrupt (as a person)
tamper
bother, interfere, meddle
tangible
can be felt by touching, having actual substance
taut
stretched tightly; tense
temperate
denying oneself to much pleasure, moderate, sensible; a mild climate
tenacious
steadily pursuing a goal, unwilling to give up; stubborn
tepid
neither hot nor cold; lacking character or spirit
terminate
to stop, end
terse
concise, brief, using few words
tether
chain or rope tied to an animal to keep it within specific bounds; to fasten or confine
token
sign or symbol; existing in name or appearance only, with out depth, or significance
torrid
extremely hot, scorching
trepidation
fear, apprehension
trite
lacking originality, inspiration, and interest
tumult
noise and confusion
tyranny
harsh exercise of absolute power
ultimate
marking the highest point; cannot be improved upon; final
unanimous
approved by everyone concerned
unkempt
messy, sloppily maintained
usurp
to seize, take by force
vacate
leave as in vacation
vacuous
silly, empty headed, not serious
vague
to clear or certain
vehement
with deep feeling
vend
to sell goods
vex
to irritate to a great degree, to annoy
vitalize
make something come alive
vivacious
lively, full of spirit
wantonly
without reason
wrath
extreme anger
wretched
miserable, pathetic
writhe
to squirm or twist as if in pain
zealous
enthusiastic, eager
desecrate
remove the consecration from a person or an object
laud
praise, glorify, or honor
vindicate
clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
piety
righteousness by virtue of being pious
pious
devoutly religious
rarity
something unusual
amoral
lacking a sense of right and wrong
candor
honest and straightforward