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Zealot
Fanatic; person showing excessive zeal
Whimsical
Capricious; fanciful
Welter
Turmoil; bewildering jumble
Wary
Very cautious
Warranted
Justified; authorised
Volatile
Explosive; changeable; unstable; evaporating rapidly
Vituperative
Scolding; abusive
Viscous
Sticky; gluey
Viable
Practical or workable; capable of maintaining life
Verbose
Wordy
Veracious
Truthful
Venerate
Revere
Vacillate
Waver; fluctuate
Trucluence
Aggressiveness; ferocity
Transgression
Violation of the law; sin
Tractable
Docile; easily managed
Tortuous
Winding; full of curves
Torpor
Lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
Tirade
Extended scolding; harangue; denunciation
Tenuous
Slim; thin; rare
Tangential
Digressing; peripheral; only slightly connected
Tacit
Understood but not put into words
Supposition
Hypothesis; surmise
Supersede
Cause to be set aside; replace; make obsolete
Substantiate
Establish by evidence; verify; support
Subside
Settle down; descend; grow quiet
Subpoena
Writ summoning a witness to appear
Strut (n)
Supporting bar
Striated
Marked with parallel bands; grooved
Stolid
Dull; impassive
Stipulate
Make express conditions; specify
Stint (v)
Be thrifty; set limits
Stint (n)
Supply; alloted amount; assigned portion of work
Stigma
Token of disgrace; brand
Sporadic
Irregular
Spectrum
Band of colour produced when light is passed through a prism
Specious
Seemingly reasonable but false; misleading
Soporific
Sleep causing; marked by sleepiness
Solicitous
Worried; concerned
Skeptic
Doubter; person who suspends judgement about something until having examined all evidence
Shard
Fragment, usually of pottery
Secrete
Hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism
Savor
Enjoy; having a distinctive flavour, smell or quality
Saturate
Soak thoroughly
Satiate
Satisfy fully
Sanction
Approve; ratify
Salubrious
Healthful
Sage
Person known for his wisdom
Reverent
Respectful; worshipful
Reticent
Reserved; uncommunicative
Resolve
Determination; firmness of purpose
Resolution
Determination
Rescind
Cancel
Repudiate
Disavow or Disown
Reprobate
Person hardened in sin; devoid or a sense of decency
Reproach
Express disapproval or disappointment
Relegate
Banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
Refute
Disprove
Refractory
Stubborn; unmanageable
Recondite
Abstruse; secret; profound
Recluse
Hermit; loner
Recant
Disavow or disclaim; retract a previous statement; openly confess error
Recalcitrant
Obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
Rarefied
Make less dense
Quiescent
At rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
Quibble
Minor objection or complaint
Qualified
Limited; restricted
Pungent
Stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
Proscribe
Ostracise; banish; outlaw
Propriety
Fitness; correct conduct
Propitiate
Appease
Propensity
Natural inclination
Proliferate
Grow rapidly; multiply; spread
Prohibitive
Tending to prevent the use or purchase of something; inclined to forbid or prevent
Profound
Deep; complete
Prodigal
Wasteful; reckless with money
Problematic
Doubtful; perplexing; questionable; unsettled
Probity
Incorruptibility; uprightness
Pristine
Primordial; primitive; charactersitic of older times; unspoiled
Prevaricate
Lie
Presumptous
Arrogant; taking liberties
Precursor
Forerunner
Precipitate (ADJ)
Hasty; rash; premature; sudden
Precarious
Uncertain; risky
Preamble
Introductory statement
Pragmatic
Practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with practical worth or impact of something
Porous
Full of pores
Plummet
Fall sharply
Plethora
Excess; overabundance
Platitude
Trite expression; commonplace statement
Plasticity
Able to be molded
Placate
Pacify; soothe
Piety
Devoutness; reverence for God
Phlegmatic
Calm; not easily disturbed
Pervasive
Spread throughout
Permeable
Allowing gases or liquids to pass through; penetrable; porous
Perfucntory
Superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care or enthusiasm
Perfidious
Treacherous; disloyal
Perennial
Long lasting
Penury
Severe poverty
Penchant
Inclination; liking
Pedantic
Bookish; showing off learning
Paucity
Scarcity
Pathological
Pertaining to disease
Partisan
One-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
Paragon
Model of perfection
Ostentatious
Pretenious; showy; trying to attract attention
Oscillate
Pendulum-like movement; waver
Opprobrium
Infamy; villification
Onerous
Burdunsome
Officious
Meddlesome
Occlude
Hinder; block
Obviate
Make unnecessary; get rid of
Obsequious
Slavishly attentive; servile; sycophantic
Obdurate
Stubborn
Neophyte
Beginner; recent convert
Negate
Nullify; cancel out; deny
Mundane
Everyday; worldy as opposed to spiritual
Morose
Ill-humoured; sullen; melancholy
Mollify
Soothe
Mitigate
Moderate; appease
Misanthrope
One who hates mankind
Meticulous
Very careful; Painstakingly scrupulous
Metamorphosis
Change of form
Mendacious
Lying; habitually dishonest
Maverick
Rebel; non-conformist
Malleable
Able to be shaped by pounding; impressionable
Malingerer
One who feigns sickness to escape from duty
Magnanimity
Generosity
Luminous
Shining; giving off light
Lucid
Clear; easily understood; intelligible
Loquacious
Talkative
Log
Record of flight or voyage; written record of day to day activities
Levity
Lack of seriousness or steadiness; frivolity
Levee
Stone or earthen embankment built to prevent flooding
Lethargic
Drowsy; dull
Laud
Praise; applaud
Latent
Potential but undeveloped; dormant; hidden
Lassitude
Weariness; languor
Laconic
Brief and to the point
Itinerary
Travel schedule
Irresolute
Uncertain how to act; weak
Irascible
Irritable; easily angered
Invective
Abuse
Inured
Accustomed; hardened
Inundate
Teach
Intransigence
Refusal to come to a compromise; stubborness
Intractable
Unruly; stubborn; unyeilding
Insularity
Narrow-mindedness; isolation
Insipid
Flavourless; bland
Insinuate
Imply; hint; creep in
Insensible
Unconscious; unresponsive
Innocuous
Harmless
Inherent
Firmly established by nature or habit
Ingenuous
Naive and trusting; young; not sophisticated
Inert
Lacking the power to move; inactive
Indolent
Lazy
Indigence
Poverty
Indeterminate
Uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
Incorporate
Introduce something into a larger whole; combine; unite
Inconsequential
Insignificant; unimportant
Incongruity
Absurdity; not in harmony
Inchoate
Recently begun; rudimentary; elementary
Inadvertently
Unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly
Implode
Burst inwards
Implicit
Meant but not said
Implacable
Not able to be placated
Impervious
Impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed
Imperturbable
Calm; placid
Impede
Block; hinder
Impassive
Imperturbable; without feeling; stoic
Impair
Injure; hurt
Immutable
Unchangeable
Idolatry
Idol worship; excessive admiration
Iconoclastic
Attacking cherished traditions
Hyperbole
Exaggeration; overstatement
Homogeneous
Of the same kind
Harangue
Long, passionate and vehement speech
Gullible
Easily deceived
Guileless
Without deceit
Gregarious
Sociable
Grandiloquent
Pompous; using inflated language; bombastic
Gouge
Overcharge
Goad
Urge on
Garrulous
Talkative; wordy; loquacious
Gainsay
Deny; contradict or oppose; declare to be untrue
Futile
Useless; ineffectual
Frugality
Economy; thrift
Forestall
Prevent by taking action in advance
Foment
Stir up; instigate
Flout
Reject; mock
Fledgling
Inexperienced
Flag
Droop; grow feeble
Fervor
Glowing ardor; intensity of feeling
Felicitous
Apt; well chosen; suitably expressed
Fawning
Courting favour by cringing and flattering
Fatuous
Foolish; inane
Fallacious
False; misleading
Facilitate
Make easy; help bring about
Facetious
Joking (inappropriately); humorous
Extrapolation
Projection; conjecture
Exigency
Urgent situation
Exculpate
Clear from blame
Exacerbate
Embitter; worsen
Euphemism
A mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
Eulogy
Expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
Esoteric
Hard to understand; known only to a chosen few
Erudite
Learned; scholarly
Equivocate
Lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
Equanimity
Calmness of temperament; composure
Enhance
Increase; improve
Engender
Cause; produce
Enervate
Weaken
Endemic
Prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country
Emulate
Mimic; rival
Empirical
based on experience
Emebellish
Adorn; ornament; enhance
Elicit
Draw out by discussion
Elegy
Song or poem expression lamentation

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