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Salubrious
promoting health or well-being
Salient
prominent, protruding, conspicuous, highly relevant
rubric
authoritative rule, heading, title, or category
rescind
to invalidate, repeal, retract
Rarefy
to make or become thin, less dense, refine
querulous
prone to complaining or gumbling, quarrelsome
Pusillanimous
cowardly, craven
Reconnoiter
to engage in reconnaissance, make a preliminary inspection of
Repudiate
to refuse to have anything to do with, disown
Repine
to feel or express dejection or discontent, long for
Rent
torn, split apart, pierced as if by sound
Remonstrate
to protest, object
Relegate
to forcibly assign, expecially to a lower place or position
Regale
to delight or entertain, feast
Refulgate
radiant, shiny, brilliant
Renege
to fail to honor a commitment, go back on a promise
Refute
to disprove, successfully argue against
Redoubtable
awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
Redolent
fragrant, suggestive or evocative
Recumbent
leaning, resting, prone
Recondite
hidden, concealed, difficult to understand, obscure
salacious
appealing to or causing sexual desire, bawdy
Reticent
quiet, reserved, reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
Resolute
adamant, steadfast, determined
Pundit
an authority on a subject, one who gives opinions
Punctilious
precise, paying attention to trivialities, especially in regard to etiquette
Pugnacious
contentious, quarrelsome, given to fighting, belligerent
Puerile
childish, immature
Provident
frugal, looking to the future
Recant
to retract, especially a previously held belief
Recalcitrant
obstinately defiant of authority or guidance, difficult to manage
Rebus
riddle, a representation of words by pictures or symbols that sound like the words
Rapacious
voracious, greedy, plundering, subsisting on prey
Rancorous
characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
Ramify
to be divided or subdivided, branch out
Rail
to complain about bitterly
Quotidian
occuring or recurring daily, commonplace
Quixotic
foolishly impractical, marked by lofty romantic ideals
Quiescence
stillness, motionless, quality of being at rest
Qualms
misgivings, reservations, causes for hesitancy
Qualify
to limit
Quail
to shrink back in fear, loose courage
Quaff
to drink deeply
Putrefy
to rot, decay and give off a foul odor, become gangrenous
Dissipated
to maximize his or her own pleasure, to the point of excess
Vitiate
to corrupt or make imperfect
virulent
extremely harmful or poisonous, bitterly hostile or antagonistic
vexation
annoyance, irritation
verisimilitude
appearing true or real
Usury
charging an exorbitent or illegal rate of interest
Urbane
sophisticated, refined, elegant
puissant
powerful, mighty
Temerity
to act rashly or without forethought
Venal
capable of being bought or bribed
Vituperative
harshly critical
promulgate
to make known, to announce
Vilify
to defame, characterize harshly
supplant
to take the place of, supersede
Stint
to restrain, be sparing or frugal
Succor
assistance, relief in time of distress
supercilious
disdainful, arrogant, haughty, characterized by haughty scorn
specious
seeming true, but actually false, misleadingly attractive
Turbid
muddy, having sediment stirred up, clouded to teh point of being opaque, in a state of turmoil
Truculent
fierce, scathing, eager to fight
Turpitude
deprivity, baseness
Ubiquitous
existing everywhere at the same time, constantly encountered, widespread
Untoward
troublesome, unruly, unseemly, adverse
Tenuous
having little substance or strength, flimsy, weak
Suppliant
asking humbly, beseeching
Tenacity
the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued
Supplicant
beggar
Tumid
swollen
Tacit
implied, not explicitly stated
Tout
to publicly praise or promote
Tractable
docile, obedient, easily led
Transient
fleeting, passing quickly, brief
Tyro
novice
undulate
to move in a wave like fashion, fluctuate
unfeigned
genuine, not false or hypocritical
untenable
indefenseible, not viable, uninhabitable
upbraid
to scold, censure, rebuke, chastise
surfeit
to feed or supply in excess
sycophant
someone who tried to flatter or please for personal gain, parasite
Table
to remove from consideration
Taciturn
not talkative, silent
Tautology
a repetition, a redundancy, a circular argument
Tamp
to plug, to drive in or down by a series of blows
Tawdry
cheap, gaudy, showy, tacky, indecent
Tendentious
biased, showing marked tendencies
Tender
to offer formally
Terse
brief and concise in wording
Timorous
timid, fearful, diffident
Tirade
loud and extremely critical speech, harsh denunciation
Toady
sycophant, flatterer, yes-man
Stoic
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain, steadfast
stygian
gloomy, dark
Stymie
to block or thwart
succinct
brief, concise
sundry
various, miscellaneous separate
superfluous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
solicitous
concerned and attentive, eager
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
sporadic
occuring only occasionally or in scattered instances
spurious
lacking authenticity or validity, false, counterfit
squalid
sordid, wretched and dirty as if by neglect
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
stanch
to stop the flow of a liquid
Torrid
scorching, ardent, passionate, hurried
Tortuous
windind, twisting, excessively complicated
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
Torpid
lethargic, sluggish, dormant
Umbrage
offense, resentment
Turgid
swollen, bloated, pompous, excessively ornate
Trenchant
sharply perceptive, keen, penetrating, biting clear cut
Travesty
mockrey, caricature, parody
splenetic
bad-tempered,irratable
sophomoric
exhibiting immaturity, lack of judgement, pretentious
soporific
causing drowsiness, tending to induce sleep
sordid
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor, foul
solvent
able to meet financial obligations
sophistry
fallacious resoning, plausible, but faulty logic
supine
inactive, lying on one's back, apathetic, mentally or morally slack
vacillate
to waver indecisively to sway
variegated
multicolored
venerate
to revere
veracity
truthfulness, honesty
veritable
authentic, real, genuine
Plangent
pounding, thundering, resounding
sanguine
cheerful, confident, optimistic
depravity
extreme corruption, wickedness
Complicity
participation, often in wrongdoing
Saturnine
gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
Pique
resentment, feeling of irritation due to hurt pride
Pernicious
extremely harmful, potentially causing death
profligate
excessively wasteful, recklessly extravagant
Prodigious
abundant in size, force or extent, extraordinary
Deride
ridicule, make fun of
calumny
a false and malicious accusation, misrepresentation
opprobrium
disgrace, contempt, scorn
propitate
to appease, conciliate
probity
adherence to highest principles, unrightness
predilection
a disposition in favor of something, preference
proscribe
to outlaw or prohibit
prolific
producing large volumes or amounts, productive
parsimonious
cheap, miserly
perfunctory
cursory, done without care or interest
Paucity
scarcity, a lacking of
peripatetic
itinerant, traveling, nomadic
salutary
remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
perspicacious
acutely perceptive, having keen discernment
Parry
to block, evade or ward off, as a blow
Plaintive
mournful, melancholy, sorrowful
Platitude
superficial or trite remark, especially one offered as meaningful
Profuse
given or coming foth abundantly, extravagant
Prize
to pry, press or force, with a lever
Prosaic
dull, unimaginative
Propitious
auspicious, favorable
Propinquity
nearness, in time or place, affinity of nature, kinship
Polemical
controversial, argumentative
Petulant
impatient, irritable
Pedantic
Ostentatious display of learning, excessive attention to minute and formal rules, unimaginative
Pied
multi-colored, usually in blotches
peremptory
admitting of no contradiction, putting an end to further debate, haughty, imperious
perennial
recurrent through the year or many years, happening repeatedly
Jejune
vapid, uninteresting, childish, immature, lacking nutrition
Ethos
beliefs or character of a group
Desecrate
to destroy the sanctity or beauty of a holy or solemn place, object, event or moment
Complacency
self-satisfaction, smugness
Sinecure
position requiring little or no work and usually providing an income
Sedulous
Diligent, persistent, hard-working
Scurvy
contemptivle, despicable
Ostensible
seeming, appearing as such, professed
Onerous
Troubling, burdensome
Sanctimony
self-righteousness, pretended piety
Seine
a large net hung out and dragged in to catch fish
Sere
withered, arid
Seminal
like a seed, constituting a source, originative
shard
a piece of broken pottery or glass, any small piece or part
Simper
to smirk, to say something with a silly, coy smile
Enmity
ill will, hatred
Efficacy
effectiveness
Gossamer
delicate, insubstantial or tenuous, insincere
Militate
to have weight or bearing on, to argue against
cupidity
greed, strong desire
capitous
critical, fault-finding, argumentative, quibbling
Obtain
to be established, accepted, or customary, prevail
Occlude
to obstruct or block
disputatious
argumentative; fond of arguing
comestible
something you can eat
Debilitate
weaken, enfeeble
Deplore
regret; disapprove of
Deleterious
subtly or unexpectedly harmful
Duplicity
double-dealing; hypocrisy
Occult
hidden, concealed beyond comprehension
Obdurate
unyeilding, hardhearted, inflexible
obsequious
exhibiting a fawning attentiveness, subservient
overweening
presumptuously, arrogant, overbearing, immoderate
Obfuscate
to deliberately obscure, to make confusing
Ostentatious
characterized or given to pretentiousness
Officious
meddlesome, pusy in offering one's services where they are unwanted
Obviate
to make unnecessary
Obstinate
stubborn, hard-hearted, uncompromising
Obstreperous
noisy, loudly stubborn, boisterous
Cursory
Casual, hastidly done
Nostrum
cure-all, placebo, questionable remedy
Meretricious
tawdry, pretentious, attractive but false, showy, having to do with prostitution
Mnatory
menacing, threatening
Halcyon
calm and peaceful, prosperous
Excoriate
to censure scathingly, to upbraid
Errant
traveling, intinerant, peripatetic
Peruse
to examine with great care
Picaresque
involving clever rogues or adventures
Pillory
to punish, hold up to public scorn
Piquant
agreeably pungent, spicy, stimulating
Poignant
distressing, pertinent, touching, stimulating, emotional
Pragmatic
practical, rather than idealistic
penurious
penny-pinching, excessively thrifty, ungenerous
Penchant
strong inclination, a liking
Pedestrian
commonplace, trite, unremarkable
Pedagogy
the art or profession of training, teaching, or instructing
Phlegmatic
calm, sluggish, unemotional, stoic
Placate
to appease, to calm by making concessions
Pluck
courage, spunk, fortitude
Plummet
to plunge or drop straight down
Prate
chatter, babble
Prattle
to babble meaninglessly, to talk in an empty and idle manner
Precursor
something that percedes and indicates or announces another
panegyric
formal expression of praise
proliferate
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
Prolix
long-winded, verbose
propensity
a natural inclination or tendency, penchant
preempt
to replace, to supersede, to appropriate
prescience
knowing of events prior to their occuring
presumptuous
overstepping bounds, as of propriety, taking liberties
prevaricate
to deliberately avoid the truth, to mislead
proclivity
a natural predispostion or inclination
prodigal
recklessly wasteful; extravagant, profuse, lavish
perfidy
intentional breach of faith, treachery
palliate
to make something appear less serious, gloss over, mitigate
paean
a song or expression of praise and thanksgiving
personable
pleasing in appearance, attractive
sanction
authoritative permission or approval, a penalty intended to enforce compliance
sinuous
winding, curving moving lithely, devoius
slake
to satisfy, quench, lessen the intensity of
sodden
soaked or drenched unimaginative, dull
fulminate
to attack loudly or denounce
sap
to enervate or weaken the vialigy of
singular
exceptional, unusual, odd
Doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality, dogmatic

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