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Amalgamate
v. Combine
Ambiguous
adj. Unclear
Ambivalence
n. The state of having conflicting feelings about something
Ameliorate
v. To improve, make better
Anachronism
n. An error involving time and place
Anarchy
n. State of disorder, lack of governing body
Anomalous
adj. Abnormal
Antipathy
n. Dislike
Apathy
n. Lack of caring
Appropriate
v. To acquire, take possession of
Arduous
adj. Hard or strenuous
Ascetic
adj. Practicing self-denial
Assiduous
adj. Diligent
Assuage
v. To lessen or ease
Audacious
adj. Bold or daring
Augment
v. To increase
Austere
adj. Strict or stern; without ornament
Autonomous
adj. Self-governing
Ballast
n. Something heavy used to add stability or weight
Banal
adj. Commonplace, trite
Belie
v. To give false impression
Beneficent
adj. Characterized by kindness or charity
Bolster
v. To support
Burgeon
v. To grow
Buttress
v. To support
Cacophony
n. Discordant sound
Cajole
v. Wheedle, coax
Capitulate
v. Surrender
Capricious
adj. Impulsive and unpredictable
Catalyst
n. A substance which alters the rate of a chemical reaction without being consumed in the process
Chauvinist
n. Fanatical patriot
Coda
n. A passage at the end of a composition or movement that brings it to a formal close
Cogent
adj. Convincing
Collusion
n. Conspiring for a fraudulent purpose
Compliant
adj. Yielding
Conciliatory
adj. Soothing
Condone
v. Overlook or disregard
Connoisseur
n. Person who is competent to act as a judge of something
Consensus
n. general agreement
Contentious
adj. Quarrelsome
Conundrum
n. Difficult problem
Converge
v. Come together
Credulity
n. Believing too readily; gullibility
Daunt
v. Intimidate
Dearth
n. Scarcity
Debacle
n. A sudden, disastrous collapse, ruin
Debase
v. Lower in character, quality, or value
Decorum
n. Conforming to social conventions, propriety
Deference
n. Courteous regard for another's wish, great respect
Deleterious
adj. Harmful
Denigrate
v. Degrade
Derision
n. Ridicule
Derivative
adj. Copied or adapted from another, unoriginal
Dessicate
v. Dry up
Desultory
adj. Rambling, jumping from one thing to another
Deterrent
adj. Something that discourages
Detraction
n. Slander
Diatribe
n. Bitter, abusive criticism
Dichotomy
n. Division into two contradictory parts
Diffidence
n. Shyness
Disabuse
v. Undeceive, free from falsehood
Discerning
adj. Perceptive, mentally quick and observant
Discordant
adj. Conflicting, disagreeable in sound
Discrepancy
n. Lack of consistency
Nice
adj. Done with precision
Opprobrium
n. Public disgrace
Odious
adj. Offensive
Intrinsic
adj. Inherent
Invective
n. Abusive expression
Irascible
adj. Easily angered
Laconic
adj. Terse, concise, to the point
Lassitude
n. Lacking in energy
Latent
adj. Hidden, concealed
Laudatory
adj. Expressing praise
Lethargic
adj. Dull, sluggish
Levity
n. Lightness, frivolity
Lucid
adj. Easily understood, clear
Luminous
adj. Shining
Magnanimity
n. Generosity
Malleable
adj. Capable of being shaped
Maverick
n. Rebel
Meticulous
adj. Extremely careful
Misanthrope
n. Someone who hates mankind
Mitigate
v. To become milder
Mollify
v. Soothe
Multifarious
adj. Having great variety
Mundane
adj. Ordinary, worldly (not spiritual)
Nadir
n. Lowest point
Obdurate
adj. Stubborn
Obsequious
adj. Full of servile compliance
Obviate
v. Anticipate so as to render unnecessary
Officious
adj. Excessively forward in offering services
Opaque
adj. Not transparent
Oscillate
v. To wave back and forth
Ossify
v. To change into bone
Ostentatious
adj. Showy, pretentious
Paradigm
n. Model or example
Paragon
n. Model of perfection
Parsimonious
adj. Stingy
Partisan
adj. One-sided
Pathological
adj. Of or relating to disease
Paucity
adj. Scarcity
Pedagogy
n. Teaching
Pedantic
adj. Arrogantly displaying one's knowledge
Penchant
n. A strong inclination
Penurious
adj. Poverty stricken
Perfunctory
adj. Superficial
Permeable
adj. Porous
Phlegmatic
adj. Calm
Placate
v. To calm or pacify
Platitude
n. A trite, commonplace remark
Plethora
n. Overabundance
Pragmatic
adj. Practical
Precarious
adj. Dangerous
Precipitate
v. To hasten
Precursor
n. Forerunner, harbinger
Preen
v. Primp, take pride in one's appearance
Presumptuous
adj. Arrogant, assuming too much
Pretentious
adj. Ostentatious, extravagant outer show
Pristine
adj. Perfect, unspoiled
Probity
n. Uprightness, integrity
Prodigal
adj. recklessly wasteful
Profligate
adj. Wasteful, wildly extravagant
Prolific
adj. Producing in abundance
Propensity
n. Natural inclination
Propitiate
v. Conciliate or appease
Proscribe
v. Denounce or condemn
Pundit
n. Learned person
Pungent
adj. Penetrating, biting
Purchase
n. Firm grasp, footing
Discrete
adj. Separate, unconnected
Disingenuous
adj. Not straightforward, crafty
Disinterested
adj. Unprejudiced, having no bias
Disparage
v. Belittle or slight
Disparate
adj. Entirely dissimilar, unrelated
Dissemble
v. To put forth a false appearance, disguise
Dissolution
n. Disintegration, looseness of morals
Dissonance
n. Disagreeable sounds
Distill
v. Purify or refine
Dogmatic
adj. Over positive; characterized by an authoritative, arrogant assertion of unproved principle
Dormant
adj. Sleeping
Dote
v. Be excessively fond of
Droll
adj. Odd and amusing
Ductility
n. Capable of being easily molded, flexibility
Ebullient
adj. Overflowing with excitement
Eclectic
adj. Selecting from different sources
Efficacy
n. Power to produce desired effect
Elicit
v. Bring out, draw forth
Embellish
v. Adorn
Endemic
adj. Prevalent to a locality or people
Engender
v. Cause
Ephemeral
adj. Fleeting
Episodic
adj. Segmented
Equanimity
n. Calm and even-tempered
Equivocate
v. Lie, mislead
Erudite
adj. Deeply learned
Eulogy
n. Great praise
Euphoria
n. Bliss, great happiness
Evanescent
adj. Fleeting, vanishing
Extrapolation
n. An inference based on known information
Facetious
adj. Humorous
Facilitate
v. Make less difficult
Fallacious
adj. Misleading
Fallible
adj. Capable of erring
Fawning
adj. Seek favor by flattery
Fervor
n. Intensity of emotion
Fetter
v. Shackle
Fledgling
n. Young and inexperienced
Flout
v. Scoff at, scorn
Forbearance
n. Abstinence
Forestall
v. Prevent or delay
Frugal
adj. Thrifty
Gainsay
v. Deny
Garrulity
n. Talkativeness
Graduated
adj. Arranged by degrees
Gratuitous
adj. Free, unearned
Gregarious
adj. Talkative, sociable
Guileless
adj. Sincere
Hamper
v. Get in the way of
Harangue
n. Tirade, long angry speech
Homogenous
adj. The same kind
Hyperbole
n. Exaggeration
Iconoclastic
adj. Destroying sacred images
Immutable
adj. Unchangeable
Implacable
adj. Unable to be soothed or pacified
Imprudent
adj. Unwise
Inchoate
adj. Just beginning, immature
Incongruous
adj. Disagreeing, incompatible
Indigence
n. Poverty
Indolence
n. Laziness
Inequity
n. Lack of fairness
Inertia
n. Resistance to change
Ingenuous
adj. Unsophisticated, innocent
Insipid
adj. Lacking flavor or zest
Insularity
n. Narrowness of thought
Interdict
v. Forbid or prohibit
Intractable
adj. Stubborn
Intransigent
adj. Uncompromising
Quiescent
adj. Inactive or still
Rancor
n. Deep seated ill will
Recant
v. Withdraw previous statement
Redoubtable
adj. Formidable, fearful
Refractory
adj. Unmanageable, obstinate
Reprobate
n. A morally unprincipled person
Repudiate
v. Disown, disavow
Rescind
v. Cancel or take back
Resigned
adj. Unresisting, patient
Resolution
n. Determination
Reticent
adj. Quiet in temperament
Salubrious
adj. Wholesome, healthful
Sanction
v. Approve
Scapegoat
n. Someone who bears the blame for others
Secular
adj. Worldly
Sedulous
adj. Industrious, diligent
Sophistry
n. A plausible but misleading argument
Soporific
adj. Something that causes sleep
Specious
adj. Seemingly true but actually not, deceptive
Spendthrift
n. Someone who wastes money
Spurious
adj. False
Stigma
n. Symbol of disgrace
Stint
v. Be cheap or thrifty
Striated
adj. Marked with parallel lines
Substantiate
v. Support
Supposition
n. The act of supposing
Tacit
adj. Not spoken but understood
Tenacious
adj. Persistent, stubborn
Torpor
n. Apathy, lethargy
Torque
n.Twisting force
Tractable
adj. Easily managed or controlled
Truculence
n. Aggressiveness
Turbid
adj. Muddy, churned up
Ubiquitous
adj. Being everywhere
Vacillation
n. Fluctuation
Vacuous
adj. Empty
Venerate
v. Regard with respect or reverance
Viable
adj. Capable of maintaining life
Vie
v. Compete
Whimsical
adj. Playful, capricious
Zenith
n. Topmost point
Prefix: inter-
between example: interstate
Prefix: ob-
against example: objection
Prefix: mono-
alone, one example: monolith
Prefix: mis-
wrong example: mistake
Prefix: sub-
under example: submarine
Prefix: trans-
across example: transcend
Prefix: non-
not example: nonentity
Prefix: re-
back, again example: regress
Prefix: in-
not example: inelegant
Prefix: anti-
against example: antidote

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