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abdicate
to give up position, right, power
abjure
to reject,
abandon formalities
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny, renounce
abrogate
to abolish, invalidate
abstemious
consuming moderatly
abstruse
difficult to understand
abut
to touch, be in contact with
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste
or temper
acme
highest point, summit
acquiesce
to agree/comply
adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
adumbrate
to sketch, to outline in a shadowy way
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
altruism
unselfishly concerned for others' welfare
ambulatory
itenerant, walking around
amortize
to diminsh by installment payments
ancillary
accessory, subordinate, helping
antediluvian
prehistoric, before the biblical flood, ancient beyond measure
anthropomorphic
attribuuting human qualities to non humans, having human qualities
aplomb
poise, confidence
apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
apothegm
a short, instructive saying
apotheosis
deification, glorified ideal
arboreal
relating to trees, living in trees
assidious
dligent, persistent, hard working
bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
balk
to shirk, refuse, prevent
beatific
saintly, angelic
behemoth
huge creature
benison
blessing
bifurcate
divide into two parts
bilious
easile irritated, related to bile
bonhomie
good natured geniality, atmosphere of good cheer
bulwark
defense wall, anything serving as a defense
cajole
to flatter coax, persuade
calamitous
disastrous, catastrophic
calumny
false and malicious accusation, misrepresentation, slander
canard
a lie
carom
to strike and rebound
cavalcade
a procession
chagrin
shame, emberassment, humiliation
charlatan
quake, fake
chattel
piece of personal property
chimirical
fanciful, imaginary, visionary,
impossible
choleric
easily angered, short tempered
churlish
rude
cistern
tank for rainwater
coalesce
to grow together, cause to unite as one
coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
cognomen
family name, any name, nickname
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commodious
roomy, spacious
compunctious
feeling guilty, having misgivings
conciliatory
overcoming distrust, hostility
conflagration
big destructive fire
congenial
similar in tastes, habits
consanguineous
of the same orgin, related by blood
contentious
quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
contumacious
rebellious
corpulence
obesity, fatness, bulkiness
corrugate
to mold in shape with parellel grooves and ridges
cosset
to pamper, treat with care
coterie
small group of people with similar purpose
coven
group of witches
curmudgeon
cranky person
declivity
downward slope
deleterious
harmpul, destructive, detrimental
deluge
flood
demagogue
leader, rabble-rouser who appeals to emotion, prejudice
denigrate
slur, blacken someones reputation
descry
to discover, reveal
diaphanous
allowing light to show through, delicate
dictum
authoritative statement, popular saying
didactic
exessively instructive
diluvial
relating to a flood
diminutive
small
discomfit
to cause perplexity and embarassment
distaff
female branch of family
dither
to move or act confusedly without clear purpose
diurnal
daily
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
dolor
sadness
doughty
couragous
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion, gloomy and irritable
ebullient
exhilarated
effluvia
outpouring of gasses, vapors
egregious
conspiciously bland
emmend
to correct a text
emollient
soothing qualities, for skin
encomium
warm praise
endemic
belonging to a particular area
ennui
boredom, lack of interest, energy
epicure
person with refined taste in food/wine
epotome
representative of an entire group, summary
ersatz
fake
eschew
to abstain from, avoid
evince
to show clearly, display, signify
exorcise
expel evil spirits
expatiate
to wander, discuss, describe at length
expiate
to attone for, make ammends for
expunge
to erase, eliminate completely
expurgate
to censor
extemporaneous
unrehearsed, spur of the moment
extol
to praise
extrapolate
to estimate
facetious
witty in an inappropriate way
fatuous
stupid, smugly foolish
fealty
intense loyalty
fecund
fertile, fruitful, productive
fetid
foul-smelling, putrid
fey
dooomed
filch
to steal
filial
appropriate for a child
flaccid
limp, flabby, weak
foliate
to grow, sprout leaves
forswear
to repudiate, renounce, disclaim
fracas
noisy dispute
fractious
unruly, rebellious
frenetic
wildly frantic, fenzied
fulminate
to explode with anger
fulsome
excessive, overdone, sickeningly abundant
furtive
secret, stealthy
gainsay
to deny
gambol
dance or skip playfully
gauche
crude, socially awkward
germinate
to begin to grow
gibe
to make heckling taunting remarks
glib
fluent in an insincere manner, offhand, casual
gnostic
having to do with knowledge
grandiloquence
pompous talk, fancy but meaningless
gratuitous
free, voluntary
gustatory
relating to sense of taste
hackneyed
worn out by over-use
harangue
a pompous speech
hegemony
leadership, domination, usually by a country
heretical
opposed to an established religious orthodoxy
hermetic
tightly sealed
hoary
very old, whitish or gray from age
husband
to farm, manage carefully and thriftfully
idiosyncracy
peculiarity of temperament, excentricity
ignominious
disgraceful, dishonerable
ilk
type, kind
illusory
unreal, deceptive
imbue
to infuse, dye, wet, moisten
impecuniuous
poor, having no money
imperious
arrogantly self absorbed, domineering, overbearing
impolitic
unwise
impromptu
spontanous, without rehearsal
impugn
to call into quesiton, attack verbally
incarnate
having bodily form
incendiary
combustible, flammable
inculcate
to teach, impress the mind
inculpate
to plabe, charge with a crime
indefatigable
never tired
indigent
very poor
indolent
habitually lazy, idle
undubitable
unquesitonable
inert
unable to move, tending to inactivity
infalliable
incapable of making a mistake
ingenious
original, clever, inventive
ingratiate
to bring one'self into another's good graces
ingress
entrance
innuendo
indirect and sly criticism
insidious
sly, treacherous, devious
insuperable
insurmountable
interdict
to forbid, prohibit
interlocutor
someone taking a part in a dialogue
interloper
trespasser, meddling in other's affairs
internecine
deadly to both sides
interpolate
to insert, change by adding new words or material
interstice
a space between things
intimation
clue, suggesiton
intrepid
fearless
intrinsic
inherent, internal
inure
to harden, accustom
inveterate
confirmed, deeply rooted
invidious
likely to provoke ill will
itenerant
wandering from place to place
jibe
to shift suddenly from one side to the other
jingoism
beligerent support of one's country
jocular
jovial, playful, humorous
juggernaut
huge force destroying everything in its path
jurisprudence
philosophy of law
kismet
fate
knell
sound of a funeral bell, omen of death, failure
lachrymose
tearful
lambaste
disaprove angrily
lapidary
relating to precious stones
largess
generosity, gift
lassitude
lethargy, sluggishness
legerdemain
trickery
levity
humour, frivolty, gaiety
lexiocon
dictionary, list of words
libidinous
lustful
licentious
immoral, unrestrained by society
limpid
clear and simple in style
liniment
medicinal liquid used to ease pain
lionize
to treat as a celebrity
lissome
easily flexed, limber in style
lugubrious
sorrowful, mournful
macabre
gruesome, producing horror
machination
plot or scheme
malaproprism
humorous misuse of a word
malevolent
ill-willed, causing evil or harm to others
manifold
diverse, varied, compromised of many parts
martinet
strict disciplinarian, one who rigidly follows the rules
maudlin
overly sentimental
mawkish
sickeningly sentimental
megalomania
mental state with delusions of wealth and power
mendacious
dishonest
mendicent
begger
mercurial
quick, shrewd, unpredictable
meretorious
deserving praise/reward
minatory
menacing, threatening
mnemonic
relating to memory, designed to assist memory
molt
to shed hair, skin, outer layer periodically
mordacious
caustic biting
mote
small particle, speck
multifarious
diverse
munificient
generous
nadir
lowest point
nascent
starting to develop
nebulous
vague. cloudy
necromancy
black magic
nefarious
vicious, evil
neologism
new word, expresison
neophyte
novice, beginner
nihilism
belief that existience and all traditional values are meaningless
noisome
stinking, putrid
noxious
harmful, unwholesome
numismatics
coin collecting
obfuscate
confuse, obscure
obstreperous
troublesome, unruly
omnipotent
having unlimited power
omniscient
having infinte knowledge
oscillate
move back and forth
ouster
explusion, ejection
paean
song of praise, thanksgiving
palliate
to make less serious, ease
panacea
cure-all
panegyric
elaborate praise, formal hymmn of praise
panoply
impressive array
parley
discussion, usually between two enemies
parochial
of limites scope or outlook provincial
parsimony
stinginess
pastiche
piece of literature or music imitating other works
phalanx
massed group of soldiers, people, or things
philistine
narrow-minded person, someone lacking appreciation for art or culture

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