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abase
lower, humiliate
abash
to embarrass
abate
to lessen
abstruse
profound, difficult to understand
abominate
to loathe, hate
accentuate
to emphasize
acclivity
sharp incline of a hill
accost
to approach and speak to
adroit
skilled
baleful
wicked, full of malign intent
baneful
deadly, poisonous
barrister
lawyer
beatific
obscene, coarse
begrudge
to resent
beguile
to trick
bellicose
warlike
benevolent
kind
cache
hiding place
calumniate
to slander
cajole
to coax
callous
unfeeling
cantankerous
quarrelsome
capitulate
surrender
dearth
scarcity
demur
to object mildly
diaphonous
transluscent
debase
lower in quality, abase
depraved
debased, morally corrupt
deranged
insane
descry
to discern
desultory
aimless
ebullient
extremely happy
edify
to educate, enlighten
educe
deduce, extract, elicit
effete
worn out, tired
emaciated
lean, thin
epitaph
inscription on tomb
facetious
rudely humorous
fastidious
nit-picky
fatuous
stupid
fecund
fertile, productive, creative
gainsay
to deny, dispute
garrulous
loquacious
germane
relevant
gestate
to transform and grow
gibe
to pick on
gloaming (n)
twilight
gossammer
light, delicate, insubstantial
hallowed
holy, sacred
harbinger
forerunner, omen
hedonism
happy and carefree
heinous
wicked
hirsule
hairy
hoary
gray or white with age, old
iconoclast
destroyer of tradition
ignoble
dishonorable
imbibe
to absorb
imbue
to saturate, to inspire
imminent
impending
immutable
not changeable
impale
pierce
impasse
dead end
impassive
expressionless
jaded
wearied
jingoism
extreme patriotism
jocose/jocular/jocund
merry
ken
range of knowledge
kismet
fate
knave/knavery
clever bad guy, dishonest dealing
lacerate
to rip, maul, tear
lackadaisical
lacking in spirit
laconic
terse, concise, succinct
lambaste
to thrash, maul; to scold sharply
larceny
thievery
lascivious
lusty, lewd
lassitude
listlessness, weakness
latent
potent but not yet displayed
macabre
gross, ghastly
malediction
spoken curse
malign
to slander
maritime
to do with sea or navigation
nadir
low point
nascent
emerging
nefarious
evil
neologism
newly coined word
neophyte
beginner
nexus
bond/link between things
noisome
filthy
nonplussed
baffled
noxious
harmful to health or morals
obdurate
hardened against good influence
obsequious
fawning
obstreperous
unruly
occult
pertaining to supernatural phenomena
odious
offensive, hatefule
officious
pushy, obnoxious
olfactory
pertaining to smell
onerous
burdensome
opulent
rich, wealthy
orifice
small opening
palatable
edible
palliate
to abate
pallid
pale complexioned
palpable
tangible
paragon
model/perfect example
parch
to make dry
parsimonious
stingy
pathos
pity
ethos
characteristic spirit of a time/place
paucity
dearth
pecuniary
related to money
euphemism
mild way of putting something
quail
to draw back in fear
qualm
doubt
querulous
complaining, peevish
quip
quick point
aberration
departure from normalcy (usually unwelcome)
abet
assist in wrongdoing
abject
extremely bad, severe, acute
abjure
to solemnly renounce
abrogation
act of repealing (a law, right)
abrogate
to reject or repeal (a law or right)
absolution
formal release from guilt, obligation or punishment
accede
agree; assume a post, role, job
accretion
accumulation (in layers), growth
acrimony
bitter, ill-feeling
adumbrate
suggest an idea, indicate faintly; symbolize; overshadow
affinity
spontaneous, natural liking for st
aggregate
a whole formed by many parts
agnostic
doubtful, noncommittal
ally
to assuage, lessen, calm, reduce
amalgamate
to combine, unify
amenable
able to be led; willing; responsible (for st)
analgesic
remedy that allays pain
anomaly
deviation from normalcy, incongruity
antediluvian
antiquated
antithesis
direct opposite
appraise
assess, evaluate
approbation
commendation, praise; official approval
appropriate
to earmark
arable
land fit to be cultivated
arbitrate
to judge, decide between opposing sides
arcane
obscure, esoteric
archetype
original model, prototype
arrogate
to claim/appropriate for oneself
ascribe
to attribute to
aspersion
slander
assiduous
diligent; constant, unremitting
atrophy
to waste away, deteriorate
behemoth
any creature of monstrous size
bereft
deprived (esp by death)
bilk
to cheat
blandish
to cajole
blight
destrution, ruin
bombastic
high-flown (of speech or writing)
carouse
to engage in drunken revel
carp
a peevish complaint
caustic
severely critical or sarcastic
cavort
to prance or caper
censure
harsh criticism
circumlocution
wordy language
circumscribed
marked off, bounded
circumspect
cautious
circumvent
to get around, evade
cleave
to divide into parts; to stick firmly together
clemency
mercy
coagulate
to thicken, clot
coalesce
to fuse into a whole
cogent
intellectually convincing
cognizant
aware, mindful
collateral
secondary; security for debt
collusion
conspiracy
commensurate
corresponding in size or amount
complicit
being an accomplice in a wrongful act
compunction
distress caused by feeling guilty
concomitant
accompanying in a subordinate fashion
condone
to pardon, deliberately overlook
conduit
pipe/channel through which something passes
conflagration
great fire
congeal
to thicken into a solid
congruity
the quality of being in agreement
connive
to plot/ scheme
consign
to give something over to another's care
contravene
to contradict, oppose, violate
contrite
penitent, eager to be forgiven
contusion
bruise, injury
convoluted
intricate, complicated
corrosive
having the tendency to eat away
cupidity
greed, strong desire
debauch
to corrupt by means of sensual pleasure
deleterious
harmful
demagogue
a leader who appeals to people's prejudices
demarcation
the marking of boundaries or categories
denigrate
to belittle, diminish the opinion of
derelict
run down
didactic
intended to instruct, particularly in a patronizing way
dilatory
tending to delay
dirge
mournful song, esp for a funeral
disaffected
rebellious, resentful of authority
dissemble
to conceal, fake
distend
to swell
dither
to be indecisive
dogmatic
aggressively certain about certain principles
edict
order, decree
effrontery
nerve, insolence
egregious
extemely bad
emend
correct or revise a written text
emollient
soothing
enfranchise
to bring the vote to
epistolary
relating to or contained in letters
equanimity
composure
evanescent
momentary, fleeting
evince
to show or reveal
execrable
loathsome, detestable
exhort
to urge, prod, spur
exonerate
to free from guilt, exculpate
expedient
advisable, advantageous, serving one's self-interest
expiate
to atone, make amends for
expunge
to obliterate, eradicate
extant
existing, not lost or destroyed
extricate
to disentangle
exult
to rejoice
felicitous
well-suited, apt; delightful, pleasing
feral
wild, savage
fetid
malodorous
fetter
to chain, restrain
flaccid
limp, not firm or strong
flagrant
offensive, egregious
florid
flowery, ornate; red or flushed
flout
to disregard or disobey openly
frenetic
frenzied, hectic, frantic
gratuitous
uncalled for, unwarrented
hegemony
domination
impecunious
poor
imperious
commanding, domineering
impetuous
rash, hasty
impinge
to impact, affect, make an impression; to encroach or infringe
implacable
incapable of being appeased or mitigated
implicate
incriminate
inane
silly and meaningless
incendiary
inflammatory, causing combustion
inchoate
unformed or in a beginning state
incumbent
obligatory; one who holds office
indigent
impoverished
indolent
lazy
ineffable
incapable of being expressed thru words
inexorable
incapable of being persuaded (people) or placated/prevented/stopped
ingenuous
not devious, innocent, sincere
inimical
hostile, enemy-like
iniquity
wickedness or sin
insipid
dull, borin
insular
separated and narrow-minded, closed off, tight-knit
insurgent
one who rebels
interlocutor
one who participates in a dialogue or convention
intractable
difficult to manipulate, control
intransigent
refusing to compromise
inure
to cause someone to become accustomed to a situation
inveterate
stubbornly established by habit
iridescent
showing rainbow colors
knell
solemn sound of a bell often indicating death
laceration
cuts, tears
largess
generosity in giving lavish gifts
legerdemain
deception, slight-of-hand
licentious
displaying lack of moral or legal restraints
limpid
clear, transparent
linchpin
something holding two parts together
litigant
s.o. involved in a lawsuit
lurid
ghastly, sensational
maelstrom
a destructive whirlpool which sucks in objects
manifold
diverse, varied
maudlin
weakly sentimental
mawkish
extreme sentimentality
maxim
adage
mendacious
having a lying character
morass
a wet swamp; st that traps and confuses
munificence
generosity in giving
nebulous
vague, cloudy
obfuscate
to render incomprehensible
oblique
not straightforward
obtuse
lacking quickness of intellect
ostensible
seeming, apparent
ostracism
exclusion from a group
panacea
a cure-all, remedy
paradigm
example, perfect model
paramount
greatest in importance, rank, character
patent
clear, readily seen/understood
pathology
deviation from normalcy
pellucid
easily intelligible, clear
penitent
remorseful, regretful
penurious
miserly, stingy
perfidious
disloyal, unfaithful
perspicacity
shrewdness, perception
pert
flippant, bold
pertinacious
stubbornly persistent
petulance
irritability, rudeness
phlegmatic
uninterested, unresponsive
pillage
to plunder or seize, esp in war
pithy
concisely meaningful
pittance
a very small amount, usu relating to money
platitude
uninspired remark, cliche
plaudits
enthusiastic approval, applause
plenitude
abundance
potable
drinkable
polemic
an aggressive argument against a specific opinion
potentate
one who has great power, ruler
precipice
the face of a cliff
preponderance
superiority in importance or quality
prepossessing
occupying the mind to the exclusion of other thoughts
prescient
clairvoyant
prescribe
to lay down a rule
primeval
original, ancient
privation
lack of basic necessities
probity
virtue, integrity
proclivity
a strong inclination toward something
procure
to obtain, acquire
profligate
dissolute, extravagant
promulgate
to proclaim, make known
propagate
to multiply, spread out
propitious
favorable
prosaic
plain, lacking liveliness
proscribe
to condemn or outlaw
protean
able to change shape, varied
puerile
juvenile, immature
pugnacious
quarrelsome, combative
pulchritude
physical beauty
punitive
involving punishment
rail
to scold, protest
recalcitrant
defiant, unapologetic
rectitude
uprightness, morality
refract
to distort or change
relegate
to assign to proper place; to an inferior place
repentant
penitent
reprobate
evil, unprincipled
repudiate
to refuse to accept
repulse
to disgust; to push back at
requisition
demand for goods, usu by an authority
rescind
to repeal, to take back
restitution
restoration to rightful owner
restive
resistant, stubborn, impatient
rhapsodize
to engage in a lot of enthusiasm
ribald
coarsely humorous
rife
abundant
saccharine
sickeningly sweet
sacrosanct
holy
sanctimonious
giving hypocritical appearance of piety
sanguine
optimistic, cheery
scurrilous
vulgar, coarse
semaphore
visual signal
seminal
original, important, groundbreaking
solicitous
concerned, attentive
solipsistic
self-centered
solvent
able to pay debts
somnolent
sleepy
sophomoric
immature, uninformed
stolid
unemotional
strident
harsh and loud
surfeit
a surplus or overabundance or indulgence
sycophant
one who flatters for self gain
tenable
able to to maintained or defended
tenuous
having little substance or strength, weak
toady
sycophant
torpid
lethargic, dormant, lacking motion
torrid
giving off intense heat, passion
tractable
able to be controlled
transgress
to violate or go over a limit
transient
passing briefly
transmute
to change in form
travesty
a grossly inferior imitation
tremulous
fearful
trenchant
effective, articulate, clear cut
turgid
swollen, excessively embellished in style or language
turpitude
depravity
unctuous
smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, or manner
undulate
moving in waves
utilitarian
useful
vapid
dull, lacking liveliness
livid
furious
variegated
varied, diverse
veracity
truthfulness
verdant
green in color
vilified
defamed or lowered in importance
vindictive
revengeful
vitriolic
having a caustic quality
vituperate
berate
wane
diminish
winsome
charming
wizened
dry, shrunken, wrinkled
yoke
to join or link
zephyr
gentle breeze
refractory
stubborn or unmanageable
rebuke
to reprimand
manumit
emancipate
bivouac
temporary encampment
badinage
petty teasing conversation
incontinent
uncontrolled, licentious
tribulation
suffering
machinate
to scheme
odoriferous
giving off an odor
bugaboo
object of baseless terror
curmudgeon
churlish or ill tempered
maverick
nonconformist
abey
suspend an activity or postpone
abstemious
moderate
acuity
acuteness, keenness
adherent
believer, supporter, devotee
adjunct
auxiliary capacity or appendage
adulterate
to contaminate
aperture
a gap, opening, orifice
apotheosis
essence or high point
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