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stigma
mark of disgrace
wry
ironic
temerity
boldness
zenith
the highest point
stymie
to block or stump
wrought
produced or shaped
transgression
a violation
wrest
to take away
subservient
behaving like a slave
zest
enjoyment
tirade
an angry speech
zealot
a fanatic
suave
smooth
zany
comical
torso
the trunk of the human body
wroth
angry
stereotype
fixed representation; not original
xeric
dry, lacking moisture
tome
a large book
xenophobia
fear of strangers
subtlety
cunning; delicacy
wrench
to twist
trait
a characteristic
subtle
not obvious; hard to see
yoke
to join together
tortuous
twisting or winding
zephyr
a gentle breeze
subsequent
following
yen
strong desire
titanic
huge
wrangle
to quarrel
substantive
essential
zeal
great enthusiasm
touchstone
standard; benchmark
zymurgy
fementation chemistry
sublime
exalted; noble
terse
brief
submission
yielding to; surrender
tractable
easy to manage
subsidiary
subordinate; secondary
traduce
to slander
somber
dark or gloomy
trappings
articles of dress or equipment
strident
loud and harsh
throes
a violent struggle; in agony
subterfuge
pretense
transpire
to occur
static
unchanging; stationary; not moving
transparent
easily seen through
stentorian
extremely loud
tentative
temporary; hesitant
spate
sudden flood or strong outburst; a large number or amount
transmute
to change from one form to another
steadfast
loyal
translucent
letting light through
spurious
false; couterfeit
suture
stitches
stilted
pompous; inflated
sultry
hot; sweltering
striated
parallel bands or grooved
transient
temporary
stratagem
deceptive scheme
surcease
cessation
strut
pompous walk or supporting bar
supplicate
to implore or beg for
sporadic
occurring irregularly
tableau
a graphic picture
stint
assigned amount of work
supplant
replace
sordid
filthy; base; vile
torsion
twisting; bending
spurn
reject
supernumerary
in excess of what is necessary
squalid
dirty; poor
susceptible
easily influenced; having little resistance
stationary
not moving
sylvan
pertaining to the woods; rustic
stringent
binding; rigid; harsh; strict
succumb
give in
staccato
done in a sharp or abrupt manner
supposititious
assumed; hypothetical
stipend
pay for services
sybarite
lover of luxury
sphinx-like
mysterious
taint
to contaminate; corrupt
subside
settle down; descend
sumptuous
lavish; rich
specious
seemingly reasonable but incorrect
supernal
heavenly
subordinate
inferior
tenous
rare; slim
subsistence
minimum means of support
tenet
doctrine; beliefs
subjective
personal
temperate
mild or self-controlled
statute
law
therapeutic
pertaining to the treatment of disease
spasm
fitful, involuntary contraction
succulent
juicy; richness
specter
ghost-like image
sustenance
means of support
sonorous
resounding
trauma
a shock
stipulate
special condition or demand
token
a symbol; unimportant
stanza
a section of a poem
tactile
pertaining to the sense of touch
stolid
dull; unemotional
titillate
to excite
subjugate
to conquer; bring under control
tranquil
calm
somnambulate
walk in one's sleep
tangent
touching or a change of course
somnolent
drowsy; sleepy
tantalize
lease
spry
active; nimble
superficial
shallow; on the surface only
sparse
not thick; thinly scattered; scanty
surreptitious
secret
stoic
indifferent to pleasure or pain
tantamount
equal
subliminal
below conscious thought
tepid
lukewarm
suffuse
to spread
stricture
critical comments
tenacious
holding fast
splenetic
spiteful; irritable
tenure
time of holding an office
stultify
cause to appear foolish
supplement
added to
spangle
small metallic ornamentation sewn to clothing
terminate
to end
sterling
outstanding
succor
aid; assistance
spume
foam
temper
restrain; toughen
sophistry
seemingly believable but false reasoning
tinge
a trace
stupefy
to make dull
swathe
wrap around; bandage
sophomoric
immature
surveillance
watching
sublimate
purify
tarry
delay
soporific
sleep inducing
supersede
to be set aside; replace
sovereign
supreme in power
terrestrial
earthly
squander
waste
transcend
to go beyond
stark
real; unadorned
taciturn
silent; talking little
strew
scatter
transitory
brief
stygian
gloomy; deathly
tedious
boring; tiring
stagnant
motionless; stale; not moving
sycophant
a flatterer
staid
serious; sedate
terminus
last stop
stalemate
deadlock
talisman
a charm
stalwart
strong; steadfast
swarthy
dark
stamina
staying power
symbiosis
a close, beneficial association of two organisms
stanch
check the flow of
tensile
capable of being stretched
substantiate
verify or support
tenacity
persistency
wastrel
one who wastes; a spendthrift
synthetic
artificial
willful
stubborn or intentional
sully
tarnish; soil
volant
capable of flying
thermal
pertaining to heat
wane
to gradually decrease
subversive
to overthrow or ruin
wizened
withered; shriveled
supine
lying on the back
wield
to handle or exercise control over
titter
a nervous laugh
vulpine
clever
throng
a crowd
verity
truth
supple
flexible
wan
weak; tired
surmise
assume
veritable
true; genuine
superfluous
excessive; unnecessary
viaduct
a bridge
toothsome
tasty
voracious
extremely hungry or greedy
tally
to add up
vogue
fashion, (in fashion)
timorous
cowardly
vintage
representative of the best
synthesis
combining parts into a whole
vigilant
watchful
succinct
brief; compact
windfall
unexpected gift
supercilious
contemptuous; arrogant; haughty
vindicate
to clear of guilt
thesaurus
a book of synonyms and antonyms; a dictionary
vicissitudes
unpredictable changes
taboo
prohibited act
vixen
female fox or bad-tempered woman
thespian
an actor
vestige
a trace; visible evidence of something that is no longer present
temporal
not lasting forever
voluptuous
sensual
threnody
a funeral song
wanton
reckless
symmetry
balanced arrangement
vitriolic
sharp or bitter
surpass
exceed
vicarious
acting for another person
synchronous
working together at the same time
vex
to irritate
surrogate
substitute
virtuoso
an expert musician
suffrage
right to vote
winsome
pleasing
suppliant
entreating; pleading
viands
various foods
tacit
expressed without words
vulnerable
defenseless; capable of being harmed
torpid
sluggish
wary
cautious
transcendental
supernatural
verdant
green
taunt
to ridicule
viscous
sticky
taut
tight; ready
verbose
wordy; talkative
theocracy
government by religious leaders
vertex
highest point
tawdry
cheap and gaudy
vie
to compete
testy
irritable
vouch
to guarantee or certify as true
tendentious
biased
vignette
a short literary work
thwart
to prevent
woe
sorrow
vitiate
to weaken
thrall
a slave

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