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munificent
adj. generous
mercurial
adj. quick, shrewd, and unpredictable
stolid
adj. having or showing little emotion
exorbitant
extravagant, greater than reasonable
ignominious
adj. disgraceful and dishonorable
indolent
adj. habitually lazy
malevolent
adj. ill-willed; causing evil or harm to others
beguile
v. to deceive, delude, cheat
pallid
adj. lacking color or liveliness
renovation
n. repair, making something new again
prudent
adj. careful, cautious
profligate
adj. corrupt, wasteful, extravagant
lionize
v. to treat as a celebrity
prosaic
adj. relating to prose; dull, commonplace
prescient
adj. having foresight
scrutinize
v. to observe carefully
vacuous
adj. empty, void, lacking intelligence
denigrate
v. to slur someone's reputation; attack one's character
vivacious
adj. lively, spirited
succinct
adj. terse, brief, concise
taciturn
adj. uncommunicative; not inclined to speak
sprightly
adj. lively, animated, energetic
raucous
adj. harsh-sounding; boisterous
adulation
n. high praise
verbose
adj. wordy
submissive
adj. tending to meekness, to submit to the will of others
castigate
v. to punish, chastise, criticize severely
compromise
v. to settle a dispute by terms agreeable to both sides
maverick
n. one who breaks away from group conformity and forges a new course
restrained
adj. controlled, repressed, restricted
diffident
adj. shy; lacking confidence
circuitous
adj. indirect, taking the longest route
bombastic
adj. using high-sounding but meaningless language
provocative
adj. tending to provoke a response
magnanimous
adj. generous, noble in spirit
noxious
adj. harmful to living things; injurious to health
disdain
v. to regard with scorn or contempt
haughty
adj. arrogant and condescending
tremulous
adj. trembling; quivering; fearful, timid
affable
adj. friendly, easy to approach
invidious
adj. likely to provoke ill-will, offensive
discredit
v. to harm the reputation of, dishonor or disgrace
disparage
v. to belittle, speak disrespectfully about
beneficent
adj. beneficial; characterized by performing acts of kindness or charity
spurious
adj. lacking authenticity, false
surreptitious
adj. secret stealthy
philanthropic
adj. humanitarian; charitable
toady
n. flatterer, yes-man, hanger on
assiduous
adj. persistent, hard-working
tactful
adj. considerate, skillful in acting to avoid offense to others
abstinence
n. the act of refraining from pleasurable activity
benign
adj. of a kind and gentle disposition; favorable
exemplary
adj. outstanding, an example to others
incisive
adj. perceptive, penetrating
supercilious
adj. arrogant, haughty, overbearing, condescending
moribund
adj. dying, decaying
longevity
n. long life
poignant
adj. emotionally moving
prevaricate
v. to quibble, evade the truth
rectitude
n. moral uprightness; honesty
dupe
v. to deceive trick
feign
v. to pretend, give a false impression; to invent falsely
noisome
adj. stinking, putrid
hackneyed
adj. cliched, worn out by overuse
hypothesis
n. assumption, theory requiring proof
misanthropic
adj. characterized by a hatred or scorn for humankind
antagonist
n. foe, opponent, adversary
compassion
n. sympathy, helpfulness or mercy
congregation
n. a crowd of people, an assembly
amicable
adj. friendly, agreeable
collaborate
v. to cooperate, work together
benevolent
adj. friendly and helpful
prosperity
n. wealth or success
sanguine
adj. cheerfully optimistic; ruddy
intuitive
adj. instinctive, untaught
revile
v. to criticize with harsh language, verbally abuse
winsome
adj. charming, happily engaging
incompatible
adj. opposed in nature, not able to live or work together
frugal
adj. thrift, cheap
perfidious
adj. faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy
deleterious
adj. harmful, destructive, detrimental
mitigate
v. to soften or make milder
placid
adj. undisturbed; calm, quiet
camaraderie
n. trust, sociability amongst friends
malignant
adj. disposed to do evil; injurious
precocious
adj. unusually advanced or talented at an early age
sagacious
adj. wise, shrewd
parched
adj. dried up, shriveled
malefactor
n. culprit; evildoer
hyperbolic
adj. purposefully exaggerated language
aesthetic
adj. pertaining to beauty or the arts
diligent
adj. careful and hard-working
urbane
adj. courteous, refined, suave
irreverent
adj. disrespectful
infamy
n. reputation for bad deeds
euphony
n. pleasant, harmonious sound
laconic
adj. using few words
rebuke
v. to reprimand, scold
pretentious
adj. pretending to be important, intelligent or cultured
probity
n. complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness, honesty
clamor
n. noisy outcry
pacific
adj. calm, peaceful
reconciliation
n. the act of agreement after a quarrel, the resolution of a dispute
dulcet
adj. pleasant-sounding, soothing to the ear
egregious
adj. conspicuously bad
intrepid
adj. fearless
cacophonous
adj. jarring, unpleasantly noisy
voluble
adj. speaking much and easily; talkative; glib
clairvoyant
adj. exceptionally insightful, able to foresee the future
dolt
n. idiot, dimwit, foolish person
condescending
adj. possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing
defame
v. to slander, speak evil of, to libel
wary
adj. careful, cautious
inept
adj. clumsy, awkward; foolish, nonsensical
mundane
adj. ordinary, commonplace
slothful
adj. lazy
spontaneity
n. impulsive action, unplanned events
tenacious
adj. determined, keeping a firm grip on
absolve
v. to forgive, free from blame
diabolical
adj. fiendish, wicked
boon
n. blessing, something to be thankful for
strident
adj. loud, harsh, unpleasantly noisy
convergence
n. the state of separate elements joining or coming together
ephemeral
adj. momentary, transient, fleeting
censure
v. to find fault with and condemn as wrong; blame
arid
adj. extremely dry or deathly boring
empathy
n. identification with the feelings of others
boisterous
adj. rough and stormy; noisy and undisciplined
circumlocution
n. roundabout, lengthy way of saying something
discordant
adj. harsh-sounding, inharmonious, conflicting
diatribe
n. bitter verbal attack
florid
adj. ruddy, flushed; gaudy, extremely ornate
lucid
adj. clear and easily understood
effusive
adj. unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy
garrulous
adj. very talkative
loquacious
adj. talkative
nefarious
adj. vicious, evil
altruistic
adj. concerned unselfishly for others' welfare
perspicacious
adj. shrewd, astute, keen-witted
enervating
adj. weakening, tiring
depreciate
v. to lessen in value, belittle
odious
adj. hateful, contemptible
buffoon
n. clown or fool
vapid
adj. tasteless, dull
enhance
v. to improve, bring to a greater level of intensity
craven
adj. cowardly
resilient
adj. quick to recover, bounce back
evanescent
adj. quickly fading, short-lived
maudlin
adj. overly sentimental
mirthful
adj. jovial, merry, causing or provoking laughter and glee
jubilation
n. joy, celebration, exultation
candor
n. honesty, openness
venerable
adj. respected because of age
mendacious
adj. dishonest
deride
v. to mock, ridicule, make fun of
sardonic
adj. cynical, scornfully mocking
integral
adj. central, indispensable
integrity
n. decency, honesty, wholeness
seminal
adj. relating to the beginning or seeds of something
obdurate
adj. hardened against feeling; hardhearted, impenitent
dormant
adj. at rest, inactive, in suspended animation
amenity
n. the quality of being pleasant or attractive; agreeableness
vindicate
v. to clear from blame or suspicion
forbearance
n. patience, restraint, leniency
incessant
adj. continuous, never ceasing
abscond
v. to depart secretly
furtive
adj. secret, stealthy
reclusive
adj. preferring to live in isolation
anachronistic
adj. out of date, not attributed to the correct historical period
enshroud
v. to cover, enclose with a dark cover
reprobate
n. morally undisciplined person
virulent
adj. extremely infectious; irritating, harsh or hateful
tacit
adj. silently understood or implied
terse
adj. concise, brief, free of extra words
vociferous
adj. loud, vocal and noisy
covert
adj. hidden, secret
fawn
v. to flatter excessively, seek the favor of
substantiate
v. to verify, confirm, provide supporting evidence
eminent
adj. celebrated, distinguished; outstanding, towering
reticent
adj. not speaking freely, reserved
fortuitous
adj. happening by luck, fortunate
demagogue
n. leader, rabble-rouser, usually appealig to emotion or prejudice
illicit
adj. illegal, improper
obsequious
adj. full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning
nonchalant
adj. calm, casual, seemingly unexcited
denounce
v. to accuse, blame
decry
v. to belittle, openly condemn
depraved
adj. morally debased; wretched
suppress
v. to end an activity
sycophant
n. self-serving flatterer; yes-man
transient
adj. temporary, short-lived, fleeting
conformist
n. person who complies with accepted rules and customs
berate
v. to scold harshly
wayward
adj. erratic, unrestrained, reckless
sonorous
adj. having or producing a full, deep sound; impressive in style of speech
mercenary
adj. motivated only by greed
rancorous
adj. bitter, hateful
querulous
adj. complaining, irritable
impetuous
adj. rash, impulsive, acting without thinking
tractable
adj. easily managed or controlled

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