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Anachronism
something that is not happening in its proper time
Affluent
to flow in abundance, wealthy
Acute
a sharp angle, very keen
Acuity
keennes of perception
Acumen
mental sharpness
Acrionious
full of spite, bitter, nasty
Acrid
unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor
Antipathy
feeling agaisnt someone or something, dislike
Empathy
feeling the same thing as someone else
Amicable
pleasant, friendly
Amity
peaceful, friendly relations
Amiable
friendly, affable
Abhor
to dislike intensely, loathe, despise
Aberration
a departure from what is normal or typical
Abdicate
give up, resign, as to abdicate a throne
Amorphous
having no form or shape
Anarchy
having no government, hence great disorder, chaos
Anomaly
not following the norm, hence an exception to a role
Atheist
person who does not believe in God
Brigand
known for living by plunder, a bandit
Braggart
known for bragging
Benign
good natured, kindly, favorable, not malignant
Benevolent
an inclination to do good, kindliness
Benefactor
one who has given help, especially financial
Benediction
to say or speak well of, hence a blessing
Circumspect
to look around and thus be cautious
Chronological
arranged in the order of occurence
Complacent
to be so calm as to be self-satisfied, smug
Confluence
to flow together, convergence
Cynic
known for distrusting human nature
Chauvinist
known for excessive nationalism, a jingoist
Diffident
lack of faith in oneself, lack of confidence
Demagogue
known for using popular prejudices and false claims to gain power
Debunker
known for exposing falsehoods
Exacerbate
to sharpen or aggravate a conflict, inflame
Elucidate
to make clear, clarify
Egregious
out of the group, outstandingly bad
Egoist
known for being excessively concerned with himself/herself, conceited
Eccentric
off center, hence a bit odd, weird, peculiar
Elusive
out of reach, hard to catch, evasive
Eminent
outstanding, illustrious, very prominent, notable
Exorbitant
literally out of orbit, hence unreasonable
Expound
to elaborate, to explain in great detail
Extricate
to get out of an entanglement or difficulty
Extrovert
an outgoing personality
Gregarious
enjoying the compnay of groups, affable
Glutton
known for having a huge, insatiable appetite for food and drink
Hypocrite
known for saying one thing and doing another, insincere
Hedonist
known for seeking pleasure
Iconoclast
known for attacking settled beliefs
Implacable
incapable of being calmed, relentless
Impugn
to challenge the accuracy or honest of something
Immutable
unchanging
Impious
lacking reverence, disrespectful
Inauspicious
not favorable
Incorporeal
without material form or substance
Incorrigible
incapable of being reformed
Indefatigable
incapable of being fatigued, having great stamina
Insatiable
incapable of being satisfied
Intrepid
having no fear, dauntless
Inviolable
secure and thus cannot be violated
Loafer
known for being habitually lazy
Loiterer
known for idleness
Laggard
known for being habitually tardy, dilatory
Miscreant
one who behaves criminally, an evildoer, a malefactor
Misanthrope
a person who hates or distrusts mankind
Misnomer
wrong name
Miser
known for being stingy, a skinflint
Skinflint
known for excessive thrift, a miser
Martinet
known as a strict disciplinarian
Malingerer
a person who pretends illness so as to avoid work
Magnate
known for having great power
Malediction
to say bad things, a curse
Malevolent
wishing evil or harm to others
Malicious
to cause pain, injury, or distress to another
Malefactor
an evildoer or criminal
Malignant
having an evil influence, very harmful
Perspicacity
having keen vision, as in being perceptive, astute
Placid
to be outwardly calm, composed
Placate
to calm the anger of
Pugnacious
combative, quick to fight
Pellucid
very clear, transparent
Translucent
permitting the passage of light
Perfidious
treacherous, untrustworthy
Pragmatist
known for using a practical approach to solving problems
Philanthropist
known for generosity, a humanitarian
Pessimist
known for having a gloomy outlook on life
Pacifist
known for opposing war and violence
Quack
a person who pretends to have skill or knowledge he/she does not have; charlatan
Repugnant
offensive, very distasteful, repulsive
Rogue
known for being mischievous
Renegade
known for rejecting lawful or conventional behavior
Raconteur
known for telling witty stories and anecdotes
Redundant
to repeat something over and over again
Refurbish
to make new again, renovate
Rejuvenate
to feel young again
Repatriate
to return to one's country of origin
Resilient
to bounce back from adversity or change
Revitalize
to regain energy
Revoke
to take back
Specious
seemingly fair or true, but actually not so, deceptive
Synchronize
to occur at the same time, simultaneous
Suoerfluous
to flow above, hence exceeding what is necessary
Segregate
separating into different groups
Stickler
known for insisting on exact standards
Virtuoso
known for excelling in the technique of an art
Sage
known for wisdom
Spendthrift
known for spending money unwisely
Supersede
replace, take the place of
Supercilious
thinking you are above others, arrogant, haughty
Optimist
known for having a hopeful outlook on life
Zealot
known for excessive loyalty to a cause
Fidelity
loyalty, faithfulness
Infidelity
unfaithfulness
Unfazed
calm, not disturbed
Unflappable
not easily upset, calm
Unfettered
free from restraints, liberated
Unfounded
groundless, without substance, false
Unorthodox
not following established ways of thinking
Unparalleled
having no parallel, hence unequaled
Unremitting
unrelieved, relentless, ceaseless
Unscathed
unhurt, unharmed
Unsubstantiated
not proven
Unwarranted
lacking justification
Untenable
that which cannot be defended
Affable
pleasant, friendly
Aesthetics
the study of beauty
Ameliorate
to make better, improve
Abstruse
difficult to understand, very abstract
Amenable
willing to agree, responsive, cooperative
Approbation
approval
Appropriated
to take or make use of without authority or right
Arduous
long and difficult and thus hard to accomplish
Audacious
very bold
Blanch
to drain of color, become pale
Bombastic
pretentious, inflated speech or writing, lacking in humility
Brandish
to shake of wave in a menacing manner
Brusque
rough and abrupt in manner or speech, curt
Burgeon
to grow rapidly
Cantakerous
difficult or irritating to deal with
Capacious
spacious, roomy
Circuitous
following a circular or winding path, indirect
Circumscribe
to draw a line around, hence to restrict or limit
Compendium
a concise list or summary
Consensus
a general agreement, common consent
Corroborate
to support with evidence, confirm a claim
Decorum
conformity to accepted norms of behavior
Defile
to make unclear or impure, desecrate
Demonstrative
an open display of feelings
Demystify
to make clear and thus less baffling
Desolate
lonely, uninhabited
Desultory
makred by a lack of a plan or purpose, lacking direction
Dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate
Disabuse
to rid of false ideas, enlighten, free from error
Disdain
to look on with scorn
Disingenuous
giving a false appearence of simple frankness, hence calculating and crafty
Disparage
to run down, belittle, speak poorly of
Diversion
something that diverts or amuses
Divulge
to make known, reveal
Docile
easy to manage, malleable
Dogmatic
very stuuborn adherence to beliefs
Eclectic
selecting from a wide variety of sources, methods, or styles
Effervescent
to give off bubbles and thus be bubbly, exuberant
Emulate
to imitate, copy
Enamor
fill with love
Equanimity
evenness of mind, especially under stress
Espouse
to give support to
Exasperate
to cause irritation or annoyance
Exigency
great urgency, requiring immediate attention
Fallible
prone to making errors
Fastidious
exacting, meticulous, hard to please
Fathom
figure out, comprehend, probe the depth of
Feasible
possible
Fervor
intense feelings, great passion
Flaunt
to violate conventions, treat with contempt
Garish
excessively vivid colors
Gingerly
very cautious, careful
Idiosyncrasy
any personal peculiarity, eccentricity
Incandescent
giving off light, gleaming, brilliantly shining
Incantation
use of spells or verbal charms spoken as part of a magical ritual

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