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abate:
subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity
aberration:
deviation, not normal
abhor:
fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate
abstruse:
obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
accost:
approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
acrimony:
bitter animosity
acumen:
mental keenness; quickness of perception
adamant:
extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding
adept:
expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
adroit:
skillful and adept under pressing conditions
affected:
speaking or behaving in artificial way; emotionally stirred or moved; infected or attacked
alacrity:
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
aloocate:
assign, portion
altruistic:
unselfishly generous; concerned for others
amenable:
responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
amiable:
good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly
amicable:
exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
antediluvian:
antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times
anthropology:
social science that studies origins and social relationships of human beings
antipathy:
strong feeling of aversion; dislike
apathetic:
feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
apt:
likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
arcane:
secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
ascendancy:
superiority or decisive advantage; domination
ascetic:
leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
aspire:
seek to attain; long for; strive toward an end
assail:
assault; attack with or as if with violent blows
assiduous:
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
assuage:
ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
atrophy:
wasting away; decrease in size; reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease
attenuate:
make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
august:
impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration
aura:
air, feeling
auspicious:
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
autocrat:
dictator; ruler having unlimited power
automaton:
mechanism that imitates actions of humans
avarice:
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
banal:
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
barrage:
artificial obstruction; heavy curtain of artillery fire; rapid, concentrated discharge of missiles
belie:
contradict; give a false impression
belligerent:
inclined or eager to fight; aggressive
benevolent:
generous in providing aid to others; charitable
bequeath:
leave to someone by a will; hand down
berate:
rebuke or scold angrily and at length
bitartisanship:
supported by two opposing parties
blighted:
suffering from a disease; destroyed, ruined, or spoiled
bog:
marsh, swamp
bolster:
support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
bombastic:
pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
boorish:
rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners
buoyant:
able to float; cheerful and optimistic
burgeon:
grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly
buttress:
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
byzantine:
convoluted, complex
cacophonous:
discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding
cajole:
influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
callous:
emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened
cantankerous:
ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious
capricious:
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
castigate:
criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
caustic:
capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action
censorious:
critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
censure:
expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame
cerebral:
relating to the brain or cerebrum; intellectual rather than emotional
chagrin:
anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment
charlatan:
quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance
chastise:
punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke
chide:
scold mildly so as to correct or improve; express disapproval
churlish:
difficult to work with; rude; unyielding; unmanageable
circuitous:
being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course; going round in a circuit; not direct
circumscribe:
limit narrowly; confine; draw a line around; encircle
circumvent:
surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit
clandestine:
secret; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
coalesce:
combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
compendious:
succinct
complacency:
feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble
compliant:
yielding to request or desire; ready to accommodate; disposed or willing to comply
conciliate:
compromising, apologizing
concur:
agree
conflagration:
large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
confluence:
act of two things flowing together; junction or meeting place where two things meet
congenial:
compatible
conscientious:
diligent; responsible; reliable
consternation:
intense state of fear or dismay; astonishment combined with terror
contempt:
state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of
contemptible:
worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean
contentious:
quarrelsome; disagreeable; marked by heated arguments or controversy
convivial:
festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
copious:
plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
corroborate:
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; support with evidence
cosmopolitan:
sophisticated; of worldwide scope
credulity:
readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
culpable:
blameworthy
cursory:
casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
dauntless:
bold; incapable of being discouraged; fearless
dearth:
scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
debacle:
sudden downfall; complete disaster
debilitate:
make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of
debunk:
expose as false, exaggerated, worthless; ridicule
decimate:
destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of
decorum:
propriety in manners and conduct; good taste in manners; conventions or requirements of polite behavior
deference:
willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect
degredation:
humiliation
deleterious:
having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
delineate:
portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out
demonstrative:
openly emotional
demure:
modest and reserved in manner or behavior
demystify:
clarify; free from mystery or obscurity
denigrate:
blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade
depose:
force to leave; remove from office
depravity:
extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness
deprecate:
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
depreciation:
devaluation; decrease in price or value
deride:
ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt
derivative:
unoriginal; derived from another source
derogatory:
expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling
desecration:
violate the sacredness of
despondent:
in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
despot:
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; eastern Orthodox bishop
destitute:
extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid
deterrent:
something that discourages; tending to deter
devoid:
completely lacking; barren or empty
didactic:
excessively morally instructive
diffident:
shy
diffuse:
spread out widely; scatter freely; pour out and cause to spread freely
digress(ion):
stray from the subject at hand
dilatory:
tending to waste time
diminutive:
below the average size; very small; little
dire:
urgent, dreadful
discern:
detect; perceive
discomfited:
disappointed, defeated
discount:
give reduction in price on
disheartening:
discouraging
disillusionment:
disenchantment, disappointment
disingenuous:
giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating
disparage:
belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank
dispassionate:
calm; impartial; unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice
dispel:
scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
disputatious:
argumentative; fond of arguing; inclined to dispute
disquiet:
make uneasy or anxious; trouble
disseminate:
distribute; spread; scatter like seeds
distaste:
dislike, aversion
divergent:
differing; tending to move apart in different directions
divisive:
creating conflict
divulge:
reveal; make known to public
doctrine:
principles presented for belief, as by religious; principle of law; act of teaching; instruction
dormant:
sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active
dupe:
easily deceived person; duplicate of photographic image
duplicitous:
deliberately deceptive
ebullient:
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
eclectic:
composed of elements from a variety of sources
efface:
rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing
effervesce:
bubble, fizz
egalitarian:
belief in equality
elated:
overjoyed; extremely happy and excited
elicit:
draw out; bring forth or to light; generate or provoke as response or answer
elucidate:
make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify
elude:
avoid cleverly; escape perception of
elusive:
difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind
embitter:
make worse
embroiled:
throw into confusion; deeply involved especially in something complicated
empathetic:
compassionate
empirical:
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
encompass:
surround; form a circle or ring around; enclose; envelop
encroaching:
intrusive
encumbrance:
burden
enigma:
puzzle; difficult problem
enumerate:
list each one; mention one by one
ephemeral:
short-lived; enduring a very short time
epiphany:
sudden realization
epitome:
representative or perfect example of a class or type; brief summary, as of a book or article
equanimity:
calmness of temperament; steadiness of mind under stress.
equitable:
marked by or having equity; just and impartial
equivocal:
open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead
erudite:
learned; scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books
esoteric:
hard to understand; known only in a particular group
estrange:
alienate
eulogy:
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
evoke:
bring out; arouse; call forth
exacting:
making severe demands; rigorous; requiring great care, effort, or attention
excavate:
unearth; dig out; make a hole in; hollow out
exemplar:
representative example
exhibitionist:
deliberately behaving a certain way to attract attention
exhort:
urge on or encourage, especially by shouts; make urgent appeal
exorbitant:
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; exceeding proper limits
expedient:
suitable; appropriate to a purpose; serving to promote your interest
expose:
set forth; set out to public view
extol:
praise highly; glorify; celebrate
extricate:
free, as from difficulties or perplexities; cause to be emitted or evolved
facile:
done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; ready or fluent
faction:
a party of persons having a common end in view
fallacious:
false; tending to mislead; deceptive
fallacy:
deceptive or false appearance; false notion; deception
fanaticism:
excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause
fastidious:
difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
fathom:
measure the depth; come to understand
felicitious:
well-suited, happy
finesse:
refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
flagrant:
obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice
flippant:
lacking proper seriousness; speaking freely; talkative; communicative
florid:
reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
flummox:
confuse
folly:
foolishness; lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight
foolhardy:
rash; marked by unthinking boldness
forlorn:
sad and lonely; wretched; abandoned or left behind
fortitude:
bravery; force; power to attack or to resist attack
fortuitous:
accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause
fraudulent:
cheating; deceitful; planning or using fraud; given to practice of fraud
frugal:
sparing; economical; costing little; inexpensive
furor:
great excitement; public disorder or uproar
furtive:
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
futile:
useless; having no useful result; vain
gait:
manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving; walk; rate of moving
gallant:
courtly; lively and spirited; having or displaying great dignity or nobility
gargantuan:
huge; of a tremendous size, volume, degree
garish:
over-bright in color; tastelessly showy
genial:
friendly; cordial; having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner
germinate:
cause to sprout or grow; come into existence
glutton:
person who eats too much food and drink
grandiose:
impressive from inherent grandeur; large and impressive, in size, scope or extent
hackneyed:
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
hamper:
put at disadvantage; prevent progress or free movement of
hardy:
in robust and good health; able to survive under unfavorable conditions
hasten:
accelerate; quicken
heresy:
opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion
histrionic:
characteristic of acting or stage performance
hubris:
excessive pride or self-confidence