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obdurate
/'ɒbdjʊrɪt/;/'ɑbdərɪt/ a. Syn. stubborn; inflexible
hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion
obfuscate
/'ɒbfʌskeɪt/ v. Syn. confuse; muddle
confuse; muddle; cause confusion; make needlessly complex
oblique
/ə'bli:k/ a. Syn. inclined
having slanting or sloping direction, course, or position; inclined
obsequious
/əb'si:kwɪəs/ a.
slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
obstreperous
/əb'strɛpərəs/ a.
noisily aggressive; making great noise or outcry
obtuse
/əb'tju:s/;/əb'tu:s/ a. Syn. stupid
lacking in insight or discernment; stupid
odious
/'oʊdɪəs/ a. Syn. hateful; vile
hateful; arousing strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure
officious
/ə'fɪʃəs/ a.
marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others
ostensible
/ɒ'stɛnsɪb(ə)l/ a. Syn. apparent
put forth or held out as real, actual, or intended; proper or intended to be shown
palliate
/'pælɪeɪt/ v.
lessen violence of disease; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses
pallid
/'pælɪd/ a. Syn. pale; wan
abnormally pale; lacking intensity of color or luminousness
panacea
/pænə'sɪə/ n.
remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all
paragon
/'pærəgən/;/'pærəgɒn/ n. Syn. model
model of excellence or perfection; peerless example
pariah
/'pærɪə/ n. Syn. untouchable
social outcast; person who is rejected from society or home
parsimony
/'pɑrsɪmənɪ/;/-moʊnɪ/ n.
extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily
pathos
/'peɪθɒs/ n. Syn. pity
tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings
paucity
/'pɔ:sɪtɪ/ n. Syn. scarcity
scarcity; smallness of number; fewness
pejorative
/pɪ'dʒɒrətɪv/ a.
tending to make or become worse; disparaging or belittling
pellucid
/pɪ'lju:sɪd/ a. Syn. transparent; limpid
transparent; limpid; easy to understand
perfidious
/pə'fɪdɪəs/ a. Syn. treacherous; disloyal
tending to betray; disloyal; faithless
perfunctory
/pə'fʌŋktərɪ/ a. Syn. superficial
done routinely and with little interest or care; acting with indifference; showing little interest or care
pernicious
/pə'nɪʃəs/ a. Syn. deadly
very destructive; tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly
pertinacious
/pɜrtɪ'neɪʃəs/;/-tn'eɪʃəs/ a. Syn. stubborn; persistent
stubbornly or perversely persistent; unyielding; obstinate
pithy
/'pɪθɪ/ a. Syn. concise
precisely meaningful; forceful and brief
platitude
/'plætɪtju:d/;/-tu:d/ n.
dullness; insipidity of thought; commonplace statement; lack of originality
plethora
/'plɛθərə/ n. Syn. excess; overabundance
excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance
portent
/'pɔ:tɛnt/ n. Syn. sign; omen; forewarning
omen; forewarning; something that portends an event about to occur, especially unfortunate or evil event
precocious
/prɪ'koʊʃəs/ a.
advanced in development; appearing or developing early
primeval
/praɪ'mi:v(ə)l/ a. Syn. ancient; primitive
ancient; primitive; belonging to the first or earliest age; original or ancient
proclivity
/prə'klɪvɪtɪ/ n. Syn. inclination
inclination; natural tendency; readiness; facility of learning
promulgate
/'prɒməlgeɪt/ v. Syn. announce
proclaim doctrine or law; make known by official publication
propensity
/prə'pɛnsɪtɪ/ n. Syn. tendency; predilection
natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection
propitious
/prə'pɪʃəs/ a. Syn. favorable; fortunate; advantageous
presenting favorable circumstances; fortunate; advantageous
prosaic
/proʊ'zeiɪk/ a. Syn. factual
dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
proscribe
/proʊ'skraɪb/;/proʊ-/ v. Syn. banish; outlaw
command against; banish; outlaw
protean
/'proʊtɪɛn, 'proʊti:n/ a. Syn. versatile
versatile; able to take on many shapes; readily taking on varied shapes
prurient
/'prʊərɪənt/ a.
having or causing lustful thoughts and desires; having eager desire for something
puerile
/'pjʊəraɪl/;/-rəl/ a. Syn. childish
childish; belonging to childhood; immature
pulchritude
/'pʌlkrɪtju:d/ n. Syn. beauty; comeliness
great physical beauty and appeal; attractive moral excellence; moral beauty
punctilious
/pʌŋk'tɪlɪəs/ a.
marked by precise accordance with details
quagmire
/'kwɒgmaɪə(r)/ n.
soft wet boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself
querulous
/'kwɛrʊləs/ a. Syn. fretful; whining
habitually complaining; expressing complaint or grievance
quixotic
/kwɪk'sɒtɪk/ a.
idealistic without regard to practicality
rancor
/'ræŋkə(r)/ n. Syn. enmity; hatred
bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will; hatred
rebuke
/rɪ'bju:k/ v. Syn. admonish; scold
scold harshly; criticize severely
recalcitrant
/rɪ'kælsɪtrənt/ a.
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority
rectitude
/'rɛktɪtju:d/;/-tu:d/ n. Syn. uprightness
uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment
replete
/rɪ'pli:t/ a.
filled to brim or to point of being stuffed; abundantly supplied
reprobate
/'rɛproʊbeɪt/ n.
person hardened in sin; person without moral scruples
reprove
/rɪ'pru:v/ v. Syn. censure; rebuke
voice or convey disapproval of; rebuke; find fault with
repudiate
/rɪ'pju:dɪeɪt/ v. Syn. disown
disown; refuse to acknowledge; reject validity or authority of
rescind
/rɪ'sɪnd/ v. Syn. cancel; annul; repeal
cancel; make void; repeal or annul
restive
/'rɛstɪv/ a.
impatient under restraint or opposition; resisting control; difficult to control
ribald
/'rɪbəld/ a. Syn. wanton; tasteless
coarse or indecent; humorously vulgar or offensive
rife
/raɪf/ a. Syn. current
excessively abundant or numerous; in widespread existence, practice, or use
ruse
/ru:z/ n. Syn. trick; stratagem
trick; use of artifice or trickery; deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture
sacrosanct
/'sækroʊsæŋkt/ a. Syn. inviolable
regarded as sacred and inviolable
sagacity
/sə'gæsətɪ/ n.
quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment; shrewdness
salient
/'seɪlɪənt/ a. Syn. prominent
prominent or protruding; projecting outwardly; moving by leaps or springs
sanctimonious
/sæŋktɪ'moʊnɪəs/ a. Syn. hypocritical
excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious
sanguine
/'sæŋgwɪn/ a. Syn. cheerful; hopeful; ruddy
cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy
scurrilous
/'skʌrɪləs/ n. Syn. obscene; indecent
obscene; indecent; expressing offensive reproach
serendipity
/sɛrən'dɪpɪtɪ/ n.
gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck
servile
/'sɜrvaɪl/;/'sɛrvl/ a. Syn. slavish; cringing
slavish; suitable to slave or servant; relating to servitude or forced labor
solicitous
/sə'lɪsɪtəs/ a. Syn. worried; concerned
worried or concerned; full of desire; expressing care or concern
somnolent
/'sɒmnələnt/ a.
half asleep; inclined to drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
spurious
/'spjʊərɪəs/ a. Syn. false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
staid
/steɪd/ a. Syn. serious; sedate
sober; serious, organized, and professional; characterized by dignity and propriety
stolid
/'stɒlɪd/ a. Syn. dull; impassive
dull; impassive; having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
stupefy
/'stju:pɪfaɪ/;/'stu:-/ v.
make senseless or dizzy; be mystery or bewildering to
surfeit
/'sɜrfɪt/ v.
eat until excessively full; be more than full; feed someone to excess
surmise
/sə'maɪz/ v. Syn. guess
guess; infer something without sufficiently conclusive evidence
surreptitious
/sʌrəp'tɪʃəs/ a. Syn. secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently
sycophant
/'sɪkəfænt/ n. Syn. bootlicker; flatterer
one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; bootlicker; yes man
tacit
/'tæsɪt/ a.
indicated or understood without expressed directly; not speaking; silent
taciturn
/'tæsɪtə:n/ a. Syn. silent
silent or reserved in speech; saying little; not inclined to speak or converse
tantamount
/'tæntəmaʊnt/ a.
equivalent in effect or value
temerity
/tɪ'mɛrɪtɪ/ n. Syn. boldness; rashness
boldness; rashness; foolhardy disregard of danger
tenuous
/'tɛnjʊəs/ a. Syn. thin; rare; slim
long and thin; slender; having little substance
timorous
/'tɪmərəs/ a. Syn. fearful
fearful; demonstrating fear; weakly hesitant
torpid
/'tɔ:pɪd/ a.
having lost motion, or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed
tractable
/'træktəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. docile
easily managed or controlled; governable; easily handled or worked; docile
transient
/'trænsɪənt, 'trɑr-/;/trænʃnt/ a. Syn. momentary; temporary; transitory
momentary; temporary; staying for short time
transmute
/træns'mju:t, trɑr-/ v. Syn. convert; transform
change from one form, nature, substance, or state into another; transform
trenchant
/'trɛntʃənt/ a. Syn. incisive; keen
forceful, effective, and vigorous; sharp or keen
truculent
/'trukjələnt, 'trʌkjʊlənt/ a. Syn. belligerent
disposed to fight; belligerent; aggressively hostile
turgid
/'tɜrdʒɪd/ a. Syn. swollen; distended
swollen; distended; excessively ornate or complex in style or language
turpitude
/'tɜrpɪtju:d/;/-tu:d/ n. Syn. depravity
depravity; corrupt, depraved, or degenerate act
ubiquitous
/ju:'bɪkwɪtəs/ a. Syn. omnipresent
being or existing everywhere; omnipresent
unctuous
/'ʌŋktjʊəs/ a. Syn. oily; bland
oily; composed of oil or fat; characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness
upbraid
/ʌp'breɪd/ v. Syn. reprimand; criticize; scold
severely criticize; reprimand; reprove sharply
usurp
/'jʊzəp/ v. Syn. appropriate
seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority
vacillate
/'væsɪleɪt/ v. Syn. waver; fluctuate
sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate
vacuous
/'vækjʊəs/ a. Syn. empty; inane
empty; showing lack of thought or intelligence; vacant
vapid
/'væpɪd/ a. Syn. dull
dull and unimaginative; lacking taste or flavor
variegated
/'vɛərɪgeɪtɪd/ a.
streaked, spotted, or marked with a variety of color; very colorful
venerate
/'vɛnəreɪt/ v.
treat with great respect and deference; consider hallowed or be in awe of
veracity
/və'ræsɪti/ n. Syn. truthfulness
truthfulness; unwillingness to tell lies
verdant
/'vɜrdənt/ a.
green; full of juice in vegetation
vex
/vɛks/ v. Syn. annoy; distress
annoy; disturb, especially by minor irritations; be a mystery or bewildering to
vicarious
/vɪ'kɛərɪəs/ a.
acting as substitute; done by deputy; experienced at secondhand
vicissitude
/vɪ'sɪsɪtud/ n.
change, especially in one's life or fortunes; regular change or succession of one thing to another; alternation
vilify
/'vɪlɪfaɪ/ v. Syn. slander
debase; degrade; spread negative information about
viscous
/'vɪskəs/ a. Syn. sticky; gluey
sticky; gluey; having high resistance to flow
vitriolic
/vɪtrɪ'ɒlɪk/ a. Syn. corrosive; sarcastic
harsh or corrosive in tone; sarcastic; bitterly scathing
wanton
/'wɒnt(ə)n/;/wɔ:ntən/ a. Syn. unrestrained; unchaste
unrestrained; willfully malicious; immoral or unchaste
winsome
/'wɪnsəm/ a. Syn. agreeable; gracious; engaging
agreeable; gracious; charming, often in childlike or naive way
wistful
/'wɪstfəl/ a.
full of wishful yearning or longing; sadly thoughtful
zenith
/'zɛnɪθ/ n. Syn. summit
point directly overhead in sky; summit
zephyr
/'zɛfə(r)/ n.
gentle breeze; west wind; any of various soft light fabrics, yarns, or garments