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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