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abet assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing.  
abjure solemnly renounce  
abrogate abolish  
abscond hide or depart suddenly  
abstemious not self-indulgent  
actuate incite  
acumen the ability to make good judgements and quick decisions  
ad hominem rising from emotion  
adjutant assistant  
adjuvant supplementary  
admonition a gentle reproof (censuring, chiding, rebuke)  
adroit displaying physical or mental skill.  
agitprop political propaganda  
alacrity eagerness  
amalgam a blend of diverse things, originally an alloy of mercury with another metal.  
amiable friendly, sociable  
amicable friendly, peaceable  
antebellum before a particular war (American civil)  
antinomy contradiction between beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable  
antipodal opposite  
apocryphal of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true  
approbation approval  
arbitrary based solely on personal wishes, feelings, or perceptions, rather than on objective facts, reasons, or principles: an arbitrary decision.  
arcane secret  
archaic antiquated  
ardent enthusiastic  
argillaceous clay-like  
artless without guile or deception  
atavistic reverting to distant hereditary traits or characteristics  
august impressive  
auspicious conducive to success  
austere severe or strict in manner  
axiomatic self-evident  
bacchanal drunken revelry  
banal so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring  
bedizen adorn  
befoul sully  
belie fail to give a true notion or impression of something  
bellicose demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight  
beneficent resulting in good  
beset surround and harass  
bibulous fond of alcohol  
blitz sudden, energetic, concerted effort on a specific task  
bombastic inflated, pretentious, grandiloquent  
bowdlerize remove material that is considered improper or offensive  
Byzantine excessively complicated  
callow immature  
calumny slander  
capitulated surrender on stipulated terms  
capricious tending to not rely on reason; impulsive/random.  
capricious fickle  
capstone concluding achievement  
caveat warning, admonition  
caveat warning or caution  
Charlatan a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes.  
chicanery the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose  
churlish rude in a mean-spirited and surly way  
circumlocution roundabout language  
climacteric critical period or event  
cloying excessively sweet or sentimental  
cognomen nickname  
collusion secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy  
colorable apparently correct or justified  
commodious spacious  
confute disprove  
consign deliver to a person's custody  
consternation feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected  
construe interpret  
contempt the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or worthless  
contentious quarrelsome  
convalesce recover  
corozonada hunch  
corpulence fat  
corpulent very fat  
coterie clique  
coup de foudre sudden unforeseen event, in particular, love at first sight  
coup de grace final blow given to a wounded something  
covetous having, showing great desire to possess something  
credo any creed or formula of belief  
crepuscular relating to twilight  
cyclopean huge  
dastardly cowardly, mean, reprehensible  
deductive reasoning reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)  
deference respect  
defrayal payment  
deleterious causing harm or damage  
deluge severe flood  
derisive mocking, jeering  
diaphanous light, delicate, translucent  
diatribe tirade, harangue  
didactic instructive  
diffident lacking self-confidence.  
dilettante amateur  
diligent showing care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties  
disarming allay the suspicions of  
disparage belittle  
dissolute lax in morals  
dogmatic adhering rigidly to tenet  
edenic paradisiacal  
effulgence splendor  
eidetic marked by extraordinarily detailed and vivid recall of visual images  
elan flair; energy, style, enthusiasm  
eminent famous, respected  
endemic prevalent in, native to  
enervate cause someone to feel drained of energy or vitality; weaken  
enfranchise give the right to vote to  
engender to cause to exist or develop  
ennui feeling of dissatisfaction and listlessness arising from a lack of occupation or excitement  
ensconce settle firmly or snugly  
entomophilous pollinated by insects  
entropic lack or order or predictability  
epicure gourmet  
epidemic temporarily, widely prevalent  
eros sexual desire  
erudite having or showing great knowledge or learning  
esoteric directed towards a select few.  
espouse adopt or embrace as a cause  
ethos the character or disposition of a community, group, person, etc  
evanesce vanish  
evanescent soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence  
exacting rigorous  
expurgate censor  
extirpate destroy  
facetious treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant  
fastidious hard to please  
fatuous Devoid of intelligence.  
feckless unthinking and irresponsible  
fetor A distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant.  
fey whimsical, supernatural  
filibuster an action that obstructs progress in a legislative assembly while not technically contravening the required procedures  
firmament sphere or world viewed as a collection of people  
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Quote He allowed himself to be swayed by the conviction that human beings are not both once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.  
gambol frolic  
gauche tactless, socially awkward  
genial friendly and cheerful  
germane relevant  
Gestalt organized whole perceived as more than the sum of its parts  
glean extract from various sources  
glut excessively abundant supply of something  
gravid pregnant  
gumption initiative  
harbinger forerunner  
hegemony leadership or dominance, esp. by one country or social group over others  
hermetic complete and airtight  
heterodox unconventional  
iatrolog medical word  
ignominious deserving or causing public disgrace or shame  
illicit forbidden by laws, rules, customs  
illustrious well known, respected for past achievements  
illustrious very distinguished  
impertinent unmannerly in conduct  
Impetuous Characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation.  
implacable relentless, unstoppable  
impudent offensively forward in behavior  
impuissance weakness  
incendiary stirring up conflict, very exciting  
incommodious uncomfortable  
inculpate blame  
incursion sudden invasion or attack  
indelible not able to be forgotten or removed  
indigent poor, needy  
indignant feeling or showing annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment  
indolent lazy, sluggish  
indomitable not able to be subdued or repressed  
inductive reasoning reasoning from detailed facts to general principles (generalization)  
ineffable too extreme or great to be put in words  
ineluctable inescapable  
inexorable not to be persuaded or moved  
inimitable matchless  
iniquities immoral or grossly unfair behavior  
Iniquitous Wicked because it is believed to be a sin.  
insolent contemptuously rude, disrespectful, or insulting  
interminable never-ending  
internecine mutually destructive  
interpolate insert between fixed points  
intransigence unwilling or refusing to change one's view or to agree  
Intrinsic Basic or essential. Entwined.  
inure deaden the sensibility of (transitive verb)  
invective vehement denunciation  
irascible easily provoked to anger  
jejune naive, simplistic, superficial; dry and uninteresting  
kismet fate  
lacustrine relating to lakes  
lade burden  
languid slow and relaxed  
lethalogica inability to remember the correct word  
licentious promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters  
ligation binding  
ligneous woody  
lithe supple, pliant, limber, flexible  
logorrhea talkativeness  
lugubrious looking/sounding sad or dismal  
macabre suggesting the horror of death and decay  
machinate scheme  
manifold many different  
mendicancy begging  
mercurial volatile  
meretricious like or relating to a prostitute (meretricious relationship); deceptively pleasing.  
metonymy a figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated, as in the use of Washington for the United States government or of the sword for military power  
miasmic of a noxious emanation  
milieu surroundings  
miserliness pitiably small or inadequate  
mitigate make less severe, serious, or painful  
myriad inumberable  
nexus a point where a series of connections occur.  
nihilistic a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless  
noisome stinking, putrid, noxious or foul.  
non sequitur a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it.  
nonsectarian not involving or relating to a specific religious or political group  
normative establishing, relating to, or deriving from a standard or norm  
obfuscate darken, bewilder, obscure  
oblique slanting, indirectly expressed  
obsequious obedient or attentive to an excessive degree; servile  
obtuse not sensitive, stupid  
orthography conventional spelling system of a language  
ostensible stating or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so  
ostensible appearing outwardly, professed  
pandemic an epidemic that spreads through human populations over a widespread area  
paradigm model or worldview  
paroxysm violent outburst  
parsimonious stingy  
pathos quality that arouses pity or sorrow  
pecuniary relating to money  
pedagogy related to teaching/learning (pedagogue = teacher)  
pedantic bookish  
peevish fretful, irritable, petulant  
pejorative expressing contempt or disapproval  
penury poverty, destitution  
peregrinate travel  
perfidious deceitful and untrustworthy  
perfunctory carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection  
pernicious highly destructive, ruinous  
personable affable, sociable  
petit four small, frosted cake  
petulant childishly sulky or bad tempered  
phantasmagoria succession of illusive images  
philharmonic fond of or devoted to music  
philippic oration full of invective  
picayune trifling  
pilosity hairiness  
plaint lamentation  
Platitude A trite or obvious remark.  
plebeian unrefined, common, vulgar  
polyglot knowing or comprising several languages  
pontifical having to do with bishop/pope  
positivistic maintaining that any statement that cannot be verified empirically is meaningless  
pragmatic practical, matter of fact  
preceptor teacher  
preclude make impossible  
premonitory forewarning (adj)  
presentiment intuitive feeling about the future  
prodigal lavish, wasteful  
proem preface  
profligacy extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources  
profligate recklessly extravagant  
propinquity proximity  
propitious favorable  
propriety state or quality of conforming to conventionally accepted standards of behavior  
prurient lasciviousness (expressive of lust or lewdness)  
puerile childishly silly and trivial  
punitive inflicting punishment  
purport appear or claim to be or do something, especially falsely  
quaint old-fashioned, though in a pleasant way.  
quixotic unrealistic; not sensible about practical matters.  
quotidian daily, ordinary  
rancor bitter animosity, spitefulness  
rankle to cause persistent feelings of bitterness, resentment, or anger.  
rapacious predatory  
recapitulate summarize  
redolent strongly reminiscent or suggestive of something  
regnant reigning  
relegate banish, sent to  
reprobate unprincipled  
reprobation disapproval  
repudiate refuse to acknowledge  
resplendent glorious  
Reticence Not volunteering anything more than necessary.  
reticent uncommunicative  
rhetorical used for persuasive effect  
rue bitterly regret  
sardonic grimly mocking or cynical  
scruples feeling or doubt or hesitation with regard to morality or propriety  
scrupulous very concerned to avoid wrongdoing  
sedition rebellion  
sedulity diligence  
sepulchral gloomy, dismal  
seriatum in sequence  
sesquipedalian using long words  
sibylline foretelling the future  
slake quench  
sojourn visit  
solicitous concerned, anxious  
soma whole body of an organism, excluding its germ cells  
somnolence sleepiness, drowsiness  
Spartan Often used to express austerity as well as strength and seriousness; derives from a city of ancient Greece which was sometimes at war with Athens and sometimes an ally.  
stentorian loud and powerful  
stolid impassive  
stolid impassive, apathetic  
supercilious behaving or looking as though one believes one is superior to others  
supplication plea  
surreptitious clandestine, stealthy  
swill alcohol of inferior quality  
tacit understood or implied without being stated  
taciturn silent  
tautology the saying of the same thing twice in different words  
tenacious stubborn  
tendentious opinionated, biased  
tenebrous dark, shadowy, obscure  
thanatos impulse for destruction, decay, and death  
timbre musical quality  
tome weighty book  
torrid characterized by intense emotion; burning hot.  
transient impermanent  
treacly cloying  
trenchant characterized by or full of force and vigor.  
tribulation cause of great trouble or suffering  
trope figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression  
truism a self-evident, obvious truth  
tumid swollen  
turbid cloudy  
umbrage resentment  
unctuous excessively smooth, smug  
unseemly indecent  
untenable not able to maintained or defended against attack  
upbraid reproach  
ursine bear-like  
vacuity lack of matter or ideas.  
variegated having different colors, motley  
venerate regard with reverence  
vernal spring-like  
vestal chaste  
vitreous glassy  
vituperate to address with harsh, abusive language; scold  
winnow sift  
Zeitgiest the defining spirit of a particular period in history  

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