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precipitate (adj) sudden and unexpected, (v) to throw down from a height, to cause to happen
assuage to make less severe
prodigal wasteful, extravagent, lavish
enigma a puzzle or mystery
fervid passionate, intense, zealous
placate to soothe or pacify
dessicate to dry completely, dehydrate
pedant one who pays undue attention to book learning and rules; one who displays learning ostentatiously
adulterate to corrupt or make impure
capricious impulsive, whimsical, without much thought
engender to produce, cause, bring about
corroborate to confirm, verify
ephemeral momentary, transient, fleeting
laconic using few words
mitigate to soften, or make milder
propriety appropriateness
advocate to speak in favor of
enervate to weaken, sap strength from
ingenuous straightforward, open; naive and unsophisticated
misanthrope person who hates human beings
paradox contradiction, incongruity; dilemma, puzzle
venerate to respect deeply
abate to reduce in amount, degree, severity
abscond to leave secretly
abstain to choose not to do something
abyss an extremely deep hole
aesthetic concerning the appreciation of beauty
aggrandize to increase in power, influence, and reputation
alleviate to make more bearable
amalgamate to combine, to mix together
ambiguous doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways
ameliorate to make better, to improve
anachronism something out of place of time
analogous similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
anomaly deviation from what is normal
antagonize to annoy or to provoke to anger
antipathy extreme dislike
apathy lack of interest or emotion
arbitrate to judge a dispute between two opposting parties
archaic ancient, old fashioned
ardor intense and passionate feeling
articulate able to speak clearly and expressively
assuage to make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate to reduce in force or degree, to weaken
audacious fearless and daring
austere severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
banal predictable, cliched, boring
bolster to support; to prop up
bombastic pompous in speech and manner
cacophony harsh, jarring noise
candid impartial and honest in speech
capricious changing one's mind quickly and often
castigate to punish or criticize harshly
caustic biting in wit
chaos great disorder or confusion
chauvinist someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
chicanery deception by means of craft or guile
cogent convincing and well reasoned
condone to overlook, pardon, or disregard
convoluted intricate and complicated
corroborate to provide supporting evidence
credulous too trusting; gullible
crescendo steadily increasing volume or force
decorum appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
deference respect, courtesy
deride to speak of or treat with contempt, to mock
dessicate to dry out thourougly
desultory jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
diatribe an abusive, condemnatory speech
diffident lacking self confidence
dilate to make larger, to expand
dilatory intended to delay
dilettante someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
dirge a funeral hymn or mournful speech
disabuse to set right; to free from error
discern to perceive; to recognize
disparate fundamentally different; entirely unlike
dissemble to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character
dissonance a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds
dogma a firmly held opinion, often a religious belief
dogmatic dictatorial in one's opinions
dupe to deceive; a person who is easily deceived
eclectic selecting from or made up from a variety of sources
efficacy effectiveness
elegy a sorrowful poem or speech
eloquent persuasive and moving, especially in speech
emulate to copy; to try to equal or excel
enervate to reduce in strength
engender to produce, cause, or bring about
enigma a puzzle; a mystery
enumerate to count, list, or itemize
ephemeral lasting a short time
equivocate to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead
erratic wandering and unpredictable
erudite learned, scholarly, bookish
esoteric known or understood by only a few
estimable admirable
eulogy speech in praise of someone
euphemism use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
exacerbate to make worse
exculpate to clear from blame; prove innocent
exigent urgent; requiring immediate action
exonerate to clear of blame
explicit clearly stated or shown; forthright in expression
fanatical acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion
fawn to grovel
fervid intensely emotional; feverish
florid excessively decorated or embellished
foment to arouse or incite
frugality a tendency to be thrify or cheap
garrulous tending to talk a lot
gregarious outgoing, sociable
guile deceit or trickery
gullible easily deceived
homogenous of a similar kind
iconoclast one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
imperturbable not capable of being disturbed
impervious impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
impetuous quick to act without thinking
implacable unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
inchoate not fully formed; disorganized
ingenuous showing innocence or childlike simplicity
inimical hostile, unfriendly
innocuous harmless
lucid clear and easily understood
luminous bright, brilliant, glowing
malinger to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
malleable capable of being shaped
metaphor a figure of speech comparing two different things; a symbol
meticulous extremely careful about details
misanthrope a person who dislikes others
mitigate to soften; to lessen
mollify to calm or make less severe
monotony lack of variation
naive lacking sophistication or experience
obdurate hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
obsequious overly submissive and eager to please
obstinate stubborn, unyielding
obviate to prevent; to make unncecessary
occlude to stop up; to prevent the passage of
onerous troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
opaque impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light
opprobrium public disgrace
ostentation excessive showiness
Created by: bertaka