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  1. abate
    to decrease in intensity
  2. aberrant
    deviating from the norm
  3. abjure
    to renounce or reject solemnly
  4. abrogate
    • to revoke
    • synonyms: annul
  5. abstemious
    eating and drinking in moderation
  6. accolade
    • an expression of praise
    • synonym: kudos
  7. acerbic
    • having a sour or bitter taste or character
    • synonym: acrid
  8. acumen
    • quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
    • synonym: shrewdness, perspecacity
  9. admonish
    • to reprove; to express warning or disapproval
    • synonym: caution
  10. adroit
    • adept; dexterous
    • synonym: skillful
  11. adulation
    • excessive praise
    • synonym: idolization
  12. adulterate
    • to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
    • synonym: debase
  13. aesthetic
    dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or beauty
  14. aggrandize
    • to increase in intensity, power, or prestige
    • synonym: strengthen
  15. alacrity
    eager and enthusiastic willingness
  16. alchemy
    • a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, especially base metals, into gold
    • synonym: sorcery
  17. amalgamate
    • to combine several elements into a whole
    • synonym: unite
  18. amenable
    • agreeable
    • synonyms: acquiescent
  19. anachronistic
    • out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
    • synonym: misplaced
  20. anathema
    • a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; a cursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
    • synonym: detested thing
  21. anomaly
    deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
  22. antipathy
    • aversion; dislike
    • synonym: abhorrence
  23. antithetical
    • diametrically opposed
    • synonym: opposite
  24. apocryphal
    • of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious
    • synonym: questionable
  25. apogee
    • farthest or highest point; cumination
    • synonym: summit
  26. apostate
    • one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
    • synonym: defector
  27. apotheosis
    • deification; supreme example
    • synonym: quintessence
  28. apposite
    • appropriate; relevant
    • synonym: suitable
  29. apprise
    • to give notice to; to inform
    • synonym: notify
  30. approbation
    • an expression of approval or praise
    • synonym: admiration
  31. arabesque
    • a complex, ornate design; also a dance position
    • synonym: ornamentation
  32. arcane
    • mysterious; esoteric
    • synonym: inscrutable
  33. archaic
    • outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive time
    • synonym: antiquated
  34. artless
    • completely without guile; unsophisticated
    • synonym: naive
  35. ascetic
    • someone practicing self-denial
    • synonym: spartan
  36. aspersion
    • an act of defamation or maligning
    • synonym: slander
  37. assay
    • to put to a test
    • synonym: assess
  38. assiduous
    • diligent; hard-working
    • synonym: devoted
  39. assuage
    • to ease or lessen
    • synonym: alleviate
  40. astringent
    • biting; severe
    • synonym: harsh
  41. atrophy
    • to waste away or deteriorate
    • synonym: wither
  42. attenuate
    • to weaken or make thinner
    • synonym: rarefy
  43. audacious
    • daring and fearless; recklessly bold
    • synonym: impudent, foolhardy
  44. augury
    • omen; portent
    • synonym: indication
  45. auspices
    • protection or support
    • synonym: patronage
  46. auspicious
    • favorable
    • synonym: propitious
  47. avarice
    • greed, especially for wealth
    • synonym: acquisitiveness
  48. aver
    • to state as a fact; to confirm or support
    • synonym: assert, affirm
  49. baleful
    • sinister; ominous
    • synonym: threatening
  50. beatify
    • to bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to
    • synonym: exalt
  51. behemoth
    • something enormous; a gigantic creature
    • synonym: leviathan
  52. beleaguer
    • to beset; to besiege
    • synonym: harass
  53. belie
    • to give a false impression of
    • synonym: contradict
  54. bellicose
    • belligerent; warlike
    • synonym: hostile
  55. boisterous
    • loud; noisy
    • synonym: raucous
  56. bolster
    • to provide support
    • synonym: reinforce
  57. bombast
    • self-important or pompous writing or speech
    • synonym: bluster
  58. boor
    • a rude or insensitive person
    • synonym: churl
  59. burgeon
    • to grow rapidly or flourish
    • synonym: increase
  60. burnish
    • to make smooth; to rub to a shine
    • synonym: polish
  61. byzantine
    • labyrinthine; complex
    • synonym: intricate
  62. cabal
    • a scheme or plot
    • synonym: coterie
  63. cachinnate
    • to laugh loudly
    • synonym: guffaw
  64. cacophony
    • harsh, jarring
    • synonym: inharmony
  65. cajole
    • to inveigle; to coax through flattery
    • -the director had to cajole the vain actor into wearing the chicken suit.
    • synonym: wheedle
  66. calumniate
    • to slander
    • -tight political races can become very dirty in their final days with each candidate trying to calumniate the other
    • synonym: smear
  67. calumny
    • slander
    • -othello believed the calumny that his wife was cheating on him, setting in motion shakespeares tragedy
    • synonym: defamation
  68. canon
    • an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
    • synonym: rules
  69. capricious
    • inclined to change one's mind impulsively or unpredictably
    • synonym: whimsical, fickle
  70. captious
    • calculated to confuse or entrap in argument
    • synonym: tricky
  71. castigate
    • to severly criticize or punish
    • synonym: chastise
  72. catalyst
    • a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing
    • synonym: accelerator, impetus
  73. caustic
    • burning or stinging, causing corrosion
    • synonym: sarcastic
  74. celerity
    • speed
    • synonym: haste
  75. censure
    • to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
    • synonym: chastise, denounce
  76. chary
    • wary; cautious, sparing
    • synonym: careful
  77. chasten
    • to restrain or correct
    • synonym: reprove
  78. chauvinist
    • a blindly devoted patriot
    • -giovanni is a chauvinist about his grandmothers cooking and complains constantly whenever he eats at an italian restaurant
    • synonym: jingoist
  79. chicanery
    • trickery or subterfuge
    • synonym: ruse, sham
  80. chimera
    • an illusion; originally an imaginary fire-breating monster
    • synonym: delusion
  81. churlish
    • vulgar; difficult and intractable
    • synonym: boorish
  82. coalesce
    • to come together or unite
    • synonym: fuse
  83. coda
    • concluding section of a musical or literary piece
    • synonym: conclusion
  84. cogent
    • appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
    • synonym: persuasive
  85. commensurate
    • matching; corresponding in degree, size or amount
    • synonym: proportionate
  86. complaisance
    • the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
    • synonym: agreeableness
  87. connoisseur
    • an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
    • synonym: aficionado, enthusiast, specialist
  88. contiguous
    • sharing a border; touching; adjacent
    • synonym: bordering
  89. contrite
    • regretful, penitent; seeking forgiveness
    • synonym: apologetic
  90. convention
    • a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
    • synonym: custom
  91. corrigible
    • capable or being set right; correctable
    • synonym: reformable
  92. cosset
    • to coddle
    • synonym: pamper
  93. countenance
    • to approve of or tolerate
    • synonym: sanction
  94. cozen
    • to deceive, beguile, or hoodwink
    • synonym: mislead
  95. craven
    • contemptibly fainthearted; lacking any courage
    • synonym: cowardly
  96. credulous
    • tending to believe too readily
    • synonym: gullible
  97. crestfallen
    • dejected; disappointed
    • synonym: discouraged
  98. curmudgeon
    • an irritable, ill-tempered person
    • synonym: complainer
  99. cursory
    • hasty; done with little attention
    • synonym: hurried
  100. cynicism
    • an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
    • synonym: distrust, pessimism
  101. daunt
    • to cow or dismay
    • -the size of the workload alone is likely to daunt even the most dedicated students
    • synonym: discourage
  102. dearth
    • smallness of quantity or number; scarcity
    • synonym: deficiency
  103. debacle
    • rout; fiasco; complete failure
    • synonym: breakdown
  104. decorous
    • correct; formal
    • -i dont trust such decorous behaviour
    • synonym: proper
  105. decorum
    • polite or appropriate conduct or behaviour
    • synonym: propriety
  106. demur
    • to question or oppose
    • synonym: object
  107. denigrate
    • to belittle
    • synonym: disparage
  108. denizen
    • inhabitant; one who frequents a place
    • synonym: resident
  109. denouement
    • an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
    • synonym: resolution
  110. deposition
    • official testimony
    • synonym: statement
  111. deprecate
    • to disparage or put down
    • synonym: belittle
  112. derision
    • scorn; ridicule
    • synonym: mockery, contempt
  113. derivative
    • unoriginal; abtained from another source
    • synonym: adapted
  114. descry
    • to observe or discern
    • synonym: detect
  115. desecrate
    • to violate the sanctity of
    • -when forlding a national flag, you should not desecrate it by letting it drag on the ground
    • synonym: defile
  116. desiccate
    • to dry out; to make dull or dry
    • synonym: dehydrate
  117. desuetude
    • the state of not being used
    • synonym: disuse
  118. desultory
    • random; disconnected
    • synonym: haphazard
  119. detraction
    • slandering, verbal attack; aspersion
    • synonym: disparagement
  120. diaphanous
    • transparent
    • synonym: translucent
  121. diatribe
    • a harsh denunciation
    • synonym: fulmination
  122. didactic
    • intended to teach or instruct
    • synonym: pedagogic
  123. diffident
    • reserved; shy; lacking in self-confidence
    • synonym: timid
  124. dilatory
    • causing delay
    • synonym: dallying
  125. dilettante
    • one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowlege
    • synonym: amateur
  126. din
    • loud, sustained sounds
    • synonym: noise
  127. dirge
    • a song or poem of grief
    • synonym: lament
  128. discomfit
    • to embarrass or perplex
    • synonym: disconcert
  129. discordant
    • conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
    • synonym: cacophonous inharmonious
  130. discretion
    • cautious reserve in speech
    • synonym: carefulness
  131. discursive
    • digressive; passing from one topic to another
    • synonym: rambling
  132. disinterested
    • unbiased, neutral or free from personal motive
    • synonym: dispassionate
  133. disparage
    • to slight or belittle
    • synonym: demean
  134. disparate
    • fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
    • synonym: incongruent contrasting
  135. dissemble
    • to disguise or conceal; to mislead
    • synonym: camouflage
  136. distention
    • the state or act of extending or being swollen out of shape
    • - after eating the large holiday meal, i could barely hide the distention of my belly
    • synonym: swelling
  137. divulge
    • to disclose something secret
    • synonym: reveal
  138. doggerel
    • trivial or poorly constructed verse
    • synonym: limerick
  139. dogmatic
    • stubbornly opinionated
    • synonym: adamant
  140. dormant
    • inactive; in abeyance
    • synonym: latent
  141. dross
    • slag; worthless matter; impurity
    • synonym: waste
  142. dulcet
    • melodious; pleasant-sounding
    • synonym: harmonious
  143. dynamo
    • generator; forceful, energetic person
    • synonym: live wire
  144. ebullience
    • the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
    • synonym: effervescence
  145. eccentric
    • departing from norms or conventions
    • synonym: unconventional, aberrant, peculiar
  146. eclectic
    • culled from many sources
    • synonym: varied
  147. edifying
    • enlightening
    • synonym: instructive
  148. effluvia
    • outflow in a stream of particles; a noxious odor or vapor
    • synonym: emanations
  149. effrontery
    • boldness; impudency; arrogance
    • synonym: presumptuousness
  150. effusive
    • gushing; excessively demonstrative
    • -it was hard not to feel welcomed by such an effusive greeting
    • synonym: profuse
  151. egress
    • a path to go out; the right to go out
    • synonym: exit
  152. elegy
    • a mournful poem, especially one lamenting the dead
    • synonym: lament
  153. eloquent
    • well-spoken; expressive
    • synonym: articulate, persuasive, fluent
  154. emollient
    • soothing, especially to the skin; making less harsh
    • synonym: softening
  155. empirical
    • based on observation or ecperiment
    • synonym: observed
  156. encomium
    • glowing and enthusiastic praise
    • synonym: tribute
  157. endemic
    • characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
    • synonym: native, indigenous
  158. enervate
    • to weaken; to reduce in vitality
    • synonym: debilitate
  159. engender
    • to cause; to give rise to
    • synonym: propagate
  160. enigmatic
    • mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
    • synonym: cryptic
  161. ennui
    • dissatisfactionor restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
    • synonym: boredom, languor, tedium
  162. enormity
    • excessive wickedness; evil
    • synonym: outrage
  163. ephemeral
    • fleeting; short-lived
    • synonym: brief
  164. epicure
    • one devoted to sensual pleasure, particularly food and drink
    • synonym: gourmet
  165. episodic
    loosely connected; sporadic
  166. epithet
    • disparaging or descriptive word or phrase
    • synonym: slur
  167. epitome
    • embodiment or quintessence
    • -hest hte epitome of a used-car salesman; slicked-back hair, toothy smile and unctuous manner
    • synonym: representation
  168. equanimity
    • composure; self-possession
    • synonym: calmness
  169. equivocate
    • to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
    • synonym: prevaricate, vacillate, quibble
  170. errant
    • wandering; straying
    • synonyms: roving
  171. erudite
    • learned
    • synonyms: scholarly
  172. eschew
    • to avoid
    • synonyms: shun
  173. esoteric
    • intended for or understood by a small, specific group
    • synonyms: obscure
  174. estimable
    • worthy; formidable
    • synonyms: admirable
  175. evanescent
    • tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
    • synonyms: ephemeral
  176. evince
    • to show clearly
    • - i told the bully i was not afraid, but my knocking knees evinced otherwise
    • synonyms: manifest
  177. exacerbate
    • to make worse or more severe
    • synonyms: aggravate, intensify
  178. excoriate
    • to censure scathingly
    • -the radio host excoriated the caller for defending the unpopular politician
    • synonyms: upbraid
  179. exculpate
    • to exonerate; to clear of blame
    • synonyms: absolve, pardon, acquit
  180. exegesis
    • critical examination; explication
    • synonyms: interpretation
  181. exemplar
    • typical or standard specimen; model
    • -candy girl is an exemplar of the jackson 5's best work
    • synonyms: archetype
  182. exigent
    • urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
    • synonyms: crucial, dire, imperative
  183. exonerate
    • to remove blame
    • synonyms: acquit
  184. expurgate
    • to remove obscenity especially from a book
    • -the espurgated edition of the story is more suitable for children
    • synonyms: censor
  185. extirpate
    • to destroy; to exterminate; to cut out
    • synonyms: abolish
  186. fallacy
    • an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
    • synonyms: misconception
  187. fallow
    • unseeded; inactive; dormant
    • synonyms: unproductive
  188. fatuous
    • silly; foolish
    • synonyms: inane
  189. fawn
    • to flatter or praise exessively
    • synonyms: adulate
  190. feckless
    • ineffectual; irresponsible
    • synonyms: incompetent
  191. felicitous
    • apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
    • -the felicitous arrival of the pizza put my grumbling stomach at ease
    • synonyms: appropriate
  192. fervent
    • greatly emotional or zealous
    • -fred sent a fervent letter to his senator expressing his strong opposition to the bill
    • synonyms: ardent
  193. fetid
    • stinking; smelly
    • synonyms: malodorous
  194. fetter
    • to shackle; to put in chains
    • synonyms: restrain
  195. filibuster
    • intentional obstruciton, especially using prolonged speechmaking to delay legistlative action
    • synonyms: delay, impediment
  196. filigree
    • an ornamental work, especially of delicate, lace like patterns
    • synonyms: ornamentation
  197. florid
    • flowery
    • synonyms: flowery
  198. flout
    • to demonstrate contempt for, as in a rule or convention
    • -fabio flouts the class rules by speaking out of turn and interrupting students
    • synonyms: defy
  199. foment
    • to incite; to rouse
    • synonyms: instigate
  200. forbearance
    • patience; willingness to wait
    • synonyms: tolerance
  201. forestall
    • to hinder; to avert
    • synonyms: prevent
  202. forswear
    • to renounce; repudiate
    • synonyms: disavow
  203. fortuitous
    • happening by fortunate accident or chance
    • synonyms: lucky
  204. founder
    • to sink; to fall completely
    • synonyms: stumble
  205. fracas
    • noisy quarrel; brawl
    • -the fracas outside of the nigtclub caused the manager to call the police
    • synonyms: donnybrook
  206. fractious
    • quarrelsome; unruly
    • synonyms: irritable
  207. frieze
    • a semi-scultural, raised-surface strip of ornamental facade on a building
    • synonyms: decarative band
  208. furtive
    • marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
    • -jack shot a furtive glance at the celebrity who sat at the next table
    • synonyms: shifty
  209. gainsay
    • to deny; to oppose
    • synonyms: contradict
  210. gambol
    • to skip aobut playfully
    • synonyms: frolic
  211. garner
    • to gather and save; to store up
    • synonyms: amass
  212. garrulous
    • pointlessly talkative; talking too much
    • synonyms: loquacious
  213. gauche
    • crude; awkward
    • synonyms: tactless
  214. germane
    • relevant to the subject at hand
    • synonyms: applicable
  215. glib
    • marked by ease or informality; nonchalant lacking in depth
    • synonyms: superficial
  216. gossamer
    • delicate; insubstantial or tenuous
    • synonyms: diaphanous
  217. grandiloquence
    • pompous speech or expression
    • synonyms: bombast
  218. gratuitous
    • unnecessary; uncalled for
    • synonyms: unprovoked
  219. gregarious
    • sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of others
    • synonyms: affable
  220. guile
    • artfulness; trickery; duplicity
    • synonyms: deceit
  221. hackneyed
    • rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
    • synonyms: banal
  222. halcyon
    • calm and peaceful
    • synonyms: serene
  223. hallowed
    • holy; consecrated
    • synonyms: revered
  224. harangue
    • to deliver a pompous speech or tirade
    • synonyms: hassle
  225. harbinger
    • something that signals what is to come
    • synonyms: forerunner
  226. harrow
    • to distress; to cause agony to
    • synonyms: torment
  227. hedonism
    • devotion to pleasurable pursuits, especially to the pleasures fo the senses
    • synonyms: debauchery, indulgence
  228. hegemony
    • the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
    • synonyms: predominance, leadership
  229. heretical
    • dissenting form established dogma
    • -some might find it heretical to put celery in a grilled-cheese sandwich, but i recommend trying it before passing judgment
    • synonyms: unorthodox
  230. hermetic
    • sealed; alrtight
    • synonyms: impervious
  231. heterodox
    • unorthodox; iconoclastic
    • synonyms: heretical
  232. homily
    • a sermon or morally instructive lecture
    • synonyms: admonition
  233. hubris
    • arrogant presumption or pride
    • synonyms: conceit
  234. iconoclastic
    • attacking cherished beliefs
    • synonyms: irreverent
  235. idolatrous
    • given to intense or excessive devotion to something
    • synonyms: committed
  236. idyll
    • a carefree, lighthearted pastoral or romantic episode
    • synonyms: carefree scene
  237. ignominious
    • shameful; undignified
    • synonyms: humiliation
  238. imbroglio
    • difficult or bitter situation
    • synonyms: entanglement, disafreement
  239. imminent
    • about to happen
    • synonyms: impending
  240. immutable
    • not capable of change
    • synonyms: permanent
  241. impassive
    • revealing no emotion
    • synonyms: apathetic, imperturbable
  242. impecunious
    • lacking funds; without money
    • synonyms: destitute
  243. imperious
    • commanding; arrogant; haughty
    • synonyms: domineering
  244. imperturbable
    • marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness
    • synonyms: unflappable
  245. impetuous
    • hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
    • synonyms: reckless
  246. implacable
    • not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
    • synonyms: uncompromising
  247. importune
    • to ask incessantly; to beg; to nag
    • synonyms: exhort
  248. impugn
    • to challenge; to call into question
    • synonyms: discredit
  249. impunity
    • immunity form punishment or penalty
    • synonyms: exemption
  250. inchoate
    • in an initial stage; not fully formed
    • synonyms: rudimentary, amorphous
  251. incipient
    • beginning to come into being or to become apparent
    • synonyms: developing
  252. indefatigable
    • dogged; tireless
    • synonyms: unflagging
  253. indifferent
    • having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
    • synonyms: disinterested
  254. indolent
    • lazy; listless
    • synonyms: lethargic
  255. ineptitude
    • incopetence
    • synonyms: incapacity
  256. inert
    • inmoving; lethargic; sluggish
    • synonyms: motionless
  257. infelicitous
    • unfortunate; inappropriate
    • synonyms: malapropos; ill-chosen
  258. ingenuous
    • artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication; naive
    • synonyms: guileless, innocent, trusting
  259. inherent
    • ingrained within one's nature
    • synonyms: intrinsic
  260. inimical
    • damaging, harmful, or injurious; hostile, adverse, or unfriendly
    • synonyms: deleterious
  261. iniquity
    • gross injustice; wickedness
    • synonyms: sin
  262. innocuous
    • harmless; causing no damage
    • synonyms: inoffensive
  263. inscrutable
    • incapable of being discovered or understood
    • synonyms: unfathomable
  264. insensible
    • unconscious unresponsive
    • synonyms: indifferent
  265. insipid
    • without taste or flavor; lacking in spirit
    • synonyms: bland
  266. insouciant
    • unconcerned; carefree; heedless
    • synonyms: nonchalant
  267. insular
    • provincial; narrow-minded
    • synonyms: isolated
  268. intractable
    • not easily managed or directed
    • synonyms: stubborn, obstinate
  269. intransigent
    • refusing to compromise
    • synonyms: inflexible
  270. intrepid
    • steadfast and courageous
    • synonyms: fearless
  271. inured
    • accustomed to accepting something undesirable
    • synonyms: numbed, habituated
  272. inveigle
    • to obtain by deception or flattery
    • synonyms: manipulate
  273. irascible
    • easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
    • synonyms: touchy, testy, irritable
  274. itinerant
    • traveling from place to place
    • synonyms: roving
  275. jejune
    • vapid; uninteresting; immature
    • synonyms: childish
  276. jettison
    • to throw overboard
    • synonyms: discard
  277. jibe
    • to agree; to be in accord
    • synonyms: conform
  278. jocular
    • humorous; joking
    • synonyms: jesting
  279. kinetic
    • characterized by motion
    • synonyms: dynamic
  280. laconic
    • using few words
    • synonyms: terse
  281. lambaste
    • to excoriate; to berate
    • - the coach lambasted his players at halftime for their bad attitude, bad decision, and exceptionally bad performance
    • synonyms: scold
  282. laud
    • to praise highly
    • synonyms: acclaim, extol
  283. libertine
    • someone unrestrained by morality or convention
    • synonyms: swinger
  284. limn
    • to draw; to outline in detail
    • synonyms: describe
  285. limpid
    • transparent; serene; untroubled
    • synonyms: clear
  286. lissome
    • supple; graceful
    • synonyms: lithe
  287. loquacious
    • extremely talkative
    • synonyms: garrulous
  288. lubricious
    • lewd; wanton; slippery
    • synonyms: salacious
  289. luminous
    • characterized by brightness and the emission of light
    • synonyms: brilliant, radiant
  290. maculate
    • marked with spots or blotches; impure
    • synonyms: stained
  291. magnanimous
    • generous and noble in mind and heart, especially in forgiving
    • synonyms: altruistic, beneficent
  292. malevolent
    • having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
    • synonyms: evil
  293. malinger
    • to feign illness to avoid work
    • synonyms: dodge
  294. malleable
    • capable of being shaped or formed; tractable
    • synonyms: pliable
  295. martial
    • associated with war and the armed forces
    • synonyms: military, soldierly
  296. maverick
    • an independent individual who does not go along with a group
    • synonyms: nonconformist
  297. mellifluous
    • sweetly flowering, often used to describe a voice
    • synonyms: smooth
  298. medacity
    • the condition of being untruthful
    • synonyms: dishonesty
  299. mendicant
    • beggar; supplicant
    • pauper
  300. mercurial
    • characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
    • synonyms: inconstant
  301. meretricious
    • flashy; gaudy
    • synonyms: tawdry
  302. meticulous
    • characterized by extreme cara and precision; attentive to detail
    • synonyms: conscientious
  303. mettle
    • strenght of spirit; courage
    • synonyms: fortitude
  304. minatory
    • menacing; threatening
    • synonyms: intimidating
  305. misanthrope
    • one who hates all other humans
    • synonyms: cynic
  306. misogynist
    • one who hates women
    • synonyms: sexist
  307. mitigate
    • to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
    • synonyms: lessen
  308. mollify
    • to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
    • synonyms: pacify
  309. morose
    • sad; sullen
    • synonyms: melancholy
  310. mundane
    • of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
    • synonyms: commonplace, everyday, banal
  311. munificence
    • generosity
    • synonyms: bouteousness
  312. nadir
    • low point
    • synonyms: rock bottom
  313. nascent
    • coming into being; in early develpmental stages
    • synonyms: emerging, embryonic, burgeoning
  314. natty
    • trimly neat and tidy
    • synonyms: dapper
  315. nebulous
    • vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
    • synonyms: hazy, unformulated, unclear
  316. nefarious
    • wicked
    • synonyms: sinful
  317. neologism
    • a new word, expression, or usage
    • synonyms: coinage (of a word or phrase)
  318. neophyte
    • a recent convert; a beginner
    • synonyms: tyro, novice
  319. nexus
    • a connection; tie or link
    • synonyms: core
  320. noisome
    • offensive, especially to one's sense of smell
    • synonyms: foul
  321. nonplussed
    • baffled; at a loss for what to say or do
    • synonyms: bewildered
  322. nostrum
    • panacea; questionable remedy
    • synonyms: cure-all
  323. noxious
    • harmful; injurious
    • synonyms: toxic, poisonous, deleterious
  324. nugatory
    • trifling; inconsequential
    • synonyms: piddling
  325. obdurate
    • unyielding; hardhearted
    • synonyms: intractable
  326. obfuscate
    • to deliberately obscure; to make confusing
    • synonyms: confound
  327. obloquy
    • sharp criticism; abusively detractive language
    • synonyms: calumny
  328. obsequious
    • exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
    • synonyms: kowtowing
  329. obstinate
    • stubborn; hardheaded
    • synonyms: uncompromising
  330. obstreperous
    • noisy; defiant
    • synonyms: unruly
  331. obtuse
    • lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
    • synonyms: thickheaded, simple-minded, dull-witted
  332. obviate
    • to anticipate and make unnecessary
    • synonyms: intervene, preclude, avert
  333. occlude
    • to obstruct or block
    • synonyms: clog, congest
  334. odious
    • evoking intense aversion or dislike
    • synonyms: repugnant
  335. officious
    • meddlesome; pushy in one's services
    • synonyms: intrusive
  336. ombudsman
    • a person who investigates citizens' complaints
    • synonyms: mediator
  337. onerous
    • troubling; burdensome
    • synonyms: arduous, grueling, laborious
  338. opaque
    • impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
    • synonyms: turbind
  339. opprobrium
    • disgrace; contempt
    • synonyms: scorn
  340. ossified
    • tending to become more rigid; conventiona; turned into bone
    • synonyms: hardened
  341. ostensible
    • seeming; appearing as such
    • synonyms: outward
  342. ostentatious
    • characterized by or given to pretentiousness
    • synonyms: showy
  343. overweening
    • presumptuously arrogant; overbearing
    • synonyms: excessive
  344. palliate
    • to make something appear less serious; to make less severe
    • synonyms: mitigate
  345. panegyric
    • formal praise
    • synonyms: encomium
  346. pariah
    • an outcast; a rejected and despised person
    • synonyms: leper
  347. parody
    • a humorous limitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, especially in literature and art
    • synonyms: satire, lampoon, caricature
  348. parsimonious
    • cheap; miserly
    • synonyms: stingy
  349. partisan
    • biased or prejudiced
    • synonyms: sectarian
  350. paucity
    • scarcity
    • synonyms: dearth
  351. peccadillo
    • a slight offense; literally, a minor sin
    • synonyms: infraction
  352. pecuniary
    • having to do with money
    • synonyms: financial
  353. pedagogy
    • the art or profession of training, teaching or instructing
    • synonyms: education
  354. pedantic
    • the parading of learning; excessive attention to minutiae and formal rules
    • synonyms: bookish
  355. pellucid
    • transparent; easy to understand
    • synonyms: clear
  356. penchant
    • strong inclination; a liking
    • synonyms: fondness
  357. penury
    • poverty; destitution
    • synonyms: indigence
  358. perennial
    • recurrent throughout the year or over many years; happening repeatedly or continually
    • synonyms: lasting, returning
  359. perfunctory
    • done without care or interest; done merely as a duty
    • synonyms: obligatory, cursory, automatic
  360. perigee
    • the point nearest the earth in an prbit of a body
    • synonyms: nearest point
  361. peripatetic
    • itinerant; traveling on foot
    • synonyms: roving
  362. personable
    • pleasing in appearance or personality
    • synonyms: winning
  363. peruse
    • to examine with great care
    • synonyms: scrutinize
  364. pervade
    • to permeate
    • synonyms: infuse
  365. pervasive
    • having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
    • synonyms: ubiquitous
  366. petulant
    • ill-tempered; irritable
    • synonyms: peevish
  367. phlegmatic
    • calm; sluggish; unemotional
    • synonyms: dispassionate
  368. pine
    • to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
    • synonyms: mourn, desire
  369. pirate
    • to illegally use or reproduce
    • synonyms: steal
  370. pith
    • the essential or central part
    • synonyms: core, quintessence
  371. pithy
    • precise and brief
    • synonyms: succinct
  372. placate
    • to appease; to calm by making concessions
    • synonyms: assuage, pacify
  373. platitude
    • a superficial remark, especially one offered as meaningful
    • synonyms: cliche
  374. plethora
    • an overabundance; a surplus
    • synonyms: plenty
  375. plummet
    • to plunge or drop straight down
    • synonyms: fall; decline
  376. polemical
    • controversial; argumentative
    • synonyms: contentious
  377. pragmatic
    • practical rather than idealistic
    • synonyms: realistic
  378. prattle
    • to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
    • synonyms: chatter, blather
  379. preen
    • to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
    • synonyms: beautify
  380. prescience
    • knowing of events prior to their occuring
    • synonyms: presage, foreknowledge, insight
  381. presumptuous
    • overstepping due bonds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties
    • synonyms: presuming, rash
  382. prevaricate
    • to deliberately avoid the truth; mislead
    • synonyms: misinform, deceive, hedge
  383. pristine
    • pure; uncorrupted; clean
    • synonyms: untouched
  384. probity
    • adherence to highest principles; uprightness
    • synonyms: integrity
  385. proclivity
    • a natural predisposition or inclination
    • synonyms: penchant
  386. prodigal
    • recklessly wastefu; extravagant
    • synonyms: profuse; lavish
  387. prodigious
    • abundant in size, force or extent; extraordinary
    • synonyms: immense
  388. profligate
    • excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
    • synonyms: prodigal
  389. profuse
    • given or coming forth in grat abundance
    • synonyms: copious, extravagant
  390. proliferate
    • to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
    • synonyms: burgeon, propagate
  391. propensity
    • a natural inclination or tendency
    • synonyms: proclivity
  392. prosaic
    • dull; unimaginative
    • synonyms: lackluster, commonplace
  393. protracted
    • extended in time
    • synonyms: prolonged
  394. prowess
    • superior skill or daring
    • synonyms: mastery
  395. pugnacious
    • contentious; quarrelsome; given to fighting
    • synonyms: belligerent
  396. pundit
    • an authority on a subject; one who gives opinions
    • synonyms: expert
  397. pungent
    • characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
    • synonyms: acrid, pointed
  398. pusillanimous
    • cowardly; craven
    • synonyms: timid
  399. putrefy
    • to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
    • synonyms: spoil
  400. quaff
    • to drink deeply
    • -inga quaffed a liter of water after the marathon
    • synonyms: imbibe
  401. quagmire
    • a situation that is difficult to get out of
    • synonyms: predicament
  402. quash
    • to quell; to put an end to forcibly
    • synonyms: suppress
  403. querulous
    • prone to complaining or grumbling; quarrelsome
    • synonyms: cantankerous, complaining
  404. query
    • question; inquiry, doubt in the mind; reservation
    • synonyms: question reservation
  405. quixotic
    • foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
    • synonyms: fanciful, idealistic
  406. quotidian
    • occuring or recurring daily; commonplace
    • synonyms: ordinary, everyday
  407. raffish
    • unconventional and slightly disreputable; carefree; vulgar
    • synonyms: rakish
  408. rancorous
    • characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
    • synonyms: acrimonious
  409. rankle
    • to irritate; to cause resentment
    • synonyms: irk
  410. rarefy
    • to make or become thin or less dense
    • synonyms: refine, purify
  411. recalcitrant
    • obstinately resistant to authority; difficult to manage
    • synonyms: defiant, rebellious
  412. recondite
    • hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
    • synonyms: abstruse, esoteric
  413. reconnoiter
    • to engage in reconnaissance
    • synonyms: inverstigate
  414. redolence
    • the state of being frangrant, suggestive or evocative
    • synonyms: fragrance
  415. redress
    • to set something right; to make amends for
    • synonyms: rectify
  416. refulgent
    • radiant; shining; brilliant
    • synonyms: luminous, resplendent
  417. refute
    • to disprove; to successfully argue against
    • synonyms: rebut, counter
  418. regale
    • to delight or entertain
    • synonyms: amuse
  419. relegate
    • to forcibly assign, especially to a lower place or position
    • synonyms: demote downgrade, consign
  420. renege
    • to fail to honor a commitment; to break a promise
    • synonyms: withdraw
  421. repartee
    • witty conversation
    • synonyms: banter
  422. reprehensible
    • worthy of blame or censure
    • synonyms: shameful
  423. repudiate
    • to refuse to have anything to do with; to disown
    • synonyms: abandon, deny
  424. rescind
    • to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
    • synonyms: void, annul
  425. reverent
    • marked by, feeling, or expressing profound awe and respect
    • synonyms: respectful
  426. rhetoric
    • the art or study of effective use of language for communiction and persuasion
    • synonyms: elocution
  427. risible
    • causing laughter; laughable
    • synonyms: ludicrous
  428. rue
    • to regret; to feel remorse or sorrow for
    • synonyms: lament
  429. sagacious
    • having sound judment; perceptive
    • synonyms: wise
  430. salacious
    • lascivious; lustful; obscene
    • synonyms: lewd
  431. salient
    • prominent; relevant
    • synonyms: conspicuous
  432. salubrious
    • promoting health or well-being
    • synonyms: healthful
  433. salutary
    • wholesome; favorable to health
    • synonyms: salubrious
  434. sanction
    • authoritative permission or approval
    • synonyms: countenance
  435. sanguine
    • cheerful confident; optimistic
    • synonyms: upbeat
  436. saturnine
    • gloomy; dark; sullen
    • synonyms: melancholy
  437. schism
    • a split into factions
    • synonyms: division
  438. sedulous
    • diligent; persistent; hard-working
    • synonyms: assiduous
  439. shard
    • a piece of broken pottery or glass
    • synonyms: fragment
  440. sidereal
    • astral; relating to stars or constellations
    • synonyms: stellar
  441. sinecure
    • a job that pays a salary but requires little work
    • synonyms: cushy job
  442. sinuous
    • winding; undulating
    • synonyms: serpentine
  443. slake
    • to satisfy or quench
    • synonyms: abate
  444. sodden
    • soaked or drenched
    • synonyms: saturated
  445. solicitous
    • concerned and attentive; eager
    • synonyms: ardent, considerate, desirous
  446. solvent
    • able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
    • synonyms: sound
  447. sophistry
    • fallacious reasoning; faulty logic
    • synonyms: casuistry
  448. soporific
    • causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
    • synonyms: tranquilizing
  449. sparse
    • thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
    • synonyms: scarce, sporadic
  450. specious
    • seemingly true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive
    • synonyms: deceptive
  451. spendthrift
    • one who spends money wastefully
    • synonyms: squanderer
  452. sporadic
    • occuring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
    • synonyms: intermittenet, irregular, desultory
  453. spurious
    • lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
    • synonyms: illegitimate, phony
  454. static
    • not moving, active or in motion; at rest
    • synonyms: inert, stagnant, immobile
  455. stentorian
    • extremely loud and powerful
    • synonyms: booming
  456. stupefy
    • to stun, baffle, or amaze
    • synonyms: stonish, bewilder, astound
  457. stygian
    • gloomy; dark
    • synonyms: infernal
  458. subpoena
    • a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
    • synonyms: summons decree
  459. subtle
    • not obvious; elusibe; difficult to discern
    • synonyms: inconspicuous, indirect
  460. succinct
    • brief; concise
    • synonyms: terse
  461. superfluous
    • exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
    • synonyms: excessive, lavish
  462. surfeit
    • excess; overindulgence
    • synonyms: overabundance, surplus
  463. sybarite
    • a person who leads a life of pleasure and luxury
    • synonyms: hedonist
  464. sycophant
    • someone who tries to get ahead through flattery and fawning
    • synonyms: toady
  465. tacit
    • implied; not explicitly stated
    • synonyms: implicit, unspoken
  466. taciturn
    • uncommunicative; silent
    • synonyms: reserved
  467. tenacious
    • adhering to or persisting in something valued
    • synonyms: adamant, persevering
  468. tenuous
    • having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
    • synonyms: shaky, feeble
  469. terse
    • brief and concise in wording
    • synonyms: succinct, laconic
  470. timorous
    • timid; fearful
    • synonyms: apprehensive
  471. tirade
    • a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
    • synonyms: censure, harangue
  472. toady
    • sycophant; flatterer
    • synonyms: flunky
  473. tortuous
    • winding; twisting; excessively complicated
    • synonyms: meandering, circuitous
  474. tout
    • to publicly praise or promote
    • synonyms: laud, herald, acclaim
  475. transient
    • fleeting; passing quickly; brief
    • synonyms: temporary, momentary
  476. trenchant
    • sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
    • synonyms: incisive
  477. truculent
    • fierce and cruel; eager to fight
    • synonyms: brutal, vitriolic, belligerent
  478. truncate
    • to cut off abruptly
    • synonyms: shorten
  479. tyro
    • novice; greenhorn; rank amateur
    • synonyms: beginner
  480. unfeigned
    • genuine; not false or hypocritical
    • synonyms: honest, sincere
  481. untenable
    • indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
    • synonyms: flawed, illogical
  482. untrammeled
    • not hampered or impeded
    • synonyms: unrestrained
  483. urbane
    • sophisticated; refined; elegant
    • synonyms: cultivated
  484. vacillate
    • to move indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another
    • synonyms: waver
  485. vagary
    • unpredictable aciton
    • synonyms: caprice
  486. variegated
    • multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
    • synonyms: diversified
  487. venal
    • capable of being bought or bribed
    • synonyms: corruptible
  488. venerate
    • to revere; to worship
    • synonyms: idolize
  489. verisimilitude
    • appearance of truth or reality
    • synonyms: suthenticity
  490. vexation
    • annoyance; irritation
    • synonyms: aggravation
  491. vigilant
    • alertly watchful
    • synonyms: wary, attentive
  492. viscous
    • thick; sticky
    • synonyms: gelatinous
  493. vituperate
    • to use harsh, condemnatory language; to abuse severely
    • synonyms: berate, rebuke
  494. volatile
    • readily changing to a bapor; changeable; fickle
    • synonyms: explosive, mercurial
  495. voracious
    • having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit
    • synonyms: avid, ravenous, rapacious
  496. waft
    • to cause to move as if by a light breeze
    • synonyms: drift
  497. waver
    • to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion
    • synonyms: vacillate, falter, hesitate
  498. wend
    • to go; to proceed
    • synonyms: meander
  499. zealous
    • fervent; ardent impassioned
    • synonyms: fanatical, passionate

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