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  1. Callow
  2. Laconic
    Using or marked by the use of few words; terse; concise
  3. Metastasized
    To transmit, change, spread (especially dangerously as in disease)
  4. Piquant
    Charming, interesting, lively, agreeably pungent taste
  5. Diatribe
    A denunciation or biting speech
  6. Efface
    To erase, rub away, obscure
  7. Elucidate
    To make clear
  8. Furitive
    Secretly done
  9. Galvanize
    To arouse suddenly, to stimulate
  10. Prolix
    Tediously prolonged, wordy, excessive length
  11. Equivocal
    Open to 2 or more interpretations and often intended to mislead; ambiguous
  12. Superfluous
    Beyond what is required/sufficient
  13. Erudite
    Having or showing knowledge
  14. Fervid
    Marked by extreme passion/zeal (hot/burning)
  15. Contentious
    Controversial, tending to argue or quarrel
  16. Myopic
    Lack of discernment or long range perspective in planning/thinking
  17. Prescience
    Knowledge of actions/events before they occur; foresight
  18. Ingenuous
    Lacking cunning, guile; artless, openly straight forward, frank
  19. Hurly-Burly
    Noisy confusion
  20. Lexicon
    A dictionary or a stock of terms
  21. Penury
  22. Avarice
  23. Scruples
    Adherence to ethical principles
  24. Lucre
  25. Cloying
    Overly sweet
  26. Reproach
  27. Abjure
    To renounce or repudiate
  28. Politic
    Shrewd or tactful
  29. Adumbration
    Foreshadowing or image of things to come
  30. Aggrandizement
    An increase in wealth, power, or rank
  31. Abnegation
  32. Recalcitrant
    Stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance
  33. Repudiate
    Reject the validity or authority of
  34. Evince
    To show or demonstrate clearly
  35. Dubious
  36. Demur
    • Verb: To object or voice opposition
    • Adj: Modest, shy
  37. Rakish
    Jaunty, dashing
  38. Jaunty
    Having a buoyant or self confident air
  39. Tepid
    Lacking emotional warmth or enthusiasm, half hearted
  40. Conviviality
    Merry, feastive
  41. Temerity
    Foolhardy, disregard of danger, reckless
  42. Ineluctable
    Incapable of being avoided
  43. Atrophy
    Waste away
  44. Misanthrope
    One who hates people
  45. Bibliophile
    Book lover
  46. Philanderer
  47. Anthropocentric
    Treating humans as the most important figures in the universe
  48. Interim
    Noun: An interval of time between one event, process, or period and another.

    Adj: Belonging to, serving during, or taking place during an intermediate interval of time; temporary (Interim measures to deal with the emergency)
  49. Subterfuge
    A stratagem employed to conceal something, evade an argument, etc (The paltry subterfuge of an anonymous signature)
  50. Paltry
    Ridiculously or insultingly small; mean, contemptible; utterly worthless
  51. Benediction
    An utterance of good wishes
  52. Malapropism
    An act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound
  53. Malevolent
    Wishing ill
  54. Prodigious
    • Extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.
    • Plentiful in quantity
  55. Augment
    To increase
  56. Catharsis
    An emotional purification or release
  57. Craven
  58. Ameliorate
    To make better
  59. Canard
    A false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor.
  60. Cavil
    To raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (He finds something to cavil at in everything I say)
  61. Mendacity
    The quality of being mendacious. Untruthfullness; tendency to lie
  62. Prevaricate
    To speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.
  63. Apogee
    The point in the orbit of a heavenly body in which it is furthest away from earth
  64. Impasse
    A position or situation from which there is no escape; deadlock
  65. Capitulate
    To surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms; to give up resistance (He finally capitulated and agreed to do the job MY way)
  66. Stipulate
    To make an express demand or arrangement as a condition of agreement
  67. Impugn
    To challenge as false
  68. Acrimony
    Sharpness, harshness, or bitterness of nature, speech, disposition etc.
  69. Cacophony
    Harsh discordance of sounds
  70. Sinecure
    An office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable returns.
  71. Gainsaid
    To deny, dispute, or contradict; to speak or act against; to dispute
  72. Ebullience
    High spirits; exhilaration; exuberance; a boiling over; an overflow
  73. Miscreant
    Depraved, villainous, or base
  74. Nonplus
    To render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely
  75. Doleful
    Sad, mournful
  76. Belie
    To show to be false; contradict (His trembling hands belied his calm voice)
  77. Reticent
    Disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved; reluctant or restrained
  78. Disparage
    To speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle (Do not disparage good manners)
  79. Quixotic
    Foolishly idealistic, extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable; impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
  80. Myriad
    A very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things
  81. Lecherous
    Characterized by lechery or erotically suggestive; inciting to lust

    Lechery: Unrestrained or excessive indulgence in sexual desires.
  82. Prosaic
    Commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative (A prosaic mind)
  83. Incendiary
    Of or pertaining to the criminal setting on fire of property

    Tending to arouse strife, sedition, etc (An incendiary speech)

    Inflaming to the senses (Incendiary extravaganza of music and dance)
  84. Protean
    Readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable; changable in shape or form; versatile (A protean actor can play many roles)
  85. Sectarian
    Narrowly confined or devoted to a particular sect.; limited or confined in scope, interest, or purpose
  86. Prurient
    Having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires, etc.
  87. Incipient
    Beginning to exist or appear; in an initial stage (an incipient cold)
  88. Importuned
    To beg or demand with urgency or persistence
  89. Abrogated
    To abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal; put an end to
  90. Plangent
    Resounding loudly, especially with a plaintive sound, as a bell.
  91. Plaintive
    Expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful (a plaintive melody)
  92. Malfeasance
    The performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust)
  93. Disparate
    Distinct in kind; essentially different
  94. Plenary
    Complete in all aspects; attended by all qualified members
  95. Redacted
    To put into suitable literary form; revise; edit; to draw up or frame (a statement, proclamation etc.)
  96. Specious
    Apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible
  97. Repudiate
    To reject as having no authority or binding force; to reject with disapproval or condemnation
  98. Burgeoning
    To grow or develop quickly; flourish (the town quickly burgeoned into a city or he burgeoned into a fine actor)
  99. Recumbent
    Lying down; reclining; leaning; idle; inactive
  100. Occidental
    Refers to people from the Occident (The West; the countries of Europe and America). Not really a word.
  101. Propitious
    Presenting favorable conditions; indicating favor (propitious weather)
  102. Clandestine
    Characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious
  103. Surreptitious
    Obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized
  104. Subvert
    To overthrow (something established or existing)
  105. Palpable
    Readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident (a palpable lie)

    If relating to emotions: capable of being touched or felt; tangible; emotions so strong it feels like it has a physical presence
  106. Seminal
    Having possibilities of future development; seed
  107. Ontology
    The branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence
  108. Militate
    To have a substantial effect; weigh heavily (his prison record militated against him)
  109. Peremptory
    Leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative; does not admit debate, question (a peremptory command)
  110. Perennially
    Lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring (her perennial beauty); lasting or continuing through out the entire year
  111. Derision
    Ridicule; mockery
  112. Calumny
    A false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something; slander
  113. Vicissitude
    A change or variation occurring in the course of something; interchange or alternation, as of states or things (their friendship lasted through the vicissitudes of 40 years)
  114. Salient
    Prominent or conspicuous
  115. Salubrious
    Favorable to or promoting health; healthful
  116. Opprobrious
    Outrageously disgraceful or shameful (opprobrious conduct)
  117. Endemic
    Naturally a part of; natural to or characteristic of a specific people or place; native; indigenous (Countries where high unemplyment is endemic)
  118. Antebellum
    Before or existing before the war (especially American Civil)
  119. Exculpate
    To free from blame; remove from guilt
  120. Abscond
    To depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution; go away in secret
  121. Forestall
    To prevent
  122. Wrought
    Archaic form of 'worked'; shaped or worked
  123. Collate
    To gather or arrange in their proper sequence; to sort, join, or bring together
  124. Exorbitant
    Increased of high payment/costs
  125. Raconteur
    A person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly
  126. Contrition
    Sincere penitence or remorse
  127. Lachrymose
    Suggestive of or tending to cause tears.
  128. Disconcolate
    Without consolation or solace; hopelessly unhappy; inconsolable (the loss of her pet made her disconsolate)
  129. Debonair
    Courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm
  130. Insolent
    Boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting (an insolent reply)
  131. Sebaceous
    Pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling tallow or fat; fatty; greasy; secreting a fatty substance.
  132. Sardonic
    Characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering (a sardonic grin)
  133. Spurious
    False; fake; not genuine, true or from the claimed; pretended
  134. Strident
    Making a loud, harsh, irritating sound (a strident cricket)
  135. Surmise
    To think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.
  136. Conjecture
    The formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence for proof.
  137. Tenet
    Any opinion, principle, doctrine, dogma, etc., especially one held as true by members of a profession, group, or movement.
  138. Turpitude
    Vile, shameful, or base character; depravity; evil [in character or an act]
  139. Magnanimous
    Generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness; noble in mind
  140. Mercenary
    Working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal.
  141. Paucity
    Smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness (a country with a paucity of resources)
  142. Precept
    A commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct.
  143. Prosaic
    Dull; unimaginative
  144. Rescind
    To abrogate; annul; revoke; repeal.
  145. Languish
    To be or become weak or feeble; droop; fade; to lose vigor and vitality; to be subject to delay
  146. Promulgate
    To make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation
  147. Precipitate
    • To hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly
    • To hurl/cast downward (especially violently or abruptly)
  148. Sycophant
    A self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite
  149. Feckless
    ineffective; incompetent; futile (feckless attempts to repair the plumbing) having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy
  150. Blandishments
    Something, as an action or speech, that tends to flatter, coax, entice, etc.: (our blandishments left him unmoved; We succumbed to the blandishments of tropical living).
  151. Palaver
    • A conference or discussion
    • Profuse and idle talk
    • Chatter persuasive talk; flattery; cajolery.
  152. Obliques
    • Neither perpendicular nor parallel to a given line or surface; slanting; sloping.
    • Diverging from a given straight line or course; not straight or direct, as a course
    • Indirectly stated or expressed; not straightforward (oblique remarks about the candidate's honesty)
  153. Prolixity
    Extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy
  154. Urbane
    • Having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities (an urbane manner)
    • Reflecting elegance, sophistication, etc., especially in expression (he maintained an urbane tone in his letters)
  155. Vapid
    • Lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor; insipid; flat:
    • Without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious (a vapid party; vapid conversation)
  156. Verbose
  157. Pundit
    A learned person, expert, or authority; a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator.
  158. Partisan
    An adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, especially a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance
  159. Ebullient
    Overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited: The award winner was in an ebullient mood at the dinner in her honor.
  160. Jejune
    • Without interest or significance; dull; insipid (a jejune novel)
    • Juvenile; immature; childish: jejune behavior
    • Lacking knowledge or experience; uninformed (jejune attempts to design a house)
    • Deficient or lacking in nutritive value: a jejune diet.
  161. Austere
    • Severe in manner or appearance; uncompromising; strict; forbidding (an austere teacher)
    • Rigorously self-disciplined and severely moral; ascetic; abstinent (the austere quality of life in the convent)
    • Grave; sober; solemn; serious (an austere manner)
    • Without excess, luxury, or ease; simple; limited; severe (an austere life)
    • Severely simple; without ornament: austere writing.
  162. Melee
    • A confused hand-to-hand fight or struggle among several people
    • Confusion; turmoil; jumble (the melee of Christmas shopping)
  163. Portiere
    A curtain hung in a doorway, either to replace the door or for decoration
  164. Tableau
    • A picture, as of a scene
    • A picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene
  165. Commensurate
    • Having the same measure; of equal extent or duration
    • Corresponding in amount, magnitude, or degree (your paycheck should be commensurate with the amount of time worked)
    • Proportionate; adequate.
  166. Approbation
    • Approval; commendation
    • Official approval or sanction
  167. Credence
    • Belief as to the truth of something (to give credence to a claim)
    • Something giving a claim to belief or confidence ( letter of credence)
  168. Candor
    Quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech (the candor of the speech impressed the audience)
  169. August
    Inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic (an august performance of a religious drama)
  170. Voluble
    Characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words; fluent; glib; talkative (a voluble spokesman for the cause)
  171. Cursory
    Going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial (a cursory glance at a newspaper article)
  172. Nascent
    Beginning to exist or develop
  173. Implacable
    Not to be appeased, mollified, or pacified; inexorable (an implacable enemy)
  174. Peccadillo
    A very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.
  175. Pell-mell
    In disorderly, headlong haste; in a recklessly hurried manner
  176. Nugatory
    Of no real value; trifling; worthless; of no force or effect; ineffective; futile; vain; not valid.
  177. Ersatz
    An artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute (An ersatz coffee made from grain)
  178. Indemnified
    To compensate for damage or loss sustained, expense incurred, etc.
  179. Denigrate
    to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner; sully; defame (to denigrate someone's character)
  180. Diluvial
    Pertaining to or caused by a flood or deluge.
  181. Behest
    A command or directive; an earnest or strongly worded request.
  182. Nettlesome
    Causing irritation, vexation, or annoyance (to cope with a nettlesome situation)
  183. Profligate
    Utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute; recklessly prodigal or extravagant
  184. Licentious
    Sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd; unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral.
  185. Irascible
    Easily provoked to anger; very irritable (an irascible old man)
  186. Captious
    • Apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please
    • Apt or designed to ensnare or perplex, especially in argument (captious questions)
  187. Dissolute
    Indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct; licentious; dissipated
  188. Interdict
    Civil Law: any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer (alas, in a fast-globalising world, it is already impossible for governments to interdict the flow of nuclear goods and expertise)
  189. Fetid
    Having an offensive odor; stinking.
  190. Dissembling
    To give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: to dissemble one's incompetence in business.
  191. Sobriquet
    A nickname (old-timers call them plant lice, an appropriate sobriquet)
  192. Syncopation
    Music: a shifting of the normal accent, usually by stressing the normally unaccented beats
  193. Machinate
    To contrive or plot, especially artfully or with evil purpose (to machinate the overthrow of the government)
  194. Explicating
    • To make plain or clear; explain; interpret
    • To develop (a principle, theory, etc.).
  195. Stymied
    • Golf: (on a putting green) an instance of a ball's lying on a direct line between the cup and the ball of an opponent about to putt
    • Situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it (suspicions in both countries have stymied any peace talks)
  196. Vilipend
    • To regard or treat as of little value or account
    • To vilify; depreciate.
  197. Helter-skelter
    In headlong and disorderly haste; chaotic
  198. Insouciant
    Free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.
  199. Vitriol
    Something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism
  200. Quixotic
    Extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable; impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
  201. Flout
    To treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock (to flout the rules of propriety)
  202. Promulgate
    • To make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.)
    • To set forth or teach publicly
  203. Gubernatorial
    Of or pertaining to a state governor or the office of state governor
  204. Incumbent
    • Holding an indicated position, role, office, etc., currently: the incumbent officers of the club
    • Obligatory (often followed by on or upon ): a duty incumbent upon me
    • Archaic . resting, lying, leaning, or pressing on something: incumbent upon the cool grass.
  205. Pusillanimous
  206. Slipshod
    Careless, untidy, or slovenly (slipshod work)
  207. Arcane
    Known or understood by very few; mysterious; secret; obscure; esoteric (she knew a lot about Sanskrit grammar and other arcane matters)
  208. Surly
    Rude, unfriendly, bad-tempered
  209. Ribald
    Vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous
  210. Scurrilous
    Grossly or obscenely abusive (a scurrilous attack on the mayor)
  211. Irreverent
    Deficient in veneration or respect
  212. Quintessential
    Of or pertaining to the most perfect embodiment of something: (the quintessential performance of the Brandenburg Concertos)
  213. Piddling
    Amounting to very little; trifling; negligible (a piddling sum of money)
  214. Impecunious
    Having little or no money; penniless; poor.
  215. Penchant
    A strong inclination, taste, or liking for something (a penchant for outdoor sports)
  216. Effulgent
    Shining forth brilliantly; radiant.
  217. Fulsome
    • Offensive to good taste, especially as being excessive; overdone or gross (fulsome praise that embarrassed her deeply; fulsome décor)
    • Disgusting; sickening; repulsive: a table heaped with fulsome mounds of greasy foods
    • Encompassing all aspects; comprehensive (a fulsome survey of the political situation in Central America)
    • Abundant or copious.
  218. Unctuous
    • Characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, especially in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug
    • Oily; greasy
  219. Effusive
    • Unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve (effusive greetings; an effusive person)
    • Pouring out; overflowing.
  220. Demonstrative
    Characterized by or given to open exhibition or expression of one's emotions, attitudes, etc, especially of love or affection (she wished her fiancé were more demonstrative)
  221. Equanimity
    Mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.
  222. Sophism
    • Aspecious argument for displaying ingenuity in reasoning or for deceiving someone
    • Any false argument; fallacy
  223. Artifice
    A clever trick or stratagem; a cunning, crafty device or expedient; wile; a plot
  224. Galvanize
    To stimulate
  225. Espouse
    To make one's own; adopt or embrace, as a cause; to marry
  226. Disavow
    To disclaim knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for; disown; repudiate (he disavowed the remark that had been attributed to him)
  227. Pedagogy
    The function or work of a teacher; teaching; art of teaching
  228. Staid
    Of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious; fixed, settled, or permanent.
  229. Lassitude
    • Weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.; lack of energy; listlessness; languor
    • A condition of indolent indifference (the pleasant lassitude of the warm summer afternoon)
  230. Proliferate
    To grow or produce often rapidly/excessively
  231. Vociferous
    Crying out noisily; clamorous
  232. Inveigh
    To protest strongly or attack vehemently with words; rail (usually followed by against ie: 'to inveigh against isolationism')
  233. Demur
    To make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object (they wanted to make him the treasurer, but he demurred)
  234. Demure
    Characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.
  235. Septuagenarian
    At the age of 70; between 70 and 80 years old
  236. Hoary
    • Gray or white with age (an old dog with a hoary muzzle)
    • Ancient or venerable (hoary myths)
    • Tedious from familiarity; stale (please don't tell that hoary joke at dinner again tonight)
  237. Punctilious
    Extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions.
  238. Punctilio
    • A fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure
    • Strictness or exactness in the observance of formalities or amenities
  239. Disconcerting
    • Disturbing to one's composure or self-possession; upsetting
    • Confusing; perplexing, esp. when unexpected
  240. Patent
    Readily open to notice or observation; evident; obvious (a patent breach of good manners)
  241. Negligible
    So small, trifling, or unimportant that it may safely be neglected or disregarded (the extra expenses were negligible)
  242. Spurn
    • To reject with disdain; scorn
    • To treat with contempt; despise
    • To kick or trample with the foot
  243. Amble
    To go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter (he ambled around the town)
  244. Indigent
    Lacking food, clothing, and other necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished
  245. Remonstration
    To say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
  246. Derision
    Ridicule; mockery
  247. Ineluctable
    Incapable of being evaded; inescapable (an ineluctable destiny)
  248. Incommensurate
    Disproportionate; inadequate (our income is incommensurate to our wants)
  249. Diminution
    Act of something diminishing
  250. Obtuse
    Not quick, alert, or sharp in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
  251. Sanction
    Authoritive permission; To authorize, approve, allow
  252. Decimate
    To destroy a great number or proportion of: (the population was decimated by a plague)
  253. Thwart
    To oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose
  254. Predilection
    A tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference (a predilection for Bach)
  255. Enmity
    A feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
  256. Pellucid
    • Allowing the maximum passage of light, as glass; translucent
    • Clear or limpid (pellucid waters)
  257. Affable
    Pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite
  258. Militant
    • Vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause: militant reformers
    • Engaged in warfare; fighting.
  259. Perspicuous
    Clearly expressed or presented; lucid
  260. Magisterial
    • Of, pertaining to, or befitting a master; authoritative; weighty; of importance or consequence (a magisterial pronouncement by the director of the board)
    • Imperious; domineering: a magisterial tone of command
  261. Asinine
    • Foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid (It is surprising that supposedly intelligent people can make such asinine statements)
    • Of or like an ass (asinine features)
  262. Hubris
    excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance
  263. Incertitude
    • Uncertainty or doubtfulness
    • Instability or insecurity (the incertitude of his position in life caused him to postpone marriage)
  264. Baleful
    Full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious
  265. Pernicious
    • Causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful (pernicious teachings; a pernicious lie)
    • Deadly; fatal (a pernicious disease)
  266. Parity
    • Equality, as in amount, status, or character
    • Equivalence; correspondence; similarity; analogy
    • The condition or fact of having given birth
    • The number of children to which a woman has given birth
  267. Nepotism
    Patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics (she was accused of nepotism when she made her nephew an officer of the firm)
  268. Fecund
    Producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc., in abundance; prolific (fruitful: fecund parents; fecund farmland)
  269. Bucolic
    • Of or pertaining to shepherds; pastoral
    • Of, pertaining to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life.
  270. Appelation
    A name or title
  271. Aphorism
    A terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”
  272. Reclamation
    Act of reclaiming; the reclaiming of desert, marshy, or submerged areas or other wasteland for cultivation or other use
  273. Rudimentary
    Pertaining to rudiments or first principles; elementary (a rudimentary knowledge of geometry)
  274. Exigent
    Requiring immediate action or aid; urgent; pressing
  275. Calorific
    Pertaining to conversion into heat
  276. Enervate
    To deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken
  277. Lull
    • To soothe
    • To give or lead to feel a false sense of safety; cause to be less alert, aware, or watchful
  278. Admonish
    • To caution, advise, or counsel against something
    • To reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner (the teacher admonished him about excessive noise)
    • To urge to a duty; remind: to admonish them about their obligations
  279. Mordacious
    • Biting or given to biting
    • Sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.
  280. Harangued
    • A scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe
    • A long, passionate, and vehement speech, especially one delivered before a public gathering
    • Any long, pompous speech or writing of a tediously hortatory or didactic nature; sermonizing lecture or discourse.
  281. Curtail
    To cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish
  282. Recondite
    • Dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter: a recondite treatise
    • Beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; esoteric: recondite principles
    • Little known; obscure: a recondite fact.
  283. Lugubrious
    Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner (lugubrious songs of lost love)
  284. Acrimonious
    Caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc (an acrimonious answer; an acrimonious dispute)
  285. Clement
    Mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate (a clement judge reduced his sentence)
  286. Rapacious
    • Given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed
    • Inordinately greedy; predatory; extortionate: a rapacious disposition
  287. Sonorous
    Giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep, resonant sound, as a thing or place (a sonorous cavern)
  288. Jocular
    Given to, characterized by, intended for, or suited to joking or jesting; waggish; facetious (jocular remarks about opera stars)
  289. Hackneyed
    Made commonplace or trite; stale; banal (the hackneyed images of his poetry)
  290. Trenchant
    • Incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting: trenchant wit
    • Vigorous; effective; energetic: a trenchant policy of political reform
    • Clearly or sharply defined; clear-cut; distinct
  291. Perspicacious
    Having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning: (to exhibit perspicacious judgment)
  292. Garrulous
    • Excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters
    • Wordy or diffuse (a garrulous and boring speech)
  293. Droll
    Amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish
  294. Deleterious
    Injurious to health; harmful
  295. Discursive
    • Passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling
    • Proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition
  296. Sinuous
    • Having many curves, bends, or turns; winding: (a sinuous path)
    • Indirect; devious (sinuous questions)
  297. Scion
    A descendant
  298. Ancillary
    Subordinate; assisting
  299. Succinct
    • Expressed in few words; concise; terse
    • Characterized by conciseness or verbal brevity
    • Compressed into a small area, scope, or compass
  300. Churlish
    Boorish, rude, mean, peasantlike, surly
  301. Timorous
    Full of fear; timid
  302. Bereave
    • To deprive and make desolate, especially by death (usually followed by of - 'Illness bereaved them of their mother')
    • To deprive ruthlessly or by force (the war bereaved them of their home)
    • To take away by violence
  303. Facsimile
    An exact copy of
  304. Circuitous
    Roundabout; not direct
  305. Sententious
    • Abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims (a sententious book)
    • Given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous
  306. Pithy
    Brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible (a pithy observation)
  307. Maxims
    An expression of a general truth or principle, especially an aphoristic or sententious one
  308. Presage
    • A presentiment or foreboding
    • Something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication.
  309. Dour
    Sullen; gloomy
  310. Dither
    • A trembling; vibration
    • A state of flustered excitement or fear
  311. Libidinous
    Full of sexual lust
  312. Acidulous
    • Slightly sour
    • Sharp; caustic (his acidulous criticism of the book)
    • Moderately acid or tart; subacid.
  313. Querulous
    Full of complaints
  314. Descry
    • To see (something unclear or distant) by looking carefully; discern; espy (the lookout descried land)
    • To discover; perceive; detect
  315. Adage
    A traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb
  316. Accolade
    Any award, honor, or laudatory notice (the play received accolades from the press)