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  1. anomaly
    [n] something which deviates from what is normal, standard, or expected
  2. reticent
    [adj] not sharing one's thoughts or feelings readily
  3. mellifluous
    [adj] sweet or musical; pleasant to hear (relating to a voice or words)
  4. euphonic
    [adj] pleasant to the ear, esp. regarding a combination of words
  5. abridge
    [v] shorten (a book, movie, speech, or other text) without losing the gist
  6. compendium (adj. compendious)
    [n] a collection of concise but detailed information about a particular subject
  7. cursory
    [adj] hasty; not thorough or detailed
  8. curtail
    [v] reduce in extent or quantity; restrict
  9. syllabus
    [n] an outline of the subjects in a course of study or teaching
  10. synopsis
    [n] a brief summary or general survey of something
  11. terse
    [adj] sparing in the use of words; abrupt
  12. abrupt
    [adj] sudden and unexpected
  13. apace
    [adv] swiftly; quickly
  14. headlong
    [adv] in a rush; with reckless haste
  15. impetuous
    [adj] acting or done quickly and without thought or care; impulsive
  16. precipitate
    [v] cause (an event or situation, typically a bad one) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely
  17. abet
    [v] encourage or aid someone in committing a crime or wrong-doing
  18. advocate
    [n] a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy
  19. ancillary
    [adj] providing necessary support to an organization or system
  20. bolster
    [v] support or strengthen; prop up
  21. corroborate
    [v] confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding)
  22. countenance
    [v] admit as acceptable or possible
  23. espouse
    [v] adopt or support (a cause, belief, or way of life)
  24. mainstay
    [n] a thing on which something else is based or depends
  25. munificent
    [adj] (of a gift or sum of money) larger or more generous than is usual or necessary
  26. proponent
    [n] a person who advocates a theory, proposal, or project
  27. stalwart
    [adj] loyal, reliable, and hardworking
  28. sustenance
    [n] food and drink regarded as a source of strength; nourishment
  29. bilious
    [adj] associated with nausea or vomiting
  30. dudgeon
    [n] a feeling of offense or deep resentment
  31. irascible
    [adj] easily made angry
  32. pettish
    [adj] childishly bad-tempered; petulant
  33. petulant
    [adj] childishly sulky or bad-tempered
  34. pique
    [n] irritation or resentment resulting from a slight (esp. to one's pride)
  35. querulous
    [adj] complaining in a childish or whining manner
  36. umbrage
    [n] an offense or annoyance
  37. waspish
    [adj] readily expressing anger or irritation
  38. dilettante
    [n] a person who claims an area of interest without real commitment or knowledge
  39. fledgling
    [n] a person or organization that is immature, inexperienced, or underdeveloped
  40. neophyte
    [n] a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief
  41. novitiate
    [n] the period or state of being a novice, esp. in a religious order
  42. proselyte
    [n] a person who has converted from one opinion, religion, or party to another, esp. recently
  43. tyro
    [n] a beginner or novice
  44. burgeoning
    [v] begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish
  45. callow
    [adj] inexperienced and immature (esp. of a young person)
  46. engender
    [v] cause or give rise to (a feeling, situation, or condition)
  47. inchoate
    [adj] just begun and so not fully formed or developed; rudimentary
  48. incipient
    [adj] in an initial stage; beginning to happen or develop
  49. nascent
    [adj] recently formed and beginning to display signs of future potential; not yet fully developed
  50. acerbic
    [adj] sharp and forthright (esp. of a comment or style of speaking)
  51. acidulous
    [adj] bitter or cutting (of a person's remarks or tone)
  52. acrimonious
    [adj] angry and bitter (typically of speech or a debate)
  53. asperity
    [n] harshness of tone or manner
  54. caustic
    [adj] sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way; able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action
  55. mordacious
    [adj] with biting sarcasm or criticism
  56. mordant
    [adj] biting or critical (esp. of humor)
  57. trenchant
    [adj] vigorous or sharp in expression or style
  58. audacious
    [adj] showing a willingness to take bold risks; showing an impudent lack of respect
  59. courageous
    [adj] not deterred by danger or pain; brave
  60. dauntless
    [adj] fearless and determined
  61. banal
    [adj] so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring
  62. fatuous
    [adj] silly and pointless
  63. hackneyed
    [adj] (of a phrase or idea) lacking significance through having been overused
  64. insipid
    [adj] lacking flavor
  65. mundane
    [adj] lacking interest or excitement; dull
  66. pedestrian
    [adj] lacking inspiration or excitement; dull
  67. platitude
    [n] a remark or statement, esp. one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful
  68. prosaic
    [adj] having the style or diction of prose; lacking poetic beauty; commonplace; unromantic
  69. quotidian
    [adj] ordinary or everyday, esp. when mundane
  70. trite
    [adj] (of a remark, opinion, or idea) overused and consequently of little import; lacking originality or freshness
  71. bacchanalian
    [adj] characterized by or given to drunken revelry; riotously drunken
  72. debauchery
    [n] excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures
  73. depraved
    [adj] morally corrupt
  74. dissipated
    [adj] overindulging in sensual pleasures
  75. iniquity
    [n] immoral or grossly unfair behavior
  76. libertine
    [n] a person, esp. a man, who behaves without moral principles
  77. libidinous
    [adj] showing excessive sexual drive; lustful
  78. licentious
    [adj] promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters
  79. reprobate
    [n] an unprincipled person (often used humorously or affectionately)
  80. ribald
    [adj] referring to sexual matters in an amusingly rude or irreverent way
  81. salacious
    [adj] treating sexual matters in an indecent way (of writing, pictures, or talk)
  82. sordid
    [adj] arousing moral distaste and contempt; involving ignoble actions and motives
  83. turpitude
    [n] depravity; wickedness
  84. capricious
    [adj] given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior
  85. mercurial
    [adj] subject to sudden or unpredictable changes (of a person)
  86. volatile
    [adj] liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, esp. for the worse; (of a substance) easily evaporated at normal temperatures
  87. counterpart
    [n] someone or something that holds a corresponding position to another in a different area
  88. emulate
    [v] match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation
  89. facsimile
    [n] an exact copy, esp. of written or printed material
  90. factitious
    [adj] artificially created or developed
  91. paradigm
    [n] a typical example or pattern of something; a model
  92. precursor
    [n] a person or thing that comes before another of the same kind; a forerunner
  93. quintessence
    [n] the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class
  94. simulated
    [v] imitate the appearance or character of
  95. vicarious
    [adj] experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person
  96. aspersion
    [n] an attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something
  97. belittle
    [v] make (someone or something) seem unimportant
  98. berate
    [v] scold or criticize (someone) angrily
  99. calumny
    [n] slander; the making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone's reputation
  100. castigate
    [v] reprimand (someone) severely
  101. decry
    [v] publicly denounce
  102. defamation
    [n] slander; a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions.
  103. denounce
    [v] publicly declare to be wrong or evil
  104. deride (adj. derisive)
    [v] express contempt for; ridicule
  105. diatribe
    [n] a forceful and bitter verbal attack
  106. disparage
    [v] regard or represent as being of little worth
  107. excoriate
    [v] censure or criticize severely
  108. gainsay
    [v] deny or contradict (a fact or statement)
  109. harangue
    [n] a lengthy and aggressive speech

    [v] to lecture someone aggressively
  110. impugn
    [v] dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of (a statement or motive); challenge; call into question
  111. inveigh
    [v] speak or write about a subject with great hostility
  112. lambaste
    [v] criticize harshly
  113. objurgate
    [v] rebuke severely; scold
  114. obloquy
    [n] strong public criticism or verbal abuse
  115. opprobrium
    [n] harsh criticism or censure
  116. pillory
    [v] attack or ridicule publicly

    [n] a wooden framework with holes for the head and hands, in which an offender was imprisoned and exposed to public abuse
  117. rebuke
    [v] express sharp disapproval or criticism of someone because of their behavior or actions
  118. remonstrate
    [v] make a forcefully reproachful protest
  119. reprehend
    [v] reprimand; rebuke
  120. reprove
    [v] reprimand or censure someone
  121. revile
    [v] criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner
  122. tirade
    [n] a long, angry speech of criticism or accusation
  123. vituperate
    [v] blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language
  124. bereave
    [v] be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, esp. due to the loved one's death
  125. cadaver
    [n] a corpse
  126. defunct
    [adj] no longer existing or functioning
  127. demise
    [n] a person's death
  128. dolorous
    [adj] feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress
  129. elegy
    [n] a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead
  130. knell
    [n] the sound of a bell, esp. when rung solemnly for a death or funeral
  131. lament
    [n] a passionate expression of grief
  132. macabre
    [adj] disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury
  133. moribund
    [adj] at the point of death; in terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigor
  134. obsequies
    [n] funeral rites
  135. sepulchral
    [adj] of or relating to a tomb or interment
  136. wraith
    [n] a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, esp. one seen shortly before or after their death
  137. abnegate (n. abnegation)
    [v] renounce or reject (something desired or valuable)
  138. abstain
    [v] restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something
  139. ascetic
    [adj] characterized by severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons
  140. spartan
    [adj] rigorously self-disciplined or self-restrained; simple, frugal, or austere
  141. stoic
    [n] someone who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining
  142. temperate
    [adj] showing moderation or self-restraint
  143. authoritarian
    [adj] favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom
  144. despotic
    [adj] tyrannical; autocratic
  145. dogmatic
    [adj] inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true
  146. hegemonic (n. hegemony)
    [adj] ruling or dominant in a political or social context
  147. imperious
    [adj] assuming authority without justification; arrogant; domineering
  148. peremptory
    [adj] insisting on immediate attention or obedience, esp. in a brusquely imperious way
  149. tyrannical
    [adj] exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way
  150. abstruse
    [adj] difficult to understand; obscure
  151. ambiguous
    [adj] open to more than one interpretation, esp. regarding language
  152. arcane
    [adj] understood by few; mysterious or secret
  153. bemusing
    [v] puzzling, confusing, or bewildering (someone)
  154. cryptic
    [adj] having a meaning that is mysterious or obscure
  155. enigmatic
    [adj] difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious
  156. esoteric
    [adj] intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest
  157. inscrutable
    [adj] impossible to understand or interpret; impenetrable; mysterious
  158. obscure
    [adj] not discovered or known about; uncertain
  159. opaque
    [adj] not able to be seen through; not transparent
  160. paradoxical
    [adj] seemingly absurd or self-contradictory
  161. perplexing
    [v] causing someone to feel completely baffled
  162. recondite
    [adj] (of a subject or knowledge) little known; abstruse
  163. turbid
    [adj] obscure; cloudy; opaque
  164. defile
    [v] sully, mar, or spoil
  165. fetid
    [adj] smelling extremely unpleasant
  166. invidious
    [adj] likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others
  167. noisome
    [adj] having an extremely offensive smell; disagreeable; unpleasant
  168. odious
    [adj] extremely unpleasant; repulsive
  169. putrid
    [adj] decaying or rotting and emitting a fetid smell
  170. rebarbative
    [adj] unattractive and objectionable
  171. articulate
    [adj] fluent and coherent
  172. cogent
    [adj] clear, logical, and convincing (of an argument or case)
  173. eloquent
    [adj] fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing
  174. evident
    [adj] plain or obvious; clearly seen or understood
  175. limpid
    [adj] easily intelligible; clear
  176. lucid
    [adj] expressed clearly; easy to understand
  177. pellucid
    [adj] lucid in style or meaning; easily understood
  178. aberrant
    [adj] departing from an accepted standard; diverging from the normal type
  179. anachronism
    [n] a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, esp. a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned
  180. discrete
    [adj] individually separate and distinct
  181. eclectic
    [adj] deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources
  182. iconoclast
    [n] a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions
  183. abash
    [v] cause to feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed
  184. chagrin
    [n] distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated
  185. compunction
    [n] a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that follows the doing of something bad
  186. contrition
    [n] the state of feeling remorseful and penitent
  187. diffidence
    [n] lack of self-confidence
  188. expiate
    [v] atone for (guilt or sin)
  189. foible
    [n] a minor weakness or eccentricity in someone's character
  190. gaucherie
    [n] awkward, embarrassing, or unsophisticated ways
  191. rue
    [v] bitterly regret (something) and wish it undone
  192. equitable
    [adj] fair and impartial
  193. equity
    [n] the quality of being fair and impartial
  194. tantamount
    [adj] equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as
  195. apocryphal
    [adj] of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true
  196. canard
    [n] an unfounded rumor or story
  197. chicanery
    [n] the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose
  198. dissemble
    [v] conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs
  199. duplicity
    [n] deceitfulness; double-dealing
  200. equivocate
    [v] use ambiguous language so as to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself
  201. erroneous
    [adj] wrong; incorrect
  202. ersatz
    [adj] made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else; not real or genuine
  203. fallacious
    [adj] containing or based on a fallacy
  204. feigned
    [v] pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury)
  205. guile
    [n] sly or cunning intelligence
  206. mendacious (n. mendacity)
    [adj] not truthful; lying
  207. perfidy
    [n] deceitfulness; untrustworthiness
  208. prevaricate
    [v] speak or act in an evasive way
  209. specious
    [adj] superficially plausible, but actually wrong
  210. spurious
    [adj] not being what it purports to be; false or fake
  211. conjugal
    [adj] of or relating to marriage or the relationship between husband and wife
  212. consanguine
    [adj] akin; related by blood
  213. distaff
    [n] the female branch or side of a family; a staff for holding the flax, tow, or wool in spinning
  214. endogamy
    [n] marriage within a particular group according to custom or law
  215. filial
    [adj] of or due from a son or daughter
  216. fratricide
    [n] the killing of one's brother or sister
  217. progenitor
    [n] an ancestor or parent; a person or thing from which a person, animal, or plant is descended or originates
  218. scion
    [n] a descendant of a notable family
  219. ardor (adj. ardent)
    [n] enthusiasm or passion
  220. doctrinaire
    [adj] seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations
  221. fervid
    [adj] intensely enthusiastic or passionate
  222. partisan
    [n] a strong supporter of a cause, party, or person

    [adj] prejudiced in favor of a particular cause
  223. tendentious
    [adj] promoting a particular cause or point of view, esp. a controversial one
  224. zealot
    [n] a fanatic; a person who is uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals
  225. absolve
    [v] declare someone free from blame, guilt, or responsibility
  226. acquit
    [v] free someone from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty
  227. exculpate
    [v] show or declare that someone is not guilty of wrongdoing
  228. exonerate
    [v] (esp. of an official body) absolve someone from blame for a fault or wrongdoing, esp. after due consideration of the case
  229. palliate
    [v] allay or moderate fears or suspicions; make a disease or its symptoms less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause
  230. redress
    [v] remedy or set right (an undesirable or unfair situation)
  231. vindicate
    [v] clear someone of blame or suspicion
  232. chortle
    [v] laugh in a breathy, gleeful way; chuckle
  233. droll
    [adj] curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement
  234. facetious
    [adj] treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant
  235. flippant
    [adj] not showing a serious or respectful attitude
  236. gibe
    [n] an insulting or mocking remark; a taunt
  237. jocular
    [adj] fond of or characterized by joking; humorous or playful
  238. levity
    [n] humor or frivolity, esp. the treatment of a serious matter in a light or humorous way
  239. ludicrous
    [adj] so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing
  240. raillery
    [n] good-humored teasing
  241. riposte
    [n] a quick and clever reply to an insult or criticism
  242. simper
    [v] smile in an affectedly coquettish, coy, or ingratiating (i.e. flirting or flattering) manner
  243. abatement
    [n] the ending, reduction, or lessening of something (often in legal use)
  244. aperture
    [n] an opening, hole, or gap
  245. fissure
    [n] a crack or split, esp. in rock or earth
  246. hiatus
    [n] a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process
  247. interregnum
    [n] a period when normal government is suspended, esp. between successive reigns or regimes; a lapse or pause in continuity
  248. interstice
    [n] an intervening space, esp. a small or narrow one
  249. lull
    [n] a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity
  250. orifice
    [n] an opening, as of a pipe or tube, or one in the body, such as a nostril.
  251. rent
    [n] a large tear in a piece of fabric
  252. respite
    [n] a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant
  253. rift
    [n] a crack, split, or break in something
  254. altruistic
    [adj] showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
  255. beneficent
    [adj] generous or doing good
  256. clement
    [adj] merciful
  257. largess
    [n] a gift or money given (benevolently or as repayment)
  258. magnanimous
    [adj] very generous or forgiving, esp. toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself
  259. munificent
    [adj] very generous; larger or more generous than usual or necessary
  260. philanthropic
    [adj] seeking to promote the welfare of others, esp. by donating money to good causes; generous and benevolent
  261. unstinting
    [adj] given or giving without restraint; unsparing
  262. avaricious
    [adj] extremely greedy for wealth or material gain
  263. covetous
    [adj] greatly desiring to possess something, typically that which belongs to someone else
  264. mercenary
    [adj] willing to forgo ethics in order to acquire profit
  265. miserly
    [adj] stingy with money and wealth
  266. penurious
    [adj] given to or characterized by extreme frugality
  267. rapacious
    [adj] aggressively greedy
  268. venal
    [adj] susceptible to bribery
  269. asperity
    [n] harshness in tone or manner
  270. baleful
    [adj] threatening harm; menacing
  271. dour
    [adj] relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy
  272. fell
    [adj] terribly evil or ferocious; cruel
  273. malevolent
    [adj] wishing to do evil to others
  274. mordant
    [adj] sharp, critical, or biting (esp. of humor)
  275. sardonic
    [adj] grimly mocking or cynical
  276. scathing
    [adj] severely critical; scornful
  277. truculent
    [adj] quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant
  278. vitriolic
    [adj] harsh or corrosive in tone
  279. vituperation
    [n] bitter and abusive language
  280. baneful
    [adj] exceedingly harmful
  281. deleterious
    [adj] causing harm or damage
  282. inimical
    [adj] obstructing, harmful, or hostile
  283. injurious
    [adj] causing or likely to cause harm
  284. insidious
    [adj] slowly and subtly harmful; pernicious
  285. minatory
    [adj] threatening
  286. perfidious
    [adj] deceitful and untrustworthy
  287. pernicious
    [adj] harmful, esp. in a subtle way; insidious
  288. cacophony
    [n] harsh and discordant mixture of sounds
  289. din
    [n] a loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise
  290. dissonant
    [adj] lacking harmony
  291. raucous
    [adj] causing or creating a loud and harsh noise
  292. strident
    [adj] loud and harsh; grating
  293. abhorrence
    [n] a feeling of repulsion; disgusting loathing
  294. anathema
    [n] something or someone that one severely dislikes
  295. antagonism
    [n] active hostility or opposition
  296. antipathy
    [n] deep-seated feeling of dislike
  297. detestation
    [n] intense dislike
  298. enmity
    [n] the feeling of hostility or opposition to someone or something
  299. loathing
    [n] strong disgust or dislike
  300. malice
    [n] ill will
  301. odium
    [n] general or widespread disgust or dislike toward someone
  302. rancor
    [n] bitterness or resentfulness, esp. when long-standing
  303. beneficial
    [adj] favorable or advantageous
  304. salubrious
    [adj] health-giving; healthy
  305. salutary
    [adj] improving, beneficial, or healthful
  306. dither
    [v] be indecisive

    [n] indecisive behavior
  307. oscillate
    [v] waver between extremes of opinion, action, or quality
  308. teeter
    [v] sway back and forth
  309. vacillate
    [v] be indecisive
  310. waver
    [v] become unsteady or unreliable
  311. antithetic
    [adj] sharply contrasted in character or purpose
  312. churlish
    [adj] mean-spirited; deliberately rude
  313. curmudgeon
    [n] a bad-tempered person
  314. misanthropic
    [adj] cynical; believing the worst of human nature and motives
  315. vindictive
    [adj] having a strong desire for revenge
  316. credulous
    [adj] too readily accepting things as fact; gullible
  317. gullible
    [adj] easily persuaded to believe something
  318. ingenuous
    [adj] innocent and unsuspecting
  319. naive
    [adj] lacking in experience, wisdom, or judgment
  320. disingenuous
    [adj] not sincere, typically by feigning ignorance
  321. fulsome
    [adj] excessively complimentary or flattering
  322. ostensible
    [adj] apparently true, but not necessarily so
  323. unctuous
    [adj] excessively and oily flattering
  324. appraise
    [v] to assess the value or quality of something
  325. ascertain
    [v] to find something out for certain
  326. assay
    [v] to determine the content or quality of something
  327. descry
    [v] to catch sight of
  328. peruse
    [v] to examine carefully or at length
  329. indolent
    [adj] lazy
  330. inert
    [adj] lacking the ability or motivation to move
  331. lackadaisical
    [adj] lacking enthusiasm and determination
  332. languid
    [adj] lazy and peaceful; slow and relaxed
  333. lassitude
    [n] weariness; lack of energy
  334. lethargic
    [adj] sluggish and apathetic
  335. phlegmatic
    [adj] unemotional and calm disposition
  336. quiescent
    [adj] in a dormant state
  337. slothful
    [adj] lazy
  338. torpid
    [adj] dormant or lethargic
  339. adventitious
    [adj] progressive by chance rather than planning or inherent nature
  340. amulet
    [n] an ornament or piece of jewelry thought to protect against evil or danger
  341. auspicious
    [adj] conducive to success; favorable
  342. fortuitous
    [adj] happening by chance or luck
  343. kismet
    [n] destiny; fate
  344. optimum
    [adj] best suited for a favorable outcome
  345. portentous
    [adj] done in a pompously or overly solemn manner; ominous
  346. propitiate
    [v] to win or regain the favor of a god, spirit, or person through a pleasing act
  347. propitious
    [adj] favorable; giving or indicating a good chance of success
  348. providential
    [adj] occurring at a favorable time; opportune
  349. talisman
    [n] an object (esp. an inscribed ring or stone) thought to have magical powers and bring good luck
  350. admonish
    [v] to firmly warn or reprimand someone
  351. belabor
    [v] to argue or elaborate in excessive detail
  352. cavil
    [v] to make petty or unnecessary objections
  353. exhort
    [v] to strongly encourage someone to do something
  354. enjoin
    [v] instruct or urge someone to do something
  355. hector
    [v] to talk to someone in a bullying manner
  356. martinet
    [n] a strict disciplinarian (esp. in the armed forces)
  357. reproof
    [n] criticism for a fault
  358. noxious
    [adj] harmful, poisonous, or extremely unpleasant
  359. askance
    [adv] with an attitude of suspicion or disapproval
  360. awry
    [adv] away from the appropriate, planned, or expected course
  361. careen
    [v] tilt; lean over
  362. carom
    [n] a collision followed by a rebound
  363. circuitous
    [adj] longer than the most direct way
  364. circumvent
    [v] find a way around; overcome, often cleverly
  365. gyrate
    [v] move in a circular manner, esp. quickly; dance wildly or suggestively
  366. labyrinth
    [n] a maze; a complicated and irregular set of passages that is difficult to navigate
  367. meander
    [v] follow a winding course (of a river or road)
  368. oblique
    [adj] slanting; relatively not parallel or perpendicular
  369. serrated
    [adj] sawlike; with a jagged edge
  370. sidle
    [v] walk in a furtive or timid manner, esp. obliquely
  371. sinuous
    [adj] having many curves and turns
  372. undulating
    [v] moving with a smooth and wavelike motion
  373. vortex
    [n] a mass of whirling fluid or air, esp. a whirlpool or whirlwind
  374. bombastic
    [adj] high-sounding, inflated, or pretentious
  375. circumlocution
    [n] the use of unnecessarily wordy language, esp. to be vague or evasive
  376. garrulous
    [adj] excessively talkative, esp. on trivial matters
  377. grandiloquent
    [adj] pompous or extravagant, esp. in an attempt to impress
  378. loquacious
    [adj] talkative
  379. periphrastic
    [adj] indirect and unnecessarily wordy
  380. prolix
    [adj] tediously lengthy (in speech or writing)
  381. rhetoric
    [n] the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing
  382. turgid
    [adj] tediously pompous and wordy
  383. verbose
    [adj] using more words than necessary
  384. ameliorate
    [v] make something bad or unsatisfactory better
  385. appease
    [v] pacify, relieve, or satisfy by complying with demands
  386. assuage
    [v] make an unpleasant feeling less intense
  387. defer
    [v] postpone; put off until a later time
  388. mitigate
    [v] make less serious, severe, or painful
  389. mollify
    [v] relieve someone's anger or anxiety; reduce the severity of something
  390. placate
    [v] make someone less angry or hostile
  391. satiate
    [v] to fully satisfy

    [adj] satisified
  392. slake
    [v] quench or satisfy
  393. soothe
    [v] gently calm someone; reduce pain or discomfort
  394. harmonious
    [adj] tuneful; pleasant as a whole; not discordant
  395. melodious
    [adj] tuneful; pleasant-sounding
  396. sonorous
    [adj] strikingly deep and full (of a person's voice or other sound)
  397. destitute
    [adj] without the basic necessities of life
  398. esurient
    [adj] hungry or greedy
  399. impecunious
    [adj] having little or no money
  400. indigent
    [adj] poor or needy

    [n] a needy person
  401. acclaim
    [v] praise publicly and enthusiastically

    [n] public and enthusiastic praise
  402. accolade
    [n] an expression of praise or admiration; award given as a recognition of honor or merit
  403. aggrandize
    [v] increase the power, wealth, or status of someone or something
  404. encomium
    [n] a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly
  405. eulogize
    [v] praise highly in speech or writing
  406. extol
    [v] praise enthusiastically
  407. fawn
    [v] display exaggerated flattery or affection, often to gain favor
  408. laud (adj. laudatory)
    [v] praise highly, esp. in a public context
  409. venerate (n. veneration)
    [v] regard with great respect
  410. augur
    [v] predict through interpretation
  411. auspice
    [n] divine or prophetic token
  412. fey
    [adj] giving an impression of vague unworldliness or the supernatural
  413. harbringer
    [n] someone or something that declares or marks the approach of another
  414. presage
    [n] an omen; a sign or warning that something bad is to come

    [v] to indicate that something will happen, typically something bad
  415. prescient
    [adj] having or showing knowledge of future events
  416. prognosticate
    [v] foretell or prophesy a future event
  417. discomfort
    [n] lack of physical comfort

    [v] to interfere with or disturb comfort
  418. encumber
    [v] to burden or restrict
  419. fetter
    [v] restrain with chains or manacles, typically around the ankles

    [n] a chain or manacle used to restrain prisoners, typically around the ankles
  420. forfend
    [v] avert, keep away, or prevent something evil or unpleasant
  421. hinder
    [v] to create difficulties that result in delay or obstruction
  422. impede
    [v] to delay or prevent through obstruction; hinder
  423. inhibit
    [v] prevent, restrain, or hinder
  424. occlude
    [v] stop, close up, or obstruct
  425. astute
    [adj] clever; with the ability to assess and shape a situation to one's advantage
  426. uncanny
    [adj] shrewd; knowing; astute
  427. erudite
    [adj] with great knowledge or learning
  428. perspicacious
    [adj] with ready insight into and understanding of things
  429. disconsolate
    [adj] unhappy; without consolation or comfort
  430. doleful
    [adj] mournful; expressing sorrow
  431. dolor
    [n] painful grief
  432. elegiac
    [adj] having a mournful quality, esp. of a work of art
  433. forlorn
    [adj] pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely
  434. lugubrious
    [adj] sad and dismal in looks or sound
  435. melancholy
    [n] deep, pensive, and prolonged sadness
  436. morose
    [adj] sulky, gloomy, and ill-tempered
  437. plaintive
    [adj] sounding sad and mournful
  438. threnody
    [n] a passionate expression of grief; a lament
  439. implacable
    [adj] unable to be pleased or pacified; relentless; unstoppable
  440. inexorable
    [adj] impossible to stop or prevent
  441. intractable
    [adj] hard to control or deal with
  442. intransigent
    [adj] stubborn and uncompromising
  443. obdurate
    [adj] stubborn and headstrong; obstinate
  444. obstinate
    [adj] stubborn and headstrong; obdurate
  445. recalcitrant
    [adj] with a stubbornly uncooperative attitude toward authority
  446. refractory
    [adj] stubborn or unmanageable
  447. renitent
    [adj] unyielding; resistant to sway or physical pressure
  448. untoward
    [adj] unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient
  449. vexing
    [v] causing someone distress, esp. with trivial matters
  450. curt
    [adj] rudely brief
  451. laconic
    [adj] using very few words
  452. pithy
    [adj] concise and forcefully expressive
  453. succinct
    [adj] briefly and clearly expressed
  454. taciturn
    [adj] saying little; reserved and uncommunicative
  455. antecede
    [v] predate; be earlier in time
  456. antedate
    [v] precede in time; come before something
  457. anterior
    [adj] nearer the front, head, or forepart
  458. archaic
    [adj] very old or old-fashioned
  459. diurnal
    [adj] of or during the day; active in the daytime
  460. eon
    [n] an indefinite and very long period of time; a billion years
  461. ephemeral
    [adj] lasting for a very short time
  462. epoch
    [n] a period of time in history or one's life, typically marked by notable events or particular characteristics
  463. fortnight
    [n] two weeks
  464. millenium
    [n] a thousand years
  465. penultimate
    [adj] second-to-last in a series
  466. synchronous
    [adj] existing or occurring at the same time
  467. temporal
    [adj] secular; relating to worldly and not spiritual affairs
  468. craven
    [adj] cowardly
  469. diffident
    [adj] modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
  470. pusillanimous
    [adj] showing a lack of courage or determination
  471. recreant
    [adj] cowardly

    [n] a coward
  472. timorous
    [adj] with nervousness, fear, or a lack of confidence
  473. trepidation
    [n] fear, agitation, or anxiety about something that may happen
  474. candor (adj. candid)
    [n] openness and honesty in expression; frankness
  475. fealty
    [n] loyalty; allegiance
  476. frankness
    [n] the quality of being honest and straightforward in manner
  477. indisputable
    [adj] unable to be challenged or denied
  478. indubitable
    [adj] impossible to doubt; unquestionable
  479. legitimate
    [adj] conforming to the law or to rules

    [v] justify or make lawful
  480. probity
    [n] honesty and decency; the quality of having strong moral principles
  481. sincere
    [adj] free from deceit or ulterior motives; coming from genuine feelings
  482. veracious
    [adj] speaking or representing the truth
  483. verity
    [n] a truth; a true principle or belief
  484. aberration
    [n] a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically one that is unwelcome
  485. idiosyncrasy
    [n] a distinctive or unusual characteristic
  486. ambulatory
    [adj] related to or adapted for walking

    [n] a place meant for walking
  487. itinerant
    [adj] traveling from place to place; peripatetic

    [n] a person who travels from place to place
  488. peripatetic
    [adj] traveling from place to place, esp. for work and for short periods of time; itinerant

    [n] a person who travels from place to place
  489. discursive
    [adj] digressing from subject to subject
  490. expatiate
    [v] speak or write at length or in detail
  491. forage
    [v] search widely for food or provisions
  492. peregrination
    [n] traveling or wandering around
  493. sojourn
    [n] a temporary stay

    [v] to stay somewhere temporarily
  494. adulterate
    [v] to render something poorer in quality by adding another substance, typically an inferior one
  495. enervate
    [v] cause someone to feel drained of energy

    [adj] lacking in energy or vitality
  496. exacerbate
    [v] make a bad situation or feeling worse
  497. obviate
    [v] remove a need or difficulty; avoid; prevent
  498. stultify
    [v] cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative
  499. undermine
    [v] lessen the effectiveness, power, or ability of someone or something, esp. gradually and insidiously
  500. vitiate
    [v] spoil or impair the quality, efficiency, or validity of something
  501. adage
    [n] a proverb or short statement expressing a general truth
  502. aphorism
    [n] a concise statement that expresses a general truth; an apothegm
  503. apothegm
    [n] a concise saying or maxim; an aphorism
  504. axiom
    [n] a statement or proposition that is regarded as established, accepted, or self-evidently true
  505. bromide
    [n] a platitude; a phrase so overused that it suggest insincerity or lack of originality on the part of someone who uses it
  506. dictum
    [n] formal pronouncement from an authoritative source; short statement that expresses a general truth
  507. epigram
    [n] a pithy saying that expresses an idea in a clever and amusing way
  508. sententious
    [adj] given to moralizing in a pompous or affected manner
  509. truism
    [n] a statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting
  510. abeyance
    [n] state of temporary disuse or suspension
  511. abjure
    [v] solemnly renounce (a belief, cause or claim)
  512. abortive
    [adj] failing to produce the intended result
  513. abrogate
    [v] repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement)
  514. decamp
    [v] to depart suddenly, esp. to relocate one's business or home; to leave hurriedly to avoid prosecution or detection
  515. demur
    [v] raise doubts or objections; show reluctance
  516. recant
    [v] say that one no longer holds a belief or opinion, esp. one that is considered heretical
  517. recidivism
    [n] habitual relapse into crime
  518. remission
    [n] the cancellation of a debt, charge, or penalty; a temporary recovery from disease or pain
  519. renege
    [v] to go back on a promise, undertaking, or contract
  520. rescind
    [v] revoke, cancel, or repeal (a law, order, or agreement)
  521. retrograde
    [adj] directed or moving backward

    [v] go back in position or time

    [n] a degenerate person

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