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  1. adventitious
    accidental; casual; happening by chance
  2. apposite
    appropriate; fitting
  3. apprise
  4. assiduous
  5. aver
    state confidently; declare as true
  6. belie
    contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes
  7. bilk
    swindle; cheat
  8. blandishment
  9. brook
    tolerate; endure
  10. brusque
    blunt; abrupt; curt; not wanting to waste time being nice
  11. buffet
    strike forcefully; slap; batter; knock out
  12. bulwark
    strong wall built for defense; earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
  13. burnish
    make shiny by rubbing; polish
  14. callow
    youthful; immature; inexperienced
  15. captious
    faultfinding; too critical
  16. cogent
  17. colloquy
    informal discussion; conversation
  18. comport
    bear one's self; behave
  19. compunction
    remorse; strong uneasiness caused by guilt
  20. condign
    adequate; (of punishment) severe and well deserved
  21. consternation
    great shock; dismay
  22. contravene
    "contradict; oppose; violate (a rule
  23. contumacious
    stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)
  24. defalcate
  25. demur
    "object (because of doubts
  26. depredation
    plundering; destruction
  27. descry
    catch sight of (something distant)
  28. despoil
    plunder; sack
  29. desultory
    aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
  30. detraction
    slandering; aspersion
  31. dilatory
    delaying; tending to delay
  32. discomfit
    frustrate; put to rout; defeat; disconcert; embarrass; perturb
  33. disport
    amuse; Ex. disport oneself
  34. disquisition
    formal systematic inquiry; explanation of the results of a formal inquiry; long formal speech or written report
  35. dissemble
    disguise; hide the real nature of; pretend
  36. dissimulate
    pretend; conceal by feigning; dissemble
  37. distrait
    absentminded; distracted
  38. divest
    strip (as of clothes); deprive (as of rights); dispossess
  39. dotage
    senility; feeblemindedness of old age; Ex. In one's dotage
  40. effete
    having lost one's original power; barren; worn out; exhausted
  41. effluvium
    noxious(harmful) smell
  42. effulgent
    shining brightly; brilliant
  43. emend
    correct (usually a text)
  44. emolument
    salary; payment for an office; compensation
  45. encomiastic
    praising; eulogistic; N. encomium: very high praise; eulogy
  46. enervate
    weaken; take away energy from
  47. enjoin
    command; order; forbid
  48. equable
    tranquil; of even calm temper; (of temperature) steady; uniform
  49. equanimity
    calmness of temperament; composure
  50. equipoise
    balance; balancing force; equilibrium
  51. equitable
    fair; impartial
  52. estimable
    (of a person) worthy of esteem; admirable; deserving esteem; possible to estimate
  53. evince
    show clearly
  54. execrable
    very bad; detestable
  55. execrate
    curse; express abhorrence for; detest
  56. exegesis
  57. exiguous
    small in amount; minute
  58. expatiate
    talk at length; speak or write in detail
  59. expiate
    make amends for (a sin)
  60. expostulation
    protest; remonstrance; reasoning with someone to correct or dissuade
  61. extemporaneous
    not planned; impromptu; extempore
  62. extirpate
    root up; uproot; destroy completely
  63. factitious
    artificial; produced artificially; sham; false
  64. factotum
    handyman; person who does all kinds of work; CF. do everything
  65. fallow
    (of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivated
  66. fastidious
    difficult to please; squeamish; fussy; finicky
  67. fatuous
    "smugly and unconsciously foolish; inane; silly; N. fatuity
  68. foment
    stir up; incite; instigate; promote the growth of (something evil or unpleasant)
  69. forbearance
    patience; forgiveness; V. forbear: refrain from (in a generous and forgiving way); be patient
  70. forestall
    prevent by taking action in advance
  71. forswear
    renounce under oath; abandon; make a solemn promise to give up
  72. fractious
    unruly; peevish; cranky; bad-tempered
  73. fulminate
    thunder; explode; issue a severe denunciation
  74. fulsome
    disgustingly excessive; offensively flattering
  75. gall
    annoy; exasperate; chafe; N: skin sore caused by rubbing (as on the skin of a horse); exasperation
  76. gambol
    romp; skip about; leap about playfully; frolic
  77. gamely
    in a spirited manner; with courage; Ex. fight gamely against a superior boxer
  78. garrulous
    loquacious; wordy; talkative; N. garrulity
  79. grudging
    unwilling; reluctant; stingy(giving reluctantly)
  80. gull
    trick; deceive; hoodwink; N: person who is easily tricked; dupe
  81. halting
    "slow and hesitant
  82. harry
  83. headlong
    hasty; rash; headfirst
  84. imbue
    saturate(soak thoroughly); fill
  85. immure
    imprison; shut up in confinement
  86. imperious
    domineering; too commanding; haughty
  87. importunate
    urging; always demanding; troublesomely urgent or persistent
  88. importune
    beg persistently; make repeated requests (in an annoying way)
  89. imprecation
    curse; swearword
  90. impugn
    dispute or contradict (often in an insulting way); attack as false or questionable; challenge; gainsay
  91. impuissance
    powerlessness; feebleness
  92. impute
    attribute; ascribe; charge
  93. inculcate
    teach (ideas or principles); instill
  94. indite
    write; compose
  95. indolent
  96. ineluctable
    irresistible; not to be escaped; unavoidable
  97. inexorable
    relentless; unyielding; implacable; not capable of being changed by entreaty or efforts
  98. inimical
    (of someone) unfriendly; hostile; (of something) harmful; detrimental
  99. interdict
    prohibit; forbid
  100. intractable
    unruly; difficult to manage
  101. intransigence
    refusal of any compromise; stubbornness; ADJ. intransigent: uncompromising
  102. inured
    accustomed; hardened
  103. invective
  104. inveigh
    denounce; utter censure or invective
  105. inveigle
    deceive; lead astray by deception; wheedle(cajole)
  106. invidious
    designed to create ill will or envy; tending to rouse ill will or envy
  107. manumit
    emancipate; free from slavery or bondage
  108. martinet
    strict disciplinarian; person who demands total obedience to rules and orders
  109. mendacious
    lying; habitually dishonest; N. mendacity
  110. mete
    measure; distribute; administer
  111. minatory
    menacing; threatening
  112. mulct
    defraud a person of something; swindle
  113. nugatory
    worthless; futile
  114. obstreperous
    boisterous; noisy and uncontrollable
  115. officious
    meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services; overly eager in offering unwanted services or advices
  116. opprobrium
    infamy; disgrace arising from shameful conduct; vilification(slander); scorn; contempt
  117. pall
    become boring; grow tiresome
  118. peremptory
    demanding and leaving no choice; imperative
  119. perfidious
    treacherous; disloyal; N. perfidy
  120. perfunctory
    "done routinely and with little care; superficial; not thorough; lacking interest
  121. pernicious
    very harmful; deadly; very destructive
  122. peroration
    conclusion of an oration; perorating
  123. perquisite
    any gain above stipulated salary
  124. perspicacious
    (of someone) having insight; penetrating; astute
  125. perspicuity
    clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity
  126. perspicuous
    (of something) plainly expressed; easy to understand; Ex. perspicuous comments
  127. pertinacious
    holding tenaciously to an action; stubborn; persistent
  128. petulant
    touchy; peevish; ill-tempered
  129. platitude
    trite remark; commonplace statement
  130. polity
    (particular form of) political organization; form of government of nation or state
  131. potentate
    monarch; sovereign
  132. pr\'ecis
    abstract; concise summing up of main points; concise summary of a text
  133. precept
    practical rule guiding conduct
  134. preclude
    make impossible; prevent; exclude; eliminate
  135. predilection
    preference; partiality
  136. prefatory
    introductory; of a preface
  137. prefigure
    be a sign of; foreshadow
  138. prelate
    church dignitary; priest of high position in the church (esp. bishop)
  139. prepossessing
  140. presage
    foretell; be a warning or sign of
  141. presentiment
    premonition; foreboding; feeling something will happen; anticipatory fear
  142. preternatural
    beyond what is normal in nature; supernatural; Ex. preternatural strength/forces
  143. prevaricate
    lie; hide the truth
  144. primogeniture
    seniority by birth; state of being the first-born child; right of the eldest child (to inherit the entire property of one or both parents)
  145. privation
    lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life; hardship; want
  146. probity
    uprightness; honesty; incorruptibility
  147. prodigious
    enormous; marvelous; extraordinary
  148. profligate
    wasteful (of money); dissipated; wildly immoral; dissolute
  149. prognosticate
    predict (according to present indications)
  150. prolixity
    tedious wordiness; verbosity; ADJ. prolix
  151. promulgate
    announce; proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication
  152. propinquity
    nearness (in space or relationship); proximity; kinship
  153. propitiate
    appease; conciliate; make peaceful; ADJ. propitiatory
  154. propitious
    favorable; auspicious; advantageous; fortunate
  155. propound
    put forth for consideration or analysis; set forth
  156. proscenium
    part of stage in front of curtain; front arch of a stage
  157. proscribe
    prohibit; ostracize; banish; outlaw
  158. protean
    able to take on many forms; versatile
  159. provenance
    place of origin; origin or source of something
  160. provender
    dry food for livestock; fodder
  161. pugnacity
    combativeness; disposition to fight; ADJ. pugnacious: (of people) belligerent; combative in nature
  162. puissant
    powerful; strong; potent; N. puissance: power
  163. punctilious
    minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressing niceties of conduct or form
  164. pusillanimous
    cowardly; lacking courage; fainthearted
  165. putrescent
    becoming putrid; putrefying
  166. quaff
    drink with zest; drink with relish(zest; hearty enjoyment)
  167. quail
    cower; shrink back in fear; lose heart
  168. querulous
    given to complaining; complaining; fretful; whining
  169. quisling
    traitor who aids invaders
  170. quotidian
    daily; commonplace; customary
  171. rake
    immoral or dissolute person
  172. rakish
    jaunty; stylish; sporty; morally corrupt; dissolute
  173. ramify
    branch out; divide into branches or subdivisions
  174. rancor
    long-lasting hatred; bitterness
  175. rapacious
    voracious; ravenous; taking everything one can; excessively grasping; plundering; subsisting on live prey
  176. rarefied
    made less dense (of a gas); V. rarefy: make less dense
  177. ratiocination
    reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises; V. ratiocinate: reason logically
  178. recalcitrant
    disobedient or resisting authority even after being punished; obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
  179. recapitulate
  180. recidivism
    habitual return to crime (even after being punished)
  181. recondite
    abstruse; not easily understood; profound; secret
  182. recourse
    resorting to help when in trouble
  183. recreant
    disloyal; cowardly
  184. redolent
    odorous; fragrant; suggestive (of an odor)
  185. redress
    remedy; compensation
  186. refectory
    dining hall; room where meals are served (in a school)
  187. refractory
    unmanageable; disobedient and stubborn
  188. refulgent
    effulgent; brilliant; brightly shining; gleaming
  189. rejoinder
    reply; retort; comeback
  190. relegate
    put into a lower or worse place; banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
  191. remiss
    negligent; careless about a duty
  192. remonstrate
    protest; objection; V. remonstrate: say in protest
  193. remunerative
    (of work) compensating; rewarding; profitable; well-paid
  194. repartee
    quick clever reply
  195. repast
    meal; feast; banquet
  196. repine
    fret; complain; be annoyed
  197. replete
    fully filled; filled to the brim or to the point of being stuffed; abundantly supplied
  198. reprehend
  199. reprobate
    "morally disapproved person; person hardened in sin
  200. reprobation
    severe disapproval
  201. reprove
    censure; rebuke
  202. repudiate
    disown; disavow; deny
  203. restive
    impatiently restless (induced by external coercion or restriction); restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control
  204. reticent
    inclined to silence; uncommunicative; reserved
  205. retinue
    following; attendants
  206. retiring
    shy and reserved (of a person); modest
  207. retrench
    cut down; cut down expenses; economize
  208. rider
    amendment or clause added to a legislative bill
  209. roil
    make liquids murky by stirring up sediment; disturb
  210. rostrum
    raised platform for speech-making; pulpit
  211. rou\'e
    lecherous man
  212. rout
    put to rout; stampede; drive out; N: complete defeat and disorderly retreat
  213. runic
    mysterious; set down in an ancient alphabet
  214. salient
    prominent; projecting beyond a line; conspicuous
  215. salutary
    tending to improve; beneficial; wholesome
  216. sartorial
    pertaining to tailors or tailoring
  217. saturnine
    morose; gloomy
  218. scabbard
    case for a sword blade; sheath
  219. scintilla
    trace; minute amount; shred; least bit
  220. scion
    detached plant shoot used in grafting; descendant
  221. scotch
    stamp out(put an end to); thwart; hinder
  222. scurrilous
    abusive; obscene; indecent
  223. seamy
    sordid; base; filthy; unwholesome
  224. sedition
    conduct or language inciting rebellion; rebellion; resistance to authority; insubordination
  225. sedulous
    diligent; assiduous; paying attention
  226. seine
    seine net; net for catching fish
  227. sententious
    pithy; terse; concise; aphoristic
  228. sentinel
    sentry; lookout
  229. sere
    sear; parched; dry
  230. shunt
    move (a railway train) from one track to another; turn aside; divert; sidetrack
  231. shyster
    lawyer using questionable methods; unscrupulous practioner
  232. sibylline
    prophetic; oracular; N. sibyl
  233. sidereal
    relating to stars
  234. simper
    smirk; smile in a silly way; smile affectedly
  235. sinecure
    well-paid position with little responsibility
  236. sinuous
    twisting; winding; bending in and out; not morally honest
  237. skinflint
    miser; stingy person
  238. slake
    satisfy (thirst); quench; sate
  239. sluice
    artificial channel for directing or controlling the flow of water (with a gate to regulate the flow)
  240. solecism
    nonstandard grammatical construction; construction that is flagrantly incorrect grammatically; violation of social etiquette
  241. solicitous
    anxious; worried; concerned; eager
  242. somnolent
    half asleep; drowsy
  243. sophistry
    seemingly plausible but fallacious reasoning; sophism
  244. soporific
    sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness; drowsy
  245. spate
    sudden flood or rush
  246. specious
    seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
  247. spurious
    false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
  248. staid
    serious and sedate; sober
  249. stanch
    stop or check flow of blood
  250. stentorian
    (of the voice) extremely loud
  251. stilted
    bombastic; stiffly pompous
  252. stolid
    dull; impassive; showing little emotion when strong feelings are expected
  253. stricture
    severe and adverse criticism; critical comments; limit or restriction
  254. strident
    loud and harsh; insistent
  255. stultify
    make stupid in mind; cause to appear or become stupid or inconsistent; suppress; frustrate or hinder
  256. stygian
    unpleasantly dark; gloomy; hellish; deathly
  257. subaltern
  258. sublimate
    refine; purify; replace (natural urges) with socially acceptable activities
  259. suborn
    persuade to act unlawfully (especially to commit perjury)
  260. subterfuge
    stratagem(deceptive scheme); pretense; evasion
  261. succor
    assist (someone in difficulty); aid; comfort
  262. sumptuous
    grand suggesting great expense; lavish; rich
  263. superannuated
    retired or disqualified because of age; outmoded; obsolete
  264. supercilious
    haughty; arrogant; condescending; patronizing
  265. supererogatory
    superfluous; more than needed or demanded
  266. supernumerary
    person or thing excess of what is necessary
  267. supplant
    take the place of unfairly; usurp; replace
  268. suppliant
    entreating; beseeching
  269. supplicate
    petition humbly; pray to grant a favor
  270. supposition
    assumption; hypothesis; surmise
  271. supposititious
    assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical
  272. surfeit
    satiate; feed or supply to excess; stuff; indulge to excess in anything
  273. surreptitious
    done secretly; secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
  274. sybarite
    lover of luxury; person devoted to pleasure and luxury
  275. sycophant
    servile flatterer; bootlicker; yes man
  276. tactile
    pertaining to the organs or sense of touch
  277. tangential
    only slightly connected; not central; peripheral; digressing; showing divergence
  278. tantamount
    equivalent in effect or value
  279. tautological
    needlessly repetitious
  280. tawdry
    cheap and gaudy
  281. tawny
    brownish yellow
  282. temerity
    boldness; nerve; rashness
  283. temporal
    of time; not lasting forever; limited by time; temporary; secular; worldly
  284. tenacious
    holding fast (as to a belief); persistent
  285. tenacity
    firmness; persistence
  286. tendentious
    promoting a particular point of view; biased; having an aim; designed to further a cause
  287. tender
    offer formally; extend
  288. testator
    maker of a will
  289. thrall
    slave; bondage; slavery
  290. timorous
    fearful; timid; demonstrating fear
  291. tipple
    drink (alcoholic beverages) frequently
  292. tonsure
    shaving of the head especially by person entering religious orders
  293. torpor
    lethargy; sluggishness; dormancy
  294. touchstone
    stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion; standard
  295. tractable
    docile; easily managed; (of something) easily changed or molded
  296. traduce
    expose to slander
  297. transcendental
    going beyond common thought or ideas; impossible to understand by practical experiences or practices; known only by studying thoughts or intuition
  298. transmute
    transform; change; convert to something different
  299. trappings
    outward decorations; ornaments
  300. travail
    strenuous work; toil; painful labor; labor of childbirth
  301. tremulous
    trembling; wavering
  302. trenchant
    cutting; incisive; keen
  303. trite
    hackneyed; commonplace
  304. truculence
    aggressiveness; ferocity
  305. turpitude
    depravity; baseness
  306. umbrage
    resentment; anger; sense of injury or insult
  307. unassuaged
    unsatisfied; not soothed
  308. unbridled
    violent; uncontrolled
  309. unconscionable
    unscrupulous; not guided by conscience; excessive; beyond reason
  310. unction
    the act of anointing with oil
  311. unctuous
    oily; bland; insincerely suave
  312. unerring
    making no mistakes
  313. unexceptionable
    entirely acceptable; not offering any basis for criticism
  314. unfledged
    immature; not having the feathers necessary to fly
  315. unguent
  316. unmitigated
    (of something bad) not moderated; unrelieved or immoderate; without qualification; absolute
  317. unprepossessing
  318. unregenerate
    making no attempt to change one's bad practices
  319. untenable
    "(of a position
  320. untoward
    unexpected and adverse; unfortunate or unlucky
  321. unwonted
    unaccustomed; unusual
  322. upbraid
    reprimand; severely scold
  323. upshot
    outcome; final result
  324. usury
    lending money at illegal high rates of interest
  325. uxorious
    excessively submissive or devoted to one's wife
  326. vagary
    capricious happening; caprice; whim
  327. vainglorious
    boastful; excessively conceited
  328. valediction
    saying farewell; expression of leave-taking
  329. vanguard
    forerunners; foremost position of an army; advance forces; foremost position in a trend or movement
  330. vapid
    lacking liveliness; dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless
  331. variegate
    change the appearance of (by marking with different colors)
  332. vaunt
    boast; brag
  333. venal
    capable of being bribed; corrupt
  334. venial
    (of a fault or sin) forgivable; trivial
  335. veracious
    (of a person) truthful
  336. verdigris
    green coating or patina on copper which has been exposed to the weather
  337. verisimilar
    having the appearance of truth or reality; probable or likely to be true; plausible
  338. verisimilitude
    appearance of truth; quality of appearing to be true or real; likelihood
  339. viand
  340. vicissitude
    change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune
  341. vitiate
    spoil the effect of; make inoperative; corrupt morally
  342. vituperate
    berate; scold; rail against abusively
  343. vociferous
    clamorous; noisy
  344. voluble
    luent; talkative; glib
  345. vouchsafe
    grant condescendingly; guarantee
  346. waggish
    humorous; mischievous; tricky
  347. wangle
    achieve by cleverness or trick; wiggle out; fake
  348. wastrel
    waster; profligate
  349. welter
    wallow (as in mud or high seas); lie soaked (as in blood)
  350. whit
    small amount; smallest speck
  351. winnow
    sift; separate the chaff from grain by blowing; separate good parts from bad
  352. winsome
    charming (in a childlike way); agreeable; gracious; engaging
  353. witless
    lacking intelligence or wit; foolish; idiotic
  354. wizened
    shriveled; withered
  355. yen
    strong desire; longing; urge