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2011-01-22 21:40:34

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  1. abate - V
    to lessen in intensity or degree
  2. accolade - N
    an expression of praise
  3. adulation - N
    excessive praise, intense adoration
  4. aesthetic - A
    dealing with appreciative of or responsive to art or the beautiful
  5. ameliorate - V
    to make better or more tolerable
  6. ascetic - N
    one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
  7. avarice - N
    greed, esp. for wealth
  8. axiom - N
    a universally recognized principle
  9. burgeon - V
    to grow rapidly or flourish
  10. bucolic - A
    rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
  11. cacophony - N
    harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
  12. canon - N
    an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
  13. castigation - N
    severe criticism or punishment
  14. catalyst - N
    a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
  15. caustic - A
    burning or stinging; causing corrosion
  16. chary - A
    wary, cautious, sparing
  17. cogent - A
    appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
  18. complaisance - N
    the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
  19. contentious - A
    argumentative, quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
  20. contrite - A
    regretful, penitent, seeking forgiveness
  21. culpable - A
    deserving blame
  22. dearth - N
    smallness of quantity or number, scarcity, a lack
  23. demur - V
    to question or oppose
  24. didactic - A
    intended to teach or instruct
  25. discretion - N
    cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
  26. disinterested - A
    free of bias or self-interest impartial
  27. dogmatic - A
    expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or unprovable principles
  28. ebullience - N
    the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
  29. eclectic - A
    composed of elements drawn from various sources
  30. elegy - N
    a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
  31. emollient - A/N
    soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh, mollifying, an agent that softens or smooths the skin
  32. empirical - A
    based on observation or experiment
  33. enigmatic - A
    mysterious, obscure, difficult to understand
  34. ephemeral - A
    brief, fleeting
  35. esoteric - A
    intended for or understood by a small, specific group
  36. eulogy- N, eulogize - V
    a speech honoring the dead
  37. exonerate - V
    to remove blame
  38. facetious - A
    playful, humorous
  39. fallacy - N, fallacious - A
    an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
  40. furtive - A
    marker by stealth; covert; surreptitious
  41. gregarious - A
    sociable, outgoing, enjoying the company of other people
  42. harangue - V/N
    to deliver a pompous speech or tirade, a long, pompous speech
  43. heretical - A, heresy - N
    violating accepted dogma or convention
  44. hyperbole - N, hyperbolic - A
    an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
  45. impecunious - A
    lacking funds, without money
  46. incipient - A
    beginning to come into being or to become apparent
  47. inert - A
    unmoving, lethargic, sluggish
  48. innocuous - A
    harmless, causing no damage
  49. intransigent - A, intransigence - N
    refusing to compromise
  50. inveigle - V
    to obtain by deception or flattery
  51. morose - A
    sad, sullen, melancholy
  52. odious - A
    evoking intense aversion or dislike
  53. opaque - A
    impenetrable by light, not reflecting light
  54. oscillation - N, oscillate - V
    the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady uninterrupted rhythm
  55. penurious - A
    penny-pinching, excessively thrifty, ungenerous
  56. pernicious - A
    extremely harmful, potentially causing death
  57. peruse - V, perusal - N
    to examine with great care
  58. pious - A, piety - N
    extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
  59. precursor - N
    one that precedes and indicates or announces another
  60. preen - V
    to dress up, to primp, to groom oneself with elaborate care
  61. prodigious - A
    abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
  62. prolific - A
    producing large volumes or amounts; productive
  63. putrefy - V, Putrid - A
    to rot, to decay and give off a foul odor
  64. quaff - V
    to drink deeply
  65. quiescence - N, quiescent - A
    stillness, motionless, quality of being at rest
  66. redoubtable - A
    awe-inspiring, worthy of honor
  67. sanction - N/V
    authoritative permission or approval; a penality intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
  68. satire - N, satirical - A
    a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
  69. squalid - A, squalor - N
    sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
  70. stoic - A, stoicism - N
    indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain, steadfast
  71. supplant - V
    to take the place of; supersede
  72. torpid - A, torpor - N
    lethargic, sluggish, dormant
  73. ubiquitous - A
    existing everywhere at the same time, constantly encountered; widespread
  74. urbane - A, urbanity - N
    sophisticated, refined, elegant
  75. vilify - V
    to defame, to characterize harshly
  76. viscous , viscosity - N
    thick, sticky