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2011-03-07 00:57:46

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