Manhattan Prep 1000 GRE Words

Manhattan Prep 1000 GRE Words

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Section 1

(50 cards)

audacious

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Very bold or brave, often in a rude or reckless way; extremely original

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adverse

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Opposing, harmful

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anoint

Front

Rub or sprinkle oil on; make sacred, such as by a ceremony that includes applying oil to someone

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aesthetic

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Concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste, pertaining to the science of what is beautiful (adj); a sense of beauty and taste of a particular time and place (noun)

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abrasive

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Rough, suitable for grinding or polishing (such as sandpaper); causing irritation or annoyance

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analogous

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Comparable, corresponding in some particular way (making a good analogy)

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aggrandize

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Make greater; exaggerate

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abridge

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Reduce or lessen; shorten by omitting parts throughout while retaining the main idea

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aggregate

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Gather together, amount to (verb); constituting a whole made up of constituent parts (adj)

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apathy

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Not caring; absence of feeling; lack of interest or concern

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belie

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Contradict or misrepresent

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ascetic

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abstinent or austere in lifestyle (adj); a person who leads an austere and simple life without material pleasures, esp. someone who does this for religious reasons

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ambiguous

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Not clear, hard to understand, open to having several meanings or interpretations

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antagonize

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Make hostile or unfriendly

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balk

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Refuse to proceed or to do something

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affable

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Warm and friendly, pleasant, approachable

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advocate

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Speak or argue in favor of (verb); a person who pleads for a cause or on behalf of another person (noun)

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abhor

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Detest, regard with disgust

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austere

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Severe in manner or appearance; very self-disciplined, ascetic; without luxury or ease; sober or serious

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anarchy

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Absence of law or government; chaos, disorder

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abjure

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Give up, renounce; repudiate, recant, or shun (especially formally or under oath)

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aver

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Declare or affirm with confidence

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arcane

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Known or understood by only a few; obscure, secret

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abate

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Reduce, diminish

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abdicate

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Formally give up the throne (or some other power or responsibility)

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abstain

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Hold back, refrain (especially from something bad or unhealthy); decline to vote

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acme

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Summit, peak, highest point

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alacrity

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Cheerful or speedy willingness

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augment

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Make larger

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benign

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Harmless; favorable; kindly, gentle, or beneficial; not cancerous

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artifact

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Any object made by humans, especially those from an earlier time, such as those excavated by archaeologists

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admonish

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Mildly scold; caution, advise, or remind to do something

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adhere

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Stick (to), such as with glue, or to a plan or belief

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archaic

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Characteristic of an earlier period, ancient, primitive

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articulate

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Using language in a clear, fluent way (adj); speak distinctly or give clarity to an idea (verb)

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apocryphal

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Of questionable authenticity; false

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artless

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Free of deceit or craftiness, natural, genuine; lacking skill or knowledge, crude, uncultured

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alienate

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Cause to become unfriendly, hostile, or distant

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ascertain

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Find out with certainty

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ambivalent

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Uncertain; unable to decide, or wanting to do two contradictory things at once

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anomaly

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Deviation from what is common; inconsistency

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activism

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The practice of pursuing political or other goals through vigorous action, often including protests and demonstrations

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affectation

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Fake behavior (such as in speech or dress) adopted to give a certain impression

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base

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Morally low, mean, dishonorable; of little or no value; crude and unrefined; counterfeit

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aberrant

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Abnormal, deviant

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autonomous

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Self-governing, independent

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alleviate

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Lessen, make easier to endure

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avid

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Enthusiastic, dedicated, passionate; excessively desirous

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assuage

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Make milder, relieve; soothe, pacify, or calm

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arduous

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Very difficult, strenuous; severe, hard to endure

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Section 2

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commensurate

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The same in size, extent, etc., equivalent; proportional

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convoluted

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Twisted; very complicated

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complacent

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Self-satisfied, smug; overly content (and therefore lazy, neglectful, or some other bad quality)

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counterpoint

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Contrasting item, opposite; a complement; the use of contrast or interplay in a work of art

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chauvinism

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Fanatical patriotism or blind enthusiasm for military glory; undue or biased devotion to any group, cause, etc.

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clinch

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Make final or settle conclusively; to fasten or hold together

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bygone

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Past, former (adj); that which is in the past (usually plural noun)

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complementary

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Completing; fitting together well; filling mutual needs

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clamor

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Noisy uproar or protest, as from a crowd; a loud, continuous noise

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bureaucracy

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Government characterized by many bureaus and petty administrators or by excessive, seemingly meaningless requirements

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concur

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Approve, agree

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buffer

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Something that shields, protects, absorbs shock, or cushions

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conversant

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Knowledgeable about or experienced with

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construe

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Interpret or translate

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concede

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Give in, admit, yield; acknowledge reluctantly; grant or give up (such as giving up land after losing a war)

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converge

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Move towards one another or towards a point; unite

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conversely

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In an opposite way; on the other hand

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censure

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Strong disapproval or official reprimand (noun); to issue such disapproval or reprimand (verb)

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bogus

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Fake, fraudulent

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connoisseur

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Expert, especially in the fine arts; person of educated, refined tastes

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countenance

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Facial expression or face (noun); approve or tolerate (verb)

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contextualize

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Place in context, such as by giving the background or circumstances

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cartography

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Mapmaking

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buttress

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Support or encourage (verb); a support or prop, esp. projecting from and supporting the wall of a building (noun)

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candid

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Open, sincere, honest

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conundrum

Front

Riddle, the answer to which involves a play on words; any mystery

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compliant

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Obeying, submissive; following the requirements

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coalesce

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Come together, unite; fuse together

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boor

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Rude, ill-mannered, or insensitive person; a peasant or country bumpkin

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castigate

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Criticize severely; punish in order to correct

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bolster

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Strengthen or support

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consolidate

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Unite, combine, solidify, make coherent

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cacophony

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Harsh, discordant, or meaningless mixture of sounds

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counterintuitive

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Against what one would intuitively expect

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contentious

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Controversial; prone to causing arguments, especially gratuitous or petty ones

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condone

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Overlook, tolerate, regard as harmless

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confer

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Consult, compare views; bestow or give

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cogent

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Very convincing, logical

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catalyst

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Causer of change

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conciliatory

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Reconciling, appeasing, attempting to make the peace

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cosmopolitan

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Belonging to the entire world, at home globally; free from local or national prejudices or attachments

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constrict

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Squeeze, compress; restrict the freedom of

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capricious

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Acting on impulse, erratic

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console

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Lessen the suffering or grief of (verb); a control panel, or small table or cabinet (noun)

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burgeon

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Grow or flourish rapidly; put forth buds or shoots (of a plant)

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copious

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Plentiful, bountiful

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caustic

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Capable of corroding metal or burning the skin; very critical or sarcastic

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canonical

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Authorized, recognized; pertaining to the canon, or body of accepted rules, standards or artistic works

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corroborate

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Support, add evidence to

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chronological

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Arranged in or relating to time order

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Section 3

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delineate

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Mark the outline of; sketch; describe in detail

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credibility

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Believability, trustworthiness

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denigrate

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Belittle, attack the reputation of

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dissonance

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Harsh, inharmonious sound; cacophony; disagreement

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credulous

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Gullible; prone to believing or trusting too easily or without enough evidence

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discrepancy

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Difference or inconsistency

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deleterious

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Harmful, unhealthful

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deride

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Mock, scoff at, laugh at contemptuously

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derivative

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Derived from something else; not original

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disinterested

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Unbiased, impartial; not interested

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discredit

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Injure the reputation of, destroy credibility of or confidence in

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disingenuous

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Insincere, not genuine

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diatribe

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Bitter, abusive attack or criticism; rant

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debunk

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Expose, ridicule, or disprove false or exaggerated claims

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deference

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Respectful submission; yielding to the authority or opinion of another

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cynical

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Thinking the worst of others' motivations; bitterly pessimistic

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discriminating

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Judicious, discerning, having good judgment or insight

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disquieting

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Disturbing, causing anxiety

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crafty

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Cunning, skillful in deception or underhanded schemes

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crescendo

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Steady increase in force, intensity, or the loudness of a musical passage; a climactic moment or peak

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disseminate

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Scatter, spread about, broadcast

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deterrent

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Something that restrains or discourages

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din

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Loud, confused noise, esp. for a long period of time

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daunt

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Discourage, dishearten, lessen the courage of

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craven

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Very cowardly, lacking courage

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didactic

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Intended to instruct; teaching, or teaching a moral lesson

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disabuse

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Free someone from a mistake in thinking

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denote

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Be a name or symbol for

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disposition

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A person's general or natural mood; tendency

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discerning

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Having good judgment or insight; able to distinguish mentally

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disjointed

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Disconnected, not coherent, jerky; having the joints separated

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dissent

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Disagree or take an opposing view, esp. in relation to a formal body such as a government, political party, or church; such a view

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detached

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Impartial, disinterested; unconcerned, distant, aloof

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counterproductive

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Defeating the purpose; preventing the intended goal

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deflect

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Cause to curve; turn aside, esp. from a straight course; avoid

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disperse

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Scatter, spread widely, cause to vanish

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distill

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Purify; extract the essential elements of

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dispatch

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Speed, promptness; send off or deal with in a speedy way

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default

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Failure to act, neglect (noun); fail to fulfill an obligation, especially a financial one (verb)

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desiccate

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Thoroughly dried up, dehydrated

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deem

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Judge; consider

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debase

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Degrade; lower in quality, value, rank, etc.; lower in moral quality

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covert

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Secret, veiled, undercover

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diverge

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Differ, deviate; branch off or turn aside, as from a path

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culminate

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Reach the highest point or final stage

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deface

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Vandalize, mar the appearance of

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decorous

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Behaving with propriety and good taste; polite

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dispassionate

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Unbiased, not having a selfish or personal motivation; calm, lacking emotion

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digress

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Go off-topic when speaking or writing

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dismiss

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Allow to disperse or leave; fire from a job; put aside or reject, especially after only a brief consideration

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Section 4

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equitable

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Fair, equal, just

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eclectic

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Selecting the best of everything or from many diverse sources

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elicit

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Call forth, bring out, evoke

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elated

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Very happy, in high spirits

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enigma

Front

Puzzle, mystery, riddle; mysterious or contradictory person

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erratic

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Inconsistent, wandering, having no fixed course

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document

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Support with evidence, cite sources in a detailed way, create documentary evidence of

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emulate

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Copy in an attempt to equal or be better than

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divest

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Deprive or strip of a rank, title, etc., or of clothing or gear; to sell off holdings (opposite of invest)

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exculpate

Front

Clear from guilt or blame

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enervate

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Weaken, tire

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egalitarian

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Related to belief in the equality of all people, esp. in political, economic, or social spheres

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entitlement

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Having the right to certain privileges; believing, sometimes without cause, that one deserves or has a right to certain privileges

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exacting

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Very severe in making demands; requiring precise attention

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ephemeral

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Lasting only a short time, fleeting

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esoteric

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Understood by or intended for only a few; secret

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facilitate

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Make easier, help the progress of

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enumerate

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Count or list; specify one-by-one

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egregious

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Extraordinarily or conspicuously bad; glaring

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dubious

Front

Doubtful, questionable, suspect

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eloquent

Front

Marked by forceful, fluid, apt speech; expressive, emotionally moving

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exacerbate

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Make worse (more violent, severe, etc.), inflame; irritate or embitter (a person)

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extraneous

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Irrelevant; foreign, coming from without, not belonging

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dogma

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A system of principles laid down by an authority; established belief

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eccentric

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Peculiar, odd, deviating from the norm esp. in a whimsical way

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estimable

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Worthy of esteem, admirable; able to be estimated

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elevate

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Raise, lift up; lift the spirits of; move up to a higher rank or status or raise up to a higher spiritual or intellectual plane

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extrapolate

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Conjecture about an unknown by projecting information about something known; predict by projecting past experience

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fathom

Front

Measure the depth of (usually of water) as with a sounding line; penetrate and discover the meaning of, understand

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eclipse

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The obscuring of one thing by another, such as the sun by the moon or a person by a more famous or talented person (noun); to obscure, darken, make less important (verb)

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eminent

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Prominent, distinguished, of high rank

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empirical

Front

Coming from, based on, or able to be verified by experience or experimentation; not purely based on theory

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embellish

Front

Decorate, add ornamentation; enhance (a story) with fictional or fanciful details

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enhance

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Raise to a higher value, desirability, etc.

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efficacy

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The quality of being able to produce the intended effect

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eulogy

Front

Speech of praise or written work of praise, esp. a speech given at a funeral

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feasible

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Possible; logical or likely; suitable

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divine

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Discover through divination or supernatural means; perceive by insight

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fanciful

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Whimsical, capricious; imaginary; freely imaginative rather than based on reason or reality

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erudite

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Scholarly, knowledgeable; possessing deep, often systematic, knowledge

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erroneous

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Mistaken, in error; improper, morally incorrect

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fallacious

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Containing a fallacy, or mistake in logic; logically unsound; deceptive

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eschew

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Shun, avoid, abstain from

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exhaustive

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Comprehensive, thorough, exhausting a topic or subject, accounting for all possibilities; draining, tending to exhaust

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e.g.

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For example, such as

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fanatical

Front

Excessively devoted, enthusiastic, or zealous in an uncritical way

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facetious

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Joking, humorous, esp. inappropriately; not serious, concerned with frivolous things

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exponent

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Person who expounds or explains; champion, advocate, or representative

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dormant

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Asleep, inactive, on a break

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explicit

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Direct, clear, fully revealed; clearly depicting sex or nudity

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Section 5

(50 cards)

figurative

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Metaphorical, based on figures of speech; containing many figures of speech (as fancy-sounding writing); related to portraying human or animal figures

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inconsequential

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Insignificant, unimportant; illogical

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fidelity

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Faithfulness, loyalty; strict observance of duty; accuracy in reproducing a sound or image

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implicit

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Implied, not stated directly; involved in the very essence of something, unquestionable

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impede

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Hold back, obstruct the progress of

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impartial

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Unbiased, fair

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garrulous

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Talkative, wordy, rambling

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fortify

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Strengthen, invigorate, encourage

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frugal

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Economical, thrifty, not wasteful with money; inexpensive

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flag

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Get tired, lose enthusiasm; hang limply or droop

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foment

Front

Incite, instigate, stir up, promote the growth of; apply medicated liquid to a body part

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glib

Front

Fluent and easy in a way that suggests superficiality or insincerity

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futile

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Producing no useful result, ineffective; trivial or unimportant

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incendiary

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Setting on fire, pertaining to arson; arousing strife, rebellion, etc.; "inflaming" the senses

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gainsay

Front

Declare false, deny; oppose

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fringe

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On the margin, periphery (adj); the people in a group who hold the most extreme views (noun)

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fleeting

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Passing quickly, transitory

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incongruous

Front

Out of place, inappropriate, not harmonious

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guile

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Clever deceit, cunning, craftiness

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homogeneous

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Of the same kind; uniform throughout

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imminent

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Ready to occur, impending

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hierarchy

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A ranked series; a classification of people according to rank, ability, etc.; a ruling body

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hodgepodge

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Mixture of different kinds of things, jumble

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hardy

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Bold, brave, capable of withstanding hardship, fatigue, cold, etc.

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gawky

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Physically awkward (esp. of a tall, skinny person, often used to describe teenagers)

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implode

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Burst inward

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implication

Front

Act of implying or that which is implied; close connection, esp. in an incriminating way

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inadvertent

Front

Unintentional; characterized by a lack of attention, careless

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hedonist

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Person devoted to pleasure

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gist

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Main idea, essence

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impair

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Make worse, weaken

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hearken

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Listen, pay attention to

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incentive

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Something that encourages greater action or effort, such as a reward

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incipient

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Just beginning; in a very early stage

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illiberality

Front

Narrow-mindedness, bigotry; strictness or lack of generosity

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finesse

Front

Extreme delicacy, subtlety, or diplomacy in handling a sensitive situation or in a performance or skill (noun); use tact or diplomacy; employ a deceptive strategy (verb)

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germane

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Relevant and appropriate, on-topic

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heterogeneous

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Different in type, incongruous; composed of different types of elements

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gregarious

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Sociable, pertaining to a flock or crowd

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foreshadow

Front

Indicate or suggest beforehand, presage

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goosebumps

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The "bumps" created by hairs standing up on the skin in response to cold, fear, etc.

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idiosyncrasy

Front

Characteristic or habit peculiar to an individual; peculiar quality, quirk

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inasmuch

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In like manner, considering that (contraction of "in as much," generally followed by "as")

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hackneyed

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So commonplace as to be stale; not fresh or original

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inchoate

Front

Just begun, undeveloped, unorganized

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gauche

Front

Tactless, lacking social grace, awkward, crude

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forfeit

Front

Surrender or lose as a result of an error, crime, or failure to fulfill an obligation

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hyberbole

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Deliberate exaggeration for effect

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gradation

Front

A progression, a process taking place gradually, in stages; one of these stages

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haven

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Harbor or port; refuge, safe place

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Section 6

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maverick

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Rebel, individualist, dissenter

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inherent

Front

Existing as a permanent, essential quality; intrinsic

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mendacious

Front

Lying, habitually dishonest

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monotony

Front

Sameness or repetitiousness to the point of being boring; lack of variation, uniformity, esp. repetition in sound

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jargon

Front

Vocabulary specific to a group or occupation; convoluted or unintelligible language

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intrepid

Front

Fearless, brave, enduring in the face of adversity

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lassitude

Front

Tiredness, weariness; lazy indifference

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lampoon

Front

A harsh satire (noun); ridicule or satirize (verb)

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indeterminate

Front

Not fixed or determined, indefinite; vague

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keen

Front

Sharp, piercing; very perceptive or mentally sharp; intense (of a feeling)

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moreover

Front

Besides; in addition to what was just stated

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mitigate

Front

Make less severe; lessen or moderate (damage, grief, pain, etc.)

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makeshift

Front

A temporary, often improvised, substitute (noun); improvised for temporary use (adj)

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ingrained

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Deep-rooted, forming part of the very essence; worked into the fiber

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inform

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Inspire, animate; give substance, essence, or context to; be the characteristic quality of

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levity

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Lightness (of mind, spirit, or mood) or lack of seriousness, sometimes in an inappropriate way

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mores

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Customs, manners, or morals of a particular group

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judicious

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Using good judgment; wise, sensible

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modest

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Humble; simple rather than showy; decent (esp. "covering up" in terms of dress); small, limited

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intelligible

Front

Able to be understood, clear

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metamorphosis

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A complete change or transformation (in biology, a change such as a caterpillar becoming a pupa and then a butterfly)

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ingenuous

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Genuine, sincere, not holding back; naive

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lucid

Front

Clear, easy to understand; rational, sane

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likewise

Front

Also, in addition to; similarly, in the same way

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indifferent

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Not caring, having no interest; unbiased, impartial

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laudable

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Worthy of praise

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lavish

Front

Abundant or giving in abundance; marked by excess (adj); give very generously (verb)

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lull

Front

Soothe or cause to fall asleep (as in a lullaby); quiet down; make to feel secure, sometimes falsely (verb); a period of calm or quiet (noun)

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log

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Keep a record of, write down; travel for or at a certain distance or speed (verb); a written record (noun)

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loquacious

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Talkative, wordy

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libertine

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Morally or sexually unrestrained person; freethinker (regarding religion)

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mollify

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Calm or soothe (an angry person); lessen or soften

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landmark

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Object (such as a building) that stands out and can be used to navigate by; a very important place, event, etc.

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lament

Front

Mourn; express grief, sorrow, or regret (verb); an expression of grief, esp. as a song or poem (noun)

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lackluster

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Not shiny; dull, mediocre; lacking brilliance or vitality

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intractable

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Difficult to control, manage, or manipulate; hard to cure; stubborn

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liberal

Front

Favorable to progress or reform; believing in maximum possible individual freedom; tolerant, open-minded; generous (adj); a person with such beliefs or practices (noun)

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jocular

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Joking or given to joking all the time; jolly, playful

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levy

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Collect tax from, wage war on, or enlist for military service; (verb); act of colleting tax or amount owed, or the drafting of troops into military service (noun)

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meticulous

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Taking extreme care in regards to details; precise, fussy

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layperson

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A person who is not a member of the clergy or not a member of a particular profession (such as medicine, law, etc.)

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innocuous

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Harmless, inoffensive

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intrinsic

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Belonging to the essential nature of a thing

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mercurial

Front

Quickly and unpredictably changing moods; fickle, flighty

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laconic

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Using few words, concise

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languid

Front

Drooping from exhaustion, sluggish, slow; lacking in spirit

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juncture

Front

Critical point in time, such as a crisis or a time when a decision is necessary; a place where two things are joined together

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incorporate

Front

Combine, unite; form a legal corporation; embody, give physical form to

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malleable

Front

Able to be bent, shaped, or adapted

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kudos

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Praise, honor, congratulations

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Section 7

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obviate

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Prevent, eliminate, or make unnecessary

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plausible

Front

Believable; having the appearance of truth

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plastic

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Able to be shaped or formed; easily influenced

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nevertheless or nonetheless

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However, even so, despite that

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novel

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New, fresh, original

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notoriety

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Ill fame; the state of being well-known for a disgraceful reason

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patronizing

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Condescending, having a superior manner, treating as an inferior

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placate

Front

Satisfy or calm down (an angry or dissatisfied person), esp. by conciliatory gestures

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placid

Front

Peaceful, calm, tranquil

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offhand

Front

Casual, informal; done without preparation or forethought; rude in a short way, brusque

Back

opaque

Front

Not translucent; not allowing light, heat, etc. to pass through; dark, dull, unclear or stupid

Back

partisan

Front

Devoted to a particular group, cause, etc. (adj.); fervent supporter of a group, party, idea, etc.; guerilla fighter (noun)

Back

partial

Front

Biased, prejudiced, favoring one over others; having a special liking for something or someone (usually partial to)

Back

orthodox

Front

Adhering to a traditional, established faith, or to anything customary or commonly accepted

Back

penchant

Front

Liking or inclination (usually penchant for)

Back

nuance

Front

A subtle difference in tone, meaning, expression, etc.

Back

onerous

Front

Burdensome, oppressive, hard to endure

Back

paradox

Front

Contradiction, or seeming contradiction that is actually true

Back

permeate

Front

Spread or penetrate throughout

Back

obsolete

Front

Out of date, no longer in use

Back

optimal

Front

Best, most desirable or favorable

Back

phony

Front

Fake, counterfeit; insincere, not genuine

Back

naïve

Front

Simple and unsophisticated, unsuspecting, lacking worldly experience and critical judgment

Back

paucity

Front

Scarcity, the state of being small in number

Back

pariah

Front

Social outcast, untouchable

Back

patent

Front

Obvious, apparent, plain to see (adj); a letter from a government guaranteeing an inventor the rights to his or her invention (noun)

Back

mundane

Front

Common, ordinary, everyday

Back

outstrip

Front

Surpass, exceed; be larger or better than; leave behind

Back

paradigm

Front

Model or pattern; worldview, set of shared assumptions, values, etc.

Back

perfidious

Front

Disloyal, treacherous, violating one's trust

Back

offset

Front

Counteract, compensate for (verb); a counterbalance (noun)

Back

occult

Front

The supernatural (noun); pertaining to magic, astrology, etc.; mysterious, secret or hidden (adj); to hide, to shut off from view (verb)

Back

objective

Front

Factual, related to reality or physical objects; not influenced by emotions, unbiased

Back

pathological

Front

Relating to or caused by disease; relating to compulsive bad behavior

Back

negate

Front

Deny or refute; make void or cause to be ineffective

Back

nascent

Front

Coming into existence, still developing

Back

overshadow

Front

Cast a shadow over, darken; dominate, make to seem less important

Back

optimum

Front

most favorable condition or greatest degree or amount possible under given circumstances

Back

obsequious

Front

Servile, very compliant, fawning

Back

net

Front

Remaining after expenses or other factors have been deducted; ultimate (adj); to bring in as profit, or to catch as in a net (verb)

Back

pith

Front

Core, essence; significance or weight

Back

oscillate

Front

Swing back and forth; waver, change one's mind

Back

philanthropy

Front

Efforts to improve the well-being of humankind, generally through giving money

Back

peccadillo

Front

Small sin or fault

Back

pedestrian

Front

Ordinary, dull, commonplace

Back

pious

Front

Devout; religiously reverent and dutiful

Back

officious

Front

Excessively eager in giving unwanted advice or intruding where one is not wanted; meddlesome, pushy

Back

obstinate

Front

Stubborn or hard to control

Back

pervasive

Front

Tending to spread throughout

Back

peripheral

Front

Relating to or making up an outer boundary or region; not of primary importance, fringe

Back

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pugnacious

Front

Inclined to fight, combative

Back

repudiate

Front

Reject, cast off, deny that something has authority

Back

pronounced

Front

Distinct, strong, clearly indicated

Back

rescind

Front

Annul, repeal, make void

Back

quandary

Front

Uncertainty or confusion about what to do, dilemma

Back

requite

Front

Reciprocate, repay, or revenge

Back

probity

Front

Honesty, integrity

Back

resolution

Front

The quality of being firmly determined; resolving to do something; a formal judgment, esp. decided by a vote

Back

ponderous

Front

Heavy; bulky and unwieldy; dull, labored

Back

qualified

Front

Modified, limited, conditional on something else

Back

profuse

Front

Abundant, extravagant, giving or given freely

Back

presumptuous

Front

Too bold or forward; going beyond that which is proper

Back

precursor

Front

Something that comes before, esp. something that also announces or suggests something on its way

Back

plummet

Front

Plunge, fall straight down

Back

quotidian

Front

Daily; everyday, ordinary

Back

presumptive

Front

Based on inference or assumption; providing reasonable grounds for belief

Back

refute

Front

Prove to be false

Back

pristine

Front

In an original, pure state; uncorrupted

Back

profound

Front

Very insightful, penetrating deeply into a subject; pervasive, intense, "down to the very bottom"; at the very bottom

Back

recluse

Front

Person who lives in seclusion

Back

predisposed

Front

Having an inclination or tendency beforehand; susceptible

Back

posthumous

Front

Happening or continuing after death

Back

quibble

Front

Make trivial arguments or criticisms, find faults in a petty way, esp. to evade something more important

Back

pretentious

Front

Claiming or demanding a position of importance or dignity, esp. when unjustified; showing off, creating a deceptive, false show of worth

Back

render

Front

Give, submit, surrender; translate; declare formally; cause to become

Back

prodigal

Front

Wasteful, extravagant; giving abundantly, lavish

Back

prosaic

Front

Dull, ordinary

Back

prudent

Front

Wise in practical matters, carefully providing for the future

Back

propriety

Front

Conforming to good manners or appropriate behavior; justness

Back

principled

Front

Having high moral standards

Back

polarized

Front

Divided into sharply opposed groups

Back

reap

Front

Harvest, such as by cutting; gather; get as a result of one's effort

Back

precarious

Front

Unstable, insecure, dangerous

Back

prodigious

Front

Extraordinarily large, impressive, etc.

Back

replete

Front

Supplied in abundance, filled, gorged (used with with)

Back

potentate

Front

Ruler, person of great power

Back

profligate

Front

Completely and shamelessly immoral, or extremely wasteful

Back

relegate

Front

Send or commit to an inferior place, rank, condition, etc.; exile, banish; assign (a task) to someone else

Back

resolve

Front

Find a solution to; firmly decide to do something; decide by formal vote (verb); firmness of purpose (noun)

Back

ranks

Front

Personnel; a group of people considered all together

Back

prologue

Front

Introductory part to a book, play, etc.

Back

preamble

Front

Introductory statement, preface

Back

remedial

Front

Providing a remedy, curative; correcting a deficient skill

Back

reproach

Front

Blame, disgrace (noun); criticize, express disappointment in (verb)

Back

prohibitive

Front

Tending to forbid something, or serving to prevent something

Back

proliferate

Front

Increase or spread rapidly or excessively

Back

pre-empt

Front

Prevent; take the place of, supplant; take before someone else can

Back

proscribe

Front

Prohibit, outlaw; denounce; exile or banish

Back

pragmatic

Front

Practical; dealing with actual facts and reality

Back

prospective

Front

Potential, in the future

Back

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sap

Front

The inner fluid of a plant or any essential body fluid; energy, vitality; a person taken advantage of (noun); undermine, weaken, tire out (verb)

Back

simultaneous

Front

At the same time

Back

sanguine

Front

Cheerfully optimistic, hopeful; reddish, ruddy (as in rosy-red cheeks indicting health or vitality)

Back

status quo

Front

Existing state or condition

Back

saturate

Front

Soak or imbue thoroughly; cause a substance to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance

Back

scant

Front

Not enough or barely enough

Back

sportive

Front

Playful, merry, joking around, done "in sport" (rather than intended seriously)

Back

spartan

Front

Very disciplined and stern; frugal, living simply, austere; suggestive of the ancient Spartans

Back

solicitous

Front

Concerned or anxious (about another person), expressing care; eager or desirous; very careful

Back

reverent

Front

Feeling or expressing very deep respect and awe

Back

stolid

Front

Unemotional, showing little emotion, not easily moved

Back

subside

Front

Sink, settle down, become less active; return to a normal level

Back

scathing

Front

Severe, injurious; bitterly harsh or critical (as a remark)

Back

satiate or sate

Front

To fully satisfy; to go beyond satisfying to the point of excess (possibly inducing disgust, tiredness, etc.)

Back

respectively

Front

In the order given

Back

slack

Front

Loose, negligent, lazy, weak (adj); neglect to do one's duties; loosen up, relax (verb); period of little work (noun)

Back

rudimentary

Front

Elementary, relating to the basics; undeveloped, primitive

Back

secular

Front

Not religious or holy; pertaining to worldly things

Back

sound

Front

Measure the depth of (usually of water) as with a sounding line; penetrate and discover the meaning of, understand (usually as sound the depths)

Back

sanction

Front

Permission or approval, something that gives support or authority to something else (noun); to allow, confirm, ratify (verb); OR a legal action by one or more countries against another country to get it to comply (noun); to place sanctions or penalties on (verb)

Back

reticent

Front

Not talking much; private (of a person), restrained, reserved

Back

slight

Front

Small, not very important, slender or delicate (adj); treat as though not very important; snub, ignore (verb); an act of treating in this way, a discourtesy (noun)

Back

sentient

Front

Conscious; experiencing sensation or perceiving with the senses

Back

stark

Front

Complete, total, utter; harsh or grim; extremely simple, severe, blunt, or plain

Back

sedulous

Front

Persevering, persistent, diligent in one's efforts

Back

sacrosanct

Front

Sacred, inviolable, not to be trespassed on or violated; above any criticism

Back

retrospective

Front

Looking to the past or backward; applying to the past, retroactive (adj); an art exhibit of an artist's work over a long period of time (noun)

Back

savor

Front

Appreciate fully, taste or smell with pleasure

Back

static

Front

Fixed, not moving or changing, lacking vitality

Back

spectrum

Front

A broad range of nevertheless related qualities or ideas, esp. those that overlap to create a continuous series (as in a color spectrum, where each color blends into the next in a continuous way)

Back

rhetoric

Front

The art or study of persuasion through speaking or writing; language that is elaborate or pretentious but actually empty, meaning little

Back

sagacious

Front

Wise; showing good judgment and foresight

Back

skirt

Front

Border, lie along the edge of, go around; evade

Back

slew

Front

A large number or quantity

Back

sporadic

Front

Occasional, happening irregularly or in scattered locations

Back

spate

Front

Sudden outpouring or rush; flood

Back

rustic

Front

Relating to country life, unsophisticated; primitive; made of rough wood (adj); a rural or uncultured person (noun)

Back

specious

Front

Seemingly true but actually false; deceptively attractive

Back

speculate

Front

Contemplate; make a guess or educated guess about; engage in a risky business transaction, gamble

Back

stoic or stoical

Front

Indifferent to pleasure or pain, enduring without complaint; person indifferent to pleasure or pain (noun)

Back

salubrious

Front

Healthful, promoting health

Back

rife

Front

Happening frequently, abundant, currently being reported

Back

soporific

Front

Causing sleep; sleepy, drowsy (adj); something that causes sleep (noun)

Back

spearhead

Front

Be the leader of

Back

stymie or stymy

Front

Block, hinder, or thwart (verb); an obstacle (noun)

Back

subjective

Front

Existing in the mind or relating to one's own thoughts, opinions, emotions, etc.; personal, individual, based on feelings

Back

stingy

Front

Not generous with money, reluctant to spend or give

Back

restive

Front

Impatient or uneasy under the control of another; resisting being controlled

Back

skeptic

Front

Person inclined to doubting or questioning generally accepted beliefs

Back

standing

Front

Status, rank, reputation (noun); existing indefinitely, not movable (adj)

Back

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vituperate

Front

Verbally abuse, rebuke or criticize harshly

Back

supplicate

Front

Pray humbly; ask, beg, or seek in a humble way

Back

temperance

Front

Moderation, self-control, esp. regarding alcohol or other desires or pleasures; total abstinence from alcohol

Back

viable

Front

Capable of living (or growing, developing, etc.); practical, workable

Back

abase

Front

Degrade or humble; to lower in rank, status, or esteem

Back

tangential

Front

Only slightly relevant, going off-topic

Back

warranted

Front

Justified, authorized (warrant can mean to justify or a justification, but can also mean to vouch for or guarantee)

Back

table

Front

Lay aside to discuss later, often as a way to postpone discussion indefinitely

Back

zenith

Front

High point, culmination

Back

sycophant

Front

Servile flatterer, parasitic person who fawns in order to get ahead

Back

trite

Front

Lacking freshness and originality, lacking effectiveness due to overuse, cliché

Back

zeal

Front

Great fervor or enthusiasm for a cause, person, etc.; tireless diligence in furthering that cause; passion, ardor

Back

surfeit

Front

Excess, excessive amount, overindulgence

Back

whereas

Front

While on the contrary, considering that

Back

ubiquitous

Front

Existing everywhere at the same time

Back

verbose

Front

Wordy

Back

wary

Front

Watchful, motivated by caution, on guard against danger

Back

wily

Front

Crafty, cunning, characterized by tricks or artifice

Back

timely

Front

Well-timed, happening at a suitable time

Back

succeeding

Front

Coming after or following

Back

synchronous

Front

Happening at the same time; occurring at the same rate and thus happening together repeatedly

Back

abscission

Front

Cutting off; sudden termination; the separation of leaves, petals, or other parts from a plant or animal

Back

tirade

Front

Bitter, abusive criticism or verbal attack

Back

torpor

Front

Sluggishness, lethargy, or apathy; a period of inactivity

Back

tenuous

Front

Long and thin, slender; flimsy, having little substance

Back

timorous

Front

Fearful, timid

Back

vintage

Front

Related to items of high quality from a previous era, old-fashioned, antique (adj); the wine of a particular year (noun)

Back

whimsical

Front

Marked or motivated by whims (odd, fanciful ideas); erratic, unpredictable

Back

vacillate

Front

Waver in one's mind or opinions, be indecisive

Back

underscore

Front

Emphasize (or, literally, to underline text)

Back

substantiate

Front

Support with evidence or proof; give a material existence to

Back

unseemly

Front

Improper, inappropriate, against the rules of taste or politeness

Back

taciturn

Front

Not talking much, reserved; silent, holding back in conversation

Back

abeyance

Front

Temporary suspension, inactivity

Back

undermine

Front

Weaken, cause to collapse by digging away at the foundation (of a building or an argument); injure or attack in a secretive or underhanded way

Back

virtual

Front

Existing only in the mind or by means of a computer network; existing in results or in essence but not officially or in name

Back

volatile

Front

Varying, inconstant, fleeting; tending to violence, explosive

Back

supersede

Front

Replace, take the position of, cause to be disregarded as void or obsolete

Back

torrid

Front

Very hot, parching, burning; passionate

Back

tacit

Front

Understood without being said; implied, not stated directly; silent

Back

transitory

Front

Temporary, short-lived, not lasting

Back

surmise

Front

Guess, infer, think, or make an opinion with incomplete information

Back

unequivocal

Front

Unambiguous, clear, absolute; having only one possible meaning

Back

tractable

Front

Easily controlled or managed, docile; easily shaped or molded

Back

veracity

Front

Truthfulness, accuracy; habitual adherence to the truth

Back

unearth

Front

Dig up, uncover, expose

Back

venerate

Front

Revere, regard with deep respect and awe

Back

abreast

Front

Side-by-side. The more common "abreast of" means keeping up with, staying aware of, or remaining equal in progress with.

Back

unprecedented

Front

Never before known or seen, without having happened previously

Back

trifling

Front

Trivial, not very important; so small as to be unimportant; frivolous, shallow

Back

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antedate

Front

Be older than, precede in time; assign to an earlier date

Back

asperity

Front

Rigor, severity; harshness or sharpness of tone; roughness of surface

Back

apostate

Front

Person who deserts a party, cause, religion, etc.

Back

arrogate

Front

Claim or take presumptuously or without the right to do so

Back

anodyne

Front

Medicine that relieves pain (noun); soothing, relieving pain (adj)

Back

baying

Front

Howling in a deep way, like a dog or wolf

Back

aseptic

Front

Free from germs

Back

august

Front

Venerable, majestic; inspiring admiration

Back

assail

Front

Attack violently, assault

Back

besiege

Front

Attack, overwhelm, crowd in on or surround

Back

adumbrate

Front

Give a rough outline of; foreshadow; reveal only partially; obscure

Back

axiom

Front

Self-evident truth requiring no proof; universally or generally accepted principle

Back

albeit

Front

Although, even though

Back

bent

Front

Personal inclination or tendency

Back

acerbic

Front

Sour; harsh or severe

Back

attuned

Front

In harmony; in sympathetic relationship

Back

arbiter

Front

Judge, umpire, person empowered to decide matters at hand

Back

acumen

Front

Keen, quick, accurate insight or judgment

Back

accretion

Front

Gradual increase; an added part or addition

Back

augury

Front

Telling the future, such as through supernatural means

Back

abscond

Front

Depart suddenly and secretively

Back

approbation

Front

Praise or approval, especially formal approval

Back

antithetical

Front

Directly opposed, opposite; involving antithesis (the rhetorical act of placing two phrases opposite one another for contrast, as in love me or hate me)

Back

beneficent

Front

Doing good

Back

ardent

Front

Very passionate, devoted, or enthusiastic

Back

adulterate

Front

Make impure by adding inappropriate or inferior ingredients

Back

anachronism

Front

Something that is not in its correct historical time; a mistake in chronology, such as by assigning a person or event to the wrong time period

Back

analgesia

Front

Pain relief; inability to feel pain

Back

attenuate

Front

Weaken or thin out

Back

amalgamate

Front

Blend, merge, or unite

Back

aloof

Front

Distant physically or emotionally; reserved; indifferent

Back

acidulous

Front

Slightly acid or sour; sharp or caustic

Back

aspersions

Front

Damaging remarks, defamation, slander

Back

apprise

Front

Inform, give notice to

Back

appropriate

Front

Set aside or authorize (such as money) for a particular purpose; take for one's own use

Back

avarice

Front

Insatiable greed; a miserly desire to hoard wealth

Back

balloon

Front

Swell or puff out; increase rapidly

Back

bevy

Front

Group of birds or other animals that stay close together; any large group

Back

bane

Front

Something that ruins or spoils

Back

annul

Front

Make void or null, cancel, abolish (usually of laws or other established rules)

Back

assiduous

Front

Persevering, diligent, constant

Back

ameliorate

Front

Improve; make better or more bearable

Back

banal

Front

Lacking freshness and originality; cliché

Back

accede

Front

Agree, give consent; assume power (usually as "accede to")

Back

apostle

Front

Pioneer of a reform movement (originally, an early follower of Jesus)

Back

abyss

Front

A deep and vast space or cavity; anything profound or infinite

Back

amortize

Front

Gradually pay off a debt, or gradually write off an asset

Back

aerie

Front

Dwelling or fortress built on a high place; the nest of a bird of prey, such as an eagle or hawk, built on a mountain or cliff

Back

ascribe

Front

Assign or credit to a certain cause or source

Back

apposite

Front

Highly appropriate, suitable, or relevant

Back

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cosset

Front

Treat as a pet, pamper

Back

dichotomy

Front

Division into two parts or into two contradictory groups

Back

confound

Front

Confuse, frustrate; mix up or make worse

Back

contraries

Front

Things that are opposing; either of two opposite things

Back

connote

Front

Suggest or imply in addition to the precise, literal meaning

Back

coagulate

Front

Cause a liquid to become solid or semisolid

Back

bilk

Front

Cheat or defraud

Back

burnish

Front

Polish, make smooth and lustrous

Back

bifurcate

Front

To fork into two branches or divide into two halves

Back

contumacious

Front

Rebellious; stubbornly disobedient

Back

cloying

Front

Disgustingly or distastefully sweet

Back

circumspect

Front

Cautious, prudent; careful to consider the circumstances and consequences

Back

circumscribe

Front

Strictly limit a role, range of activity, or area; in math, to be constructed around so as to touch as many points as possible

Back

demur

Front

Show reluctance or object, especially for moral reasons

Back

desultory

Front

Lacking consistency or order, disconnected, sporadic; going off topic

Back

demagogue

Front

A leader who lies and gains power by arousing the passions and especially prejudices of the people

Back

delimit

Front

Fix, mark, or define the boundaries of

Back

brandish

Front

Shake, wave, or flourish, as a weapon

Back

dirge

Front

A funeral or mourning song or poem

Back

convoke

Front

Call together, as to a meeting

Back

blight

Front

Disease that kills plants rapidly, or any cause of decay or destruction (noun); ruin or cause to wither (verb)

Back

calumny

Front

Malicious lie intended to hurt someone's reputation; the act of telling such lies

Back

clamber

Front

Climb awkwardly or with difficulty, scramble

Back

cupidity

Front

Greed, great or excessive desire

Back

coffer

Front

Chest for storing valuables; financial resources, a treasury

Back

compendium

Front

Concise but complete summary; a list or collection

Back

brook

Front

Suffer or tolerate

Back

curmudgeon

Front

Bad-tempered, difficult person; grouch

Back

catholic

Front

Universal, broad-minded

Back

diffident

Front

Lacking confidence, shy

Back

dilate

Front

To become wider or make wider, cause to expand; to speak or write at length, elaborate upon

Back

declivity

Front

Downward slope

Back

complaisant

Front

Eager to please; cheerfully complying

Back

cardinal

Front

Chief, most important

Back

coda

Front

Final part of a musical composition; an ending, esp. one that sums up what has come before

Back

diffuse

Front

Spread widely, disseminate (verb); dispersed, widely spread out, or wordy and going off-topic (adj)

Back

dilettante

Front

Person who takes up an art or activity for amusement only or in a superficial way

Back

dictum

Front

Formal or authoritative pronouncement; saying or proverb

Back

bucolic

Front

Pertaining to shepherds; suggesting a peaceful and pleasant view of rural life

Back

bombastic

Front

(Of speech or writing) far too showy or dramatic than is appropriate; pretentious

Back

contrite

Front

Remorseful; feeling sorry for one's offenses or sins

Back

coterie

Front

Close or exclusive group, clique

Back

collude

Front

Conspire; cooperate for illegal or fraudulent purposes

Back

chicanery

Front

Trickery, deception by knowingly false arguments

Back

declaim

Front

Speak in an impassioned, pompous, or oratorical manner; give a formal speech

Back

bonhomie

Front

Friendliness, open and simple good heartedness

Back

dilatory

Front

Slow, late; procrastinating or stalling for time

Back

canard

Front

Rumor, a false or baseless story

Back

diaphanous

Front

Very sheer, fine, translucent

Back

blithe

Front

Joyous, merry; excessively carefree (so as to ignore more important concerns)

Back

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elegy

Front

Song or poem of sorrow, esp. for a deceased person

Back

expurgate

Front

Censor; remove objectionable or offensive parts

Back

egress

Front

An exit or the action of exiting

Back

exonerate

Front

Clear from blame or accusation; free from a responsibility

Back

endemic

Front

Native, local; natural, specific to, or confined to a particular place

Back

dupe

Front

Person who is easily fooled or used (noun); to fool or exploit (verb)

Back

ethos

Front

The character, personality, or moral values specific to a person, group, time period, etc.

Back

diurnal

Front

Occurring every day; happening in the daytime (rather than at night)

Back

disparage

Front

Belittle, put down; bring shame upon, discredit

Back

euphony

Front

Pleasing or sweet sound, especially as formed by a harmonious use of words

Back

fecund

Front

Fruitful, fertile; capable of abundantly producing offspring, vegetation, or creative or intellectual work

Back

fatuous

Front

Foolish, silly, esp. in a smug or complacent manner

Back

expedient

Front

Suitable, proper; effective, often at the expense of ethics or other considerations

Back

engender

Front

Produce, give rise to, cause to exist; procreate

Back

effrontery

Front

Shameless boldness

Back

dissolution

Front

Dissolving, the state of having been dissolved; breaking bonds or breaking up of a group of people; death, disintegration; sinking into extreme hedonism, vice, and degradation

Back

doff

Front

Take off (such as clothes), put aside; remove one's hat as a gesture

Back

equivocate

Front

Use unclear language to deceive or avoid committing to a position

Back

faction

Front

Group or clique within a larger organization; party strife and dissension

Back

euphemism

Front

Substitution of a mild, inoffensive, or indirect expression for one that is considered offensive or too direct

Back

duplicity

Front

Deceit, double-dealing, acting in two different ways for the purpose of deception

Back

fawn

Front

Show affection or try to please in the manner of a dog; try to win favor through flattery and submissive behavior

Back

encomium

Front

Warm, glowing praise, esp. a formal expression of praise

Back

discomfiting

Front

Disconcerting, confusing, frustrating

Back

effigy

Front

Representation or image of a person, esp. a crude facsimile used to mock a hated person

Back

dither

Front

Act indecisively (verb); a state of fear or trembling excitement

Back

emaciate

Front

Make abnormally thin, cause to physically waste away

Back

exigent

Front

Requiring immediate attention, action, or aid; excessively demanding

Back

ebullient

Front

Very enthusiastic, lively, excited; bubbling as though being boiled

Back

dovetail

Front

Join or fit together

Back

fastidious

Front

Excessively particular, difficult to please; painstaking, meticulous, requiring excessive attention to detail

Back

distend

Front

Swell, expand, stretch, bloat

Back

doctrinaire

Front

Person who applies doctrine in an impractical or rigid and close-minded way (noun); merely theoretical, impractical, or fanatical about other people accepting one's ideas (adj)

Back

epicure

Front

Person with cultivated, refined tastes, esp. in food and wine

Back

extemporaneous

Front

Done without preparation (esp. of a speech), or with some preparation but no notes; improvised, done on the spur of the moment

Back

dyspeptic

Front

Grumpy, pessimistic, irritable; suffering from dyspepsia (indigestion)

Back

discrete

Front

Separate, distinct, detached, existing as individual parts

Back

fervid

Front

Very hot; heated in passion or enthusiasm

Back

discordant

Front

Harsh or inharmonious in sound; disagreeing, incongruous

Back

erstwhile

Front

Former, previous (adj); in the past, formerly (adv)

Back

echelon

Front

A level, rank or grade; the people at that level

Back

ersatz

Front

Artificial, synthetic; being an inferior substitute

Back

distaff

Front

Female, esp. relating to the maternal side of the family; women or women's work; a staff that holds wool or flax for spinning

Back

edify

Front

Uplift, enlighten, instruct or improve in a spiritual or moral way

Back

disparate

Front

Distinct, different

Back

equanimity

Front

Composure, evenness of mind; mental or emotional stability, esp. under stress

Back

droll

Front

Funny in an odd way

Back

fallow

Front

Left unplanted (of land); not in use

Back

dissemble

Front

Mislead, conceal the truth, put on a false appearance of

Back

felicitous

Front

Admirably appropriate, very well-suited for the occasion; pleasant, fortunate, marked by happiness

Back

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forestall

Front

Delay, hinder, prevent by taking action beforehand

Back

grouse

Front

Complain or grumble (verb); a reason for complaint (noun)

Back

grovel

Front

Creep or crawl with one's face to the ground, prostrate oneself as a token of subservience, degrade or abase oneself

Back

hoary

Front

Very old, gray or white as from old age

Back

forage

Front

Wander in search of; rummage, hunt, make a raid

Back

grievous

Front

Causing grief or suffering; very serious, grave; flagrant, outrageous

Back

hotly

Front

In an intense, fiery, or heated way

Back

flout

Front

Treat with disdain, contempt, or scorn (usually of rules)

Back

iconoclast

Front

Attacker of cherished beliefs or institutions

Back

hew

Front

Strike, chop, or hack (as with an axe, sword. etc.); make or shape something (such as a statue) with a cutting tool

Back

furtive

Front

Done secretly; stealthy, sly, shifty

Back

gestation

Front

Pregnancy; the period from conception until birth of an animal or (metaphorically) of an idea or plan

Back

idolatry

Front

Idol worship; excessive or unthinking devotion or adoration

Back

fluke

Front

Stroke of luck, something accidentally successful

Back

imbue

Front

Permeate or saturate, as dye in a fabric; influence throughout

Back

husband

Front

Manage prudently, sparingly, or economically; conserve

Back

halcyon

Front

Calm and peaceful, carefree; prosperous, successful, happy

Back

ignoble

Front

Not noble; having mean, base, low motives; low quality

Back

glacial

Front

Pertaining to glaciers; cold, icy, slow, unsympathetic

Back

hermetic

Front

Airtight, sealed, isolated; reclusive; pertaining to alchemy, occult

Back

fractious

Front

Unruly, troublemaking; irritable

Back

frenetic

Front

Wildly excited, frantic, distracted

Back

gambol

Front

Frolic; skip or leap playfully

Back

ford

Front

Place where a river or similar body of water is shallow enough to walk or ride a vehicle across (noun); to cross at such a place (verb)

Back

hegemony

Front

Domination, authority; influence by one country over others socially, culturally, economically, etc.

Back

immutable

Front

Unchangeable

Back

homage

Front

Honor or respect demonstrated publicly

Back

fortuitous

Front

Happening by chance; lucky

Back

hoodwink

Front

Trick, deceive

Back

hapless

Front

Unlucky, unfortunate

Back

fledgling

Front

A young bird that has just recently gotten its feathers, an inexperienced person (noun); new or inexperienced (adj)

Back

graft

Front

Insert part of a plant into another plant, where it continues to grow; join living tissue (such as skin) to part of the body where it will continue to live and grow; attach as if by grafting (verb); the part so grafted (as in a graft of skin); the act of acquiring money or other benefits through illegal means, esp. by abusing one's power (noun)

Back

impasse

Front

Position or road from which there is no escape; deadlock

Back

florid

Front

Reddish or rosy; flowery, showy, or excessively fancy

Back

hedge

Front

Avoid commitment by leaving provisions for withdrawal or changing one's mind; protect a bet by also betting on the other side

Back

grandstand

Front

Perform showily in an attempt to impress onlookers

Back

grandiloquent

Front

Relating to lofty speech, esp. to the point of being pompous, overblown, bombastic

Back

fetid

Front

Stinking; having an offensive smell

Back

harrow

Front

Farming tool that breaks up soil (noun); painfully disturb or distress (verb)

Back

harangue

Front

Long, intense verbal attack, esp. when delivered publicly

Back

garner

Front

Gather and store; amass, collect

Back

goad

Front

Urge on (as cattle) with a pointed or electrically charged stick; spur on, stimulate, encourage

Back

hand-wringing

Front

Grasping, squeezing, etc. of the hands as an expression of nervousness, guilt, etc.; extend debate over what to do about an issue

Back

fulminate

Front

Explode, detonate; attack verbally in a vehement, thunderous way

Back

grating

Front

Irritating; harsh or discordant (of a noise); scraping

Back

hallmark

Front

A mark indicating quality, purity, genuineness, etc.; any distinguishing characteristic

Back

fracas

Front

Noisy disturbance or fight; brawl

Back

idyllic

Front

Presenting a positive, peaceful view of rural life (as poetry or prose); pleasant in a natural, simple way

Back

gouge

Front

Scooping or digging tool, like a chisel, or a hole made with such a tool (noun); cut or scoop out; force out a person's eye with one's thumb; swindle, extort money from (verb)

Back

glower

Front

Stare in an angry, sullen way

Back

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irresolute

Front

Wavering, not sure how to proceed, not firm in one's decision-making

Back

invidious

Front

Hateful, offensive, injurious

Back

inimical

Front

Hostile, adverse, harmful

Back

impervious

Front

Impenetrable, not able to be harmed or emotionally disturbed

Back

insurrection

Front

Rebellion or revolt against a government or similarly established authority

Back

interplay

Front

Interaction, reciprocal relationship or influence

Back

intransigent

Front

Refusing to compromise, inflexible, having extreme attitudes

Back

incarnadine

Front

Blood red or flesh-colored

Back

implacable

Front

Not able to be appeased, calmed, or satisfied

Back

insipid

Front

Dull, stale, lacking taste or interest

Back

inert

Front

Inactive; having little or no power to move

Back

inordinate

Front

Excessive, not within proper limits, unrestrained

Back

inculcate

Front

Teach persistently, implant (an idea) in a person

Back

insensible

Front

Incapable of feeling; unconscious, unaware

Back

imperturbable

Front

Calm, not able to be upset or agitated

Back

impecunious

Front

Poor, without money

Back

ingratiate

Front

Make an effort to gain favor with

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inveigle

Front

Entice, lure; get something by flattery, cleverness, or offering incentives

Back

itinerant

Front

Traveling from place to place, esp. as part of a job

Back

indigence

Front

Extreme poverty

Back

impetuous

Front

Passionately impulsive, marked by sudden, hasty emotion; forceful, violent

Back

inter

Front

Bury (a dead body) or place in a tomb

Back

invective

Front

Violent denunciation; accusations, insults, or verbal abuse

Back

juxtapose

Front

Place side by side (either physically or in a metaphorical way, such as to make a comparison)

Back

inexorable

Front

Relentless, unyielding; not moved by pleading

Back

investiture

Front

Investing; formally giving someone a right or title

Back

inconstancy

Front

Fickleness, unreliability; the state of changing without good reason

Back

inure

Front

Toughen up; accustom or habituate to pain, hardship, etc.

Back

iniquity

Front

Injustice, wickedness, sin

Back

jettison

Front

Discard, cast off; throw items overboard in order to lighten a ship in an emergency

Back

irascible

Front

Irritable, easily angered

Back

ingrate

Front

Ungrateful person

Back

inundate

Front

Flood, cover with water, overwhelm

Back

kindle

Front

Ignite, cause to begin burning; incite, arouse, inflame

Back

indolent

Front

Lazy, slothful

Back

inquest

Front

Legal or judicial inquiry, especially before a jury and especially made by a coroner into the cause of someone's death; the results of such an inquiry

Back

itinerary

Front

Travel schedule; detailed plan for a journey

Back

indefatigable

Front

Untiring, not able to become fatigued

Back

insular

Front

Pertaining to an island; detached, standing alone; narrow-minded, provincial

Back

impious

Front

Not religious, lacking reverence, ungodly

Back

infallible

Front

Incapable of error; certain

Back

impugn

Front

Attack the truth or integrity of

Back

jingoism

Front

Excessive, loud patriotism and aggressive, warlike foreign policy

Back

impute

Front

Credit, attribute; lay blame or responsibility for (sometimes falsely)

Back

interregnum

Front

A time in between two reigns or regimes during which there is no ruler; a period during which government does not function; any period of freedom from authority or break or interruption in a series

Back

insinuate

Front

Hint, suggest slyly; introduce (an idea) into someone's mind in a subtle, artful way

Back

imperious

Front

Commanding, domineering; acting like a high-ranking person; urgent

Back

imprecation

Front

Curse; prayer for harm to come to someone

Back

impermeable

Front

Impassable, not allowing passage through (such as by a liquid)

Back

impassive

Front

Not having or not showing physical feeling or emotion

Back

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mirth

Front

Jollity, merriment; amusement or laughter

Back

laudable

Front

Worthy of praise

Back

malinger

Front

Pretend to be sick, esp. to get out of work, duties, etc.

Back

larceny

Front

Theft

Back

modicum

Front

A little bit or limited quantity

Back

listless

Front

Spiritless, lacking interest or energy

Back

modish

Front

Stylish, contemporary

Back

misanthrope or misanthropist

Front

Hater of humankind

Back

maelstrom

Front

Violent whirlpool; any chaotic, turbulent situation

Back

malediction

Front

A curse

Back

militate

Front

Have a great effect, weigh heavily (often as militate against)

Back

molt

Front

Shed or cast off, esp. to regularly shed skin, feathers, etc. (as a snake)

Back

magnanimous

Front

High-minded, noble, lofty; generous in forgiving others, free of resentment

Back

metaphysical

Front

Concerned with abstract thought, related to metaphysics (branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the nature of being and of the world); very subtle or abstruse

Back

mendicant

Front

Beggar, or religious follower who lives by begging

Back

munificent

Front

Generous, giving liberally

Back

monastic

Front

Relating to or resembling a monastery (where monks or nuns live), esp. by being quiet, secluded, contemplative, strict, and/or lacking luxuries

Back

lurid

Front

Gruesome or excessively vivid; sensational, shocking, unrestrained

Back

lugubrious

Front

Mournful, gloomy (sometimes in an exaggerated way)

Back

kinetic

Front

Pertaining to motion

Back

maxim

Front

A general truth or fundamental principle, esp. expressed as a proverb or saying

Back

magnate

Front

Very important or influential person, esp. in business

Back

licentious

Front

Sexually unrestrained; immoral; ignoring the rules

Back

leery

Front

Suspicious or wary

Back

mar

Front

Damage, spoil, ruin

Back

myopic

Front

Near-sighted; lacking long-term thinking, short-sighted

Back

multifarious

Front

Diverse, having a lot of variety

Back

manifest

Front

Obvious, apparent, perceptible to the eye (adj); to show, make clear, or prove (verb)

Back

legerdemain

Front

Slight-of-hand (magic as performed by a magician); trickery or deception

Back

mannered

Front

Having a particular manner, esp. an artificial one

Back

luminous

Front

Shining, radiant, well-lit; brilliant or enlightening

Back

missive

Front

Letter, written message

Back

largess or largesse

Front

Generosity, the giving of money or gifts (esp. with the implication that the giver is a bit superior to the recipient)

Back

lionize

Front

Treat like a celebrity

Back

livid

Front

Furiously angry, enraged

Back

lachrymose

Front

Tearful, mournful

Back

milieu

Front

Environment, atmosphere; the environmental setting in which something happens or develops

Back

limpid

Front

Clear, transparent; completely calm

Back

latent

Front

Potential; existing but not visible or active

Back

lethargic

Front

Lazy, drowsy, or sluggish

Back

martinet

Front

Person who adheres to rules extremely closely; strict disciplinarian

Back

mired

Front

Stuck, entangled (in something, like a swamp or muddy area), soiled

Back

maudlin

Front

Excessively sentimental, showing sadness or some other emotion in a foolish or silly way

Back

lax

Front

Not strict; careless, loose, slack

Back

lissome

Front

Flexible, supple, agile

Back

meretricious

Front

Attractive in a vulgar or flashy way, tawdry; deceptive

Back

machination or machinations

Front

Crafty schemes or plots

Back

knell

Front

The sound made by a bell for a funeral, or any sad sound or signal of a failure, death, ending, etc. (noun); to make such a sound (verb)

Back

morose

Front

Gloomy, sullen

Back

lumber

Front

Walk in a heavy or clumsy way, sometimes due to being weighed down

Back

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pare

Front

Peel or cut off the outer layer (such as peeling fruit with a knife), reduce or trim as if cutting off the outer parts

Back

pernicious

Front

Very harmful or destructive, deadly

Back

plethora

Front

Excess; excessive amount

Back

panegyric

Front

Formal or lofty expression of praise

Back

ostentatious

Front

Pretentious, boastful showiness

Back

philistine

Front

Person deficient in or hostile to culture

Back

obdurate

Front

Stubborn, hardhearted, hardened in wrongdoing

Back

pejorative

Front

Disparaging, derogatory, belittling (adj); a name or word that is disparaging (noun)

Back

pallid

Front

Abnormally pale (as skin); lacking color or vitality

Back

ostensible or ostensive

Front

Professed, evident, or pretended; outwardly appearing in a certain way

Back

orotund

Front

Full, rich, and clear (of the voice or speaking); pompous, bombastic

Back

paragon

Front

Model of excellence, perfect example

Back

ossify

Front

Become bone or become hard like bone; become inflexible in attitudes, opinions, etc.

Back

parry

Front

Deflect or avoid (esp. a blow or attack); skillfully evade (a question)

Back

nadir

Front

Lowest point

Back

peripatetic

Front

Journeying from place to place; traveling on foot

Back

perspicacious

Front

Having penetrating insight or good discernment

Back

pellucid

Front

Transparent, translucent; clear, easy to understand

Back

penury

Front

Extreme poverty or scarcity

Back

nettle

Front

Irritate, sting, or annoy

Back

penumbra

Front

Outer part of a shadow from an eclipse; any surrounding region, fringe, periphery; any area where something "sort of" exists

Back

nominal

Front

Trivial, so small as to be unimportant; in name only, so-called

Back

panoply

Front

Splendid, wide-ranging, impressive display or array

Back

plebian

Front

Of the common people

Back

nontrivial

Front

Important or big enough to matter

Back

noisome

Front

Offensive, disgusting; harmful

Back

perennial

Front

Lasting through the years or indefinitely, enduring; recurring

Back

per se

Front

Intrinsically; by itself; in itself

Back

opprobrium

Front

Disgrace and disapproval that result from outrageously shameful actions

Back

phlegmatic

Front

Apathetic, sluggish, not easily excited or made emotional

Back

perfunctory

Front

Done superficially, without much care, or merely as routine

Back

platitude

Front

A shallow, overused statement; cliche

Back

oblique

Front

Slanting or sloping; indirect, misleading, or evasive

Back

palliate

Front

Make less serious or severe; relieve symptoms of an illness

Back

pathogenic

Front

Capable of producing disease

Back

palatial

Front

Suitable for or resembling a palace, magnificent

Back

opine

Front

Express an opinion

Back

neologism

Front

New word or phrase (or a new meaning applied to an existing word or phrase)

Back

phalanx

Front

Formation of soldiers carrying shields close together for defense; any very close group of people

Back

pedant

Front

Person who pays excessive attention to book learning and rules, or who uses his or her learning to show off

Back

normative

Front

Implying or attempting to establish a norm; expressing value judgments or telling people what to do (rather than merely describing that which is happening)

Back

pastiche

Front

Mix of incongruous parts; artistic work imitating the work of other artists, often satirically

Back

neophyte

Front

Beginner, novice; person newly converted to a religion

Back

peddle

Front

Travel around while selling; sell illegally; give out or disseminate

Back

panache

Front

Flair, style, swagger; a flamboyant or grand way of acting

Back

peregrinate

Front

Travel from place to place, esp. on foot

Back

overwrought

Front

Overly nervous, agitated, or excited; too ornate, elaborate, or fussy; overdone

Back

penitent

Front

Regretful, feeling remorse for one's sins or misdeeds (adj); a person who feels this way (noun)

Back

parley

Front

Discussion, negotiation, esp. between enemies (noun); to have such a discussion (verb)

Back

occlude

Front

Stop up, close, shut in or shut off

Back

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primacy

Front

The state of being first or most important

Back

propitious

Front

Favorable, giving good signs for the future, likely to work out; kind or forgiving

Back

raconteur

Front

Witty storyteller

Back

proclivity

Front

Inclination, natural tendency

Back

plutocracy

Front

Rule by the wealthy

Back

posit

Front

Presume, suggest, put forward (an idea)

Back

recalcitrant

Front

Not obedient, resisting authority, hard to manage

Back

rarefied

Front

Lofty, very high up or elevated (in a metaphorical way); exclusive, select; thin, pure, or less dense (as air at the top of a mountain)

Back

polemic

Front

Controversial argument, esp. one attacking a specific idea

Back

quiescent

Front

Quiet, still

Back

prophetic

Front

Relating to prophesy, predicting, ominous

Back

redress

Front

Setting something right after a misdeed, compensation or relief for injury or wrongdoing (noun); correct, set right, remedy (verb)

Back

preternatural

Front

Supernatural, exceptional

Back

refractory

Front

Stubbornly disobedient, hard to manage

Back

rejoinder

Front

Response or reply, esp. a witty comeback

Back

propagate

Front

Reproduce, spread, increase

Back

précis

Front

Concise summary, abstract

Back

prolix

Front

Excessively long and wordy (of a person, piece of writing, etc.)

Back

recondite

Front

Not easily understood, hidden, dealing with an obscure topic

Back

repertorial

Front

Pertaining to a repertory or repertoire, a stock of available things or a number of theatrical performances presented regularly or in sequence

Back

prescient

Front

Having foreknowledge or foresight, seeing the future

Back

politic

Front

Shrewd, pragmatic; tactful or diplomatic

Back

proxy

Front

Agent, substitute, person authorized to act on behalf of another

Back

prevaricate

Front

Stray from the truth, mislead, lie

Back

propensity

Front

Natural inclination or tendency

Back

pusillanimous

Front

Cowardly, timid

Back

rend

Front

Tear violently, esp. to tear one's clothing or hair out of grief; pull apart, split, or tear away

Back

pulchritude

Front

Physical beauty

Back

refulgent

Front

Shining, radiant

Back

puissance

Front

Power, might

Back

predilection

Front

Preference, tendency or favorability towards

Back

redound

Front

To have a good or bad effect, esp. as a result of a person's efforts or actions (usually used with to, on, or upon)

Back

pugilism

Front

boxing, fighting with the fists

Back

prattle

Front

Talk in an idle, simple-minded, meaningless, or foolish way; chatter, babble

Back

propitiate

Front

Attempt to reconcile with, satisfy, or reduce the animosity of (a person who is angry, offended, etc.)

Back

reprobate

Front

Disreputable, unprincipled, or damned person (noun); shameless, depraved (adj)

Back

querulous

Front

Given to complaining, grumbling

Back

repose

Front

The act or state of resting; peacefulness, tranquility; lying dead in a grave

Back

precipitate

Front

Cause to happen suddenly or prematurely; fling, plunge, or hurl down

Back

recapitulate

Front

Summarize, repeat in a concise way

Back

pungent

Front

Having a sharp taste or smell; biting, stimulating, sharp

Back

reactant

Front

Something that reacts; a substance that undergoes a change in a chemical reaction

Back

repast

Front

A meal (noun); to eat or feast (verb)

Back

providential

Front

Lucky, fortunate, or relating to divine care (the idea that a deity has helped or cared for a person)

Back

plucky

Front

Brave, spirited

Back

quixotic

Front

Extremely impractical but very romantic, chivalrous, or idealistic; impulsive

Back

recant

Front

Withdraw, retract, or disavow something one has previously said, esp. formally

Back

puerile

Front

Juvenile, immature

Back

recrudescent

Front

Revival, breaking out into renewed activity

Back

polyglot

Front

Speaking or composed of many languages (of a person, book, etc.); a person who knows several languages

Back

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sublime

Front

Lofty or elevated, inspiring reverence or awe; excellent, majestic; complete, utter

Back

synoptic

Front

Relating to a synopsis or summary; giving a general view

Back

searchingly

Front

In a searching or penetrating manner; while examining closely or probing for answers

Back

syntax

Front

The rules governing grammar and how words join to make sentences (or how words and symbols join in writing computer code), the study of these rules, or any system or orderly arrangement

Back

shard

Front

Fragment of some brittle substance, esp. a sharp fragment of pottery, glass, etc.

Back

resurgent

Front

Having a revival, renewing, rising or surging again

Back

ridden

Front

Dominated or burdened by

Back

rococo

Front

Very elaborate and ornate (in decorating or metaphorically, as in speech and writing); relating to a highly ornate style of art and architecture in 18th-century France

Back

stratagem

Front

Military maneuver to deceive or surprise; crafty scheme

Back

stigma

Front

Mark of disgrace, a figurative stain or mark on someone's reputation

Back

stint

Front

Period of time spent doing something, or a specific, limited amount of work (noun); to be frugal, to get by on little (verb)

Back

semantic

Front

Relating to the different meanings of words or other symbols

Back

rue

Front

Regret, remorse (noun); to feel regret or remorse (verb)

Back

ribald

Front

Using or relating to obscene or vulgar humor

Back

stentorian

Front

Very loud and powerful (generally of a human voice)

Back

solidarity

Front

Fellowship in interests, feelings, responsibilities, etc., such as among a group of people or among classes, nations, etc.

Back

somatic

Front

Of the body

Back

seraphic

Front

Like an angel; serene, spiritually carried off or transported

Back

revamp

Front

Renovate, redo, revise (verb); a restructuring, upgrade, etc. (noun)

Back

scurvy

Front

Contemptible, mean

Back

solecism

Front

Nonstandard use of grammar or words; mistake, esp. in etiquette

Back

salient

Front

Obvious, standing out; projecting, protruding, jutting out

Back

squalid

Front

Disgusting, filthy, foul, extremely neglected

Back

slake

Front

Satisfy (esp. thirst), cool, or refresh; make less active

Back

strut

Front

A structural support or brace

Back

sedition

Front

Inciting rebellion against a government, esp. speech or writing that does this

Back

stasis

Front

Equilibrium, a state of balance or inactivity, esp. caused by equal but opposing forces

Back

rift

Front

A gap or fissure (such as in rock), a break in friendly relations

Back

tendentious

Front

Marked by a strong point of view, biased

Back

symbiosis

Front

Mutually dependent relationship between two organisms, people, groups, etc.

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stipulate

Front

Specify; make an open demand, esp. as a condition of agreement

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supposition

Front

Assumption, hypothesis, something that has been supposed

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sully

Front

Make dirty, stain, tarnish, defile

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secrete

Front

Produce and release a substance from a cell or gland of the body for a functional purpose

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supplant

Front

Take the place of, displace, especially through sneaky tactics

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surly

Front

Bad-tempered, hostile, unfriendly, or rude

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ruminate

Front

Turn over in the mind, reflect on; chew cud (as a cow)

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tawdry

Front

Gaudy, cheap or cheap-looking; indecent

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subpoena

Front

A court order requiring a person to appear in court and give testimony

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scintilla

Front

A tiny bit or trace

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stratum

Front

One of many layers (such as in a rock formation or in the classes of a society)

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sardonic

Front

Scornfully or ironically mocking, cynically derisive

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sobriquet

Front

A nickname

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savant

Front

Learned person, scholar, someone admitted to membership in a scholarly field; a person with amazing mental abilities despite having a cognitive difference or disability

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surrogate

Front

Substitute, person who acts for another (noun); acting as a replacement (adj)

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sinecure

Front

A job or position that pays while requiring little or no work

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squelch

Front

Crush, squash; suppress or silence; walk through ooze or in wet shoes, making a smacking or sucking sound

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sybarite

Front

Person devoted to pleasure and luxury

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steeped

Front

Immersed (in), saturated (with)

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skittish

Front

Shy, fickle, uncertain, or prone to act suddenly due to nervousness; lively in a restless or excessive way

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verisimilar

Front

Having the appearance of truth, probable

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trenchant

Front

forceful or vigorous, effective, keen; caustic, sharp

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upbraid

Front

Find fault with, criticize or scold severely

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vociferous

Front

Noisily crying out, as in protest

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vicissitude

Front

Changes or variations over time, esp. regular changes from one thing to another

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wan

Front

Unnaturally pale, or showing some other indication of sickness, unhappiness, etc.; weak, lacking forcefulness

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vex

Front

annoy or bother; puzzle or distress

Back

truculent

Front

Fierce, cruel, savage; belligerent

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untempered

Front

Not toned down; not moderated, controlled, or counterbalanced

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unsparing

Front

Generous, lavish (as in not sparing any help or gifts to others); unmerciful, harsh (as in not sparing any criticism)

Back

vanguard

Front

Leading units at the front of an army; leaders in a trend or movement, people on the "cutting edge"; the forefront of a trend or movement

Back

yoke

Front

A burden or something that oppresses; a frame for attaching animals (such as oxen) to each other and to a plow or other equipment to be pulled, or a bar across a person's shoulders to help carry buckets of water, etc. (noun); to unite together or to burden (verb)

Back

whitewash

Front

A substance used to whiten walls, wood, etc. (noun); deception, covering up of wrongs, errors, misdeeds, etc. (verb)

Back

transgression

Front

Violation of a law, moral rule, order, etc.; sin

Back

tome

Front

Large or scholarly book; one of the volumes in a set of several books

Back

whet

Front

Stimulate, make keen or eager (esp. of an appetite)

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travesty

Front

Exaggerated, debased, or grotesque imitation

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terse

Front

Concise, brief and to the point (sometimes to the point of rudeness)

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tumultuous

Front

Riotous, violently agitated, marked by disturbance or uproar; noisy, chaotic

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verdant

Front

Green, such as with vegetation, plants, grass, etc.; young and inexperienced

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turgid

Front

Swollen, inflated; or, metaphorically "inflated," such as in overblown, pompous speech

Back

umbrage

Front

Offense or annoyance (usually as take umbrage, meaning become offended or annoyed)

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unconscionable

Front

Not guided by conscience; morally wrong, unjust, unreasonable

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viscid or viscous

Front

Thick, adhesive, or covered in something sticky

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tyro

Front

Beginner

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winsome

Front

Charming, engaging, esp. in a sweet and innocent way

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via

Front

Through, by means of, by way of (by a route that goes through or touches)

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vernal

Front

Relating to the spring; fresh, youthful

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xenophobia

Front

Fear or hatred of foreigners or that which is foreign

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vestige

Front

Trace or sign of something that once existed

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voluble

Front

Easily fluent in regards to speech

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wizened

Front

Withered, shriveled

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token

Front

Sign, symbol, mark, badge; souvenir, memento; coin-like disk used as currency for subways, arcade games, etc.; sample, or person, thing, idea taken to represent an entire group (noun); of very little or merely symbolic value (adj)

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virulent

Front

Extremely infectious, poisonous, etc.; hateful, bitterly hostile

Back

tortuous

Front

Twisting, winding, complex; devious, not straightforward

Back

turpitude

Front

Depravity, baseness of character, corrupt or depraved acts

Back

vitriol

Front

Something highly caustic, such as criticism (literally, one of a number of chemicals including sulfuric acid)

Back

wanton

Front

Reckless, vicious, without regard for what is right; unjustifiable, deliberately done for no reason at all; sexually unrestrained or excessively luxurious

Back

variegated

Front

Varied in color, having multicolored patches or spots; diverse

Back

terrestrial

Front

Relating to the Earth or to land; worldly

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usury

Front

Charging interest on a loan, esp. charging illegally high or excessive interest

Back

toady

Front

Someone who flatters or acts in a servile manner for self-serving reasons

Back

winnow

Front

Sift, analyze critically, separate the useful part from the worthless part

Back

welter

Front

Confused mass or pile, jumble; confusion or turmoil (noun); roll around, wallow, toss about, writhe (verb)

Back

treacherous

Front

Betraying trust, not faithful or trustworthy; not dependable; dangerous or deceptive

Back

vim

Front

Pep, enthusiasm, vitality, lively spirit

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