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abyss
A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable, and, specifically, hell, or the bottomless pit.
aesthetic
Concerned with beauty, artistic impact, or appearance.
advocate
To argue for someone else.
abate
To bring down or reduce to a lower state, number, degree or estimation.
abstain
Refrain from (something); hold one's self aloof; to forbear or keep from doing, especially an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from.
adulterate
To corrupt.
abscond
To depart secretly; to steal away, particularly to avoid arrest or prosecution :
aggrandize
To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; applied to persons, countries, etc.
alleviate
To make less severe, as a pain or difficulty.
amalgamate
To merge, to combine, to blend, to join.
ambiguous
Vague and unclear.
ameliorate
To make better, to improve; to heal; to solve a problem.
anachronism
A person or thing which seems to belong to a different time or period of time.
analogous
Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion;—often followed by to.
anomaly
Something or someone that is strange or unusual.
antagonize
To work against; oppose; especially to incite reaction.
antipathy
Contrariety or opposition in feeling; settled aversion or dislike; repugnance; distaste.
apathy
Complete lack of emotion or motivation about a person, activity, or object; depression; lack of interest or enthusiasm; disinterest.
arbitrate
To make a judgment (on a dispute) as an arbitrator or arbiter
archaic
Of or characterized by antiquity; old-fashioned, quaint, antiquated, as an archaic word or phrase.
ardor
great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion
articulate
To speak clearly; to enunciate.
assuage
To lessen the intensity of, to mitigate or relieve (hunger, emotion, pain etc.).
attenuate
To reduce in size, force, value, amount, or degree
audacious
Showing willingness to take bold risks; recklessly daring.
austere
Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy
banal
Common in a boring way, to the point of being predictable; containing nothing new or fresh.
bolster
To brace, reinforce, secure, or support.
bombastic
Pompous or overly wordy.
cacophony
A mix of discordant sounds; dissonance.
candid
Straightforward, open and sincere.
capricious
Impulsive and unpredictable; determined by chance, impulse, or whim
castigate
To punish severely; to criticize severely; to reprimand severely.
catalyst
A substance which increases the rate of a chemical reaction without being consumed in the process.
caustic
sharp, bitter, cutting, biting, sarcastic
chaos
Any state of disorder, any confused or amorphous mixture or conglomeration.
chauvinist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
chicanery
Deception by use of trickery, quibbling, or subterfuge.
cogent
Reasonable and convincing; based on evidence.
condone
To forgive, excuse or overlook (something).
convoluted
Complex, intricate or complicated.
corroborate
To confirm, strengthen or support something with additional evidence; to attest or vouch.
credulous
Excessively ready to believe things; gullible.
crescendo
A gradual increase of anything, especially to a dramatic climax.