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abrogate
To annul by an authoritative act.
abstruse
concealed or hidden out of the way.
calipers
A device used to measure thickness between two surfaces, especially for small or precise measurements.
canon
A generally accepted principle.
cantankerous
Stubborn, cranky,surly, ill-humored,irritable
canvass
a solicitation of voters or opinions
capacitor
especially one consisting of two conductors separated by a dielectric.
capitulate
To end all resistance; to give up; to go along with or comply;
capricious
Impulsive and unpredictable; determined by chance, impulse, or whim
captious
Having a disposition to find fault unreasonably or to raise petty objections.
carp
To complain about a fault; to harp on.
cartography
The creation of charts and maps based on the layout of a territory's geography.
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.
catharsis
A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience.
cavil
To criticise for petty or frivolous reasons.
censure
The act of blaming, criticizing, or condemning as wrong; reprehension.
chagrin
Distress of mind caused by a failure of aims or plans, want of appreciation, mistakes etc; vexation or mortification.
chicanery
Deception by use of trickery, quibbling, or subterfuge.
chimerical
Being a figment of the imagination.
choleric
Easily becoming angry.
circumvent
to avoid or get around something; to bypass
closefisted
Unwilling to spend money; stingy
coalesce
To join into a single mass or whole.
cogitate
To meditate, to ponder, to think deeply.
colloquial
Denoting a manner of speaking or writing that is characteristic of familiar conversation; informal.
conscript
One who is compulsorily enrolled, often into a military service; a draftee.
corroborate
To confirm, strengthen or support something with additional evidence; to attest or vouch.
coterie
A circle of people who associate with one another.
coy
bashful, shy
craven
Unwilling to fight; lacking even the rudiments of courage; extremely cowardly.
curmudgeon
A miser.
dearth
A period or condition when food is rare and hence expensive; famine.
debacle
An event or enterprise that ends suddenly and disastrously, often with humiliating consequences.
deft
Quick and neat in action; skillful
dehydrate
to lose or remove water; to dry
deleterious
harmful or hurtful, to physical, mental or moral health.
demagogue
An orator or leader who gains favor by exciting the passions and prejudices of the audience.
demography
the study of human populations, and how they change
desalinate
To remove the salt from something, especially from seawater for use in a domestic water supply
desiccate
to dry
diplomatic
Concerning the relationships between the governments of countries.
discomfit
To defeat completely; to rout.
dither
To be uncertain or unable to make a decision about doing something.
divisive
Having a quality that divides or separates
draconian
Very severe, oppressive or strict.
ebullient
boiling, agitated, enthusiastic
eclectic
Selecting a mixture of what appear to be best of various doctrines, methods or styles.
effigy
a dummy or other crude representation of a person, group or object that is hated.
egregious
Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.
elliptical
oval.
endemic
Native to a particular area or culture; originating where it occurs.
ephemeral
Lasting for a short period of time.
equine
Of or relating to a horse or horses
equivocal
A word or expression capable of different meanings; an ambiguous term;
ersatz
Made in imitation; artificial, especially of an inferior quality.
ethereal
Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; otherworldly;
etymology
The study of the historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words.
euphonious
Pleasant-sounding; agreeable to the ear;
evanescent
vanishing, disappearing, fleeting
evince
To show or demonstrate clearly; to manifest.
execrate
To feel loathing for; abhor.
exhume
To dig out of the ground; to take out of a place of burial; to disinter.
exonerate
To free from accusation or blame.
expeditious
Fast, prompt, speedy.
expiate
To atone or make reparation for.
expunge
To erase or strike out.
facile
Easy.
fervent
Exhibiting particular enthusiasm, zeal, conviction, persistence, or belief.
feign
To give a mental existence to something that is not real or actual; to imagine; to invent; to pretend; to form and relate as if true.
flaccid
Flabby.
florid
having a rosy or pale red colour; ruddy
flout
To express contempt for the rules by word or action.
ford
A location where a stream is shallow and the bottom has good footing, making it possible to cross from one side to the other with no bridge, by walking, riding, or driving through the water; a crossing.
forensics
the study of formal debate; rhetoric
fortuitous
Happening by chance; coincidental or accidental.
fracas
A noisy disorderly quarrel, fight, brawl, disturbance or scrap.
furrow
A trench cut in the soil, as when plowed in order to plant a crop.
gaffe
A foolish error, especially one made in public.
galvanize
to startle into sudden activity; stimulate.
germane
Related to the topic being discussed or considered.
glower
To look or stare with anger.
goldbrick
(slang) A shirker or malingerer
grandiloquent
overly wordy, pompous, flowery, or elaborate.
gratuitous
Given freely; unearned.
glut
an excess, too much
hackneyed
Repeated too often.
halcyon
In classical legends, a bird said to nest on the sea and to calm the waters to make this possible.
harbinger
A person or thing that foreshadows or foretells the coming of someone or something.
hedonism
A general devotion to the pursuit of pleasure.
hegemony
Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one political group over a society or by one nation over others (e.g.: internationally among nation-states, and regionally over social classes, between languages or even culture).
hermetic
Of or pertaining to alchemy or occult practices.
homily
A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter
hubris
Excessive pride, presumption or arrogance (originally toward the gods).
humanist
In the Renaissance, a scholar of Greek and Roman classics
hybrid
Offspring resulting from cross-breeding different entities, e.g. two different species or two purebred parent strains.
hypodermic
introduced under the skin: a hypodermic medication.
ignominy
Great dishonor, shame, or humiliation.
importune
Harass with persistent requests.
inane
Lacking sense or meaning (often implying, "to the point of boredom or annoyance").
incantation
the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.
incarnate
Embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form; personified.
incensed
Enraged; infuriated; spitefully or furiously angry.
inchoate
Recently started but not fully formed yet; just begun; only elementary or immature.
indignant
Showing anger or indignation, especially at something unjust or wrong.
indolent
Habitually lazy, procrastinating, or resistant to physical labor/labour.
ineffable
Beyond expression in words; unspeakable.
inexorable
Unable to be persuaded; relentless; unrelenting
inoculate
To introduce an antigenic substance or vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.
insouciant
carefree; nonchalant; indifferent; casually unconcerned.
irascible
Easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable.
jaunt
A wearisome journey.
jejune
Not nutritious.
jettison
Collectively, items that have been or are about to be ejected from a boat or balloon.
jingoist
One who advocates an aggressive nationalism; one who vociferously supports a nation's military aims.
jurisprudence
The philosophy, science and study of law and decisions based on the interpretation thereof
karma
action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation.
kudos
Praise; accolades.
lambaste
To scold, reprimand or criticize harshly.
lament
An expression of grief, suffering, or sadness.
laudatory
Of or pertaining to praise, or the expression of praise;
lax
Lenient and allowing for deviation; not strict.
lexicon
A dictionary that includes or focuses on lexemes.
limpid
Clear, transparent or bright.
liniment
A topical medical preparation intended to be rubbed into the skin with friction, such as to relieve symptoms of arthritis.
liquidate
To settle a debt by paying the outstanding amount.
lugubrious
gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree.
luminary
One that is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in his chosen field; a leading light.
maudlin
Extravagantly or excessively sentimental; self-pitying.
mellifluous
sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding.
mendacious
lying, untruthful or dishonest
meritorious
deserving of merit or commendation; deserving reward
mirth
The emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.
misanthrope
One who hates all mankind; one who hates the human race.
mollify
To ease a burden; make less painful; to comfort
moribund
Approaching death; about to die; expiring
narcissism
Love of oneself.
nebulous
In the form of a cloud or haze; hazy.
neologism
A word or phrase which has recently been coined; a new word or phrase.
neophyte
A beginner.
noisome
Morally hurtful or noxious.
noxious
unpleasant and possibly also harmful, typically in reference to odorous fumes
nuance
A minor distinction.
numerology
The study of the purported mystical relationship between numbers and the character or action of physical objects and living things.
obdurate
Stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent.
obeisance
Taking a bow, to show an obedient attitude.
obfuscate
To make dark; overshadow
obsequious
Obedient, compliant with someone else's orders or wishes.
odometer
An instrument attached to the wheel of a vehicle, to measure the distance traversed.
olfactory
Concerning the sense of smell.
oligarchy
A government run by only a few, often the wealthy.
ornate
flashy, flowery or showy
palliative
Minimising the progression of a disease and relieving undesirable symptoms for as long as possible, rather than attempting to cure the (usually incurable) disease.
paltry
trashy, trivial, of little value
panacea
A remedy believed to cure all disease and prolong life that was originally sought by alchemists; a cure-all.
panache
An ornamental plume on a helmet.
paragon
A person or thing viewed as a model of excellence.
peccadillo
a small flaw or sin
pedantic
Being showy of one’s knowledge, often in a boring manner.
penurious
Miserly; excessively cheap.
perfidy
A state of act of violating faith or allegiance.
perfunctory
Performed out of routine and with little care.
pernicious
Causing death or injury; deadly.
perquisite
Any monetary or other incidental benefit beyond salary.
philistine
Lacking in appreciation for art or culture
piquant
Engaging; charming.
pique
A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury.
plebeian
Of or pertaining to the Roman plebs, or common people.
poignant
sharp-pointed; keen.
portent
an omen.
potentate
A powerful leader; a monarch; a ruler
predilection
Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity;
preempt
to appropriate something (before someone else does)
prescient
Having knowledge of events before they take place;
priggish
Self-righteously moralistic and superior.
profligate
Inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly.
prolific
Present in large numbers or quantities; plentiful.
promulgate
To make known or public.
prosaic
Straightforward; matter-of-fact; lacking the feeling or elegance of poetry.
pugnacious
Naturally aggressive or hostile; combative; belligerent.
pulchritude
Physical beauty.
queue
A line of people, vehicles or other objects.
quiescent
Inactive, at rest, quiet.
quintessential
ultimate.
quixotic
Possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality.
quotidian
daily; occurring or recurring every day.
raze
To demolish; to level to the ground.
rebuke
A harsh criticism.
recapitulate
to summarize or repeat in concise form
recidivism
Committing new offenses after being punished for a crime.
redolent
fragrant or aromatic; having a sweet scent
renege
To break a promise or commitment; to go back on one's word.
retrenchment
A defensive entrenchment consisting of a trench and parapet
rhetoric
The art of using language, especially public speaking, as a means to persuade.
sacrosanct
beyond alteration, criticism, or interference, especially due to religious sanction; inviolable.
sanguine
Having the colour of blood; red.
sardonic
Scornfully mocking or cynical.
saturnine
Slow and gloomy.
scrupulous
Exactly and carefully conducted.
semantic
Reflecting intended structure and meaning.
semaphore
Any visual signaling system with flags, lights, or mechanically moving arms.
serendipity
An unsought, unintended, and/or unexpected discovery and/or learning experience that happens by accident and sagacity.
skinflint
one who is excessively stingy or cautious with money; a tightwad; a miser
smidgen
A very small quantity or amount.
somber
Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.
specious
Superficially plausible, but actually wrong.
stand
To be upright, support oneself on the feet in an erect position.
sublime
Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.
subsidy
financial support or assistance, such as a grant.
subterfuge
Deceit used in order to achieve one's goal.
supercilious
showing contemptuous indifference; haughty.
supplicate
To humble oneself before another in making a request; to beg.
tenable
capable of being maintained or justified; well-founded
threadbare
shabby, frayed and worn to an extent that warp threads show
truculent
Eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant.
turbid
Cloudy, opaque, or thick with suspended matter.
uncanny
strange, and mysteriously unsettling (as if supernatural); weird
unilateral
done by one side only
usury
An exorbitant rate of interest, in excess of any legal rates or at least immorally.
vacuous
Showing a lack of thought or intelligence; vacant
vapid
lifeless, dull or banal
verdant
Green in colour.
vernacular
The language of a people, a national language.
vestige
A trace of something that is disappearing or no longer exists.
vilify
To say defamatory things about someone or something.
wane
A gradual diminution in power, value, intensity etc.
wanton
Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.
wizened
withered; lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
zeitgeist
The spirit of the age; the taste, outlook, and spirit characteristic of a period.
zenith
The highest point reached by a celestial or other object.