1. Abate (v)
    to lessen in intensity or degree
  2. Accolade (n)
    an expression of praise
  3. Adulation (n)
    excessive praise; intense adoration
  4. Aesthetic (adj)
    dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
  5. Ameliorate (v)
    to make better or more tolerable
  6. Ascetic (n)
    one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
  7. Avarice (n)
    greed, esp. for wealth
  8. Axiom (n)
    a universally recognized principle
  9. Burgeon (v)
    to grow rapidly or flourish
  10. Bucolic (adj)
    rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
  11. Cacophony (n)
    harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
  12. Canon (n)
    an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
  13. Castigation (n)
    severe criticism or punishment
  14. Catalyst (n)
    a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
  15. Caustic (adj)
    burning or stinging; causing corrosion
  16. Chary (adj)
    wary; cautious; sparing
  17. Cogent (adj)
    appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
  18. Complaisance (n)
    the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
  19. Contentious (adj)
    argumentative;quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
  20. Contrite (adj)
    regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
  21. Culpable (adj)
    deserving blame
  22. Dearth (n)
    smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
  23. Demur (v)
    to question or oppose
  24. Didactic (adj)
    intended to teach or instruct
  25. Discretion (n)
    cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
  26. Disinterested (adj)
    free of bias or self-interest; impartial
  27. Dogmatic (adj)
    expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
  28. Ebullience (n)
    the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
  29. Eclectic (adj)
    composed of elements drawn from various sources
  30. Elegy (n)
    a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
  31. Emollient (adj)
    soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smooths the skin
  32. Empirical (adj)
    based on observation or experiment
  33. Enigmatic (adj)
    mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
  34. Ephemeral (adj)
    brief; fleeting
  35. Esoteric (adj)
    intended for or understood by a small, specific group
  36. Eulogy (n)
    a speech honoring the dead
  37. Exonerate (v)
    to remove blame
  38. Facetious (adj)
  39. Fallacy (n)
    an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
  40. Furtive (adj)
    marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
  41. Gregarious (adj)
    sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
  42. Harangue (v)/(n)
    to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
  43. Heretical (adj)
    violating accepted dogma or convention
  44. Hyperbole (n)
    an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
  45. Impecunious (adj)
    lacking funds; without money
  46. Incipient (ajd)
    beginning to come into being or to become apparent
  47. Inert (adj)
    unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
  48. Innocuous (adj)
    harmless; causing no damage
  49. Intransigent (ajd)
    refusing to compromise
  50. Inveigle (v)
    to obtain by deception or flattery
  51. Morose (adj)
    sad; sullen; melancholy
  52. Odious (adj)
    evoking intense aversion or dislike
  53. Opaque (adj)
    impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
  54. Oscillation (n)
    the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
  55. Penurious (adj)
    penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
  56. Pernicious (adj)
    extremely harmful; potentially causing death
  57. Peruse (v)
    to examine with great care
  58. Pious (adj)
    extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
  59. Precursor (n)
    one that precedes and indicates or announces another
  60. Preen (v)
    to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
  61. Prodigious (adj)
    abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
  62. Prolific (adj)
    producing large volumes or amounts; productive
  63. Putrefy (v)
    to rot; to decay and give off a foul order
  64. Quaff (v)
    to drink deeply
  65. Quiescence (n)
    stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
  66. Redoubtable (adj)
    awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
  67. Sanction (n)/(v)
    authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
  68. Satire (n)
    a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
  69. Squalid (adj)
    sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
  70. Stoic (adj)
    indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
  71. Supplant (v)
    to take the place of; to supersede
  72. Torpid (adj)
    lethargic; sluggish; dormant
  73. Ubiquitous (adj)
    existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
  74. Urbane (adj)
    sophisticated; refined; elegant
  75. Vilifty (v)
    to defame; to characterize harshly
  76. Viscous (adj)
    thick; sticky
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