1. abstemious
    to actively avoid being self-indulgent, especially when eating or drinking
  2. adumbrate
    to explain very briefly; to outline the high points
  3. agog
    eager, excited, in anticipation of
  4. apathy
    a notable lack of interest, emotional connection, or passion; indifference
  5. apostate
    a person who rejects a religious or political belief
  6. apposite
    appropriate for the situation; completely suitable
  7. approbation
    great praise; rave reviews; high compliments and honors, generally formed or public
  8. arrant
    complete and total; unarguable; plainly obvious
  9. ascendancy
    position of power; superiority, or dominance
  10. asperity
    harshness, roughness, or nastiness of manner; irritability
  11. assiduous
    having great attention to detail; consistent and diligent; overly aware of details
  12. atrophy
    to weaken and deteriorate through lack of use
  13. austere
    severe and strict; without any frivolous additions; intentionally plain and without character
  14. aver
    to declare as fact; to swear as trues
  15. aversion
    a strong dislike or feeling of disgust; repulsion
  16. baleful
    threatening; intending to intimidate or cause harm
  17. bedaub
    to smear, usually with something sticky
  18. beguile
    to charm, often by being deceptive
  19. belie
    to be false or misrepresent; to be intentionally inaccurate
  20. blandishment
    gentle flattery used to get someone to behave in a certain way
  21. bleak
    cold, miserable, barren; without hope
  22. blighted
    diseased; given over to hopelessness and despair; sickly; run down
  23. brevity
    shortness and clarity in written or spoken word
  24. bucolic
    idealized characteristics of the country and country life; rustic and pastoral
  25. burgeon
    to increase rapidly; to flourish and grow
  26. buttress
    to support or reinforce a building, thought, idea, or argument
  27. cabal
    a secret group of plotters or conspirators
  28. callow
    inexperienced, immature, naive; emotionally young
  29. calumny
    slander; a false statement made intentionally to damage another's reputation
  30. canon
    the general principals, standards, or rules by which something is judged
  31. captious
    tending to nitpick or find fault; overly critical of small mistakes
  32. cataract
    a great, rushing waterfall
  33. censorious
    quick to cast blame; highly critical and judgmental of others
  34. censure
    a strong, official reprimand or to reprimand formally
  35. certitude
    the absolute certainty that something is true; complete confidence in the truth of a matter
  36. charlatan
    a con artist or fraud; someone who claims to have a special skill that he or she does not have
  37. chary
    wary; cautious; on guard
  38. coalesce
    to bond or come together; to form a single unit
  39. cogent
    clear, concise, and convincing, usually of an argument or point of view
  40. cogitate
    Consider carefully; ponder.
  41. colloquial
    used in ordinary speech, informal; may imply regionally used words and phrases
  42. comport
    to behave or conduct oneself in a particular manner; to act in a certain desirable way
  43. conciliatory
    meant to appease someone or make them feel better
  44. confluence
    the meeting, joining, or flowing together at one point, originally used in relation to streams
  45. confound
    to confuse or puzzle; to mix-up; to be unable to distinguish
  46. congeal
    to jell or curdle; to coagulate; to form a loose solid
  47. consternation
    extreme dismay or anxiety, usually caused by something unexpected occurring
  48. contemptuous
    showing or having the feeling that someone or something is inferior or worthless
  49. contrite
    feeling sorry or apologetic
  50. contumacious
    willfully and intentionally rude and disobedient
  51. cornucopia
    a symbol, literally or figuratively, of abundance, wealth, and plenty; when literal usually in the form of a horn overflowing with fruits and vegetables
  52. corrugated
    shaped into ridges and grooves
  53. credulity
    a tendency to be gullible; read to believe anything
  54. cynicism
    a negative and suspicious attitude; the expectation of the worst
  55. cynosure
    an object or person that has all the attention; the focal point
  56. deign
    to do something that is believed to be below one's station or dignity
  57. deluge
    a great flood or fall of water; anything that overwhelms like a great flood
  58. demagogue
    a leader who uses the emotions, fears, and prejudices of a populace, rather than logic, intellect, or facts to gain support
  59. deplore
    to feel strong disapproval; to condemn; to be strongly against
  60. depose
    to remove from office; to remove from power; to dethrone
  61. deposition
    a statement or testimony under oath
  62. deprave
    to make wicked; to morally corrupt
  63. descry
    to finally see; to catch sight of; to figure out through detection
  64. desuetude
    disuse; inactivity
  65. desultory
    disconnected; half-hearted; seemingly random
  66. diaphanous
    delicate and filmy to the point of being nearly transparent; gauzy
  67. dilatory
    meant to cause delay or postpone; used for the purpose of putting off an event
  68. dilettante
    an amateur or uneducated follower of a field of interest, usually the arts; someone who has an interest in but no real knowledge about a field of interest
  69. disabuse
    to convince or persuade someone an idea, thought, or belief is false
  70. discomfit
    to embarrass or make uncomfortable; to defeat soundly
  71. disconsolate
    deeply sad to the point of being unable to find or accept comfort
  72. discountenance
  73. disparate
    essentially different or dissimilar; not easy or even impossible to compare
  74. disquiet
    a feeling of anxiety, worry, or unrest
  75. dissemble
    to create or hide behind a fake appearance, attitude, or personality
  76. dissent
    to disagree, usually with a formal or official statement
  77. divest
    to deprive, usually the power or rights of another person
  78. edacious
    voracious; greedy for; devouring
  79. educe
    to bring out or draw out; to coax
  80. efface
    to erase or rub out
  81. effete
    worn out; out of date; lacking effectiveness; or overly refined, pretentious; characterized by affections
  82. efficacy
    effectiveness; the ability to create the desired effect
  83. effulgence
    bright and radiant; glowing
  84. egress
    the exit; the path out
  85. elegy
    a poem or song written in honor of someone who has died
  86. elicit
    to draw out, usually a response from a person
  87. elusive
    difficult to find, discover, or capture; just out of reach; unable to be grasped
  88. emaciate
    make abnormally thin, usually due to starvation or illness
  89. emblazon
    to display obviously; to put something somewhere it cannot be missed
  90. emend
    to alter or edit with the intent to improve
  91. empathy
    the ability to identify, understand, and share the feelings of another
  92. encomium
    a formal speech or statement in praise of someone
  93. encumbrance
    a burden; something that makes another thing more difficult
  94. engender
    to cause, usually a feeling to bring into existence
  95. enigma
    a puzzle or mystery, usually a person; someone that is difficult to understand
  96. ennui
    boredom; lack of interest, usually caused by having nothing to occupy one's time or thoughts
  97. entreat
    to ask earnestly; to request wholeheartedly; to plead
  98. ephemeral
    short-lived or temporary; passing quickly
  99. epithet
    phrase used to describe a person, often a nickname picked up by the general population
  100. equable
    not easily disturbed or agitated; free from extreme emotional highs and lows
  101. equivocate
    to intentionally use language that may deceive or be open to more than one interpretation
  102. eradicate
    to destroy, often at the very core of something; to eliminate completely
  103. errant
    moving away or straying from what is expected or considered the norm
  104. eschew
    to deliberately avoid using; to reject the use of
  105. euphemism
    a mild, inoffensive term for something that might be considered rude, inappropriate or vulgar
  106. euphonious
    pleasing to the ear; nice to listen to
  107. evince
    to show clearly; to reveal; to put out in the open
  108. evoke
    to call or bring forth; to bring to mind or remind
  109. exhaustive
    practically complete; including nearly all elements or aspects; thorough
  110. exigent
    demanding immediate attention, usually referring to an emergency or dangerous situation
  111. exorbitant
    unreasonably high, generally regress to prices or financial cost
  112. expatiate
    to be long-winded; to speak or write at length on a topic
  113. expedient
    practical as a way to meet one's own needs; serving one's own self-interest
  114. expiate
    to write a wrong; to make up for an intentional error; to cancel out
  115. explicate
    to analyze an idea or written work in order to understand it clearly
  116. expostulate
    to express strong disagreement with the goal of changing another person's mind or attitude
  117. extemporaneous
    performed or spoken with little or no preparation; done without notes
  118. extenuating
    something that lessens the seriousness or guilt of something else
  119. extricate
    to free from an entanglement or difficulty, may be physical or theoretical
  120. factious
    produced by dissatisfaction within a larger group; internal strife or dissatisfaction
  121. fallacious
    based on something misunderstood or incorrect
  122. fanaticism
    extreme, often irrational belief in something, characterized by criticism of differing viewpoints
  123. fawn
    to flatter in a subservient manner in order to gain favor; may include putting oneself down in order to build the other person up
  124. fell
    to cut or knock down; to topple
  125. fitful
    irregular; broken up; not steady
  126. flamboyant
    elaborate; highly energetic; tending to draw attention
  127. flout
    to openly disregard or show contempt for
  128. foment
    to incite or instigate; to stir up, usually to action
  129. foppish
    overly concered with looks, style, and mannerism
  130. forbearance
    patience and self-control, especially when faced with an annoyance
  131. forswear
    to deny, renounce, or agree to give up, usually in a formal setting such as under oath or before God
  132. frantic
    overcome with fear, anxiety, or another negative emotion
  133. fugacious
    passing away quickly; fleeting; short lived
  134. fulminate
    to express violent disapproval; to protest vehemently
  135. fulsome
    excessive and insincere, used to define flattery or praise
  136. furtive
    hidden due to guilt or the belief that being seen or known would cause trouble
  137. gainsay
    to deny, contradict, or state something is false
  138. gamut
    the whole or complete range of something
  139. germane
    relevant to the topic at hand; pertinent to what is being discussed
  140. glib
    natural to the point of being off-handed; without much depth, shallow
  141. gossamer
    something light, flimsy, and delicate, often referring to very delicate material
  142. grandiloquence
    a pompous and pretentious way of speaking; a manner of talking that suggests the speaker is trying too hard to impress
  143. grievous
    devastating; causing severe pain, either emotional or physical
  144. halcyon
    idyllic; peaceful and calm; often used when describing a particular time from the past
  145. harangue
    a long, critical speech or lecture
  146. hedonist
    a person who believes only in the pursuit of pleasure
  147. hegemony
    leadership or dominance, usually in regards to government or the relationship between nations
  148. imbroglio
    a complicated, entangled, confusing, and often embarrassing situation
  149. imbue
    influence deeply, pervade; inspired by; often used with "with" or "by"
  150. immaculate
    perfectly clean, spotless; free from stain or marking
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