1. Abate
    Verb. To lessen in intensity or degree
  2. Accolade
    Noun. An expression of praise
  3. Adulation
    Noun. Excessive praise; intense adoration
  4. Aesthetic
    Adj. Dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
  5. Ameliorate
    Verb. To make better or more tolerable
  6. Ascetic
    Noun. One who practices rigid self denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
  7. Avarice
    Noun. Greed, esp. for wealth
  8. Axiom
    A universally recognized principle
  9. Burgeon
    Verb. To grow rapidly or flourish
  10. Bucolic
    Adj. Rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
  11. Cacophony
    Noun. Harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
  12. Canon
    Noun. An established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
  13. Castigation
    Noun. Severe criticism or punishment
  14. Catalyst
    Noun. 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
    Noun. 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
    Noun. Smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
  23. Demur
    Verb. To question or oppose
  24. Didactic
    Adj. Intended to teach or instruct
  25. Discretion
    Noun. 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
    noun. the quality of living or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
  29. eclectic
    adj. composed of elements drawn from various sources
  30. elegy
    noun. a mournful poem, exp. one lamenting the dead
  31. emollient
    noun/adj. soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh, mollifying; an agent that softens or smothes the skin
  32. empirical
    adj. based on observation or experiment
  33. enigmatic
    mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
  34. ephemeral
    adj. brief; fleeting
  35. esoteric
    adj. intended for or understood by a small, specific group
  36. eulogy
    noun. a speech honoring the dead
  37. exonerate
    verb. to remove blame
  38. facetious
    adj. playful; humorous
  39. fallacy
    noun. an invalid or incorrecct 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
    verb/noun. to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
  43. heretical
    adj. violating accepted dogma or convention
  44. hyperbole
    noun. an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
  45. impecunious
    adj. lacking funds; without money
  46. incipient
    adj. beginning to come into being or to become apparent
  47. inert
    adj. unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
  48. innocuous
    adj. harmless; casuing no damage
  49. intransigent
    adj. refusing to compromise
  50. inveigle
    verb. 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
    noun. 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
    verb. to examine with great care
  58. pious
    adj. extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
  59. precursor
    noun. one that precedes and indicates or announces another
  60. preen
    verb. 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 lare volumes or amounts; productive
  63. putrefy
    verb. to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
  64. quaff
    verb. to drink deeply
  65. quiescence
    noun. stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
  66. redoubtable
    adj. awe-inspiring; worthy of honor
  67. sanction
    noun/verb. tended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
  68. satire
    noun. 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
    verb. 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. vilify
    verb. to defame; to characterize harshly
  76. viscous
    adj. thick; sticky
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