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Abdicate

To step down from a position of Power


Abridge
To shorten, condense or lessen in length
Absolve
to forgive or free from blame
Abysmal
extremely wretched, bottomless
Acquiesce to comply passively, to give in
Advocate
to support, or be in favor of
Aesthetic
concerned with or appreciative of beauty
Affinity
sympathy, attraction, kinship
Agenda
Program, things to be done
Aggrandize to make great
Allusion
an indirect reference
Altruistic
unselfish concern with the welfare of others
Amnesty
an official pardon for a group of people who violate a law
Animosity ill will, active dislike
Anomalous irregular, abnormal, unusual
Arduous
difficult to do, laborious
Augment
to increase or enlarge
Austere
stern in manner or appearance, strict in morals
Aversion
strong or fixed dislike, a feeling of repugnance
Banal
commonplace, trite, unoriginal
Baroque
extravagantly ornate, flamboyant, characterized by bold ornamentation
Begrudge
to envy anothers possessions, to concede reluctantly
Benediction a blessing, a good wish
Benign
gentle, not harmful, kind
Blanch
to turn pale
Blithe
happily, lighthearted, joyful
Botch
to bungle, to foul up
Bracing
invigorating, to prepare
Broach
to open up a subject for discussion
Buffoon
clown or fool
Bulwark
something used as a defense, a strong protection
Cache
a hiding place, something hidden in a secret place
Callous
unfeeling and insensitive
Candor
truthfulness, great honesty, frankness
Capitulate to surrender, to stop resisting
Catharsis
an emotional purification, an emotional release
Caustic
biting in humor
Censure
the act of blaming or condemning
Chastise
to criticize severely
Chronic
constant, lasting a long time
Circumspect careful, thought through
Clemency
disposition towards mercy, mildness

Clique
Coalesce
Coherent
Colloquial
Compatible
Convey
Conviction
Copious
Corroborate
Craven
Criterion
Cursory
Dearth
Deference
Deft
Delineate
Delude
Depravity
Depreciate
Desecrate
Destitute
Diatribe
Didactic
Diffuse
Digress
Discerning
Discount
Diva
Docile
Dogmatic
Dormant
Dupe
Ebb
Eccentric
Eclectic
Efface
Egocentric
Egregious
Elucidate
Embellish
Emigrate
Emissary

an exclusive group
to come together as one, to fuse or unite
making sense, organize and logical
conversational, used in informal speech
able to get along well
to transport, to conduct, to communicate
determination, a state of being convinced
abundant, lavish
to support with evidence
cowardly
standard for judging
brief, without much attention to detail
a shortage
respect, courtesy
skillful
to describe or picture in words, to detail
to deceive, to have false illusion
moral corruption
to lessen in value, to belittle
to treat with disrespect
very poor, totally lacking
a denunciation, a biting speech
instructive, intended to educate
wordy, not concentrated, to spread widely
to stray from the main subject
keenly perceptive, shrewd
to deduct, to disregard
an opera singer, prima donna, a tempermental, conceited person
easily tought, submissive
arrogantly assertive, positive about unproven ideas
as though asleep, not actively growing
to deceive, to trick
to decline, to recede
non conventional, a little kooky
drawn from many sources
to erase, to rub away the features, to obscure
self-involved, selfish
extremely bad, flagrant
to make clear
to add to, to exaggerate, garnish, ornament
to move to a new country, to move to a new place
a messenger or representative, an agent

Emulate
Engaging
Enigma
Enshroud
Esoteric
Eulogize
Exacerbate
Exacting
Exalt
Exorbitant
Expedite
Explicit
Expunge
Extol
Facade
Faction

to imitate, to strive to equal


charming, interesting
a puzzle, a baffling situation, something obscure
to cover, to enclose with a dark cover
understood by only a few
to speak in praise of someone, to pay written or spoken tribute
to make worse or more severe
greatly demanding, requiring close attention
to raise high, to glorify
extravagant, exceeding what is usual
to make faster or easier, to carry out promptly
clearly stated, precisely shown
to erase, to strike out
to praise highly
the principal front of a building, a false appearance
a group, or part of large group, united on an issue

Fallacy
- false idea, mistaken belief, an implausible argument
Fawning
- to show excessive affection, to be overly flattering in return for favor
Feign
- to pretend, give a false impression, to invent falsely
Fidelity - a state of being faithful, loyal
Finesse
- delicacy of workmanship, subtlety, skillful maneuvering
Fledgling - a young bird learning to fly, a beginner, a novice
Flourish - to grow strong, to grow abundantly, to thrive or prosper
Fluke
- a chance event, a coincidence, a stroke of luck
Fodder
- raw material for a given end
Foray
- an initial venture, to raid in search of plunder
Forfeit
- to give up something as a penalty for some error or crime
Fortuitous - happening by chance, lucky fortunate
Furtive
- secret, done by stealth, sly
Futile
- useless, hopeless, without effect
Galvanize - to arouse suddenly, to stimulate, spur to action
Gamut
- the full range of something
Garner
- to gather and store away, to acquire by effort
Genteel
- refined, polite, aristocratic
Gratuitous - freely given, unnecessary, uncalled for, unwarranted
Gravity
- seriousness
Grimace
- to make an ugly disapproving facial expression
Grovel
- to beg persistently, to degrade oneself
Guile
- cunning duplicity, purposeful deceit
Guise
- an external appearance
Gullible - easily deceived

Harbinger - a precursor, an indication, one that foreshadows what is coming


Herald
- to give notice of, to hail or greet
Heresy
- any belief that is strongly opposed to established beliefs, or practice
Hiatus
- a break or interruption from work or any other established routine
Homage
- reverence, respect, an expression of high regard
Homogeneous - similar, of the same kind, uniform in nature
Hubris
- excessive pride, arrogance, exaggerated self-confidence
Hyperbole - extravagant exaggeration used as a figure of speech
Immaterial - insignificant, unimportant
Imminent - about to occur, hanging threatening over ones head
Immutable - something that is unchangeable, permanent
Imperious - commanding, lordly, arrogant
Impotent - lacking power, helpless, unable to perform sexual intercourse
Incessant - unceasing, never ending, flowing without interruption
Incipient - beginning to be, in an early stage
Incontrovertible- not disputable, not open to question
Indigenous - native, produced or living in a particular area
Indigent - poverty stricken, needy
Inept
- clumsy, awkward, incompetent
Infamy
- an evil reputation borne of a criminal act, a reputation for evildeeds
Inhibit
- to keep from free activity or expression, to restrain or even forbid
Insidious - sly, treacherous, having a gradual effect
Insipid
- lacking taste, dull, bland
Intrepid - fearless, having fortitude and endurance
Irreverent - disrespectful, gently or humorously mocking
Jargon
- a specialized vocabulary of a group, an obscure language
Jaunt
- a short pleasure trip
Jeopardy - exposure to danger, peril
Judicious - wise, showing judgment, cautious
Junction - a place of meeting or joining, a linkup
Juxtapose - to place side by side
Karma
- a good or bad emanation of force from someone or something
Laconic
- brief in speech, using very few words
Lament
- to mourn, to express regret
Latent
- present but not visible or apparent, dormant, potential
Laud
- to praise, to applaud, to extol
Lax
- careless, too relaxed
Legacy
- something handed down from the past , a bequest
Levity
- lack of seriousness, frivolity
Liaison
- connection between different groups, a close bond
Listless - a lack of energy, spiritless
Lucid
- clear, easily understood

Luminous - glowing, bright, emitting light


Magnanimous - noble in spirit, generous, giving
Malaise
- a feeling of depression, uneasiness, of being unwell
Manifest - to make evident by showing
Marshal
- to gather together something for a purpose, to arrange in order
Martyr
- one who suffers for a cause, a person who sacrifices for a principle
Maverick - a person who breaks away from the crowd, a non conformist
Meander
- to wander aimlessly
Mercenary - a person who serves only for money, motivated by greed
Moot
- of no matter or consequence, not important
Morose
- gloomy, bad tempered, a sullen disposition
Myriad
- an immense indefinite number, multitude
Negligent - careless, remiss
Nemesis
- a powerful river, a usually unconquerable opponent
Nomadic
- without a permanent home, constantly wandering
Nominal
- insignificant, trifling
Novel
- new, original
Nuance
- a subtle distinction, a slight difference in definition
Nullify
- to repeal, cancel, render void
Obliterate - to blot out leaving no traces, to destroy
Obscure
- unclear, vague partially hidden, hard to understand
Obviate
- to make unnecessary, to avert, to preclude
Odious
- hateful, evil, vile
Odyssey
- a long difficult journey marked by changes in fortune
Ogle
- to stare at in a disrespectful way
Oligarchy - a government in which the power is in the hand of only a few
Opaque
- difficult to see through, unclear, dark
Opportunist - a person who takes advantage of opportunity with no regard for principle
Osmosis
- gradual or subtle absorption, an unconscious process of absorption
Oust
- to eject, to banish, to expel
Overture - an opening move, a preliminary offer
Palatable - pleasant to the taste, agreeable in feeling
Paltry
- a tiny or insignificant amount, meager, scant
Pariah
Partition Paucity
Pedantic Penchant Permeate Peruse
Philanthropy

an outcast
a dividing wall, a division
scarcity, smallness in number or amount
boringly, scholarly, academic in mode
a strong like for something, a predilection
to spread or seep through, to penetrate, to pervade
to study, to read over leisurely
- good will towards all people, love of mankind, and act of generosity

Pious
- reverent, devout, dutiful, may at times be marked by hypocrisy
Pique
- to hurt or rile the feelings of someone, irritate
Pivotal
- crucial, something around which things turn
Placate
- to soothe, to appease with concessions
Plausible - believable
Poignant - emotionally moving
Polemic
- a powerful argument to defend a thesis
Precept
- a rule or principle to guide conduct
Preclude - to make impossible, to shut out, to bar
Pretentious - showy, self-important, make unjustifiable claims to excellence
Prolific - marked by abundant production or offspring
Prosaic
- dull, unimaginative, lacking excitement
Provincial - limited in outlook, narrow in ideas
Prudent
- careful, cautious
Quaint
- pleasantly old-fashioned, picturesque
Quell
- to put an end to, to squelch, to calm
Quintessential - the most perfect example of
Quixotic foolishly impractical and idealistic
Raucous
- boisterous, harsh sounding, noisy and disorderly
Rebuff
- to snub, to refuse in a blunt or rude way
Rebuke
- to criticize or reprimand sharply
Reciprocal - mutual, shared, interchangeable
Relegate - to dismiss to a less prominent position, to banish
Relic
- an object associated with a saint, something that remains from the past
Replenish - to refill, to supply once more
Reprehensible - deserving of blame
Reprove
- to gently criticize
Rescind
- to cancel, to repeal
Resilient - an ability to recover from, or adjust easily
Respite
- an interval of rest, a temporary delay
Resplendent - brilliant, gloriously bright
Robust
- strong and healthy, vigorous
Rustic
- primitive, rural, lacking city comforts
Saccharine - excessively sweet
Sardonic - disdainful, scornfully mocking
Scanty
- minimal, hardly sufficient
Scintillate - to sparkle, to gleam, to be animated or brilliant
Servile
- submissive, behaving like a slave
Sloth
- sluggish, laziness, indolence
Spurious - false, fake, not genuine
Stagnate - to lie inactive, to stay in one place
Static
- stationary, not changing or moving

Steadfast - loyal, faithful


Stoic
- showing indifference to pain, apathetic
Stratagem - a trick or deceptive scheme
Strident - loud, harsh, grating
Stymie
- to get in the way of, to hinder, to block
Succinct - concise, clearly expressed with a few words
Surfeit
- abundance, excessive amount
Surmise
- abundance, excessive amount
Table
- to remove from consideration
Tedious
- boring, tiresome
Teem
- to swarm, to be inundated, to become full to overflowing
Temperance - habitual moderation, the avoidance of excess
Tenet
- a principle, doctrine or belief held as so by a group
Tentative - uncertain, temporary not fully worked out
Tenuous
- flimsy,
Tepid
- lukewarm, unenthusiastic, halfhearted
Terse
- concise, brief, free of extra word
Theology - the study of God or religion
Thwart
- to prevent from being accomplished, to frustrate, to hinder
Tirade
- a long and angry speech
Tonic
- a refreshing drink, something that invigorates
Tortuous - winding, twisting, full of curves
Tout
- to brag publicly, to praise highly
Transfix - to cause to stand motionless with awe or other intense emotion
Travesty - a parody, an imitation that makes crude fun of something
Trite
- unoriginal, overused, clichd, commonplace
Trivial
- unimportant, insignificant
Tryst
- a secret meeting of lovers
Tumult
- noisy commotion, uproar
Turpitude - shameful wickedness, evil, depravity
Undermine - to weaken the support of, to injure in a slow or sneaky way
Unilateral - on one side alone
Urbane
- suave, sophisticated, polished
Usurp
- to size wrongfully
Vapid
- tasteless, dull
Vehement - intense, forceful marked by strong feeling
Verbose
- wordy
Vestige
- the remains of something that no longer exists
Viable
- workable, capable of living and growing, able to succeed
VIE
- to complete, to contest
Vilify
- to defame, to slander, to blacken the character of
Virulent - extremely poisonous, malignant, full of hate

Vivacious - lively, spirited


Volatile - explosive, tend to burn quickly
Wanton
- immoral, lewd, deliberate maliciousness, having no regards for others
Waver
- to be indecisive or inconstant, to fluctuate in opinion
Winsome
- charming, sweetly engaging
Wistful
- yearning, sad longing, a gentle desire
Zealot
- a person with great enthusiasm for and commitment to a cause
Zenith
- the highest point