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abate:
/ə'beɪt/ v. Syn. subside; decrease; lessen
subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity

aberrant:
/æ'bɛrənt/ n. Syn. abnormal; deviant
abnormal; markedly different from an accepted norm

abscond:
/æb'skɒnd/ v.
leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution

accolade:
/'ækəleɪd/ n. Syn. praise
award of merit; expression of approval; praise

acumen:
/'ækjʊmɛn, ə'kju:mɛn/ n. Syn. acuteness; insight
mental keenness; quickness of perception

adulation:
/ædjʊ'leɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. flattery; admiration
excessive flattery or admiration; unmerited praise

adulterate:
/ə'dʌltəreɪt/ v.
make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances

aesthetic:
/i:s'θɛtɪk/ a. Syn. artistic; elegant
elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste

aggrandize:
/ə'grændaɪz/ v. Syn. increase; intensify
increase scope of; extend; intensify; make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation

alacrity:
/ə'lækrɪtɪ/ n.
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness

alchemy:
/'ælkəmɪ/ n.
medieval chemistry; magical or mysterious power or process of transforming

amalgamate:
/ə'mælgəmeɪt/ v. Syn. combine; mix
combine; unite in one body; mix or alloy a metal with mercury

ameliorate:
/ə'mi:lɪəreɪt/ v. Syn. improve
make or become better; improve; grow better

amenable:
/ə'mi:nəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. responsible; accountable
responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable

anomaly:
/ə'nɒməlɪ/ n. Syn. irregularity
irregularity; person or something that is unusual; departure from normal or common order

approbation:
/æprə'beɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. approval
expression of warm approval; praise

archaic:
/ɑr'keiɪk/ a. Syn. antiquated
no longer current or applicable; antiquated

arduous:
/'ɑrdjʊəs/;/'ɑrdʒʊəs/ a. Syn. hard; strenuous
demanding great effort or labor; difficult

ascetic:
/ə'sɛtɪk/ a. Syn. austere; severe
leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere

assuage:
/ə'sweɪdʒ/ v. Syn. relieve
ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease

astringent:
/ə'strɪndʒənt/ a. Syn. austere
causing contraction; having the effect of drawing tissue together; stern or austere

audacious:
/ɔ:'deɪʃəs/ a. Syn. brave; bold
fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold

austere:
/ɒ'stɪə(r)/ a.
strict or severe in discipline; severely simple and unornamented

avarice:
/'ævərɪs/ n.
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain

aver:
/ə'vɜr(r)/ v. Syn. affirm
declare to be true; affirm

axiom:
/'æksɪəm/ n.
self-evident truth requiring no proof

bolster:
/'boʊlstə(r)/ v. Syn. support; reinforce
support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion

bombastic:
/bɒm'bæstɪk/ a. Syn. pompous
pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning

bucolic:
/bju:'kɒlɪk/ a. Syn. rustic; pastoral
rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation

burgeon:
/'bɜrdʒ(ə)n/ v. Syn. thrive; mushroom
grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly

canon:
/'kænən/ n.
law or rule; decision, regulation, code, or constitution made by authority; books of the Bible officially accepted; a group of literary works

capricious:
/kə'prɪʃəs/ a. Syn. unpredictable; fickle; arbitrary
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly

catalyst:
/'kætəlɪst/ n. Syn. enzyme; stimulus
agent which brings about chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged

caustic:
/'kɔ:stɪk/ a.
capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action

censure:
/'sɛnʃə(r)/ v. Syn. blame; criticize
expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame

chary:
/'tʃɛərɪ/ a. Syn. cautious
cautious; sparing or restrained about giving

chicanery:
/ʃɪ'keɪnərɪ/ n. Syn. trickery; deception
mean or unfair artifice to obscure truth; deception by trickery or sophistry

cogent:
/'koʊdʒənt/ a. Syn. convincing
reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive

connoisseur:
/kɒnə'sɜr(r)/ n. Syn. specialist; expert
specialist; person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts

contentious:
/kən'tɛnʃəs/ a. Syn. quarrelsome; disagreeable
quarrelsome; disagreeable; marked by heated arguments or controversy

convention:
/kən'vɛnʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. conference; norm; custom
social or moral custom; formal meeting of members, representatives, or delegates; agreement between states

convoluted:
/'kɒnvəlutɪd/ a. Syn. intricate
coiled around; highly involved; intricate

credulous:
/'krɛdjʊləs/;/'krɛdʒələs/ a.
apt to believe on slight evidence; easily imposed upon; unsuspecting; believed too readily

cynicism:
/'sɪnəsɪz(ə)m/ n.
a scornfully or jadedly negative comment or act

dearth:
/dɜrθ/ n. Syn. scarcity
scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops

decorum:
/dɪ'kɔ:rəm/ n.
propriety in manners and conduct; good taste in manners; conventions or requirements of polite behavior

demur:
/dɪ'mɜr(r)/ v. Syn. hesitate
object because of doubts; hesitate

desiccate:
/'dɛsɪkeɪt/ v.
dry up thoroughly; make dry, dull, or lifeless; preserve foods by removing the moisture

discordant:
/dɪ'skɔ:d(ə)nt/ a. Syn. conflicting
not harmonious; conflicting; disagreeable in sound; harsh or dissonant

discretion:
/dɪ'skrɛʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. prudence
knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; trait of judging wisely and objectively

disinterested:
/dɪs'ɪntrɪstɪd/ a. Syn. indifferent
not interested; indifferent; free of self-interest; impartial

disparage:
/dɪ'spærɪdʒ/ v. Syn. belittle
belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank

disparate:
/'dɪspərət/ a. Syn. unrelated
fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar

dissemble:
/dɪ'sɛmb(ə)l/ v. Syn. disguise; pretend
disguise or conceal behind a false appearance; make a false show of

divulge:
/daɪ'vʌldʒ/ v. Syn. reveal
reveal; make known to public

dogmatic:
/dɒg'mætɪk/;/dɔ:gmætɪk/ a. Syn. opinionated; doctrinal
stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proven beliefs; inflexible, rigid

eccentric:
/ɪk'sɛntrɪk/ a. Syn. irregular; odd; whimsical; bizarre
departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern

eclectic:
/ɪ'klɛktɪk/ a.
composed of elements from a variety of sources

effrontery:
/ɛ'frʌntərɪ/ n.
shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity

elegy:
/'ɛlɪdʒɪ/ n.
poem or song expressing lamentation; mournful poem

eloquent:
/'ɛləkwənt/ a. Syn. expressive; persuasive
vividly or movingly expressive; persuasive

emollient:
/ɪ'mɒlɪənt/ n.
having softening or soothing effect, especially to skin

empirical:
/ɛm'pɪrɪk(ə)l/ a.
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

endemic:
/ɛn'dɛmɪk/ a.
prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country

enervate:
/'ɛnəveɪt/ v. Syn. weaken
weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve

enigmatic:
/ɛnɪg'mætɪk/ a. Syn. obscure; puzzling
obscure; puzzling; not easily explained or accounted for

ennui:
/ɒn'wi:/ n.
feeling of being bored by something tedious

ephemeral:
/ɪ'fɛmərəl/ a.
short-lived; enduring a very short time

equivocate:
/ɪ'kwɪvəkeɪt/ v. Syn. lie; mislead
lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth

erudite:
/'ɛru:daɪt/ a. Syn. learned; scholarly
learned; scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books

esoteric:
/i:soʊ'tɛrɪk/ a. Syn. mysterious
hard to understand; known only in a particular group

eulogy:
/'ju:lədʒɪ/ n.
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death

evanescent:
/i:və'nɛs(ə)nt/;/ɛv-/ a. Syn. fleeting; vanishing
fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor

exacerbate:
/ɛk'sæsəbeɪt/ v. Syn. worsen; embitter
increase severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate

exculpate:
/'ɛkskʌlpeɪt/ v.
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

exonerate:
/ɪg'zɒnəreɪt/ v. Syn. acquit; exculpate
acquit; free from blame; discharge from duty

facetious:
/fə'si:ʃəs/ a. Syn. humorous
joking ,often inappropriately; humorous

fallacy:
/'fæləsɪ/ n.
deceptive or false appearance; false notion; deception

fawn:
/fɔ:n/ n.
young deer; buck or doe of the first year; young of an animal

fervent:
/'fɜrvənt/ a.
extremely hot; sincerely or intensely felt

filibuster:
/'fɪlɪbʌstə(r)/ v.
block legislation by making long speeches

flout:
/flaʊt/ v. Syn. reject; mock
reject; mock; express contempt for rules by word or action; behave with contempt

fortuitous:
/fɔ:'tju:ɪtəs/;/-'tu:-/ a. Syn. accidental; random
accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause

furtive:
/'fɜrtɪv/ a.
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

garrulous:
/'gærʊləs/ a. Syn. wordy; talkative
talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details

germane:
/dʒɜr'meɪn/ a. Syn. pertinent; relevant
related to the topic being discussed or considered; appropriate or fitting; relevant

glib:
/glɪb/ a. Syn. fluent
performed with a natural or offhand ease

gregarious:
/grɪ'gɛərɪəs/ a. Syn. sociable
sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others

hackneyed:
/'hæknɪd/ a. Syn. commonplace
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse

halcyon:
/'hælsɪən/ a.
idyllically calm and peaceful; marked by peace and prosperity

harangue:
/hə'ræŋ/ n.
noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression

hegemony:
/hɪ'gɛmənɪ/;/'hɛdʒɛmoʊnɪ/ n.
domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others

heretical:
/hə'rɛtɪkəl/ a. Syn. oppositional
departing from accepted beliefs or standards; oppositional

hubris:
/'hju:brɪs/ n.
excessive pride or self-confidence

hyperbole:
/haɪ'pɜrbəlɪ/ n. Syn. exaggeration; overstatement
figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis; overstatement

imminent:
/'ɪmɪnənt/ a. Syn. impending
near at hand; close in time; about to occur

immutable:
/ɪ'mju:təb(ə)l/ a. Syn. unchangeable
unable to be changed without exception; not mutable

impassive:
/ɪm'pæsɪv/ a.
without feeling; revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited

impecunious:
/ɪmpɪ'kju:nɪəs/ a. Syn. poor
without money; poor; penniless

imperturbable:
/ɪmpə'tɜrbəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. calm; placid
unshakably calm; placid; incapable of being disturbed or disconcerted

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