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Abate Aberrant Abeyance Abscond Abstemious subside , or moderate abnormal, or deviant suspended action depart secretly and hide sparing in eating and drinking; temperate Admonish warn; reprove Adulterate make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances Aesthetic artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful Aggregate gather; accumulate Alacrity cheerful promptness; eagerness Alleviate Relieve Amalgamate combine; unite in one body Ambiguous unclear or doubtful in meaning Ambivalence the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes Ameliorate Improve Anachronism something or someone misplaced in time Analogous Comparable Anarchy absence of governing body; state of disorder Anomalous abnormal; irregular Antipathy aversion; dislike Apathy lack of caring; indifference Appease pacify or soothe; relieve Apprise Inform Approbation Approval Appropriate acquire; take possession of for one’s v. own use Arduous hard; strenuous Artless without guile; open and honest Ascetic practicing self-denial; austere Assiduous Diligent Assuage v. ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger) Attenuate make thinner Audacious daring; bold Austere forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented Autonomous self-governing; independent Aver assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as a fact Banal hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality Belie contradict; give a false impression Beneficent kindly; doing good Bolster support; reinforce Bombastic pompous; using inflated language Boorish rude; insensitive Burgeon grow forth; send out buds Burnish make shiny by rubbing; polish
Buttress v. Capricious Castigation Catalyst
support; prop up unpredictable; fickle punishment; severe criticism agent that increases the pace of a chemical action Caustic burning; sarcastically biting Chicanery trickery; deception Coagulate thicken; congeal; clot Coda concluding section of a musical or literary composition; summarizes or concludes Cogent convincing Commensura corresponding in extent, degree, etc.; te adj. proportionate Compendium brief, comprehensive summary Complaisant trying to please; overly polite; obliging Compliant yielding; conforming to requirements Conciliatory reconciling; soothing Condone overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse Confound confuse; puzzle Connoisseur person competent to act as a judge of art; a lover of art Contention claim; thesis Contentious quarrelsome Contrite penitent Conundrum riddle; difficult problem Converge approach; tend to meet; come together Convoluted coiled around; involved; intricate Craven cowardly Daunt intimidate; frighten Decorum propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners Default failure to act Deference courteous regard for another’s wishes Delineate portray; depict; sketch Denigrate blacken Deride ridicule; make fun of Derivative unoriginal; obtained from another source Desiccate dry up Desultory aimless; haphazard; digressing at random Deterrent Something that discourages; hindrance Diatribe n. bitter scolding; invective Dichotomy split; branching into two parts (especially contradictory ones) Diffidence Shyness Diffuse adj. wordy, rambling, spread out (like a gas) Digression Wandering away from the subject Dirge Lament with music Disabuse correct a false impression; undeceive Discerning mentally quick and observant; having 1
flattering. deprive provide written evidence opinionated. pretend distribute. well chosen Fervor glowing ardor. concentrate vary. humorous Facilitate help bring about. often on the occasion of someone’s death mild expression in place of an unpleasant one Exacerbate Exculpate Exigency worsen. separated at the joints eliminate from consideration. opposite of harmony expand. attempt to conceal the truth learned. insincere Unprejudiced lacking coherence. composed of elements drawn from disparate sources power to produce desired effect impudence. lethargic. using highsounding language sociable without deceit easily deceived long. mislead. latent someone easily fooled showing excitement. overstatement Iconoclastic Idolatry Immutable Impair Impassive Impede Impermeable Imperturbabl e Impervious Implacable Implicit Implode Inadvertently attacking cherished traditions worship of idols. Disingenuou s Disinterested Disjointed Dismiss Disparage Disparate adj. doctrinal sleeping. scholarly hard to understand. sheer nerve. overflowing with enthusiasm selective. Disseminate Dissolution Dissonance Distend Distill Diverge Divest Document Dogmatic Dormant Dupe Ebullient Eclectic Efficacy Effrontery Elegy Elicit Embellish Empirical Emulate Endemic Enervate Engender Enhance Ephemeral Equanimity Equivocate Erudite Esoteric Eulogy Euphemism insight not harmonious. by oversight. Dissemble v. ornament. mock. disbelieve lack of consistency. wordy urge on overcharge pompous. show contempt for Foment stir up. bombastic. instigate Forestall prevent by taking action in advance Frugality thrift. arbitrary. unconnected. passionate. consisting of distinct parts lacking genuine candor. and vehement speech Homogeneou of the same kind s Hyperbole exaggeration. conflicting defame. shameless boldness. enhance. embitter clear from blame urgent situation. ineffectual Gainsay Garrulous Goad Gouge Grandiloque nt Gregarious Guileless Gullible Harangue deny loquacious. carelessly 2 . hurt without feeling. scatter (like seeds) disintegration. grow feeble Fledgling inexperienced Flout reject. economy Futile useless. inane. intensity of feeling Flag droop. produce increase. difference separate. excessive admiration unchangeable injure. block impervious. misleading Fatuous brainless. composure lie. hopeless. pressing needs or demands. suitably expressed. destroy confidence in. swell out purify. unrelated disguise. not permitting passage through its substance calm. make less difficult Fallacious false. incapable of being damaged or distressed incapable of being pacified understood but not stated burst inward unintentionally. refine. reject Belittle basically different. known only to the chosen few expression of praise.Discordant Discredit Discrepancy Discrete adj. state of requiring immediate attention Extrapolation projection. foolish. go in different directions from the same point strip. or cringing Felicitous apt. yet smug Fawning trying to please by behaving obsequiously. conjecture Facetious joking (often inappropriately). placid impenetrable. looseness in morals discord. rival prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country Weaken cause. fleeting calmness of temperament. imperturbable. improve short-lived. presumptuousness poem or song expressing lamentation draw out by discussion adorn. stoical hinder. as a story based on experience imitate. spread. talkative.
imply. stubbornness Inundate overwhelm. unsettled. overabundance Plummet fall sharply Porous full of pores. questionable. primitive. stubborn Obsequious lavishly attentive. porous. sullen. combine. bookish Penchant strong inclination. unimportant introduce something into a larger whole. commonplace statement Plethora excess. risky Precipitate rash. hidden Laud v. issuing light Magnanimity Generosity Malingerer one who feigns illness to escape duty Malleable capable of being shaped by pounding.Inchoate adj. waver Ostentatious showy. hardened Invective n. unresponsive Insinuate hint. like a sieve Pragmatic practical (as opposed to idealistic). disloyal Perfunctory superficial. premature. incorruptibility Problematic doubtful. not thorough. absurdity insignificant. not clearly fixed. clear. n. elementary lack of harmony. scrupulous Misanthrope one who hates mankind Mitigate appease. unite uncertain. committed to a party Pathological pertaining to disease Paucity Scarcity Pedantic showing off learning. isolation Intractable unruly. care. stubborn. lacking interest. unspoiled Probity uprightness. taking liberties s Prevaricate lie Pristine characteristic of earlier times. trying to attract attention Paragon model of perfection Partisan one-sided. submerge Inured adj. hasty. perplexing Prodigal wasteful. servile. nullify. pretentious. Praise Lethargic drowsy. weariness Latent potential but undeveloped. beginner Obdurate adj. not easily disturbed Piety devoutness. or enthusiasm Permeable penetrable. conciliate Plasticity ability to be molded Platitude n. Precursor forerunner Presumptuou arrogant. nonconformist Mendacious lying. creep in Insipid lacking in flavor. impressionable Maverick rebel. sudden adj. prejudiced. reckless with money 3 . easily angered Irresolute uncertain how to act. moderate Mollify Soothe ill-humored. dormant. dull Levee stone embankment to prevent flooding Levity lack of seriousness or steadiness. rudimentary. allowing liquids or gas to pass through Pervasive spread throughout Phlegmatic calm. indefinite Morose Mundane Poverty Lazy inactive. lacking power to move naive and trusting. habitually dishonest Metamorpho change of form sis Meticulous excessively careful. intelligible Luminous shining. close Officious meddlesome. melancholy worldly as opposed to spiritual. flood. unyielding Intransigence refusal of any compromise. record of day-to-day activities Loquacious Talkative Lucid easily understood. frivolity Log record of a voyage or flight. Abuse Irascible irritable. painstaking. stinginess Perennial something long-lasting Perfidious treacherous. reverence for God Placate pacify. vilification Oscillate vibrate. dull Insularity narrow-mindedness. trite remark. everyday Negate cancel out. Incongruity Inconsequent ial Incorporate Indeterminat e Indigence Indolent Inert Ingenuous recently begun. concerned with the practical worth or impact of something Preamble introductory statement Precarious uncertain. weak Itinerary plan of a trip Laconic brief and to the point Lassitude languor. accustomed. excessively pushy in offering one’s services Onerous burdensome Opprobrium infamy. deny Neophyte recent convert. young. get rid of Occlude shut. unsophisticated Inherent firmly established by nature or habit Innocuous Harmless Insensible unconscious. liking Penury severe poverty. sycophantic Obviate make unnecessary.
caustic limited. inclined to prevent or forbid grow rapidly. inclined to silence respectful. devoid of a sense of decency disown. sluggishness. dormant. multiply natural inclination Appease fitness. person who shows excessive zeal 4 . set limits make express conditions. assign express disapproval or disappointment person hardened in sin. retract a previous statement. profound. secret stubborn. specify dull. firmness of purpose reserved. outlaw stinging. Stipulate Stolid Striated Strut Strut Subpoena Subside Substantiate Supersede Supposition Tacit Tangential Tenuous Tirade Torpor Tortuous Tractable Transgressio n Truculence Vacillate Venerate Veracious Verbose Viable Viscous Vituperative adj Volatile Warranted Wary Welter Whimsical Zealot occurring irregularly token of disgrace.Profound Prohibitive Proliferate Propensity Propitiate Propriety Proscribe Pungent Qualified Quibble Quiescent Rarefied Recalcitrant Recant Recluse Recondite Refractory Refute Relegate Reproach Reprobate Repudiate Rescind Resolution Resolve Reticent Reverent Sage Salubrious Sanction Satiate Saturate Savor Secrete Shard Skeptic Solicitous Soporific Specious Spectrum deep. disavow Cancel Determination determination. determined to resist authority. fanciful fanatic. scolding changeable. only slightly connected. easily managed violation of a law. sharp in taste or smell. impassive marked with parallel bands. openly confess error hermit. uncommunicative. concerned sleep-causing. grow quiet establish by evidence. surmise understood. make obsolete hypothesis. not superficial. or quality hide away or cache. digressing thin. temporarily inactive made less dense (of a gas) obstinately stubborn. fluctuate revere truthful wordy practical or workable sticky. authorized very cautious turmoil. misleading (often intentionally) colored band produced when a beam of light passes through a prism Sporadic Stigma Stint v. restricted minor objection or complaint at rest. correct conduct ostracize. ferocity waver. spread. delegate. produce and release a substance into an organism fragment. generally of pottery doubter. full of curves docile. loner abstruse. harangue lethargy. denunciation. replace. descend. slim extended scolding. worshipful person celebrated for wisdom Healthful approve. sin aggressiveness. have a distinctive flavor. gluey abusive. rare. unruly disclaim or disavow. brand be thrifty. not put into words peripheral. smell. dormancy winding. evaporation rapidly justified. person who suspends judgment until having examined evidence supporting a point of view worried. explosive. complete tending to prevent the purchase or use of something. ratify satisfy fully soak thoroughly enjoy. banish. grooved pompous walk supporting bar writ summoning a witness to appear settle down. support cause to be set aside. marked by sleepiness seemingly reasonable but incorrect. bewildering jumble capricious. unmanageable Disprove banish to an inferior position. verify.
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