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abate

become less in amount or intensity


abdicate
give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
aberration
a state or condition markedly different from the norm
abstain
choose not to consume
adversity
a state of misfortune or affliction
aesthetic
concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
amicable
characterized by friendship and good will
anachronistic
chronologically misplaced
arid
lacking sufficient water or rainfall
asylum
a shelter from danger or hardship
benevolent
showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
bias
a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
boisterous
full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
brazen
unrestrained by convention or propriety
brusque
marked by rude or peremptory shortness
camaraderie
the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
canny
showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others
capacious
large in capacity
capitulate
surrender under agreed conditions
clairvoyant
someone who has the power of clairvoyance
collaborate
work together on a common enterprise of project
compassion
a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
compromise
an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
condescending
(used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with con
descension
conditional
imposing or depending on or containing a condition
conformist
someone who conforms to established standards of conduct (especially in religiou
s matters)
convergence
the act of converging (coming closer)
deleterious
harmful to living things
demagogue
a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejud

ices
digression
a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
diligent
quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness
discredit
the state of being held in low esteem
disdain
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
divergent
tending to move apart in different directions
empathy
understanding and entering into another's feelings
emulate
strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
enervating
causing debilitation
ephemeral
anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form
evanescent
tending to vanish like vapor
exemplary
worthy of imitation
extenuating
partially excusing or justifying
florid
elaborately or excessively ornamented
forbearance
a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting
fortitude
strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
fortuitous
occurring by happy chance
foster
providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or l
egal ties
fraught
filled with or attended with
frugal
avoiding waste
hackneyed
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
haughty
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unwo
rthy
hedonist
someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures
hypothesis
a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified b
ut that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
impetuous
characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation
impute
attribute or credit to
inconsequential
lacking worth or importance
inevitable
incapable of being avoided or prevented
intrepid
invulnerable to fear or intimidation

intuitive
spontaneously derived from or prompted by a natural tendency
jubilation
a feeling of extreme joy
lobbyist
someone who is employed to persuade legislators to vote for legislation that fav
ors the lobbyist's employer
longevity
the property of being long-lived
mundane
found in the ordinary course of events
nonchalant
marked by blithe unconcern
opulent
rich and superior in quality
orator
a person who delivers a speech or oration
ostentatious
intended to attract notice and impress others
parched
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
perfidious
tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to th
e Carthaginians by the Romans
pragmatic
concerned with practical matters
precocious
characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturit
y (especially in mental aptitude)
pretentious
making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or di
stinction
procrastinate
postpone doing what one should be doing
prosaic
lacking wit or imagination
prosperity
the condition of prospering; having good fortune
provocative
serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or e
xciting controversy
prudent
careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
querulous
habitually complaining
rancorous
showing deep-seated resentment
reclusive
withdrawn from society; seeking solitude
reconciliation
the reestablishing of cordial relations
renovation
the act of improving by renewing and restoring
restrained
under restraint
reverence
a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
sagacity
the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
scrutinize

examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification


spontaneous
said or done without having been planned or written in advance
spurious
plausible but false
submissive
inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such incl
ination
substantiate
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
subtle
difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
superficial
of, affecting, or being on or near the surface
superfluous
more than is needed, desired, or required
surreptitious
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
tactful
having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with oth
ers
tenacious
stubbornly unyielding
transient
lasting a very short time
venerable
profoundly honored
vindicate
show to be right by providing justification or proof
wary
marked by keen caution and watchful prudence