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  1. pinnacle
    a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower
  2. excuse
    a defense of some offensive behavior
  3. predecessor
    one who goes before you in time
  4. plebiscite
    a vote determining public opinion on a question
  5. amelioration
    the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
  6. mawkish
    effusively or insincerely emotional
  7. rakish
    marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
  8. unctuous
    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating
  9. exhort
    spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
  10. solicitous
    full of anxiety and concern
  11. elysian
    relating to the abode of the blessed after death
  12. dalliance
    the act of delaying and playing instead of working
  13. ephemeral
    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
  14. magnanimous
    noble and generous in spirit
  15. parsimonious
    excessively unwilling to spend
  16. idiosyncrasy
    a behavioral attribute peculiar to an individual
  17. ironic
    displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is
  18. satire
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  19. pragmatism
    the doctrine that practical consequences determine value
  20. affectation
    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
  21. pretentious
    creating an appearance of importance or distinction
  22. pedantic
    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning
  23. impertinent
    improperly forward or bold
  24. ambivalent
    uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
  25. allegorical
    characteristic of or containing a symbolic meaning or moral
  26. affect
    have an influence upon
  27. effect
    a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon
  28. illicit
    contrary to accepted morality or convention
  29. elicit
    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
  30. capricious
    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity
  31. didactic
    instructive, especially excessively
  32. ebullient
    joyously unrestrained
  33. ephemeral
    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
  34. laudatory
    full of or giving praise
  35. menagerie
    a collection of live animals for study or display
  36. mendacious
    given to lying
  37. promulgate
    state or announce
  38. sanguine
    confidently optimistic and cheerful
  39. sardonic
    disdainfully or ironically humorous
  40. seminal
    containing seeds of later development
  41. rectification
    the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake
  42. penurious
    excessively unwilling to spend
  43. affectation
    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
  44. allegory
    a short moral story
  45. altruism
    the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
  46. aphorism
    a short pithy instructive saying
  47. apocryphal
    being of questionable authenticity
  48. arcane
    requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
  49. bellwether
    someone who assumes leadership of a movement or activity
  50. bifurcate
    split or divide into two
  51. caveat
    a warning against certain acts
  52. chicanery
    the use of tricks to deceive someone
  53. circumvent
    surround so as to force to give up
  54. conundrum
    a difficult problem
  55. convivial
    occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
  56. cupidity
    extreme greed for material wealth
  57. cynosure
    something that provides guidance
  58. demagogue
    a leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions
  59. discombobulate
    cause to be confused emotionally
  60. ebullient
    joyously unrestrained
  61. eclectic
    selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
  62. egalitarian
    favoring social equality
  63. egregious
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
  64. enfranchise
    grant freedom to, as from slavery or servitude
  65. ephemeral
    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
  66. epistemology
    the philosophical theory of knowledge
  67. equanimity
    steadiness of mind under stress
  68. erudite
    having or showing profound knowledge
  69. existential
    relating to or dealing with the state of being
  70. expurgate
    edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  71. facetious
    cleverly amusing in tone
  72. fatuous
    devoid of intelligence
  73. gerrymander
    divide voting districts unfairly and to one's advantage
  74. halcyon
    a mythical bird said to breed at the winter solstice
  75. hegemony
    the dominance or leadership of one social group over others
  76. hubris
    overbearing pride or presumption
  77. hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
  78. iconoclast
    someone who attacks cherished ideas or institutions
  79. idiosyncratic
    peculiar to the individual
  80. inchoate
    only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
  81. incognito
    without revealing one's identity
  82. irony
    incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs
  83. jejune
    lacking interest or significance or impact
  84. ken
    range of what one can know or understand
  85. lexicon
    a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words
  86. magnanimous
    noble and generous in spirit
  87. milieu
    the environmental condition
  88. moiety
    one of two approximately equal parts
  89. myopic
    unable to see distant objects clearly
  90. nefarious
    extremely wicked
  91. nihilism
    complete denial of established authority and institutions
  92. obviate
    do away with
  93. oligarchy
    a political system governed by a few people
  94. ostentatious
    intended to attract notice and impress others
  95. paragon
    a perfect embodiment of a concept
  96. parsimonious
    excessively unwilling to spend
  97. patrician
    a person of refined upbringing and manners
  98. pecuniary
    relating to or involving money
  99. pedantic
    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning
  100. pejorative
    expressing disapproval
  101. perfidy
    an act of deliberate betrayal
  102. pernicious
    exceedingly harmful
  103. perspicacious
    mentally acute or penetratingly discerning
  104. plenary
    full in all respects
  105. pragmatism
    the doctrine that practical consequences determine value
  106. prevaricate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
  107. probity
    complete and confirmed integrity
  108. proclivity
    a natural inclination
  109. puerile
    displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
  110. pusillanimous
    lacking in courage, strength, and resolution
  111. quotidian
    found in the ordinary course of events
  112. renege
    fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
  113. sanguine
    confidently optimistic and cheerful
  114. sardonic
    disdainfully or ironically humorous
  115. satire
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  116. scintilla
    a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
  117. soliloquy
    speech you make to yourself
  118. suffragist
    an advocate of the extension of voting rights
  119. tautological
    characterized by unnecessary repetition
  120. unctuous
    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating
  121. veto
    a vote that blocks a decision
  122. juxtaposition
    the act of positioning close together
  123. justice
    the quality of being just or fair
  124. facet
    a distinct feature or element in a problem
  125. ambitious
    having a strong desire for success or achievement
  126. desirous
    having or expressing an inclination to want something
  127. scold
    censure severely or angrily
  128. declarative
    relating to an explicit statement or announcement
  129. premise
    a statement that is held to be true
  130. summation
    calculating the total of two or more numbers
  131. paraphrase
    express the same message in different words
  132. germane
    relevant and appropriate
  133. pertinent
    being of striking appropriateness
  134. municipal
    relating to a self-governing district
  135. prudent
    marked by sound judgment
  136. preclude
    make impossible, especially beforehand
  137. contentious
    showing an inclination to disagree
  138. litotes
    understatement for rhetorical effect
  139. censorship
    deleting parts of publications or theatrical performances
  140. oppression
    the act of subjugating by cruelty
  141. prosperity
    the condition of having good fortune
  142. refuge
    something or someone turned to for assistance or security
  143. atrophy
    a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
  144. vigour
    forceful exertion
  145. liberty
    freedom of choice
  146. wisdom
    accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
  147. discern
    detect with the senses
  148. discretion
    power of making choices unconstrained by external agencies
  149. parity
    functional equality
  150. fiduciary
    relating to or of the nature of a legal trust
  151. squander
    spend thoughtlessly; throw away
  152. till
    work land as by ploughing to make it ready for cultivation
  153. irony
    incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs
  154. fallacy
    a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
  155. superfluous
    more than is needed, desired, or required
  156. slovenly
    negligent of neatness especially in dress and person
  157. juxtaposition
    the act of positioning close together
  158. imbrication
    covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)
  159. soliloquy
    speech you make to yourself
  160. aside
    on or to one side
  161. pretension
    the advancing of a claim
  162. exemplify
    be characteristic of
  163. proclivity
    a natural inclination
  164. propensity
    a natural inclination
  165. nascent
    being born or beginning
  166. remorse
    a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
  167. compunction
    a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
  168. despair
    a state in which all hope is lost or absent
  169. indignant
    angered at something unjust or wrong
  170. defiance
    a hostile challenge
  171. derision
    the act of treating with contempt
  172. sentiment
    a personal belief or judgment
  173. polarisation
    the condition of having or giving polarity
  174. foolhardy
    marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
  175. venturesome
    disposed to take risks
  176. denigrate
    attack the good name and reputation of someone
  177. didactic
    instructive, especially excessively
  178. ebullient
    joyously unrestrained
  179. exuberant
    joyously unrestrained
  180. incongruous
    lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
  181. laudatory
    full of or giving praise
  182. lampoon
    ridicule with satire
  183. mendacious
    given to lying
  184. reverential
    feeling or manifesting profound respect or awe
  185. sanguine
    confidently optimistic and cheerful
  186. sardonic
    disdainfully or ironically humorous
  187. satire
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  188. wrangle
    quarrel noisily, angrily, or disruptively
  189. discord
    lack of agreement or harmony
  190. enmity
    a state of deep-seated ill-will
  191. panacea
    hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases
  192. volition
    the act of making a choice
  193. deity
    a supernatural being worshipped as controlling the world
  194. brevity
    the attribute of being short or fleeting
  195. concession
    the act of yielding
  196. amendment
    a statement that is added to a proposal or document
  197. reciprocal
    concerning each of two or more persons or things
  198. throng
    a large gathering of people
  199. ominous
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
  200. foreboding
    a feeling of evil to come
  201. auspicious
    indicating favorable circumstances and good luck
  202. potency
    the power or right to give orders or make decisions
  203. hedonistic
    devoted to pleasure
  204. tyranny
    government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator
  205. despotism
    dominance through threat of punishment and violence
  206. encroach
    advance beyond the usual limit
  207. aristocracy
    a privileged class holding hereditary titles
  208. pervasive
    spreading or spread throughout
  209. bereft
    sorrowful through loss or deprivation
  210. blunder
    an embarrassing mistake
  211. sincere
    open and genuine; not deceitful
  212. earnest
    characterized by a firm, humorless belief in one's opinions
  213. ambiguous
    having more than one possible meaning
  214. ambivalent
    uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
  215. satiate
    fill to satisfaction
  216. stagnate
    stand still
  217. melancholy
    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
  218. austere
    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor
  219. stark
    severely simple
  220. virtue
    the quality of doing what is right
  221. evanesce
    disappear gradually
  222. trifling
    not worth considering
  223. elusive
    skillful at evading capture
  224. capricious
    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity
  225. sublime
    of high moral or intellectual value
  226. ephemeral
    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
  227. dichotomy
    a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses
  228. archetype
    something that serves as a model
  229. encompass
    include in scope
  230. redundant
    more than is needed, desired, or required
  231. irrevocable
    incapable of being retracted
  232. uncanny
    surpassing the ordinary or normal
  233. necessitate
    require as useful, just, or proper
  234. novel
    an extended fictional work in prose
  235. abrogate
    revoke formally
  236. regimentation
    the imposition of order or discipline
  237. omnivorous
    feeding on both plants and animals
  238. moribund
    being on the point of death
  239. preeminence
    high status importance owing to marked superiority
  240. portentous
    of momentous or ominous significance
  241. equivocally
    in an ambiguous manner
  242. rancour
    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
  243. pragmatic
    concerned with practical matters
  244. utopian
    pertaining to or resembling an ideally perfect state
  245. astuteness
    the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
  246. benevolence
    disposition to do good
  247. intransigence
    stubborn refusal to compromise or change
  248. laudable
    worthy of high praise
  249. epitome
    a standard or typical example
  250. meretriciousness
    tasteless showiness
  251. erudition
    profound scholarly knowledge
  252. avariciousness
    extreme greed for material wealth
  253. epicurean
    devoted to pleasure
  254. estimable
    deserving of respect or high regard
  255. jingoism
    fanatical patriotism
  256. florid
    elaborately or excessively ornamented
  257. sumptuous
    rich and superior in quality
  258. sumptuous
    rich and superior in quality
  259. auspices
    kindly endorsement and guidance
  260. ciliated
    having a margin or fringe of hairlike projections
  261. panache
    distinctive and stylish elegance
  262. temporize
    draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time
  263. abscond
    run away, often taking something or somebody along
  264. assiduous
    marked by care and persistent effort
  265. decorous
    characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste
  266. junta
    a group of officers who rule a country after seizing power
  267. stalwart
    having rugged physical strength
  268. somnolence
    a very sleepy state
  269. lacuna
    a blank gap or missing part
  270. garrulousness
    the quality of being wordy and talkative
  271. truculence
    stubborn and defiant aggressiveness
  272. acerbity
    a sharp bitterness
  273. pallid
    deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress
  274. utilitarianism
    the doctrine that the useful is the good
    ...life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification Transcendent - going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding Utilitarian - designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive; utilitarianism: the doctrine that actions are right if they are useful or for the benefit of a majority Egalitarian - believing in or based on the principle that all people...
  275. unambiguous
    having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning
    ...renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility Utopian - modelled on or aiming for a state in which everything is perfect; idealistic Unequivocal – leaving no doubt, unambiguous; clear; having only one possible meaning or interpretation Ambivalent - having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone Astuteness - having or showing an ability to accurately...
  276. permissive
    not strict in discipline
    Permissive - habitually or characteristically accepting or tolerant of something, as social behavior or linguistic usage, that others might disapprove or forbid Liberal - willing to respect or accept behaviour...
  277. opinionated
    obstinate in your opinions
    ...view Perceptive - having or showing keenness of insight, understanding, or intuition Pragmatic - a practical point of view or practical considerations; archaic: busy; active, officious; meddlesome; interfering, dogmatic; opinionated Artificial - imitation; simulated; sham: lacking naturalness or spontaneity; forced; contrived; feigned Ideological - based on or relating to a system of ideas and ideals, especially concerning economic or...
  278. quintessential
    representing the perfect example of a class or quality
    ...- the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g. cuckoo, sizzle) Archetypal - very typical of a certain kind of person or thing; quintessential, classical
  279. unjustified
    lacking authorization
    Ingenious – cleverly inventive or resourceful
    Stringent - rigorously binding or exacting; strict; severe
    Legitimate - in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards, genuine and not unjustified, normal/regular
    Idealistic - characterized by idealism; unrealistically aiming for perfection
    Benevolent/benevolence - expressing goodwill or kindly feelings, desire to help others; charitable
    Contention - a striving in rivalry; competition; contest.
  280. meddlesome
    intrusive in an offensive manner
    ...critical point of view Perceptive - having or showing keenness of insight, understanding, or intuition Pragmatic - a practical point of view or practical considerations; archaic: busy; active, officious; meddlesome; interfering, dogmatic; opinionated Artificial - imitation; simulated; sham: lacking naturalness or spontaneity; forced; contrived; feigned Ideological - based on or relating to a system of ideas and ideals, especially...
  281. pertinacious
    stubbornly unyielding
    ...longing Tiresome - causing or liable to cause a person to tire; wearisome: annoying or vexatious Insistent - earnest or emphatic in dwelling upon, maintaining, or demanding something; persistent; pertinacious Evasive - tending to avoid commitment or self-revelation, especially by responding only indirectly Arduous - requiring great exertion; laborious; difficult Hedonistic - a person whose life is devoted to...
  282. vacillating
    uncertain in purpose or action
    Biff – a blow; punch
    Infirm - feeble or weak in body or health, especially because of age; ailing, unsteadfast, faltering, or irresolute, as persons or the mind; vacillating
    Emulate - to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass
    Prudence - caution with regard to practical matters; discretion, regard for one’s own interests
    Stagnation - the state of not flowing or moving; lack of activity, growth, or development.
  283. pithy
    concise and full of meaning
    ...serves as a guide or justification for subsequent situations Sympathetic - characterized by, proceeding from, exhibiting, or feeling sympathy; sympathizing; compassionate Terse - neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language Ironic - using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning Shrewd - astute or sharp in practical matters: keen; piercing Tolerant...
  284. dogmatic
    pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
    ...of view Perceptive - having or showing keenness of insight, understanding, or intuition Pragmatic - a practical point of view or practical considerations; archaic: busy; active, officious; meddlesome; interfering, dogmatic; opinionated Artificial - imitation; simulated; sham: lacking naturalness or spontaneity; forced; contrived; feigned Ideological - based on or relating to a system of ideas and ideals, especially concerning economic...
  285. benevolence
    disposition to do good
    Ingenious – cleverly inventive or resourceful
    Stringent - rigorously binding or exacting; strict; severe
    Legitimate - in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards, genuine and not unjustified, normal/regular
    Idealistic - characterized by idealism; unrealistically aiming for perfection
    Benevolent/ benevolence - expressing goodwill or kindly feelings, desire to help others; charitable
    Contention - a striving in rivalry; competition; contest.
  286. advent
    arrival that has been awaited
  287. apathy
    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
  288. purportedly
    allegedly but not definitely true
  289. savant
    a learned person
  290. preclude
    make impossible, especially beforehand
  291. volition
    the act of making a choice
  292. tenuous
    very thin in gauge or diameter
  293. litotes
    understatement for rhetorical effect
  294. hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
  295. rhetoric
    study of the technique for using language effectively
  296. dialectic
    a contradiction of ideas that determines their interaction
  297. fruition
    the condition of producing seed-bearing structures
  298. rampant
    occurring or increasing in an unrestrained way
  299. ambivalence
    mixed feelings or emotions
  300. facile
    arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
  301. conceited
    having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  302. belligerent
    characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
  303. benevolent
    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding
  304. forbearance
    a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges
  305. callowness
    lacking and evidencing lack of experience of life
  306. genteel
    marked by refinement in taste and manners
  307. purveyor
    someone who supplies provisions, especially food
  308. swindle
    deprive of by deceit
  309. patently
    unmistakably
  310. parley
    a negotiation between enemies
  311. expostulation
    an exclamation of protest, opposition, or criticism
  312. beseech
    ask for or request earnestly
  313. shroud
    burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
  314. hearse
    a vehicle for carrying a coffin to a church or a cemetery
  315. remonstration
    the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest
  316. reproach
    express criticism towards
  317. cynical
    believing the worst of human nature and motives
  318. denigrate
    attack the good name and reputation of someone
  319. didactic
    instructive, especially excessively
  320. ebullient
    joyously unrestrained
  321. lampoon
    ridicule with satire
  322. mendacious
    given to lying
  323. sanguine
    confidently optimistic and cheerful
  324. impetus
    a force that makes something happen
  325. proponent
    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
  326. loiter
    linger, remain, or wait around for no apparent reason
  327. imminent
    close in time; about to occur
  328. propaganda
    information that is spread to promote some cause
  329. finical
    exacting especially about details
  330. prudish
    exaggeratedly proper
  331. prudent
    marked by sound judgment
  332. disconcerting
    causing an emotional disturbance
  333. frailty
    the state of being weak in health or body
  334. profligate
    unrestrained by convention or morality
  335. convivial
    occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
  336. enigma
    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
  337. tightfisted
    unwilling to part with money
  338. aberrant
    markedly different from an accepted norm
  339. ascetic
    someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
  340. appropriation
    a deliberate act of acquisition, often without permission
  341. rancour
    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
  342. amalgam
    a combination or blend of diverse things
  343. opulent
    rich and superior in quality
  344. rhapsodize
    say with great enthusiasm
  345. remonstrance
    the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest
  346. capitulation
    the act of surrendering, usually under agreed conditions
  347. irresolution
    the trait of being irresolute; lacking firmness of purpose
  348. truculence
    stubborn and defiant aggressiveness
  349. acrimony
    a rough and bitter manner
  350. gable
    the triangular wall between the sloping ends of a roof
  351. bourgeois
    being of the property-owning class
  352. bourgeois
    being of the property-owning class
  353. laxity
    an absence of rigor or strictness
  354. obstreperous
    noisily and stubbornly defiant
  355. jollity
    feeling jovial and full of good humor
  356. abstemious
    marked by temperance in indulgence
  357. fastidious
    giving careful attention to detail
  358. pandemonium
    a state of extreme confusion and disorder
  359. vicissitude
    a variation in circumstances or fortune
  360. pellucid
    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
  361. grandiloquent
    lofty in style
  362. diffident
    showing modest reserve
  363. miscible
    capable of being mixed, in chemistry
  364. magniloquent
    lofty in style
  365. tumid
    abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
  366. cacophonous
    having an unpleasant sound
  367. decollete
    (of a garment) having a low-cut neckline
  368. decollete
    (of a garment) having a low-cut neckline
  369. jocund
    full of or showing high-spirited merriment
  370. malediction
    the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil
  371. loquacious
    full of trivial conversation
  372. obstinate
    marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
  373. bluster
    be gusty, as of wind
  374. diminution
    change toward something smaller or lower
  375. atavistic
    characteristic of a throwback
Created on January 23, 2017 (updated February 13, 2018)

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