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  1. absolve
    grant remission of a sin to
  2. acrimony
    a rough and bitter manner
  3. amenable
    disposed or willing to comply
  4. banal
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  5. candor
    the quality of being honest and straightforward
  6. caricature
    a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect
  7. circumspect
    careful to consider potential consequences and avoid risk
  8. coalesce
    fuse or cause to come together
  9. corroborate
    give evidence for
  10. congenial
    suitable to your needs
  11. curtail
    terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end
  12. dearth
    an insufficient quantity or number
  13. debilitate
    make weak
  14. decorous
    characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste
  15. decry
    express strong disapproval of
  16. deference
    courteous regard for people's feelings
  17. demean
    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
  18. deplore
    express strong disapproval of
  19. derision
    the act of treating with contempt
  20. derivative
    a compound obtained from another compound
  21. didactic
    instructive, especially excessively
  22. diffident
    showing modest reserve
  23. discord
    lack of agreement or harmony
  24. disparage
    express a negative opinion of
  25. dissipate
    cause to separate and go in different directions
  26. docile
    easily handled or managed
  27. eclectic
    selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
  28. ephemeral
    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
  29. espouse
    choose and follow a theory, idea, policy, etc.
  30. exonerate
    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
  31. fallacious
    containing or based on incorrect reasoning
  32. farce
    a comedy characterized by broad satire
  33. fastidious
    giving careful attention to detail
  34. fawning
    attempting to win favor by flattery
  35. flippant
    showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness
  36. garrulous
    full of trivial conversation
  37. frivolous
    not serious in content, attitude, or behavior
  38. gluttonous
    given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink
  39. hackneyed
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  40. iconoclastic
    characterized by attack on established beliefs
  41. immutable
    not subject or susceptible to change or variation
  42. incongruity
    the quality of disagreeing
  43. innate
    present at birth but not necessarily hereditary
  44. ingrate
    a person who shows no thankfulness or appreciation
  45. ingenuous
    lacking in sophistication or worldliness
  46. languid
    lacking spirit or liveliness
  47. larceny
    the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
  48. meek
    humble in spirit or manner
  49. mutability
    the quality of being capable of change
  50. nonchalance
    the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care
  51. outmoded
    no longer in fashion
  52. pedantic
    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning
  53. perjury
    criminal offense of making false statements under oath
  54. pervasive
    spreading or spread throughout
  55. perpetual
    continuing forever or indefinitely
  56. petulant
    easily irritated or annoyed
  57. potency
    the power or right to give orders or make decisions
  58. premonition
    an early warning about a future event
  59. premise
    a statement that is held to be true
  60. presumptuous
    going beyond what is appropriate, permitted, or courteous
  61. prudent
    marked by sound judgment
  62. recluse
    one who lives in solitude
  63. refute
    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  64. relinquish
    turn away from; give up
  65. reprehensible
    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
  66. repudiate
    refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
  67. resolution
    a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
  68. reticent
    reluctant to draw attention to yourself
  69. reverent
    feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
  70. serenity
    the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  71. stratagem
    an elaborate or deceitful scheme to deceive or evade
  72. subdued
    restrained in style or quality
  73. subversive
    in opposition to an established system or government
  74. superfluous
    more than is needed, desired, or required
  75. taciturn
    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
  76. temper
    a characteristic state of feeling
  77. temperament
    your usual mood
  78. thwart
    hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
  79. transcendent
    exceeding or surpassing usual limits
  80. trepidation
    a feeling of alarm or dread
  81. turbulence
    instability in the atmosphere
  82. urbane
    showing a high degree of refinement
  83. vacillate
    be undecided about something
  84. voracious
    devouring or craving food in great quantities
  85. wary
    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
  86. absolve
    excuse or free from blame
  87. serenity
    the absence of mental stress or anxiety
Created on August 4, 2012 (updated August 4, 2012)

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