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  1. aberration
    a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  2. abnegate
    deny or renounce
  3. aboriginal
    having existed from the beginning
  4. absolution
    the act of being formally forgiven
  5. abstruse
    difficult to understand
  6. acclimate
    get used to a certain environment
  7. accolade
    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
  8. accrue
    grow by addition
  9. acquiesce
    agree or express agreement
  10. actuary
    someone versed in the interpretation of numerical data
  11. acumen
    shrewdness shown by keen insight
  12. adage
    a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact
  13. addle
    mix up or confuse
  14. admonition
    a firm rebuke
  15. aerobic
    depending on free oxygen or air
  16. exercise
    the activity of exerting muscles to keep fit
  17. affect
    have an influence upon
  18. affinity
    a natural attraction or feeling of kinship
  19. akimbo
    with hands on hips and elbows extending outward
  20. alacrity
    liveliness and eagerness
  21. allay
    lessen the intensity of or calm
  22. altruistic
    showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
  23. amazon
    a large, strong, and aggressive woman
  24. ambulatory
    able to walk about
  25. ameliorate
    make better
  26. amenities
    things that make you comfortable and at ease
  27. amorphous
    having no definite form or distinct shape
  28. analogue
    something similar or equivalent to something else
  29. aneurysm
    an abnormal bulge caused by weakening of an artery wall
  30. anomaly
    deviation from the normal or common order, form, or rule
  31. anomie
    lack of moral standards in a society
  32. antagonist
    someone who offers opposition
  33. antibody
    a protein that produces an immune response
  34. apocryphal
    being of questionable authenticity
  35. apprehension
    fearful expectation or anticipation
  36. aquifer
    underground layer of rock or sand that yields groundwater
  37. arbiter
    someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
  38. arcane
    requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
  39. archives
    collection of records especially about an institution
  40. aria
    an elaborate song for solo voice
  41. armada
    a large fleet
  42. articulate
    express or state clearly
  43. artifice
    the use of deception or trickery
  44. ascetic
    someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
  45. askance
    with suspicion or disapproval
  46. aspersion
    a disparaging remark
  47. assimilate
    make alike
  48. assume
    take to be the case or to be true
  49. atrophy
    a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
  50. attire
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
  51. audacious
    disposed to venture or take risks
  52. august
    profoundly honored
  53. auspicious
    indicating favorable circumstances and good luck
  54. avid
    marked by active interest and enthusiasm
  55. balk
    refuse to proceed or comply
  56. bamboozle
    conceal one's true motives from
  57. barbaric
    without civilizing influences
  58. battery
    a collection of related things intended for use together
  59. bauble
    cheap showy jewelry or ornament
  60. bayou
    a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake
  61. beguile
    attract; cause to be enamored
  62. behest
    an authoritative command or request
  63. belated
    after the expected or usual time
  64. benediction
    a blessing or ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
  65. beneficence
    the quality of being kind or helpful or generous
  66. benign
    kind in disposition or manner
  67. bequeath
    leave or give, especially by will after one's death
  68. berate
    censure severely or angrily
  69. beset
    assail or attack on all sides
  70. bifurcated
    divided into or made up of two parts
  71. blasphemous
    grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
  72. bouquet
    an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present
  73. bowdlerize
    edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  74. broach
    bring up a topic for discussion
  75. buoyant
    tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas
  76. burgeon
    grow and flourish
  77. cachet
    an indication of approved or superior status
  78. caliph
    the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state
  79. calisthenics
    light exercises designed to promote general fitness
  80. cameo
    engraving or carving in low relief on a stone
  81. carapace
    hard outer covering or case of certain organisms
  82. career
    the particular occupation for which you are trained
  83. caricature
    a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect
  84. cartographer
    a person who makes maps
  85. catalyst
    substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction
  86. caulk
    a waterproof filler and sealant used in building and repair
  87. centennial
    of or relating to or completing a period of 100 years
  88. chassis
    the skeleton of a motor vehicle
  89. chastise
    censure severely
  90. chimerical
    like a grotesque product of the imagination
  91. chivalry
    the medieval principles governing knightly conduct
  92. chromosome
    a threadlike strand of DNA that carries genes
  93. chutzpah
    unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
  94. clamorous
    conspicuously and offensively loud
  95. classic
    of recognized authority or excellence
  96. classical
    of the most highly developed stage of an early civilization
  97. coast
    the shore of a sea or ocean
  98. coercive
    serving or intended to force
  99. collage
    a paste-up of pieces to form an artistic image
  100. comatose
    in a state of deep and usually prolonged unconsciousness
  101. comely
    according with custom or propriety
  102. commiserate
    feel or express sympathy or compassion
  103. commute
    a regular journey to and from your place of work
  104. compact
    closely and firmly united or packed together
  105. compatible
    able to exist and perform in harmonious combination
  106. complacent
    contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions
  107. concerted
    involving the joint activity of two or more
  108. condone
    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for
  109. conciliatory
    making or willing to make concessions
  110. confound
    be confusing or perplexing to
  111. congeal
    solidify, thicken, or come together
  112. congruent
    corresponding in character or kind
  113. contemporary
    occurring in the same period of time
  114. contiguous
    having a common boundary or edge
  115. contrive
    make or work out a plan for; devise
  116. contusion
    an injury in which the skin is not broken
  117. cordial
    politely warm and friendly
  118. corollary
    an inference following from the proof of another proposition
  119. corroborate
    give evidence for
  120. coterie
    an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
  121. covert
    secret or hidden
  122. coveted
    greatly desired
  123. crass
    so unrefined as to be offensive or insensitive
  124. craven
    lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
  125. crescendo
    a gradual increase in loudness
  126. crescent
    having a curved shape that tapers at the ends
  127. criterion
    the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
  128. cue
    a reminder for some action or speech
  129. cynical
    believing the worst of human nature and motives
  130. dappled
    having spots or patches of color
  131. debunk
    expose while ridiculing
  132. debut
    the act of beginning something new
  133. decant
    pour out
  134. decelerate
    lose velocity; move more slowly
  135. decorum
    propriety in manners and conduct
  136. decry
    express strong disapproval of
  137. defenestration
    the act of throwing someone or something out of a window
  138. deferential
    showing courteous regard for people's feelings
  139. deferment
    act of putting off to a future time
  140. delegate
    a person appointed or elected to represent others
  141. demographic
    a statistic characterizing human populations
  142. demure
    shy or modest, often in a playful or provocative way
  143. devious
    turning away from a straight course
  144. diaspora
    the dispersion of something that was originally localized
  145. diffidence
    lack of self-assurance
  146. diffident
    showing modest reserve
  147. diligence
    conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task
  148. diligent
    quietly and steadily persevering in detail or exactness
  149. diorama
    a three-dimensional representation of a scene
  150. discombobulate
    cause to be confused emotionally
  151. discourse
    an extended communication dealing with some particular topic
  152. discrepancy
    a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
  153. discretion
    power of making choices unconstrained by external agencies
  154. disdain
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
  155. disingenuous
    not straightforward or candid
  156. dissension
    disagreement among those expected to cooperate
  157. dissent
    a difference of opinion
  158. dissonance
    disagreeable sounds
  159. diva
    a distinguished female operatic singer
  160. divulge
    make known to the public information previously kept secret
  161. docent
    a lecturer or teacher at some universities
  162. dote
    shower with love; show excessive affection for
  163. droll
    comical in an odd or whimsical manner
  164. duplicitous
    marked by deliberate deceptiveness
  165. effect
    a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon
  166. effervescent
    giving off bubbles
  167. elicit
    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
  168. elucidate
    make clear and comprehensible
  169. elusive
    skillful at evading capture
  170. embed
    fix or set securely or deeply
  171. embedded
    enclosed firmly in a surrounding mass
  172. emblazon
    decorate with heraldic arms
  173. emboss
    raise in a relief
  174. emit
    give off, send forth, or discharge
  175. empathy
    understanding and entering into another's feelings
  176. emulate
    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
  177. encomium
    a formal expression of praise
  178. encumber
    hold back, impede, or weigh down
  179. enhance
  180. ennui
    the feeling of being bored by something tedious
  181. epicenter
    a point on the Earth's surface directly above an earthquake
  182. equipoise
    equality of distribution
  183. equivocate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
  184. eschew
    avoid and stay away from deliberately
  185. ethic
    the principles of right and wrong for an individual or group
  186. euphonious
    having a pleasant sound
  187. evanescent
    short-lived; tending to vanish or disappear
  188. evasive
    avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger
  189. evocative
    serving to bring to mind
  190. excavate
    recover through digging
  191. execrable
    unequivocally detestable
  192. exhortation
    an earnest attempt at persuasion
  193. exonerate
    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
  194. exploitation
    an act that victimizes someone
  195. extemporaneous
    with little or no preparation or forethought
  196. extrapolate
    draw from specific cases for more general cases
  197. extricate
    release from entanglement or difficulty
  198. extrinsic
    not forming an essential part of a thing
  199. fabricate
    put together out of artificial or natural components
  200. facile
    arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
  201. facilitate
    make easier
  202. fait accompli
    an irreversible accomplishment
  203. fateful
  204. faux
    not genuine or real
  205. fawning
    attempting to win favor by flattery
  206. feasible
    capable of being done with means at hand
  207. feckless
    generally incompetent and ineffectual
  208. felicitous
    exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
  209. felicity
    pleasing and appropriate manner or style
  210. feral
    wild and menacing
  211. fermentation
    breaking down an organic substance, as sugar into alcohol
  212. figment
    a contrived or fantastic idea
  213. filigree
    delicate and intricate ornamentation
  214. finagle
    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
  215. flaunt
    display proudly
  216. florid
    elaborately or excessively ornamented
  217. flotsam
    the floating wreckage of a ship
  218. flux
    a state of constant change
  219. forswear
    formally reject or disavow
  220. garnish
    decorate, as with parsley or other ornamental foods
  221. gaudy
    tastelessly showy
  222. genocide
    systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
  223. gesticulate
    show, express, or direct through movement
  224. glaze
    a coating, as for ceramics or metal
  225. glib
    artfully persuasive in speech
  226. gradient
    a graded change in the magnitude of something
  227. guileless
    innocent and free of deceit
  228. guise
    an artful or simulated semblance
  229. gull
    aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legs
  230. guru
    a Hindu or Buddhist religious leader and spiritual teacher
  231. hackles
    a feeling of anger and animosity
  232. hail
    precipitation of ice pellets
  233. harangue
    a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
  234. heinous
    extremely wicked or deeply criminal
  235. herculean
    extremely difficult; requiring great strength
  236. hermetic
    completely sealed or airtight
  237. heterogeneous
    consisting of elements not of the same kind or nature
  238. hiatus
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  239. holistic
    emphasizing the organic relation between parts and the whole
  240. medicine
    the profession devoted to alleviating diseases and injuries
  241. hone
    sharpen with a whetstone
  242. latitude
    an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
  243. hue
    the quality of a color determined by its dominant wavelength
  244. humane
    marked by concern with the alleviation of suffering
  245. hypertension
    a disorder in which blood pressure remains abnormally high
  246. hypothermia
    subnormal body temperature
  247. idealist
    someone not guided by practical considerations
  248. ilk
    a kind of person
  249. illicit
    contrary to accepted morality or convention
  250. immolate
    kill as a sacrifice, especially by fire
  251. impediment
    something immaterial that interferes with action or progress
  252. impending
    close in time; about to occur
  253. impetuous
    characterized by undue haste and lack of thought
  254. impetus
    a force that makes something happen
  255. impinge
    infringe upon
  256. implacable
    incapable of being appeased or pacified
  257. importune
    beg persistently and urgently
  258. imprecation
    the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil
  259. impregnable
    incapable of being attacked or tampered with
  260. improvise
    manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand
  261. impugn
    attack as false or wrong
  262. impute
    attribute or credit to
  263. incarnate
    possessing or existing in bodily form
  264. incentive
    a positive motivational influence
  265. incisive
    demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  266. inculcate
    teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
  267. indigent
    poor enough to need help from others
  268. inertia
    the tendency of something to stay in rest or motion
  269. infallible
    incapable of failure or error
  270. infidel
    a person who does not acknowledge your god
  271. infraction
    a violation of a law or rule
  272. inherent
    existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
  273. iniquity
    absence of moral or spiritual values
  274. innocuous
    not injurious to physical or mental health
  275. innovate
    bring something new to an environment
  276. inoculate
    inject or treat with the germ of a disease to render immune
  277. inordinate
    beyond normal limits
  278. inquisition
    a severe interrogation
  279. inscrutable
    difficult or impossible to understand
  280. inter
    place in a grave or tomb
  281. intransigent
    impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason
  282. intrinsic
    belonging to a thing by its very nature
  283. irrefutable
    impossible to deny or disprove
  284. itinerant
    traveling from place to place to work
  285. jaded
  286. jargon
    technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
  287. jejune
    lacking interest or significance or impact
  288. jeopardy
    a source of danger
  289. jeremiad
    a long and mournful complaint
  290. jettison
    throw away, of something encumbering
  291. jingoism
    fanatical patriotism
  292. jocular
    characterized by jokes and good humor
  293. jocund
    full of or showing high-spirited merriment
  294. jubilee
    a special anniversary or the celebration of it
  295. judicial
    expressing careful judgment
  296. judicious
    marked by the exercise of common sense in practical matters
  297. juggernaut
    a massive inexorable force
  298. juncture
    the shape or manner in which things come together
  299. junta
    a group of officers who rule a country after seizing power
  300. justify
    show to be right by providing proof
  301. juxtapose
    place side by side
  302. ken
    range of what one can know or understand
  303. kismet
    fate or fortune
  304. lacerate
    cut or tear irregularly
  305. laconic
    brief and to the point
  306. laity
    members of a religious community who are not clergy
  307. lampoon
    ridicule with satire
  308. latent
    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
  309. laud
    praise, glorify, or honor
  310. ligament
    a band of fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages
  311. lineage
    the kinship relation between an individual and progenitors
  312. lissome
    moving and bending with ease
  313. litter
    rubbish carelessly dropped or left about
  314. liturgy
    a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship
  315. lucidity
    freedom from obscurity of expression; comprehensibility
  316. magnanimous
    noble and generous in spirit
  317. malevolence
    wishing evil to others
  318. maneuver
    a military training exercise
  319. manifestation
    a clear appearance
  320. matriculation
    admission to a group, especially a college or university
  321. mausoleum
    a large burial chamber, usually above ground
  322. maverick
    someone who exhibits independence in thought and action
  323. medley
    a musical composition consisting of a series of songs
  324. melange
    a varied mixture or assortment of things
  325. memento
    a reminder of past events
  326. menial
    relating to unskilled work, especially domestic work
  327. mentor
    a wise and trusted guide and advisor
  328. meritorious
    deserving reward or praise
  329. mesmerize
    attract strongly, as if with a magnet
  330. metabolism
    the organic processes that are necessary for life
  331. microcosm
    a miniature model of something
  332. militate
    have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
  333. minatory
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
  334. mirth
    great merriment
  335. misanthropy
    hatred of mankind
  336. misapprehension
    an understanding of something that is not correct
  337. mitigation
    the action of lessening in severity or intensity
  338. modish
    in the current fashion or style
  339. monolithic
    imposing in size or bulk or solidity
  340. monotheism
    belief in a single God
  341. montage
    the technique of splicing together different sections of film to convey an idea
  342. moot
    of no legal significance, as having been previously decided
  343. morass
    a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
  344. moratorium
    suspension of an ongoing activity
  345. mordant
    harshly ironic or sinister
  346. mosaic
    design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass
  347. mote
    a tiny piece of anything
  348. motif
    a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
  349. motley
    consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
  350. mountebank
    a flamboyant deceiver
  351. mulct
    money extracted as a penalty
  352. murky
    clouded as with sediment
  353. muse
    reflect deeply on a subject
  354. myriad
    a large indefinite number
  355. nadir
    the lowest point of anything
  356. neologism
    a newly invented word or phrase
  357. nexus
    the means of connection between things linked in series
  358. niche
    a small concavity
  359. nip
    sever or remove by pinching
  360. non sequitur
    a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it
  361. nuance
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
  362. nuclear
    constituting the core or central part
  363. obsequious
    attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
  364. obstreperous
    noisily and stubbornly defiant
  365. obtuse
    of an angle, between 90 and 180 degrees
  366. onerous
    burdensome or difficult to endure
  367. onslaught
    an offensive against an enemy
  368. opaque
    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy
  369. opportune
    suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose
  370. orthodox
    adhering to what is commonly accepted
  371. otiose
    serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
  372. oxymoron
    conjoined contradictory terms
  373. palatable
    acceptable to the taste or mind
  374. palaver
    loud and confused and empty talk
  375. pan
    shallow container made of metal
  376. pandemic
    existing everywhere
  377. paradox
    a statement that contradicts itself
  378. paragon
    a perfect embodiment of a concept
  379. parcel
    a wrapped package
  380. pare
    strip the skin off
  381. parlous
    fraught with danger
  382. paroxysm
    a sudden uncontrollable attack
  383. pathos
    a quality that arouses emotions, especially pity or sorrow
  384. peccadillo
    a petty misdeed
  385. pedestrian
    a person who travels by foot
  386. peerless
    eminent beyond or above comparison
  387. pending
    awaiting conclusion or confirmation
  388. pendulous
    hanging loosely or bending downward
  389. peninsula
    a large mass of land projecting into a body of water
  390. penultimate
    next to the last
  391. perfidious
    tending to betray
  392. perfidy
    an act of deliberate betrayal
  393. perfunctory
    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
  394. perimeter
    a line enclosing a plane area
  395. peripheral
    on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary
  396. periphery
    the outside boundary or surface of something
  397. permeate
    spread or diffuse through
  398. peroration
    the concluding section of a rhetorical address
  399. perpetuate
    cause to continue or prevail
  400. perseverance
    the act of persisting
  401. persnickety
    characterized by excessive attention to trivial details
  402. perspicacious
    mentally acute or penetratingly discerning
  403. phalanx
    any closely ranked crowd of people
  404. phlegmatic
    showing little emotion
  405. picayune
    small and of little importance
  406. piety
    righteousness by virtue of being religiously devout
  407. placebo
    an innocuous or inert medication
  408. plague
    any large-scale calamity
  409. platonic
    free from physical desire
  410. plethora
    extreme excess
  411. pomp
    cheap or pretentious or vain display
  412. portray
    represent abstractly, for example in a painting
  413. postulate
    maintain or assert
  414. potable
    suitable for drinking
  415. potpourri
    a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
  416. precis
    a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument
  417. preclude
    make impossible, especially beforehand
  418. precursor
    something indicating the approach of something or someone
  419. predatory
    living by preying on other animals
  420. premise
    a statement that is held to be true
  421. premonition
    an early warning about a future event
  422. prevail
    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
  423. prevalent
    most frequent or common
  424. primal
    having existed from the beginning
  425. privation
    the act of stripping someone of food, money, or rights
  426. procrastinate
    postpone doing what one should be doing
  427. procure
    get by special effort
  428. prodigious
    great in size, force, extent, or degree
  429. prolific
    intellectually productive
  430. proponent
    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
  431. provender
    food for domestic livestock
  432. provident
    giving something useful for the future
  433. provocative
    serving or tending to excite or stimulate
  434. prowess
    a superior skill learned by study and practice
  435. prune
    cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
  436. purchase
    acquire by means of a financial transaction
  437. putrid
    of or relating to the process of decay
  438. quagmire
    a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
  439. querulous
    habitually complaining
  440. queue
    a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
  441. quintessential
    representing the perfect example of a class or quality
  442. quorum
    a gathering of the minimal number of members of a group
  443. radiant
    emanating or as if emanating light
  444. rakish
    marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
  445. rambunctious
    noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
  446. rapacious
    living by preying on other animals
  447. rapport
    a relationship of mutual understanding between people
  448. raze
    tear down so as to make flat with the ground
  449. reactionary
    extremely conservative or resistant to change
  450. recapitulate
    summarize briefly
  451. reciprocal
    concerning each of two or more persons or things
  452. reclusive
    withdrawn from society; seeking solitude
  453. rectify
    make right or correct
  454. redolent
    having a strong pleasant odor
  455. regatta
    a series of boat races
  456. regime
    the governing authority of a political unit
  457. relegate
    assign to a lower position
  458. relief
    the act of reducing something unpleasant
  459. remedial
    tending or intended to rectify or improve
  460. renege
    fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
  461. renovate
    restore to a previous or better condition
  462. repute
    the state of being held in high esteem and honor
  463. resonance
    the characteristic of having a loud deep sound
  464. restitution
    the act of restoring something to its original state
  465. resuscitate
    cause to regain consciousness
  466. retrench
    tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
  467. robust
    sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
  468. roil
    make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
  469. roster
    a list of names
  470. ruddy
    inclined to a healthy reddish color
  471. rue
    feel sorry for; be contrite about
  472. sagacity
    the ability to understand and discriminate between relations
  473. sanctity
    the quality of being holy
  474. sanguine
    confidently optimistic and cheerful
  475. satiate
    fill to satisfaction
  476. satire
    witty language used to convey insults or scorn
  477. scorn
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
  478. scruple
    an ethical or moral principle that inhibits action
  479. scrutinize
    examine carefully for accuracy
  480. sear
    become superficially burned
  481. sedate
    characterized by dignity and propriety
  482. sediment
    matter that has been deposited by some natural process
  483. segment
    one of several parts that fit with others to make a whole
  484. seminary
    a school for training ministers or priests or rabbis
  485. sensibility
    mental responsiveness and awareness
  486. septic
    of or relating to or caused by the process of decay
  487. serendipity
    good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries
  488. shaman
    one acting as a medium between the visible and spirit worlds
  489. shrapnel
    shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight
  490. silhouette
    a filled-in drawing of the outline of an object
  491. sinecure
    a job that involves minimal duties
  492. skeptical
    marked by or given to doubt
  493. skew
    turn or place at an angle
  494. skittish
    unpredictably excitable, especially of horses
  495. snide
    expressive of contempt
  496. sojourn
    a temporary stay
  497. solvent
    capable of meeting financial obligations
  498. somatic
    characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
  499. sophistry
    a deliberately invalid argument in the hope of deceiving
  500. specious
    plausible but false
  501. specter
    a ghostly appearing figure
  502. spurious
    plausible but false
  503. squander
    spend thoughtlessly; throw away
  504. stalwart
    having rugged physical strength
  505. stanch
    stop the flow of a liquid
  506. static
    not in physical motion
  507. stentorian
    very loud or booming
  508. steppe
    an extensive plain without trees
  509. stilted
    artificially formal or stiff
  510. stimulus
    any information or event that acts to arouse action
  511. stipulate
    make an express demand or provision in an agreement
  512. stoicism
    an indifference to pleasure or pain
  513. stratagem
    an elaborate or deceitful scheme to deceive or evade
  514. succumb
    give in or consent reluctantly
  515. sui generis
    constituting a class of its own; unique
  516. sunder
    break apart or in two, using violence
  517. superficial
    of, affecting, or being on or near the surface
  518. superfluous
    more than is needed, desired, or required
  519. supposition
    the cognitive process of conjecturing
  520. surrealism
    an artistic movement using fantastic and incongruous images
  521. swivel
    turn on a pivot
  522. sycophantic
    attempting to win favor by flattery
  523. syllogism
    reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises
  524. symbiosis
    the relation between two interdependent species of organisms
  525. taboo
    a ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion
  526. tactile
    of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch
  527. tariff
    a government tax on imports or exports
  528. telepathy
    extrasensory communication from one mind to another
  529. temperance
    the trait of avoiding excesses
  530. tenacious
    stubbornly unyielding
  531. therapeutic
    tending to cure or restore to health
  532. tinge
    color lightly
  533. torpid
    in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
  534. traction
    the friction between a body and a surface on which it moves
  535. tranquil
    free from disturbance by heavy waves
  536. transcend
    go beyond the scope or limits of
  537. transient
    lasting a very short time
  538. transmute
    change or alter in form, appearance, or nature
  539. trepidation
    a feeling of alarm or dread
  540. triage
    sorting and allocating aid on the basis of need
  541. trifle
    a detail that is considered insignificant
  542. trilogy
    a set of three literary or dramatic works related in subject
  543. uncanny
    surpassing the ordinary or normal
  544. undulate
    move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
  545. unmitigated
    not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity
  546. urbane
    showing a high degree of refinement
  547. valedictory
    a farewell oration
  548. vanquish
    defeat in a competition, race, or conflict
  549. vascular
    relating to vessels that conduct and circulate fluids
  550. vendetta
    a blood feud between members of opposing parties
  551. veneer
    coating consisting of a thin layer of wood
  552. venerable
    profoundly honored
  553. veracity
    unwillingness to tell lies
  554. vertex
    the highest point of something
  555. verve
    an energetic style
  556. viability
    the state of being capable of normal growth and development
  557. vintage
    the oldness of wines
  558. vintner
    someone who sells wine
  559. virulent
    extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
  560. vista
    the visual percept of a region
  561. vituperative
    marked by harshly abusive criticism
  562. vociferous
    conspicuously and offensively loud
  563. voracious
    devouring or craving food in great quantities
  564. vortex
    a powerful circular current of water
  565. wheedle
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  566. wry
    humorously sarcastic or mocking
  567. xenophobic
    having abnormal fear or hatred of foreigners
Created on August 12, 2012

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