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  1. abate

    become less in amount or intensity
  2. abdicate

    give up power, duties, or obligations
  3. aberration

    a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  4. abstain

    refrain from doing, consuming, or partaking in something
  5. adversity

    a state of misfortune or affliction
  6. aesthetic

    characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
  7. amicable

    characterized by friendship and good will
  8. anachronistic

    chronologically misplaced
  9. arid

    lacking sufficient water or rainfall
  10. asylum

    a shelter from danger or hardship
  11. benevolent

    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding
  12. bias

    a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue
  13. boisterous

    full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
  14. brazen

    unrestrained by convention or propriety
  15. brusque

    rudely abrupt or blunt in speech or manner
  16. camaraderie

    the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
  17. canny

    showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others
  18. capacious

    large in the amount that can be contained
  19. capitulate

    surrender under agreed conditions
  20. clairvoyant

    someone who can perceive things not present to the senses
  21. collaborate

    work together on a common enterprise or project
  22. compassion

    a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
  23. compromise

    an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
  24. condescending

    characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance
  25. conditional

    imposing or depending on or containing an assumption
  26. conformist

    someone who follows established standards of conduct
  27. conundrum

    a difficult problem
  28. convergence

    the act of coming closer
  29. deleterious

    harmful to living things
  30. demagogue

    a leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions
  31. digression

    a message that departs from the main subject
  32. diligent

    quietly and steadily persevering in detail or exactness
  33. discredit

    the state of being held in low esteem
  34. disdain

    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
  35. divergent

    tending to move apart in different directions
  36. empathy

    understanding and entering into another's feelings
  37. emulate

    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
  38. enervating

    causing weakness or debilitation
  39. ephemeral

    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
  40. evanescent

    short-lived; tending to vanish or disappear
  41. exemplary

    worthy of imitation
  42. extenuating

    partially excusing or justifying
  43. florid

    elaborately or excessively ornamented
  44. forbearance

    a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges
  45. fortitude

    strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity
  46. fortuitous

    lucky; occurring by happy chance
  47. foster

    providing nurture though not related by blood or legal ties
  48. fraught

    filled with or attended with
  49. frugal

    avoiding waste
  50. hackneyed

    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  51. haughty

    having or showing arrogant superiority
  52. hedonist

    someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures
  53. hypothesis

    a tentative insight that is not yet verified or tested
  54. impetuous

    characterized by undue haste and lack of thought
  55. impute

    attribute or credit to
  56. inconsequential

    lacking worth or importance
  57. inevitable

    incapable of being avoided or prevented
  58. intrepid

    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  59. intuitive

    spontaneously derived from or prompted by a natural tendency
  60. jubilation

    a feeling of extreme joy
  61. lobbyist

    someone who is employed to persuade how legislators vote
  62. longevity

    the property of having lived for a considerable time
  63. mundane

    found in the ordinary course of events
  64. nonchalant

    marked by casual unconcern or indifference
  65. opulent

    rich and superior in quality
  66. orator

    a person who delivers a speech
  67. ostentatious

    intended to attract notice and impress others
  68. parched

    dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
  69. perfidious

    tending to betray
  70. pragmatic

    concerned with practical matters
  71. precocious

    characterized by exceptionally early development
  72. pretentious

    creating an appearance of importance or distinction
  73. procrastinate

    postpone doing what one should be doing
  74. prosaic

    lacking wit or imagination
  75. prosperity

    the condition of having good fortune
  76. provocative

    serving or tending to excite or stimulate
  77. prudent

    marked by sound judgment
  78. querulous

    habitually complaining
  79. rancorous

    showing deep-seated resentment
  80. reclusive

    withdrawn from society; seeking solitude
  81. reconciliation

    the reestablishment of cordial relations
  82. renovation

    the act of improving by renewing and restoring
  83. restrained

    under control
  84. reverence

    a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
  85. sagacity

    the ability to understand and discriminate between relations
  86. scrutinize

    examine carefully for accuracy
  87. spontaneous

    said or done without having been planned in advance
  88. spurious

    plausible but false
  89. submissive

    inclined or willing to give in to orders or wishes of others
  90. substantiate

    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
  91. subtle

    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
  92. superficial

    of, affecting, or being on or near the surface
  93. superfluous

    more than is needed, desired, or required
  94. surreptitious

    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
  95. tactful

    having a sense of what is considerate in dealing with others
  96. tenacious

    stubbornly unyielding
  97. transient

    lasting a very short time
  98. venerable

    profoundly honored
  99. vindicate

    show to be right by providing justification or proof
  100. wary

    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
Created on December 23, 2009
(updated November 4, 2020)