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obstinate

(adj.) stubborn; inflexible


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abjure (verb)

  1. to renounce, repudiate under oath; to avoid, shun
accolade (noun)
  1. an expression of approval
  2. a special acknowledgement, such as an award
adulterate (verb)
  1. to corrupt, make worse by the addition of something of lesser value
acrimony (noun)
  1. bitter, sharp hostility, especially in speech
affable (adj.) 
  1. easy to talk to; easy to approach, friendly, kind, amiable
alacrity (noun)
  1. cheerful readiness; brisk and eager action
allay (verb)
  1. to lessen fear; to calm; to relieve pain
aloof (adj.)
  1. uninterested; showing no concern; emotionally removed or distant

altruistic

  1. showing unselfish concern for others
angst (noun)
  1. a feeling of anxiety or apprehension

anomaly (noun)

  1. someone or something that deviates from the normal or common form, order, or rule; a peculiarity or abnormality
antithesis (noun)
  1. the direct opposite, a sharp contrast
apathy (noun)
  1. lack of feeling, emotion, or interest
archaic (adj.)
  1. old; from a much earlier time; antiquated
ardent (adj.)
  1. full of passion and emotion
artisan (noun)
  1. a person who is skillful with his or her hands
audacious (adj.) 
  1. very bold
avaricious (adj.)
  1. greedy
avid (adj.)
  1. showing enthusiasm; ardent
banal (adj.)
  1. dull or stale because of overuse; trite; hackneyed
baneful (adj.)
  1. causing ruin; harmful; pernicious
baroque (adj.)
  1. extravagant, complex, or bizarre, especially in ornamentation
bellicose (adj.)
  1. in a warlike manner or temperament; quarrelsome
benevolent (adj.)
  1. giving freely and easily to others; charitable; kind
bequeath (verb)
  1. to give or pass as inheritance
blithe (adj.)
  1. cheerful, lighthearted; casual, unconcerned
bombastic (adj.)
  1. using language in a pompous, showy way; speaking to impress others
boondoggle (noun)
  1. an unnecessary or wasteful activity
bravado (noun)
  1. a show of bravery or defiance, often intended to make an impression or mislead someone
brogue (noun)
  1. a strong dialectical accent, especially a strong Irish or Scottish accent in English
byzantine (adj.)
  1. highly complicated; intricate and involved
cacophony (noun)
  1. lack of harmony; loud and unpleasant noise; a racket

capricious (adj.)

  1. characterized by or subject to whim; impulsive and unpredictable
captious (adj.)
  1. made for the sake of quarreling; quibbling
camaraderie (noun)
  1. goodwill and lighthearted rapport between or among friends; comradeship
carp (verb) 
  1. to find fault; to be critical
catharsis (noun)
  1. an emotional cleansing or release of emotional tensions
caustic (adj.)
  1. incisively critical or sarcastic; cutting
charisma (noun)
  1. exceptional personal magnetism and charm
charlatan (noun)
  1. a fraud; a quack or imposter
circumlocution (noun)
  1. speaking in circles; roundabout speech
clamor (noun)
  1. unpleasant sound; noise
clairvoyant (adj.) 
  1. supernaturally perceptive
  2. (noun) one who possesses extrasensory powers, seer
clandestine (adj.)
  1. secret, concealed; underhanded
clemency (noun)
  1. mercy, humaneness; mildness, moderateness
cloying (adj.)
  1. causing distaste or disgust because of an excess of something originally pleasant
coalesce (verb)
  1. to have different opinions join together, fuse, converge
colloquial (adj.)
  1. pertaining to common everyday speech; conversational
conflagration (noun)
  1. a large destructive fire
congenial (adj.)
  1. compatible; having kindred needs or tastes; sympathetic
convalesce (verb)
  1. to recover from illness
converge (verb)
  1. to move toward one point, approach nearer together
convivial (adj.)
  1. sociable, outgoing in a festive way, especially when pertaining to eating and drinking; fond of good company
copious (adj.)
  1. abundant; much; plentiful
cryptic (adj.)
  1. hidden; hard to understand; mysterious; obscure
cursory (adj.)
  1. hasty, not thorough

debunk (verb)

  1. to prove wrong or false
decorum (noun)
  1. proper behavior, good taste; orderliness
delusion (noun)
  1. a false opinion or belief
deprecate (verb)
  1. to show mild disapproval
derivative (adj.)
  1. unoriginal; taken from something already existing
destitute (adj.)
  1. deprived of the necessities of life; lacking in
devious (adj.) 
  1. dishonest or deceptive; tricky
dichotomy (noun)
  1. a division of two contrasting things or parts
disparage (verb)
  1. to belittle, speak slightly of; to undervalue
droll (adj.)
  1. amusingly odd
duress (noun)
  1. compulsion by threat; forcible confinement
ebullient (adj.)
  1. filled with bubbly excitement, as if boiling over with excitement
eclectic (adj.)
  1. taken from many different sources
egotistical (adj.)
  1. excessively self absorbed; very conceited
endemic (adj.)
  1. native or confined to a particular region or people; characteristic of or prevalent in a field
ennui (noun)
  1. listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom
ephemeral (adj.)
  1. lasting a short time; fleeting
epitome (noun)
  1. the best or most representative of class or type
equanimity (noun)
  1. the quality of being calm and even-tempered; composure
equivocate (verb)
  1. to use vague or ambiguous language in order to avoid committing oneself to a position or to deceive someone
esoteric (adj.)
  1. intended for or understood by only a restricted number of people
euphemism (noun)
  1. a more pleasant world or phrase that replaces another which is too direct, distasteful, or offensive
euphony (noun)
  1. pleasing sound
extol (verb)

  1. to praise extravagantly

exuberant (adj.)

  1. overflowing with vitality and good spirits

fallow

  1. (adj.) plowed but not seeded; inactive; reddish-yellow
  2. (noun) land left unseeded
  3. (verb) to plow but not seed

fastidious (adj.)

  1. possessing or displaying meticulous attention to detail
faux pas (noun)
  1. a social blunder
fawning (adj.)
  1. gaining the favor of another by acting overly kind or using flattery
fiasco (noun)
  1. a complete failure
finagle (verb)
  1. to obtain or achieve something by cleverness or deviousness, especially in using words
flourish (verb)
  1. to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment
furtive (adj.)
  1. sneaky
garrulous (adj.)
  1. given to much talking, tediously chatty
 glib (adj.)
  1. performed with a natural, offhand ease
  2. marked by ease and fluency of speech or writing that suggests or stems from insincerity, superficiality, or deceitfulness

grandiloquent (adj.)

  1. using big and fancy words when speaking for the purpose of impressing others
gregarious (adj.)
  1. seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable

guile (noun)

  1. treacherous cunning, deceit
hamper (verb)
  1. to hinder; to prevent something from happening
 harbinger (noun)
  1. something that indicates or foreshadows what is to come, a forerunner

hedonist (noun)

  1. a person who is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses
heedful (adj.)
  1. paying careful attention to
hidebound (adj.) 
  1. strongly opinionated; narrow minded and stubborn
idiosyncratic (adj.)
  1. peculiar to a specific individual or group
idyllic (adj.)
  1. tranquil, carefree or picturesque
impetus (noun)
  1. a moving force, impulse, stimulus
impervious (adj.)
  1. not affected or hurt by; admitting of no passage or entrance
implicate (verb) 
  1. to involve in; to connect with or be related to
imprudent (adj.)
  1. careless; rash
inception (noun)
  1. the start, the beginning of something

incidental (adj.)

  1. less important; minor
indelible (adj.)
  1. not able to be erased or removed; memorable
indemnity (noun)
  1. a payment for damage or loss
indigent (adj.)
  1. poor; impoverished
indignant (adj.)
  1. angry
indulgent (adj.)
  1. yielding to the wishes or demands of others
infinitesimal (adj.)
  1. immeasurably or incalculably small

iniquitous (adj.)

  1. showing a lack of fairness; wicked; vicious
inkling (noun)
  1. a hint; a vague notion

innocuous (adj.)

  1. harmless, inoffensive
  2. insignificant
insolent (adj.)
  1. boldly disrespectful in speech or behavior; rude
insurgent
  1. (noun) a rebel; one who revolts against a government or political party; maverick
  2. (adj.) rebellious
 jocular (adj.)
  1. liking to be with people, joke around with them and have fun
kitsch (noun)

  1. art or other objects appealing to popular taste, as by being gaudy or overly sentimental
labyrinth (noun)
  1. a maze from which it is very hard to extricate or free oneself
laconic (adj.)
  1. using few words in speech
largess (noun) 
  1. generous giving
lassitude (noun)
  1. a tired feeling, usually resulting from depression or too much work

lethargic (adj.)

  1. having little or no energy
litany (noun)
  1. a repetitive recital or list
loquacious (adj.)

  1. talkative or chatty

listless (adj.)

  1. lacking interest in something, usually because of illness, fatigue, or general sadness; spiritless
loll (verb)
  1. to act in a lazy manner; to lounge; to recline, droop
lurid (adj.)
  1. characterized by vivid description or explicit details that are meant to provoke or shock

machiavellian (adj.)

  1. characterized by cunning and deceit
magnanimous (adj.)
  1. generous in overlooking insult or injury by others; rising above pettiness
malaise (noun)
  1. a general sense of unease

mantra (noun)

  1. a word or phrase that is expressed repeatedly, as in reaffirming an idea or motivating someone
martinet (noun)
  1. a strict disciplinarian; a stickler for the rules
maudlin (adj.)
  1. excessively sentimental
meticulous (adj.)
  1. very careful; fussy; finicky; fastidious
misconstrue (verb)
  1. to interpret wrongly, mistake the meaning of
misnomer (noun) 
  1. a name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or an object
mitigate (verb) 

  1. to make or become less severe; to lessen in pain or damage
multifarious (adj.)
  1. having great variety; numerous and diverse
munificent (adj.)
  1. very generous
muse (verb)

  1. to think about in a dreamy way, ponder
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narcissistic (adj.)

  1. having to do with extreme self-adoration and a feeling of superiority to everyone
nefarious (adj.)
  1. very mean and wicked
nocturnal (adj.)
  1. of or occurring in the night; under cover of darkness
nomadic (adj.)
  1. wandering
obdurate (adj.)
  1. resistant to persuasion or softening; stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
obstinate (adj.)
  1. stubborn; inflexible

odious (adj.)

  1. loathsome; evil; revolting in a disgusting way
officious (adj.)
  1. meddling; excessively forward in offering services or assuming authority

ominous (adj.)

  1. pertaining to an evil omen; foreboding
orator (noun)
  1. a skillful public speaker
ostentatious (adj.)
  1. having to do with showing off; pretentious
ostracize (verb)
  1. to exclude from a group
panacea (noun)

  1. a remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all
parable (noun) 
  1. a brief story, told or written in order to teach a moral lesson
pariah (noun)
  1. a social outcast
pedantic (adj.)
  1. showy in one's learning; overly instructive
peripatetic (adj.)
  1. moving or walking about; itinerant
peripheral (adj.)
  1. only marginally connected to what is truly important; minor or incidental; at the edge of one's field of vision
petty (adj.)
  1. minor or trivial; small in quantity; paltry
phlegmatic (adj.)
  1. slow-moving, sluggish; unemotional
pithy (adj.)
  1. brief and full of meaning and substance; concise
placate (verb)
  1. to appease, soothe, pacify
platitude (noun)
  1. a commonplace, stale, or trite remark
plethora (noun)
  1. excess; abundance
polemical (adj.)
  1. inclined to argue or debate; controversial
prattle (verb)
  1. to speak on and on in a senseless and silly manner; to talk foolishly
presumptuous (adj.)
  1. too forward or bold; overstepping proper bounds
prowess (noun)
  1. distinguished bravery; superior skill or ability
pungent (adj.) 
  1. causing a sharp sensation; stinging, biting
quagmire (noun)
  1. a difficult or troubling situation; a swampy ground, bog, mire
quandary (noun) 
  1. a dilemma; a confusing or puzzling situation
quell (verb)
  1. to subdue, put down forcibly
quiescent (adj.)
  1. inactive; at rest
quintessence (noun)
  1. the purest essence or form of something; the most typical example
raconteur (noun)
  1. a skillful storyteller
ravenous (adj.)
  1. very hungry
rebuff (verb)
  1. to snub; to bluntly refuse
red herring (noun)
  1. something that draws attention away from the matter at hand
remiss
  1. neglectful in performance of one's duty, careless
repose 
  1. (verb) to rest; lie; place
  2. (noun) relaxation, peace of mind, calmness
revel (verb) 
  1. to take great pleasure or delight in something
revere (verb)
  1. to regard highly with love and respect
ruminate (verb)
  1. to meditate, think about at length; to chew the cud
sagacious (adj.) 
  1. wise
sardonic (adj.)
  1. scornful or bitter; sarcastic
scrupulous (adj.)
  1. exact, careful, attending thoroughly to details; having high moral standards, principled
solace 
  1.  (noun) comfort, relief
  2. (verb) to comfort, console
slavish (adj.)
  1. slave-like; very humble and submissive
sojourn 
  1. (noun) a temporary stay
  2. (verb) to stay for a time
sonorous (adj.)
  1. full, deep or rich in sound; impressive in style

stentorian (adj.)

  1. extremely loud

stoic (adj.)

  1. seemingly indifferent to pleasure and pain; showing little or no emotion
stolid (adj.)
  1. not easily moved mentally or emotionally; dull, unresponsive
suave (adj.)
  1. gracious and sophisticated
superfluous (adj.)
  1. overabundant; more than is needed; unnecessary
supple (adj.)
  1. bending easily; bending with agility; readily adaptable; servile
surfeit (noun)
  1. an oversupply
susurrus (noun)
  1. whispering, murmuring, or rustling
swagger (verb)
  1. to walk around in a proud, showy manner; to boast in a loud manner
sycophant (noun)
  1. a self-server who tries to gain the favor of others through the use of flattery or by being overattentive

taciturn (adj.)

  1. silent, sparing of words; close-mouthed
tangible (adj.) 
  1. capable of being touched; real, concrete
tepid (adj.)
  1. lukewarm; unenthusiastic, marked by an absence of interest

tirade (noun)

  1. a long, angry speech, usually of a critical nature
truculent (adj.) 
  1. fierce and cruel; agressive; deadly, destructive
tryst (noun)
  1. an agreement between lovers, to meet at a certain time or place
ultimatum (noun)
  1. a final proposal or statement of conditions
unfeigned (adj.) 
  1. sincere, real, without pretense
unrequited (adj.)
  1. not given, rewarded, or felt in return
upbraid (verb)
  1. to chide; to scold bitterly
ubiquitous (adj.)
  1. being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time
variegated (adj.)
  1. having different patterns, colors, or appearance; dappled
vehement (adj.)
  1. intense, forceful, powerful
venerate (verb)
  1. to feel or show deep respect for, especially due to age or tradition; to honor
venial (adj.)
  1. easily excused; pardonable
vignette (noun)
  1. a brief descriptive passage in writing
virtuoso (noun)
  1. a highly skilled performer, usually a musical performer
virulent (adj.)
  1. extremely poisonous; deadly; full of spiteful hatred
vivacious (adj.)
  1. lively, sprightly, full of energy
vociferous (adj.)
  1. loud and noisy; compelling attention
voluble (adj.)
  1. talking a great deal with ease; glib
voracious (adj.)
  1. greedy; gluttonous; ravenous; insatiable
opulent (adj.)
  1. wealthy, luxurious, ample; grandiose
waft (verb)
  1. to move or cause to move gently and smoothly through the air
waive (verb) 
  1. to do without, give up voluntarily; to put off temporarily, defer
warily (adverb)
  1. cautiously, with great care
whimsical (adj.) 
  1. fanciful
willful (adj.)
  1. stubborn
zealous (adj.)
  1. filled with enthusiasm; fervent

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