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1. countenance (noun)the look or expression of the face, also approval or encouragement; moral support 2.

facetious (adjective)not meant to be taken seriously or literally, lacking serious intent; amusing or frivolous 3. pedantic (adjective)ostentatious in one's learning, overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching 4. esoteric (adjective)understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; secret or confidential 5. ambiguous (adjective)open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; difficult to comprehend, distinguish, or classify 6. repudiate (verb)to reject as having no authority or binding force, to cast off or disown 7. melancholy (adjective)affected with, characterized by, or showing sadness; mournful; soberly thoughtful 8. paradigm (noun)a set of forms all of which contain a particular element, an example serving as a model or pattern 9. capricious (adjective)subject to, led by, or indicative of caprice or whim; erratic 10. ostentatious (adjective)characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others or attract notice

11. paradox (noun)a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth 12. mitigate (verb)to lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderate or make less severe 13. pragmatic (adjective)pertaining to a practical point of view or practical considerations 14. auspicious (adjective)promising success, favored by fortune; prosperous 15. plethora (noun)overabundance, excess 16. lethargic (adjective)drowsy and sluggish 17. gullible (adjective)easily deceived or cheated 18. erudite (adjective)characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly 19. eclectic (adjective)selecting from various sources or made up of what is selected from different sources 20. obsequious (adjective)characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning, servilely compliant or deferential 21. refute (verb)to prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge

22. disingenuous (adjective)lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity 23. lucid (adjective)easily understood; completely intelligible or comprehensible 24. opaque (adjective)not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; dark or dull 25. aesthetic (adjective)pertaining to the beautiful or the branch of philosophy dealing with such notions as the beautiful, the ugly, the sublime, the comic 26. mundane (adjective)pertaining to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven; earthly, common, ordinary, banal or unimaginative 27. hyperbole (noun)obvious and intentional exaggeration; an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally 28. loquacious (adjective)talking or tending to talk much, excessively or freely 29. rhetoric (noun)the undue use of exaggeration or display in writing or speech; bombast 30. apathy (noun)absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement; lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting 31. discretion (noun)the power or right to decide or act according to one's own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice 32. articulate

(verb)to utter clearly and distinctly; pronounce with clarity 33. enigmatic (adjective)perplexing and mysterious 34. appropriate (verb)to set apart and authorize for some specific purpose; to take for oneself or to take without permission or consent 35. acumen (noun)keen insight or shrewdness 36. advocate (verb)to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly 37. innocuous (adjective)not harmful or injurious; harmless 38. gregarious (adjective)fond of the company of others; sociable 39. anathema (noun)a person or thing detested, loathed, consigned to damnation or destruction; a formal ecclesiastical curse involving excommunication 40. banal (adjective)devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed or trite 41. efficacy (noun)capacity for producing a desired result or effect; effectiveness 42. benign (adjective)having a kindly disposition; showing or expressive of gentleness or kindness 43. meticulous

(adjective)taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise and thorough 44. ephemeral (adjective)lasting a very short time, transitory 45. succinct (adjective)expressed in few words; concise or terse 46. reticent (adjective)disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reluctant or restrained 47. contentious (adjective)tending to argument or strife; causing, involving, or characterized by controversy 48. ambiguity (noun)doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention 49. insipid (adjective)without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid or bland 50. alacrity (noun)cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness 51. austere (adjective)severe in manner or appearance, rigorously self-disciplined and severely moral; lacking softness 52. presumptuous (adjective)unwarrantedly or impertinently bold; forward 53. dogmatic (adjective)of the nature of a dogma or doctrine, asserting opinions in an arrogant manner; opinionated 54. arcane

(adjective)known or understood by very few; mysterious, secret or obscure 55. taciturn (adjective)inclined to silence; reserved in speech; dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner 56. impetuous (adjective)characterized by sudden or rash action; impulsive; moving with great force or violence 57. anomaly (noun)a deviation from the common rule, type, arrangement, or form; an odd or peculiar condition 58. inherent (adjective)existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute 59. pernicious (adjective)causing insidious harm or ruin, injury or hurt 60. spurious (adjective)not genuine, authentic, or true; pretended or counterfeit 61. contrite (adjective)showing sincere remorse; filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement 62. volatile (adjective)tending or threatening to break out into open violence; changeable or mercurial 63. emulate (verb)imitate with effort to equal or surpass or to rival with some degree of success 64. petulant (adjective)moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some trifling annoyance

65. convoluted (adjective)twisted or coiled; complicated or intricately involved 66. obstinate (adjective)firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose or opinion; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty 67. laconic (adjective)using few words; expressing much in few words; concise 68. propensity (noun)a natural inclination or tendency 69. audacious (adjective)extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave and fearless, also extremely original 70. pique (noun)a feeling of irritation or resentment, as from a wound to pride or self-esteem 71. prosaic (adjective)commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative; having the character of prose rather than poetry 72. mercurial (adjective)changeable, volatile, fickle, flighty and erratic 73. hegemony (noun)leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation over others; predominance 74. exacerbate (verb)to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of; aggravate 75. nascent (adjective)beginning to exist or develop

76. disparate (adjective)distinct in kind and essentially different; dissimilar 77. avarice (noun)insatiable greed for riches; miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth 78. sporadic (adjective)appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; scattered or isolated instances 79. assuage (verb)to make milder or less severe; relieve, ease or mitigate 80. penchant (noun)a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something 81. arduous (adjective)requiring great exertion; laborious, using much energy and vigor; full of hardships 82. specious (adjective)apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing 83. dearth (noun)an inadequate supply; scarcity; lack as during famine 84. cogent (adjective)convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation 85. ambivalence (noun)uncertainty, especially when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things 86. ameliorate (verb, verb)to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve 87. perfunctory

(adjective)performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent or apathetic 88. lugubrious (adjective)mournful, dismal, or gloomy in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner 89. pithy (adjective)brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse 90. empirical (adjective)depending upon experience or observation alone, without using scientific method or theory 91. tenuous (adjective)thin or slender in form like a thread; lacking a sound basis in reasoning; an unsubstantiated or weak stand, statement or argument 92. amenable (adjective)ready or willing to answer, open to influence, persuasion, or advice; agreeable 93. catalyst (noun)a person or thing that precipitates an event or change 94. digress (verb)to deviate or wander away from the main topic or purpose in speaking or writing 95. peruse (verb)to read through with thoroughness or care, to examine in detail 96. indolent (adjective)having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful 97. tacit (adjective)understood without being openly expressed; implied, unvoiced or unspoken

98. latent (adjective)present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential 99. placate (verb)to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures 100. eloquent (adjective)having or exercising the power of fluent, forceful, and appropriate speech, characterized by forceful and appropriate expression 101. ascetic (noun)a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial for religious reasons 102. vindictive (adjective)disposed or inclined to revenge; proceeding from or showing a revengeful spirit 103. caustic (adjective)capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue; severely critical or sarcastic 104. garrulous (adjective)excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters 105. recalcitrant (adjective)resisting authority or control, not obedient or compliant 106. precarious (adjective)dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain, unstable or insecure 107. anachronism (noun)something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially one that belongs to an earlier time 108. prodigal

(adjective)wastefully or recklessly extravagant or lavish 109. diatribe (noun)a bitter, sharply abusive denunciation, attack, or criticism 110. bane (noun)a person or thing that ruins or spoils 111. morose (adjective)gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood; characterized by or expressing gloom 112. verbose (adjective)characterized by the use of many or too many words 113. deleterious (adjective)injurious to health 114. onerous (adjective)burdensome, oppressive, or troublesome; having obligations or that outweigh the advantages 115. rescind (verb)to annul, revoke or repeal, to invalidate by a later action or a higher authority 116. axiom (noun)a self-evident truth that requires no proof, a universally accepted principle or rule 117. abate (verb)to reduce in amount, degree, or intensity 118. assiduous (adjective)unremitting; constant in application or effort; working diligently at a task 119. admonish

(verb)to caution, advise, to reprove or scold in a mild and good-willed manner 120. ostensible (adjective)outwardly appearing, professed or pretended 121. corroborate (verb)to make more certain; confirm 122. lament (verb)to feel or express sorrow or regret for, to mourn for something or someone 123. sagacious (adjective)having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd 124. sanction (noun)authoritative permission that serves to support an action or condition 125. paucity (noun)smallness of quantity, scarcity, insufficiency of number 126. fervent (adjective)having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm; ardent 127. terse (adjective)neatly or effectively concise, brief and pithy 128. bombastic (adjective)high-sounding, inflated or pretentious speech or writing 129. malevolent (adjective)wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will 130. whimsical (adjective)given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious

131. decorum (noun)dignified propriety of behavior, speech and dress; an observance or requirement of polite society 132. abscond (verb)to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution 133. connoisseur (noun)a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art, particularly one of the fine arts, or in matters of taste 134. obdurate (adjective)unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn, unyielding 135. resolute (adjective)firmly resolved or determined, characterized by firmness and determination 136. apocryphal (adjective)of doubtful authorship or authenticity 137. diffident (adjective)lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; restrained or reserved in manner or conduct 138. zealot (noun)an excessively zealous person or a fanatic 139. archaic (adjective)marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated or primitive 140. guile (noun)insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception 141. inchoate (adjective)not yet completed or fully developed; just begun; incipient; not organized

142. ingenuous (adjective)free from reserve, restraint, or dissimulation; candid or sincere 143. fortuitous (adjective)happening or produced by chance; lucky or fortunate 144. endemic (adjective)characteristic of a specific people or place; native or indigenous 145. fatuous (adjective)foolish or inane, especially in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly 146. halcyon (adjective)calm and tranquil; rich and prosperous; happy and carefree 147. disparage (verb)to treat slightingly or belittle 148. irascible (adjective)easily provoked to anger; very irritable 149. propriety (noun)conformity to established standards of good or proper behavior or manners 150. misanthrope (noun)a person who dislikes other people 151. hackneyed (adjective)made commonplace or trite; stale or banal 152. vindicate (verb)to clear, as from an accusation, imputation or suspicion; to uphold or justify by argument or evidence 153. acerbic

(adjective)sour or astringent in taste; harsh or severe, as of temper or expression 154. approbation (noun)approval; commendation or official sanction 155. platitude (noun)a flat, dull, or trite remark uttered as if it were fresh or profound 156. sordid (adjective)morally ignoble or base; meanly selfish, self-seeking, or mercenary 157. impede (verb)to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances 158. precipitate (verb)to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, or to cast or plunge violently 159. maverick (noun)an unbranded calf that is separated from its mother, or a lone dissenter who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates 160. perennial (adjective)lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring 161. adroit (adjective)expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body; cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious 162. quotidian (adjective)daily, usual or customary; everyday 163. flippant (adjective)frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity 164. pusillanimous

(adjective)lacking courage or resolution; timid 165. levity (noun)lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness 166. tirade (noun)a prolonged outburst of bitter, outspoken denunciation 167. obviate (verb)to anticipate and prevent or eliminate difficulties by effective measures; render unnecessary 168. inscrutable (adjective)incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized; not easily understood; mysterious 169. odious (adjective)deserving or causing hatred; highly offensive 170. blithe (adjective)joyous, merry, or gay in disposition; without thought or regard 171. phlegmatic (adjective)not easily excited to action or display of emotion; self-possessed, calm, or composed 172. deference (noun)respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion or will of another 173. paragon (noun)a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence 174. voracious (adjective)craving or consuming large quantities of food; exceedingly eager or avid 175. soporific

(adjective)causing sleep; characterized by drowsiness 176. accolade (noun)award, honor, or laudatory notice; originally a light touch on the shoulder with the flat side of the sword in the ceremony of conferring knighthood 177. feign (verb)to invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse 178. extant (adjective)still existing, not destroyed or lost 179. abeyance (noun)temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension 180. prevaricate (verb)to speak falsely, deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; to lie 181. antipathy (noun)a basic, or habitual repugnance; aversion or dislike 182. boisterous (adjective)rough and noisy, jolly or rowdy; clamorous and unrestrained 183. propitious (adjective)presenting favorable conditions; auspicious 184. salacious (adjective)lustful or lecherous; obscene writing or photographs 185. appease (verb)to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment 186. dilettante

(noun)a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a superficial way; a dabbler 187. aberrant (adjective)departing from the right, normal, or usual course; exceptional 188. umbrage (noun)offense, annoyance or displeasure; the slightest indication or vaguest feeling of suspicion, doubt or hostility 189. invidious (adjective)calculated to create ill will, resentment or give offense; hateful 190. filial (adjective)pertaining to or befitting a son or daughter; noting or having the relation of a child to a parent 191. elegy (noun)a mournful, melancholy poem, especially in remembrance of the dead 192. truculent (adjective)fierce; cruel; brutally harsh or aggressively hostile 193. iconoclast (noun) a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, or religions as being based on error or superstition 194. incipient (adjective)beginning to exist or appear; in an initial stage 195. anomalous (adjective)deviating from or inconsistent with the common order, form, or rule; not fitting into a common or type or pattern 196. partisan

(noun)an adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, especially one that shows a biased, emotional allegiance 197. opprobrium (noun)the disgrace incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy 198. exigent (adjective)requiring immediate action or aid; requiring a great deal, or more than is reasonable 199. vacillate (verb)to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute 200. desultory (adjective)lacking in consistency or visible order; random 201. lassitude (noun)weariness of body or mind from strain; a condition of indolent indifference 202. apposite (adjective)suitable, well-adapted, pertinent, relevant or apt 203. inhibit (verb)to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check; to prohibit or forbid 204. implacable (adjective)not to be appeased, mollified, or pacified 205. eulogy (noun)a speech or writing in praise and in honor of a deceased person 206. effrontery (noun)shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity 207. inimical (adjective)adverse in tendency or effect, unfavorable; unfriendly or hostile

208. turgid (adjective)swollen, distended, tumid; overblown or pompous 209. bolster (verb)to support with a pillow or cushion, or to support and uphold 210. pristine (adjective)having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied 211. neophyte (noun)a beginner or novice, a person newly converted to a belief, as a heathen, heretic, or nonbeliever 212. credulous (adjective)willing to believe or trust too readily without proper or adequate evidence; gullible 213. anodyne (noun)a medicine that relieves or allays pain 214. iniquity (noun)gross injustice or wickedness; a violation of right or duty 215. apotheosis (noun)the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god; an ideal example 216. exonerate (verb)to clear, as of an accusation; free from guilt or blame 217. demur (noun)the act of making objection 218. dissonance (noun)inharmonious or harsh sound; a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of needing completion

219. viscous (adjective)of a thick nature or consistency 220. rue (verb)to feel sorrow over or regret bitterly; to wish that something had never taken place 221. salubrious (adjective)favorable to or promoting health 222. pungent (adjective)sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting or acrid 223. flout (verb)to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt 224. reprobate (adjective)morally depraved, unprincipled or bad; rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation 225. inert (adjective)having no inherent power of action, motion, or resistance 226. abstain (verb)to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy 227. apprise (verb)to give notice to; inform or advise 228. amalgamate (verb)to combine, unite, merge, or coalesce 229. castigate (verb)to criticize or reprimand severely, or punish in order to correct

230. apostate (noun)a person who forsakes his religion, cause or party 231. luminous (adjective)radiating or reflecting light; shining; bright; enlightened, as in a writer or a writer's works 232. engender (verb)to produce, cause, or give rise to 233. belie (verb)show to be false; to misrepresent or act unworthily according to some standard 234. chicanery (noun)trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry 235. derivative (adjective)not original but secondary 236. fallacious (adjective)containing a fallacy; logically unsound or misleading 237. noxious (adjective)harmful or injurious to health or physical well-being; morally harmful, corrupting or pernicious 238. august (adjective)inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic 239. immutable (adjective)unchangeable, changeless 240. enervate (verb)to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of and weaken

241. exhort (verb)to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; urgently admonish 242. itinerant (adjective)traveling from place to place, journeying 243. harangue (noun)a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; a long, passionate, vehement speech delivered before a public gathering 244. venerate (verb)to regard or treat with reverence 245. stint (verb)to limit to a certain amount, number, share, or allowance, often inappropriately 246. recondite (adjective)dealing with very profound or difficult subject matter; beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding 247. precursor (noun)a person, animal, or thing that goes before and indicates the approach of someone or something else; harbinger 248. perfidy (noun)deliberate breach of faith or trust 249. imperious (adjective)domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial or overbearing 250. renege (verb)to break a rule of play or go back on one's word 251. attenuate

(verb)to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value; to make thin, slender or fine 252. stolid (adjective)not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional or impassive 253. probity (noun)integrity and uprightness; honesty 254. gauche (adjective)lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward, crude or tactless 255. culpable (adjective)deserving blame or censure; blameworthy 256. intractable (adjective)not easily controlled or directed; not docile or manageable; stubborn 257. subpoena (noun)the usual writ for the summoning of witnesses or the submission of evidence, as records or documents, before a court 258. impugn (verb)to challenge as false; to cast doubt upon 259. tortuous (adjective)full of twists, turns, or bends; not direct or straightforward, as in procedure or speech 260. laud (verb)to praise, extol 261. insular (adjective)of or pertaining to an island or islands, or detached and isolated 262. churlish

(adjective)boorish and rude, difficult to work or deal with 263. reverent (adjective)feeling, exhibiting, or characterized by reverence; deeply respectful 264. noisome (adjective)offensive or disgusting, such as an odor; harmful or injurious to health 265. equivocate (verb)to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead 266. pedestrian (adjective)lacking in vitality, imagination or distinction; commonplace or dull 267. fell (noun)an upland pasture, moor, or thicket; a highland plateau 268. compendium (noun)a brief account of an extensive subject; a summary 269. impecunious (adjective)having little or no money; penniless, poor 270. excoriate (verb)to denounce or berate severely; to strip off or remove the skin from; verbally flay 271. homogeneous (adjective)composed of parts or elements that are all of the same kind; of the same kind or nature 272. officious (adjective)objectionably aggressive in offering one's unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome 273. confound

(verb)to perplex or amaze by a sudden disturbance or surprise; to throw into confusion or disorder 274. dissolution (noun)the act or process of resolving or dissolving into parts or elements, the undoing or breaking of a bond, tie, union or partnership 275. sedulous (adjective)diligent in application or attention; persistently or carefully maintained 276. inundate (verb)to flood or cover with water; deluge, or to overwhelm 277. trenchant (adjective)incisive or keen, as language or a person; vigorous, effective and energetic 278. querulous (adjective)full of complaints; complaining or peevish 279. intransigent (adjective)refusing to agree or compromise; inflexible 280. occlude (verb)to close, shut, or stop up 281. pervade (verb)to become spread throughout all parts of 282. fledgling (adjective)young, new, or inexperienced 283. palliate (verb)to relieve or lessen without curing; to try to conceal the gravity of an offense by excuses or apologies 284. denigrate

(verb)to speak damagingly in a derogatory manner; to treat or represent as lacking in value or importance 285. philanthropic (adjective)pertaining to or engaged in benevolent giving, engaging in the betterment of condition for others; charitable work 286. augury (noun)the art or practice of divination or a related omen, token, or indication 287. solicitous (adjective)anxious or concerned about; desirous or eager 288. deprecate (verb)to express earnest disapproval of; to protest against a scheme 289. mendacious (adjective)telling lies, habitually dishonest, untruthful 290. relegate (verb)to send or consign to an inferior position, place, or condition 291. mollify (verb)to soften in feeling or temper; pacify or appease; reduce or soften 292. perfidious (adjective)deliberately faithless, treacherous or deceitful 293. foment (verb)to instigate or foster discord or ill feeling 294. torpid (adjective)inactive or sluggish; slow; dull or lethargic 295. turpitude

(noun)vile, shameful or base character or act 296. deride (verb)to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff, jeer or mock 297. satiate (verb)to supply with anything to excess, so as to disgust or weary; or to satisfy to the full 298. proscribe (verb)to denounce or condemn as dangerous or harmful; prohibit or banish into exile 299. vitiate (verb)to impair or weaken the effectiveness of; invalidate 300. fawn (verb)to seek notice or favor by servile demeanor or to behave affectionately 301. mendacity (noun)the quality of being untruthful, an instance of lying 302. magnanimity (noun)the quality of being extremely generous 303. din (noun)a loud, confused noise, continued or tumultuous 304. dilatory (adjective)tending to delay or procrastinate; to slow 305. prolix (adjective)extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy 306. venal (adjective)willing to sell one's influence in return for a bribe

307. penury (noun)extreme poverty or destitution 308. dissemble (verb)to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of something in a feign 309. propitiate (verb)to make favorably inclined; appease 310. aver (verb)to assert with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner 311. timorous (adjective)full of fear, subject to fear; timid 312. peremptory (adjective)leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative, decisive or final 313. felicitous (adjective)well-suited for the occasion, as an action, manner, or expression; apt or appropriate 314. salutary (adjective)promoting or conducive to health; wholesome 315. temperate (adjective)moderate or self-restrained; not extreme in opinion, statement, or overly indulgent in appetite or passion 316. florid (adjective)reddish, ruddy or rosy; flowery or excessively ornate 317. fetid (adjective)having an offensive odor; stinking

318. craven (adjective)cowardly, contemptibly timid, pusillanimous 319. dirge (noun)a funeral song expressing mourning in commemoration of the dead 320. complaisant (adjective)inclined or disposed to please; agreeable or gracious 321. munificent (adjective)extremely liberal in giving; very generous 322. recant (verb)to withdraw or disavow a statement or opinion; to formally retract 323. aspersion (noun)a damaging or derogatory remark or criticism; the act of slandering 324. saturnine (adjective)sluggish in temperament; gloomy or taciturn 325. tractable (adjective)easily managed or controlled; docile; easily worked, shaped, or otherwise handled 326. accretion (noun)an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition; growth in size or extent 327. impassive (adjective)without emotion, unmoved; calm or serene 328. strut (verb)to walk with a vain, pompous bearing, as with head erect and chest thrown out 329. ebullience

(noun)high spirits, exhilaration or exuberance 330. talisman (noun)a stone, ring, or other object supposed to possess occult powers to be worn as an amulet or charm 331. burgeon (verb)to grow or develop quickly; flourish 332. gossamer (noun)a fine, filmy cobweb seen on grass or bushes or floating in the air in calm weather; any thin, light fabric with this quality 333. fervid (adjective)heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm; burning, glowing or intensely hot 334. refractory (adjective)hard or impossible to manage; stubbornly disobedient 335. tendentious (adjective)having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose 336. dupe (noun)a person who is easily deceived, a gullible person who unquestioningly or unwittingly serves a cause or another person 337. astringent (adjective)harshly biting, stern or severe; sharply incisive or pungent 338. oscillate (verb)to swing or move to and fro, as a pendulum does, or to vacillate between differing beliefs, opinions or conditions 339. turbid (adjective)not clear or transparent because of stirred-up sediment; clouded, opaque or obscured

340. waver (noun)an act of fluttering or vacillating 341. discordant (adjective)being at variance; disagreeing or harsh 342. panegyric (noun)a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; an eulogy 343. expiate (verb)make amends or reparation for 344. encomium (noun)a formal expression of high praise; eulogy 345. aggrandize (verb)to widen in scope, enlarge or extend, to make greater in power, wealth, rank, or honor 346. buttress (noun)any prop or support built to steady a structure by opposing its outward thrusts 347. adumbrate (verb)to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to foreshadow, darken or partially conceal 348. untoward (adjective)unfavorable or unfortunate; improper 349. antagonism (noun)an active hostility or opposition, as between unfriendly or conflicting groups; an opposing force or tendency 350. multifaceted (adjective)having many facets, such as a gem, or having many aspects or phases 351. exculpate

(verb)to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame 352. flag (verb)to fall off in vigor, energy, activity, interest; to hang loosely or droop 353. veracious (adjective)habitually speaking the truth; characterized by truthfulness; honest in content 354. sinuous (adjective)having many curves, bends, or turns; winding and indirect; devious. 355. imperturbable (adjective)incapable of being upset or agitated; not easily excited, calm 356. penurious (adjective)extremely stingy, parsimonious or miserly; extremely poor 357. daunt (verb)to overcome with fear; intimidate 358. adulterate (verb)to debase or make impure by adding inferior materials or elements 359. desiccate (verb)to become thoroughly dried or dried up 360. libertine (noun)a person who is morally or sexually unrestrained, or a freethinker in religious matters 361. limpid (adjective)clear and transparent, such as water, crystal, or air; completely calm, without distress or worry 362. baleful (adjective)full of menacing or malign influences

363. asperity (noun)harshness or sharpness of tone or manner; roughness and unevenness 364. rent (noun)an opening made by rending or tearing; a breach of relations or union between individuals or groups 365. reproof (noun)the act of reproving, censuring, or rebuking 366. remonstrate (verb)to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval 367. disinterested (adjective)unbiased by personal interest or advantage; not influenced by selfish motives 368. guileless (adjective)free from guile; sincere, honest, straightforward, frank 369. emollient (adjective)having the power of softening or relaxing, such as for the skin 370. gainsay (verb)to deny, dispute, or contradict; to speak or act against; oppose 371. mordant (adjective)sharply caustic or sarcastic, as wit or a speaker; burning or corrosive 372. fetter (noun)a chain or shackle placed on the feet; anything that confines or restrains 373. qualify (verb)to modify or limit in some way; make less strong or positive 374. disabuse

(verb)to free a person from deception or error 375. auspice (noun)patronage; support; sponsorship ; a divination or prognostication, originally from observing birds 376. alloy (noun)composed of two or more metals, often a less costly metal mixed with a more valuable one 377. undulate (verb)to move with a wavelike motion; display a smooth rising-and-falling or side-to-side alternation of movement 378. coda (noun)in music, an independent passage at the end of a composition, made to bring it to a satisfactory close; anything that serves as a conclusion 379. tyro (noun)a beginner in learning anything 380. cacophonous (adjective)having a harsh or discordant sound 381. bent (noun)direction taken, as by one's interests; a capacity of endurance 382. inveigh (verb)to protest strongly or attack vehemently with words 383. forestall (verb)to prevent by action in advance, anticipate, or to buy up goods in advance in order to increase the price when resold 384. peccadillo (noun)a very minor offense, a trifling fault

385. fulminate (verb)to explode with a loud noise, or to issue denunciations against 386. malinger (verb)to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty or avoid work 387. burnish (verb)to polish a surface by friction to make smooth and bright 388. vituperate (verb, verb)to use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile 389. arrant (adjective)downright, thorough, unmitigated, notorious 390. slake (verb)to allay by satisfying; to make less active, vigorous, intense 391. descry (verb)to see something unclear or distant by looking carefully; to discover or detect 392. rancorous (adjective)full of resentment or spite 393. pillory (verb)to expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse 394. beneficent (adjective)doing good, conferring benefits; kind in action or purpose 395. plastic (adjective)capable of being molded or of receiving form; pliable and impressionable 396. martinet

(noun)a strict disciplinarian, especially a military one; someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules 397. arrest (verb)to catch and hold, attract and fix, to stop and slow down 398. headlong (adjective)undertaken quickly and suddenly; hasty 399. indigence (noun)seriously impoverished condition; poverty 400. arabesque (noun)a sinuous, spiraling, undulating, or serpentine line or linear motif, often used in the Fine Arts 401. abnegate (verb)to refuse or deny oneself some rights or conveniences; to reject or renounce 402. shard (noun)a fragment such as broken earthenware, glass or shell 403. minatory (adjective)menacing, threatening 404. welter (verb)to roll, toss, or heave, as waves or the sea; to roll, writhe or tumble about 405. striated (adjective)marked with narrow furrows or ridges; striped or streaked 406. simper (noun)a silly, self-conscious smile 407. cadge

(verb)to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship, to borrow without intent to repay 408. depredation (noun)the act of preying upon or plundering 409. rarefy (verb)to make more refined, spiritual, or exalted 410. raillery (noun)good-humored ridicule or banter 411. artless (adjective)free from deceit or cunning; natural, simple, uncontrived 412. idolatrous (adjective)worshiping idols or blindly adoring 413. insensible (adjective)incapable of feeling or perceiving; deprived of sensation; unconscious 414. bedizen (verb)to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner 415. novitiate (noun)the state or period of being a novice of a religious order or congregation; the state or period of being a beginner in anything 416. grandiloquence (noun)speech that is lofty in tone, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic 417. blandish (verb)to coax or influence by gentle flattery; cajole 418. beatify

(verb)to make blissfully happy; in the Roman Catholic Church, to declare to be among the blessed entitled to specific religious honor 419. Stoic (adjective)pertaining to the philosophy that people should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity