abjure
to reject; abandon formally
abscond
to leave secretly
acidulous  
sour in taste or manner. acerbic, acetose, biting, piquant, pungent
alacrity
promptness, cheerful readiness
anodyne
something that calms, sooths pain
apocryphal
of questionable authority or authenticity
apostate
one who announces a religious faith
approbation
approval or praise
arrogate
to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right
assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
augury
prophecy; prediction of events. auspices, harbinger, portent
august
dignified, grandiose
axiom
premise; postulate; self-evident truth. adage, apothegm, aphorism, maxim
belfry
bell tower, room in which bell is hung.

spire, steeple

bilk
cheat, defraud
Blithe
joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought
bombastic
pompous in speech or manner, fustian, grandiloquent, high-flown, orotund, pretentious.
bonhomie
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
boor
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
calumny
a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation
canard
a lie
capricious
changing one’s mind quickly and often; mercurial; whimsical
chicancery
deception by means of craft or guile
circumspect
caustic, aware of potential consequences.
cloying
sickly sweet; excessive
coalesce
to grow together to form a single whole
coffer
strongbox; large chest for money; exchequer
condone
to overlook; to pardon, disregard
connoisseur
gastronome
contrite
deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong
contumacious
rebellious, factious, seditious
cosset
to pamper, treat with great care; dandle, fondle, pet
craven
lacking courage
cupidity
greed; strong desire; avarice; covetousness; rapacity
curmudgeon
cranky person, usually old
declivity
downward slope
decorous
proper, tasteful, socially correct
decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct
deleterious
subtly or unexpectedly harmful
demagogue
a leader, rabble rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice; agitator; inciter; instigator
demur
to express doubts or objections; expostulate; kick; protest; remonstrate
dessicate
to dry out thoroughly; dehydrate; dry; parch
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
diaphanous
allowing light to pass through; delicate; tenuous
diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech; fulmination; harangue; invective
dictum
authoritative statement
diffident
lacking self confidence
dilatory
intended to delay; procrastinating; sluggish; putting-off
dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic
dirge
a funeral hymn or mourful speech
disabuse
to set right, to free from error
disparate
fundamentally different; entirely unlike
Dissemble
to present a false appearance, to disguise one’s real intentions or character
distaff
female branch of the family
dither
to act confusedly or without clear purpose
diurnal
existing during the day
divine
to foretell or know by inspiration; auger; intuit; presage
doctrinaire
rightly devoted to theories without regard for practicality; dogmatic; dictorial; inflexible.
dogma
a firmly held opinion, especially a religious belief
dogmatic
dictorial in one’s opinions; doctrinaire; imperious
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way; risible; witty
dupe
to deceive; cozen
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable; acerb; melancholy
ebullient
exhilarated, full of enthusiasm; ardent; avid; bubbly
efficacy
effectiveness;dynamism; force; power; productiveness; vigor
effigy
stuffed doll; likeness of a person
effrontery
impudent boldness; audacity; brashness; gall; nerve; presumption; temerity
elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech; dirge; lament
encomium
warm praise; citation; eulogy; panegyric; tribute
endemic
belonging to a particular area; inherent; indigenous
enervate
to reduce in change; debilitate; enfeeble; sap; weaken
engender
to produce, cause, or bring about; beget; generate; proliferate; reproduce; spawn
enumerate
to count, list, itemize
ephemeral
lasting a short time; evanescent; fleeting; momentary; transient
epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine; bon vivant; connoisseur; gasatronomer; gastronomist; gourmand; gourmet
equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead; hedge; waffle
ersatz
fake; artificial
erudite
learned, scholarly, bookish
eschew
to shun, to avoid; elude; escape; evade
esoteric
known or understood only by few
ethos
beliefs or character of a group
eulogy
speech in praise of someone
euphemism
use of an inoffensive word or phrase in place of a more distasteful one
euphony
pleasant, harmonious sound
exacerbate
to make worse; aggravate; annoy; intensify; irritate; provoke
exculpate
to clear from blame; to prove innocent; absolve; acquit; clear; exonerate; vindicate
exigent
urgent; requiring immediate action.

exonerate
to clear of blame
exponent
one who champions or advocates; respresentative; supporter
expurgate
to censor
fallow
dormant; unused; idle; inactive; unseeded
fanatical
acting excessively enthusiastic; filled with extreme, unquestioned devotion; extremist; fiery; frenzied; zealous.
fatuous
stupid; foolishly self satisfied; absurd; ludicrous; preposterous; ridiculous; silly
fawn
to grovel; bootlick; grovel; pander; toady
fecund
fertile; fruitful; productive; flourishing; prolific
fervid
intensely emotional; feverish; burning; impassioned; passionate; vehement; zealous
fetid
foul-smelling; putrid; funky; malodorous; noisome; rank
flag
to decline in vigor; ebb; dwindle; subside; wane
florid
excessively decorated or embellished
foment
to arouse; incite; impassion; kindle
ford
to cross a body of water by wading; traverse
forestall
to prevent, delay; anticipate
fortuitous
happening by chancem fortunate; prosperous; propitious; haphazard
fractious
unruly, rebellious; contentious; cranky; peevish; quarrelsome
frenetic
frantic, frenzied; corybantic; delirious; feverish ;mad; rabid
furtive
secret; stealthy; shifty; cladestine; underhand; surreptitious
gambol
to dance or skip around playfully; caper; cavort; frisk; froliv; rollick; romp
garner
to gather and store; amass; acquire; glean; harvest; reap
garrulous
tending to talk a lot; effusive; loquacious
gestation
growth process from conception to birth
glib
fluent in an insincere many; offhand; casual; easy; superficial
glower
to glare; stare angrily and intensely; frown; lower; scowl
gradation
process occuring by regular degrees or stages; variation in color. nuance; shade; step; subtlety
gregarious
outgoing; sociable; affable; congenial
grievous
causing grief or sorrow; serious and distressing
grovel
to humble oneself in a demeaning way; bootlick crince; fawn; kowtow; toady
guile
deceit, trickery, artifice; chicancery; connivery; duplicity
hapless
unfortunate; having bad luck; ill-fated; ill-starred; jinxed; luckless; unlucky
hegemony
the domination of one state or group over its allies
hermetic
tightly sealed; airtight; impervious; watertight
heterogrneous
composed of unlike parts, differeent, diverse; assorted; miscellaneous; mixed; motley
hoary
very old; whitish or gray from age; ancient; antediluvian; antique; venerable; vintage
homogenous
of a similar kind; consistent; standardized; uniform; unvarying.
husband
to manage economically; to use sparingly; conserve
hyperbole
purposeful exaggeration for effect; embellishment; inflation; magnification
iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, institutions; maverick; nonconformists; rebel; revolutionary
idiosyncracy
peculiarity if temperment, eccentricity
ignoble
having low moral standards, not noble in character; mean. lowly; vulgar
imbue
to infuse; dye, wet, moisten; charge; freight; impregnate; permeate; pervade
impasse
blocked path; dilemma with no solution; cul-de-sace; deadlock; stalemate
impecunious
poor, having no money; destitute; impoverished; indigent; needy; penniless
imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed; composed; dispassionate; impassive; serene; stoical
impervious
impossible to penetrate