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Abate

- to lessen in intensity or degrees
- allay

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Accolade

An expression of praise

3

Adulation

Intense adoration

4

Ameliorate

To make better or more tolerable

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Avarice

Greed (wealth)

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Axiom

A universally recognized principle

7

Burgeon

To grow rapidly or flourish

8

Cacophony

- harsh, jarring, discordant sound
- dissonance

9

Castigation

Severe criticism or punishment

10

Caustic

- burning or stinging
- causing corrosion

11

Chary

Wary; cautious; sparing (scary)

12

Cogent

Appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing

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Complaisance

The willingness to comply with the wishes of others

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Contrite

- regretful
- penitent
- seeking forgiveness

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Culpable

Deserving blame (inculpatory)

16

Dearth

- smallness of quantity or number
- scarcity

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Discretion

- cautious reserve in speech
- ability to make responsible decisions

18

Disinterested

- free of bias or self-interest
- impartial

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Dogmatic

Expressing a rigid opinion on unproved or improvable principles

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Ebullience

The quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings

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Eclectic

Composed of elements drawn from various sources

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Emollient

- soothing, mollifying
- making less harsh
- an agent that softens or smoothes the skin

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Empirical

Based on observation or experiment

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Enigmatic

- mysterious, obscure, cryptic
- difficult to understand

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Ephemeral

Brief, fleeting

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Esoteric

Intended for or understood by a small, specific group

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Eulogy

Speech honoring the dead

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Attenuate

To weaken or reduce in force/intensity

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Fallacy

An invalid or incorrect notion

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Furtive

- marked by stealth
- covert
- surreptitious