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ensconce
to settle securely or snugly
ameliorate
to make more bearable; improve
admonish
To warn or notify of a fault
adumbrate
To give a faint shadow or slight representation of
assuage
to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate: to assuage one's grief; to assuage one's pain.
aver
to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive manner.
belabor
to explain, worry about, or work at (something) repeatedly or more than is necessary
bombast
speech too pompous for an occasion; pretentious words.
cajole
To persuade with flattery or promises; to coax.
declaim
to speak aloud in an oratorical manner; make a formal speech
deign
to think fit or in accordance with one's dignity; condescend
demur
to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples
denude
to make naked or bare; strip: The storm completely denuded the trees.
disabuse
to free (a person) from deception or error.
disavow
to disclaim knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for; disown; repudiate
evince
to prove or show clearly; make evident
impugn
to challenge as false; call into question
inure
to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain
laud
to praise highly, especially in a public context
laudable
worthy of public praise
reconnoitre
To examine with the eye to make a preliminary examination or survey of
imbibe
to consume by drinking
opine
to hold or express an opinion.
dissemble
to disguise or conceal behind a false appearance
vacillate
To move one way and the other
abscond
To hide, withdraw, or be concealed.
abnegate
To deny and reject
abrogate
repeal or do away with (a law); evade (a duty)
absquatulate
To take one's self off
adduce
To bring forward or offer, as an argument, passage, or consideration which bears on a statement or case
alliterate
To employ or place so as to make alliteration.
attenuate
to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value: to attenuate desire.
bifurcate
to divide or fork into two branches.
castigate
to criticize or reprimand severely.
collocate
to set or place together, especially side by side.
comport
to bear or conduct (oneself); behave
consternate
to dismay, confuse, or terrify.
conflate
to fuse into one entity; merge: to conflate dissenting voices into one protest.
convalesce
to recover health and strength after illness; make progress toward recovery of health.
denigrate
to criticize or speak damagingly of
enervate
to deprive of force or strength; weaken.
effectuate
to bring about; effect.
excoriation
to denouncing or berating severely
excoriate
to denounce or berate severely
expatiate
to speak or write about at length or in detail
extirpate
to remove or destroy completely
depurate
to make or become free from impurities.
evanesce
to disappear gradually; vanish; fade away.
explicate
to make plain or clear; explain; interpret.
extricate
to free from entanglement
importune
to ask pressingly or persistently
inculcate
to implant by repeated statement or admonition
imprecate
to curse or invoke evil against someone
inhume
to bury
inveterate
having a particular long-established habit or interest that's unlikely to change
instantiate
to provide an instance of or concrete evidence for
intercalate
to insert; interpose
inveigh
to speak or write about something with great hostility
immolate
To kill as a sacrifice.
variegate
To diversify in external appearance
manumit
to release from slavery or servitude.
militate
to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily
pontificate
express one's opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic; officiate as bishop, especially at Mass.
preponderate
to be greater in number, influence, or importance.
prevaricate
to speak or act in an evasive way
promulgate
to promote or make widely known (an idea or cause); to put (a law or decree) into effect by official proclamation
proffer
to put before a person for acceptance; offer.
propound
put forward (an idea, theory, or point of view) for consideration by others
propitiate
to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.
recalcitrate
having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline
recuse
To refuse or reject, as a judge
repudiate
refuse to accept or be associated with
reify
to convert into or regard as a concrete thing
inspissate
thicken or congeal
suffuse
to gradually spread through or over
vaticinate
to foretell the future; prophesize
fulminate
To make a verbal attack or denunciation; explode
genuflect
To bend the knee in servitude or worship; to grovel
imbue
To stain an object completely with some physical quality
obviate
to remove (a need or difficulty)
dispiriting
to deprive of spirit, hope, enthusiasm
spirantize
to pronounce a consonant with a continuous expulsion of breath.
stultify
to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous.
sublimate
to divert or modify (an instinctual impulse) into a culturally higher or socially more acceptable activity
truckle
to submit or yield obsequiously or tamely (usually followed by to): Don't truckle to unreasonable demands.
vitiate
to spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of; destroy or impair the legal validity of.
vaunt
to brag; to call attention to pridefully
impute
to attribute (responsibility or fault) to a source; to consider, regard
corvée
unpaid labor for one day
vituperate
to criticize harshly; to vilify or defame
perambulate
walk around a place in a leisurely way
recrudesce
break out again, recur