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abrogate
to abolish, repeal, or nullify
afford
to permit or allow, to enable, to give
anathema
something or someone loathed or detested
ancillary
subordinate; providing assistance
annul
to make void or to cancel, usu. refers to marriage
anthropology
the study of human cultures
antithetical
in opposition, contrary to
apostate
one who deserts his professed principles or faith
arsenal
a storehouse of weapons
ascertain
to determine with certainty; to find out definitely
assuage
to soothe, pacify, or relieve
augury
an omen, edp. a good omen
auspices
protection, support; sponsorship
ardent
enthusiastic, passionate, fervent
abase
to humble; disgrace
abet
to aid; act as an accomplice
abscond
to depart secretly
acme
highest point; summit
adage
an old saying or proverb
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
affront
personal offense; insult
alias
assumed name
ample
abundant, plentiful
agile
well coordinated, nimble
adversarial
antagonistic, competitive
allegory
symbolic representation
agitation
excitement; uneasiness
affected
pretentious, phony
accrue
to accumulate, grow by additions
abandon
total lack of inhibition
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
animation
enthusiasm, excitement
anthology
collection of literary works
antiquated
outdated, obsolete
antiquity
ancient times, the quality of being old
arable
suitable for cultivation
arboreal
relating to trees; living in trees
archipelago
large group of islands
ashen
resembling ashes; deathly pale
askew
crooked, tilted
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report, slander
aspire
to have great hopes; to aim at a goal
assail
to attack, assault
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
atrocious
monstrous, shockingly bad, wicked
august
dignified, awe inspiring, venerable
avenge
to retaliate, take revenge for an injury or crime
aver
to declare to be true, affirm
avert
to turn (something) away; to prevent, hinder
aviary
large enclosure housing birds
barometer
an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure
beguile
to delude by guile or craft; to mislead, divert; charm
behest
a command or order
bellicose
warlike, belligerent
brusque
rough and short in manner, blunt, abrupt
buttress
a support for a building or structure; to support
balm
soothing, healing influence
banter
playful conversation
bay
to bark, especially in a deep, prolonged way
behemoth
huge creature
benighted
unenlightened
berate
to scold harshly
blanch
to pale; take the color out of
boor
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
burnish
to polish, make smooth and bright
baleful
harmful, with evil intentions
beseech
to beg, plead, implore
bestial
beastly, animal-like
blandish
to coax with flattery, to persuade by flattering
boisterous
loud, rowdy, unrestrained
botanist
a scientist who studies plants
brazen
bold, shameless, impudent; of or like brass
bombastic
using high-sounding but meaningless language
bias
prejudice, slant
beneficient
kindly, charitable; doing good deeds; producing good effects
cabal
a group of conspirators; the acts of such a group; a clique
calipers
a pinching instrument used for determining the thickness of objects or the distance between surfaces
canon
a rule or law, especially a religious one; a body of rules or laws; an authoritative list; the set of works by an author that are accepted as authentic
cantankerous
ill-natured, contentious
canvass
to campaign; to seek or solicit orders, votes, etc.
capacitor
a device used to store energy
captious
ill-natured, quarrelsome
carp
to complain or find fault with someone
cartography
the study and creation of maps
cavil
to quibble; to raise trivial objections
chimerical
imaginary, given to fantasy
closefisted
stingy
cogitate
to ponder; to meditate; to think carefully about
conscript
enlisted, drafted, or enrolled; usu. refers to mandatory military
coterie
a group of close associates; a circle of friends
coy
shy, reluctant to make a commitment
craven
cowardly, afraid
curmudgeon
a greedy, irascible, crotchety old person
callous
thick-skinned, insensitive
canny
smart; founded on common sense
caucus
smaller group within an organization; a meeting of such a group
cede
to surrender possession of something
cessation
temporary or complete halt
champion
to defend or support
chary
watchful, cautious, extremely shy
chide
to scold, express disapproval
chromatic
relating to color
citadel
fortress or stronghold
clamor
to make a noisy outcry; a noisy outcry
clandestine
secretive, concealed for a darker purpose
cloister
to confine, seclude
coddle
to baby, treat indulgently
collateral
accompanying
commodious
roomy, spacious
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
compensate
to repay or reimburse
compliant
submissive and yielding
compunction
feeling of uneasiness caused by guilt or regret
concave
curving inward
concede
to yield, admit
conduit
tube, pipe, or similar passage
conflagation
big, destructive fire
confound
to baffle, perplex, confuse
congeal
to become thick or solid, as a liquid freezing
conglomerate
collected group of varied things
constrained
forced, compelled; confined, restricted
continence
self-control, self-restraint
contravene
to contradict, deny, act contrary to
conundrum
riddle, puzzle or problem with no solution
convalescence
gradual recovery after an illness
convene
to meet, come together, assemble
convex
curved outward
convoluted
twisted, complicated, involved
corpulence
obesity, fatness, bulkiness
coven
group of witches
crass
crude, unrefined
creed
statement of belief or principle
cuisine
characteristic style of cooking
cupidity
greed
curt
abrupt, blunt
cosmetic
relating to beauty; affecting the surface of something
consolidate
to combine, incorporate
consolation
something providing comfort or solace for a loss or hardship
conscientious
governed by conscience; careful and thorough
deft
very skillful
dehydrate
to remove water
demography
the statistical study of the characteristics of populations
desalinate
to remove salt from something
diplomatic
tactful; good at negotiating
discomfit
to frustrate, to confuse
dither
to vacillate between choices; to tremble with excitement
diurnal
occurring every day; occurring during the daytime
divisive
creating conflict and disagreement
draconian
severe, harsh, cruel
debase
to degrade or lower in quality or stature
debunk
to discredit, disprove, to expose the nonsense of
deciduous
losing leaves in the fall; short-lived, temporary
decorum
proper behavior, etiquette
decry
to belittle, openly condemn, to put down, to denounce
deface
to mar the appearance of, vandalize
defamatory
slanderous, injurious to the reputation
deflation
decrease, depreciation
defunct
no longer existing, dead, extinct
delectable
appetizing, delicious, delightful
delegate
to give powers to another
demean
to degrade, humiliate, humble
demographics
data relating to study of human population
demote
to reduce to a lower rank or grade
demur
to express doubts or objections
denigrate
to slur or blacken someone's reputation
deplete
to use up, exhaust
deplore
to express or feel disapproval of; regret strongly
deploy
to spread out strategically over an area
derivative
copied or adapted; not original
desist
to stop doing something
deter
to discourage; prevent from happening
deviate
to stray, wander
devout
deeply religious
dexterous
skilled physically or mentally
diaphanous
allowing light to show through; delicate
diatribe
bitter verbal attack
dialect
regional style of speaking
diffuse
widely spread out
dilapidated
in despair, run down, neglected
dilatory
slow, tending to delay
dirge
funeral hymn
disarray
clutter, disorder
disburse
to pay out
disconcerting
bewildering, perplexing, slightly disturbing, confusing
discordant
harsh-sounding, badly out of tune
discredit
to dishonor or disgrace
discrepancy
difference between
disgorge
to vomit, discharge violently
disheveled
untidy, disarranged, unkempt
dispassionate
free from emotion; impartial, unbiased
dispel
to drive out or scatter
dispense
to distribute, administer
disperse
to break up, scatter
dispirit
to dishearten, make dejected
disrepute
disgrace, dishonor
dissemble
to pretend, disguise one's motives
dissuade
to persuade someone to alter original intentions
distraught
very worried and distressed
divine
to foretell or know by inspiration
doleful
sad, mournful
doting
excessively fond, loving to excess
drivel
stupid talk; slobber
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle odd way, often understated
dulcet
pleasant sounding, soothing to the ear
dupe
to deceive, trick; a fool or pawn
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irritable
effigy
a likeness of a person, usu. one used to express hatred for that person
ersatz
serving as a substitute; synthetic, artificial
etymology
the study of words and their meanings
euphonious
pleasant-sounding, opposite of cacophonous; melodious
evince
to demonstrate convincingly; to prove
execrate
to curse, denounce
exhume
to unbury; to dig out of the ground
expiate
to make amends, to atone
expunge
to erase, obliterate, to blot out
ebb
to fade away, recede
ecstatic
joyful
edict
law, command, official public order
edifice
building
effervescent
bubbly, lively
effrontery
impudent boldness; audacity
effulgent
brilliantly shining
elation
exhilaration, joy
elegy
mournful poem, usually about the dead
eloquence
fluent and effective speech
emaciated
skinny, scrawny, gaunt, especially from hunger
emancipate
to set free, liberate
embellish
to ornament; make attractive with decoration or details; add details to a statement
embezzle
to steal money in violation of a trust
emollient
having soothing qualities, especially for skin
enjoin
to urge, order, command; forbid or prohibit, as by judicial order
enmity
hostility, antagonism, ill-will
ennui
boredom, lack of interest and energy
ensconce
to settle comfortably into a place
enthrall
to captivate, enchant, enslave
entreat
to plead, beg
enunciate
to pronounce clearly
epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
eradicate
to erase or wipe out
errant
straying, mistaken, roving
eschew
to abstain from, avoid
estrange
to alienate, keep at a distance
eulogy
high praise, often in a public speech
euphony
pleasant, harmonious sound
euphoria
feeling of well-being or happiness
evade
to avoid, dodge
evict
to put out or force out
excruciating
agonizing, intensely painful