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acclimate
to become accustomed to a new environment or situation; adapt
aeon
an indefinitely long period of time; an age
affectation
behavior that is assumed rather than natural; artificiality
affluent
wealthy
amalgam
a combination of diverse elements; a mixture
ambivalent
having opposing attitude or feelings about something
anachronistic
describing something that is out of its proper order or time
anguish
agonizing physical or mental pain; torment
antecedent
one that precedes another
antipathy
strong dislike
aplomb
self-confident assurance; poise
apropos
to the point
archaic
characteristic of words and language that were once common but are now used chiefly to suugest an earlier styler or period
arrest
to stop
augment
to increase
auspicious
favorable
austere
having no adornment or ornamentation; bare
automaton
a robot; one that behaves or responds in a mechanical way
autonomy
independence
avant-garde
a group active in the invention and application of new techniques in a given field; especially in the arts
bane
fatal injury or ruin
beleaguered
to harass; beset
belie
to be counter to; contradict
belligerent
inclined to or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive
bipartisan
supported by two political parties
bog
a wetland
bolster
to support
boon
a benefit bestowed
bowdlerize
to remove offensive portions from a book
burgeon
to grow and flourish
castigate
to criticize severely
chagrin
disappointment
check
to halt; to hold in restraint
chicanery
deception by trickery or sophistry
circumvent
to avoid or get around
coin
to devise (a new word or phrase)
complaisant
exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging
complicity
involvement as an accomplice in a questionable act or a crime
condemn
to express strong disapproval of
conjecture
a guess based on incomplete evidence
conscientious
thorough and assiduous
contentious
quarrelsome or controversial
convoluted
intricate; complicated
cordial
friendly
covet
to desire
curtail
to cut short
daunting
discouraging
dearth
a scare supply; a lack
debilitate
to sap the strength or energy of; enervate
deficient
lacking an essential quality or element
definitive
authoritative and complete
deft
skillful
deleterious
having a harmful effect; injurious
demagogue
a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace
demographic
describing statistical data referring to distribution and growth of the human population
demonstrative
marked by the open expression of emotion
denounce
criticize; to condemn openly as being evil or reprehensible
desolation
devastation; ruin
detest
to dislike intensely; abhor
diffidence
the characteristic of being shy and reserved
dilapidated
having fallen into a state of disrepair or deterioration, as through neglect; broken-down and shabby
dilatory
intended to delay
dilettante
a dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge
diminution
a lessening or reduction
diminutive
extremely small in size; tiny
dirge
a funeral song
disaffect
to cause to lose affection or loyalty
discredit
to damage in reputation; disgrace
discrete
separate and distinct
discriminating
showing careful judgment or fine taste
disposition
one's usual mood; temperament
dissolute
lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices
divisive
creating disagreements or discord
don
to put on (clothing)
dour
unyielding; stubborn
draconian
exceedingly harsh; very severe
eclectic
adapted from a number of different sources
economical
prudent and thrifty in management; not wasteful or extravagant
effusive
unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy
elaborate
to express at greater length or in greater detail