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abandon (n.)
total lack of inhibition
abhor
to loathe, detest
abridge
to condense, shorten
abscond
to depart secretly
abstemious
sparing or limited in appetite
accolade
praise, distinction
accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
acme
highest point; summit
acquittal
release from blame
acrimonious
bitter, filled with animosity
adage
old saying or proverb
adapt
to accommodate; adjust
addled
muddled; confused
adhere
to cling or follow without deviation
adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
adulation
high praise
adversarial
antagonistic, competitive
adversity
difficult or harmful situation
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty or art
affable
friendly, easy to approach
affected (adj.)
personal offense, insult
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
allay
to lessen, ease, or soothe
alleviate
to relieve, improve partially
allusion
indirect reference
amalgam
mixture, combination, alloy
ameliorate
to make better, improve
amicable
friendly, aggreable
ample
abundant, plentiful
anachronism
something chronologically inappropriate
anathema
ban, curse; something shunned or disliked
ancillary
accessory; subordinate; helping
animosity
hatred, hostility
antagonist
foe, opponent, adversary
antipathy
dislike, hostility; extreme opposition or aversion
antithesis
exact opposite or direct contrast
apathy
lack of feeling or emotion
aphorism
old saying or pithy statement
apocryphal
not genuine, fictional
appease
to satisfy, placate, calm, pacify
appropriate (v.)
to take possession of
arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
ardent
passionate, enthusiastic, fervent
arduoud
extremely difficult, laborious
articulate (adj.)
well spoken, expressing oneself clearly
artisan
craftsperson; expert
ascertain
to determine, discover, make certain of
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report, slander
aspire
to have great hopes; to aim at a goal
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
assuage
to make less severe, ease, relieve
asymmetrical
not corresponding in size, shape, position
audacious
bold, daring, fearless
august (adj.)
dignified, awe inspiring, venerable
auspicious
having favorable prospects, promising
avarice
greed
avenge
to retaliate, take revenge for an injury or crime
aversion
intense dislike
aviary
large enclosure housing birds
baleful
harmful, with evil intentions
balk
to refuse, stop short; prevent
banal
trite, overly common
banter
playful conversation
beguile
to deceive, mislead; charm
behemoth
huge creature
belligerent
hostile, tending to fight
benefactor
someone giving aid or money
beneficient
kindly, charitable; doing good deeds; producing good effects
benevolent
friendly and helpful
berate
to scold harshly
bestow
to give as a gift
biped
two-footed animal
blandish
to coax with flattery
blatant
glaring, obvious, showy
bombastic
using high-sounding but meaningless language
bonhomie
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
boon
blessing, something to be thankful for
buffoon
clown or fool
burly
brawny, husky
buttress (v.)
to reinforce or support
cacophony
jarring, unpleasant noise
cajole
to flatter, coax, persuade
calamitous
disastrous, catastrophic
calumny
false and malicious accusation, misrepresentation, slander
canny
smart; founded on common sense
capacious
large, roomy; extensive
capitulate
to submit completely, surrender
capricious
impulsive, whimsical, without much thought
cast (n.)
copy, replica
cast (v.)
to fling, to throw
castigate
to punish, chastise, criticize severely
caulk
to make watertight
caustic
biting, sarcastic; able to burn
cavort
to frolic, prance about
celebrity
fame, widespread acclaim; a famous person
censorious
severely critical
cessation
temporary or complete halt
champion (v.)
to defend or support
charlatan
quack, fake
chary
watchful, cautious, extremely shy
cherubic
sweet, innocent, resembling a cherub angel
chicanery
trickery, fraud, deception
chide
to scold, express disapproval
chimerical
faniful, imaginary, visionary, impossible
choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
choice (adj.)
specially selected, preferred
chromatic
relating to color
circuitous
roundabout
circumlocution
roundabout, lengthy way of saying something
circumspect
cautious, wary
clairvoyant (adj.)
having ESP, psychic
clandestine
secretive, concealed for a darker purpose
clemency
merciful leniency
cloister (v.)
to confine, seclude
coalesce
to grow together or cause to unite as one
cogent
logically forceful, compelling, convincing
cohabit
to live together
coherent
intelligible, lucid, understandable
collaborate
to cooperate, work together
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
compatriot
fellow countryman
compelling (adj.)
having a powerful and irresistible effect
complacent
self-satisfied, smug
complicity
knowing partnership in doing
compress
to reduce, squeeze
condone
to pardon or forgive; overlook, justify, or excuse a fault
conflagration
bug, destructive fire
conformist
one who unquestionably follows the rules of customs of others
confound
to baffle, perplex
congenial
similar in tastes and habits
congruity
correspondence, harmony, agreement
conjecture
speculation, prediction
construe
to explain or interpret
conundrum
riddle, puzzle or problem with no solution
conventional
typical, customary, commonplace
convivial
sociable; fond of eating, drinking, and people
coquette
woman who flirts
corporeal
having to do with the body; tangible, material
cosmetic (adj.)
relating to beauty; affecting the surface of something
countervail
to counteract, to exert force against
covert
hidden; secret
covet
to desire strongly something possessed by another
craven
cowardly
credulous
gullible, trusting
crescendo
gradual increase in volume of sound
culpable
guilty, responsible for wrong
cupidity
greed
curmudgeon
cranky person
dearth
lack, scarcity, insufficiency
debauch
to corrupt, seduce from virtue or duty; indulge
debunk
to discredit, disprove
deciduous
losing leaves in the fall; short-lived, temporary
decorous
proper, tasteful, socially correct
deferential
respectful and polite in a submissive way
definitive
clear-cut, explicit or decisive