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abase
lower
abash
embarass
abate
subside or moderate
abdicate
renounce; give up (position right or responsiblity)
abberation
deviation from normal; mental disorder
abet
assist usually in doing something wrong; encourage
abeyance
suspended action
abject
wretched; very humble;lack of self esteem
abjure
remounce upon oath
abnegation
renunciation; self sacrifice
abominate
loathe;hate
abrogate
abolish
abscission
cutting off;seperation
abscission
cutting off;seperation
abstruse
obscure;profound;diificult to understand
abut
border upon; adjoin
acclaim
applaud; praise; greet with great approval; announce with great approval
accolade
award of merit;strong praise or approval
accomodate
oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony;adapt; make enough space for
accoutre
equip
acidulous
slightly sour (in taste or manner); sharp; caustic
acquiesce
assent; agree passively; comply without protest
acrid
bitter; sharp; bitterly pungent
acrimonious
stinging; caustic; bitter in words or manner
acrimony
bitter ill-tempered animosity
actuate
motivate;activate; cause to act
adamant
hard; inflexible
adherent
supporter; follower
adjourn
suspend till a later time
adjunct
something attached to but holding an inferior position
adjuration
solemn urging
adjure
to entreat earnestly; enjoin solemnly
adulation
flattery;admiration that is more than neccessary
adventitious
accidental;causal;happening by chance
advert
refer
advocacy
support;active pleading on behalf of someone or something
advocate
speak in favor of; support; urge;plead for
affable
easily approachable; easy to talk to; warmly friendly
affected
artificial;pretended
affiliation
joining ;associating with
affinity
feeling of kinship; similarity
affliction
state fo distress;trial;cause of distress or suffering
affront
insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
aggregate
sum;total; gather into a mass or whole;add up
agog
highly excited; intensely curious
alacrity
cheerful promptness; eagerness
allay
calm;pacify
allege
state without proof
allegory
story in which characters are used as symbols;fable
allocate
assign;set aside for a particular purpose
aloof
apart; reserved
amalgam
combination of different things;mixture of metals (containing mercury)
ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning; having more than one possible interpretation
ambrosia
s nectar drink of the gods; sweet liquid collected by bees
ambulatory
able to walk
ameliorate
improve
amenable
obedient; compliant; readily managed; responsive; willing to be led; answerable or accountable legally; responsible; able to be tested by
amenities
convenient features that helps to make life pleasant; social courtesies
amiable
agreeable; lovable; warmly friendly
amicable
peaceful; politely friendly; not quarrelsome
amity
friendship; peaceful relationship as between nations
amorphous
formless; lacking shape or definition
amok(amuck)
in a state of rage
analgesic
causing insensitivity to pain
analgesia
condition of being unable to feel pain
anarchy
absence of governing body; state of disorder
ancillary
serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary; n
anecdote
short story of an amusing or interesting event
anguish
anguish acute pain; extreme suffering
angular
angular sharp-cornered; having an angle; not rounded (body); bony; lean; gaunt; stiff in manner
animadversion
animadversion critical remark; V. animadvert: comment critically with disapproval
animosity
active enmity
animus
hostile feeling or intent; animosity; hostility; disposition
anneal
reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling (metal or glass)
annuity
yearly allowance
anodyne
drug that relieves pain or trouble; opiate; ADJ. Ex. anodyne statement
anomalous
abnormal; irregular
antecede
precede
antecedents
preceding events that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
antediluvian
antiquated; extremely ancient
anthology
book of literary selections by various authors
anthropomorphic
having human form or characteristics
antipathy
aversion; dislike or opposition
antiquity
quality of being very old; ancient times
antithesis
contrast; direct opposite of or to; ADJ. antithetic or antithetical
apathy
lack of caring; indifference; lack of concern or interest in important matters
aphasia
loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism
pithy maxim or saying
apiary
a place where bees are kept
apiculture
bee-keeping
aplomb
poise; composure in difficult situations; assurance; self-confidence
s poise good judgment with composure; balance; V: place in a carefully balanced position
apocalyptic
prophetic; pertaining to revelations especially of disaster; N. apocalypse
apocryphal
(of a story) widely believed but untrue
apogee
highest point; the point farthest from the earth; OP. perigee
apologist
one who writes in defense of a cause or institution; N. apologia
apoplexy
stroke; loss of consciousness caused by too much blood in the brain
apostate
one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
apothegm(apophthegm)
pithy, compact saying
apotheosis
elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something
appellation
name; title
apposite
appropriate; fitting
appreciate
be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
apprise
inform
approbation
approval
appurtenances
subordinate possessions; something added to a more important thing
n apropos with reference to; regarding
arbiter
person with power to decide a matter in dispute; judge who is in a position ot make influential judgments
arbitrary
unreasonable or capricious; random; tyrannical
arcane
esoteric; secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated; Ex. arcane ritual
archetype
prototype; primitive pattern
ardor
heat; passion; zeal; ADJ. ardent
argot
slang; speech spoken by only a small group of people
arraign
charge in court; indict
arroyo
gully; narrow channel formed by rainwater
articulate
effective; distinct; expressing ideas clearly; having clear sounds; having joints
artifice
deception; trickery
ascendancy
controlling influence; position of controlling influence
ascetic
practicing self-denial; avoiding physical pleasures and comforts; austere
ascribe
refer; attribute; assign
askance
with a sideways or indirect look (with disapproval or distruct)
asperity
sharpness; roughness; severity (of temper or weather)
aspersion
slanderous remark
assay
analyze (to discover what materials are present); evaluate (soil or ore)
assimilate
absorb; take (food) into the body and digest it; understand (knowledge) completely and be able to use properly; cause to become homogeneous (the people of a country or race in the wasy of behaving or thinking)
assuage
mak less severe; ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
assurance
firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in one's own ability; self-confidence
astringent
binding; causing contraction (stopping bleeding); harsh or severe; stringent
asylum
place of refuge or shelter; protection (religious or political)
atavism
resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic
atrocity
brutal deed; ADJ. atrocious
attentive
alert and watchful; listening carefully; paying attention; considerate; thoughtful; politely helpful
attribute
essential quality; V: ascribe; explain
attrition
rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
augury
omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign of (something in future)
august
impressive; majestic
auspicious
favoring success; giving signs of future success; Cf. auspices
austere
forbiddingly stern; ascetic; without comfort or enjoyment; severely simple and unornamented
authoritarian
subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating another's will
autocratic
having absolute unchecked power; dictatorial; N. autocrat, autocracy
auxiliary
offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary; N: helper; assistant
aver
state confidently; declare as true
averse
reluctant; disinclined; not liking or opposed;
avid
greedy; extremely eager for
avocation
secondary or minor occupation
avuncular
of or like an uncle
awl
pointed tool used for piercing
axiom
self-evident truth requiring no proof