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Abeyance
Suspension;temproary inactivity
Ablution
thourough washing;cleansing
Abtruse
difficultto understand;profound
Adage
old saying; proverb
Adroit
Skillful;clever
Aegis
Sheild;protecting influence or power
Affront
treat with disrespect; insult
Allegory
in literature, the use of images or actions symbols for other meanings or ideas
Altruism
intrest in, or devotion to the welfare of others
Ameliorate
improve
Amnesty
afficial pardon for past offenses; act of overlooking
Animosity
ill will;hostility
Antipathy
feeling of intense dilike
Apex
highest point
Aquiline
prominent and curved like a eagles beak;hooked
Arbiter
A judge; one who has the authority to decide a dispute
archetype
model; prototype
arduous
difficult;strenuous
Artifice
Clever trick;contrivance
artless
Naive;innocent
Askance
Sideways;mistrustfully
Asperity
harshness;severity;sharpness of temper
assiduous
persistently attentive;industrious
atavism
reversion to an earlier trait or type
attrition
act of wearing down
augury
act of foretelling the future; oman
auspicious
favorable;fortunate
avarice
miserliness;greed
baleful
sinister;highly injurious
banal
trite; commonplace;pointless
Bastion
part of fortification
belie
misrepresent or show to be false
bibliophile
a person who loves books;a book fancier
blandishment
flattery;coaxing
blithe
joyful;gay
bovine
cowlike;patient and dull
braggadocio
act of swaggering or boasting
bumptious
arrogant;self assertive
cacophony
harsh unpleasant sound
cajole
to coax;to wheedle
capacious
roomy;holding much
carnage
slaughter,espeically in great numbers, as in a battle
cataclysm
violent upheavel
caustic
capable of burning or eating away; painful
celerity
speed;swiftness
charlatan
one who poses as an expert in a skill or profession for which he is not qualified.
circumspect
cautious;prudent
clemency
a tendency to show mercy or indulgence;leniency toward offenders
cogent
persuasive;potent
cognizant
aware; informed
commodious
roomy;expanisve
compunction
feeling of uneasiness caused by a guilty consience;misgiving
conflagration
large,destructive fire
contiguous
touching;adjoining
conundrum
riddle;unanswerable question
coterie
clique;select group
crpytic
hidden;mystifying
cupidity
greed;avarice
dastardly
sneaking and cowardly;shameful
debauchery
sensuality;indulgence in impurit;moral corruption
Decadent
Deteriorating
Defray
Pay the expenses of
Delete
To erase;to cancel;to take out
Denouement
Outcome;final conclusion of plot or action in a literary work
derision
scorn;ridicule
Despotic
tyrannical; having absolute power
Didactic
with the purpose of teaching; instructive
Dilatory
inclined to delay or postpone; tardy
Discursive
going from subject to subject;rambling
Disparage
belittle; speak scornfully of