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aberration
n. a deviating from the usual course of action; a mental disorder
abstinence
n. the giving up of certain pleasures
abstract
adj. theoretical, not applied or practical
acclaim
n. loud applause; approval.
acquiesce
v. to accept the arrangements of others; to give consent by keeping silent
admonish
v. to advise against something; to warn; to scold gently; to urge strongly
advocate
v. to support; to be in favor of
aesthetic
adj. showing an appreciation of beauty; artistic
affinity
n. natural attraction to a person; relation; connection
aggrandizement
n. an increase in rank or wealth; growth in power
alienate
v. to turn away feelings of fondness toward anyone; to estrange
alleviate
v. to make easier to endure; to relieve; to diminish
aloof
adj. indifferent; not interested; apart
altruistic
adj. thoughtful of the welfare of others
ambiguous
adj. not clearly defined
ambivalence
n. having conflicting attitudes
ameliorate
v. to make better or more tolerable; to improve
analogous
adj. similar in certain qualities; comparable
animosity
n. active dislike; ill will
anonymity
n. condition of being nameless or unknown
antagonism
n. hostility, active opposition
antithesis
n. direct opposite
apocryphal
adj. of doubtful authenticity; counterfeit
arduous
adj. hard to do; strenuous
articulate
adj. able to put one's thoughts into words easily and clearly
assuage
v. to calm or soothe; to satisfy
atrophy
v. to waste away
augment
v. to increase or enlarge; to become greater in size
austere
adj. stern in manner or appearance; strict in morals
authoritarian
n. a person who supports the principle of subjection to authority instead of individual freedom
autonomy
n. independence, self-government
aversion
n. strong or fixed dislike; antipathy
belittle
v. to make something seem less important
bequeath
v. to leave money or property by a will; to pass along
bizarre
adj. strikingly odd in appearance or style; grotesque
blithe
adj. happy and cheerful; gay
bombastic
adj. high-sounding; marked by use of language without much real meaning
buffoon
n. a clown; someone who amuses with tricks and jokes
cache
n. hiding place; something hidden in a hiding place
cacophony
n. discord; harsh sound
cajole
v. to persuade by pleasant words or false promises
callous
adj. unfeeling; insensitive
capitulate
v. to surrender; to cease resisting
capricious
adj. changeable; fickle
carping
adj. complaining
catalyst
n. someone or something that brings about a change
catharsis
n. an emotional purification or relief
caustic
adj. stinging, biting
celestial
adj. having to do with the heavens; divine
censure
v. to blame; to criticize adversely