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a universally recognized principle taken as given possessing self-evident truth.
axiom
to state as a fact; to confirm or support.
aver
strenuous taxing, requiring significant effort.
arduous
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time.
archaic
deviation from the normal order, from or rule; abnormality
anomaly
something or someone out of place in terms of its historical or chronological context.
anachronism
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe.
astringent
an _expression of approval or praise
approbation
greed especially for wealth
avarice
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic.
austere
agreeable; responsive to suggestion
amenable
a medieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals esp. base metals to gold.
alchemy
eager and enthusiastic willingness
alacrity
to make better or tolerable
ameliorate
to increase in intensity, power, or prestige.
aggrandize
to combine several elements into a whole
amalgamate-
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
aesthetic
having a sour or bitter taste or character.
acerbic
an _expression of praise.
accolade
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide.
abscond
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
adulterate
excessive praise; intense adoration
adulation
deviating from the norm
aberrant
divination from omens or portents or from chance events
augury-
to accept or comply tacitly or passively
acquiesce
a substantive word, or phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun.
antecedent
intrepidly daring: adventurous
audacious
to abolish by authoritative action.
abrogate
to settle judicially
adjudicate
friendly relations between nations
amity
prematurely born.
abortive
accent or emphasize.
accentuate
lapse in succession during which there is no person in whom a title is vested.
abeyance
to warn mildly.
admonish
power of attraction or fascination
alluremen
to take up or in; to receive; to take into partnership, employment or use; to take upon oneself; to take as granted or true; undertake; usurp; suppose
assume
quick keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
acumen
to lessen in intensity or degree
abate
one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
ascetic
sunk to or existing in a low state or condition.
abject
a concise statement of a principle; a terse formulation of a truth or sentiment
aphorism
marked by avoidance of traditional musical tonality.
atonal
to attribute human from or personality to things not hum
anthropomorphize
one who assists a clergyman in liturgical service performing minor duties
acolyte
one employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript
amanuensis
the act of alluding to or hinting at.
allude
to renounce upon oath; to reject solemnly
abjure
to bring into line or alignment; to array on the side of or against a party or cause
align
the fidelity owed by a subject or citizen to his sovereign or government
allegiance
to make frank acknowledgment or affirmation of; declare or assert positiv
avouch
to apply an ointment or oily liquid to, by rubb
anoint
to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength or extent; inc
augment-
to ease or lessen; to appease or satisf
assuage
a divine imparting of knowledge or power; inspiration
afflatus-
something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, esp. for pleasure; hobby.
avocation
a damaging or derogatory remark.
aspersion
cleansing with water or other liquid, esp. as a religious ritual
ablution
sparing in eating and drinking; temperate. Characterized by abstinence
abstemious
known or knowable only to one having the key: secret
arcane
.-to absolve from sin, grant absolution to, pardon, forgive; an ejaculatory prayer for the departed
assoil
solution, explanation
assoi
an apparatus formerly used in distillation; something that refines or transmutes as if by distillation
alembic
one who lives in seclusion usually for religious reasons
anchorite
an apparatus (as for sterilizing) using super heated steam under pressure
autoclave
to subject to the action of an autoclave
autoclave
preventing infection; free or freed from pathogenic microorganisms; lacking vitality, emotion, or warmth; detached, objective
aseptic
marked by inexcusable failure to exercise intelligence or sound judgment; of or relating to, or resembling an ass
asinine
of or relating to, or resembling an eagle; curved like an eagles beak
aquiline
a secluded dwelling of a Hindu sage; the group of disciples instructed there; a religious retreat
ashram
to attack violently with blows or words
assail
the rhetorical contrast of ideas by means of parallel arrangements of words, clauses, or sentences; opposition; contrast
antithesis
constituting or marked by antithesis
antithetical
one who holds that under the gospel dispensation of grace the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is unnecessary to salvation
antinomian
to cripple by a stroke
apoplexy-
being notoriously without moderation: extreme
arrant
the process of growth or enlargement by a gradual buildup; increase by external addition or accumulation
accretion
writings or statements of dubious authenticity; books included in the Septuagint and Vulgate but excluded from the Jewish and Protestant canons of the Old Testament; early Christian writings not included in the new Testament
apocrypha
of or relating to the Apocrypha; of doubtful authenticity: spurious
apocryphal
having the hand one the hip and the elbow turned outward; set in a bent position
akimbo
an accessory item of clothing or equipment; equipment; trappings; a soldiers outfit usually not including clothes and weapons
accoutrement
having no definite form: shapeless; being without definite character or nature: unclassifiable; lacking organization or unity
amorphous
to pronounce with an accompanying h-sound
aspirate
an independent sound \h\ or a character representing it
aspirate
the incarnation of a Hindu deity; an incarnation in human form
the incarnation of a Hindu deity; an incarnation in human form
a self taught person
autodidact
surrender; relinquish; deny; renounce
abnegation
sorrow for one’s sins that arises from a motive other than that of the love of god; the act of rubbing together: friction; the act of weakening or exhausting by constant harassment or abuse
attrition
of relating to, or situated at the apex; of, relating to, or formed with the tip of the tongue
apical
the _expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence; an instance(as in a story or painting) of such _expression
allegory