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Abdicate
To give up formally, as an office, duty, power, or claim
Abet
To encourage or assist, especially in wrongdoing
Abhor
To regard with horror or loathing, to hate intensly.
Abject
Wretched, Miserable;Mean-spirited, Base; Comple and unreleived
Absolve
To clear of guilt or blame
Abstain
To refrain from completely and voluntarily
Academic
Pertaining to a college or other institution or learning. Theoretical, unrealistic
Accede
To yield to, to enter upon an office or duty
Acclimate
To get used to
Addiction
A habit-forming practice or pursuit, usually one that is bad for ones health.
Adjourn
To close formally, to put off to another time
Adverse
Hostile in purpose or effect, unfavorable
Advocate
To speak or argue in favor of, a person who pleads in the interest of another
Aesthetic
Pertaining to a sense of beauty
Affable
Courteous and agreeable in manner
Affectation
A pretentious display of mannors or sentiments that are not genuine.
Affluent
Prosperous, wealthy
Agenda
A list or program of things to be done or acted upon.
Aggregate
Total sume or sum total of parts, to gather or merge into a whole, total
Agile
Swift and light in action, movement, or thought
Alienate
To cause hostility or indifference where love, friendliness, or interest was.
Allege
To claim that something is true but without offering proof.
Allude
To refer to indirectly
Ambience
The surrounding or pervading atmosphere, spirit of the environment
Ambivalent
Wavering or uncertain because of the ability to make a choice.
Amnesty
An official pardon granted to offenders against the government offenses.
Anachronism
The misplacing of an object or event ina period to which it does not belong.
Anarchy
Absence of governmental authority, social and politcal disorder.
Anathema
A curse or strong denunciation; the person or thing being cursed.
Anecdote
A breif account of some interesting or amusing incident, biographical
Anomaly
A devation from what is normal or expected
Apathy
Lack of feeling, emotion, or interest.
Appall
To fill with intense horror, fear, or dismay
Apprehend
To arrest or take into custody, understand the meaning of, fear or anxiety
Arbitrary
Subject to or determined by one's judgement, excersise of the will, jugdement
Arbitrate
To act as an impartial judge in a dispute
Array
To line up, dress up; An imposing grouping, rich and beautiful attire
Articulate
To pronounce distinctly, to express well in words, expressed clearly
Askew
Out of line or position; dissaprovingly, scornfully
Assimilate
To absorb fully or make one's own, to adapt fully or to make like.
Astute
Keen of mind and judgement, especially in practical matters.
Asylum
An institution that shelters and cares for retards, place offering protection
Atone
To make up for or repent
Atrocity
A savagely cruel, brutal, or inhuman deed; a monstrasity
Atrophy
A failure to develop normally, to waste away, progressive wasting away
Attrition
A gradual wearing down or weakening of resistance, gradual, often decrease
Augment
To make greater; to become greater
Augur
Someone who can forcast the future through signs, to predict the future
Austere
Rigidly severe; severely simple or bare.
Authentic
Genuine, trustworthy.
Avarice
An excessive desire to acquire and possess wealth; greed and stinginess
Avid
Extremely eager, anxious, enthusiastic.
Badger
To tease; to annoy with a constant string of petty tornments.
Baffle
To puzzle completely, to prevent from achieving a goal
Banal
Made stale by constant use or repetition
Belligerent
Warring, actually engaged in a war; a party engaged in a war. Warlike, hostile
Benign
Gentle, Kindly. Wholesome or favorable.
Bicker
To engage in petty quarreling.
Bizarre
Weird or Fantastic.
Bland
Mild or gentle; Lacking interest or liveliness, flat.
Bleak
Desolate, windswept, and bare. Cold and gloomy; unpromising.
Blight
To check or destroy the growth of. Something that impair growth.
Blithe
Merry and carefree; overly unconcerned, reckless.
Boisterous
Noisy and rowdy.
Bombastic
Pompous or inflated in language.
Boorish
Rude or unrefined.
Boycott
To refuse to buy, use , or deal with as a way of protest.
Brash
Overly bold, hasty, and thoughtless.
Bravado
A boastful or swaggering show of false bravery; false courage.
Brusque
Overly short or abrupt.
Bungle
To mismanage or make a mess of.
Bureaucracy
A complicated system of administrative agencies and officials. The officials.
Buttress
A support or reinforcement. To support or reinforce.
Cajole
To persuade or obtain by flattery or deceit.
Callous
Unfeeling or insensitive.
Calumny
A false statement deliberately made up to injure a person.
Candid
Fair and impartial. Frank or outspoker. Informal or unposed.
Cantankerous
Foul-tempered and quarrelsome.
Captious
Quick to find petty faults or raise trifling objections. Trap, confuse, show up.
Catholic
Broad or widely inclusive. General or universal; worldwide.