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Abase
Lower; degrade; humiliate
Abdicate
Renounce; give up
Aberrant
Abnormal or deviant
Abet
Assist, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
Abeyance
Suspended action
Abject
Wretched; lacking pride
Ablution
Washing
Abnegation
Renunciation; self-sacrifice
Abominate
Loathe; hate
Abortive
Unsuccessful; fruitless
Abrogate
Abolish
Abscission
Removal by cutting off, as in surgery; separation
Abscond
Depart secretly and hide
Absolve
Pardon (an offense)
Abstruse
Obscure; profound; difficult to understand
Accede
Agree
Accord
Agreement
Acme
Peak; pinnacle; highest point
Actuate
Motivate
Adjunct
Something (generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached
Advent
Arrival
Affable
Easily approachable; warmly friendly
Agglomeration
Collection; heap
Alacrity
Cheerful promptness; eagerness
Allusion
Indirect reference
Amalgamate
Combine; unite in one body
Ameliorate
Improve
Amend
Correct; change, generally for the better
Amplify
Broaden or clarify by explaining; intensify; make stronger
Antagonism
Hostility; active resistance
Antic
Extravagantly odd
Apiary
Place where bees are kept
Apprehend
Arrest (a criminal); dread; perceive
Apprise
Inform
Apropos (adj.)
To the point and timely
Aquiline
Curved; hooked
Arabesque
Style of decoration involving intertwined plants and abstract curves
Arbitrary
Unreasonable or capricious; tyrannical
Arcade
A covered passageway, usually lined with shops
Arcane
Secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
Archetype
Prototype; primitive pattern
Ardor
Heat; passion; zeal
Aria
Operatic solo
Arraign
Charge in court; indict
Articulate (adj.)
Effective; distinct
Ascendancy
Controlling influence
Assail
Assault
Assay
Analyze; evaluate
Assurance
Promise or pledge; certainty; self-confidence
Auspicious
Favoring success
Autocratic
Having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
Avert
Prevent; turn away
Bait (v.)
Harass; tease
Balk
Foil
Balm
Something that relieves pain
Baneful
Destructive; causing ruin or death
Bawdy
Indecent; obscene
Begrudge
Resent
Belligerent
Quarrelsome
Bemused
Confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
Benediction
Blessing
Benevolent
Generous; charitable
Bereavement
State of being deprived of something valuable or beloved
Bizarre
Fantastic; violently contrasting
Blandish
Cajole; coax with flattery
Blighted
Suffering from a disease; destroyed
Bluff (adj.)
Rough but good natured
Boisterous
Violent; rough; noisy
Boon
Blessing; benefit
Bravado
Swagger; assumed air of defiance
Brazen
Insolent
Brook
Tolerate; endure
Bugaboo
Bugbear; object of baseless terror
Cadge
Beg; mooch; panhandle
Canny
Shrewd; thrifty
Canvass
Determine or seek opinions, votes, etc.
Caprice
Whim
Cardinal
Chief
Cataclysm
Deluge; upheaval
Catcall
Shout of disapproval; boo
Cavalcade
Procession; parade
Cede
Yield (title, territory) to; surrender formally
Censorious
Critical
Chaff
Worthless products of an endeavor
Champion
Support militantly
Charisma
Divine gift; great popular charm or appeal
Chasten
Correct by punishment or scolding; restrain
Chasened
Humbled; subdued; rebuked
Chisel (v.)
Swindle or cheat; cut with a chisel
Circumspect
Prudent; cautious
Circumvent
Outwit; baffle
Clangor
Loud, resounding noise
Cleave
Split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to
Clout
Great influence
Coalition
Partnership; league; union
Codify
Arrange (laws, rules) as a code; classify
Cohorts
Armed band
Collate
Examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
Colloquial
Pertaining to conversational or common speech; informal
Comely
Attractive; aggreeable
Complacency
Self-satisfaction; smugness
Comport
Bear one's self; behave
Concatenate
Link as in a chain
Concerted
Mutually agreed on; done together
Conciliatory
Reconciling; soothing
Conclave
Private meeting
Concomitant
That which accompanies
Concord
Harmony
Conflagration
Great fire
Congruent
In agreement; corresponding
Connubial
Pertaining to marriage or the matrimonial state
Consanguity
Kinship
Consign
Deliver officially; entrust; set apart
Consolidation
Unification; process of becoming firmer or stronger
Consort (n.)
Husband or wife
Constraint
Compulsion; repression of feelings
Constraint
Compulsion; repression of feelings
Consummate
Wholly without flaw; supremely skilled; complete and utter
Contiguous
Adjacent to; touching upon
Converse
Opposite
Coterie
Group that meets socially; select circle
Coy
Shy; modest; coquettish
Craven
Cowardly
Credence
Belief
Creed
System of religious or ethical belief
Crone
Hag
Culpable
Deserving blame
Curtail
Shorten; reduce
Cynosure
Object of general attention
Dally
Trifle with; procrastinate
Dauntless
Bold
Debacle
Sudden downfall; complete disaster
Demoniac
Fiendish
Denotation
Meaning; distinguishing by name
Deplore
Regret
Deposition
Testimony under oath
Derelict
Abandoned; negligent
Desuetude
State of disuse
Determinate
Having a fixed order of procedure; invariable
Diadem
Crown
Diaphanous
Sheer; transparent
Dire
Disastrous
Disapprobation
Disapproval; condemnation
Disclaim
Disown; renounce claim to
Disinter
Dig up; unearth
Dispatch (n.)
Speediness; prompt execution; message sent with all due speed
Disputatious
Argumentative; fond of arguing
Disquisition
A formal systematic inquiry; an explanation of the results of a formal inquiry
Dissipate
Squander; waste; scatter
Docile
Obedient; easily managed
Doddering
Shaky; infirm from old age
Dolorous
Sorrowful
Dotage
Senility
Dote
Be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline
Dour
Sullen; stubborn
Dowdy
Slovenly; untidy
Drone
Idle person; male bee
Dross
Waste matter; worthless impurities
Dubious
Questionable; filled with doubt
Dumbfound
Astonish
Dutiful
Respectful; obedient
Economy
Efficiency or conciseness in using something
Effectual
Able to produce a desired effect; valid
Effete
Lacking vigor; worn out; sterile
Effluvium
Noxious smell
Egress
Exit
Elixir
Cure-all; something invigorating
Embroil
Throw into confusion; involve in strife; entangle
Emendation
Correction of errors; improvement
Enigma
Puzzle; mystery
Enmity
Ill will; hatred
Ennui
Boredom
Enthrall
Capture; enslave
Entree
Entrance; a way in
Epitome
Perfect example or embodiment
Equivocal
Ambiguous; intentionally misleading
Essay (v.)
Make an attempt at; test
Estimable
Worthy of esteem; admirable
Evocative
Tending to call up (emotions, memories)
Evoke
Call forth
Expurgate
Clean; remove offensive parts of a book
Extort
Wring from; get money by threats, etc.
Facile
Easily accomplished; ready or fluent; superficial
Factitious
Artificial; sham
Factotum
Handyman; person who does all kinds of work
Fastidious
Difficult to please; squeamish
Fecundity
Fertility; fruitfulness
Fickle
Changeable; faithless
Finesse
Delicate skill
Fitful
Spasmodic; intermittent
Flamboyant
Ornate
Flay
Strip off skin; plunder; whip; attack with harsh criticism
Foil (v.)
Defeat; frustrate
Foolhardy
Rash
Foray
Raid
Forbearance
Patience
Foreboding
Premonition of evil
Forthright
Straightforward; direct; frank
Fortitude
Bravery; courage
Fray (n.)
Brawl
Frenetic
Frenzied; frantic
Frivolous
Lacking in seriousness; self-indulgently carefree; relatively unimportant
Froward
Stubborn; contrary; obstinately disobedient
Functionary
Official
Gadfly
Animal-biting fly; an irritating person
Gamely
In a spirited manner; with courage
Generality
Vague statement
Genteel
Well-bred; elegant
Gentility
Those of gentle birth; refinement
Gloat
Express evil satisfaction; view malevolently