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Abate
mitigate; lessen; diminish
Abet
to actively second and encourage; to assist or support; incite
Abhorrent
detestable
Abridge
to reduce; diminish; condense
Abstemious
sparing in pleasures; temperate; abstinent
Abstinent
voluntary forbearance esp. from food; self-denial [Abstain (v)]
Accentuate
to stress; emphasize
Accessibility
easy to approach or enter; obtainable
Accolade
a praising mention
Accord
agreement; concord (opp. discord); harmony of minds
Accrue
to be added; accumulate
Acrid
sharp; pungent; bitter; caustic in language or tone
Acrimonious
bitter; harsh or biting in speech or feeling
Adamant
unshakable or immovable esp. in opposition; unyielding; unbending; rigid
Adhere
to stick to; to attach to; cling
Adroit
skillful; dexterous; clever; expert
Adroitly
in a clever, skillful manner; skillfully
Adversary
one that contends with, opposes, or resists; enemy
Advocacy
support
Advocate
to recommend publicly
Aesthetic
showing an appreciation of beauty in nature or art; artistic
Affable
easy to approach and talk to; friendly
Affectation
a pretending to like, have, etc.; show or pretense; mannerism for effect
Affirm
to assert positively; to establish; to declare; ratify; agree with; support;
Affirmation
positive declaration; confirmation; ratification
Affliction
blight; anything that destroys or prevents growth
Agenda
a list of things to be done at a meeting
Aggregation
collection
Agile
nimble; apt or ready to move; active
Alias
another name; a false name to assume a false identity
Allay
pacify; appease; to lessen in intensity or severity
Allegation
an assertion (esp. without proof)
Alleviate
to relieve (pain, suffering); to reduce (poverty); to lessen
Allusion
a reference, esp. from literature; casual mention
Altercation
dispute carried on with anger; controversy
Altruistic
unselfish; benevolent
Alumnus
one who has attended or graduated from a particular school, college, etc.
Ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain; capable of being understood in many possible senses;
Amenable
responsive; obedient; answerable
Amicable
friendly; characterized by friendly goodwill
Amity
benevolence; friendship; kindness
Amorphous
no definite shape; shapeless; formless
Anachronism
something out of its proper time
Analogous
similar; alike; not coming from the same ancestor or origin
Anarchy
lack of government; chaos
Anathema
anything greatly detested; a thing worthy of a strong curse; an execration
Animosity
hostility; a feeling of strong dislike or hatred
Annihilate
to destroy completely; demolish; raze; decimate
Annul
to do away with; to cancel
Antecedent
Predecessor; person or thing that goes before
Antediluvian
antiquated; ancient; primitive
Antidote
a remedy to counteract a poison; anything that works against an evil
Antipathy
enmity; aversion; opposition in feeling
Apathy
lack of emotion or interest
Apex
the uppermost or highest point; summit; acme; quintessence; zenith; peak
Apocryphal
fictitious (like fiction); false; spurious
Apprehensive
anxious or fearful about the future
Apprentice
one who is learning a trade by practical experience under skilled workers
Approbation
approval; commendation
Appropriation
allotment; a sum of money set apart for a given purpose
Ardor
emotional warmth or heat; eagerness; devotion; passion
Arid
dry; lifeless; dull
Articulate
distinct; well formulated; clearly presented; speaking well;
Artifice
chicanery; duplicity ( to dupe); trickery; artful device
Ascend
to move upwards; rise
Ascetic
austere in appearance, manner, or attitude; severe
Asinine
ridiculous; stupid; silly; unintelligent; inane; fatuous
Asset
an advantage; resource; property of a person
Assiduous
diligent; constant in application; industrious
Assimilate
become like something else; absorb and incorporate; adapt to
Assuage
mitigate; allay; calm; pacify; placate
Astral
pertaining to the stars
Astute
shrewd; having or showing shrewdness and perspicacity
Atrocious
in bad taste; abominable
Atrophy
waste away; fail to grow
Auditory
relating to or experienced through a sense of hearing; synacoustic; audible
August
inspiring awe or reverence; magnificent; majestic
Auroral
rosy; of or like the dawn; bright; radiant
Auspicious
suggesting a favorable outcome; propitious; prosperous
Auspiciously
prosperously; propitiously
Avail
advantage; use or help; service
Aversion
a desire to avoid something; a settled dislike; antipathy
Avid
greedy; eager; enthusiastic
Awestruck
filled with awe (includes wonder, reverence, and fear)
Axiom
statement universally accepted as true; self-evident truth
Baffling
confusing; puzzling; hindering
Baleful
portending evil; ominous; harmful; deadly
Ban
to prohibit, esp. by legal means
Banal
commonplace; ordinary; trite; drearily predictable; dull; overused; mundane;
Bane
cause of mischief, injury, or destruction; curse; anathema
Barren
not productive; desolate; lacking interest; dull
Bedlam
commotion; any scene of uproar and confusion
Belated
tardy; late
Belie
to misrepresent; to show to be mistaken; to prove false
Bellicose
warlike; pugnacious; belligerent
Belligerence
a hostile attitude
Belligerent
at war; of fighting; warlike; readiness to quarrel; bellicose
Benefactor
patron; a person who has given help
Benign
favorable; showing kindness or gentleness, innocuous
Bias
prejudice
Bicker
petulant; quarreling
Blatant
too conspicuous; obtrusive; offensively noisy
Boorish
unmannered; rude; insensitive
Bravado
pretend courage or defiant confidence where there is really little or none
Brawny
muscular; strong
Brevity
concise; terse; shortness of time; contraction; pithy
Bucolic
pastoral; rustic; of country life and farming
Burlesque
jocular; parodying
Buttress
any prop or support, material or figurative
Cajole
to coax with flattery and insincere talk
Callous
oblivious; hardened
Callow
inexperienced; immature
Camaraderie
friendship; friendly good-fellowship
Cameo
a carving with one layer raised on another [opp. Intaglio]
Candor
open; honest; candid
Canonize
to raise to the highest rank of honor and glory
Canopy
a drapery-like covering for a bed, throne, etc. held on poles
Cantankerous
ill-natured; cross; disputatious; quarrelsome
Canvass
examine carefully; discuss in detail
Capricious
inconsistent; fickle; erratic
Caricature
a picture or imitation of a person, literary style with exaggerated features
Catalyst
a person or thing acting as the stimulus in bringing about a result
Categorical
absolute; positive; not relative or hypothetical
Cater
to take great pains to seek to gratify another's needs or desires
Catharsis
emotional tensions, esp. by art
Cathartic
relieving emotional tensions, esp. by art
Cathartic
describing something that purifies the emotions or relieves
Censor
(n) one who deletes objectionable matter (v) to delete matter
Censure
to blame; to criticize; to condemn as wrong; to express strong disapproval
Chagrin
disappointment; humiliation, embarrassment caused by failure
Charisma
charm; magnetism
Charlatan
quack; imposter; fraud; fake
Chaste
innocent; pure in thought and act; modest; pristine
Chicanery
trickery; deception
Chortle
to chuckle
Circumlocution
prolixity; indirect way of expressing something
Circumspect
cautious; careful; wary
Circumvent
evade; outwit
Clamor
to cry out; to demand or complain noisily
Clandestine
secret; private; concealed; underhanded
Clemency
mildness; gentleness; leniency; mercy
Coalesce
blend; fuse; consolidate
Cohesive
sticking together (as in people or molecules)
Collaborate
to work together (esp. in some artistic, literary, or scientific undertaking)
Collaborators
people who work together, to work jointly with others
Colleague
a fellow worker in the same position
Colloquial
conversational; pertaining to conversation
Colloquy
dialogue; conversation
Combustible
flammable
Commemorate
to honor the memory of
Communicable
capable of impartation from one to another; transferable
Compel
to force or constrain; to bring about by force
Complacent
satisfied; esp. self-satisfied, smug; affable; unconcerned
Complex
involved; perplexing; difficult
Concede
to assent; yield; permit; make concession
Conciliate
soothe the anger of; placate; pacify; mollify
Concise
brief and to the point; containing few words
Concord
agreement (opp. Discord)
Condign
justified; adequate; deserved
Conducive
helpful
Conflagration
a destructive fire
Conglomerate
cluster
Connoisseur
a person who has expert knowledge and keen discrimination in some field
Console
to alleviate or lessen the grief or sorrow; to give solace or comfort
Conspiracy
planning and action together secretly (esp. for an unlawful or harmful purpose
Conspirator
a person who takes part in a conspiracy
Construe
to translate loosely; to interpret
Consummate
superb; complete; perfect
Contaminate
to make impure; to pollute; to defile; to sully
Contemporary
living at the same time or being the same age
Continuity
being continuous; coherence
Contract
to shrink; shorten; to be infected with (a disease)
Contrite
penitent; deeply affected with grief for having done wrong
Convene
to assemble for a common purpose; to cause to assemble or meet together
Converge
come together at a point; move toward same place; convene
Convergent
to tend to meet in a point or line
Convivial
fond of eating, drinking, and company; social; jovial
Copious
abundant; plentiful
Corpulent
having a great quantity of fat or flesh
Corrugated
folded into ridges so as to form a wavy surface; grooved
Coterie
clique; ring; group of like-minded people (good connotation)
Covert
not openly shown; veiled; sheltered
Cower
to crouch (as from fear or cold); to shrink and tremble; to cringe
Cull
to collect; to pick out; to separate from others
Cursory
hastily, often superficially done with little attention to detail
Cynical
to question the sincerity of people's actions; pessimistic
Cynicism
belief that people are motivated in all their actions only by selfishness
Dalliance
dawdling; flirtation
Daunt
to make afraid or discouraged; intimidate; dishearten
Debauchery
extreme indulgence; gluttony
Debilitate
weaken; exhaust
Decimate
to destroy or kill a large part of; destroy a great number of; annihilate; raze
Decipher
to decode; to make out the meaning of ancient inscriptions, codes, etc.
Decompose
to break up or separate into basic components or parts; to rot
Decomposition
the breaking down of a substance to more basic parts
Decorous
proper; decent; seemly; becoming; showing good taste; propriety;
Deface
to mar, impair, or injure the external appearance of
Defamation
libel; slander; the act of tarnishing someone's name
Defame
to attack the reputation of; to disgrace; to bring dishonor
Default
to fail to take part in; to forfeit
Deficient
not sufficient; inadequate in amount, degree, quality, etc.
Defile
to pollute; to make unclear; to corrupt
Deflect
to bend or turn aside
Deft
showing skill and artistry; dexterous; adept
Defuse
to remove the fuss from; to render harmless
Deleterious
harmful; pernicious; toxic (opp. Innocuous)
Delineate
to describe, portray, or set forth with accuracy or in detail
Delusion
false belief or opinion
Delve
to make an investigation; to search for facts
Demur
hesitate
Demystify
to remove the mystery from; clarify
Denouement
outcome; unraveling
Depravity
moral corruption; immorality; wickedness; perversity
Depreciate
to reduce in value or price; to belittle; to disparage
Deride
to ridicule; to make fun of; to scorn
Derisive
ridicule
Descend
to move downward
Desiccate
to dry completely
Despair
a loss of hope
Despondent
feeling or showing extreme discouragement, depression, or rejection;
Devaluation
a lessening in value or importance
Dexterity
skill in using the hands or body; cleverness; adroitness
Diffidence
lack of confidence in oneself, marked by hesitancy to assert oneself
Digression
wandering from the main subject in talking or writing
Diligence
persevering application; assiduity
Dire
dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; bringing about trouble or disaster; urgent
Disapprobation
the act or state of disapproving; condemnation
Discern
to distinguish one thing from another; to perceive or recognize the difference,
Discord
disagreement; (opp. Concord)
Discordant
disagreeing; harsh sounding
Discreet
having or showing good judgment; modest; unobtrusive
Discursive
moving about from one topic to another; digressive
Disdain
abhorrence; contempt; scorn
Disenchant
to free from illusion
Dismay
to fill with apprehension or alarm; to daunt; to appall
Disparagement
something that causes the loss of dignity or reputation
Dispel
dissipate; to scatter and drive away; cause to vanish
Disperse
to send off in different directions
Disputatious
fond of arguing; contentious
Disquieting
disturbing
Disreputable
not reputable; discreditable; dirty; shabby