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Ambivalent
Wavering or uncertain because of an inability to make a choice between two contradictory feelings or viewpoints in regard to a person, a thing, or a course of action
Amnesty
An official pardon granted to offenders against the government, especially for political offenses
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 and loathing; to hate intensely.
Abject
Wretched, miserable; degrading, humiliating.

Mean-spirited; despicable

Complete and unrelieved
Absolve
To clear of guilt or blame.
Acede
To yield, to agree to
Acclimate
To get used to
Adjourn
1. To close formally

2. To put off to another time: to move to another place
Adverse
Hostile in purpose or effect; unfavorable
Advocate
1. To speak or argue in favor of; to give active public support to.

2. A person who pleads in the interest of a cause or individual
Affable
Courteous and agreeable in manner; easy to talk to or aapproach
Affectation
A pretentious display of manners or sentiments that are not genuine; a peculiar habit of dress or behavior that has been adopted to impress others
Affluent
Prosperous, wealthy
Aggregate
1. The total amount or sum total of the individual parts.

2. To gather or merge into a single whole; to amount to

3. Total, collective
Apprehend
To arrest or take into custody

To perceive or understand the meaning of

To look forward to with fear
Arbitrary
Subject to or determined by one's judgement; random

Arrived at by an exercise of will, personal perference, or whim, as opposed to being based on reason or justice

Given to willful decisions or demands: tyrannical or dictatorial
Arbitrate
To act as an impartial judge in a dispute; to settle
Askew
Disapprovingly; scornfully
Bleak
1. Desolate, windswept, and bare
2. Cold and gloomy; unpromising
Blight
1. To check or destroy the growth of

2. Something that impairs growth or causes ruin.
Blithe
1. Merry and carefree

2. Overly unconcerned; reckless.
Boisterous
Noisy and rowdy
Bombastic
Pompous or inflated in language.
Boorish
Rude or unrefined.
Boycott
1. To refuse to buy, use, or deal with as a way to protest some form of behavior.

2. An instance of such treatment.
Astute
Keen of mind and judgment, especially in practical matters: cunning.
Atone
To make up for or repent.
Atrophy (Noun and Verb)
A failure to develop normally; a progressive wasting away or decline.

To waste away.
Attrition
A gradual wearing down or weakening of resistance resulting from constant friction, pressur, or harassment.

A gradual, often natural decrease in size, strength, or number as a result of resignation, retirement, death, or the like.
Augur (Noun and Verb)
Someone who can forecast the future by spotting signs or indications of what is to come.

To predict or foretell through signs: to point to or be an omen of.
Austere
Rigidly severe: severely simple or bare
Brash
Overly bold, hasty, and thoughtless.
Bravado
A boastful or swaggering show of false bravery; false courage in general.
Brusque
Over short or abrupt
Bungle
To mismanage or make a mess of.
Bureaucracy
A complicated system of administrative agencies and officials; the officials themselves.
Buttress
1. A support or reinforcement.

2. To support or reinforce.
Cajole
To persuade or obtain by flattery or deceit.
Callous
Unfeeling or insensitive.
Banal
Made stale by constant use or repitition.
Calumny
A false statement deliberately made up to injure a person.
Candid
1. Fair and impartial

2. Frank or outspoken.

3. Informal or unposed.
Candid
1. Fair and impartial

2. Frank or outspoken.

3. Informal or unposed.
Cantankerous
Foul-tempered and quarrelsome.
Captious
1. Quick to find petty faults or raise trifling objections; overly demanding or fussy.

2. Intended to trap, confuse, or show up.
Benign
Gentle and Kindly

Wholesome or favorable
Catholic
1. Broad or widely inclusive.

2. General or universal; worldwide.