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Abjure
Renounce upon oath; disavow
Ablution
Washing; especially as religious ritual.
abnegation
Renunciation; self-sacrifice
abrogate
Abolish
absolve; absolution
Pardon; free from an offense
accede
Agree; give consent
acclivity
sharp incline
accoutre; accoutrement
Equip; outfit for military.
accretion
Growth; Increase
Acidulous
Slightly sour; caustic
acrid
Sharp; bitterly pungent
Acrimonious
bitter in words or manner.
Actuate
Motivate; incite
addle
Muddle; Drive Crazy; become rotten.
adherent
Follower; supporter
adjunct
something (usually inferior) added or affixed.
Adjure; Adjuration
solemn urging
adjutant
Staff officer assisting the commander. Assistant.
Adventitious
accidental; casual
advert
refer to
Aegis (ee-jis)
Shield; Defense
Aerie (Air-ee)
Nest for large bird of prey.
Affected
Artifical pretended assumed in order to impress.
affidavit
Written statement under oath
affront
insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
agog
Highly excited; intensely curious.
alcove
nook; recess
alimentary
supplying nourishment
allegory
story with characters used as symbols; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another
alloy
Mix make less pure; esp metals
alluvial
soil deposits from running water
amble
Move slowly; easy pace
ambrosia
The food of the gods
amnesty
Pardon
amorous
Moved by sexual loving
amok;amuck
in a state of rage
analgesic (an-l-jee-zik)
a remedy that relieves or allays pain.
ancillary
serving as an aid or accesory
animadversion (an-uh-mad-vur-zhuhn)
critical remark
animus
hostile feeling or intent
anneal
reduce brittlesness; make tougher via heating and cooling
anodyne (an-uh-dahyn)
drug that relieves pain; opiate
antecede
precede
antecedents
preceding events or circumstances that influences things to come.
antediluvian (an-tee-di-loo-vee-uhn)
antiquated; extremely ancient
anthropoid
Manlike
anthropomorphic
having human form or characteristics
antiquated
obsolete; outdated
aperture
an opening or hole
aphasia
lose of the ability to speak or understand langauage.
aphorism
pithy maxim or saying; philosophic scientific.
apiary
place where bees are kept
aplomb
poise; assurance
apocryphal (uh-pok-ruh-fuhl)
spurious; of doubtful authorship or authenticity
apogee
highest point; esp of satellite
apologist
One who writes in defense of a cause or institution
apostate
one who abandons his political or religious beliefs
apothecary
druggist
apothegm (ap-uh-them)
Pithy compact saying
apotheosis
the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god. Ideal example
appellation
a name, title, or designation.
apposite
appropriate; fitting
apprise
inform
approbation
Approval;
appropriate
acquire; take possession of somthing for ones own use.
appurtenances (uh-pur-tn-uhns)
something subordinate to another, more important thing; adjunct; accessory.
aquiline
Curved; hooked
arabesque
Fine Arts. a sinuous, spiraling, undulating, or serpentine line or linear motif.
arboretum
places where trees and shrubs studied
arcane
secret mysterious; esoteric
archetype
prototype; primitive pattern
argot
Slang;a specialized idiomatic vocabulary peculiar to a particular class or group of people
apropos
fitting; at the right time; to the purpose; opportunely.
aria
an air or melody; operatic solo.
array
Clothe; adorn
arrears (uh-reers)
the state of being behind or late, esp. in the fulfillment of a duty, promise, obligation, or the like. Behind in payment
arrhythmic arrhythmia
lacking rhythm or regularity
arroyo
gully
artifice
deception; trickery
ascendancy
controlling influence; the state of being in the ascendant; governing or controlling influence; domination.
ascribe
Refer to; attribute to; assign
aseptic
preventing infection
ashen
ash-colored; deadly pale
askance
with a sideways or indirect look
asperity
sharpness of temper
aspersion
slanderous remark
aspirant
seeker after position or status
assay
analyze or evaluate
assent
agree; accept
assimilate
absorb; cause to become homogenous
astringent
binding; contracting; harsh or severe
atavism (at-uh-viz-uhm)
resemblence to remote ancestors opposed to parents; Throw back to early times.
augury
omen;prophecy
august
impressive; majestic
aureole
sun's corona; halo
auroral
pertaining to dawn
auspicious
favoring success
averse
reluctant; disinclined
avocation
secondary minor occupation
avow
declare openly
avuncular [uh-vuhng-kyuh-ler]
Like an uncle
azure
Sky blue
bacchanalian
drunken
badinage [bad-n-ahzh]
teasing conversation
bait
harass; tease
baleful
threatening; menancing; sinister; FORESHADOWING EVIL
balk
stop short faced with an obstacle; also foil an attempt
ballast
heavy substance to add stability or weight
bandy
discuss lightly or glibly; exchange words heatedly
bane
curse; cause or ruin
bard
poet
barefaced
shameless; bold; unconcealed
baroque
highly ornate (decorated)
barrister
counselor-at-law; lawyer
bastion
stronghold; source of protection; think bastille
bate
diminish; restrain
bauble
trinket; trifle; gewgaw
bawdy
indecent; obscene
beatific (bee-uh-tif-ik)
showing or producing joy; blissful
beatify; beatitude
bless or sanctify blessedness; state of bliss
bedizen
to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner.
beget
produce; father
beguile
mislead or delude; cheat
beholden
obligated; indebted
behoove
be neccessary or proper to do something; be incumbent upon
belabor
explain excessively or to a ridic degree; assail verbally
belie
contradict; give false impression
bellicose
warlike pugnacious
bemused
confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
benediction
blessing
benison
blessing
bent
determined; natural talent hell bent
bereavement
state of being deprived of something valuble or beloved
breave
to deprive
bereft
deprived of; lacking
beseech
beg plead with
beset
harass trouble; hem in
besmirch
beastlike;
betoken
signify; indicate
betroth
become engaged or married
bevy
large group; bevy or beauties
bifurcated
divided into two branches; forked
bilious
suffering from a liver complaint; peevishly ill humored
bilk
swindle; cheat
bivouac (biv-oo-ak)
temporary encampment military usually
blanch
bleach; whiten
bland
soothing or agreeable; mild
blandish
cajole; coax with flattery
blandishment
flattery
blase
bored with pleasure; unimpressed
blighted
suffering from a disease; destroyed
blithe
carefree
blowhard
talkative boaster
bluff
rough but good natured
Bluster
blow in heavy gusts; bully; empty threats
bode
foreshadow; portend
boon
blessing; benefit
bouillon
clear beef soup
bovine
cowlike; placid dull
bowdlerize
expurgate
brackish
somewhat saline (salty)
brandish
wave around; flourish
bravado
swagger; assumed air of defiance.
brazen
insolent; boldly rude
brevity
conciseness
brindled
grayish with spots
bristling
rising like bristles; showing irritation
broach
introduce; open up
brocade
rich figured fabric
brooch
ornamental clasp
brook
tolerate endure
browbeat
bully intimidate
brusque
blunt; abrupt
buffet
slap; batter; knock about
bugaboo
bugbear; object of baseless terror
bouyant
cheerful and optomistic
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
burlesque
give an imitation that ridicules
buxom
plump; jolly
cabal
small group of persons secretly united to promote self interest
cadence
rythmic rise and fall; beat
cadge
beg; mooch; panhandle
caliber
quality; ability
callow
youthful immature naivee
calorific
heat-producing
calumny
malicious misrepresentation; slander
canard
false or unfounded story
canker
any ulcer sore; any evil
canny
shrewd; thrifty
cannon
collection of authroitative list of books. Religious rules or principals
cant
insincere expression of piety; jargon of thieves
cantata
story set to music
canto
division of a long poem
canvass
determine or seek opinions. Canvass for ideas
capacious
spacious; roomy
capillary
very fine like capillaries
capitulate [kuh-pich-uh-leyt]
surrender
caprice; capricious
whim; sudden change; whimsical; fickle
captious
faultfinding in a meticulous petty manner
carafe
glass water bottle; decanter used to serve wine usually
carapace
Shell covering the back ie turtle crab etc
carcinogenic
causing cancer
careen
lurch; sway side to side; vehicle lean to one side
caricature
distortion; burlesque
carillon
a set of bells capable of being played
carousal
drunken revel
carping
petty criticism; faultfinding; captious
cataract
large waterfall; eye shit
catcall
shout of disapproval; boo
catechism [kat-i-kiz-uhm]
book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer; socratic method.
categorical
without exception; complete; unqualified
catharsis
purging of cleansing of the body
catholic
broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.
caulk
to make water tight by plugging holes
cauterize
burn with hot iron usually to heal a wound; caustic
cavalcade
procession;parade; series of events
cavalier
casual and offhand; arrogant
cavil
make frivolous objections. captious
cede
yield; surrender formally
celerity
speed; rapidity
censorious
critical
centigrade
like celsius
centrifugal
radiating departing from the center.
centrifuge
machine that seperates substances by whirling them
centripetal
tending towards the center
centurion
roman army officer
cerebration
thought
certitude
certainty
cessation; cession; ceding
stoppage; yield
chaff
worthless product of an endeavor
chaffing
bantering; joking
chagrin
vexation from injured pride; disappointment
champion
support militantly
chary
cautious; sparing about giving
chase
ornament a metal surface by indenting
chassis
framework of an automobile
chaste
pure; modest; celebate (chastity belt)
chasten
correct by punishment or scolding
chauvinist
zealous and aggressive patriotism or blind enthusiasm for military glory.
cherubic
angelic; innocent looking; member of second choir of angels
chimerical [ki-mer-i-kuhl]
fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginitive
chisel
swindle or cheat
choleric
hot-tempered; irascible
churlish
boorish; rude
ciliated
having minute hairs
cipher
zero; nonentity; worthless person or thing; secret code
circlet
small ring; band
circumlocution
unnecessarily wordy and indirect speech; evasive language
circumscribe
limit narrowly; confine or restrict; define
circumspect
prudent cautious
cistern
reservoir of water tank
clamber
climb by crawling; difficulty climbing
clangor
loud; resounding noise
clapper
striker of a bell tongue of bell
clarion
shrill trumpet like sound
clavicle
collarbone
clemency
disposition to be lenient; mildness as of the weather
clime
region; climate
cloister
monastery or convent
clout
great influence
cloying
distateful because excessive; excessively sweet or sentimental
coalesce
combine; fuse
coddle
treat gentely; pamper
codicil
supplement to the body of a will; any addition appendix
coeval
living at the same time as; contemporary
cogitate
think over
cognate
related linguistically; allied by blood; similar in nature
cohere; cohesion
stick together; tedency to keep together
coiffure [kwah-fyoor]
hairstyle; headdress
colander
utensil used for straining
collate
examine in order to verify authenticity; put in order
collation
light meal
colloquial
informal conversation speech
comely
attractive agreeable
comestible
something fit to be eaten
comeuppance
rebuke; deserts
comity
courtesy; civility
commiserate
feel or express pity for something
commodious
spacious and comfortable
compendium
brief comprehensive summary
complicity
involvement in a crime
comport
bear one's self behave
compunction
remorse
concave
hollow
concentric
having a common center
collate
examine in order to verify authenticity; put in order
collation
light meal
colloquial
informal conversation speech
comely
attractive agreeable
comestible
something fit to be eaten
comeuppance
rebuke; deserts
comity
courtesy; civility
commiserate
feel or express pity for something
commodious
spacious and comfortable
compendium
brief comprehensive summary
complicity
involvement in a crime
comport
bear one's self behave
compunction
remorse
concave
hollow
concentric
having a common center
concerted
mutually agreed on
conciliatory
reconciling; soothing; coniliatory words
conclave
private meeting
concomitant
that which accompanies somethign usually to a lesser to degree
condign
appropriate; deserved as in punishment
conduit
aqueduct; passageway for water
conflagration
great fire
conflate
meld or fuse; confuse
confluence
flowing together; crowd; coming together of two rivers
congenital
existing at birth