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Baconian
Of or pertaining to Lord Bacon or his system of philosophy.
badger
To pester.
baffle
To foil or frustrate.
bailiff
An officer of court having custody of prisoners under arraignment.
baize
A single-colored napped woolen fabric used for table-covers, curtains, etc.
bale
A large package prepared for transportation or storage.
abacus
frame with balls for calculating 
abate
to lessen to subside 
abdication
giving up control authority 
aberration
straying away from what is normal 
abet
help/encourage smb (in doing wrong) 
abeyance
suspended action 
abhor
to hate to detest 
abide
be faithful to endure 
abjure
promise or swear to give up 
abraded
rubbed off worn away by friction 
abrogate
repeal or annul by authority 
abscond
to go away suddenly (to avoid arrest) 
abstruse
difficult to comprehend obscure 
abut
border on 
abysmal
bottomless extreme 
acarpous
effete no longer fertile worn out 
acclaimed
welcomed with shouts and approval 
accolade
praise approval 
accretion
the growing of separate things into one 
adamant
kind of stone inflexible 
admonitory
containing warning 
adorn
add beauty decorate 
adulteration
making unpure poorer in quality 
affable
polite and friendly 
affinity
close connection relationship 
aggravate
make worse irritate 
agile
active quick-moving 
agog
eager/excited 
ail
trouble be ill 
alacrity
eager and cheerful readiness 
alcove
recess/partially enclosed place 
allegiance
duty support loyalty 
alleviate
make (pain) easier to bear 
alloy
to debase by mixing with something inferior 
aloof
reserved indifferent 
amalgamate
mix combine unite societies 
ambidextrous
able to use the left hand or the right equally well 
ambiguous
doubtful uncertain 
ambivalent
having both of two contrary meanings 
ameliorate
improve make better 
amortize
end (a debt) by setting aside money 
anguish
severe suffering 
animosity
strong dislike 
antidote
medicine used against a poison or a disease 
antithetical
direct opposing 
apartheid
brutal racial discrimination 
aplomb
self-confidence 
apostate
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions 
apotheosis
deification glorification to godliness 
appease
make quiet or calm 
apprehensive
grasping understanding fear unhappy feeling about future 
apprise
give notice to inform 
approbation
approval 
apropos
appropriate to the situation apt 
apt
well-suited quick-witted 
arabesque
a complex ornate design 
arboreal
of connected with trees 
ardor
enthusiasm 
arduous
steep difficult ascent laborious 
argot
jargon slang 
arrant
in the highest degree 
arrogance
proud superior manner of behaviour 
articulate
speak distinctly connect by joints 
ascend
go or come up 
ascertain
get to know 
ascetic
practicing self-denial austere stark 
ascribe
consider to be the origin of or belonging to 
aseptic
surgically clean 
asperity
roughness harshness ill temper irritability 
aspersion
slander 
assail
with attack violently 
assiduous
diligent hard-working sedulous 
assuage
make smth (pain desire) less 
asterisk
the mark * (e.g.. omitted letters) 
astringent
substance that shrinks 
astute
clever quick at seeing to get an advantage 
atonement
repayment death of Jesus 
attenuate
make thin. weaken enervate 
attune
bring into harmony 
audacious
daring foolishly bold impudent 
augury
omen sign 
august
majestic venerable 
auspicious
favorable successful prosperous 
austere
severely moral and strict simple and plain 
auxiliary
helping supporting 
aver
affirm assert prove justify 
aversion
strong dislike 
avid
eager greedy 
avow
admit. Declare openly 
baleful
harmful ominous causing evil 
balk
obstacle purposely to get on the way of 
baneful
causing harm or ruin pernicious destructive 
barrage
artificial obstacle built across a river 
barren
not good enough unable to have young ones without value 
bask
in enjoy warmth and light 
beatify
to bless make happy or ascribe a virtue to 
bedizen
to adorn especially in a cheap showy manner 
belabor
beat hard 
bellicose
belligerent pugnacious warlike 
belligerent
(person nation) waging war 
benefactor
person who has given help 
benevolence
wish or activity in doing good 
benign
kind and gentle mild (climate) 
bequest
arrangement to give smth at death 
berate
scold sharply 
bereft
rob or dispossess of smth (material) 
bewilder
puzzle confuse 
bigot
stubborn narrow-minded person 
bilge
bulge the protuberance of a cask 
blandishment
flattery coaxing 
blandness
polite manner comforting uninteresting 
blatant
noisy and rough 
blithe
cheerful casual carefree 
bogus
sham counterfeit not genuine 
boisterous
loud noisy rough lacking restraint