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enfranchise
admit to the rights of citizenship (especially the right to vote); CF. franchise
concede
admit; acknowledge as being true (often reluctantly); yield; grant; Ex. concede a goal
n espouse
adopt; support (an idea or aim); marry; N. espousal
embellish
adorn; ornament; enhance as a story (by adding fictitious details)
n promote
advance in rank; advance; help to flourish; advocate; help actively in forming; publicize or popularize; Ex. Milk promotes health; Ex. promote a match/bill; Ex. promote a new product
precocious
advanced in development; N. precocity
n benefit
advantage; anything that brings helpl, advantage, or profit; money provided by the government to the people; fund-raising public entertainment; Ex. unemployment benefit; V: receive benefits; be beneficial to; give benefits
n suffragist
advocate of the extension of voting rights (for women); CF. suffrage
n mannered
affected; not natural; Ex. mannered way of speech
n mincing
affectedly dainty(delicate); V. mince: cut (esp. meat) into very small pieces; walk with exaggerated primness; walk in an unnatural way, taking little short steps; Ex. The actor minced across the stage; CF. mincemeat; CF. mincer
grandiose
affectedly grand; pretentious; high-flown; ridiculously exaggerated; impressive; great in size or scope; grand; Ex. grandiose ideas
n gustatory
affecting or relating to the sense of taste
n posthumous
after death (as of child born after father's death or book published after author's death); coming or occurring after one's death; Ex. posthumous fame/novel
emissary
agent (sent on a mission to represent another); messenger
n catalyst
agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged; CF. catalysis
n polemical(polemic)
aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious (rather than simply expressing opinions)
n truculence
aggressiveness; ferocity; ADJ. truculent: aggressive; pugnacious; fierce
n ferment
agitation; commotion(noisy and excited activity); unrest (of a political kind); V. produce by fermentation; undergo fermentation; cause (a state of trouble)
n harrowing
agonizing; distressing; traumatic; V. harrow: break up and level (soil) with a harrow; inflict great distress on; agonize; N: farming machine to break up the earth
accede
agree
assent
agree; accept; N. assessment
n jibe
agree; be in harmony with; gibe
concur
agree; coincide; happen at the same time
amiable
agreeable; lovable; warmly friendly
n palatable
agreeable; pleasing to the taste
accord
agreement
s bargain
agreement between two groups or people; something for sale at a price advantageous to the buyer; V: negotiate; trade; Ex. bargaining power
compact
agreement; contract; ADJ: tightly packed; firm; brief; concise; Ex. compact statement
n dilettante
aimless follower of an art or a field of knowledge (not taking it seriously); amateur; dabbler; CF. delight
desultory
aimless; haphazard; digressing at random
attentive
alert and watchful; listening carefully; paying attention; considerate; thoughtful; politely helpful; Ex. attentive audience; Ex. He was attentive to the old lady; N. attentions: act of courtesy and consideration
purported
alleged; claimed; reputed or rumored; Ex. purported Satanists
omniscient
all-knowing
s permissive
allowing much freedom; lenient; Ex. permissive society
omnipotent
all-powerful; having unlimited power
n waylay
ambush; lie in wait for and attack
n rider
amendment or clause added to a legislative bill
licentious
amoral; lewd and lascivious; unrestrained
yield
amount produced; crop; income on investment; profit obtained from an investment; V: produce; give in; surrender
n disport
amuse; Ex. disport oneself; CF. divert
concession
an act of yielding; conceding; something conceded; point, right, etc. given unwillingly; privilege of maintaining a business in a certain place; Ex. oil concessions in the North sea; CF. concessionaire
alias
an assumed name esp. by a criminal (usually to mislead people); ADV. alias
anachronism
an error involving time in a story; something or someone misplaced in time; ADJ. anachronistic
dissection
analysis; cutting apart in order to examine
n assay
analyze (to discover what materials are present); evaluate (soil or ore)
progenitor
ancestor
n forebears(forbears)
ancestors
s pedigree
ancestry; lineage
papyrus
ancient paper made from stem of papyrus plant
n cherubic
angelic; innocent-looking; N. cherub; CF. seraph: winged angel of the highest order
indignation
anger at an injustice; Ex. righteous indignation; ADJ. indignant
wrath
anger; fury
s rake
angle of a slope; V: slant from the perpendicular
n irate
angry; CF. ire: anger; wrath
parasite
animal or plant living on another; toady; sycophant; CF. para-: beside
s ruminant
meditate, ponder; (of ruminants) to chew the cud
s totem
animal, plant, or natural object serving as a symbol of a clan or family; representation of this; Ex. totem pole
n gadfly
animal-biting fly; irritating person
fauna
animals of a period or region; CF. flora
n promulgate
announce; proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication
n enunciate
announce; proclaim; utter or speak, especially distinctly; pronounce clearly; articulate; Ex. This theory was first enunciated by him.
harass
annoy by repeated attacks
vex
annoy; distress
n gall
annoy; exasperate; chafe; N: skin sore caused by rubbing (as on the skin of a horse); exasperation
n chagrin
annoyance and disappointment; vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride)
irksome
annoying; tedious; V. irk: annoy
antediluvian
antiquated; extremely ancient
n archaic
antiquated; no longer used; belonging to the past; N.
n solicitous
anxious; worried; concerned; eager; Ex. solicitous to do something; N. solicitude
n perquisite(perk)
any gain above stipulated salary; Ex. perquisites such as free meals and a car
n canker
any ulcerous sore; ulcer; any evil; CF. cancer
s refuse
anything discarded or rejected as worthless; trash
n aloof
apart; not open in one's relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.
s siren
apparatus for making sounds; womanlike creature
gyroscope
apparatus used to maintain balance, ascertain direction, etc.
ostensible
apparent; appearing as such; professed(pretended); pretended; Ex. ostensible purpose of the expedition

NOTE: It is the reason that is expressed, declared or avowed.)
n loom
appear or take shape (usually in an enlarged, indistinct, or distorted form); Ex. The shadow of the gallows loomed threateningly. N: apparatus for making thread into cloth
n verisimilitude
appearance of truth; quality of appearing to be true or real; likelihood; Ex. verisimilitude of her performance as Lady Macbeth
n propitiate
appease; conciliate; make peaceful; ADJ. propitiatory
mitigate
appease; moderate; make or become less in force or intensity
acclaim
applaud; praise; greet with great approval; announce with great approval; Ex. The new drung has been acclaimed as the most important discoveries for years; N: strong expression of approval and praise
s lubricate
apply a lubricant to; N. lubricant: substance that reduces friction
accost
approach and speak first to a person
converge
approach; tend to meet; come together
apposite
appropriate; fitting
approbation
approval
ratify
approve formally; confirm; verify
sanction
approve; ratify; N: permission; penalty intended to enforce compliance
countenance
approve; support; tolerate; Ex. countenance his rude behavior; N: face; appearance
endorse
approve; support; write one's signature on the back of; N. endorsement; CF. dorsal
conduit
aqueduct; passageway for fluids
n fervent
ardent; zealous; hot
n fervid
ardent; zealous; hot
s parish
area in the care of a single priest and served by one main church
s callus
area of thick hard skin
n haggle
argue about prices (in an attempt to bargain)
disputatious
argumentative; fond of argument
stem_from
arise from; originate from
s militia
army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers
s battalion
army unit made up of four or more companies
n mellifluous
(of words or a voice) sweetly or smoothly flowing; melodious; having a pleasant tune
remunerative
(of work) compensating; rewarding; profitable; well-paid; V. remunerate: reward; pay (someone) for work or trouble
n wont
(the stated person's) habit or custom; habitual procedure; ADJ. wonted: customary
s sonnet
14-line poetic verse form with a fixed rhyme pattern
n scad
a great quantity; Ex. scads of clothes
n collation
a light meal; collating
carillon
a set of bells (often in a tower) capable of being played
n ventral
abdominal
n prescience
ability to foretell the future; knowledge of actions before they occur; ADJ. prescient
solvent
able to pay all debts; N. solvency
n protean
able to take on many forms; versatile; CF. Proteus: sea god to change his shape at will
ambulatory
able to walk
s dys-
abnormal; impaired
anomalous
abnormal; irregular
n distrait
absentminded; distracted
n précis
abstract; concise summing up of main points; concise summary of a text
recondite
abstruse; not easily understood; profound; secret
n scurrilous
abusive; obscene; indecent; Ex. scurrilous remark
n vituperative
abusive; scolding; V. vituperate: berate; scold; rail against abusively
n inured
accustomed; hardened; Ex. inured to the Alaskan cold; V. inure: make used to something undesirable; harden; CF. unfeeling
n wangle
achieve by cleverness or trick; wiggle out; fake; Ex. She tried to wangle an invitation to the party.
pantomime
acting without dialogue; V.
condign
adequate; (of punishment) severe and well deserved