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Abase v.
lower, degrade, humiliate
1. The servant expexted to have courtsy to his master, but refused to abse himself.

2. Base - Ground
Abash v.
Embarrass
1. He was not at all abashed by her open admiration

2. Bash - To Hit, insult
Abate v.
Subside, Moderate
1. Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to abate.
Abbreviate v.
Shorten
1. Because we were running out of time, the lecturer
Abdicate v.
Renounce, give up
1. When Edward VIII abdicated the British throne, he surprised the entire world
Abate
Subside
Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to abate
Aberrant
Abnormal
Given the abberant nature of the data, we came to doubt the validity of the experiment
Abeyance
Suspended Action
The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival
Abscond
Depart secretly and hide
The teller absconded with the bonds and was not found
Abstemious
Sparing in eating and drinking
Concerned whether her vegetarian son's abstemious diet provided with sufficient protien, the worried mother pressed food on him
Admonish
Warn
He admonished his listeners to change their wicked ways
Adulterate
To make impure by adding inferior substances
It is a crime to adulterate foods without informing the buyer
Aesthetic
Capable of appreciating the beautiful
The beauty of Tiffany's stained glass appealed to alice's aesthetic sense
Aggregate
Sum
The aggregate wealth of this country is staggering to imagination
Alacrity
Cheerful Promptness
He showed alacrity in executing the orders of his master
Alleviate
Relieve
This should alleviate the pain; of it does not, we shall have to use stronger drugs
Amalgamate
Unite in one body
The unions will attempt to amalgamate their groups into one national body
Ambiguous
Unclear or doubtful in meaning
His ambiguous instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take
Ambivalence
the state of having conflicting emotional attitudes
Torn between loving her parents one minute and hating them the next, she was confused by the ambivalence of her feelings
Ameliorate
improve
Many social workers have attempted to ameliorate the conditions of people living in the slums
Anachronism
something or someone misplaced in time
Shakespeare's reference to clocks in julius ceasar is an anachronism no clocks existed in ceasar's time
Analogous
comparable
She called our attention to the things that had been done in an analogous situation and recommended that we do the same
Anarchy
absence of governing body
The assassination of the leaders led to a period of anarchy
Anomalous
Abnormal
He was placed in the anomalous position of seeming to approve procedures that he despised
Antipathy
aversion
His extreme anitpathy for dispute caused him to avoid argumentative discussions with his friends
Apathy
lack of caring
A firm believer in democratic government, she could not understand the apathy of people who never bothered to vote
Appease
pacify
We have discovered that, when we try to appease our enemies, we encourage them to make additional demands
Apprised
inform
When he was apprised of the dangerous weather conditions, he decided to postpone his trip
Approbation
approval
Wanting her parent's regard, she looked for some sign of their approbation
Appropriate
acquire
The ranch owners appropriated the lands that had originally been set aside for the indian's use
Arduous
hard
Her arduous efforts had sapped her energy
Artless
without guile
The child's artlessness could be understood from the look in his eyes
Ascetic
practicing self- denial
The wealthy man could not understand the ascetic life led by the monks
Assiduous
diligent
It took him weeks of assiduous labour before he was satisfied with his protrait of his son
Assuage
ease
Your messages of cheer should assuage her sufferings
Attenuate
make thin
By withdrawing their forces, the generals hoped to attenuate the enemy lines
Audacious
daring
Audiences cheered as the prince made his audacious, death defying leap to freedom and escaped Darth Vader's troop
Austere
strict
His austere demeanor prevented us from engaging in our usual frivolous activities
Autonomous
self governing
This island is a colony, however in most matters it is autonomous and recieves no orders from the mother country
Aver
state confidently
I wish to aver that I am certain of success
Banal
hackneyed
His frequent use of cliches made his essay seem banal
Belie
contradict
His coarse, hard bitten exterior belied his innate sensitivity
Beneficient
kindly
The overgenerous philanthropist had to curb his beneficient impulses before he gave away all his money and left himself nothing
Bolster
support
The debators amassed file boxes full of evidence to bolster their arguments
Bombastic
pompous
Puffed with conceit, the orator spoke in such a bombastic manner that we longed to deflate him
Boorish
rude
Though mr. potnis constantly interrupted his wife, she ignored his boorish behaviour, for she had lost hope of teaching him country
Burgeon
grow forth
In the spring, plants that burgeon are a promise of the beauty that is to come
Burnish
make shiny by rubbing
The maid burnished the brass fixtures until they reflected the lamplight
Buttress
support
Debators buttress their arguments with facts
Cacophonous
discordant
The cacophonous sounds made during the tuning of orchestra are unbearable
Capricious
fickle
The storm was capricious and changed course constantly
Castigation
punishment
Ram could not bear castigation that she found in certain reviews
Catalyst
agent that brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged
Many chemical reactions cannot take place without the presence of a catalyst
Caustic
burning
The cirtic's caustic remarks angered the hapless actors who were the subjects of his sarcasm
Chicanery
trickery
Your deceitful tactics in this case are indications of chicanery
Coagulate
thicken
Even after you remove the pudding from the burner, it will continue to coagulate as it stands
Coda
concluding section of a musical or literary composition
The piece concluded with a distinctive coda that strikingly brought together various motifs
Cogent
convincing
She presented cogent arguments to the jury
Commensurate
equal in extent
Your reward will be commensurate with your effort
Compendium
brief
This text can serve as a compendium of the tremendous amount of new material being developed in this field
Complaisant
trying to please
The courtier obeyed the king's orders in a complaisant manner
Compliant
yielding
He was compliant and ready to go along with his friend's desires
Conciliatory
reconsiling
She was still angry despite his conciliatory words
Condone
overlook
Unlike Widow Douglass, who condoned Huck's minor offenses, Miss watson did nothing but scold
Confound
confuse
No mystery could confound sherlock holmes for long
Connoisseur
person competent to act as a judge of art etc;
She had developed into a connoisseur of fine china
Contention
claim
It is our contention that, if you follow our tactics, you will boost your score in GRE
Contentious
quarrelsome
We heard loud and contentious noises in the next room
Contrite
penitent
Her contrite tears did not influence the judge when he imposed sentence
Conundrum
riddle
During the long car ride, she invented conundrums to entertain the children
Converge
Come together
Marchers converged on washington for the great save the environment march
Convoluted
coiled around
His argument was so convoluted that few of us could follow it intelligently
Craven
cowardly
When he saw the enemy troops advancing, he had craven impulse to run for his life