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abate
v. to reduce in amount
syn.- subside, lessen
ant. - increase
aberrant
adj. deviating from ordinary
syn. abnormal
ant. normal
abeyance
n. a suspended action
syn. remission
ant. action, activity
abscond
v. to depart secretly and hide
syn. leave, sneak away
ant. remain
abstemious
adj. restraining behavior or appetite
syn. self-denying
ant. greedy
admonish
v. to warn, strongly criticize
syn. rebuke
ant. commend
adulterate
v. to alter by adding inferior material
syn. contaminate
ant. purify
aesthetic
adj. artistic
syn. creative
ant. ugly
aggregate
v. to gather
syn. accumulate
ant. disperse
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness
syn. eagerness
ant. indifference
anachronism
n. error in time placement
syn. metachronism, misdate
ant. none
analogous
adj. similar (but of different origin)
syn. comparable
ant. disagreeing
antipathy
n. strong dislike
syn. aversion
ant. admiration
apathy
n. lack of caring
syn. disinterest
ant. concern
appease
v. to pacify
syn. soothe
ant. upset
apprise
v. to tell
syn. inform
ant. hold back
approbation
n. approval, praise
syn. permission, recognition
ant. criticism
arduous
adj. strenuous
syn. hard
ant. easy
artless
adj. simple
syn. natural
ant. complicated
ascetic
adj. self-denying
syn. abstemious
ant. greedy
assuage
v. to soothe relieve
syn. appease
ant. upset
attenuate
v. to weaken or lessen
syn. disable, abate
ant. strengthen
audacious
adj. daring
syn. bold, reckless
ant. cautious
austere
adj. severe in manner, restraining
syn. ascetic
ant. meek, gentle
autonomous
adj. self-governing
syn. independent
ant. subject, dependent
aver
v. to declare the truth of something
syn. affirm, attest
ant. deny
banal
adj. commonplace
syn. trite, bland
ant. new, original
belie
v. to disprove
syn. contradict
ant. prove
beneficent
adj. philanthropic
syn. kind
ant.malicious
bolster
v. to support
syn. reinforce
ant. hinder, undermine
bombastic
adj. pompous; using inflated language
syn. grandiose, wordy
ant. humble, reserved
boorish
adj. crude
syn. insensitive, rude
ant. charming
burgeon
v. to grow forth
syn. bloom, sprout
ant. shrink
burnish
v. to make shiny by rubbing
syn. polish
ant. dull, tarnish
buttress
v. to support
syn. bolster
ant. weaken
cacophonous
adj. not in harmony
syn. discordant
ant. quiet
capricious
adj. given to sudden behavior change
syn. unpredictable
ant. determined
castigation
n. punishment;
syn. penalty
ant. praise
catalyst
n. something which incites activity
syn. stimulant
ant. blockage
caustic
adj. burning, corrosive
syn. abrasive
ant. mild
chicaner
n. deception
syn. trickery
ant. honesty
coagulate
v. to change from liquid to a thickened mass
syn. clot
ant. dilute
coda
n. concluding section of a musical or literary composition
syn. epilogue
ant. introduction
cogent
adj. convincing
syn. effective
ant. invalid
commensurate
adj. corresponding in extent, degree, amount
syn. proportionate
ant. unfitting
compendium
v. to summarize
syn. sum up
ant. expansion