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aberrant
abnormal or deviant
abeyance
suspended action
abscission
cutting off
abstemious
sparing in eating or drinking
accede
agree
acclivity
sharp upslope of a hill
accoutre
equip
accretion
growth, increase
acerbity
bitterness of speech or conduct
acrophobia
fear of heights
actuarial
calculating
actuate
motivate
adjuration
solemn urging
adjutant
assistant
aegis
shield, defense
aerie
nest of bird of prey
aggregate
gather, accumulate
alacrity
cheerful promptness, eagerness
alimentary
supplying nourishment
amity
friendship
ancillary
aid or accessory
animadversion
critical remark
animus
hostile feeling or intent
anneal
reduce brittleness and improve toughness
anodyne
drug that relieves pain
antecede
precede
anthropoid
manlike
apiary
home for bees
apothegm
short pithy saying
apposite
appropriate
appurtenences
subordinate possessions
arable
fit for growing crops
argot
slang
arroyo
gully
artless
without guile
assay
analyze, evaluate
assidious
dilligent
astral
having to do with stars
atavism
resemblance to remote ancestors, a throwback
attenuate
to make thin or weaken
attrition
gradual decrease in numbers
aureole
sun's corona, a halo
badinage
cheerful banter
baleful
deadly
benison
blessing
betoken
signify, indicate
bilious
irritable, suffering from indigestion
biviouac
temporary encampment
blandishment
flattery
bowdlerize
expurgate, purge
brackish
slightly saline
brindled
tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
buffet
slap, batter, knock about
bugaboo
object of baseless terror
canard
unfounded rumor
cant
insincere expressions of piety
callow
youthful, immature
calorific
heat-producing
capacious
spacious
captious
faultfinding
carapace
shell of an animal, ie. turtle
carillion
bells capable of being played
carping
petty criticism
cavil
to make frivolous objections
celerity
speed
censorious
critical
cerebration
thought
chaff
worthless product of an endeavor
chary
cautious
chasten
discipline, punish
chimerical
fantastically improbable
chisel
to cheat or swindle
clangor
loud, resounding noise
cloying
sickeningly sweet
coda
concluding section of a musical composition
coeval
existing at the same time
comity
civility, courtesy
concatenate
to link together as a chain
concomitant
that which accompanies
condign
appropriately severe
connubial
conjugal, having to do with marriage
consanguinity
kinship
contumacious
disobedient, resisting authority
coterie
group that meets socially, select circle
craven
cowardly
craven
cowardly
cynosure
object of general attention
debonair
friendly, aiming to please
deciduous
falling off, as leaves
declivity
sharp downslope of a hill
default
failure to act
demagogue
person who appeals to prejudice
demotic
pertaining to the people
demur
object, hesitate
denizen
inhabitatn, resident
depredation
plundering, destruction
descry
catch sight of
desultory
aimless, haphazard
dialectical
relating to the art of debate
diffuse
wordy, rambling
dilatory
delaying, dilly-dallying
disabuse
to make right, correct a false impression
disgorge
surrender something
disingenuous
unnaive, sophisticated
disport
amuse
disquisition
formal systematic inquiry
doctrinaire
unable to compromise about points of doctrine
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion
effete
worn-out
effluvium
noxious smell
egregious
notorious, conspicuously bad
emendation
correction of errors
encomiastic
praising, eulogistic
encomium
high praise
endemic
prevailing among a specific group
enervate
weaken
enjoin
command, forbid, order
epaulet
ornament worn on shoulder
errant
wandering
eugenic
pertaining to improvement of race
evanescent
fleeting, vanishing
exchequer
treasury
exculpate
exonerate
execrable
very bad
execrate
curse, express abhorrence for
exegesis
explanation, especially of biblical passages
expatiate
talk at length
extirpate
root up, provoke
factious
inclined to form factions
fatuous
foolish, inane
febrile
feverish
fell
cruel, deadly
fetid
malodorous
fiat
command
flout
reject, mock
foment
stir-up, investigate
fractious
unruly
fructify
bear fruit
fulminate
thunder, explode
fulsome
disgustingly excessive
gambit
opening in chess wherein a piece is sacrificed
germane
pertinent
gouge
overcharge
grandiloquent
pompous, bombastic
harangue
long, passionate speech
guy
cable or chain attached to something that needs to be braced or steadied