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apprise
inform
she was apprised of the weather conditions
approbation
approval
she looked for her parents appropation
appropriate
acquire; take possession
the govt appropriated the land
artless
without guile; open and honest
his memoirs have an artless flavor
ascetic
self denial; austere
the monks lead an ascetic life
assiduous
diligent
assiduous labor
assuage
lessen pain; satify hunger; soothe anger
a pain that couldn't be assuaged
attenuate
weaken; make thin
attenuate the signal is to make it smaller
austere
stern; plain
an austere life
an austere building
aver
state confidently
i will aver that I will be successful
banal
not original; worn out cliches are banal
beneficent
kindly; good doing
burnish
polish
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
the plants burgeon
cacophonous
inharmonious; bad sounding
capricious
fickle; unpredictable
her capricious personality
castigation
punishment; critisicm
she couldn't bear the castigation
chicanery
trickery; deception
coda
concluding section of music piece
cogent
convincing
he had cogent reasons for going to Harvard
commensurate
equal in extent
the reward is commensurate with the effort
compendium
brief summary
this paragraph is a compendium of the paper
complaisant
trying to please/oblige
the jester tried to obey the king in a complaisant manner
conciliatory
reconciling; soothing
she was still angry despite his conciliatory words
contention
claim; thesis
it is our contention that bla bla bla
contentious
quarrelsome
the coach was contentious
contrite
penitent
her contrite tears
craven
cowardly
her craven refusal to go into the forest
default
failure to act
lose by default
default on a debt
denigrate
blacken
the writer made an attempt to denigrate my character
derivative
unoriginal; obtained from another source
her material was all derivative in nature
dessicate
dry up
dessicate beef/food before making beef jerky
desultory
aimless/haphazard/ digressing at random; casual
she had a desultory interest in her child's welfare
diatribe
bitter scolding/ invective
the lengthy diatribe delivered by his opponent
diffidence
shyness
her diffidence was out of place in the outgoing group
diffuse
wordy; rambling; spread out
diffuse novels are wordy and repetitive
dirge
lament with music
a lone bagpiper played the woeful dirge
disabuse
correct a false impression; undeceive
we tried to disabuse the kids of the nonsense they had been taught
discordant
not harmonious; conflicting
bad sounding bands are discordant