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abatence
to reduce in amount amount, degree, or intensity
aberrant
departing from the right, normal, or usual cause
abeyance
temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension
abscond
to depart in a sudden or secret manner
abstemious
sparing or moderate in eating or drinking
admonish
to caution, advise, or counsel against something
adulterate
to debase or make impure by adding inferior materials or elements
aesthetic
pertaining to a sense of the beautiful
aggregate
total, combined
alacrity
cheerful readiness
alleviate
to make easier to endure
amalgamate
to mix or merge so as to make a combination
ambiguous
open to or having several meanings or interpretaions
ambivalence
uncertainty or fluctuation
ameliorate
to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory
anachronism
something or someone that is not in correct historical or chronological order
analogous
corresponding to something in particular
anarchy
a state of society w/o government or law
anomalous
deviating from or inconsistent with the common order
antipathy
averson; natural, basic, or habitual repugnance
apathy
absence or supression of emotion, passion, or excitment
appease
to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, or calm
apprise
to give notice to, inform
approbation
approval, commendation
appropriate (v)
to set apart, autorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use
arduous
requiring great exertion, laborous
artless
free from deceit, cunning, or craftiness
ascetic
a person who dedicates their life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial for religous reasons
assiduous
constant, unremitting
assuage
to make milder or less severe
attenuate
to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value
audacious
extremely bold or daring
austere
severe in manner or apperance
autonomous
self-governing, independent
aver
to assert or affirm with confidence
banal
devoid of freshness or orginality
belie
to show to be false; contradict
beneficent
doing good or causing good to be done
bolster
a long, often cylindrical, cushion or pillow
bombastic
high-sounding; inflated; pretentious
boorish
unmannered; crude
burgeon
to grow or develop quickly; flourish
burnish
to polish (a surface) by friction
buttress
any external prop or support built to steady a structure
cacophonous
having a harsh or discordant sound
capricious
subject to, lead by, or indicitave of caprice or whim; erratic
castigation
criticisim or repremand
catalyst
a person or thing that precipitates an event

*chemsitry* a substance that causes or accelerates a reaction without being affected
caustic
capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue
chicanery
trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry
coagulate
to change from a fluid to a thickened mass
coda
a concluding section or part
cogent
convincing or believable by virtue of forcible, clear, or incisive presentation
commensurate
having the same measure; of equal extent or duration
compendium
a brief treatment or account of a subject
complaisant
inclined or disposed to please
compliant
obeying, obliging, or yielding
conciliatory
tending to concilitate (to overcome the distrust or anamosity of)
condone
to disreguard or overlook; to pardon or forgive
confound
to perplex or amaze; bewilder; confuse
connoisseur
a person who is especially compitent to pass critical judgements in an art, or in matters of taste
contention
a struggling together in opposition; competition; rivalary
contentious
tending to arguement or strife
contrite
caused by or showing sincere remorse
conundrum
a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or a play on words
converge
to tend to meet in a point or a line
convoluted
to coil up; form into a twisted shape
craven
cowardly
daunt
to overcome with fear; intimidate
decorum
dignified propriety of behavior, speech, dress
default
failure to act; inaction or neglect
deference
respectful submission or yeilding to the judgement, opinion, or will of another
delineate
to trace the outline of; sketch or trace in outline
denigrate
to speak demandingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner
deride
to laugh at in scorn or attempt
derivative
not original; secondary
desiccate
to dry thoroughly
desultory
lacking in consistency or visible order
deterrent
serving or tending to deter (to discourage or detain from acting or preceding)
diatribe
a bitter, sharply abusive annuciation, attack, or criticism
dichotomy
a division in two parts
diffidence
the quality or state of being diffident (lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness)
diffuse
to pour out and spread, as a fluid
digression
a passage or section that deviates from the central theme in speech or writing
dirge
a funeral song or tune
disabuse
to free (a person) from deception or error
discerning
showing good or outstanding judgement and understanding
discordant
being at variance; disagreeing
discredit
to injure the credit or reputation of; defame
discrepancy
difference; inconsistency
discrete
apart or detached from others; separate
disingenuous
lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity
disinterested
unbiased by personal interest or advantage
disjointed
having the joints or connections separated
dismiss
to direct (an assembly of persons) to disperse or go
disparage
to speak of or treat slightingly; belittle
disparate
distinct in kind; essentially different
dissemble
to give a false or misleading appearance to
disseminate
to scatter or spread widely, as though sowing seed
dissolution
the act or process of resolving or dissolving into parts or pieces