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abase
to humble, disgrace
abash
embarass
abiding
enduring, continuing
abject
miderable, pitiful
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny, renounce
abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
abstemious
moderate in appetite
accede
to express approval, agree to
accost
to approach and speak to someone
accretion
growth in size or amount
acidulous
sour in taste or manner
acme
highest point, summit
acuity
sharpness
acumen
sharpness of insight
admonish
to caution or reprimand
adroit
skillful, accomplished
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adventitious
accidental
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
affable
friendly, easy to approach
affected
pretentious, phony
aggrieve
to afflict, distress
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness
alchemy
medieval chemical philosophy based on the quest to turn metal into gold
algorithm
mechanical problem solving procedure
allusiveness
quality of making many indirect references
amalgam
mixture, combination, alloy
amend
to improve or correct flaws in
amulet
ornament worn as charm against evil
analgesia
a lessening of pain
anathema
ban, curse, something shunned or disliked
ancillary
accessory, subordinate
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
anoint
to apply oil, especially in a sacred rite
antecedent
coming before in place or time
antedate
dated prior to the actual occurance
antediluvian
third from last
anterior
preceding, previous, prior
apace
done quickly
aphasia
inability to speak or use words
aphelion
point in a planets orbit that it is farthest from the sun
aphorism
old saying or short pithy saying
aplomb
poise, confidence
apocryphal
not genuine, fictional
apostate
one who renounces religious faith
apostrophe
speech to the reader or someone not present
apothegm
a short instructive saying
apotheosis
glorification, glorified ideal
approbation
praise, official approval
arable
suitable for cultivation
arboreal
relating to trees, living in trees
arraign
to call to court to answer a charge
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
artless
open and honest
ascribe
to attribute to, assign
ashen
resembling ashes, deathly pale
asinine
lacking intelligence or judgement
askance
scornfully
asocial
unable or unwilling to interact socially
asperity
harshness, roughness
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report
assay
to analyze or estimate
assent
to express agreement
assiduous
dilligent, persistent, hardworking
assignation
appointment for lover's meeting, assignment
assonance
resemblance in sound, partial rhyme
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
asunder
into different parts
audit
formal examination of financial records
auditory
having to do with hearing
augury
prophesy, prediction of events
august
dignified, awe inspiring
auspicious
having favorable prospects
avarice
greed
avow
to state openly or declare
axiom
premise, self evident truth
balm
soothing healing influence
bane
something causing ruin, death
beatific
appearing to be saintly, angelic
beguile
to decieve, mislead, charm
beleaguer
to harass, plague
belie
to misrepresent, expose as false
bellicose
warlike, aggrssive
bemuse
confuse, stupefy
benighted
unenlightened
benison
blessing
betoken
to indicate, signify
bevy
group
billet
board and lodging for troops
blandish
to coax with flattery
blithe
joyful, cheerful, without thought
bonhomie
good natured geniality, good cheer
brigand
bandit, outlaw
bromide
dull or commonplace person or idea
buffet
to strike or hit
bulwark
defense wall
byway
back road
cabal
a secret group seeking to overturn something
callow
immature, lacking sophistication
calumny
false and mallicious acusation, misrepresentation, slader
canard
a lie
canny
smart, founded on common sense
canonize
to declare a person a saint
capacious
large, roomy, extensive
careen
to lean to one side
carom
to strike and rebound
carp
to find fault
catholic
universal, broad appeal
caucus
smaller group within an organization, a meeting of such a group
causality
cause and effect relationship
cavalcade
a procession
cavil
to raise trivial objections
celerity
quick moving or acting
censorious
severely critical
censure
to criticize or find fault with
cession
act of surrendering something
chagrin
shame, embarrasment, humiliation
champ
chew noisily
chary
watchful, cautious, shy
chattel
piece of personal property
cherubic
sweet, innocent, resembling a cherub angel
chide
to scold, express disapproval
choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
churlish
rude
circumlocution
roundabout, lengthy way of saying something
cleave
to split or separate, to stick, cling
clement
mild
cloying
indulging to excess
coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
cognate
related, similar
cognomen
family name, any name, especially a nickname
collateral
accompanying
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
colloquy
dialogue or conversation
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commodious
roomy, spacious
compendious
summarizing completely and briefly
complaisant
agreeable, friendly
compunctious
feeling guilty or having misgivings
compunction
feeling of uneasiness caused by guilt
concatenate
linked together
conciliatory
overcoming distruct or hostility
concomitant
accompanying something
conflagration
big, destructive fire
congenial
similar in tastes and habits
congenital
existing since birth
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
consanguineous
of the same origin, related by blood
consign
to commit, entrust
construe
to explain or interpret
consummate (adj)
accomplished, complete, perfect
consummate (v)
to complete, fulfill
contend
to battle, clash, compete
continence
self control, self restraint
contumacious
rebellious
contusion
bruise
convivial
sociable, fond of eating, drinking and people
convoke
to call together, summon
coquette
woman who flirts
corpulence
obesity, fatness
cosmography
science that deals with the nature of the universe
cosset
to pamper, treat with great care
coterie
small group of persons with a similar purpose
countenance (n)
facial expression, look of approval or support
countenance (v)
to favor or support
countermand
to annul, cancel, make a contrary order
countervail
to counteract, to exert foece against
covet
ro strongly desire something possessed by another
credence
acceptance of something as true or real
culpable
guilty, responsible for wrong
cupidity
greed
cygnet
young swan
debauch
to corrupt, seduce from virtue
debutante
young woman making a debut in society
decadence
decline or decay
decathlon
athletic contest with ten events
deciduous
losing leaves in fall, short-lived, temporary
declivity
downward slope
decorous
proper, tasteful, socially correct
deleterious
harmful,destructive, detrimental
demise
death
denunciation
public condemnation
depose
to remove from a high position, such as a throne
deprecate
to belittle, disparage
depreciate
to lose value gradually
derogate
to belittle, disparage
descry
to discover or reveal
desultory
at random, rambling, unmethodical
determinate
having defined limits, conclusive
diaphanous
allowing light through, delicate
dictum
authoritative statement, popular saying
didactic
excessively instructive
diffidence
lacking confidence
diffract
to cause to separate into different parts, especially light
disaffected
discontented and disloyal
disclaim
to deny, disavow
discomfit
to cause perplexity and embarassment
discompose
to disturb composure or serenity
disconsolate
unable to be consoled
discursive
wandering from topic to topic
disgorge
to vomit, discharge violently
dispirit
to dishearten, make dejected
dissemble
to pretend, disguise motives
dissimulate
to disguise or put on false appearance
dissipate
to scatter, to pursue pleasure to excess
dissociate
to separate, remove from association
distaff
the female branch of the family
distend
to swell inflate or bloat
diurnal
daily
divisive
creating disunity or conflict
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
doldrums
a period of depondency
doleful
sad, mournful
dotage
senile condition
dotard
senile old person
doughty
courageous
dudgeon
angry indignation
dulcet
pleasant sounding, soothing to the ear
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irratable
earthy
crude
ebullient
exhillerated, full of enthusiasm
edict
law, command, offical public order
edify
to instruct morally and spiritually
afface
to erase or make illegible
efficatious
effective
effluvia
outpouring of gas or vapors
effrontery
imprudent boldness, audacity
effulgent
brilliantly shining
effusive
expressing emotion without restraint
egregious
conspicuously bad
emend
to correct a text
emollient
having soothing qualities, esp. for skin
encipher
to translate a message into code
endogamous
marrying within a specific group due to law or custom
enjoin
to urge, order, command; forbid or prohibit, as by judicial order
ennui
boredom, lack of interest
ensconce
to settle comfortable into a place
enshroud
to cover , enclose
epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
epigram
short, witty saying or poem
epigraph
quotation at the beginning of a book
equanimity
calmness, composure
equivocal
ambiguous, open to two interpretations
ersatz
fake
esurient
hungry, greedy
evince
to show clearly, display
excoriate
to denounce
exculpate
to clear of blame or fault
exhort
to urge or incite by strong appeals
expatiate
to wander; to discuss or describe at length
exponent
one who champions or advocates
expurgate
to censor
extemporaneous
unrehearsed, spur of the moment
extenuate
to loosen the seriousness, strength or effect of
extrinsic
not inherent or essential
farcical
absurd, ludicris
fatuous
stupid, foolishly self satisfied
fealty
intense loyalty
feckless
ineffective, careless, irresponsible
felicitous
suitable, appropriate; well spoken
felicity
feeling great happiness
fey
otherworldly; doomed
fictive
fictional, imaginary
filial
appropriate for a child
fission
process of splitting into 2 parts
fixity
being fixed or stable
flurried
to become agitated or confused
fodder
raw material, feed for animals
foible
minor weakness or character flaw
foliate
to grow, sprout leaves
forbearance
patience, restraint, leniency
forensic
relating to legal proceedings
forfend
to prevent
forswear
to repudiate, renounce, disclaim, reject
fortnight
two weeks
founder
to fall helplessly, sink
fracas
noisy dispute
frond
leaf
fulminate
to explode with anger
fulsome
excessive, overdone
funereal
mournful, appropriate to a funeral
furtive
sevret, stealthy
gainsay
to deny
gall (v)
to exasperate and irritate
gall (n)
bitterness, careless nerve
gallant
fashionable young man
gambol
to dance or skip playfully
game
courageous
garner
to gather and store
glib
fluent in an insincere manner, offhand, casual
gnostic
having to do with knowledge
gossamer
something light, delicate or tenuous
grandiloquence
pompus talk, fancy but meaningless language
grevious
causing grief or sorrow; serious and distressing
gustatory
relating to sense of taste
hackneyed
worn out by over use
hallow
to make holy; treat as sacred
hapless
unfortunate, having bad luck
harangue
a pompous speech
hector
a bully, a braggart
hegemony
leadership, domination, usually by a country
hemicycle
semicircular form or structure
heterodox
unorthodox, not widely accepted
hew
to cut with an ax
hidebound
excessively rigid, dry and stiff
hoary
very old; whitish or gray from age
homonym
word identical in pronounciation but different in meaning
husband
to farm; manage carefully and thriftily
hutch
pen or coup for animals; shack, shanty
ignoble
dishonorable
ignominous
disgraceful and dishonorable
ilk
type or kind
illimitable
limitless
imbue
to infuse, dye, wet
immure
imprison
impassive
showing no emotion
impecunious
poor
imperative
essential
impolitic
unwise
importune
to ask repeatedly, beg
imprecation
curse
improvident
without planning or foresight, negligent
impugn
to call into question
incarnadine
blood-red in color
incipient
beginning to exist, in an initial stage
incisive
perceptive, penetrating
incorrigible
incapable of being corrected
inculcate
to teach, impress in the mind
inculpate
to blame
indefensible
inexcusable
indenture
bound to another by contract
indicative
showing or pointing out
indolent
habitually lazy
indomitable
fearless
inestimable
too great to be estimated
inexorable
inflexable
inglorious
shameful
ingratiate
to bring into good graces
inimical
hostile, unfriendly
iniquity
sin, evil act
injunction
command, order
inscrutable
impossible to understand
insentient
unfeeling
insolent
insulting and arrogant
insuperable
unconquerable
intemperate
not moderate
inter
bury
interdict
forbid
interlocutor
someone taking part in a dialogue
inernecine
deadly to both sides
interregnum
interval between reigns
intimation
clue
intractable
not easily managed
intramural
within an institution
intrepid
fearless
inure
to harden; accustom; become used to
invective
verbal abuse
inveigh
protest strongly
investiture
ceremony conferring authority
inveterate
confirmed
invidious
likely to provoke ill will
itinerant
wandering from place to place
jaundice
yellowish discoloration of the skin
jibe
to shift suddenly from one side to the other
jingoism
belligerent support of one's country
juggernaut
huge destructive force
jurisprudence
philosophy of law
kernel
innermost, essential part; seed grain, often in a shell
knell
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
kudos
fame, glory, honor
laceration
cut or wound
lachrymose
tearful
lambaste
disapprove angrily
languid
lacking energy
languor
listlessness
lapidary
relating to precious stones
larder
place where food is stored
lassitude
lethargy, sluggishness
legerdemain
trickery
lexicon
dictionary or list of words
libertine
one without moral restraint
libidinous
lustful
licentious
immoral
limpid
clear and simple
liniment
external pain relief liquid
lionize
to treat as a celebrity
lissome
easily flexed
lithe
graceful
low
moo
lugubrious
sorrowful
luscious
good tasting
machination
plot or scheme
macrobiotics
art of prolongin life through organic non meat
maelstrom
whirlpool; turmoil; agitated state
mainstay
chief support
maladroit
clumsy
malapropism
humorous misuse of a word
malediction
curse
malefactor
evil doer; culprit
manumission
release from slavery
martial
warlike
martinet
disciplinarian
matriculate
to enroll
matrilineal
tracing and ancestry through the mother not the father
maudlin
overly sentimental
mawkish
sickeningly sentimental
megalith
huge stone in prehistoric structure
managerie
various animals exhibited together
mandacious
dishonest
mendicant
beggar
meretricious
gaudy
mettle
courageousness
militate
work against
inatory
menacing
mirth
frivolity
missive
note or letter
mnemonic
relating to memory, assisting memory
molt
to shed
mordacious
caustic
mordant
sarcastic
mores
customs or manners
moribund
dying, decaying
mote
speck, particle
motley
many colored; composed of diverse parts
nadir`
lowest point
nascent
starting to develop
neologism
new word or expression
neonate
newborn child
nettle
to irritate
niggling
trifle, petty
noisome
stinking
novitiate
period of being a beginner
numismatics
coin collecting
obeisance
show of respect
objurgate
scold
obloquy
abusive language; ill repute
obsequy
funeral ceremony
ontology
dealing with existence
opalescent
iridescent, displaying colots
opprobrious
disgraceful
opulence
wealth
orotund
pompous
ossify
to turn to bone; to become rigid
ostensible
apparent
overture
musical introduction; proposal
overweening
arrogant