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ABASE
TO HUMBLE OR DISGRACE
ABJURE
PROMISE OR SWEAR TO GIVE UP
ABNEGATE
TO DENY OR RENOUNCE
ABROGATE
TO REPEAL, AS IN A LAW; TO ANNUL SOMETHING THROUGH AN AUTHORITATIVE ACT
ACCLIVITY
UPWARDS SLOPE
ACARPOUS
HAVING NO FRUIT, NO LONGER FERTILE, WORN OUT
ACTUATE
MOTIVATE
ADJURATION
SOLEMN URGING ”Her adjuration to tell the truth did not change the witnesses' testimony.”
ADJUTANT
STAFF OFFICER ASSISTING THE COMMANDER; ASSISTANT ”Though he delegated many tasks to his chief adjutant, Somerset, Somerset was in no doubt as to who made all major decisions.”
ADVENTITIOUS
ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL ”He found this adventitious meeting with his friend extremely fortunate.”
ADVERT
REFER TO
AFFIDAVIT
WRITTEN STATEMENT MADE UNDER OATH
AGGRIEVE
TO AFFLICT OR DISTRESS
AGOG
HIGHLY EXCITED AND INTENSELY CURIOUS
AMNESTY
PARDON
ANIMADVERSION
CRITICAL REMARK ”He resented the animadversions of his critics, particularly because he realized they were true.”
AMITY:
FRIENDSHIP
ANIMOSITY
ACTIVE ENMITY
ANIMUS
HOSTILE FEELING OR INTENT
ANNUITY
YEARLY ALLOWANCE
APACE
DONE QUICKLY
APHELION
THE PART IN A PLANET’S ORBIT THAT IS FARTHEST FROM THE SUN
APOPLEXY
STROKE; LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS CAUSED BY TOO MUCH BLOOD IN THE BRAIN
APOTHEOSIS
BEST OR MOST PERFECT EXAMPLE.(OR GLORIFICATION LIKE OF A MORTAL TO GOD STATUS)
“Their leader was the apotheosis of courage.”
APPELLATION
NAME; TITLE
APPRISE
INFORM
APPREHEND
ARREST OR COMPREHEND
APPROBATION
APPROVAL
APROPOS
WITH REFERENCE TO; REGARDING ”I find your remarks apropos of the present situation pertinent.”
ARCADE
A COVERED PASSAGEWAY, USUALLY LINED WITH SHOPS
ARRAIGN
CHARGE IN COURT; INDICT
ARRANT
IN EVERY WAY, IMPUDENT , BEING COMPLETELY SUCH “AN ERRANT LIAR”
ARROGATE
TO ASSUME, OR CLAIM AS ONE'S OWN; TO TAKE OVER WITHOUT DUE CAUSE..
“to make undue claims to, from vanity or baseless pretensions to right or merit; as, the pope arrogated dominion over kings.”
ASCENDANCY
CONTROLLING INFLUENCE “President Marcos failed to maintain his ascendency over Philippines"
ASCETIC
PRACTICING SELF-DENIAL; AUSTERE
ASCEPTIC
PREVENTING INFECTION; HAVING A CLEANSING EFFECT
ASSENT
TO AGREE
ASSONANCE
RESEMBLENCE IN SOUND, PARTIAL RHYME
ASUNDER
TEAR INTO PARTS
AVUNCULAR
LIKE AN UNCLE, KINDLY
BACCHANAL
NOISY PARTY WITH A LOT OF DRINKING
BADINAGE
TEASING CONVERSATION; BANTER; JOKING TALK
BALK
FOIL
To stop short and refuse to go on: The horse balked at the jump.
To refuse obstinately or abruptly: She balked at the very idea of compromise.
BANAL
HACKNEYED; COMMONPLACE; TRITE; LACKING ORIGINALITY; CLICHÉD
BARRAGE
BARRIER LAID DOWN BY ARTILLERY FIRE; OVERWHELMING PROFUSION
BARRISTER
COUNSELOR-AT-LAW
BEDIZEN
DRESS WITH VULGAR FINERY ”The witch doctors were bedizened in theiR gaudiest costumes.”
BEDRAGGLE
WET THOUROUGHLY
BELEAGUER
TO HARASS, PLAGUE
BENIGHTED
UNENLIGHTENED
BENISON
BLESSING
BETOKEN
TO INDICATE, SIGNIFY, GIVE EVIDENCE OF
BEVY
LARGE GROUP
BICAMERAL
TWO-CHAMBERED, AS A LEGISLATIVE BODY
BILLET
BOARD AND LODGING FOR TROOPS
BILK
FRUSTRATE OR DISAPPOINT; TO DECEIVE OR DEFRAUD..
BIVOUAC
TEMPORARY ENCAMPMENT
BLANDISH
TO COAX WITH FLATTERY
BLOWHARD
TALKATIVE BOASTER
BLUSTER
BOAST OR MAKE THREATS LOUDLY
BOMBAST
POMPOUS, INFLATED LANGUAGE
BONHOMIE
GOOD-NATURED GENIALITY, ATMOSPHERE OF GOOD CHEER
BROCADE
RICH, FIGURED FABRIC
BROMIDE
A DULL PERSON OR IDEA
BROOK
TO ENDURE
BROWBEAT
BULLY; INTIMIDATE
BURNISH
TO POLISH
BYZANTINE
LABRYNTHINE, COMPLEX
BURSAR
TREASURER
BELIE
TO MISREPRESENT OR TO EXPOSE AS FALSE (ANT: CORROBORATE)
CADGE
TO BEG, TO GET BY BEGGIN
CALUMNIATE
TO SLANDER, PRESENT FALSE ACCUSAL
CALUMNY
SLANDER,MALICIOUS MISREPRESENTATION
CANARD
UNFOUNDED RUMOR OR LIE
CANT
INSINCERE TALK/JARGON (OR TO RAISE AT AN ANGLE)
CANTATA
STORY SET TO MUSIC, TO BE SUNG BY A CHORUS
CANVASS
DISCUSS THOROUGHLY; SORT OF TOUTING
CAPACIOUS
SPACIOUS
CAROM
TO STRIKE AND REBOUND
CATECHISM
BOOK FOR RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION; INSTRUCTION BY QUESTION AND ANSWER
CATEGORICAL
WITHOUT EXCEPTIONS; UNQUALIFIED; ABSOLUTE
CAUCUS
A SMALLER GROUP IN AN ORGANIZATION, A MEETING OF THEM
CAVIL
MAKE FRIVOLOUS OBJECTIONS
CHAFFING
BANTERING, JOKING
CHATTEL
PIECE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY
CHOLERIC
HOT-TEMPERED
CHORTLE
TO CHUCKLE
CIPHER
NONENTITY; WORTHLESS PERSON OR THING
CISTERN
TANK FOR RAINWATER
CLEMENT
MILD
CLOTURE
CLOSING, DEVICE (IN PARLIAMENT) TO END A DEBATE BY VOTING
CODICIL
SUPPLEMENT TO THE BODY OF A WILL
COEVAL
OF THE SAME PERIOD, COEXISTING
COFFER
STRONGBOX, CHEST FOR MONEY
COGNOMEN
FAMILY NAME OR NICKNAME
COIFFURE
HAIRSTYLE
COMITY
COURTESY; CIVILITY “A spirit of comity should exist among nations.”
COMMENSURATE
MATCHING, CORRESPONDING, OR PROPORTIONATE
COMMUTE
TO CHANGE A PENALTY TO A LESS SEVERE ONE
COMPENDIOUS
SUMMARIZING COMPLETEY AND BRIEFLY
COMPENSATORY
MAKING UP FOR; REPAYING
COMPORT
BEAR ONE'S SELF; BEHAVE
CONCATENATE
LINK AS IN A CHAIN
CONCERTED
MUTUALLY AGREED ON, DONE TOGETHER
CONCILIATORY
OVERCOMING DISTRUST OR HOSTILITY
CONDIGN
ADEQUATE; DESERVEDLY SEVERE ”The public approved the condign punishment for the crime.”
CONGENITAL
EXISTING AT BIRTH
CONNIVANCE
THE ACT OF CONNIVING; KNOWLEDGE OF AND CONSENT TO WRONGDOING
CONNUBIAL
PERTAINING TO MARRIAGE
CONSEQUENTIAL
POMPOUS, SELF IMPORTANT
CONSONANCE
HARMONY; AGREEMENT ”Her agitation seemed out of consonance with her usual calm.”
CONSTRUE
TO EXPLAIN OR INTERPRET
CONTENTIOUS
ARGUEMENTATIVE, CAUSING CONTROVERSY
CONTINENCE
SELF-CONTROL OR SELF-RESTRAINT
CONTUMACIOUS
DISOBEDIENT; RESISTING AUTHORITY ”The contumacious mob shouted defiantly at the police.”
CONVIVIAL
FESTIVE; GAY; CHARACTERIZED BY JOVIALITY
COTERIE
GROUP THAT MEETS SOCIALLY; SELECT CIRCLE
COUNTENANCE
TO APPROVE OF OR TOLERATE
COUNTERMAND
TO NEGATE, NULLIFY, OR CANCEL BY A CONTRARY ORDER OR ACTION..
COZEN
TO DECEIVE. BEGUILE, HOODWINK
CRAVAT
PIECE OF LINEN WORN AS A NECKTIE
CREDULOUS
GULLIBLE
CROTCHETY
ECCENTRIC; WHIMSICAL
CULL
PICK OUT; REJECT ”Every month the farmer culls the nonplaying hens and sells them to the local butcher.”
CULVERT
ARTIFICIAL CHANNEL FOR WATER
CUR
A BASE OR COWARDLY PERSON, AN INFERIOR MONGREL
CURMUDGEON
CRANKY PERSON
CYNOSURE
A PERSON OR THING THAT IS AT THE CENTER OF ATTENTION..“The young queen, the cynosure of all eyes”
DEBAUCH
TO CORRUPT, SEDUCE FROM VIRTUE OR DUTY, INDULGE
DECOLLETE
HAVING A LOW-CUT NECKLINE
DEFROCK
TO STRIP A PRIEST OR MINISTER OF CHURCH AUTHORITY
DEMAGOGUE
SOMEONE WHO APPEALS TO THE PREJUDICES AND EMOTIONS OF THE PEOPLE IN AN ATTEMPT TO GAIN POWER.. “A consummate demagogue, [Joseph] McCarthy played upon cold war emotions and made charges so fantastic that frightened people believed the worst.”
DEMUR
TO QUESTION OR OPPOSE
DESUETUDE
CESSATION OF USE; DISUSE
DENIGRATE
TO SULLY, BELITTLE, DEFAME
DENUDE
TO MAKE BARE
DEPRECATE
TO DISPARAGE OR BELITTLE
DETRACTION
SLANDERING, VERBAL ATTACK, ASPERSION
DETUMESCENCE
DIMINISHING OR LESSENING OF SWELLING
DIE
DEVICE FOR STAMPING OR IMPRESSING; MOLD
DISAPPROBATION
DISAPPROVAL; CONDEMNATION
DISCOMFIT
TO DEFEAT OR PUT DOWN (NOW MEANS EMBARRASS OR MAKE UNCOMFORTABLE)
DISCRETIONARY
SUBJECT TO ONE’S OWN JUDGEMENT
DISINTER
DIG UP FROM THE EARTH
DISINTERESTED
FREE FROM SELF-INTEREST, UNBIASED
DISPARAGE
TO BELITTLE
DISPORT
AMUSE ”The popularity of Florida as a winter resort is constantly increasing; each year, thousands more disport themselves at Miami and Palm Beach.”
DISPUTATIOUS
ARGUMENTATIVE; FOND OF ARGUMENT
DISSIPATE
TO SCATTER, PURSUE PLEASURE TO EXCESS
DISSOLUTION
DISINTEGRATION, LOOSENESS IN MORALS
DISSEMBLE
TO CONCEAL THE TRUTH
DISTAFF
THE FEMALE BRANCH OF A FAMILY (OPP.= AGNATE), A DEVICE TO SPIN YARN
DISTRAIT
ABSENTMINDED, DISTRACTED
DITHER
TO MOVE OR ACT CONFUSEDLY OR WITHOUT CLEAR PURPOSE
DIURNAL
DAILY
DIVESTITURE
TAKING OFF, GETTING RID OF, GIVING UP
DIVISIVE
CREATING DISUNITY OR CONFLICT
DOCKET
PROGRAM AS FOR TRIAL; BOOK WHERE SUCH ENTRIES ARE MADE
DOGGEREL
POOR VERSE
DOTAGE
SENILITY (DOTARD IS A SENILE PERSON)
DOUGHTY
COURAGEOUS
DRIVEL
STUPID TALK, SLOBBER
DRONE
IDLE PERSON; MALE BEE
DUDGEON
ANGRY INDIGNATION “Higgins was so frustrated by such a basic error that he stormed out of the arena for the mid-session interval in high dudgeon.”
DYSPEPTIC
SUFFERING FROM INDIGESTION
ECUMENICAL
ENCOMPASSING A WIDE VARIETY OF FAITHS OR BELIEFS, OFTEN IN REFERENCE TO RELIGION.. (AFFECTED OR EXAGGERATED EARNESTNESS, ESPECIALLY IN CHOICE AND USE OF LANGUAGE.)
EDACIOUS
VORACIOUS, DEVOURING devouring or craving food in great quantities; "edacious vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"
EFFECTUAL
EFFICIENT
EFFETE
DEPLETED OF VITALITY, FORCE, OR EFFECTIVENESS; EXHAUSTED: the final, effete period of the baroque style. , MARKED BY SELF-INDULGENCE, TRIVIALITY, OR DECADENCE, OVERREFINED; EFFEMINATE.
NO LONGER PRODUCTIVE; INFERTILE.
EFFLUVIA
OUTFLOW IN A STREAM OF PARTICLES; A NOXIOUS ODOR OR VAPOR
ENCOMIUM
A STATEMENT OF HIGH, GLOWING, ENTHUSIASTIC PRAISE..
ENDEMIC
RESTRICTED TO A PARTICULAR REGION OR PEOPLE
ELEEMOSYNARY
PERTAINING TO CHARITY; CHARITABLE.
ENERVATE
WEAKEN
ENGENDER
TO GIVE RISE TO
ENJOIN
TO URGE OREDER OR COMMAND, FORBID OR PROHIBIT AS BY COURT ORDER
ENORMITY
EXCESSIVE WICKEDNESS
ENSIGN
FLAG, SIGN, TOKEN, EMBLEM
EPIGRAPH
QUOTE AT THE BIGINNING OF A LITERARY WORK
EPITHET
DISPARAGING WORD OR PHRASE
EQUABLE
STEADY, REGULAR
EQUANIMITY
COMPOSURE
EQUIPOISE
EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF WEIGHT; EQUILIBRIUM
EQUITY
FAIRNESS OR EQUALITY
EQUIVOCATE
DECEIVE BY EQUIVOCAL LANGUAGE, AVOID COMMITING ONESELF TO WHAT ONE SAYS
ERSATZ
FAKE
ESCHEW
AVOID
ESURIENT
HUNGRY, GREEDY
ETIOLOGY
THE STUDY OF CAUSES
EULOGISTIC
PRAISING
EULOGY
PRAISE, PANEGYRIC
EUPHONY
PLEASANT HARMONIOUS SOUND
EUPHONIOUS
PLEASANT IN SOUND
EURYTHMICS
ART OF HARMONIOUS BODILY MOVEMENT
EVINCE
TO SHOW CLEARLY
EXCORIATE
TO CRITICIZE SHARPLY
EXECRABLE
VERY BAD
EXEGESIS
AN ELABORATION OR EXPLANATION OF A PASSAGE OR ARTICLE..
EXHORT
TO INCITE BY WORDS OR ADVICE; TO ANIMATE OR URGE BY ARGUMENTS. “He was constantly reminding us of our failures and exhorting us to do, and to be, better.”
EXIGUOUS
SMALL, MINUTE
EXPATIATE
TO ENLARGE OR ELABORATE UPON SOMETHING; TO GO ON IN GREAT DETAIL.. “Every day he would expatiate in great detail on the quality of the sandwiches”
EXPIATION
ATONEMENT, THE MAKING OF AMENDS..
EXPLODE
TO DEBUNK, DISPROVE
EXPONENT
ONE WHO CHAMPIONS OR ADVOCATES
EXPOUND
TO ELABORATE, EXPAND, OR INCREASE
EXSCIND
TO CUT OUT, TO CUT AWAY
EXTENUATE
TO LESSEN THE SERIOUSNESS OR STRENGTH OR EFFECT OF
EXTIRPATE
TO ERADICATE; ROOT OUT; DESTROY; EXTERMINATE..
EXTRICABLE
THAT CAN BE FREED
BUNGLER
To work or act ineptly or inefficiently
CRONYISM
Favoritism shown to old friends without regard for their qualifications, as in political appointments to office.
BUNGLER
To work or act ineptly or inefficiently