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to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
abate
As the hurricane's force *****, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.
to leave secretly
abscond
The patron ***** from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
to choose not to do something
abstain
During Lent, practicing Catholics ***** from eating meat.
an extremely deep hole
abyss
The submarine dove into the ***** to chart the previously unseen depths.
to make impure
adulterate
The restaurateur made his ketchup last longer by ***** it with water.
to speak in favor of
advocate
The vegetarian *** a diet containing no meat.
concerning the appreciation of beauty
aesthetic
Followers of the ****** Movement regarded the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of ast.
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
aggrandize
The supervisor sought to ****** himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
to make more bearable
alleviate
Taking aspirin helps to **** a headache.
to combine, to mix together
amalgamate
Giant Industries ***** with Mega Products to form Giant-Mega Products Incorporated.
doubtful or uncertain, able to be interpreted several ways
ambiguous

(ambiguity - the quality of being ambiguous)
cloudy, doubtful, dubious, equivocal, nebulous, indeterminate, obscure, unclear, vague
to make better, to improve
ameliorate
amend, better, improve, pacify, upgrade
something out of place in time
anachronism
archaism, incongruity
similar or alike in some way, equivalent to
analogous
alike, comparable, corresponding, equivalent, homogeneous, paralell, similar
deviation from what is normal
anomaly
aberrance, aberration, abnormality, deviance, deviation, irregularity, preternaturalness
to annoy or provoke to anger
antagonize
clash, conflict, incite, irritate, oppose, pester, provoke, vex
extreme dislike
antipathy
animosity, animus, antagonism, aversion, enmity, hostility, repellence
lack of interest or emotion
apathy
coolness, disinterest, disregard, impassivity, indifference, insensivility, lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, phlegm, stolidity, unconcern, unresponsiveness
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
arbitrate
adjudge, adjudicate, decide, determine, judge, moderate, referee, rule
ancient, old-fashioned
archaic
ancient, antediluvian, antique, bygone, dated, dowdy, fusty, obsolete, old-fashioned, outdated, outmoded, passe, prehistorix, stale, superannuated, superseded, vintage
intense and passionate feeling
ardor
devotion, enthusiasn, fervency, fervidity, fervidness, fervor, fire, passion, zeal, zealousness
able to speak clearly and expressively
articulate
eloquent, expressive, fluent, lucid, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken
to make something unpleasant less severe
assuage
allay, alleviate, appease, comfort, conciliate, ease, lighten, mitigate, mollify, pacify, palliate, placate, propitiate, relieve, soothe, sweeten
to reduce in force or degree, to weaken
attenuate
debilitate, devitalize, dilute, enervate, enfeeble, rarefy, sap, thin, undermine, undo, unnerve, water, weaken
fearless and daring
audacious
adventuresome, aggressive, assertive, bold, brave, courageous, daring, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, game, heroic, intrepid, mettlesome, plucky, stout, stouthearted
to reduce in force or degree, to weaken
attenuate
debilitate, devitalize, dilute, enervate, enfeeble, rarefy, sap, thin, undermine, undo, unnerve, water, weaken
fearless and daring
audacious
adventuresome, aggressive, assertive, bold, brave, courageous, daring, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, game, heroic, intrepid, mettlesome, plucky, stout, stouthearted, unafraid, undaunted, valiant, valorous, venturesome, venturous
severe or stern in appearance, undecorated
austere
bleak, dour, grim, hard, harsh, severe
predictable, cliched, boring
banal
bland, bromidic, cliched, commonplace, fatuous, hackneyed, innocuous, insipid, jejune, musty, platitudinous, prosaic, quotidian, shopworn, stale, stereotypic, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, vapid, worn-out
to support, to prop up
bolster
brace, buttress, prop, support, sustain, underpin, uphold
pompous in speech and manner
bombastic
bloated, declamatory, fustian, grandiloquent, grandiose, high-flown, magniloquent, orotund, pretentious, rhetorical, self-important
harsh, jarring noise
cacophony
discord, chaos, disharmony, noise, clamor, din
impartial and honest in speech
candid
direct, forthright, frank, honest, open, sincere, straight, straightforward, undisguised
changing one's mind quickly and often
capricious
arbitrary, chance changeable, erratic, fickle, inconstant, mercurial, random, whimsical, willful
to punish or criticize harshly
castigate
admonish, chastise, chide, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, scold, tax, upbraid
something that brings about a change in something else
catalyst
biting in wit
caustic
acerbic, biting, mordant, trenchant
great disorder or confusion
chaos
clutter, confusion, disarrangement, disarray, disorder, disorderliness, disorganization, jumble, mess, muddle, scramble, snarl, topsy-turviness, turmoil
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
chauvinist
partisan
deception by means of craft or guile
chicanery
artifice, conniving, craftiness, deception, deviousness, misrepresentation, pettifoggery, shadiness, sneakiness, sophistry, subterfuge, underhandedness
convincing and well reasoned
cogent
convincing, persuasive, solid, sound, telling, valid
to overlook, pardon, or disregard
condone
exculpate, excuse, pardon, remit
intricate and complicated
convoluted
byzantine, complex, wlaborate, intricate, knotty, labyrinthine, perplexing, tangled
to provise supporting evidence
corroborate
authenticate, back, bear out, buttress, confirm, substantiate, validate, verify