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abase
to disgrace, humble
abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
aberrant
deviating from what is normal or expected
abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
abjure
to reject; abandon formally
abscond
to leave secretly
abstain
to choose not to do something
abstemious
moderate in appetite
abyss
an extremely deep hole
accretion
a growth in size; an increase in amount
acidulous
sour in taste or manner
acme
highest point; summit; the highest level or degree attainable
adulterate
to make impure
advocate
to speak in favor of
aerie
a nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded dwelling
aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
affected
phony, artificial
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
alacrity
promptness, cheerful readiness
alleviate
to ease, to make more bearable
amalgamation
a merger, a uniting of elements
ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain, can be interpreted in several ways
ameliorate
to make better; to improve
amortize
to diminish by installment payments
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
anachronism
something out of place in time
analgesia
a lessening of pain without loss of consciousness
analogous
similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
anomoly
deviation from what is normal
antagonize
to annoy or provoke to anger
antipathy
extreme dislike
apathy
lack of interest or emotion
apocryphal
of questionable authority or authenticity
apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
approbation
approval and praise
arbitrary
determined by chance or impulse
arbitrate
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
archaic
ancient, old-fashioned
ardor
intense and passionate feeling
arrogate
to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right
articulate
able to speak clearly and expressively
assail
to attack, assault
assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
audacious
fearless and daring
augury
prophecy; prediction of events
august
dignified, grandoise
austere
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
axiom
premise; postulate; self-evident truth
banal
predictable; cliched, boring
belfry
belltower; room in which a bell is hung
bevy
group
bifuricate
divide into two parts
bilk
to cheat, defraud
blight
to afflict; to destroy
blithe
joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought
bolster
to support; to prop up
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
bonhomie
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
boor
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
burgeon
to grow and flourish
burnish
to polish
cabal
a secret group seeking to overturn something
cacophony
harsh, jarring noise
calumny
a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation
canard
a lie
candid
impartial and honest in speech
capricious
changing one's mind quickly and often
cartography
science or art of making maps
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
catalyst
something that brings about a change in something else
catholic
universal; broad and comprehensive
caustic
biting in wit
chaos
great disorder or confused situation
chauvinist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
circumspect
cautious, aware of potential consequences
cloying
sickly sweet; excessive
coalesce
to grow together to form a single whole
coffer
strongbox; large chest for money
cogent
convincing and well-reasoned
collusion
collaboration, complicity, conspiracy
condone
to overlook, to pardon, to disregard
connoisseur
a person with expert knowledge or discriminating tastes
contrite
deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong
contumacious
rebellious
convoluted
intricate and complicated
corroborate
to support with evidence
cosset
to pamper, to treat with great care
coterie
an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose
craven
lacking courage
credulous
too trusting; gullible
crescendo
steadily increasing in volume or force
cupidity
greed; strong desire
curmudgeon
cranky person, usually old