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aberrant
adj. deviating from what is normal, anomolous

aberration (n.): something different from the usual/normal
adjective
abeyance
n. temporary suspension or suppression
noun
abject
adj. miderable, pitiful
adjective
abjure
v. to reject, abandon formally
verb
admonish
v. to caution or reprimand

The judge admonished the jury to discount testimony that had been ruled inadmissible.

The poet admonished the critic for failing to appreciate the suble changes in his poem's meter.
verb
affected
adj. pretentious, phony, fake
adj.
affinity
n. fondness, liking, similarity
noun
aggregate
adj. amounting to a whole

verb. to collect into a mass

noun. collective mass/sum

The final plan is an aggregate of ideas from everyone in the class.
adj./verb/noun
allay
v. to lessen/ease/soothe
verb
ambivalence
n. the state of having conflicting emotional attitudes
noun
ameliorate
v. to improve
verb
amenable
adj. agreeable; cooperative; suited
adj.
analogous
adj. comparable
adj.
anomalous
adj. irregular; deviating from the norm, aberrant
adj.
apogee
n. the point in an orbit most distant from the body being orbited; the highest point
noun
apothegm
n. a terse, witty saying
noun
apposite
adj. strikingly appropriate and relevant

The writer searched two dictionaries and a thesaurus before finding the perfectly apposite word he was looking for.
adj.
apprise
v. to inform
verb
approbation
n. praise; approval
noun
appropriate
v. to take possession for one's own use; confinscate
verb
apropos
adj. relevant
adj.
arduous
adj. extremely difficult; laborious
adj.
argot
n. a specialized vocabulary used by a group
n.
artless
adj. guileless; natural; free from cunning/deceit
adj.
asperity
n. severity; harshness; irratibility

Considering the two men had been such good friends for so long, we were surprised by the asperity of their attacks on each other
n.
aspersion
n. slander; false rumor

The report in the newspaper cast apersion on the candidate.
noun
assiduous
adj. diligent; hard-working
adj.
assuage
v. to make less severe
v
atavism
n. return of a trait after a period of absence
noun
attenuate
v. to weaken

Aspirin has the power to attenuate a fever.
verb
autonomous
adj. self governing; independent
adj.
avarice
n. greed
noun
aver
v. to affirm; declare to be true
verb
banal
adj. commonplace; trite

The writer has a gift for making even the most banal observation seem important and original.
adj.
bawdy
adj. obscene
adj
belie
v. to contradict; misrepresent; give a false impression

The boxer's childlike face belies the ferocity with which he can attack opponents in the ring
verb.
beneficent
adj. kindly; doing good

a benificent God
adj.
blandishment
n. flattery

the salesperson's blandishments
noun
bucolic
adj. characteristic of the countrysid; rustic; pastoral
adj.
cadge
v. to beg; to sponge

the out-of-work man cadging for money
verb
calumny
n. false and malicious accusation; slander; aspersion

The movie star sued the paper for printing calumny about him
noun
canard
n. a false/deliberately misleading story
noun
canon
n. an established principle; a basis or standard for judgement; a group of literary works
noun
cant
n. insincere talk; language of a particular group
noun
capricious
adj. fickle
adj.
captious
adj. faultfinding; intended to entrap, as in an arguement
adj.
cardinal
adj. of foremost importance
adj.
carnal
adj. of the flesh or body; related to physical appetites
adj.
castigation
n. punishment; chastisement; critisism
n.
categorical
adj. absolute; without exception

Although incest is categorically forbidden by every state...
adj.
caustic
adj. sarcastically biting; burning

The columnist's caustic comments on government policy did not win her any friends among gov't officials.
adj.
centrifugal
adj. moving away from a center

centrifugal force keeps you on the fair ride
adj.
centripetal
adj. moving or directed toward a center

gravity is a centripetal force
adj.
chasten
v. to correct by punishment or reproof; to restrain or subdue
verb
chicanery
n. trickery; fraud
noun
cloister
v. to confine; seclude
verb
coalesce
v. to cause to become one
v.
commensurate
adj. proportional
adj.
compendium
n. brief, comprehensive summary
noun
complacent
adj. self-satisfied
adj.
complaisant
adj. overly polite; willing to please; obliging
adj.
complement
n. something that completes or makes up a whole
noun
coda
n. something that summarizes or concludes; concluding part of a literary or musical composition;
noun
compunction
n. uneasiness caused by guilt
noun
conciliatory
adj. overcoming distrust or hostility

a conciliatory attempt to appologize
adj.
concomitant
adj. existing concurrently
adj.
congenial
adj. similar in tastes and habits; friendly; suited to

The dating service matches men and women with congenial interests.
adj.
conjugal
adj. pertaining to marriage agreement
adj.