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Abase
humble, disgrace
Abeyance
temporary suppression
Abject
miserable, pitiful
Abut
to touch
Accede
express approval
Accost
to approach and speak to someone
Acquiesce
to agree, comply quietly
Adjunct
something added
Adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
Adventitious
accidental
Aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
Affected
pretentious, phony
Affront
Aggrieve
to afflict, distress
Agrarian
relating to farming or rural matters
Allay
to lessen, ease, or soothe
Alliteration
repetition of the beginning sounds of words
Amortize
to diminish by installment payments
Angular
characterized by sharp angles, lean and gaunt
Anoint
to apply oil
Antedate
dated prior to the actual occurrence
Antediluvian
prehistoric, ancient, beyond measure
Antepenultimate
third from last
Anthropomorphic
attributing human qualities to non-humans
Antiquity
ancient times
Apace
done quickly
Aperture
an opening or hole
Aphasia
inability to speak or use words
Aphelion
point in a planet’s orbit that is farthest from the sun
Aphorism
short saying
Aplomb
poise, confidence
Apostate
one who renounces religious faith
Apocryphal
not genuine, fictional
Apothegm
a short, instructive saying
Append
to attach
Apprise
to give notice, to inform
Arbritrary
depending solely on individual will
Arboreal
relating to trees
Arcane
secret, obscure
Archipelago
large group of islands
Arrogate
to demand
Arsenal
ammunition storehouse
Ascribe
to attribute or assign
Ashen
resembling ashes
Asinine
lacking judgement
Askance
scornfully
Askew
crooked, tilted
Assail
to attack
Assent
express agreement
Assignation
appointment for lovers meeting
Assonance
resemblance of a sound
Asunder
into different parts
Atone
make amends for a wrong
Augury
prophecy
Autocrat
dictator
Avow
to state openly
Awry
crooked, askew, amiss
Balk
to refuse, shirk, prevent
Balm
soothing, healing
Bastion
fortification, stronghold
Bay
to bark
Belabor
to insist repeatedly or harp on
Beleaguer
to harass, plague
Belfry
bell tower
Belie
to misrepresent
Bellow
to roar, shout
Bemuse
to confuse
Benighted
unenlightened
Benison
blessing
Bequeath
to give or leave through will
Betoken
to indicate, signify
Bevy
group
Bifurcate
divide into two parts
Bilious
bad-natured
Bilk
to cheat
Billet
board and lodging for troops
Blanch
to pale, take the color out of
Blight
to afflict, destroy
Bluster
to boast
Bonhomie
good-natured geniality
Boon
blessing
Bourgeois
middle-class
Brazen
bold-shameless
Brigand
bandit
Bromide
a dull commonplace idea
Brusque
rough and abrupt in manner
Buffet
to strike, hit
Byway
a back road
Cabal
a secret group seeking to overturn
Cadence
rhythmic flow of poetry
Callous
think skinned- insensitive
Callow
immature, lacking sophistication
Canard
a lie
Canonize
to declare a person a saint
Canvass
to examine thoroughly
Capitulate
to submit completely, surrender
Careen
to lean to one side
Carom
to strike and rebound
Cast
copy, replica
Categorical
absolute, without exception
Catholic
universal
Caulk
to make watertight
Cavalcade
a procession
Cavalier
carefree, happy, without a lordly disdain
Cavil
to raise trivial objections
Cavort
to frolic, frisk
Celerity
quick moving or acting
Certitude
assurance, certainty
Cession
act of surrendering something
Chagrin
shame, embarrassment, humiliation
Champ
chew noisily
Chary
caution
Chattel
piece of personal property
Cheeky
lacking prudence or discretion
Chortle
to chuckle
Churlish
rude
Circumvent
to go around, avoid
Cistern
tank for rainwater
Citadel
fortress or stronghold
Cleave
to split
Clement
mild
Cloister
to confine
Coddle
to baby
Coffer
strongbox for money
Cognate
related, similar, akin
Cognomen
family name
Collateral
accompanying
Colloquy
dialogue
Collusion
collaboration
Comeliness
physical grace
Commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
Compendious
summarizing completely and briefly
Complacent
self-satisfied
Complicity
knowing partnership in wrongdoing
Compunctious
feeling guilty
Concerto
musical composition for orchestra and soloist
Concomitant
accompanying something
Conduit
tube, pipe
Conflagration
big, destructive fire
Confluence
meeting place
Congenial
similar in tastes and habits
Conglomerate
collected group of varied things
Conjugal
pertaining to marriage
Consanguineous
of the same origin
Consecrate
to declare sacred
Consign
to commit, entrust
Consonant
consistent with
Consummate
accomplished, perfect
Continence
self-control
Contravene
to contradict
Contumacious
rebellious
Convalescence
gradual recovery after an illness
Convivial
sociable
Convoke
to call together, summon
Coquette
woman who flirts
Corporeal
having to do with the body
Cosmography
science that deals with the universe
Cosset
to pamper
Coterie
small group of person with a similar purpose
Countermand
to annul, cancel
Countervail
to counteract
Coven
group of witches
Covert
hidden, secret
Cower
to cringe in fear
Crass
crude
Craven
cowardly
Credence
acceptance of something as true
Cupidity
greed
Cygnet
young swan