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ABASE
lower, degrade. humiliate
ABATE
subside or moderate
ABERRANT
abnormal or deviant
ABERRATION
deviation from the expected or normal, mental irregularity
ABET
assistance
ABEYANCE
suspended action
ABJECT
wretched, lacking in pride
ABJURE
renounce upon oath
ABNEGATION
renunciation, selfsacrifice
ABOMINATE
loath, hate
ABROGATE
abolish
ABSCISSION
cutting off, separation
ABSCOND
depart secretly and hide
ABSTEMIOUS
sparing in eating and drinking
ABSTINENCE
restraint from eating or drinking
ABSTRUSE
obscure, profound, difficult to understand
ABYSMAL
bottomless
ACADEMIC
related to school, not practical or directly useful
ACCEDE
Aagree
ACCLIVITY
sharp upsloe of ahill
ACCOUTRE
equip
ACCRETION
growth, increase
ACCRUE
come about by addition
ACERBITY
bitterness of speecha nd temper
ACETIC
vinegary
ACIDULOUS
slightly sour, sharp, caustic
ACME
peak, pinnacle, highest point
ACQUIESCE
agree passively
ACRIMONIOUS
bitter in word or manner
ACROPHOBIA
FEAR OF HEIGHTS
ACTUARIAL
calculating, pertaining to insurvance statistics
ACTUATE
motivate
ACUITY
sharpness
ACUMEN
mental keenness
ACUTE
quickly perceptive, keen, brief, severe
ADAGE
wise saying
ADAMANT
hard, inflexible
ADDLE
muddle, drive crazy, become rotton
ADHERE
stick fast
ADHERENT
supporter, follower
ADJUNCT
something(generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached.
ADJURATION
solemn urging
ADJUTANT
staff officer assisting the commander, assistant
ADULATION
flattery, admiration
ADULTERATE
make impure by adding inferior or tained substances
ADVENTITITIOUS
accidental, causal
ADVERSITY
poverty, misfortune
ADVERT
refer to
AEGIS
shield, defense
AERIE
nest of a large bird of prey
AFFECTED
artificial, pretended order to impress
AFFIDAVIT
written statement under oath
AFFINITY
kinship
AGGLOMERATION
collection, heap
AGGRANDIZE
increase or intensify, raise in power, wealth, rank or honor
ALACRITY
cheerful promptness, eagerness
ALIMENTARY
supplying nourishment
ALIMONY
payments made to an ex-spouse after divorce
ALLAY
calm passify
ALLEGE
state without proof
ALLITERATION
repition of the beginning sound in poetry
ALLOY
a mixture as of metals, make less pure, lessen or moderate(verb)
ALLUVIAL
pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
ALTRUISTIC
unselfishly generous, concerned for others
AMALGAMATE
combine, unite in one body
AMBIENCE
environment, atmosphere
AMBIVALENCE
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
AMENABLE
readily managed or willing to be led, answerable or accountable legally
AMENITIES
convenient features, courtesies
AMITY
friendship
AMNESTY
pardon
AMPLIFY
broaden or clarifty by expanding, intensity, make stronger
AMOK
in a state of rage
ANACHRONISM
misplaced in time
ANALGESIC
causing insensitivity to pain
ANALOGOUS
comprable
ANATHEMA
solemn curse, someone or something regarded as a curse
ANCILLARY
serving as an aid or accessory, auxiliary
ANIMADVERSION
critical remark
ANIMUS
hostile feeling, intent
ANNEAL
reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling
ANNEX
attach, take possession of
ANNOTATE
comment, make explanatory notes
ANNUITY
yearly llowance
ANODYNE
drug that reliees pain, opiate
ANNOInt
consecrate
ANOMALOUS
abnormal, irregalur
ANTAGONISM
hostility, active resistance
ANTEDILUVIAN
antiquated, extremely ancient
ANTHROPOID
man-like
ANTHROPOMORPHIC
having human form or characteristics
ANTICLIMAX
letdown in thought or emotion
ANTIDOTE
remedy to counteract a poison or disease
ANTIQUATED
obsolete, outdated
ANTISEPTIC
substance that prevents infection
ANTITHESIS
direct opposite
ANVIL
iron block used in hammering out metals
APATHY
lack of caring, indifference
APE
imitate, mimic
APHASIA
loss of speech due to injury or illness
APHORISM
pithy maxim or saying
APIARY
place where bees are kept
APLOMB
poise, assurance
APOCALYPTIC
prophetic, pertaining to revelations
APOCRYPHAL
untrue, made up
APOGEE
highest point
APOSTATE
one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
APOTHEGM
pithy, compact saying
APOTHEOSIS
elevation to godhood, an ideal example of something
APPEASE
pacify, soothe relieve
APPELLATION
name, title
APPEND
attach
APPLICATION
diligent attention
APPOSITE
appropriate, fitting
APPRAISE
estimate value of
APPREHEND
arrest, dread, perceive
APPREHENSIVE
fearful, discerning
APPRISE
inform
APPURTENANCES
subordinate possessions
APROPOS
with reference to , regarding
AQUILINE
curved, hooked
ARBITER
person with power to decide a matter in a dispute, judge
ARBITTRATE
act as judge
ARCANE
secret, mysterious
ARCHETYPE
prototype, primitive pattern
ARCHIPELAGO
a group of closely related islands
ARMADA
fleet of warships
ARRAIGN
charge in court, indict
ARRAY
marshal, draw up in order
or
clothe, adorn
ARREARS
being in debt
ARROYO
gully
ARTLESS
without guile, open and honest
ASCENDANCY
controlling influence
ASCETIC
practicing self-denial, austere
ASEPTIC
preventing infection
ASPERITY
sharpness of temper
ASPERSION
slanderous remark
ASPIRANT
seeker after position or status
ASSAY
analyze, evaluate
ASSIDUOUS
diligent
ASSURANCE
promise or pledge
self-confidence
ASTRINGENT
binding, causing contraction, harsh or severe
ASTUTE
wise, shrewd
ASSUNDER
into parts, apart
ATAVISM
resemblance to remote ancetors rather than to parents, reversion to an earlier type, throwback
ATTENUATE
make thin, weaken
ATTRIBUTE
essential quality
verb-ascribe, explain
ATTRITION
gradual decrease in numbers, wearing away the opposition by means of harassment
AUGURY
omen, prophesy
august
impressive, majestic
aureole
sun's corona, halo
auspicious
favoring success
austere
forbiddingly stern, severly simple
aver
state confidently
averse
reluctant, disinclined
avert
prevent, turn away
avocation
secondary or minor occupation
avuncular
like an uncle
axiom
self-evident truth requiring no proof
badinage
teasing conversation
bait
harass, tease
baleful
deadly, having a malign influence on
balk
to stop short, to foil
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight
balm
something that relieves pain
banal
hackneyed, commonplace, trite
bandy
discuss lightly or glibly, exchange words heatedly
bane
cause of ruin
bantering
good natured ridiculing
barefaced
shameless, bold
baroque
highly ornate
barrage
barrier laid down by artillery fire, overwhelming profusion
bate
let down, restrain
bawdy
indecent, obscene
beatifici
giving bliss, blissful
beatitude
state of bliss
bedizen
dress with vugar finery
bedraggle
wet thoroughly
beguile
mislead or delude, cheat, pass time
behoove
be suited to, be incumbent upon
beleaguer
beseige, attack, harass
belie
contradict, give false impression
bemoan
lament, express dispproval of
beneficient
kindly, doing good
benison
blessing
bereft
deprived of, lacking
beset
harass or trouble, hem in
betoken
signify, indicate
bevy
large group
bilious
suffering from indigestion
bilk
swindle, cheat
bivouac
temporary encampment
blandishment
flattery
blase
bored with pleasure or dissipation
blowhard
talkative boaster
bluff
rough but good natured(adj)
pretense(of strength), deception, high cliff(N)
bolster
support, reinforce
bombastic
pompous, using inflated language
boon
blessing, benefit
bourgeois
middle class, materialistic, dully conventional
bowdlerize
expurgate
brackish
somewhat saline
bravado
swagger, assumed air of defiance
breach
breaking of contract or duty, fissure or gap
brindled
tawny or grayish with straks or spots
brook
tolerate, edure
bucolic
rustic, pastoral
bugaboo
bugbear, object of baseless terror
bulwark
earthwork or other strong defense, person who defends
buoyant
able to float, cheerful and optimistic
burgeon
grow forth, send out buds
burlesque
give an imitation that ridicules
buttress
support, prop up
buxom
plump
cabal
small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cache
hiding place
cacophonous
discordant, inharmonious
callow
youthful, immature, inexperienced
calorific
heat producing
calumny
malicious misrepresentation, slander
canard
unfounded rumor
canker
ulcerous sore, any evil
canny
shrewd, thrifty
cant
insincere expressins of piety, jargon of thieves
cantata
story set to music
canto
division of a long poem
capacious
spacious
capillary
having a very fine bore
caprice
whim
capricious
unpredictable, fickle
captious
fault finding
carapace
shell covering the back(of a turtle, etc)
cardinal
chief(i.e.--rule)
carillon
set of bells capable of being played
carousal
drunken revel
carping
petty criticism, fault-finding
carrion
rotting flesh of a dead body
castigation
punishment, severe criticism
cataclysm
deluge, upheaval
catalyst
agent that brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged
cataract
great waterfall, eye abnormality
catcall
shout of disapproval, boo
catechism
book for religious instruction, instruction by question and answer
categorical
without exception, unqualified, absolute
catholic
universal, wide-ranging liberal
caucus
private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
caulk
to make watertight by plugging the seams
causal
implying a cause and effect relationship
caustic
burning, sarcastically biting
cauterize
burn with a hot iron
cavalcade
procession, parade
cavalier
casual and offhand, arrogant
cavil
make frivolous objections
cede
yield
celerity
speed, rapidity
censorious
critical
censure
blame, criticize
centrifugal
radiating, departing from the center
centripetal
tending toward the center
centurion
roman army officer
cerebral
pertaining to the brain or intellect
cerebration
thought
cession
yielding to another
chafe
warm by rubbing, make sore by rubbing
chaff
worthless products of an endeavor
chaffing
bantering, joking
chagrin
vexation, disappointment
champion
support militantly
charisma
divine gift, great popular charm
charlatan
quack, pretender to knowledge
chary
cautious, sparing or restrained about giving
chase
ornament a metal surface by indenting
chassis
framework and working parts of an automobile
chasten
discipline, punish in order to correct
chastise
punish
chauvinist
blindly devoted patriot, zealous adherent of a group or cause
checkered
marked by changes in fortune
chicanery
trickery, deception
chimerical
fantastically improbable
chisel
swindle or cheat, cut with a chisel
choleric
hot-tempered
churlish
boorish, rude
ciliated
having minute hairs