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abate
v. to lessen in intensity or degree
abjure
v. to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
abrogate
v. to abolish or annul by authority; put down
abscond
v. to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
accolade
n. an expression of praise; an award
accretion
n. growth, increase by successive addition, building up
acumen
n. quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
admonish
v. to reprove; to express warning or diapproval
adroit
adj. adept, dexterous
adumbrate
v. to foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest, or outline sketchily
alacrity
n. eager and enthusiastic willingness
amalgamate
v. to combine several elements into a whole
amenable
adj. agreeable; responsive to suggestion
anathema
n. a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
anodyne
adj. soothing
antithetical
adj. diametricallt opposed, as in antithesis
apocryphal
adj. of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious
apogee
n. farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
apostate
n. one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions; a betrayer of a cause
apotheosis
n. deification, glorification to godliness, the perfect example
apprise
v. give notice to, inform
approbation
n. an expression of approval or praise
appropriate
v. to take for one;s own use, confiscate
arabesque
n. complex, ornate design
arrant
adj. impudent; in every way, being completely such, barefaced, utter, downright
artless
adj. completely without guile; natural, without artificiality
asperity
adj. severity; rigor roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability
aspersion
n. an act of defamation or maligning
audacious
adj. daring and fearless; recklessly bold
augury
n. omen, portent, the reading of omens
august
adj. majestic, venerable
auspice
n. protection or support, patronage
auspicious
adj. favorable, propitious, successful, prosperous
austere
adj. without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
avarice
n. greed, especially for wealth
aver
v. to state as a fact; to confirm or support
axiom
n. a universally recognized principle; a generally accepted or common saying
axiomatic
adj. taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
bane
adj. cause of injury, source of harm; source of persistent frustration
beatify
v. to bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to; to regard as saintly
bedizen
v. to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner; festoon, comparison
bellicose
adj. belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
blandish
v. to coax with flattery, toady or fawn
blithe
adj. carefree, merry
bolster
v. to provide support or reinforcement
broach
v. bring up, announce, begin to talk about
brook
v. to tolerate, endure, countenance
bucolic
adj. rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
burgeon
v. to grow rapidly or flourish
burnish
v. to polish, rub to a shine
byzantine
adj. labrynthine, complex
cacophony
n. harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
cadge
v. to sponge, beg, or mooch
cajole
v. to inveigle, coax, wheedle, sweet-talk
calumniate
v. to slander, make a false accusation
capricious
adj. inclined to change one's mine impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
caret
n. an insertion mark (^) used by editors and proofreaders
castigation
n. severe criticism or punishment
caustic
adj. burning or stinging; causing corrosion
censure
v. to criticize severely; to officially rebuke

n. a judgement involving condemnation; the act of blaming or condemning
chary
adj. wary; cautious; sparing
chasten
v. to chastise or correct; subdue
chauvinist
n. one blindly devoted to a group of which one is a member
chimera
n. an illusion; originaly, an imaginary fire-breathing she-monster
coalesce
v. to come together; to fuse or unite
commensurate
adj. matching, corresponding, or proprtionate in degree, size, amount or other property
consequential
adj. pompous, self-important
or
logically follwing; important
contemn
v. to scorn or despise
contrite
adj. regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
convoluted
adj. complex or complicated
corrigible
adj. capable of being set right, correctable, reparable
countenance
v. to approve of or tolerate
n. mien, face, composure
cozen
v. to deceive, begule, hoodwink
craven
adj. contemptibly fainthearted, pusillanimous, lacking any courage
credulous
adj. tending to believe too readily; gullible
culpable
adj. deserving blame
daunt
v. to intimidate or dismay
dearth
n. smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; lack
decorum
n. politeness or appropriateness of conduct or behavior
demur
v. to question or oppose
denouement
n. an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
depredate
v. to plunder, pillage, ravage or destroy; to exploit in a predatory manner
desiccate
v. to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
desuetude
n. disuse
desultory
adj. random; thoughtless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose
detraction
n. slandering, verbal attack, aspersion
diaphanous
adj. transparent, gauzy
didactic
adj. intended to teach or instruct
die
n. a tool used for shaping
dilatory
adj. causing delay, procrastinating
dilettante
n. one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
din
n. loud sustained noise
disabuse
v. to undeceive; to set right
discomfit
v. to defeat, put down
discordant
adj. conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparage
v. to slight or belittle
dissemble
v. to disguise or conceal; to mislead
dissolution
n. disintegration, looseness in morals
distrait
v. distracted; absent-minded, especially due to anxiety
doggerel
n. trivial, poorly constructed verse
dogmatic
adj. authoritateively and or arrogantly assertive of principles, which often cannot be proved; stubbornly opinionated
dross
n. slag, waste or foreign matter, impurity, surface scum
dulcet
adj. melodious, harmonious, mellifluous
dynamo
n. generator; forceful, energetic person
eccentric
adj. departing from norms or conventions
eclectic
adj. composed of elements drawn from various sources
edifying
adj. enlightening, informative
effrontery
n. extreme boldness; presumptuousness
effusive
adj. gushing; excessively demonstrative
egress
exit
enervate
v. to weaken to reduce in vitality
enigmatic
adj. mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
ennui
n. dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
enormity
n. excessive wickedness; evilness
ephemeral
adj. brief; fleeting, short-lived
epicure
n. one devoted to sensual pleasure, particurlarly in food and drink; gourmand, sybarite
episodic
adj. loosely connected, not flowing logically, occurring at intervals
epithet
n. disparaging word or phrase
equanimity
n. composure, self-possession
equivocate
v. to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
errant
adj. traveling, itinerant, peripatetic
erudite
adj. very learned; scholarly
eschew
v. to shun or avoid
esoteric
adj. intended for or understood by a small, specific group
essay
v. to test or try; attempt, experiment
estimable
adj. worthy, formidable
evanescent
adj. tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
evince
v. to show clearly, to indicate
exact
v. to demand, call for, require, take
excoriate
v. to censure scathingly, to unbraid
exculpate
v. exonerate; to clear of blame
exhort
v. to incite, to make urgent appeals
exonerate
v. to remove blame
expatiate
v. discuss or write about at length; to range freely
expiate
v. to atone or make amends for