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abate
v. subside or moderate
aberrant
adj. abnormal or deviant
abeyance
n. suspended action
abscond
v. depart secretly and hide
abstemious
adj. sparing in eating and drinking temperate
admonish
v. warn, reprove
adulterate
v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
aesthetic
adj. artistic, dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
aggregate
v. gather, accumulate
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness, eagerness
alleviate
v. relieve
amalgamate
v. combine, unite in one body
ambiguous
adj. unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence
n. the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
ameliorate
v. improve
anachronism
n. something or someone misplaced in time
analogous
adj. comparable
anarchy
n. absence of governing body, state of disorder
anomalous
adj. abnormal, irregular
antipathy
n. aversion, dislike
apathy
n. lack of caring, indifference
appease
v. pacify or sooth, relieve
apprise
v. inform
approbation
n. approval
appropriate
v. acquire, take possession of for one's own use
arduous
adj. hard, strenuous
artless
adj. without guile, open and honest
ascetic
adj. practicing self-denial, austere
assiduous
adj. diligent
assuage
v. ease or lessen(pain), satisfy(hunger), soothe(anger)
attenuate
v. make thinner, weaken or lessen(in density, force, degree)
audacious
adj. daring, bold
austere
adj. forbiddingly stern, severely simple and unordained
autonomous
adj. self-governing
aver
v. assert confidently or declare, as used in law, state formally as a fact
banal
adj. hackneyed, commonplace, trite, lacking originality
belie
v. contradict, give a false impression
beneficent
adj. kindly, doing good
bolster
v. support, reinforce
bombastic
adj. pompous, using inflated language
boorish
adj. rude, insensitive
burgeon
v. grow forth, send out buds
burnish
v. make shiny by rubbing, polish
buttress
v. support, pop up
cacophonous
adj. discordant, inharmonious
capricious
adj. unpredictable, fickle
castigation
n. punishment, severe criticism
catalyst
n. agent that influences the pace of a chemical reaction while it remains unaffected and unchanged, person or thing that causes action
caustic
adj. burning, sarcastically biting
chicanery
n. trickery, deception
coagulate
v. thicken, congeal, clot
coda
concluding section of a musical or literary composition, somthing that rounds out, summarizes or concludes
cogent
adj. convincing
commensurate
adj. corresponding in extent, degree, amount, etc., proportionate
compendium
v. brief, comprehensive summary
complaisant
adj. trying to please, overly polite, obliging
compliant
adj. yielding, conforming to requirements
conciliatory
adj. reconciling, soothing
condone
v. overlook, forgive, give tacit approval, excuse
confound
v. confuse, puzzle
connoisseur
n. person competent to act as a judge or art, etc. a lover of an art
contention
n. claim, thesis
contentious
adj. quarrelsome
contrite
adj. penitent
conundrum
n. riddle, difficult problem
converge
v. approach, tend to meet, come together
convoluted
adj. coiled around, involved, intricate
craven
adj. cowardly
daunt
v. intimidate, frighten
decorum
n. propriety, orderliness and good taste in manners
default
n. failure to act
deference
n. courteous regard for another's wish
delineate
v. portray, depict, sketch
denigrate
v. blacken
deride
v. ridicule, make fun of
derivative
adj. unoriginal, obtained from another source
desiccate
v. dry up
desultory
adj. aimless, haphazard, digressing at random
deterrent
n. something that discourages
diatribe
n. bitter, scolding, invective