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abase
to humble, disgrace
abash
to embarrass
abatement
decrease,reduction
abet
to aid, act as accomplice
abhor
to loathe/detest
abiding
enduring/continuing
abject
miserable
abjure
to reject/abandon formally
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny/renounce
abominate
to hate
abortive
interrupted while incomplete
absolve
to forgive
abstemious
moderate in appetite
abut
to touch/be in contact with
accede
to express approval/agree with
accord
to reconcile/come to agreement
accost
to approach and speak to someone
accretion
growth in size/increase in amount
accrue
to accumulate/grow
acme
highest point
acquiesce
to agree/comply quietly
acrid
harsh/bitter
acrimony
bitterness/animosity
acuity
sharpness
acumen
sharpness of insight
adage
old saying/proverb
admonish
to caution/repremand
adroit
skillful
adumbrate
to sketch out/outline
advantageous
favorable/useful
adventitious
accidental
adversarial
atagonistic/competitive
adverse
unfavorable/unlucky/harmful
aerial
relating to the air
aerie
nook/nest build high in the air
affable
friendly/easy to approach
affected
pretentious/phony
affinity
fondness/liking/similarity
affront
personal offense/insult
aggregate
collective mass or sum/total
aggrieve
to afflict/distress
agrarian
relating to farming/rural matters
alias
assumed name
allay
to lesson/ease/soothe
allocation
allowance/portion
allure
to entice by charm
allusion
indirect reference
allusiveness
quality of making many indirect references
aloof
detached/indifferenct
altruism
unselfish concern for others' welfare
amenity
pleasantness, something increasing comfort
amicable
friendly
amity
friendship
amorous
strongly attracted to love/showing love
amortize
to deminish by installment payments
ample
abundnt/plentiful
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
analgesia
lessening of pain w/o loss of consciousness
anathema
ban, curse
ancillary
accessory/helping
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
antediluvian
prehistoric
antepenultimate
third from last
anthology
collection of literary works
anthropomorphic
attributing human qualities to nonhumans; having human qualities
antithesis
exact opposite
apace
done quickly
aperture
an opening/hole
aphelion
poin in a planet's orbit that is farthers from the sun
aphorism
old saying/short statement
aplomb
poise/confidence
apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
apothegm
short/instructive saying
apothheosis
glorification
append
to attach
appraise
to evaluate the value of something
apprise
to give notice of
appropriate
to take possession of
arbitrator
mediator/negotiator
arboreal
relating to trees
arboretum
place where trees are displayed and studied
archipelago
large group of islands
ardent
passionate/enthusiastic/fervent
ardor
great emotion or passion
arraign
to call to court to answer a charge
arrogate
to demand
artless
open and honest
ascetic
self-denying, abstinent, austere
ashen
resembling ashes; dealthy pale
askance
scornfully
asperity
harsh/rough
aspersion
false rumor
assail
to attack
assay
to analyze/estimate
assent
to express agreement
assiduous
dilligent/persistent/hardworking
assonance
resemblance in sound (esp vowel sound)
astral
exalted; elevated in position
asunder
into different parts
atone
to make amends for a wrong
atrophy
to waste away
attenuate
to make thin or slender; weaken
augment
to expand/extend
augury
prophecy/prediction of events
august
dignified, venerable, awe-inspiring
auxiliary
supplementary, reserve
aver
to declare to be true, affirm
averse
being disinclined toward something
avert
to turn away/prevent
avow
to state openly/to declare
bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
baleful
harmful
balk (v)
to refuse
balm
soothing
banal
overly common
bane
something causing ruin, death, or destruction
banter
playful conversation
bastion
fortification/stronhold
bay (v)
to bark
beatific
appearing to be saintly/angelic
becloud
to confuse; darken with clouds
beguile
to decieve/mislead
behemoth
huge creature
belabor
to insist respeatedly
beleaguer
to harass
belfry
bell tower
bellicose
warlike/aggresive
bellow
to roar/shout
bemuse
to confuse
beneficent
kindly, charitable; doing good deeds
benighted
unenlightened
benign
kindly/gentle/harmless
benison
blessing
bent
a natural inclination toward something
bequeath
to give or leave through a will/to hand down
bereaved
suffering the death of a loved one
beseech
to beg/plead
besmear
to smear
bespatter
to spatter
bestial
beastly/animal-like
betoken
to indicate/give evidence of
bevy
group
bibliophile
book lover
bifurcate
divide into two parts
arraign
to call to court to answer a charge
arrogate
to demand
artless
open and honest
ascetic
self-denying, abstinent, austere
ashen
resembling ashes; dealthy pale
askance
scornfully
asperity
harsh/rough
aspersion
false rumor
assail
to attack
assay
to analyze/estimate
assent
to express agreement
assiduous
dilligent/persistent/hardworking
assonance
resemblance in sound (esp vowel sound)
astral
exalted; elevated in position
asunder
into different parts
bilious
bad-natured
bilk
to cheat
billet
board and lodging for troops
blanch
to pale/take the color out of
blandish
to coax with flattery
blight
to afflict/destroy
blithe
joyful
bludgeon
to hit as with a short heavy club
bluster
to boast
bombastic
using high-sounding but meaningless language
bonanza
extremely large
bonhomie
good-natured
boon
blessing
botanist
scientist who studies planets
brazen
bold
brevity
being brief in time
brigand
bandit/outlaw
broach
to mention/suggest for the first time
bromide
dull, commonplace person/idea
brusque
rough and abrupt in manner
buffet
to strike/hit
bulwark
defense wall
burly
husky
bustle
commotion/energetic activity
butt
person or thing that is object of ridicule
buttress
to reinforce/support
byway
back or side road
gainsay
to deny
gall (n)
bitterness
gall (v)
to irritate
gallant
a very fashionable young man
gambol
to dance/skip around playfully
game (adj)
courageous
garner
to gather and store
gauche
crude/socially awk.
gaucherie
awkward act
gaunt
thin and bony
genteel
stylish
gibe (v)
to make taunting remarks
girth
distance around something
glib
fluent in an insincere manner, casual
glower
to glare/stare angrily
gluttony
eating and drinking to excess
gnarl
to make knotted/deform
gnostic
having to do with knowledge
goad
to urge
gossamer
something light/delicate/tenuous
gouge
to scoop out; extort
grandiloquence
pompous talk
grandiose
magnificent and imposing
granular
having a grainy texture
gratis
free
gratuity
given voluntarily
grimace
facial expression showing pain/discomfort
gross (n)
total before deductions
gyrate
to move in a circular motion
hackneyed
worn out by over-use
hallow
to make holy
hamlet
small village
harbinger
precursor/sign of something to come
hardy
robust/vigorous
harrowing
extremely distressing/terrifying
hasten
to hurry/speed up
haughty
arrogant/condescending
headlong
recklessly
headstrong
reckless
heathen
uncivilized
hector
a bully
hegemony
leadership/domination (usually by a country)
heinous
shocking/wicked/terrible
hemicycle
semicircular form or structure
heretical
opposed to an established religious orthodoxy
hermetic
tightly sealed
heterodox
unorthodox/not widely accepted
hew
to cut w/ an ax
haitus
gap/break
hidebound
excessively rigid/dry and stiff
hinder
to hamper
hinterland
wilderness
hoary
very old
homonym
words w/ same pronunciation but different meaning
hone
to sharpen
husband (v)
to farm
hutch
pen r coop for animals