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abash
v. embarrass
abdicate
v. renounce; give up
abeyance
n. temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension
abjure
v. to renounce, repudiate, or retract, esp. with formal solemnity; recant: to abjure one's errors.; to renounce or give up under oath; forswear: to abjure allegiance.; to avoid or shun.
ablution
n. washing
abortive
adj. uncessful; fruitless
abrogate
v. to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal; put an end to
abscond
v. depart secretly and hide
abstruse
adj. obscure; profound; difficult to understand
accede
v. /ækˈsid/ agree; assent
acclivity
n. sharp upslope of a hill
accoutre
v. /əˈkutər/ equip or outfit, esp. with military clothes, equipment, etc.
acidulous
adj. /əˈsɪdʒələs/ slightly sour; sharp; caustic
acme
n. peak; pinnacle
acrophobia
n. fear of heights
adjuration
n. solemn or desperate urging or counseling
adjutant
n. /ˈædʒətənt/ staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
adventitious
adj. associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part; extrinsic.
advert
v. to remark or comment; refer (usually fol. by to): He adverted briefly to the news of the day.; to turn the attention (usually fol. by to): The committee adverted to the business at hand.
aerie
n. /ˈɛəri, ˈɪəri/ nest of large bird of prey; a house, fortress, or the like, located high on a hill or mountain.
affected
adj. artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress
agog
adj. highly excited; intensly curious
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness; eagerness
amazon
n. female warrior
amiable
adj. agreeable; lovable; warmly friendly
amicable
adj. politely friendly; not quarrelsome; peaceable
amity
n. friendship
amok (amuck)
adv. in a state of rage
analgesic (adj)
adj. causing insensitivity to pain
anathema
n. solemn curse; something or someone regarded as a curse; a person or thing detested or loathed
animadversion
n. /ˌænəmædˈvɜrʒən, -ʃən/ critical remark; an unfavorable or censorious comment
animus
n. hostile feeling or intent
anneal
v. reduce brittleness or increase toughness by heating and cooling
anodyne
n. pain reliever; opiate; anything that relieves distress or pain
adj. soothing to the mind or feelings
anoint
v. concecrate; choose by or as if by divine intervention
antecede
v. /ˌæntəˈsid/ precede
antediluvian
adj. /ˌæntidɪˈluviən/ antiquated; extremely ancient; (bible) occurring or belonging to the era before the flood
antic (adj.)
adj. extravagantly odd
ape (v.)
v. imitate or mimic
aplomb
n. poise; assurance
apocryphal
adj. spurious; not authentic; invented rather than true
apologist
n. one who writes in defence of a cause or institution
apothegm
n. /ˈæpəˌθɛm/ a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.
apotheosis
n. elevation to godhood; ideal example of something; epitome
apposite
adj. /ˈæpəzɪt, əˈpɒzɪt/ suitable; well-adapted; pertinent; relevant; apt
apprise
v. inform
approbation
n. approval
appurtenance
n. Something added to another, more important thing; an appendage
apropos
adj. /ˌæprəˈpoʊ/ to the point and timely
prep. with reference to; regarding
aquiline
adj. /ˈækwəˌlaɪn, -lɪn/ curved; hooked; of or like the eagle.
arabesque
n. pattern of decoration involving intertwined plants; ballet manouver
arcade
n. covered passageway, usu. lined w/shops
arcane
adj. secret; mysterious; known only to initiates
argot
n. /ˈɑrgoʊ, -gət/ slang; special vocabulary and idiom of a particular profession or social group
array (v)
v. marshal; draw up in order.
v. clothe; adorn
arrears
n. state of being in debt
artful
adj. cunning; crafty; sly
artifice
n. deception; trickery; craftiness
artless
adj. without guile; open and honest
ascendency
n. controlling influence
ascribe
v. refer; attribute; assign
askance
adv. with a sideways look
asperity
n.. harshness or sharpness of tone, temper, or manner; severity; acrimony; hardship; difficulty; rigor: the asperities of polar weather
aspersion
n. slanderous remark
assiduous
adj. /əˈsɪdʒuəs/ constant; unremitting: assiduous reading.
2. constant in application or effort; working diligently at a task; persevering; industrious; attentive: an assiduous student.
asunder
adv. into parts; apart
atavism
n. /ˈætəˌvɪzəm/ resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback
attenuate
v. make thinner; weaken or lessen
augury
n. /ˈɔgyəri/ the art or practice of an augur; divination.; omen; prophecy
august
adj. /ɔˈgʌst/ impressive; majestic
aureole
n. /ˈɔriˌoʊl/ sun's corona; halo
autocratic
adj. having absolute, unchecked power; W.
avarice
n. greediness for wealth
aver
v. /əˈvɜr/ assert confidently; declare formally as a fact (as in law)
averse
adj. /əˈvɜrs/ reluctant; disinclined
avocation
n. secondary or minor occupation
avuncular
adj. like an uncle; regarded as characteristic of an uncle, especially in benevolence or tolerance
bacchanalian
adj. drunken
badinage
n. teasing conversation; light, playful banter or raillery
baleful
adj. threatening; menacing; sinister; foreshadowing evil
bandy
v. discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly