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Abate
to reduce in amount,degree,severity..
Abyss
an extremely deep hole
Aggrandize
increase in power,influence, and reputation..
Analogous
similar or alike in some way; equivalant to..
Apathy
lack of interest or emotion..
Archaic
ancient, old fashion..
Assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe..
Attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; weaken..
Austere
severe or stern in apperarance; undecorated..
Bolster
to support; to prop up
Candid
impartial and honest in speech...
Capricious
changing one's mind quickly and often..
Catalyst
something that brings about a change in something else..
Caustic
biting in wit
Chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile
Cogent
convincing and wll reasoned...
Convoluted
intricate and complicated
Corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
Crescendo
steadily increasing volume
Deference
respect, courtesy
Deride
to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock...
Desiccate
to dry out thoroughly..
Desultory
jumping from one thing to another; dissconnected..
Dilatory
intended to delay
Dilenettante
someone with an ameteurish and superficial interest in a topic..
Dirge
a funeral hymm or mournful speech..
Disabuse
to set right;to free from error..
Discern
to perceive; to recognize
Disparate
fundamentally different; entirely unlike...
Dissemble
to present a false appearance; to disguise one's real intentions or character..
Dissonance
a harsh and disagreeable combination, often of sounds..
Eclectic
selecting from or made up from a variety of sources..
Efficacy
effectiveness
Elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech
Eloquent
persuasive and moving, especially in speech
Engender
to produce, cause, or bring about..
Enumerate
to count, list, or itemize
Ephemeral
lasting a short time
Equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning in order to mislead..
Erratic
wandering and unpredictable..
Erudite
learned, scholarly, bookish
Esoteric
known or understood by only a few
Estimable
admirable
Exculpate
to clear from blame; prove innocent..
Exigent
urgent; requiring immediate attention..
Exonerate
to clear of blame
Fanatical
acting excessively enthusiastic; filled w/ extreme, unquestionable devotion..
Fervid
intensely emotional, feverish..
Foment
to arouse or incite
Iconoclast
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions..
Imperturbable
not capable of being disturbed..
Impetuous
quick to act without thinking..
Inchoate
not fully formed; disorganized
Ingenuous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity..
Innocuous
harmless
Intransigent
uncompromising; refusing to reconcile..
Inundate
to overwhelm; to cover w/ water..
Irascible
easily made angry..
Lament
to express sorrow; to grieve..
Laud
to give praise; to glorify..
Lethargic
acting in an indifferent or slow, sluggish manner.....
Malinger
to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill...
Obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please...
Obstinate
stubborn, unyielding..
Occlude
to stop up; too prevent the passage of..
Opaque
impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light.
Opprobrium
public disgrace
Ostentation
excessive showiness
Paradox
a contridiction or dilemma..
Pedant
someone who shows off learning...
Perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
Perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent
Plastic
able to be molded, altered, or bent...
Plethora
excess
Pristine
fresh and clean; uncorrupted...
Prodigal
lavish; wasteful..
Proliferate
to increase in number quickly...
Propitiate
to increase in number quickly...
Propitiate`
concililate; to appease
Propriety
correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs..
Prudence
wisdom, caution, or restraint..
Quiescent
motionless
Rarefy
to make thinner or sparser..
Repudiated
to reject the validity of..
Reticent
silent reserved..
Rhetoric
effective writing or speaking..
Satiate
to satisfy fully or overindulge...
Soporific
causing sleep or lethargy..
Specious
deceptively attractive; seemingly plausible but fallacious..
Stigma
a mark of shame or discredit...
Sublime
lofty or grand..
Taciturn
silent, not talkative...
Tirade
long, harsh speech or verbal attack..
Torpor
extreme mental and physical sluggishness..
Transitory
temporary, lasting a brief time...
Vex
to annoy
Volatile
easily aroused or changeable; lively or explosive..
Whimsical
acting in a fanciful or capricious manner; unpredictable..
Abase
To humble, disgrace
Abash
to embarrass
Abatement
decrease, reduction
Aberrant
atypical, not normal
aberration
something differnt from the usual or normal.
Abet
to aid, act as accomplice
Abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
Abiding
enduring, continuing
Abject
mierable,pitiful
Abjure
to reject, abandon formally
Ablution
act of cleansing
Abnegate
to deny, renounce
Abominate
to hate
Abortive
interupt while incomplete
Abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authorty.
Abut
to touch or be in contact with
abyss
an extremely great depth
Accede
to express approval, agree to
Accost
to approach and speak to someone.
Accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
accrue
to accumulate, grow by additions
Acme
highest point, summit
Aquiesce
to agree, comply quietly
Acuity
sharpness
Acumen
sharpness of insight
Adage
old saing of proverb
Adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent.
Adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
Adversarial
antagonistic, competitive
Aerial
having to do with the air
Aerie
nook or nest built in the air
Affected
pretentious, phony
Aerodynamic
relating to objects moving through the air.
Affront
personal offense, insult
Aggrieve
to afflict, distress
Agile
well coordinated, nimble
Agrarian
relating to farming or rural matters.
Alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
Alchemy
medival chemical philosophy based on quest to change metal into gold.
Algorithm
mechanical problem-solving procedure
Allay
to lesson, to ease, or soothe
Allocation
allowence, portion, share
Amalgam
mixture, combination, allow
Ambuatory
related to walkin around.
Anecdote
short, usually funny account of an event.
Anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
Antecedent
coming before in place or time
Antediluvian
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure
Antepenultimate
third to last
Anthology
collection of literary works..
Anthropomorphic
attributing human qualities to nonhumans..
Antiquated
outdated, obsolete..
Antiquity
ancient times; the quality of being old or ancient..
Antithesis
exact opposite or direct contrast..
Apace
done quickly
Apathetic
indifferent, unconcerned.
Aperture
an opening or hole
Aphasia
inability to speak or use words
Aphelion
point in a planets orbit that is farthest from the sun..
Aphorism
old saying or short pithy statement..
Aplomb
poise, confidence
Apocryphal
not genuine, fictional..
Apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
Apostrophe
speech to the reader or someone not present; superscript sign.
Apotheosis
glorification
Append
to attach
Aprise
to give notice of, to inform
Approbation
praise
Appropriate
to take possession of
Arbitrary
depending soley on individual will
Arboreal
relating to trees
Arboretum
place where trees are studied
Arcane
secret
Archipelago
large group of islands
Ardent
passionate
Arrogate
to demand
Artisan
craftsperson
Artless
open
Ascetic
self-denying
Ascribe
to attribute to
Ashen
resembling ashes, deafly pale
Askance
scornfully
Asperity
harshness, roughness
Aspersion
false rumor
Assail
to attack
Assay
to analyze
Assent
to express agreement
Assiduous
diligent, hardworking
Assignation
appointment for lovers meeting
Assonance
resemblance in sound
Astral
relating to the stars,exalted
Asunder
into different parts
Atone
to make amends for a wrong
Attentuate
to make thin or weaken
Augment
to expand
Augury
prophecy
August
dignified
Autonomous
sepereate, independent
Auxiliary
supplementary, reserve
Avarice
greed
Awry
crooked
Axion
self-evident truth