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abate
v. to lessen in intensity
abdicate
v. to relinquish willingly
aberrant
a. deviating from the norm
abrade
v. to rub away
abridge
v. to condense
abscond
v. to flee secretly and hide
abstract
a. not easily understood.
n. a summary.
v. to remove.
abstruse
a. hard to understand
academic
a. scholarly
a. theoretical and of little practical value
accelerate
v. to speed up
accolade
n. praise
acerbic
a. sour or bitter tasting
a. pertaining to a bitter temperament
acumen
n. insightfulness
acute
a. sharp or severe
a. keenly perceptive
a. of great importance
adaptation
n. a change for a new situation
adhere
v. to stick to something
v. to give allegiance or support
adherent
n. a supporter of a cause
adhesion
n. loyalty
n. the state of sticking to something
n. the fusing of normally seperate body tissues
admonish
v. to caution
v. to reprimand mildly
adroit
a. skillful
adulate
v. to praise excessively
aesthetic
a. artistic
a. pertaining to beauty
affable
a. friendly and kind
a. gently
affinity
n. an attraction to
n. a similarity to
affluent
a. wealthy
b. abundant
a. flowing freely
affront
v. to insult openly
aggrandize
v. to make greater or exaggerate
v. to increase the scope of
aggregate
a. gathered together into one mass
n. the total amount
agrarian
a. pertaining to agricultural or rural matters
alacrity
n. eagerness
alchemy
n. the study of how to turn lead into gold
allege
v. to assert without proof
allude
v. to refer to indirectly
altruism
n. selflessness
ambivalence
a. mixed feelings
amble
v. to walk slowly
ameliorate
v. to improve
amendable
a. open to suggestions
a. accountable
anachronism
n. something considered out of date
n. something mistakenly palced in the wrong time period
analgesic
n. a medication for reducing pain
analogous
a. alike in a certain way
analogy
n. a likeness drawn between dissimilar object
anatomy
n. the study of the structure of plants and animals
anecdote
n. a brief story of an amusing incident
annul
v. to invalidate
anomalous
a. abnormal
a. having a contradiction
anthology
n. collection of short literary works
antipathy
n. strong feeling of dislike
apathetic
a. indifferent; not interested or concerned
approbate
v. to sanction, to authorize
appropriate
v. to take
v. to set aside
arable
a. fit for cultivation
arbiter
n. an arbitrator (someone selected to resolve disputes)
arcane
a. secret and mysterious
archaic
a. ancient or characteristic of the past
archetype
n. a prototype
n. typical example
ardor
n. great emotional warmth
arduous
a. difficult
a. laborious
aria
n. a solo vocal in opera
arid
a. dry
a. boring
aristocracy
n. the hereditary upper-classes
n. governmental rule by the aristocracy
artisan
n. craftsman
artless
a. simple and natural
a. without guile or deceit
a. crude; poorly made
ascendant
a. rising
a. superior
n. state of dominance
ascetic
a. self denial of life's pleasures
n. one who does this
ascribe
v. to attribute
assiduous
a. diligent and persistent
assimilate
v. to absorb
assuage
v. to soothe
astute
a. shrewd
atrophy
n. wasting away
audacious
a. unrestrained by propriety
austere
a. plain; unadorned
autocracy
n. governmental rule by one person with unlimited authority
autonomous
a. independent
avarice
a. greed
aver
v. to affirm
axiom
n. accepted principle
bacterium
n. microscopic organism
ballad
n. simple poem
base
a. having low morals
a. of inferior quality
bask
v. to lie in a pleasant warmth
befriend
v. to act as a friend to
belabor
v. to beat vigoroulsy
v. to talk too much about something
belie
v. to misreprensent
v. to prove false
v. to leave unfulfilled
benevolent
a. helpful
benign
a. kind
a. mild or harmless
bent
n. a natural ability
n. fondness for
berate
v. to scold harshly
bibliography
n. list of books written by a certain author
n. list of references cited in an article or book
bleach
v. to whiten
blithe
a. cheeful and carefree
bolster
v. to support
bombastic
n. pompous
bouquet
n. cluster of cut flowers
n. the fragrance of wine
bourgeois
n. member of the middle class
brief
n. summary
brood
n. group of offspring
v. to worry
burgeon
v. to grow
burnish
v. to polish a surface
n. glossy appearance
buttress
n. a support
v. to support or encourage
by-line
n. printed line naming an author of an article
cacophy
n. harsh sounds
cajole
v. to coax
calibrate
v. to adjust the scale of a measuring device
camouflage
v. to disguise
n. a concealment
canny
a. shrew and cautions
cantankerous
a. quarrelsome; ill-natured
capacious
a. spacious
capitulate
v. to surrender
caprice
n. a sudden change
caricature
n. picture of someone that exatgerates certain features for comic effect
carp
v. to find fault with and compalin constantly
n. type of fish
cascade
n. waterfall
n. anthing that falls like one
castigate
v. to criticize severely
v. to punish
catalyst
n. something that causes a reaction
caustic
a. corrosive
a. harshly sarcastic
cavalier
a. arrogant
censure
n. expression of strong disapproval
v. to find fault with
centrifuge
n. device that seperates substances of different densitities
chauvinism
n. biased devotion
chimera
n. imaginery monster
n. foolish idea
choreographer
n. dance director in a performance
chronology
n. order in which things occur
churl
n. rude person
n. stingy person
circuitous
v. to encircle or confine
circumscribe
v. to encircle or confine
circumspect
a. watchful and discreet
circumvent
v. to get around something
cleave
v. to cut forcefully
v. to be faithful to
v. to bond to emotionally
cloister
v. to seclude
n. place devoted to religious seclusion
coagulate
v. to clot
coalesce
v. to come together into a single group
code
n. collection of rules or principles
n. instruction in a computer program
cogent
a. believable
a. relevant
cognition
n. the act of thinking
cohere
v. to be consisten
v. to stick together
collage
n. a composite made from odd parts
colloquial
a. conversational
a. pertaining to informal speech
collusion
n. conspiracy
commodity
n. anthing bought and sold regularly
complacent
a. contented
complaisant
a. agreeable
concise
a. brief and comprehensive
congregate
v. to gather together
conjecture
n. guesswork
consternation
n. state of paralyzing dismay
construct
n. something fabricated
n. image or theory
consummate
v. to complete
a. perfect; supreme
contention
n. point put forward in a debate
n. conflict
contrite
a. remorseful
conundrum
n. problem without a suitable solution
n. riddle whose answer is a play on words
convalesce
v. to recuperate
correlate
v. to establish a reasonable connection
corroborate
v. to confirm
couch
v. to express
countenance
n. lack of approval or support
n. composure
n. appearance
coup
n. brilliant, sudden action
n. sudden overthrow of a government
covert
a. concealed
n. hiding place
crass
a. crude and insensitive
craven
a. cowardly
credence
n. acceptance of something as true
credulous
a. gullible
crescendo
n. gradual increase in intensity
culpable
a. deserving blame
debase
v. to degrade or lower in value
decadent
a. decaying
a. self-indulgent
decorous
a. conforming to prevailing customs
decorum
n. proper behavior
decry
v. to condemn or belittle publicly
deed
n. conspicuous act
n. document of ownership
defer
v. to postpone
v. to yield to another
deleterious
a. harmful
demagogue
n. someone who gains power by arousing an audience's emotions
denigrate
v. to defame
denote
v. to indicate
deposition
n. statement made under oath
n. being deposed from power
n. being deposited
deride
v. to mock
derision
n. scorn; ridicule
desiccate
v. to dry out
v. to make lifeless
despond
v. to lose hope
despot
n. ruler with absolute power
desultory
a. occuring haphazardly
diatribe
n. bitter criticism
dichotomy
n. distinct division into two parts
didactic
a. excessively instructive
diffident
v. to spread out
a. spread out; not concentrated
a. wordy and not sticky to the point
digress
v. to depart from the main subject
dilapidated
a. ruined by neglect
dilate
v. to become wider or larger
v. to speak at great lenth about something
dilettante
n. an amateur
n. someone who enjoys the arts
diminutive
a. tiny
n. small person or thing
n. word indicating smallness
dirge
n. mornful song
disabuse
v. to free from deception or misconception
disaffect
v. to cause someone to lose feelings of loyalty or affection