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acarpous
not producing fruit, sterile
The acarpous tree was removed since it no longer served a purpose.
acclaimed
welcomed and praised with shouts and approval
She was acclaimed person of the year by Time Magazine.
accolade
praise, approval
The work of shakespeare is accoladed as the greatest of its time.
accretion
the growing of separate parts into a whole, acquiring of pieces
The accretion of real estate made by starbucks has made it a world-wide company.
adamant
utterly unyielding in attitude, hard to cut stone
The prosecutor was adamant on his demand for the death penalty.
admonitory
serving to warn
Her mom shook an admonitory finger at her when she tried to eat the cookies.
adorn
add beauty, decorate
During Christmas my mom adorns the trees with ornaments from her collection.
adulteration
to make impure by adding improper ingredients
She adulterated the famous chef's recipe by adding her own spices to the dish.
affable
polite and friendly
The young boy's parents were happy with his affable behavior at the neighbors house.
affinity
a natural liking to, or close relationship with
Jane felt a natural affinity with the other girls.
aggravate
to irritate or worsen
Tedious math problems tend to aggravate me.
agile
active or quick moving
A crocodiel is clumsy on land, but very agile in the water.
agog
excited by eagerness, curiousity or anticipation
We were all agog at the news of Elise's engagement.
ail
to cause pain or uneasniness, to trouble
A broken leg added another ailment to an already difficult week.
alacrity
promptness or willingness
The marine accepted his mission with alacrity.
alcove
a recess or partially enclosed space
The painting was so ugly that she had in the alcove of the living room.
allegiance
loyalty or devotion to some person
The new staff pledged their allegiance to the current president.
alleviate
to make easier to bear
The doctor prescribed meds in attempt to alleviate her pain.
alloy
to debase by mixing with something inferior
Television news has always been an alloy of fact and show.
aloof
indifferent or reserved
The aloof expression of the student made clear he didnt care about the material.
amalgamate
to mix or merge as a combination
In Remember the Titans 2 high schools amalgamate to form a mixed race school.
ambidextrous
deceptive, unusually skilled
Among other talents, the gifted child is ambidextrous.
ambiguous
open to or having many different meanings
The new theory was too ambiguous for researchers to fully accept it.
ambivalent
uncertainity or fluctuation between alternatives
She was ambivalent about having children.
ameliorate
to improve or make better
As mayor,he hoped to ameliorate the living conditions of the poverty stricken city.
amortize
to liquidize or extinguish a debt by periodic payments
He sold his house in order to amortize his recurring debts.
anguish
severe suffering
A pulled muscle in my neck is causing me much anguish.
animosity
strong dislike
I only have animosity for people who have screwed me over.
antidote
medicine used against a poison or disease
The deadly spider bite required an antidote in order to save the victim.
antithetical
directly opposed or opposite
The Christian was forced to accept completely antithetical customs upon moving to Utah.
apartheid
brutal racial discrimination
The south is known for its apartheid ways of treating blacks.
aplomb
self-confidence, poise or assurance
abacus
a device used to make math calculations with a rod and balls
He used an abacus to determine the total number of rocks in the pile.
abate
to lessen or subside
The president chose to abate a tax in order to gain support from the public.
abdication
a resignation from authority, give up control
The abdication of a well liked CEO shocked many of the firms employees.
aberration
deviation from the ordinary or usual
An aberratin of light made the image difficult to see.
abet
to encourage to do wrong
My older brother abetted me into stealing the car.
abeyance
suspended action, temporarily set aside
Let's hold that problem in abeyance for a while
abhor
to hate or detest
If you speak with any Giants fan, they will express their abhor for the LA Dodgers.
abide
be faithful, endure
If you do not abide by the rules, then you will have to be punished.
abjure
to renounce or give up
In order to begin the coup, the natives abjure their allegiance to their current leader.
abraded
to wear off or down from rubbing
The abraded carpet was virtually flat from so much use.
abrogate
to abolish or do away with by authority
Abe lincoln was the man who abrogated slavery from the United States.
abscond
to depart in a sudden and secretive manner
The cashier absconded from the storea after stealing some merchandise.
abstruse
difficult to comprehend, obscure
The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students chose to avoid them.
abut
to be adjacent, or border
The bleachers lie abut to the football field.
abysmal
extremely or hopelessly bad
Many countries in Africa are subject to abysmal poverty.
apostate
person who abandons his religion or political party
The converted Jew is considered apostate by his hebrew friends.
apotheosis
elevation/ exultation to rank of god, one of excellence having no equal
Harry Potter has become so idolized thatsome may say that he has undergone an apotheosis.
appease
make quiet or calm
Linkin Park came out for an encore to appease the cheering crowd.
apprehensive
uneasy or fearful about something that might happen
Heading into the championship game he was very apprehensive that his shoulder was going to give out.
apprise
to give notice to, inform
I was apprised of sally's death upon reading the morning newspaper.
approbation
approval
The cooking teacher gave his approbation after tasting the dish.
apropos
opportune, pertinent
The studnet offered his own apropos opinion on the matter.
apt
likely,pertinent, suited to the purpose
His apt comments were well received by the jury.
arabesque
a complex ornate design
The arabesque of the cathedral made it a often visited tourist attraction.
arboreal
relating to or resembling a tree
The arboreal apes are often sighted hundreds of feet off the ground.
ardor
enthusiasm
The ardor of the phone call made him excited to meet chrissy in person.
arduous
requiring great exertion, laborious, difficult
It was an arduous path up the hill.
argot
jargon or slang
The medical argot of the class made it difficult for outsiders to comprehend.
arrant
in the highest degree, downright
Molsson is an arrant fool.
arrogance
pround, superior manner of behavior
The arrogance of Barry Bonds is what makes him so hated by the public.
articulate
speak distinctly or connect by joints
The articulate teacher made everything very clear to his students.
tascend
to go or come up
He ascended to the top of the company through years of hard work.
ascertain
learn with certainity or assurance
He was unable to ascertain the meaning of the sculpture.
ascetic
person who lives a simple life, austere, with strict restrictions
The ascetic lives of catholic nuns deters many young women from joining.
ascribe
to credit or assign
The alphabet is usually ascribed to the Phoenicians.
aseptic
free from germs or disease
The operating room must be completely ascetic to perform a procedure.
asperity
roughness, harshness, irritability
The cause of her anger did not warrant such asperity.
aspersion
slander
The candidate cast apersions on his biggest rival.
assail
attack violently
His asailant fled the scene after giving a beating.
assiduous
diligent, hard working
Becoming a doctor requires an assiduous individual who is ready to study for years.
assuage
to relieve, or make less severe
She gave the children a snack to assuage their hunger.
asterisk
the mark *
There was an asterisk next to the man from California.
astringent
stern or severe, pungent
His astringent criticism caused maggie to cry.
astute
clever, quick at seeing to take advantage
The astute hockey player is toted as the mose creative player in the country.
atonement
satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury
After the fight Joe apologized in an act of atonement.
attenuate
to weaken or reduce in force
He had to attenuate his desire to pursue his best friends wife.
attune
to bring into harmony, adjust
He had to attune himself to the new living conditions of his apartment.
audacious
daring, foolishly bold
Some consider Columus to be an audacious explorer for his brave journeys.
augury
an omen, token or indication
The sailor sets sail when the auguries look favorable.
august
majestic, inspiring reverence or admiration
The play was an august performance of a religious drama.
auspicious
favorable, successful, prosperous
The auspicous event was assured to benefit everyone who attended.
austereaustere
severely moral , strict, plain
The christian schools allow an austere social life outside of the classroom for their students.
auxiliary
helping, supporting
The hospital has an auxiliary electrical system in case of an emergency.
aver
affirm, assert, prove, justify
He avered that he was the victim of a crime.
aversion
a strong feeling of dislike, opposition
I have a strong aversion to snakes and spiders.
avid
enthusiastic, dedicated
He is an avid moviegoer, seeing the new releases on the day of release.
avow
to admit or declare openly
He avowed himiself an opponent of the new regulations.