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Abate
To lessen in intensity or degree
Aberrant
Deviating from the norm
Abjure
To renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; or avoid
Abrogate
To abolish or annul by authority; put down
Abscission
Act of cutting off or removing
Abscond
To depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
Accolade
An expression of praise; an award
Accretion
Growth; increase by successive addition, building up
Acerbic
Having a sour or bitter taste or character
Acumen
Quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
Admonish
To reprove; to express warning or dispproval
Adroit
adept, dexterous
Adulation
excessive praise; intense adoration
Adulterate
To reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
Adumbate
to foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest, or outline sketchily
Aesthetic
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
Aggrandize
to increase in intensity, power, or prestige; to make appear greater
Alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
Alchemy
A medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, especailly base metals into gold; any magical or wonderful transformation
Alloy
To commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior
Amalgamate
to combine several elements into a whole
Ameliorate
To make better or more tolerable
Amenable
Agreeable; responsive to suggestion
Anachronism
something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
Anathema
A solemn or ecclesiastical curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
Anodyne
soothing
Anomaly
deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
Antipathy
aversion, dislike
Antithetical
diametrically opposed, as in antithesis
Apocryphal
of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious
Apogee
farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
Apostate
One who abandons long-held religious or political convictions, a betrayer of a cause
Apotheosis
Deification, glorification of godliness, the perfect example
Apposite
appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos
Apprise
give notice to, inform
Approbation
an expression of approval or praise
Appropriate
to take for one's own use, confiscate
Arabesque
complex, ornate design
Arcane
mysterious, abstruse, esoteric, knowable only to initiates
Archaic
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps primitive time
Arduous
strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort
Arrant
impudent; in every way, being completely such, barefaced, utter
Arrest
to suspend; to engage
Artless
completely without guile; natural, without artificiality
Ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
Asperity
severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability
Aspersion
An act of defamation or maligning
Assiduous
diligent, hard-working
Assuage
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
Astringent
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe
Attenuate
to rarefy, weaken or make thinner, lessen
Audacious
daring and fearless; recklessly bold
Augury
omen, potent, the reading of omens
August
majestic, venerable
Auspice
protection or support, patronage
Auspicious
favorable, propitious, successful, prosperous
Austere
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
Avarice
greed, especially for wealth
Aver
to state as a fact; to confirm or support
Axiom
a universally recognized principle; a generally accepted or common saying
Axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
Baleful
sinister, pernicious, ominous
Bane
cause of injury, source of harm; source of persistent frustration
Beatify
to bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to; to regard as saintly
Bedizen
to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner; festoon, caparison
Belie
to give a false impression of, to misrepresent
Bellicose
belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
Bent
leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency
Blandish
To coax with flattery, toady or fawn
Blithe
carefree, merry
Boisterous
loud, noisy, rough, lacking restaint
Bolster
to provide support or reinforcement
Bombastic
pompous; grandiloquent
Boor
a rude or insensitive person; lout; yokel
Broach
bring up, announce, begin to talk about
Brook
to tolerate, endure, countenance
Bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
Burgeon
To grow rapidly or flourish
Burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
Burnish
to polish, rub to a shine
Byzantine
labrynthine, complex
cacophony
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
cadge
to sponge, beg, or mooch
cajole
to inveigle, coax, wheedle, sweet-talk
calumniate
to slander, to make a false accusation
canon
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
chary
wary; cautious; sparing
chasten
to chastise or correct; subdue
Chauvinist
one blindly devoted to a group of which one is a member
Chicanery
trickery or subterfuge
Chimera
an illusion; originally, an imaginary fire-breathing she-monster
Churlish
boorish, vulgar, loutish; difficult and intractable
Coalesce
to come together; to fuse or untie
Coda
concluding section to a musical or literary piece, something that concludes or completes
Cogent
appealing forcibly to the mind or literary piece, something that concludes or completes
Color
to change as if by dyeing, influence, distort, or gloss over
Commensurate
matching, corresponding, or proportionate in degree, size, amount or other property
Complaisance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
Connoisseur
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
Consequential
pompous, self-important
Contemn
to scorn or despise
Contentious
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
Contiguous
sharing a border; touching; adjacent
Contrite
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
Convention
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
convoluted
complex or complicated
corrigible
capable of being set right, correctable, reparable
countenance
to approve of or tolerate
cozen
to decieve, beguile, hoodwink
craven
contemptibly fainthearted, pusillanimous, lacking any courage
credulous
tending to believe too readily; gullible
Culpable
deserving blame
Cynicism
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
Capricious
Inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
Cardinal
of basic importance or consequence; primary
Caret
an insertaion mark used by editors and proofreaders
Castigation
severe criticism or punishment
Catalyst
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
Caustic
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
censure
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
Damp
to diminish the intensity or check something, such as a sound or feeling
Daunt
to intimidate or dismay
Dearth
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; lack
Debacle
rout, fiasco, complete failure
Decorum
politeness or appropriateness of conduct or behavior
Demur
to question or oppose
Denigrate
blacken, belittle, sully, defame, disparage
Denquement
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
Deprecate
to disparage or belittle
Depredate
to plunder, pillage, ravage or destroy; to exploit in a predatory manner
Derision
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
Derivative
unoriginal, obtained from another source
Desiccate
to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
Desuetude
disuse
Desultory
random; thoughtless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose
Detraction
slandering, verbal attack, aspersion
Diaphanous
transparent, gauzy
Diatribe
a harsh denunciation
Didactic
intended to teach or instruct
Diffident
reserved, shy, unassuming; lacking in slef-confidence
Digress
to stray from the point; to go off a tangent
Dilatory
causing delay, procrastinating
Dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
DIn
loud sustained noise
Disabuse
to undeceive; to set right
Discomfit
to defeat, put down
Discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
Discretion
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
Disinterested
free from self-interest; unbiased
Disparage
to slight or belittle
Disarate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
Dissemble
to disguise or conceal; to mislead
Dissolution
disintegration, looseness in morals
Distrait
distracted; absent-minded, especially due to anxiety
Divulge
to disclose something secret
Doggerel
trivial, poorly constructed verse
Dogmatic
Authoritatively and or arrogantly assertive of principles, which often cannot be proved; stubbornly opinionated
Dross
slag, waste or foreign matter, impurity, surface scum
Dulcet
melodious, harmonious, mellifluous
Dynamo
generator; forceful, energetic person