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abolish
1 : to end the observance or effect of : ANNUL 2 : DESTROY
abridge
1 a archaic : DEPRIVE b : to reduce in scope : DIMINISH <attempts to abridge the right of free speech> 2 : to shorten in duration or extent <modern transportation that abridges distance> 3 : to shorten by omission of words without sacrifice of sense : CONDENSE
abstemious
: marked by restraint especially in the consumption of food or alcohol; also : reflecting such restraint <an abstemious diet>
accent
1 a : to pronounce with accent : STRESS b : to mark with a written or printed accent 2 : to give prominence to : make more prominent
accented

accolade
1 a : a ceremonial embrace b : a ceremony or salute conferring knighthood 2 a : a mark of acknowledgment : AWARD b : an expression of praise 3 : a brace or a line used in music to join two or more staffs carrying simultaneous parts
acquiesce
: to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively -- often used with in and sometimes with to
affirmation
1 a : the act of affirming b : something affirmed : a positive assertion 2 : a solemn declaration made under the penalties of perjury by a person who conscientiously declines taking an oath
amass
1 : to collect for oneself : ACCUMULATE <amass a great fortune> 2 : to collect into a mass : GATHER <must select rather than simply amass details>
ambivalence
1 : simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action 2 a : continual fluctuation (as between one thing and its opposite) b : uncertainty as to which approach to follow
ambivalent

ambulatory
1 : of, relating to, or adapted to walking; also : occurring during a walk 2 : moving from place to place : ITINERANT 3 : capable of being altered <a will is ambulatory until the testator's death> 4 a : able to walk about and not bedridden b : performed on or involving an ambulatory patient or an outpatient <ambulatory medical care> <an ambulatory electrocardiogram>
ameliorate
transitive senses : to make better or more tolerable intransitive senses : to grow better
amity
FRIENDSHIP; especially : friendly relations between nations
anchor

antediluvian

ascendancy
governing or controlling influence : DOMINATION
atrophy

bane

baneful

bizarre

blunder

bungle
transitive senses : MISHANDLE, BOTCH
burgeon
2 : to grow and expand rapidly : FLOURISH
capitulate

capitulation

capricious

clemency

coalesce

coalescence

cohere
1 a : to hold together firmly as parts of the same mass; broadly : STICK, ADHERE b : to display cohesion of plant parts
coherent

compress

compression

confide

confidential

confound

congeal
1 : to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold
contaminant

contaminate

converge

convivial

copious

corroborate

corrugated
transitive senses : to form or shape into wrinkles or folds or into alternating ridges and grooves : FURROW
corrupt

corruption

cursory
: rapidly and often superficially performed or produced : HASTY <a cursory glance>
daunt

dauntless

debilitate

deplete

discrepancy

disentangle
transitive senses : to free from entanglement : UNRAVEL
disputatious

dispute

distend

distention

drawback

efface

effervesce
2 : to show liveliness or exhilaration
effervescent

enhance

enigmatic

ephemeral

equilibrium

euphonious

euphony

evacuate

evanescent
: tending to vanish like vapor
expedite
1 : to execute promptly
expeditious

expendable

expenditures

exclude

facilitate

fallow
: of a light yellowish brown color
fertile

flourish

flower

fraudulent

fruitful

fruitless

garner
2 : something that is collected : ACCUMULATION
guile

hackneyed

hefty
2 a : marked by bigness, bulk, and usually strength <a hefty football player> b : POWERFUL, MIGHTY c : impressively large : SUBSTANTIAL <hefty portions>
hideous

hilarity

humane
1 : marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals
hypocrisy

hypocritical

innocuous

irascible
: marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger
jettison
: a voluntary sacrifice of cargo to lighten a ship's load in time of distress
kindle

leniency

lenient

levity

levitate

listless

maladroit
: lacking adroitness : INEPT
mitigate

mobile

munificent
1 : very liberal in giving or bestowing : LAVISH
munificence

myriad

nefarious

obscure

obscurity

opaque

opacity

parsimony
1 a : the quality of being careful with money or resources : THRIFT b : the quality or state of being stingy
paucity
2 : smallness of quantity : DEARTH
penury
1 : a cramping and oppressive lack of resources (as money); especially : severe poverty
peripheral

periphery

placate

precise

precision

premature

premeditated

prevalent

proclivity
: an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially : a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable
prodigal

prodigious

profuse
2 : exhibiting great abundance : BOUNTIFUL <a profuse harvest>
profusion

pulverize

pulverized

rant

recalcitrant

recant

replete
2 a : abundantly fed b : FAT, STOUT
rescind

reserve

ruffle

rupture

saccharine
2 : overly or sickishly sweet <saccharine flavor>
salubrious

somber

specify

specificity

spurn

squander

stymie
: to present an obstacle to : stand in the way of
subtle

summary

summon

sumptuous
: extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent <sumptuous banquets> <a sumptuous residence>; also : MAGNIFICENT 4
surreptitious
2 : acting or doing something clandestinely : STEALTHY
surreptitiously

tantamount
: equivalent in value, significance, or effect
tenacious
2 a : persistent in maintaining or adhering to something valued or habitual <a tenacious royalist> b : RETENTIVE <a tenacious memory>
tenacity

transcience
1 a : passing especially quickly into and out of existence : TRANSITORY b : passing through or by a place with only a brief stay or sojourn
transient
1 a : passing especially quickly into and out of existence : TRANSITORY b : passing through or by a place with only a brief stay or sojourn
turbulence

venturesome

viable
2 : capable of growing or developing <viable seeds> <viable eggs>
vibrancy

vibrant

vilification

virulence

virulent

whet

zany
1 : a subordinate clown or acrobat in old comedies who mimics ludicrously the tricks of the principal : MERRY-ANDREW