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ABASE
TO HUMBLE OR DISGRACE
ABJURE
PROMISE OR SWEAR TO GIVE UP
ABNEGATE
TO DENY OR RENOUNCE
ABROGATE
TO REPEAL, AS IN A LAW; TO ANNUL SOMETHING THROUGH AN AUTHORITATIVEACT
ADJURATION
SOLEMN URGING ”Her adjuration to tell the truth did not change thewitnesses' testimony.”
ADJUTANT
STAFF OFFICER ASSISTING THE COMMANDER; ASSISTANT ”Though hedelegated many tasks to his chief adjutant, Somerset, Somerset wasin no doubt as to who made all major decisions.”
ADVENTITIOUS
ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL ”He found this adventitious meeting with hisfriend extremely fortunate.”
AFFIDAVIT
WRITTEN STATEMENT MADE UNDER OATH
AGGRIEVE
TO AFFLICT OR DISTRESS
ANIMADVERSION
CRITICAL REMARK ”He resented the animadversions of his critics,particularly because he realized they were true.”
ARRAIGN
CHARGE IN COURT; INDICT
ARROGATE
TO ASSUME, OR CLAIM AS ONE'S OWN; TO TAKE OVER WITHOUT DUE CAUSE..“to make undue claims to, from vanity or baseless pretensions toright or merit; as, the pope arrogated dominion over kings.”
ASCENDANCY
CONTROLLING INFLUENCE “President Marcos failed to maintain hisascendency over Philippines"
ASCETIC
PRACTICING SELF-DENIAL; AUSTERE
BALK
FOILTo stop short and refuse to go on: The horse balked at the jump. To refuse obstinately or abruptly: She balked at the very idea ofcompromise.
BARRISTER
COUNSELOR-AT-LAW
BELEAGUER
TO HARASS, PLAGUE
BENIGHTED
UNENLIGHTENED
BETOKEN
TO INDICATE, SIGNIFY, GIVE EVIDENCE OF
BILLET
BOARD AND LODGING FOR TROOPS
BILK
FRUSTRATE OR DISAPPOINT; TO DECEIVE OR DEFRAUD..
BLOWHARD
TALKATIVE BOASTER
BLUSTER
BOAST OR MAKE THREATS LOUDLY
BROCADE
RICH, FIGURED FABRIC
BROMIDE
A DULL PERSON OR IDEA
BURNISH
TO POLISH
CADGE
TO BEG, TO GET BY BEGGIN
CANARD
UNFOUNDED RUMOR OR LIE
CANVASS
DISCUSS THOROUGHLY; SORT OF TOUTING
CATECHISM
BOOK FOR RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION; INSTRUCTION BY QUESTION AND ANSWER
CODICIL
SUPPLEMENT TO THE BODY OF A WILL
COFFER
STRONGBOX, CHEST FOR MONEY
COMITY
COURTESY; CIVILITY “A spirit of comity should exist among nations.”
COMPENSATORY
MAKING UP FOR; REPAYING
CONSEQUENTIAL
POMPOUS, SELF IMPORTANT
CONSTRUE
TO EXPLAIN OR INTERPRET
CONTENTIOUS
ARGUEMENTATIVE, CAUSING CONTROVERSY
CONTUMACIOUS
DISOBEDIENT; RESISTING AUTHORITY ”The contumacious mob shouteddefiantly at the police.”
COZEN
TO DECEIVE. BEGUILE, HOODWINK
CULL
PICK OUT; REJECT ”Every month the farmer culls the nonplaying hensand sells them to the local butcher.”
CULVERT
ARTIFICIAL CHANNEL FOR WATER
CURMUDGEON
CRANKY PERSON
DEBAUCH
TO CORRUPT, SEDUCE FROM VIRTUE OR DUTY, INDULGE
DEMAGOGUE
SOMEONE WHO APPEALS TO THE PREJUDICES AND EMOTIONS OF THE PEOPLE INAN ATTEMPT TO GAIN POWER.. “A consummate demagogue, [Joseph]McCarthy played upon cold war emotions and made charges sofantastic that frightened people believed the worst.”
DEMUR
TO QUESTION OR OPPOSE
DESUETUDE
CESSATION OF USE; DISUSE
DENIGRATE
TO SULLY, BELITTLE, DEFAME
DETRACTION
SLANDERING, VERBAL ATTACK, ASPERSION
DISPARAGE
TO BELITTLE
DISPORT
AMUSE ”The popularity of Florida as a winter resort is constantlyincreasing; each year, thousands more disport themselves at Miamiand Palm Beach.”
DISSIPATE
TO SCATTER, PURSUE PLEASURE TO EXCESS
DISSOLUTION
DISINTEGRATION, LOOSENESS IN MORALS
DISTAFF
THE FEMALE BRANCH OF A FAMILY (OPP.= AGNATE), A DEVICE TO SPIN YARN
DISTRAIT
ABSENTMINDED, DISTRACTED
DOCKET
Calender of court cases.
A brief entry of the court proceedings.
The book containing such entries.
A summary of a document
A list of things to be done.
directions for assembling or operating.
DOUGHTY
COURAGEOUS
DUDGEON
ANGRY INDIGNATION “Higgins was so frustrated by such a basic errorthat he stormed out of the arena for the mid-session interval inhigh dudgeon.”
DYSPEPTIC
SUFFERING FROM INDIGESTION
ECUMENICAL
ENCOMPASSING A WIDE VARIETY OF FAITHS OR BELIEFS, OFTEN IN REFERENCETO RELIGION.. (AFFECTED OR EXAGGERATED EARNESTNESS, ESPECIALLY INCHOICE AND USE OF LANGUAGE.)
EDACIOUS
VORACIOUS, DEVOURING devouring or craving food in great quantities;"edacious vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"
EFFECTUAL
EFFICIENT
EFFETE
DEPLETED OF VITALITY
MARKED BY SELF-INDULGENCE,TRIVIALITY, OR DECADENCE, OVERREFINED; EFFEMINATE.
ELEEMOSYNARY
PERTAINING TO CHARITY; CHARITABLE.
ENJOIN
TO URGE OREDER OR COMMAND, FORBID OR PROHIBIT AS BY COURT ORDER
ENORMITY
EXCESSIVE WICKEDNESS
EPIGRAPH
QUOTE AT THE BIGINNING OF A LITERARY WORK
EQUABLE
STEADY, REGULAR
EQUITY
FAIRNESS OR EQUALITY
ESCHEW
AVOID
ESURIENT
HUNGRY, GREEDY
ETIOLOGY
THE STUDY OF CAUSES
EUPHONY
PLEASANT HARMONIOUS SOUND
EVINCE
TO SHOW CLEARLY
EXECRABLE
VERY BAD
EXIGUOUS
SMALL, MINUTE
EXPATIATE
TO ENLARGE OR ELABORATE UPON SOMETHING; TO GO ON IN GREAT DETAIL..“Every day he would expatiate in great detail on the quality of thesandwiches”
EXPLODE
TO DEBUNK, DISPROVE
EXTRICABLE
THAT CAN BE FREED
BUNGLER
To work or act ineptly or inefficiently
BUNGLER
To work or act ineptly or inefficiently
PHARISICAL
HYPOCRITICALLY SELF-RIGHTEOUS AND CONDEMNATORY, SANCTIMONIOUS
PITTANCE
MEAGER AMOUNT OR WAGE
PLANGENT
POUNDING, THUNDERING, RESOUNDING, WAILING SOUND
PLEBIAN
CRUDE, LOWER-CLASS, VULGAR
PONDEROUS
HEAVY, BULKY, DULL
PONTIFICATE
TO SPEAK IN A PRETENTIOUS MANNER
PREDICATE
TO FOUND OR BASE ON
PRESTIDIGITATION
SLEIGHT OF HAND
PRIVATION
LACK OF USUAL NECESSETIES OR COMFORTS
PROPITIOUS
AUSPICIOUS, PRESENTING FAVORABLE CIRCUMSTANCES “the clearing of the sky was a propitious omen that the storm had passed”
PROPOUND
TO OFFER FOR CONSIDERATION; TO EXHIBIT (PROPOUND AN ARGUMENT)
PROVISIONAL
OF THE PRESENT TIME ONLY
PRUNE
SILLY PERSON
PURBLIND
BEING UNABLE TO SEE
PURBLIND
BEING UNABLE TO SEE
QUALIFY
TO LIMIT “he qualified the harshness of his criticisms by smiling as he said them”
QUIXOTIC
GENEROUS, UNSELFISH
QUIZZICAL
BANTERING, COMICAL, HUMOROUSLY SERIOUS
PROGENITOR
A direct ancestor.
An originator of a line of descent; a precursor.
An originator; (ex: of the new music)
PONDEROUS
Having great weight. Unwieldy from weight or bulk. Lacking grace or fluency; labored and dull: a ponderous speech.