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aberrant
deviating from the norm
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic
audacias
daring, fearless; taking surprisingly bold risks
capricious
erratic and unpredictable in mood or behavior; changeable
censure
to criticize severly
disparate
fundamentally distinct
enervate
to weaken
ennui
dissatisfaction from boredom or apathy
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with deceptive intent
exculpate
clear of blame
exigent
urgent
ingenuous
frank and candid
inured
accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
easily angered
magnanamity
generously noble in mind & heart
noxious
harmful
obtuse
not precise in thought
obviate
to anticipate; to make necessary
perennial
recurrent
perfunctory
done without care
prevaricate
deliberately avoid the truth; speak or act in an evasive way

Sentence: he seemed to prevaricate when journalists asked pointed questions
solicitous
concerned and attentive
tortuous
winding; twisting; complicated
voracious
having an insatiable apetite
abjure
to reject solemnly
abrogate
to abolish or annul
abcission
act of cutting or removing
acarpous
no longer fertile
accretion
growth
adroit
skillful & adept
adumbrate
to foreshadow
anathema
solemn or religious curse
anodyne
soothing
apocryphal
of dubious origin
apogee
farthest point in the orbit of the moon or a satteline
apostate
one who abandons long held religious or political belief

ex. Julian the Apostate, who abandoned christianity for theurgy
apotheosis
the elevation of someone to divine status; deification.
apposite
relevant; appropriate
apprise
to inform
arabesque
complex design
arcane
mysterious
arrant
impudent; without qualification
asperity
severity
ascetic
someone practicing self-denial
aspersion
act of defamation
assay
examine (something) in order to assess its nature
asseverate
to solemny or emphatically assert
assiduous
working with great care and perseverence
attenuate
to weaken; reduce the force, effect, or value of
augury
omen
auspice
protection; support
auspicious
favorable; successful
aver
to assert; to prove
baleful
harmful
bane
source of harm
beatify
to make blissfully happy
bedizen
to adorn
bellicose
belligerent; warlike
bilge
bulge or swell
blandish
to coax with flattery
blithe
carefree

Sentence: a blithe seaside comedy.
boor
rude person
burnish
to polish or shine
byzantine
complex
cabal
a secret political clique or faction
cochinnate
to laugh loudly
cadge
to mooch
cajole
to coax
calumniate
to slander

Sentence: Pray for those who persecute and calumniate you. St. Matthew 5:44
caparison
adorn
captious
calculated to confuse in argument
cavil
to find fault without good reason
He caviled at the cost though it was only a penny.
chasten
to correct
chimera
illusion
anomoly
deviation from the norm; abnormality
approbation
expression of approval or praise
assuage
to ease or lessen