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Absolve
To pardon free of blame
The father confessor absolved him of his sins. Absolution, N.
Absorb
Involve fully soak up
The researchers were completely absorbed in observing how much liquid the synthesized fabric could absorb.
Abstract
Theoretical not concrete non representational
To him hunger was an abstract concept; he never missed a meal.
Accommodate
To oblige or help someone adjust into harmony adapt
Accommodations were made for the homeless people.
Acknowledgment
Recognition admission expression of application
Show acknowledgment if someone is talking to you.
Acrimony
Harshness in speech or nature bitterness
Bobby-Joe spoke of his teacher with acrimony undimmed by time.
Adapt
Alter modify
Darwin's theory of evolution explains how animals adapted to their environment.
Adverse
Unfavorable negative hostile
Adverse circumstances forced him to close His business.
Aesthetic
Artistic dealing with or capable of appreciation of the beautiful
The beauty of Tiffany’s stained glass appealed to Alliance’s aesthetic sense
Aggressor
Attacker
The aggressor was determined by the debate.
Alienate
Make hostile separate
Never alienate yourself from the world.
Alleviate
To relive
This medicine should alleviate the pain.
Altruistic
Unselfishly generous concerned for others
In an altruistic act he volunteered to sponsor the homeless feeding group.
Ambiguous
Unclear or doubtful in meaning
His ambiguous instruction lead to many mistakes on the test.
Ambivalence
The state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
She was confused by the ambivalence of her feelings.
Amenable
Willing to agree readily managed
She was such an amenable person that I felt sure she would agree to take notes for me if I had t miss class
Ample
Abundant
The burglar had ample opportunity to dispose of his loot before the police got a hold of him.
Antagonism
Hostility active resistance opposition
Tim showed his antagonism towards Tina's new boyfriend by sneering at Jim's Harvard accent and button down shirts.
Antiquated
Old-fashioned obsolete out of date
Philip had grown accustom to using word processors that he thought typewriters were too antiquated for him to use
Apathy
Lack of caring indifference
A firm believer in democratic government, she could not understand the apathy of the people who did not bother to vote
Apprentice
Novice learning a trade from a skilled worker
As a child, Pip had beloved it would be wonderful to work as Joe's apprentice; now he hated his apprenticeship and scorned the blacksmith's trade
Appropriate
Proper fitting suitable
Ben spent hours looking for a suit that would be appropriate to wear at a summer wedding
Aristocracy
Hereditary nobility privileged class
In America we have mixed feelings about hereditary aristocracy: we say all men are created equal, but we describe particularly outstanding people as natural aristocrats
Arrogance
Pride haughtiness
The members of the middle class resented the nobility for their arrogance
Assert
State with confidence insist on one's rights
Katy asserted that, if only Yoko asserted herself. People would not take advantage of her
Assumption
Something taken for grantedTaking over or taking possession of
The young princess made a foolish assumption that the regret would not object to her assumption of power
Assurance
Promise or pledge; certainty; self-confidence
When Tyrone gave Alec his assurance rehearsals were going well, he spoke with such assurance that Alec felt relieved
Authentic
Genuine
The art expert was able to distinguish the authentic Van Gogh painting form the copy the forger had made
Aversion
Firm dislike
Their mutual aversion was so great that they refused to speak to each other
Beneficial
HelpfulUseful
In later years Scrooge saw to it that Tim received the best of medical care, which was beneficial to the child's health
Censor
Overseer of morals a person that reads documents and removes any inappropriate remarks
In times of war censors read letters of solders to make sure military secrets are not being given away
Chronicle
Report record in chronological order
The gossip columnist was paid to chronicle the latest escapes of the socially prominent celebrities.
Circumspect
Prudent cautious
A person who looks both ways before crossing a road is circumspect.
Cite
Quote refer to commend
Because Virginia could cite so many biblical passages from memory her pastor cited her for her studio ness.
Cliché
A phrase where meaning is dulled by reputation
Good writers avoid common clichés (faster than a bullet)(stubborn as a mule)
coalesce
combine fuse
The brooks coalesce from one large river.
Commend
Praise cite approvingly entrust
Her teacher commended Latifa for her efforts to improve her vocabulary
Comparable
Similar
People whose jobs are comparable in difficulty should receive the same pay
compassion
Deep sympathy
His compassion for running lead Joe to many victories.
Captivate
Charm fascinate
The shiny purple and black Navora bike captivated Dhiren's attention.
Benevolent
GenerousCharitable
Scrooge was completely transformed from the grasping miser; indeed, his newly benevolent nature prevented him from refusing any beggar who approached him
Benign
Kindly; favorable; not malignant
A gentle soul, the old man was well liked because of his benign attitude toward friend and stranger alike.
Betray
Be unfaithful Reveal (unconsciously or unwillingly)
The spy betrayed his country by selling military secrets to the enemy. The he was taken in for questioning, the tightness of his lips betrayed his fear of getting caught
Bias
prejudice
because the judge played golg regularly with the district attorney, we feared their friendship might bias him in the prosecution's favor
boycott
refrain from buying or using
in an effort to stop grape growers from using pesticides that harmed the farmworker's health, Chavez called for the consumers to boycott grapes
brittle
Easily brokenDifficult
My employer's brittle personality made it difficult for me to get along with her
Candor
Frankness
Absolute candor is not always the best policy: consider how you would feel if your roommates were totally frank about the way you look the first thing in the morning.
Compliance
Readiness to yield fulfilling all requirements
When I give an order I expect compliance not defiance.
Component
Ingredient
I wish all if the components in my sterol were working the same.
Compromise
To adjust by making mutual concessions endanger the interest or reputation of
Sometimes the presence of a neutral party can help adversaries compromise their differences. Unfortunately, your presence at the scene of the dispute compromises our claim to neutrality in this matter.
Compulsion
Coercion state of being compiled irritable impulse
Unlike many of he contemporaries, Maria Montessori did not believe in a teacher's using physical compulsion to force a child to obey.
condemnation
strong censure or disoproval
judical sentencing
Hearing the tone of condemnation in teh masters voice, the puppy knew he had been a bad dog.
confine
shut in
restrict
the terrorists had confined their prrisonner in a small room. however they had chained hin to the wall or done anyting elses to confine his movments further.
confirm
corrobate
verify support
i have several witnesse that can confirm what happend on my account.
conformity
harmony
aggrement
established with standards
congenial
pleasant frienly