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abandon
total lack of inhibition
abate
to decrease, reduce
abet
to aid, act as an acomplice
abjure
to renounce under oath, to abondon forever, to abstain from
abnegate
to give up, to deny oneself
abortive
ending without results
abscond
to leave quickly in secret
abstemious
done sparingly, consuming in moderation
accede
to express approval, to agree to
acclivity
an incline or upward slope
accretion
to grow in size, an increase in amount
acme
the highest level or degree
actuate
to put into motion; to motivate or influence to activity
acuity
sharp vision or preception characterized by attention to detail
acumen
sharpness of insight, mind and understanding
adept
extremely skilled
adjure
to appeal to
admonish
to warn or caution gently in order to correct something
adroit
skillful; accomplished
adulation
excessive flattery or admiration
adumbrate
to give hint or indication of something to come
aerie
a nest built high in the air; an elevated, excluded dwelling
affected
phony, artificial
aggreate
a collective mass, the sum total
algorithm
an established procedure for solving a problem or equation
alimentary
pertaining to food, nutrition, or digestion
allay
to lessen, ease, reduce in intensity
amity
friendship, good will
amorphous
having no definite form
animus
a feeling of animosity or ill will
anodyne
a source of comfort; a medicine that relieves pain
anomaly
a deviation from the common rule
anthropomorphic
suggesting human characteristics for animals and inanimate things
antiquated
too old to be fashionable or useful
aphorism
a short state of a principle
aplomb
self-confident assurance; poise
apostate
one who renounces religious faith
apposite
strikingly appropriate or well adapted
apprise
to give notice to; inform
appropriate
to assign to a particular purpose, allocate
arable
suitable for cultivation
arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
arrears
unpaid, overdue debts or bille; neglected obligations
arrogate
to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right
askance
with disapproval; with a skeptical sideways glance
assent
to agree, as to a proposal
atavistic
characteristic of a former era, ancient
autocrat
a dictator
aver
to declare to be true, to affirm
avuncular
like an uncle in behavior, especially in kindness and warmth
awry
crooked, askew, amiss
balk
to stop short and refuse to go on
ballast
a sturcture that helps to stabilize or steady
beatific
displaying calmness and joym relation to a state of celestial happiness
becalm
to stop the progree of, to soothe
becloud
to make less visible, to obscure, or blur
bedraggle
soiled, weat and limp; dilapidated
beget
to produce, especially as an effect or outgrowth; to bring about
behemoth
something of monstrous size or power; huge creature
berate
to scold harshly
bilious
ill-tempered, sickly, ailing
blasphemous
cursing, profane; extremely irreverent
blithely
merrily, lightheartedly cheerful; without appropriate thought
bombastic
high sounding but meaningless; ostentatiously lofty in style
bovine
relating to cows; having qualities characteristic of a cow
broach
to mention or suggest for the first time
bucolic
pastoral, rural
burnish
to polish; to make smooth and bright
bursar
a treasurer or keeper of funds
cache
a hiding place
cacophony
a jarring, unpleasant tone
calumny
a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation
cantakerous
having a difficult, uncooperative, or stubborn disposition
captious
marked by the tendency to point out trivial faults; intended to confuse in an argument
cataclysmic
severely destructive
caucus
a closed committee with a political party; a private committee meeting
caustic
burning, sarcastic
cede
to surrender possesion of somethin
celerity
speed, haste
censorious
critial, tending to blame and condemn
certitude
assurance. freedom from doubt
cessation
a temporary or complete halt
chary
watchful, cautious, extremely shy
chimerical
fanciful, imaginary, impossible
circuitous
indirect, roubabout
cloying
sickly sweet; excessive
coagulate
to clot; to cause to thicken
cogent
logically forceful; compelling, convincing
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
complacent
self-satisfied, smug
concomitant
existing concurrently
concord
agreement
condole
to grieve; to express sympathy
confluence
the act of two things floring together, the junction or meeting place where two things meet
consanguineous
having the same lineage or ancestry; related by blood
consternation
an intense state of fear or dismay
constituent
component, part, citizen, voter
contemptuous
scornful
contiguous
sharing a boundary, neighboring
continence
self-control, self-restraint
convalesce
to recover gradually from an illness
coquette
a flirtatious woman
coterie
an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose
contervail
to act or react with equal force
covert
secretive; not openly shown
cull
to select, weed out
dearth
lack, scarcity, insufficiency
curt
abrupt, short with words
debacle
a sudden, disastrous collapse or defeat; a total, ridiculous failure
declaim
to speak loudly and vehemently
defamatory
injurious to the reputation
demagogue
a leader, rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice
denizen
an inabitant, a resident
deride
to laugh at contemptuously, to make fun of
digress
to turn aside, especially from the main point; to stray from subject
diluvial
pertaining to a flood
discomfit
disconcert, to make one lose one's composure
discrete
individually distinctive, seperate
disingenuous
fiving a false appearance of simple frankness, misleading
disinterested
fair-minded, unbiased
dispassionate
unaffected by bias or stron emotions; not personally or emotionally invulved in something
dissident
disagreeing with an estrablished religious or political system
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality; dogmatic
dogged
stubbornly persevering
doleful
sad, mournful
dour
sullen and gloomy, stern and severe
effluvia
waste; odorous fumes given off by waste
elegy
a mournful poem, usually about the dead
elude
to avoid cleverly, to escape the perception of
emollient
soothing, especially to the skin
emulate
to strive to equal or to imitate
encumber
to weigh down, to burden
enjoin
to direct or impose with urgent appeal, to order with empasis; to forbid
epochal
momentous, highly significant
eponymous
giving one's name to a place, book, restaurant
equivocate
to aboid committing oneself in what one says to be deliberately unclear
ersatz
being an artificial and inferior substitute or imitation
eschew
to shun, to avoid
espouse
to take up and support as a cause; to marry
espy
to catch sight of, glimpse
euphemism
an inoffensive and agreeable expressions that is substituted for one that is sonsidered offensive
suthanasia
the practice of ending the life of terminally ill individuals; assissted suicide
excoriate
to censure scathingly; to express strong disapproval of
expound
to explain or describe in detail
expunge
to erase; to eliminate completely
extirpate
to root out, eradicate, literally or figuratively, to destroy wholly
extrapolation
using known data and information to determin what will happen in the future; prediction
extrinsic
external, unessential; originating from the outside
extrude
to form or shape something by pushing it out, to for out, especially through a small opening
facetious
witty, humurous
facile
easily accomplished, seeming to lack sincerity or depth; arrived at without due effort
fallacious
tending to deceive or mislead; based on fallacy
febrile
feverish, marked by intense emotion or activity
feckless
ineffective, worthless
feign
to pretend, to five false appearance of
feral
suggestive of a wil beast, no domesticated
fictive
fictional, relating to imaginative creation
fitful
intermittent, lacking steadiness; characterized by irrgular bursts of activity
flippant
marked by disrespectful lightheartedness or casualness
flout
to scorn, to disregard with contempt
fodder
raw material, as for artistic creation, readily abundant ideas or images
forego
to precede, to go ahead of
forgo
to do without, to abstain from
formidable
fearsome, dauting; tending to inspire awe or wonder
fortitude
strength of mind that allows on to encounter adversity with courage
fortuitous
by chance, especially by favorable chance
frenetic
frantic, frenzied
fulsome
abundant; flattering in an insincere way
furlough
a leave of absence, espcially granted to soldier or a prisoner
furtive
sly, with hidden motives