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abash
embarrassed

s: disconcert, discomfit, faze, mortify
abate
decrease, reduce

s: dwindle, ebb, recede, flag, wane
aberration
something different from usual

s: anomaly, deviation
abet
to aid as accomplice

s: help, assist
abject
miserable, pitiful

s: pathetic, sorry
abridge
to condense, shorten

s: abbreviate, cut, prune
abscond
to depart secretly

s: flee, decamp, fly, bolt
abstemious
marked by restraint especially in the consumption of food or alcohol

s: moderate, temperate, sparing
accede
to express approval, agree to

s: assent, acquiesce, consent, concur
accolade
praise, distinction

s: acclaim, approbation, commendation, kudos
accretion
growth in size or increase in amount

s: buildup, accumulation, accrual
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper

s: tart, biting, caustic, cutting
acme
highest point, summit

s: apex, crown, peak, pinnacle, zenith
acrid
harsh, bitter

s: sharp, pungent, caustic
acrimony
bitterness, animosity

s: choler, spleen, rancor, asperity, antipathy
acumen
sharpness of insight

s: sagacity, discernment, shrewdness
adage
old saying or proverb

s: apothem, aphorism, maxim
admonish
to caution or reprimand

s: reprove, chide, upbraid, berate, rebuke
adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent

s: deft, dexterous, proficient, accomplished, adept
adulterate
to corrupt or make impure

s: contaminate, dilute
alacrity
cheerful readiness, promptness in response

s: celerity, dispatch, enthusiasm
allusion
indirect reference

s: intimation, suggestion
altercation
noisy dispute

s: argument, clash, fight, quarrel
amalgamate
to mix, combine

s: integrate, assimilate, merge, incorporate, league
ambivalence
attitude of uncertainty; conflicting emotions
ambulatory
of, relating to, walking, moving about from place to place

s: itinerant, nomadic, peripatetic, roving, vagabond
ameliorate
to make better, improve

s: amend, reform
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirit

s: talisman, fetish
anachronistic
outdated

s: anomalous, inconsistent, inappropriate
anathema
ban, curse; something shunned or disliked

s: execration, aversion, horror, abomination
ancillary
accessory, subordinate, helping

s: adjunct, additional, auxiliary, supplemental
anecdote
short, usually funny account of an event
antediluvian
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure

s: old, archaic, antique
antipathy
dislike, hostility; extreme opposition or aversion

s: enmity, malice, antagonism
antithesis
exact opposite or direct contrast
aphorism
old saying or short, pithy statement

s: adage, apothegm, maxim, proverb
apocryphal
not genuine, fictional

s: erroneous, fictitious, fraudulent, false
apostate
one who renounces a religious faith

s: renegade, turncoat, deserter
appropriate (v.)
to take possession of

s: usurp, arrogate, commandeer
arable
suitable for cultivation

s: farmable, fertile
arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few

s: esoteric, mysterious
arch (adj.)
mischievous, roguish

s: impish, waggish, saucy, ironic
archipelago
large group of islands
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly

s: seize, assume
ascetic
self-denying, abstinent, austere

s: continent, temperate, abstemious
ascribe
to attribute to, assign

s: accredit, impute, refer
ashen
resembling ashes; deathly pale

s: blanched, pallid, pasty, wan
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report, slander

s: allegation, insinuation, reproach
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hardworking
assonance
resemblance in sound, especially in vowel sounds; partial rhyme

s: echo
assuage
to make less, relieve, ease

s: mitigate, alleviate, appease, mollify
astringent
harsh, severe, stern

s: sharp, bitter
asylum
refuge, sanctuary

s: haven, shelter
atrophy
to waste away, wither from disuse

s: deteriorate, degenerate
attenuate
to make thin or slender, weaken

s: reduce, rarefy, diminish
augury
prophecy, prediction of events

s: omen, auspices, portent, harbinger, presage
august
dignified, awe-inspiring, venerable

s: grand, majestic, admirable, awesome
auspicious
having favorable prospects, promising

s: encouraging, hopeful, positive, propitious
austere
stern, strict, unadorned

s: dour, bare, ascetic
autocrat
dictator

s: tyrant, despot, totalitarian
autonomous
separate, independent

s: sovereign, self governed, free
avarice
greed

s: cupidity, rapacity
aver
to declare to be true, affirm

s: assert, attest
aviary
large enclosure housing birds
axiom
premise, postulate, self-evident truth

s: adage, apothegm, aphorism, maxim, rule
baleful
harmful, with evil intentions

s: dark, sinister
balk
to refuse, shirk; prevent

s: stop, check, thwart, frustrate
banal
trite, overly common

s: hackneyed, shopworn, inane
bane
something causing death, destruction, or ruin

s: curse, scourge, poison
banter
playful conversation

s: chatter, palaver, prattle
bastion
fortification, stronghold

s: bulwark, defense, haven, fortress
bawdy
obscene, lewd

s: vulgar, risque, rude, coarse
bay
to bark, especially in a deep, prolonged way

s: howl, ululate, wail, keen
behemoth
huge creature

s:
belabor
to insist repeatedly or harp on

s: dwell upon, harp upon
bellicose
warlike, aggressive

s: belligerent, hostile, combative, pugnacious
belligerent
hostile, tending to fight

s: bellicose
benighted
unenlightened

s: ignorant, unschooled, illiterate
best (v)
to get the better of, beat

s: defeat, trounce, rout, vanquish
bevy
group

s: band, gang, troop
bilk
to cheat, defraud

s: swindle, dupe, fleece
biped
two-footed animal

s: upright, 2 legged
blandish
to coax with flattery

s: charm, seduce, wheedle, cajole
blithe
joyful, cheerful
boor
crude person, one lacking manner
bourgeois
middle-class

s: capitalist, conventional
bovine
cow-like, relating to cow

s: sluggish, dull, stolid
brazen
bold, shameless, impudent; of or like brass

s: audacious, brash, contumelious, insolent
broach (v)
to mention or suggest for the first time

s: introduce, propose
brusque
rough and abrupt in manner

s: blunt, curt, gruff, rude, tactless
bucolic
pastoral, rural

s: rustic, country, agrarian
burgeon
to sprout or flourish

s: blossom, thrive, proliferate
burnish
to polish, make smooth and bright

s: shine, buff
bustle
commotion, energetic activity

s: flurry, ado, tumult
buttress (v)
to reinforce or support

s: bolster, brace, prop, strengthen