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abdicate
to denounce; to discard; to abandon
aberration
something not typical; a deviation
abhorrence
repugnance; detestation
abjure
to renounce upon oath
abnegation
self-denial
abrogate
to break, as a treaty or law
abbscond
to depart secretly; to hide (oneself)
absolve
to set free from an obligation or the consequences of guilt
abstain
to refrain deliberately from an action or practice, usu, as a form of self-denial
abstemious
sparing or moderate, especially in eating or drinking (antonym: self-denial)
abstruse
hard to understand or grasp; esoteric
abut
to border on; to terminate at the boundary or point of contact
abysmal
immeasurable; bottomless
accolade
an award or honor; high praise
acquiesce
to agree silently; to accept tacitly
acrophobia
the fear of heights
acumen
keenness
adamant
unyielding; stubborn
addle
to throw into confusion; to confound
adjure
to command solemnly; to advise earnestly; to beg
adroit
showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness
adulation
excessive praise
adumbrate
to intimate or foreshadow; to obscure
aestivate (estivate)
to spend the summer in an inactive state
agglomeration
a collection in a mass, heap, or cluster; aggrandizement
agoraphobia
the fear of open spaces
alacrity
liveliness or eagerness; readiness (antonym: lassitude)
allegory
a symbolic expression or description
allusion
an indirect reference to something else; a hint
alms
charity; something given to the poor (usu, refers to small change)
alpinism
mountain climbing
altruistic
unselfish; concerned with the welfare of others
ambergris
a product of sperm whales used in the manufacture of perfume
amphora
an ancient two-handled Greek jar
anathema
a ban or curse; a denunciation accompanied by excommunication
andiron
a metal support used for holding logs in a hearth
androphobia
the fear of men
anneal
to toughen or to strengthen
anondyne
a pain reliever
anomaly
an aberration; a deviation; an irregularity
antipathy
firm dislike; hatred (antonym: sympathy)
antiseptic
free from germs, exceptionally clean
antithesis
the direct opposite
aphelion
the point in a planet's orbit that is farthese from the sun
apocalyptic
of, or relating to, a revelation or discovery
apocryphal
of doubtful authenticity; spurious
apogee
the point in a satellite's orbit that is fartheset from the center of the earth
aquiline
hooked; like an eagle
arachnophobia
the fear of spiders
archon
the chief magistrate in ancient Athens; any ruler
arid
dull; unimaginative; extremely dry
arrogate
to claim or seize without justification; to usurp
artifice
cleverness; ingenuity
assiduous
diligent
assuage
to ease the intensity of; to appease; to pacify (antonym: exacerbate)
astraphobia
the fear of lightning
atrophy
a wasting away; degeneration
attenuate
to lessen in the amount, force, or value; to weaken
austral
southern (antonym; boreal)
axiom
a self-evedent rule or truth; a widely accepted saying
azure
sky blue
baleful
menacing; harmful
balmy
soothing; mild
banal
trite; commonplace
bellicose
inclined to start wars or fights (antonym: pacific)
beneficent
beneficial (antonym: deleterious)
benign
gracious; favorable; not threatening to health (antonym: malignant)
bibliophile
one who loves books
biennial
occurring every two years
bifurcate
divided in two branches; forked
blighted
withered or rotten; destroyed; frustrated
blithe
happy; merry; cheerful
bombastic
pompous; overblown; turgid
boreal
northern (antonym: austral)
boycott
to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (a person, store, organization) as a sign of disapproval (derived from Charles C. Boycott, an English land agent who was ostracized in Ireland because of his refusal to lower rents)
broach
to make known for the first time; to open up (a subject) for discussion
bromidic
lacking originality; trite
brontophobia
the fear of thunder
brook
to bear or tolerate; to put up with
brusque
abrupt or short in manner or speech
buccal
pertaining to the cheeks or side of the mouth
bucolic
pastoral; relating to rural life
buffoon
a clown or ludicrous figure; someone who amuses with jokes or tricks
bulbous
rotund; round like a bulb
bumptious
aggressive and assertive in an offensive way (antonym: shy; self-effacing)
buoyant
(1) having the ability to float (2) cheerful; gay
burnish
to make shiny or lustrous; to polish
burnoose
a hooded Arabic cloak
cassock
a loose robe worn by priests
cabal
a group united to plot, esp the overthrow of authority
cache
(1) a hiding place (2) something hidden in a secure place
cacophony
a harsh-sounding mixture of words, voices or sounds
caduceus
the emblem of the medical profession (a staff with intertwined snakes and wings at the top)
cajole
to persuade a reluctant person to do something; to coax
caliber
the diameter of the bore of a gun
gauge
the size of a shotgun; measure of the interior diameter of the barrel
calumny
a lie told to damage another's reputation; slander
candid
frank
canonical
orthodox; authoritative
capitulate
to cease resisting; to surrender (often after negotiations)
capricious
unpredictable; governed by a whim
captious
critical;fault-finding
carp
to complain
cashmere
a fine wool from a cashmere goat (derived from Kashmir, India)
catharsis
purification of emotions, esp through art
bathos
sentimentalism; overdone pathos; triteness; anticlimax
pathos
something that evokes pity, compassion, or sorrow
catholic
universal (antonym: provinial; parochial)
caustic
acrid; biting
cavil
to raise trivial objections; to nitpick
cerulean
resembling the blue of the sky
chaff
waste material from the threshing of wheat
dross
waste material fro molten metal
slag
scoria; refuse from the melting of metals of reduction of ore
tailings
waste material from the preparation of ores or grains
chartreuse
yellow-green
chastise
to criticise harshly; to castigate
chauvinism
excessive or blind patriotism (derived from Nicholas Chauvin, a character in a French play)
chicanery
trickery; artful deception
chimerical
fantastically visionary; wildly fanciful
choleric
easily angered or irritated
Cimmerian
(1)adj. shrouded in gloom and darkness (2) n. a mythical people described by Homer as dwelling in gloom
stygian
(1) darky and gloomy (2) relating to the Styx (in Greek mythology, the river of the underworld)
circumlocution
an indirect expression; wordy or evasive language
circumspect
considering all options; cautious
clandestine
surreptitious; secret
claustrophobia
the fear of closed places
clemency
an act of leniency; mercy
cloy
to satiate
glut
to oversupply; to satiate
coda
a passage that concludes a musical or literary work
coalesce
to grow together; to unite into a whole
cogent
pertinent; compelling; convincing
cognizant
perceptive; observant
colloquial
of or relating to conversation; characteristic of informal speech
choleric
easily angered or irritated
Cimmerian
(1)adj. shrouded in gloom and darkness (2) n. a mythical people described by Homer as dwelling in gloom
stygian
(1) darky and gloomy (2) relating to the Styx (in Greek mythology, the river of the underworld)
circumlocution
an indirect expression; wordy or evasive language
circumspect
considering all options; cautious
clandestine
surreptitious; secret
claustrophobia
the fear of closed places
clemency
an act of leniency; mercy
cloy
to satiate
glut
to oversupply; to satiate
coda
a passage that concludes a musical or literary work
coalesce
to grow together; to unite into a whole
cogent
pertinent; compelling; convincing
cognizant
perceptive; observant
colloquial
of or relating to conversation; characteristic of informal speech