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abjure
renounce upon oath
ablution
washing
abnegation
renunciation; self-sacrifice
abortive
unsuccessful; fruitless
accolade
award of merit
accoutre
equip
accost
approach and speak first to a person
acme
peak; pinnacle; highest point
actuarial
calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
acutate
motivate
adjuration
solemn urging
adjutant
staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
abase
lower, degrade, humiliate
advert
refer to
aegis
shield, defense
affidavit
written statement made under oath
agape
open-mouthed
agog
highly excited; intensely curious
alimony
payment made to an ex-spouse after divorce
alluvial
pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
amok/amuck
in a a state of rage
analgesic
causing insensitivity to pain
animadversion
critical remark
animus
hostile feeling or intent
anneal
reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling
annuity
yearly allowance
anodyne
a drug that relieves pain, opiate
ape
immitate, mimic
aphasia
loss of speech due to injury or illness
apiary
a place where bees are kept
apogee
highest point
apposite
appropriate, fitting
apropos
with reference to; regarding
arcade
a covered passageway, usually lined with shops
aria
operatic solo
array
marshall; draw up in order;
clothe; adorn
arrears
being in debt
arroyo
gully
ascendancy
controlling influence
ashen
ash-colored, deadly pale
askance
with a sideways or indirect look
assay
analyze, evaluate
astigmatism
eye defect that prevents proper focus
astronomical
enormously large or extensive
audit
examination of accounts
aureole
sun's corona; halo
auroral
pertaining to the aurora borealis
awl
pointed tool used for piercing
awry
distorted; crooked
bacchanalian
drunken
badinage
teasing conversation
bait
harass; tease
balk
stop short, as if faced with an obstacle; foil
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight
balmy
mild, fragrant
bandy
discuss lightly or glibly, exchange words heatedly
bantering
good-naturedly ridiculing
barb
sharp projection from fishook or other object; openly cutting remark
barefaced
shameless; bold; unconcealed
barrister
counselor-at-law
beatific
giving bliss; blissful
behemouth
huge creature; something of monstrous size or power
beholden
obligated; indebted
beleaguer
besiege or attack; harass
betoken
signify; indicate
bicameral
two-chambered, as a legislative body
bilious
suffering from indigestion; irritable
bivouac
temporary encampment
blandishment
flattery
blowhard
talkative boaster
bluff
rough but good natured; pretense, deception
bouillion
clear beef soup
bowdlerize
expurgate
braggadocio
boasting
brindled
tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
buffet
slap; batter; knock about
bugaboo
bugbear; object of baseless terror
bulwark
earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
calorific
heat-producing
canker
an ulcerous sore; any evil
cant
insincere expressions of piety; jargon of thieves
cantankerous
ill-humored; irritable
cantata
story set to music, to be sung by the chorus
canto
division of a long poem
capillary
having a very fine bore
carafe
glass water bottle; decanter
cataract
great waterfall; eye abnormality
caucus
private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
caulk
to make watertight (by plugging seams)
cavalier
casual, offhand; arrogant
cavil
make frivolous objections
celerity
speed; rapidity
centrifuge
machine that separates substances by whirling them
chaffing
bantering, joking
chase
to ornament a metal surface by indenting
chassis
framework and working parts of an automobile
chisel
swindle or cheat; cut with a chisel
ciliated
having minute hairs
cipher
nonentity, worthless person or thing; secret code
clangor
loud, resounding noise
clapper
striker(tongue) of a bell
clarion
shrill, trumpetlike sound
clavicle
collarbone
clime
region, climate
codicil
supplement to the body of a will
cog
tooth projecting from a wheel
collate
examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
colateral
security given for loan
colloquy
informal discussion
comestible
something fit to be eaten
comeuppance
rebuke; deserts
comity
courtesy, civility
compound
combine; constitute; pay interest; increase
concatenate
link as in a chain
concerted
mutually agreed on; done together
conclave
private meeting
concort
prepare by combining; make up in concert
condign
adequate; deservedly severe
congenital
existing at birth
collation
a light meal
connubial
pertaining to marriage of the matrimonial state
consanguinity
kinship
consign
deliver officially; entrust, set apart
constituent
supporter
consummate
(adj) complete
contravene
contradict, oppose
convivial
festive, gay; characterized by joviality
cordial
gracious; heartfelt
cornice
projecting molding on building (usually above columns)
corrugated
wrinkled; ridged
contraband (n)
illegal trade; smuggling
courier
messenger
cow
terrorize; intimidate
cull
pick out; reject
culvert
artificial channel for water
cupidity
greed
cursive
flowing, running
cynosure
object of general attention
dapper
neat and trim
daub
smear (as with paint)
debonair
friendly; aiming to please
de'collete'
having a low-cut neckline
derelict
abandoned; negligent
default
failure to act
desperado
reckless outlaw
devolve
deputize; pass to others
dialectical
relating to the art of debate; mutual or reciprocal
dictum
authoritative and weighty statement; saying, maxim
diffuse
wordy, rambling; spread out
dinghy
a small boat
disaffected
disloyal
disconsolate
sad
discursive
disgressing; rambling
disembark
go ashore, unload cargo from a ship
disgorge
surrender something; eject; vomit
disport
amuse
disquisition
formal systematic inquiry; an explanation of the results of a formal inquiry
distend
expand, swell
distrait
absentminded
divest
strip, deprive
docket
program as for a trial; book where such entries are made
doff
take off (as in a hat)
dogged
determined, stubborn
dormer
window projecting from roof
dowdy
slovenly, untidy
ductile
malleable; flexible; pliable
dissipate
squander, waste; scatter
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion
earthy
unrefined, coarse
ebb
recede; lessen
ejaculation
exclamation
elysian
relating to paradise; blissful
embargo
ban on commerce or other activity
embryonic
underdeveloped; rudimentary
emetic
substance causing vomiting
emollient
soothing or softening remedy
emolument
salary; compensation
encomiastic
praising; eulogizing
errant
wandering
eschew
avoid
ethos
underlying character of a culture, group, etc
endue
provide with some quality; endow
engage
attract; hire; pledge oneself; confront
engaging
charming, attractive
entomology
the study of insects
epaulet
ornament worn on the shoulder
euphemism
mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
exchequer
treasury
execrable
very bad
exiguous
small, minute
expansive
outgoing and sociable; broad and extensive; able to increase in size
expedite
hasten
expostulate
to reason earnestly with a person for purposes of dissuasion or remonstrance
extradition
surrender of a prisoner by one state to another
factitious
artificial; sham
factotum
handyman; person who does all kinds of work
ectomorphic
characterized by a light body build with slight muscular development
fancier
breeder or dealer of animals
febrile
feverish
fell
cruel, deadly; to cut down
ferment
agitation, commotion
fiat
command
filch
steal
fillibuster
block legislation by making long speeches
firebrand
hothead, troublemaker
flaccid
flabby
fleece
rob; plunder; wool coat of a sheep
flail
thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about
flippant
lacking proper seriousness
floe
mass of floating ice
flotsam
drifting wreckage
fluted
having vertical parallel grooves (as in a pillar)
foil (n)
contrast
foist
insert improperly; palm off
forensic
suitable to debate or courts of law
fractious
unruly
fraught
filled
frieze
an ornamental band on a wall
fritter
waste
frond
fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
funeral
sad, solemn
furor
frenzy, great excitement
fusillade
simultaneous firing or outburst
florid
ruddy; reddish; flowery
gall
annoy; chafe
gamely
in a spirited manner, with courage
gamut
entire range
gastronomy
the science of preparing and serving good food
gaunt
lean and angular; barren
gentility
those of gentle birth; refinement
gerontocracy
government ruled by old people
gerrymander
change voting district lines in order to favor a political party
gestate
evolve, as in prenatal growth
girth
distance around something
glower
scowl
granulate
form into grains
gratuity
tip (as opposed to gratuitous)
grotto
small cavern
grouse
complain, fuss
guffaw
boisterous laughter
guy
cable or chain attached to something that needs to be braced or steadied
gyroscope
apparatus used to maintain balance, ascertain direction, etc.
hackles
hairs on the back and neck, especially of a dog
haggard
wasted away; gaunt
halcyon
peaceful, calm
hale
healthy
hap
chance, luck
harbinger
forerunner
harry
harass, annoy, torment; raid
heckler
person who verbally harasses others