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ABANDON
total lack on inhibition
ABASE
to humble, disgrace
ABATEMENT
decrease, reduction
ABDICATE
to give up a position, right, or power
ABERRATION
something different from the usual or normal
ABET
to aid, act as accomplice
ABEYANCE
temporary suppression or suspension
ABHOR
to loathe, detest
ABJECT
miserable, pitiful
ABJURE
to reject, abandon formally
ABLUTION
act of cleansing
ABNEGATE
to deny, renounce
ABOLITIONIST
one who opposes the practice of slavery
ABORTIVE
interrupted while incomplete
ABRIDGE
to condense, shorten
ABROGATE
to abolish or invalidate by authority
ABSCOND
to depart secretly
ABSOLVE
to forgive, free from blame
ABSTEMIOUS
moderate in appetite
ABSTRACT
theoretical; complex, difficult
ABSTRUSE
difficult to comprehend
ACCEDE
to express approval; agree to
ACCESSIBLE
attainable, available; approachable
ACCESSORY
attachment, ornament; accomplice, partner
ACCOLADE
praise, distinction
ACCOST
to approach and speak to someone
ACCRETION
growth in size or increase in amount
ACCRUE
to accumulate, grow by additions
ACERBIC
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
ACME
highest point, summit
ACQUIESCE
to agree, comply quietly
ACQUITTAL
release from blame
ACRID
harsh, bitter
ACRIMONY
bitterness, animosity
ACUITY
sharpness
ACUMEN
sharpness of insight
ACUTE
sharp, pointed
ADAGE
old saying or proverb
ADAMANT
uncomprimising, unyielding
ADAPT
to accommodate, adjust
ADHERE
to cling or follow without deviation
ADJACENT
next to
ADJUNCT
something added, attached, or joined
ADMONISH
to caution or reprimand
ADROIT
skillful, accompmlished, highly competent
ADULATION
high praise
ADULTERATE
to corrupt or make impure
ADUMBRATE
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
ADVANTAGEOUS
favorable, useful
ADVERSARIAL
antagonistic, competitive
ADVERSE
unfavorable, unlucky, harmful
AERIAL
having to do with the aire
AERIE
nook or nest built high in the air
AERODYNAMIC
relating to objects moving through the air
AESTHETIC
pertaining to beauty or art
AFFABLE
friendly, easy to approach
AFFECTED (adj)
pretentious, phony
AFFINITY
fondness, liking; similarity
AFFLUENT
rich, abundant
AFFRONT (n)
personal offense, insult
AGENDA
plan, schedule
AGGRANDIZE
to make larger or greater in power
AGGREGATE (n)
collective mass or sum; total
AGGRIEVE
to afflict, distress
AGILE
well-coordinated, nimble
AGITATION
commotion, excitement; uneasiness
AGNOSTIC
one doubting that people can know God
AGRARIAN
relating to farming or rural matters
ALACRITY
cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
ALCHEMY
medieval chemical philosophy based on changing metal into gold
ALGORITHM
mechanical problem-solving procedure
ALIAS
assumed name
ALIENATED
distanced, estranged
ALIGNED
precisely adjusted; committed to one side or party
ALLAY
to lessen, ease, or soothe
ALLEGORY
symbolic representation
ALLEVIATE
to relieve, improve partially
ALLITERATION
repetition of the beginning sounds of words
ALLOCATION
allowance, portion, share
ALLURE (v)
to entice by charm; attract
ALLUSION
indirect reference
ALLUSIVENESS
quality of making many indirect references
ALOOF
detached, indifferent
ALTERCATION
noisy dispute
ALTRUISM
unselfish concern for others' welfare
AMALGAM
mixture, combination, alloy
AMBIDEXTROUS
able to use both hands equally well
AMBIGUOUS
uncertain; subject to multiple interpretations
AMBIVALENCE
attitude of uncertainty; conflicting emotions
AMELIORATE
to make better, improve
AMENABLE
agreeable, cooperative
AMEND
to improve or correct flaws in
AMENITY
pleasantness; something increasing comfort
AMIABLE
friendly, pleasant, likeable
AMICABLE
friendly, agreeable
AMITY
friendship
AMORAL
unprincipled, unethical
AMOROUS
strongly attracted to love; showing love
AMORPHOUS
having no definite form
AMORTIZE
to diminish by installment payments
AMPHIBIAN (n)
creature equally at home on land or in water
AMPHITHEATER
arena theater with rising tiers around a central open space
AMPLE
abundant, plentiful
AMPLIFY
to increase, intensify
AMULET
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
ANACHRONISM
something chronologically inappropriate
ANACHRONISTIC
outdated
ANALOGOUS
comparable, parallel
ANARCHY
absence of government or law; chaos
ANATHEMA
ban, curse; something shunned or disliked
ANCILLARY
accessory, subordinate, helping
ANECDOTE
short, usually funny account of an event
ANGULAR
characterized by sharp angles; lean and gaunt
ANIMATION
enthusiasm, excitement
ANIMOSITY
hatred, hostility
ANNUL
to cancel, nullify, declare void, or make legally invalid
ANODYNE
something that calms or soothes pain
ANOINT
to apply oil to, esp. as a sacred rite
ANOMALY
irregularity or deviation from the norm
ANONYMITY
condition of having no name or an unknown name
ANTAGONIST
foe, opponent, adversary
ANTECEDENT (adj)
coming before in place or time
ANTEDILUVIAN
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure
ANTEPENULTIMATE
third from last
ANTERIOR
preceding, previous, before, prior to
ANTHOLOGY
collection of literary works
ANTHROPOMORPHIC
attributing human qualities to non-humans
ANTIPATHY
dislike, hostility; extreme opposition or aversion
ANTIQUATED
outdated, obsolete
ANTIQUITY
ancient times; the quality of being old or ancient
ANTITHESIS
exact opposite or direct contrast
APATHETIC
indifferent, unconcerned
APATHY
lack of feeling or emotion
APHASIA
inability to speak or use words
APHELION
point in a planet's orbit that is farthest from the sun
APHORISM
old saying or short pithy statement
APOCRYPHAL
not genuine; fictional
APOSTATE (n)
one who renounces a religious faith
APOSTROPHE
speech to the reader or someone not present
APOTHEOSIS
glorification; glorified ideal
APPEASE
to satisfy, placate, calm, pacify
APPROBATION
praise; official approval
APPROPRIATE (v)
to take possession of
AQUATIC
belonging or living in water
ARABLE
suitable for cultivation
ARBITRARY
depending solely on individual will; inconsistent
ARBITRATOR
mediator, negotiator
ARBOREAL
relating to trees; living in trees
ARBORETUM
place where trees are displayed and studied
ARCANE
secret, obscure, known only to a few
ARCHAIC
antiquated, from an earlier time; outdated
ARCHIPELAGO
large group of islands
ARDENT
passionate, enthusiastic, fervent
ARDOR
great emotion or passion
ARDUOUS
extremely difficult, laborious
ARID
etremely dry or deathly boring
ARRAIGN
to call to court to answer a charge
ARROGATE
to demand, claim arrogantly
ARSENAL
ammunition storehouse
ARTICULATE (adj)
well-spoken, expressing oneself clearly
ARTIFACT
historical relic, item made by human craft
ARTISAN
craftsperson; expert
ASCEND
to rise or climb
ASCENDANCY
state or rising, ascending; power or control
ASCERTAIN
to determine, discover, make certain of
ASCETIC (adj)
self-denying, abstinent, austere
ASCRIBE
to attribute to, assign
ASHEN
resembling ashes; deathly pale
ASKEW
crooked, tilted
ASPERSION
false rumor, damaging report, slander
ASPIRE
to have great hopes; to aim at a goal
ASSAIL
to attack, assault
ASSENT (v)
to express agreement
ASSERT
to affirm, attest
ASSIDUOUS
diligent, peristent,hard-working
ASSIGNATION
appointment for lovers' meeting; assignment
ASSIMILATION
act of blending in, becoming similar
ASSONANCE
resemblance in sound, especially in vowel sounds; partial rhyme
ASSUAGE
to make less severe, ease, relieve
ASTRINGENT
harsh, severe, stern
ASTUTE
having good judgment
ASUNDER (adv)
into different parts
ASYMMETRICAL
not corresponding in size, shape, position, etc.
ATONE
to make amends for a wrong
ATROCIOUS
monstrous, shockingly bad, wicked
ATROPHY (v)
to waste away, wither from disuse
ATTAIN
to accomplish, gain
ATTENUATE
to make thin or slender; weaken
ATTEST
to testify, stand as proof of, bear witness
AUDACIOUS
bold, daring, fearless
AUDIBLE
capable of being heard
AUDIT (n)
formal examiniation of financial records
AUDITORY
having to do with hearing
AUGMENT
to expand, extend
AUGURY (adj)
prophecy, prediction of events
AUGUST
dignified, awe-inspiring, venerable
AUSPICIOUS
having favorable prospects, promising
AUSTERE
stern, strict, unadorned
AUTHORITARIAN
extremely strict, bossy
AUTOCRAT
dictator
AUTONOMOUS
separate, independent
AUXILIARY
supplementary, reserve
AVARICE
greed
AVENGE
to retaliate, take revenge for an injury or crime
AVER
to declare to be true, affirm
AVERSION
intense dislike
AVERT
to turn (something) away; prevent
AVIARY
large enclosure housing birds
AVOW
to state openly or declare
AWRY
crooked, askew, amiss
AXIOM
premise, postulate, self-evident truth
BALEFUL
harmful, with evil intentions
BALK (v)
to refuse, shirk; prevent
BALLAD
folk song, narrative poem
BALM
soothing, healing influence
BAN (v)
to forbid, outlaw
BANAL
trite and overly common
BANE
something causing ruin, death, or destruction
BANTER
playful conversation
BASTION
fortification, stronghold
BAY (v)
to bark, especially in a deep, prolonged way
BECALM
to make calm or still; keep motionless by lack of wind
BECLOUD
to confuse; darken with clouds
BEGUILE
to decieve, mislead; charm
BEHEMOTH
huge creature
BELABOR
to insist repeatedly or harp on
BELATED
late
BELEAGUER
to harass, plague
BELFRY
bell tower, room in which a bell is hung
BELIE
to misrepresent; expse as false
BELITTLE
to represent as unimportant, make light of
BELLICOSE
warlike, aggressive
BELLIGERENT
hostile, tending to fight
BELLOW
to roar, shout
BEMUSE
to confuse, stupefy; plunge deep into thought
BENCHMARK
standard of measure
BENEFACTOR
someone giving aid or money
BENEFICENT
kindly, charitable; doing good deeds; producing good effects
BENIGHTED
unenlightened
BENIGN
kindly, gentle or harmless
BEQUEATH
to give or leave through a will; to hand down
BERATE
to scold harshly
BESEECH
to beg, plead, implore
BESTIAL
beastly, animal-like
BESTOW
to give as a gift
BETOKEN
to indicate, signify, give evidence of
BEVY
group
BIAS
prejudice, slant
BIBIOGRAPHY
list of books
BIBLIOPHILE
book lover
BILATERAL
two-sided
BILK
to cheat, defraud
BILLET
board and lodging for troops
BIPED
two-footed animal
BISECT
to cut into two (usually equal) parts
BLANCH
to pale; take the color out of
BLANDISH
to coax with flattery
BLASPHEMOUS
cursing, profane, irreverent
BLATANT
glaring, obvious, showy
BLIGHT (v)
to afflict, destroy
BLITHE
joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought
BLUDGEON
to hit as with a short heavy club
BOISTEROUS
rowdy, loud, unrestrained
BOMBASTIC
using high-sounding but meaningless language
BONANZA
extremely large amount; something profitable
BONHOMIE
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
BOON
blessing, something to be thankful for
BOOR
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
BOTANIST
scientist who studies plants
BOUNTIFUL
plentiful
BOURGEOIS
middle-class
BOVINE
cow-like; relating to cows
BRAZEN
bold, shameless, imprudent; of or like brass
BREACH
act of breaking, violation
BRIGAND
bandit, outlaw
BROACH
to mention or suggest for the first time
BRUSQUE
rough and abrupt in manner
BUFFET (v)
to strike, hit
BUFFOON
clown or fool
BULWARK
defense wall; anything serving as defense
BURGEON
to sprout or flourish
BURLY
brawny, husky
BURNISH
to polish, make smooth and bright
BURSAR
treasurer
BUSTLE
commotion, energetic activity
BUTT
person or thing that is object of ridicule
BUTTRESS (v)
to reinforce or support
BYWAY
back road
CACOPHONOUS
jarring, unpleasantly noisy
CADENCE
rhythmic flow of poetry; marching beat