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arbogate
v.
to abolish, repeal, or nullify.
abstruse
adj.
difficult to understand
abysmal
adj.
extremely hopeless or wretched; bottomless
accolade
n.
an award or honor
acerbic
adj.
bitter, sour, severe
acumen
n.
keenness of judgment; mental sharpness
affable
adj.
easy to talk to; friendly
afford
v.
to permit or allow; to enable
aggregate
n., adj.
collection of things mixed together; the sum total
allocate
v.
to distribute, assign, or allot
aloof
adj.
standoffish, uninvolved, keeping one's distance
ameliorate
v.
to make better or more tolerable
anachronistic
adj.
out of place in time or history
anathema
n.
something or someone loathed or detested
ancillary
adj.
subordinate; providing assistance
annul
v.
to make void, usually refers to marriage
anomaly
n.
an abberation, deviation, or irregularity
anthropology
n.
the study of human cultures
antithetical
adj.
in opposition, contrary to
apostate
n.
one who deserts his or her professed principles or faith
apotheosis
n.
elevation to divine status; the perfect example of something
appropriate
v.
to take without permission; to set aside for a particular use
archtype
n.
an original model or pattern
ardent
adj.
passionate
arsenal
n.
a storehouse of weapons
ascertain
v.
to determine with certainty; to find out definitely
ascetic
adj.
hermit-like; practicing self-denial
assiduous
adj.
hardworking, diligent, busy
assuage
v.
to soothe, pacify, or relieve
attrition
n.
gradual wearing away; a natural or expected decrease in size or number
augury
n.
an omen, especially a good omen
auspices
n.
protection, support; sponsorship
avarice
n.
greed
avuncular
adj.
kind, helpful, generous; like a nice uncle
barometer
n.
an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure
beguile
v.
to delude by guile or craft; to mislead, divert
behest
n.
a command or order
beleaguer
v.
to surround, besiege, or harass
belie
v.
to give a false impression; to contradict
bellicose
adj.
warlike, belligerent
bequest
n.
something left to someone in a will
blithe
adj.
carefree, cheerful
broach
v.
to open up a subject, often a delicate one, for discussion
brusque
adj.
rough and short in manner, blunt, abrupt
burgeon
v.
to expand; to flourish
buttress
n., v.
a support for a building or structure; to support
cabal
n.
a group of conspirators; the acts of such a group; a clique
cajole
v.
to persuade with flattery or gentle urging
calipers
n.
a pinching instrument used for determining the thickness of objeccts or the distance between surfaces
candor
n.
sincerity, honesty
canon
n.
a rule or law; especially a religious one; a body of rules or laws; an authoritative list; the set of works by an author that are accepted as authentic
cantankerous
adj.
ill-natured, contentious
canvass
v.
to campaign; to seek or solicit orders, votes, etc.
capacitor
n.
a device that stores energy
capitulate
v.
to surrender, give up, or give in
capricious
adj.
unpredictible, likely to change at any moment
captious
adj.
ill-natured, quarrelsome
carp
v.
to complain or find fault with someone
cartography
n.
the study and creation of maps
castigate
v.
to criticize severely; to chastise
catalyst
n.
anyone or anything that makes something happen without being directly involved
catharsis
n.
purification that brings emotional relief or renewal
cavil
v.
to quibble; to raise trivial objections
censure
v.
to condemn severely for doing something bad
chagrin
n.
humiliation; embarrassed disappointment
chicanery
n.
trickery, deceitfulness, artifice (especially legal or political)
chimerical
adj.
imaginary, given to fantasy
choleric
adj.
hot-tempered, quick to anger
circumvent
v.
to go around
closefisted
adj.
stingy
coalesce
v.
to come together as one, to fuse, to unite
cogitate
v.
to ponder; to meditate; to think carefully about
colloquial
adj.
ordinary, informal in relationship to speech
conscript
v.
enlisted, drafted, or enrolled; usually refers to mandatory military service
corroborate
v.
to confirm; to back up with evidence
coterie
n.
a group of close associates; a circle of friends
coy
adj.
shy, reluctant to make a commitment
craven
adj.
cowardly, afraid
curmudgeon
n.
a greedy, irascible, crotchety old person
dearth
n.
a shortage or scarcity of something
debacle
n.
a big disaster
deft
adj.
very skillful
dehydrate
v.
to remove water
deleterious
adj.
harmful
demagogue
n.
a leader of the people, but more a rabble-rouser
demography
n.
the statistical study of the characteristics of populations