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abrogate
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 judgement; 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 aberration, 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
archetype
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.
hermitlike; 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