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clandestine
adj. done in secrecy, private
auspicious
fortunate, promising success
sanctioned
approval, given permission
affable
friendly, easily to approach & talk to
appease
to content, satisfy, relieve a need
gauche
lacking social polish, crude
indifferent
without concern, making no difference one way or the other
mitigate
soothe, to soften or make milder
diction
style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words; accent, intonation
oblique
not straightforward, indirect; slanted; morally wrong
abandon (2nd meaning)
giving in oneself to impulses, total lack of inhibition
abase
to lower in rank, reputation or esteem; to humble, degrade
aberration
something different from the usual; deviation from truth
abet
to aid, support; act as accomplice
abhor
to loathe, detest
abject
miserable, pitiful
abolitionist
one who opposes the practice of slavery
abortive
unsuccessful, interrupted while incomplete
abridge
to condense, shorten
abrogate
to put an end to, abolish by authority
abscond
to depart secretly
abstain
to hold oneself back voluntarily from something regarded as improper, refrain
accolade
award, praise, distinction
accrue
to accumulate, grow by additions
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acme
highest point, peak
acquiesce
to agree; comply quietly
acrid
harsh, bitter
acrimony
bitterness, animosity
acuity
sharpness
acumen
shrewdness shown by keen insight, sharpness of insight
adage
old saying or proverb
adhere
to cling, stick on; to be devoted or follow a group
admonish
to caution or reprimand
abroit
skillful, accomplished, higly competent
abulation
excessive flattery and admiration, high praise
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adversarial
adj. form of adversary; relating to or characteristic of an adversary
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
aesthetic
characterized by a heightened sensitivity to beauty, a love of beauty
affected (adj. meaning)
pretentious, phony
affluent
rich, abundant
agitation
excitement; uneasiness
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
allegory
symbolic representation
allure
v. to entice by charm, attract; n. fascination, appeal
allusion
indirect reference
aloof
detached, apart from others, indifferent
altruism
unselfish concern for others' welfare
ambivalence
attitude of uncertainty, conflicting emotions
ameliorate
to make better, improve
amenable
agreeable, cooperative
amenity
pleasantness; something increasing comfort
amoral
unmoral, unenthical
morphous
shape or form
anachronistic
outdated
animation
the quality of liveliness, vigorous
anthology
collection of literary works
antipathy
dislike, hostility; extreme opposition
antiquated
outdated, obsolete
antithesis
exact opposite or direct contrast
aphorism
lack of feeling or emotion
apocryphal
not genuine, fictional
approbation
praise, offical approval
appropriate (v. meaning)
to take possession of
arable
suitable for cultivation
arbitrary
depending solely on individual will; uncontrolled or unrestricted by law; unreasonable
arboreal
relating to trees
archipelago
large group of islands
ardent
passionate, fervent
ascetic
self-denying, abstinent
ashen
ash-color, gray; pale
aspersion
false rumor, damaging remark or criticism
assail
to attack, assualt
assiduous
diligent, persitent, hard-working
assuage
to make less sever, relieve
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
astute
having good judgment (an astute analysis); clever, shrewd, cunning
attenuate
to make thin or slender
audacious
bold, daring, fearless
augment
to expand, extend
austere
stern, strict
autocrat
dictator
avarice
greed
aver
to declare to be true, affirm
aversion
intense dislike
avert
to turn (something) away, prevent, hinder
awry
crooked, askew, amiss
baleful
harmful
balm (obscure meaning)
anything that soothes, healing, or mitigate pain
banal
overly common, lack of originality
bane
something causing death, destruction, or ruin
bay (v. meaning)
to bark, esp. in a deep, prolonged way
belabor
to insist repeatedly or harp on
belie
to show to be false, contradict; represent falsely
beneficent
kindly, chartiable, doing good deeds
benighted
unenlightened
benign
kindly, gentle, harmless
bequeath
to give or leave through a will, to hand down
berate
to scold harshly
beseech
to beg, plead, implore
bibliography
list of books
blanch
to pale, to take the color out of
blandish
to coax with flattery
blasphemous
cursing, profane, irreverent
blatant
glaring, obvious, showy
blight (v. meaning)
to afflict, destroy
boisterous
rowdy, loud, unrestrained
bombastic
using high-sounding but meaningless language
boor
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
botanist
scientist who studies plants
bovine
cowlike; relating to cows
brazen
bold, shameless,impudent; made of brass
broach
v. to mention or suggest for the first time
burgeon
to sprout, begin to grow; to flourish, develop quickly
burnish
to polish, make smooth and bright
buttress
v. to reinforce or support
cacophony
jarring, unpleasant noise
cajole
to flatter, coax, persuade
callous
insensitive, unsympathetic; hardened
callow
immature, lacking sophistication
candor
being frank, open, sincere in speech or expression; fairness, impartiality
canny
careful, shrewd, cautious in spending money, thrifty
capitulate
to submit completely, surrender
capricious
impulsive, whimsical, without much thought
caricature
exaggerated portrait, cartoon
castigate
to punish, chastise, criticize severely
catalyst
something causing change without being changed
catholic
universal; broad and comprehensive
caucus
n. a meeting of some US politics group; v. to hold a caucus
caustic
capable of burning, corroding; severely critical or sarcastic
cede
to surrender possession of something
censorious
severely critical, fault-finding
cessation
temporary or complete halt
chagrin
shame, embarrassment, humiliation
champion
v. to defend or support
charlatan
quack, fake, a person who pretends to more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses
chary
cautious, wary, choosy; extremely shy
chastise
to punish, discipline, scold
chide
to scold, express disapproval
chromatic
relating to color
circumscribe
to encircle; set limits on, confine
circumspect
well-considered; cautious, prudent
clairvoyant
adj. being psychic
clemency
merciful leniency
cloister
v. to confine, seclude
coalesce
to grow together, unite so as to form one mass, blend together
coddle
to baby, treat indulgently
coerce
to compel by force or intimidation
cogent
logically forceful, compelling, convincing
collateral
accompanying
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
collusion
conspiracy, a secret agreement for fraud
commensurate
proportional, corresponding in amount; equal
commodious
roomy, spacious
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
complacent
self-satisfied, smug
complement
to complete, perfect
compliant
submissive and yielding
complicity
state of being an accomplice in wrongdoing