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abandon (n)
total lack of inhibition; a complete surrender to natural impulses without constraint or moderation
abase
humiliate, degrade
abate
decrease, reduce
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
aberration
something different from the usual
abet
to aid, act as accomplice
abhor
to loathe, detest
abject
miserable, pitiful
abolitionist
one who opposes the practice of slavery
abortive
interrupted while incomplete
abridge
to condense or shorten
abrogate
to put an end to; abolish by authority
abscond
to depart secretly
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
abstain
to choose not to do something
accolade
praise, distinction
accrue
to accumulate, grow by additions
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acme
highest point; summit
acquiesce
to agree; comply quietly
acrid
harsh, bitter
acrimony
bitterness, animosity
acuity
sharpness
acumen
sharpness of insight
adage
old saying or proverb
adamant
uncompromising, unyielding
adapt
to accommodate; adjust
adhere
to cling or follow without deviation
adjacent
next to
admonish
to caution or reprimand
adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
adulation
high praise
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adversarial
antagonistic, competitive
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty or art
affable
friendly, easy to approach
affected (adj)
pretentious, phony
affluent
rich, abundant
affront (n)
personal offense, insult
agenda
plan, schedule
agile
well coordinated, nimble
agitation
commotion, excitement; uneasiness
agrarian
relating to farming or rural matters
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
alias
assumed name
alienated
distanced, estranged
allegory
symbolic representation
alleviate
to relieve, improve partially
allure (v)
to entice by charm; attract
allusion
indirect reference
aloof
detached, indifferent
altruism
unselfish concern for others' welfare
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
anthology
collection of literary works
antipathy
dislike, hostility; extreme opposition or aversion
antiquated
outdated, obsolete
antiquity
ancient times; the quality of being old
antithesis
exact opposite or direct contrast
apathy
lack of feeling or emotion
aphorism
old saying or short, pithy statement
apocryphal
not genuine, fictional
appease
to satisfy, placate, calm, pacify
approbation
praise; official approval
appropriate (v)
to take possession of
arable
suitable for cultivation
arbitrary
depending solely on individual will; inconsistent
arboreal
relating to trees; living in trees
arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
amicable
friendly, agreeable
amoral
unprincipled, unethical
amorphous
having no definite form
amphibian
creature equally at home on land or in water
ample
abundant, plentiful
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
anachronistic
outdated
anarchy
absence of government or law; chaos
animation
enthusiasm, excitement
animosity
hatred, hostility
annul
to cancel, nullify, declare void, or make legally invalid
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
archaic
antiquated, from an earlier time; outdated
archipelago
large group of islands
ardent
passionate, enthusiastic, fervent
arduous
extremely difficult, laborious
arid
extremely dry or deathly boring
arsenal
ammunition storehouse
articulate (adj)
well spoken, expressing oneself clearly
artisan
craftsperson; expert
ascend
to rise or climb
ascetic
self-denying, abstinent, austere
ashen
resembling ashes; pale
askew
crooked, tilted
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report, slander
aspire
to have great hopes; to aim at a goal
assail
to attack, assault
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
assuage
to make less severe, ease, relieve
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
astute
having good judgement
atone
to make amends for a wrong
atrocious
monstrous, shockingly bad
attain
to accomplish, gain
attentuate
to make thin or slender; weaken
audacious
bold, daring, fearless
audible
capable of being heard
augment
to expand, extend
august
dignified, awe inspiring, venerable
auspicious
having favorable prospects
austere
stern, strict, unadorned
authoritarian
extremely strict, bossy
autocrat
dictator
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, hinder
aviary
large enclosure housing birds
awry
crooked, askew, amiss
baleful
harmful
ballad
folk song, narrative poem
balm
soothing, healing influence
banal
trite, overly common
bane
something causing death, destruction, or ruin
banter
playful conversation
bastion
fortification, stronghold
bay (v)
to bark
beguile
to deceive, mislead; charm
behemoth
huge creature
belabor
to insist repeatedly or harp on
belie
to misrepresent; expose as false
belligerent
hostile, tending to fight
benefactor
someone giving aid or money
beneficient
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
bias
prejudice, slant
bibliography
list of books
bisect
to cut into two (usually equal) pars
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
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; of or like brass
broach (v)
to mention or suggest for the first time
burgeon
to sprout or flourish
burnish
to polish, make smooth and bright
buttress (v.)
to reinforce or support
cacophony
jarring, unpleasant noise
cajole
to flatter, coax, persuade
callous
thick-skinned, insensitive
callow
immature, lacking sophistication
candor
honesty of expression
canny
smart; founded on common sense
capitulate
to submit completely, surrender
capricious
impulsive, whimsical, without much thought
caricature
exaggerated portrait, cartoon
cartography
science or art of making maps
castigate
to punish, chastise, criticize severely
catalyst
something causing change without being changed
catholic
universal; broad and comprehensive
caucus
smaller group within an organization; a meeting of such a group
caustic
biting, sarcastic; able to burn
cede
to surrender possession of something
censorious
severely critical
cessation
temporary or complete halt
chagrin
shame, embarrassment, humiliation
champion (v)
to defend or support
chaotic
extremely disorderly
charlatan
quack, fake
chary
watchful, cautious, extremely shy
chastise
to punish, discipline, scold
chide
to scold, express disapproval
chromatic
relating to color
circuitous
roundabout
circumference
boundary or distance around a circle or sphere
circumscribe
to encircle; set limits on, confine
circumspect
cautious, wary
citadel
fortress or stronghold
civil
polite; relating to citizens
clairvoyant (adj)
having ESP, psychic
clamor
to make a noisy outcry
clandestine
secretive
clemency
merciful leniency
cloister (v)
to confine, seclude
coalesce
to grow together or cause to unite as one
coddle
to baby, treat indulgently
coerce
to compel by force or intimidation
cogent
logically forceful, compelling, convincing
coherent
intelligible, lucid, understandable
collateral
accompanying
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
collusion
collaboration, complicity, conspiracy
commensurate
proportional
commodious
roomy, spacious
communicable
transmittable
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
compensate
to repay or reimburse
complacent
self-satisfied, smug
complement
to complete, perfect
compliant
submissive and yielding
complicity
knowing partnership in wrongdoing
compunction
feeling of uneasiness caused by guilt or regret
concave
curving inward
concede
to yield, admit
conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility