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abandon (n.)
Total lack of inhibition
abate
Decrease, reduce
aberration
Something different from the usual
abet
To aid; act as accomplice
abject
Miserable, pitiful
abrogate
To put an end to, abolish by authority
abscond
To depart secretly
accrue
To accumulate, grow by additions
acerbic
Bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acquiesce
To agree; comply quietly
acrid
Harsh, bitter
acrimony
Bitterness, animosity
acuity
Sharpness
acumen
Sharpness of insight
admonish
To caution or reprimand
adroit
Skillful, accomplished, highly competent
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
agrarian
Relating to farming or rural matters
alacrity
Cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
ambivalence
Attitude of uncertainty; conflicting emotions
ameliorate
To make better, improve
amenable
Agreeable, cooperative
amenity
Pleasantness; something increasing comfort
amicable
Friendly, agreeable
amoral
Unprincipled, unethical
amorphous
Having no definite form
ample
Abundant, plentiful.
amulet
Ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits.
anarchy
Absence of government or law; chaos.
anathema
Ban, curse; something shunned or disliked.
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.
anthology
Collection of literary works.
antipathy
Dislike, hostility; extreme opposition or aversion.
antiquated
Outdated, obsolete.
antithesis
Exact opposite or direct contrast.
apathy
Lack of feeling or emotion.
aphorism
Old saying or short, pithy statement.
apocryphal
Not genuine; fictional.
apostate
One who renounces a religious faith.
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.
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Antiquated, from an earlier time; outdated.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; deathly pale.
aspersion
False rumor, damaging report, slander.
assail
To attack, assault.
assiduous
Diligent, persistent, hard-working.
assuage
To make less severe, ease, relieve.
astringent
Harsh, severe, stern.
astute
Having good judgment.
atone
To make amends for a wrong.
attenuate
To make thin or slender; weaken.
augment
To expand, extend.
augury
Prophecy, prediction of events.
august
Dignified, awe inspiring, venerable.
auspicious
Having favorable prospects, promising.
austere
Stern, strict, unadorned.
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, with evil intentions.
banal
Trite, overly common.
bane
Something causing death, destruction, or ruin.
banter
Playful conversation.
bastion
Fortification, stronghold.
bay (v.)
To bark, especially in a deep, prolonged way.
beguile
To deceive, mislead; charm.
belabor
To insist repeatedly or harp on.
belie
To misrepresent; expose as false.
bellicose
Warlike, aggresive.
belligerent
Hostile, tending to fight.
benighted
Unenlightened.
benign
Kindly, gentle, or harmless.
bequeath
To give or leave through a will; to hand down.
berate
To scold harshly
blanch
To pale; take the color out of.
blandish
To coax with flattery.
blight (v.)
To afflict, destroy.
boisterous
Rowdy, loud, unrestrained.
bombastic
Using high-sounding but meaningless language.
bovine
Cowlike; relating to cows.
brazen
Bold, shameless, impudent; of or like brass.
broach (v.)
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.
callow
Immature, lacking sophistication.
candor
Honesty of expression.
canny
Smart; founded on common sense.
callous
Thick-skinned, insensitive.
capitulate
To submit completely, surrender.
capricious
Impulsive, whimsical, without much thought.
castigate
To punish, chastise, criticize severely.
catalyst
Something causing change without being changed.
catholic
Universal; broad and comprehensive
cede
To surrender possession of something.
censorious
Severely criticial.
chagrin
Shame, embarrassment, humiliation.
charlatan
Quack, fake.
chary
Watchful, cautious, extremely shy.
chastise
To punish, discipline, scold.
chide
To scold, express disapproval.
chromatic
Relating to color.
circuitous
Roundabout.
circumspect
Cautious, wary.
clairvoyant (adj.)
Having ESP, psychic.
clandestine
Secretive, concealed for a darker purpose.
clemency
Merciful leiency.
cloister (v.)
To confine, seclude.
coalesce
To grow together or cause to unite as one.
coerce
To compel by force or intimidation.
cogent
Logically forceful, compelling, convincing.
collateral
Accompanying.
colloquial
Characteristic of informal speech.
collusion
Collaboration, complicity, conspirary.