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abet
aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
abeyance
suspended action
abjure
renounce upon oath
abnegation
repudiation (disown); self-sacrifice
aboriginal
being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native
abrade
wear away by friction; scrape; erode
abrogate
abolish
abscond
depart secretly and hide
absolve
pardon (an offense)
abstruse
obscure; profound; difficult to understand
academic
related to school; not practical or directly useful
accede
agree
accolade
award of merit
accost
approach and speak first to a person
accretion
growth; increase
acoustics
science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
acquittal
deliverance from a charge
acrimonious
bitter in words or manner
actuate
v. motivate
adapt
alter; modify
adherent
supporter; follower
adjunct
something added on or attached (generally nonessential or inferior)
adventitious
accidental; casual
adversity
poverty; misfortune
advocate
urge; plead for
aerie
nest of a large bird or prey (eagle, hawk)
affable
easily approachable; warmly friendly
affront
insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
agglomeration
collection; heap
agnostic
one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality
alchemy
medieval chemistry
alcove
nook; small, recessed section of a room
allege
state without proof
allegory
story in which characters are used as symbols; fable
alloy
mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
allude
refer indirectly
aloft
upward
ambivalence
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
amble
moving at an easy pace
amenable
easily managed; willing to be led
amoral
nonmoral
amorphous
formless; lacking shape or definition
analogy
similarity; parallelism
anathema
solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
annals
records; history
annex
attach; take possession of
annuity
yearly allowance
antediluvian
antiquated; extremely ancient
anthropocentric
regarding human beings as the center of the universe
anthropomorphic
having human form or characteristics
aphasia
loss of speech due to injury or illness
apocryphal
untrue; made up
apologist
one who writes in defense of a cause or institution
apostate
one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
apotheosis
elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something
application
diligent attention
apposite
appropriate; fitting
appraise
estimate value of
appreciate
be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
apprehend
arrest (a criminal); dread; perceive
apprise
inform
apropos
with reference to; regarding
aquiline
curved, hooked
arable
fit for growing crops
arboretum
place where different tree varieties are exhibited
arcane
secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
archetype
prototype; primitive pattern
arrears
being in debt
arrest
stop or slow down; catch someone's attention
artifact
object made by human beings, either hand-made or mass-produced
ascendancy
controlling influence; domination
ascribe
refer; attribute; assign
I can ascribe no motive for her acts.
aspire
seek to attain; long for
assay
analyze; evaluate
assumption
something taken for granted; taking over or taking possession of
attribute
n. essential quality
v. ascribe; explain
auditory
pertaining to the sense of hearing
augury
omen; prophecy
august
impressive; majestic
aureole
sun's corona; halo
autocratic
having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
averse
reluctant; disinclined
avert
prevent; turn away
aviary
enclosure for birds
avocation
secondary or minor occupation
avow
declare openly
awry
distorted; crooked
bacchanalian
drunken
badinage
teasing conversation
bait
harass; tease
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight
balmy
mild; fragrant
bandy
discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
bawdy
indecent; obscene
bedizen
dress with vulgar finery
bedraggle
wet thoroughly; stain with mud
beeline
direct, quick route
beguile
mislead or delude; pass time
belabor
explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; attack verbally
belie
contradict; give a false impression
bemoan
lament; express disapproval of
bemused
confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
bent
determined; natural talent or inclination
berserk
frenzied
beset
harass or trouble; hem in
betoken
signify; indicate
bilious
suffering from indigestion; irritable
bilk
swindle; cheat
billowing
swelling out in waves; surging
bivouac
temporary encampment
bland
soothing or mild; agreeable
blandishment
flattery
blasphemy
irreverence; sacrilege; cursing
blighted
suffering from a disease; destroyed
bluff
adj. rough but good-natured
n. pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff
bluster
blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully
bohemian
unconventional (in an artistic way)
bolt
n. door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric
v. dash or dart off; fasten (a door); gobble down
boon
blessing; benefit
bourgeois
middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
bovine
cowlike; placid and dull
bowdlerize
expurgate
brandish
wave around; flourish
brindled
tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
broach
introduce; open up
browbeat
bully; intimidate
brunt
main impact or shock
buccaneer
pirate
buffet
slap; batter; knock about
bulwark
earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
bumptious
self-assertive
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
buxom
plump; vigorous; jolly
cache
hiding place
cacophonous
discordant; inharmonious
cadence
rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat
calculated
deliberately planned; likely
caliber
ability; quality
callous
hardened; unfeeling
canny
shrewd; thrifty
cant
insincere expressions of piety; jargon of thieves
canter
slow gallop
canto
division of a long poem
canvass
determine votes, etc.
capitulate
surrender
cardinal
chief
cataclysm
upheaval; deluge
catcall
shout of disapproval; boo
catechism
book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
categorical
without exceptions; absolute
catholic
broadly sympathetic; liberal
caulk
make watertight by filling on cracks
cavalcade
procession; parade
cavalier
offhand or casual; haughty
cavil
make frivolous objections
censorious
critical (inclined to criticize)
centurion
Roman army officer
ceremonious
marked by formality
cession
yielding to another; ceding
chafe
warm by rubbing; make sore (by rubbing)
chaffing
bantering; joking
champion
support militantly
chary
cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
chassis
framework and working parts of an automobile
chaste
pure
chasten
discipline; punish in order to correct
chauvinist
blindly devoted patriot
checkered
marked by changes in fortune
chicanery
trickery; deception
chide
scold
chisel
swindle or cheat; cut with a chisel
chivalrous
courteous; faithful; brave
chronicle
report; record (in chronological order)
cipher
n. secret code
n. nonentity; worthless person or thing
circumscribe
limit; confine
circumvent
outwit; baffle
cistern
reservoir or water tank
cite
quote; command (order)
civil
having to do with citizens or the state; courteous and polite
clamber
climb by crawling
cleave
split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to
cloister
monastery or convent
clout
great influence (especially political or social)
clump
cluster or close group (of bushes, trees); mass; sound of heavy treading
coalesce
combine; fuse
coddle
to treat gently
codify
arrange (laws, rules) as a code; classify
cogent
convincing
cognate
related linguistically; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature
cognizance
knowledge
cohere
stick together
cohesion
tendency to keep together
coiffure
hairstyle
collate
examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
collateral
security given for loan
collusion
conspiring in a fraudulent scheme
commandeer
to draft for military purposes; to take for public use
commensurate
equal in extent
commiserate
feel or express pity or sympathy for
compact
agreement; contract
complacency
self-satisfaction; smugness
complaisant
trying to please; obliging
complicity
participation; involvement
compound
combine; constitute (make up, form); pay interest; increase
compunction
remorse
concave
hollow
conceit
vanity or self-love; whimsical idea; extravagant metaphor
concentric
having a common center
concerted
mutually agreed on; done together
conclusive
decisive; ending all debate
conducive
contributive; tending to
rest and proper diet are conducive to good health
confluence
flowing together; crowd
congenial
pleasant; friendly
conjure
summon a devil; practice magic; imagine or invent
connivance
assistance; pretense of ignorance of something wrong; permission to offend
connoisseur
person competent to act as a judge of art, etc.; a lover of an art
consecrate
dedicate; sanctify
consequential
pompous; important; self-important
consign
deliver officially; entrust
consistency
absence of contradictions; dependability; degree of thickness
consort
v. associate with
n. husband or wife
contend
struggle; compete; assert earnestly
contention
claim; thesis
continence
self-restraint; sexual chastity
contingent
adj. dependent on; conditional
n. group that makes up part of a gathering
contraband
illegal trade; smuggling
contravene
contradict; oppose; infringe on or transgress
contrite
penitent
contrived
forced; artificial; not spontaneous
controvert
oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict
convention
social or moral custom; established practice
conventional
ordinary; typical
converse
n. opposite
the inevitable converse or peace is not war but annihilation
conveyance
vehicle; transfer
cornucopia
horn overflowing with fruit and grain; symbol of abundance
corollary
consequence; accompaniment
cosmopolitan
sophisticated
coterie
group that meets socially; select circle
countenance
n. face
v. approve; tolerate
countermand
cancel; revoke
cow
terrorize; intimidate
cozen
cheat; hoodwink; swindle
craftiness
slyness; trickiness
craven
cowardly
credulity
belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivete
crop
cut off unwanted parts of a photograph; graze
crotchety
eccentric; whimsical
cursory
casual; hastily done
cynosure
the object of general attention
dabble
work at in a non-serious fashion; splash around