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Heresy
opinion contrary to popular belief
Abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking
Models must often be abstemous to avoid gaining weight.
Abtract
not concrete
The idea of infinity is and abstract idea that most people have difficulty imaging.
Abtruse
difficult to understand
Abtruse subjects are rarely excelled by students.
Acclaim
appaud; announce with great approval
The playwrite was greatly acclaimed in the newspaper review.
Accolade
award or merit
A Pulizer Prize in one of the greatest accolades that a writer can recieve.
Acknowledge
recognize; admit
Everyone acknowledged that their boss was a jerk.
Acquiesce
assent; agree without protesting
The child reluctantly acquiesced to her mother's orders.
Adulation
flattery; admiration
Rock stars often recieve widespread adulation for only a short period of time.
Adversary
opponent
The Green Globin was one of the chief adversaries of Spiderman.
Adversity
poverty; misfortune
People living during the Great depression suffered much adversity when the stock market crashed.
Advocate
urge; plead for
She was a strong advocate for the changing of the school's lunch menu.
Asthetic
pertaining to art or beauty
Art judges must have a well- developed aesthetic sense.
Affable
easily approachable; warmly friendly
Affable people are more likely to have a lot of friends.
Affirmation
assertion; confirmation
Singing his name on the contract would have been an affirmation of the deal.
Aggregate
total
The Roman Empire was an aggregate of many states under the Emperor.
Alleviate
relieve
Many people use asprin to alleviate muscle pain.
Aloof
apart; reserved
Aloof people aren't always the life of a party.
Alturistic
unselfishly genereous; concerned for others
A good mother in always alturistic and never self-centered.
Ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning
Ambiguous questions deserve ambiguous answers.
Ambivalence
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotinal attitudes
Th ambivalence of having to choose between two loves is hard to get over.
Amorphous
formless; lacking shape or definition
Amorphous nebulas are often awe- inspiring.
Analogous
comparable
Eating pop is analogous to drinking steak.
Anarchist
a person who seeks to overturn the established goverment; an advocate of abolishing authority
Many anarchists are caught before they inflict much govermental damage.
Authoritarian
subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating one's will
Autononous
self-governing
Avarice
greeediness for wealth
Aversion
firm dislike
Beguile
charm; mislead or delude
Belie
contradict; give a fasle expression
Benevolent
generous; charitable
Blighted
impaired; suffering from a disease
Bolster
support; reinforce
Bombastic
pompous; using inflated language
Braggart
boaster
Cajole
coax
Anomaly
irregularity
An anomaly in a person's heartbeat should be investigated by a physician.
Antagonism
actively expressed hostility
Antediluvian
antiquated; extremely old
Young people regard black and white tv as an antediluvian form of technology.
Antidote
medicine to counteract a poison or disease; something that relieves a harmful effect
Researchers are trying to find an antidote for the common cold, but so far they have only had limited success.
Antiquated
old- fashioned; obsolete
Most people view the phonogragh as an exaple of an antiquated technology.
Apathy
indiffence
Appease
pacify or soothe; relieve
Apprehension
fear
Arbitrary
randomly choosen; capricious
Archaic
ancient; out of date
Ardent
intense; passonate; zealous
Ardent democrats and republicans vote for the people nmominated by thier parties.
Arrogance
pride; haughtiness
Dogmatic
opinionated; arbitrary
Duplicity
double dealing; hypocrisy
Electric
compose of elements drawn from diverse substances
Egotism
excessive-self importance; conciet
Elated
overjoyed; in high spirits
Elegy
poem or song expressig lamentation
Elusive
hard to grasp
Embellish
adorn; ornametn; add ficticious detail
Emulate
imitate
Endorse
approve; support
Emnity
ill will; hatred
Ephemural
short-lived; fleeting
Calculated
deliberately planned
Compile
assemble; gather; accumulate
Complacency
self- satisfaction; smugness
Censure
blame; criticize
Charlatan
a quack; a prentender to knowledge
Comprehensive
thorough; inclusive
Candor
frankness; open honesty
Capricious
unpredictable; fickle
Coalesce
combine; fuse
Colloquial
pertaining to convesation or common speech
Compliance
readiness to yeild; conformity
Composure
mental calmness
Iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
Imprudence
impertinence; insolence
Inadvertent
unintentional; as a result of oversight; careless
Incite
arouse to action
Inclusive
tending to include all
Incongrous
not fitting; absurd
Ignominy
deep discrace; shame or dishonor
Illusory
deceptive; not real
Immutable
unchangeable
Impair
injure; hurt
Hedonist
person primarily sseeking pleasure
Hierarchy
arrangement by rank
Hyperbole
over exaggeration
Hypocritical
pretending to be virtuous
Gregarious
loving the campany of thers; sociable
Guile
deciet; cunning
Hamper
obstruct
Gullible
easily decieved
Hardy
strong
Haughtiness
pride; arrogance
Heresy
opinion contrary to popular belief
Homogenous
composed of identical parts
Inconsequential
insignificant; unimportant
Incorrigible
not correctable
Indifferent
unmoved; unconcerned by; mediocre
Induce
incite; bring about
Ingenious
clever; resourceful
Inherent
firmly established by natureor habit
Innate
inborn
Innocuous
harmless
Innovation
change; introduction of something new
Instigate
provoke; start; urge
Insulaturity
narrow- mindedness; isolation
Integrity
uprightness; wholeness
Intimidate
Frighten
Intrepid
fearless
Ironic
resulting in an unexpected and contrary outcome
Jocular
said or doooone in jest
Lament
grieve; express sorrow
Lavish
liberal; wasteful
Linger
loiterv or dawdle; continue or persist
Listless
Lacking in spirit or energy
Lofty
very high
Meander
wind or turn in its course
Mercenary
Interested in money or gain
Meticulous
painstaking; excessively careful
Furtive
stealthy
Glacial
extremely cold; very slow
Exuberance
joyful enthusiasm
Facilitate
help bring about
Fallow
plowed but not sowed
Fanaticism
excessive zeal
Fastidious
difficult to please
Feasible
practical
Flagrant
blatant; outrageous
Garrulous
talkative
Falter
hesitate
Glutton
someone who eats or drinks excessively
Iconoclastic
attacking cherished beliefs
Imprudence
impertinence; insolence
Inadevertent
unintentional; careless
Incite
arouse to action
Inclusive
tending to include all
Incongruous
not fitting; absurd
Ignominy
deep disgrace; shame or dishonor
Miserly
stingy
mitigate
moderate; appease
morose
ill-humored; sullen
Mosaic
picture made of colorful small inlaid tiles
Mundane
secular;everyday; concern with the comonplaec
Munificent
very generous
Nefarious
very wicked
Nonchalance
indifference; lack of concern; composure
Notoriety
novelty
Novelty
something new; newness
Nurture
nourish; educate; foster
Obliterate
destro completely
Impeccable
Faultless; having no flaws
Implement
put into effect
Recant
disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error
Recount
narrate or tell; count over agian
Rectify
set right; correct
Redundant
repetitious
Relegate
banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
Remore
guilt; self- reproach
Repel
drive away; disgust
Reprehensible
deserving blame
Repudiate
disown; disavaow
Rescind
cancel
Reserve
self-control;formal but distant in manner
Resigned
accepting one's fate; unresisting; patiently submissive
Undermine
weaken
vaporize
turn into vapor
Virulent
highly poisonous
Viable
practical
Trifling
unimportant
uniformity
sameness
Turmoil
commotion
Truncate
shorten
Virtuoso
highly skilled artist
Unwarrented
unjustified
Whimsical
fanciful
Zealot
fanatic