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abjure
Renounce solemnly, recant, abstain from.
abstract
A summary or statement which contains the essential elements of a work; a brief.
adumbrate
To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline; to shadow forth.
afford
Provide, furnish, allow.

The new posting at the company AFFORDED Ester an opourtunity to develop skills she had been wanting to hone.
ambiguous
Able to be interpreted in more than one way.

The hikers believed the reason they got lost was because the innkeeper's directions had been ambiguous.
ameliorate
To improve.
amenable
Easily managed, tractable, agreeable.
antagonism
Actively expressed hostility or opposition.
apprehend
Arrest; anticipate with fear; gain understanding.

Given the team's history of losing focus at crucial times, it is understandable that the owners insisted on hiring a coach who apprehended the importance of discipline.
arabesque
A complex design with interweaving lines formed of plants, people, or animals.
articulate
Speak clearly; explain; speak with emphasis.

Tired from running back to the house, Joey found it difficult to articulate to his mother what had frightened him.
augur
One who predicts or foretells; a soothsayer or prophet.
authoritarian
Favoring the concentration of political power in an individual, or leading elite.

Despite his public talk of the need for reform, the prince's authoritarian leanings were clearly evident in his more candid moments.
banal
Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite.
blight
That which impairs or destroys; mildew; decay.
brazen
Loud and harsh; with contemptuous boldness.
buffoonery
Acts of clowning, like low jests, ridiculous pranks, vulgar tricks and postures
burgeon
Grow vigorously, expand greatly.
calumniate
to slander or defame
candor
Openness or frankness.

The writer spoke with such candor about his struggle with alcoholism that the interviewer was moved to tears.
chagrin
Dismay; vexation

Sarah had looked forward to making her speech to the students, but much to her chagrin they only snickered at her ideas for better school social events.
coda
A few measures added beyond the natural termination of a composition.
codify
To reduce to a formal system; to organize or structure, as laws.

The anthropologist tried to codify the tribe's unwritten rules in an attempt to understand how the system of justice worked.
cogent
Having the power to compel conviction or move the will.
commensurate
Equal or in proper proportion.
complacency
Pleasure, contentment, satisfied with own abilities.

The Olympic gold-medalist stopped practicing after her victory, and it was this complacency that led to her losing in the next competition.
compunction
Remorse for wrongdoing.

He was often described as heartless; he could take candy from a baby and show no compunction.
conceit
A fanciful idea or a strained, complex metaphor.
contraband
Goods or merchandise traded illegally; prohibited wares.
crux
Essential point of a problem.
curtail
To abbreviate or shorten.
deferential
Showing courteous or ingratiating respect.
degenerate
To decline in worth; to lose goodness.
diatribe
A strain of abusive or railing language; a harangue.
disparate
Distinct and different.
erotic
Relating to sexual desire.
extraneous
Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing.
extricate
To untangle or release from a difficult situation.

Seated at the dinner party between the two most boring men she had ever met, Paula wondered how she could gracefully extricate herself from the situation.
fissure
A deep narrow crack.
fodder
Coarse grains or food for animals.