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to make better or more tolerable; to improve
ameliorate
similar in certain qualities; comparable
analogous
active dislike; ill will
animosity
condition of being nameless or unknown
anonymity
hostility, active opposition
antagonism
direct opposite
antithesis
to calm or soothe; to satisfy
assuage
to waste away
atrophy
to increase or enlarge; to become greater in size
augment
stern in manner or appearance; strict in morals
austere
strong of fixed dislike; antipathy
aversion
to make something seem less important
belittle
to leave money or property be a will; to pass along
bequeath
strikingly odd in appearance or style; grotesque
bizarre
happy and cheerful
blithe
high-sounding; marked by the use of language without much real meaning
bombastic
a clown; someone who amuses with tricks and jokes
buffoon
hiding place; something hidden in a hiding place
cache
discord; harsh sound
cacophony
to persuade by pleasant words or false promises
cajole
unfeeling; insensitive
callous
to surrender; to cease resisting
capitulate
changeable; fickle
capricious
complaining
carping
someone or something that brings about a change
catalyst
an emotional purification or relief
catharsis
stinging, biting
caustic
to blame; to criticize adversely
censure
a person who supports the principle of subjection to authority instead of individual freedom
authoritarian
able to put one's thoughts into words easily and clearly
articulate
hard to do; strenuous
arduous
having to do with the heavens; divine
celestial
independence, self-government
autonomy
of doubtful authenticity; counterfeit
apocryphal
a deviating from the right path or usual course of action,
aberration
the giving up of certain pleasures such as food or drink
abstinence
theoretical, not applied or practical; not concrete; hard to understand
abstract
loud applause; approval
acclaim
an increase in rank or wealth; growth in power
aggrandizement
natural attraction to a person or liking for a thing; relation; connection
affinity
showing an appreciation of beauty in nature or art
aesthetic
to support; to be in favor of
advocate
to advise against something; to warn; to scold gently
admonish
to accept the conclusions or arrangements of others; to accede; to give consent by keeping silent
acquiesce
to turn away the normal feelings of fondness toward anyone; to estrange
alienate
to make easier to endure; to relieve; to diminish
alleviate
indifferent; unsympathetic; not interested; apart
aloof
thoughtful of the welfare of others
altruistic
condition of having conflicting attitudes
ambivalence
permitting more that one interpretation; not clearly defined
ambiguous