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aberrant
abnormal or deviant
abject
wretched, lacking pride
abrasive
rubbing away; tending to grind down
abstract
theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational
abstruse
obscure; profound; difficult to understand
acclaim
applaud; announce with great approval
accolade
award of merit
acknowledge
recognize; admit
acute
quickly perceptive; keen; brief and severe
adverse
unfavorable; hostile
advocate
urge; plead for
aesthetic
artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciation of the beautiful
affirmation
positive assertion; confirmation
aggressor
attacker
ambivalence
state of having contradictory o rconflicting emotional attitudes
antagonistic
hostile; opposed
apathy
lack of caring; indifference
apocrphal
untrue; made up
appease
pacify or soothe; relieve
arbitrary
unreasonable or capricious
arbitrate
act as a judge
articulate
effective; distinct
ascendancy
controlling influence
ascetic
practicing self-denial; austere
assessment
evaluation; judgment
assuage
ease or lessen; satisfy; soothe
augment
increase; add to
austerity
sternness; severity; strict economy; lack of luxuries
bane
cause of ruin
belie
contradict; give a false impression
belittle
disparage; make fun of
bland
soothing; mild; dull
blasphemy
irreverence; sacrilege; cursing
bolster
support; reinforce
brevity
conciseness; briefness
buttress
support; prop up
candor
frankness
categorical
without exceptions; unqualified; absolute
censorious
critical
censure
blame; criticize
clemency
disposition to be lenient; mildness; as of the weather
coercion
use of force to get someone's compliance
compelling
overpowering; irresistible in effect
compliance
readiness to yield; conformity in fulfilling requirements
composure
mental calmness
concede
admit; yield
conciliatory
reconciling' appeasing; amiable
conclusive
convincing decisive
concur
agree in opinion
condome
overlook voluntarily; forgive
conformity
agreemtn or compliance; actions in agreement with prevailing social customs
conscientious
scrupulous; careful
consistency
absence of contradictions; dependability; uniformity; degree of thickness
consolidation
merger; combination
contend
struggle; compete; assert earnestly
contentious
quarrelsome; belligerent
corroborate
confirm;support
credulity
belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivete
cursory
casual; hastily done
cynic
one who is skeptcial or distrustful of human motives
debilitate
weaken; enfeeble
debunk
expose something as nonsensical or false
deference
courteous regard for another's wish
defiance
refusal to yield; resistance
degenerate
become worse; deteriorate
deliberate
consider; ponder
denounce
condemn; criticize
deplore
regret strongly; express grielf over
depravity
corruption; wickedness
deprecate
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
deride
ridicule; make fun of
derivative
unoriginal; derived from another source
desecrate
profane; violate the sanctity of
despondent
depressed; gloomy
detached
emotionally removed; calm and objective; indifferent
deterrent
something taht discourages; hindrance
detrimental
harmful; damaging
devious
roundabout; erratic; not straightforward
diffuse
wordy; rambling; spread out
digression
wandering away from the subject
dissuade
advise against
divergent
differing; deviating
diversion
act of turning aside; pastime
divulge
reveal
document
provide written evidence
dogmatic
opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal
dutiful
respectful; obedient
ebb
recede; lessen
eccentric
odd; whimsical; irregular
eclectic
selective in choosing from a variety of sources
eclipse
darken; extinguish; surpass
effervescent
exuberant; bubbly and excited
elaboration
addition of details; intricacy
elated
overjoyed; in high spirits
eloquence
expressiveness; persuasive speech
elusive
evasive; baffling; hard to grasp
emulate
imitate; rival
endorse
approve; support
dilute
make less concentrated; reduce in strength
diminution
lessening; reductionin size
disband
dissolve; disperse
discerning
mentally quick and observant; having insight
discredit
defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve
discursive
digressing; rambling
disinclination
unwillingness
disinterested
unprejudiced
dismantle
take apart
dismiss
put away from consideration; reject
disparage
belittle
disparate
basically different; unrelated
disparity
difference; condition of inequality
dispassionate
calm; impartial
dispel, disperse, dissipate
drive away; scatter; cause to vanish
disseminate
distribute; spread; scatter
dissent
disagree
enduring
lasting; surviving
enervate
to weaken
engender
to cause and produce
enhance
to make better; advance, improve
enigma
puzzle
enmity
hatred
enumerate
to mention one by one
ethemeral
short-lived; sleeting
epic
long heroic poem or similar work of art
epicure
comnoisseur of food and drink
episodic
loosely connected; divided into incidents, occuring at intervals
eqanimity
calmness of temperament
equivocal
ambiguous or intentionally misleading
erratic
odd, unpredictable floundering
erroneous
mistaken, wrong
erudite
learned schlolarly