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abash
embarrass

My brother tries to abash everyone at our reunions.
abscond
flee/sneak

The criminal absconded during the night with the money.
accretion
accumulation/increase

The efforts resulted in an accretion in profit.
aerie
stronghold/perch

The eagle's aerie was filled with eggs.
alacrity
speed/briskness
aloof
removed/indifferent/unsociable

Herbert Hoover has been described as being grim and aloof.
amalgamate
mix/combine/merge

Microsoft should amalgamate with Apple to create a monopoly.
ameliorate
improve
apocryphal
not genuine, fictional

Sharon knew that she was telling an apocryphal story when she didn't look at her.
apostate
defector/deserter/renounce faith

So that he could be with his lover, Jim declared himself an apostate even if it meant breaking away from church.
arboretum
place where trees are displayed/studied/ garden
arcane
esoteric/secret

The arcane rituals of the sect
aspersion
slander/insinuation

It is unfair to cast aspersion on someone beind their back.
ascetic
abstemious/self-denying

Reverend Dimmesdale felt so guilty for his sin, he took it on himself to live an ascetic life.
assiduous
industrious/diligent

I washed the car with assiduous zeal, not missing a single spot.
augury
prophecy/auspices/portent

Troy hoped the rainbow was an augury of good things to come.
aviary
birdhouse

Mom loves birds and pays a visit to the aviary whenever possible.
autocrat
dictator/despot

Mussolini is an autocrat.
attenuate
to weaken/rarefy

The Bill of Rights was meant to attenuate the traditional power of gov. to change laws at will
august
majestic/grandiose

The august view from my bedroom window is exclusive only to me.
baleful
harmful/sinister

I gave my mother a baleful look because she irritated me.
balk
stop short and refuse to go on

When the horse balked at jumping the fence, the rider was thrown off.
expropriate
seize/take as one's own
surreptitious
hidden/furtive/covert
obtrusive
protruding/noticable
promulgate
announce officially (usually decree)
proliferate
To increase or spread at a rapid rate

We all have fears that nuclear weapons might proliferate.
irreverence
A disrespectful act or remark.
feral
wild/untamed
extant
Still in existence

The fossil record shows that ancient life was different from extant life.
pundit
scholar/bookworm
interlocutor
Someone who takes part in a conversation
surrogate
a substitute
ambivalence
The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings
indecisiveness
coalesce
mix/fuse
divisive
Creating dissension or discord
disparate
Fundamentally distinct or different in kind
prosaic
dull
comparable
Similar or equivalent
vestige
A visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more.
propagate
multiply.
supplant
replace

railroads supplanted the stagecoach trade
doggerel
Trivial or badly written verse (in a poem) Forced rhyme, trite, cliche. Inferior.

I wouldn't go as far as proclaiming your poem as doggerel, but it could use some work.
phlegmatic
sluggish, indifferent, calm.
ennui
boredom

The servants relieved their ennui with gambling and gossip about their masters
glib
Performed with a natural, offhand ease; Showing little thought, preparation, or concern that it can't be sincere.

a glib response to a complex question; glib promises
incognito
With one's identity disguised or concealed. Nameless

In Holland he lived incognito as a carpenter in the shipyards of the East India company.
lugubrious
Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

Oh yes, he says, and his lugubrious expression suggests that the loss afflicts him still.
purloin
steal
revile
To assail with abusive language; vituperate. Criticize
commensurate
proportionate; Having a common measure; commensurable; reducible to a common measure; as, commensurate quantities.

'political power commensurate with their numbers.'
proffer
offer, administer
aversion
intense dislike

Laura took an instant aversion to Mike because he reminded her of her brother.
bay
bark, wail, ululate

The dog bayed all night much to the annoyance of the neighbors.
bawdy
obscene, lewd, vulgar, risque, rude, coarse

Bawdy poetry ironically draws a large audience.
bane
something causeing death, destruction. Poison.

Speeches were the bane of Jenny's existence; she hated having to stand up in front of a crowd.
balk
to stop short and refuse to go on.

When the horse balked at jumping over the high fence, the rider was thrown off.
baleful
harmful, sinister, dark

The sullen teenager gave his nagging mother a baleful look.
beguile
to deceive, mislead, iveigle.

The Sirens' attempt to beguile him had worked, for Odysseus was ready to abandon his men.
beleaguer
to harass, plague

Mickey vowed to beleaguer his parents until they gave in to his request for a Nintendo.
belie
to misrepresent, distort, refute

The first lady's attempts to belie the press with her carefree attitude worked like a charm.
benighted
unenlightened, ignorant, unschooled

Ben scoffed at the crowd that he believed consisted entirely of benighted individuals.
bevy
group, band, gang

As predicted, a bevy of teenagers surrounded the rock star's limousine.
berate
to scold harshly

When my manager found out I had handled the situation so insensitively, he berated me.
bilk
to cheat, swindle, dupe

Though the lawyer seemed honest, the woman feared he would try to bilk her out of her money.
blandish
to coax with flattery

I was going to blandish the bouncer until he let us into the club.
blithely
merrily, lightheartedly

Wanting to redecorate the office, she blithely assumed her co-workers wouldn't mind and moved the furniture.
insidious
sly;deceptive: insidious rumors; an insidious disease.
Intended to entrap; treacherous: insidious misinformation.
Beguiling but harmful; alluring: insidious pleasures.
fastidious
scrupulous, discriminating, punctual, chary. 'fastidious about personal cleanliness'
supercilious
arrogant; haughty; secluded; cold; pompous

The girl has a supercilious expression, and seems to be looking down her nose at the camera
pander
distribute, cater to, indulge

He refused to pander to nostalgia and escapism
subversion
ruin, destruction, uproar
abrogate
invalidate; destroy; abolish, call off, void
adjunct
appendage; counterpart
adjudicate
To study and settle (a dispute or conflict):The principal adjudicated our quarrel.
aplomb
self-confidence
arrears
unpaid, overdue debt or an unfulfilled obligation.
an account in arrears
abase
degrade ; lower in rank, prestige, or esteem.
artifice
subterfuge; machination; ploy. Deceptive maneuver. Cleverness or skill
antipodes
Contradiction; converse. Any two places or regions that are on diametrically opposite sides of the earth. We just sit and listen to the fullness of the quiet, as an antipode to focused busyness
abate
lessen; abolish; attenuate; cool