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Abate: A bait
To decrease; diminish; put an end to

Worms are used as bait in fishing.After the bait is cast into the river, the bait usually decreases in size because some fish have nibbled on it. Frequently, the bait disappears in a short time. You need skill, patience, and luck.
Abridge: A bridge
Shorten in duration

A bridge is built so that transportation from one side to another is shortened in duration.
Abscond: Ab’s_cone
To depart secretly

Ab’s kitchen has many boxes of ice cream cones. Mysteriously, the cones disappear all the time. Ab says, “I just don’t know where my cones have gone; maybe they have legs? They just depart secretly.
Absolve
To free from blame or penalty; to pardon
Abstruse: Abs truth
Difficult to understand; recondite

Abs → Sounds and looks like in Absent. Abs_truth → Absent of truth Things that are absent of truth are usually difficult to understand.
Accent
To emphasize; distinctive manner of pronunciation
Accolade: Echo_lad
An honor; a praise; or an award

A proud lad yells his name aloud, and his name echoes back as if others were praising him
Acerbic
Sour or bitter tasting; acid
Acquiescent
Agree; accept an agreement silently
Acrimony: Acre money
Bitterness of speech or manner; ill feeling

Two developers are arguing over the money for an acre of land. The arguments are full of anger and bitterness.
Adamant: A damn ant
Resistant to change; firm in purpose

A stubborn ant is blocking traffic. Other ants shout, “Move, you damn ant!
Adroit: A droid
Clever; skillful

The famous robots, 3PO and R2-D2 from Star Wars.These sophisticated robots are very skillful with their hands.
Adversary
An opponent; a foe; an enemy
Affable
Easy to talk to; kind and polite
Aggregate
Formed into a mass; a college or group
Allusion
indirect reference
Aloof
Distant physically or emotionally
Altruistic
concern the well being and happiness of others
Amass
Accumulate; pile up
Ambivalence
Presence of two opposing feelings at the same time; contradicting values
Ameliorate
To make or become better
Amicable
Characterized by or exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; friendly
Amity: Ami tea
Peaceful or friendly relations

Ami is very friendly and always serves tea to everyone who visits her.
Amorphous
Formless and shapeless
Anarchy
Absence of government, disorder
Animosity
Hatred
Antagonistic
Hostile; acting against each othe
Antiquated
Out-of-date; old-fashsioned

Antique → old and outdated items
Apathy
Absence of sympathy or interest
Apex: Ape
Highest point; a high point of achievement; a climax

King Kong (the ape) climbs up to the top of the Empire State building, which is the highest point in New York.
Appease: a peace
Calm, pacify

When World War II ended, peace brought calmness to all the cities and towns in Europe
Apprise: A_prize
To inform, to tell

If you win the first prize in California’s Lotto, won’t you tell everyone?
Arcane: Arcade (video games and other games)
Mysterious; understood by few

Most video games in the arcade have secret levels for the player to find as a challenge.
Ardor: adore
Warmth of feeling

If you adore someone, won’t you have a warm feeling for that person?
Articulate
Speak clearly and effective
Ascendancy
Having power; moving upward
Ascetic
A person who practices self-denial
Asperity: Asparagus
Roughness or unevenness of surface; sharpness of temper

He tips of the asparagus appear to be very rough, but they are actually very crunchy and tasty.
Assail: A sale
Attack violently with force or words

A shopper argued with force and words with the manager over a sales item that was not properly marked down.
Assuage: A_sausage
To lessen suffering or pain

A starving kid temporarily relieved his hunger when he stared at the sausages hanging inside the poultry shop.
Astute: A_status
Shrewd; cunning; crafty; clever

People with high status are usually wise and shrewd.
Atrophy
Cause to waste
Audacious: Audition
Daring;foolishly bold; impuden

Those who attend the audition for the key roles in the play “Romeo and Juliet�? must be very brave and bold, because he or she has to perform in front of hundreds of critics.
Augment
Make larger; increase

Think plastic surgery; breast augmentation.
Auspicious: Suspicious
Showing signs or promise of future success

The homicide detectives who are suspicious in nature are likely to succeed in solving the murder cases.
Austere: A steer (cow)
Rigidly strict in manner of living or thinking; severely simple; stern

Cows are typically simple and stern.
Home Depot sells steer manure for garden fertilizer.
Avarice: Eva rice
The passion for hoarding wealth or possession.

Eva is very greedy because she likes to take all the rice from the buffet and stuff it into a hidden bowl in her coat to take home.We should always be considerate and show concern for others.
Averse: A_verse (in the Bible)
Unwilling; reluctant; resistant

The boy is reluctant to attend Sunday School because he is unwilling to recite verses in the Bible.
Aversion: A_version
Strong dislike

Bill is going to buy Microsoft’s word-processing software, but he has a strong dislike for choosing an earlier version because it has a significant number of bugs.
Baleful: Bale_full → Large bundle_full;Bale_fall
Destructive; harmful

A bale full of gunpowder is harmful and dangerous when kept under the hot sun.
If a bale of hay falls on you from the top of a building, it will certainly be harmful to you, won’t it?Ouch…!Even though it is just a bale of hay.
Balm
Ointment for soothing pain, something that comforts or soothes
Banal
Boring; common; ordinary; dull
Baneful: Painful
Poisonous, harmful, destructive

When you inhale poisonous fumes (gas), it will be painful. Looks Like:Baleful Imagine This:It must be harmful and destructive if a heavy bale of hay falls on you.
Beguile: Be_guide
To deceive by charm; to make time pass by pleasantly

There was a charming but deceiving tourist guide who persuaded the tourists to pay the tips up-front, and she disappeared with the money shortly after.
Cacophony
Unpleasant mixture of sounds; harsh noise; discord
Cajole: Cage_Joe
To deceive by flattery; to coax

Joe, a famous magician, visually deceives his audience by making the lion disappear from his cage, but in reality it is just hidden under the cage.
Candor: Can_do
Openness; straight forwardness

If you are very eager to get a summer job, you should have a ‘can do’ attitude during the job interview.Instead of saying “I can do this and I can do that…�? you should be open and straightforward about your actual skills and technical capabilities.
Cantankerous
Hard or irritating to deal with
Capacious
Able to hold much
Belie: Be_lie
To give a false idea; fail to fulfil a promise
Belligerent
Persons or nations are at war; constant fighting; quarrelsome
Benediction
Good wishes, a blessing
Benevolent
Friendly; generous; helpful
Bequeath
To hand down something by will; pass on
Bilk: Milk
Cheat; to defraud; swindle

A cheating sales person introduces a carton of what he claims to be milk, “Try a carton of this milk.�?“No way!�? a customer exclaimed, “Don’t try to cheat me!It is labeled bilk, not milk!Who are you trying to fool?
Blight
Anything that causes decay, death, or disease
Bolster
To support; to encourage
Bombast
Speech intended to capture the attention of the audience; high- sounding language
Boorish
Crudely insensitive; rude person
Brevity
Shortness; conciseness
Bumptious
Offensively self-important
Capitulate: Capital_ate
Surrender : yield to an enemy on conditions agreed upon

When the U.S. army finally captured Berlin, the German capital.Germany was surrendered.The entire population in the capital was starving badly and they ate rats to survive.
Capricious
Unpredicatable; controlled by whims
Castigate
Punish severely; criticize severely
Celerity
Swiftness; fast
Censure: Censor ( An official authorized to examine movies, news and printed matter)
Disapprove; criticize; fault-finding

Movie ratings are determined by a panel of judges who watch and critique every inch of the film clip before final approval for general audience viewing.Certain scenes, which are disapproved of, will be cut.
Charlatan
Imposter (one who assumes an identity or title to deceive others)
Chary: Cherry
Very cautious

When eating cherries, you must be cautious not to eat the pits.
Chasten
To discipline or punish for the purpose of making better
Chastise
Punish by scolding or beating
Chicanery
Trickery (scheme to deceive; prank; deceptive)
Choler
Anger
Circumscribe
Draw a line around;to confine
Circumspect
Cautious
Clemency
Mercy; pity; kindness
Cloister
A convent or monastery; isolated from the outside world
Coalesce - Coal_less
To grow together; unite into one body

During the winter months in World War II, the Russian soldiers needed to huddle together to stay warm before their coal supply ran out.
Coalition
Union; combination; temporary alliance
Coerce - Course
Force someone to do something against his/her wil

When the new cadets refused to go through the obstacle course during the rainy day, the army’s drill sergeant forced and threatened them with his 45
Collate
To compare carefully to learn the difference between the copies; arrange pages in proper sequence

Some high end copying machines have a collate feature which helps to sort out the separate copies of multiple pages.
Color
To influence, affect or alter
Complacent
Self-satisfied; self-important
Concede
Accept; admit; allow; surrender
Conciliatory - Reconciliation (to restore peace and friendship after disagreement)
Making peace, attempting to solve a dispute through goodwill
Condone
To excuse; to forgive an offense
Confound - Con (against)_found →not_found
To confuse; to mix up

If a drug addict does not find a way to quit his bad habit, his mind will be all mixed up and confused.Worst of all, he could end up dead.
Consonance
Harmony; agreement
Conspicuous
Standing out very noticeably; obvious