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abacus
frame with balls for calculating 
abate
to lessen
abdication
giving up power       
aberration
straying away from normal     
abet
to encourage wrong doing    
abeyance
suspended action         
abhor
to hate
abide
to be faithful
abjure
to promise to give up     
abraded
worn away by friction     
abrogate
to take back by authority      
abscond
to run from law
abstruse
difficult to understand    
abut
to border         
abysmal
bottomless
acarpous
no longer fertile    
acclaimed
praised      
accolade
praise     
accretion
many things to one   
adamant
stubborn    
admonitory
containing warning         
adorn
to add beauty
adulteration
making unpure      
affable
friendly      
affinity
close connection       
aggravate
to make worse     
agile
quick-moving         
agog
eager      
ail
to be sick        
alacrity
eager readiness       
alcove
a partially enclosed place      
allegiance
loyalty        
alleviate
to make less      
alloy
to mix with something inferior
aloof
indifferent         
amalgamate
to combine       
ambidextrous
able to use both hands equally
ambiguous
unclear
ambivalent
having different meanings    
ameliorate
to make better        
amortize
to end by setting aside money
anguish
severe suffering       
animosity
hate     
antidote
medicine to cure disease
antithetical
direct opposite       
apartheid
brutal racial discrimination
aplomb
self confidence          
apostate
one who abandons beliefs
apotheosis
glorification to godliness       
appease
to calm   
apprehensive
feeling fear of the future    
apprise
to inform       
approbation
approval          
apropos
appropriate to the situation
apt
well-suited      
arabesque
a complex ornate design       
arboreal
related to trees       
ardor
enthusiasm          
arduous
laborious       
argot
jargon
arrant
in the highest degree       
arrogance
having superior attitude      
articulate
to speak distinctly
ascend
to move up
ascertain
to get to know
ascetic
practicing self-denial       
ascribe
to consider to be the origin 
aseptic
surgically clean       
asperity
harshness
aspersion
slander          
assail
to attack violently
assiduous
hard-working
assuage
to make less      
asterisk
substitution mark
astringent
substance that shrinks        
astute
clever
atonement
repayment   
attenuate
to make thin
attune
to bring into harmony
audacious
bold
augury
omen
august
majestic   
auspicious
favorable      
austere
severely moral    
auxiliary
supporting         
aver
to prove     
aversion
strong dislike         
avid
eager         
avow
declare openly        
baleful
harmful      
balk
to get in the way of   
baneful
causing harm
barrage
obstacle built across a river     
barren
unable to have children
bask
to enjoy warmth and light      
beatify
to bless  
bedizen
to adorn in cheap showy manner
belabor
to beat hard       
bellicose
warlike        
belligerent
waging war       
benefactor
person who gives help      
benevolence
wishing good
benign
kind    
bequest
act of passing on to another
berate
to scold sharply         
bereft
to rob of something     
bewilder
to confuse         
bigot
narrow-minded person        
bilge
protuberance of a cask     
blandishment
cajole
blandness
not irritating or stimulating
blatant
loud      
blithe
carefree        
bogus
fake       
boisterous
noisy  
bolster
to give greatly needed support
boorish
rude        
brash
hasty 
brass
yellow metal   
brazen
made of brass        
breach
to break in       
brittle
easily broken         
broach
to begin to talk about    
brook
to tolerate 
buoyant
light-hearted       
burgeon
to begin to grow
burnish
to polish
cabal
a scheme 
cadge
to get by begging     
cajole
to use flattery to persuade   
calipers
metal leg supports
calumny
slander      
candid
straight-forward         
cant
insincere talk   
cantankerous
bad-tempered
canvass
to discuss thoroughly      
castigate
to correct with punishment      
castigation
severe punishment         
catalyst
substance that causes speedup 
caustic
biting and sarcastic    
censure
official rebuke    
centurion
leader of a unit of 100 soldiers    
chary
cautious 
chastened
corrected     
chastisement
punishment          
chauvinist
a blindly devoted patriot       
chicanery
trickery
chisel
steel tool for shaping materials      
churl
bad-tempered person         
clamor
to complain loudly
clientele
customers        
clinch
to settle     
cling
to fasten   
clot
lump formed from liquid      
cloture
method to end debate
coagulation
to change to thick and solid state
coalescing
coming into one 
coax
to get something with flattery
coda
passage at end of music  
coddle
to treat with care   
coerce
to compel 
coeval
coexisting      
cogent
convincing
cogitate
to meditate
cognizant
fully aware     
colander
draining bowl
collusion
secret meeting
combustion
process of burning        
commemorate
to honor with ceremony
commodious
roomy
commuter
person who travels regularly       
complaisance
willingness to please
compunction
feeling regret
conceal
hide
conceit
high opinion of one's self
conciliatory
comforting
concord
agreement
concur
to agree
condense
to increase in density
condone
to forgive
congeal
to make stiff
conjoin
to join together        
connoisseur
person with good judgement
connotation
suggestion in addition to       
consequential
pompous
console
to comfort
conspicuous
easily seen       
consternation
fear       
constrain
to compel        
constrict
to make tight     
consume
to get to end of      
consummate
to make perfect
contemn
to hate
contentious
argumentative
contiguous
touching
contrite
feeling regret
contumacious
rebellious
conundrum
riddle
conviction
strong belief
convoke
to summon
convoluted
complicated 
cordial
sincere        
cordon
line of police to guard
cornucopia
abundant supply       
corporeal
pertaining to body     
correlate
to have a mutual relation       
corroboration
to confirm
countenance
to approve of
counterfeit
fake
countervail
counterbalance          
covert
disguised
covetous
desirous         
cower
crouch back in fear  
coy
shy
crass
crude
cravat
piece of linen worn as a necktie  
craven
cowardly          
crease
line made by crushing
credulity
gullibility
credulous
gullible
crush
to overwhelm
cryptic
with a hidden meaning      
cumbersome
burdensome 
curmudgeon
bad-tempered person         
curriculum
course of study        
cursory
done in haste
curtail
to make shorter than planned      
dainty
delicate      
daunt
intimidate      
dawdler
slow person    
dearth
a shortage          
debacle
sudden disaster      
decorum
properness         
decree
order given by authority       
decry
to disapprove of         
defer
to give way in respect to  
deferential
showing respect         
defiance
open disobedience      
delineate
to portray depict sketch out      
deluge
flood   
demagogue
person appealing not to reasons 
demur
to hesitate    
denigrate
to belittle
denouement
unraveling of a plot
deplete
to use until none remains       
deposition
dethronement   
deprave
to corrupt      
deprecate
to protest against
dereliction
leaving to fall in ruins
derision
ridicule
derivative
obtained from another source      
derogatory
insulting       
descry
to catch sight of 
desiccant
substance that absorbs moisture  
desuetude
disuse       
desultory
haphazard
deter
to discourage
detraction
verbal attack   
detumescence
diminishing of swelling      
deviance
stray from normal  
dexterity
skill     
diaphanous
gauzy         
diatribe
verbal attack
diffidence
shyness          
dilate
to become larger
disallow
to refuse to allow
discern
see with effort
discomfit
confuse
disconcert
to upset
discountenance
to refuse to approve
discourse
speech
discredit
refuse to believe        
discreet
prudent
discrete
individually distinct       
disdain
look on with contempt       
disencumber
free from burden  
disheveled
untidy          
disingenuous
cunning     
disinter
dig up from the earth      
dislodge
force from the place occupied     
dismal
gloomy
disparate
different         
disproof
proof to the contrary     
dissemble
speak to hide something
disseminate
to distribute 
dissent
refuse to assent    
dissolution
looseness in morals       
distraught
upset in mind      
divergence
getting farther apart   
divestiture
getting rid of 
divulge
to make something secret known
doggerel
trivial
dogmatic
without room for discussion
dolt
idiot
dormant
in a state of inactivity 
dote
to center one's attention     
drawl
slow way of speaking     
droll
jesting        
drone
person who isn't self-employed
drowsiness
feeling sleepy
dubious
feeling doubt         
dud
something that fails     
dulcet
harmonious         
dupe
to trick 
duplicity
deception         
duress
to compel  
dwarf
person below the usual size
dynamo
an electric generator  
earthenware
dishes made of baked clay      
ebullience
exuberance       
ebullient
showing excitement      
ecumenical
representing Christian world    
edacious
voracious  
eddy
circular movement
edible
fit to be eaten 
effete
infertile    
efficacy
production of a desired result      
effluvia
a noxious vapor
effrontery
boldness        
egress
an exit      
elaborate
in great detail   
elegy
a melancholy composition      
elicit
to draw out         
eloquence
fluent speaking
emaciate
to make thin and weak       
embellish
to make beautiful         
embezzle
to wronfully use for one's benefit  
emote
to excite
empirical
relying on experiment        
encapsulate
to enclose in capsule        
encomium
eulogy   
encumbrance
burden
endearing
making liked       
endemic
epidemic          
endorse
to write one's name on back of    
enduring
lasting          
enervate
to weaken
engender
to cause
engrave
to impress deeply         
engrossing
taking up a lot of time
engulf
to swallow up         
enigma
a puzzle   
enmity
hatred 
ensign
to badge        
entangle
to put into difficulties        
enthral
to please greatly   
entice
to tempt
entreat
to ask earnestly
enunciate
to speak clearly
enzyme
catalyst          
epicurean
devoted to pleasure
epistle
letter          
epithet
adjective          
epitome
representative example 
equable
regular
equanimity
calmness        
equilibrium
state of being balanced       
equipoise
equal distribution of weight
equivocal
suspicious    
equivocate
to try to deceive 
eradicate
to get rid of
erratic
irregular in behavior or opinion
erudite
learned 
eschew
to avoid        
esoteric
abstruse
espouse
to give one's support to      
eulogy
formal praise     
euphoria
state of pleasant excitement      
euthanasia
painless death       
evasive
tending to evade      
evince
to show clearly      
evoke
to call upon    
excoriation
severe criticism         
exculpate
to clear from a charge of guilt    
exhaustive
complete
exigency
urgency
exoneration
clearing from blame
exorbitant
much too great      
expatiate
to roam  
expedient
likely to be useful    
expiation
expiring
exploit
use selfishly
expostulate
to dissuade
expurgate
to purify     
exscind
to cut out
extant
still in existence        
extempore
without preparation    
extenuate
to reduce strength of
extinct
no longer active        
extinguish
to end existence of
extirpate
to destroy
extol
to praise highly
extort
to obtain by violent threats       
extralegal
outside the law        
extricable
that can be freed       
extrovert
cheerful person         
exuberance
being full of life   
facetious
funny
facile
easily done         
fallacious
based on error        
falter
to move in an uncertain manner
fatuous
foolish  
fawn
young deer
feckless
lacking purpose
fecund
fertile          
feint
to pretend          
felicitous
apt
felon
person guilty of murder       
ferment
substance become excited        
ferocity
cruelty
ferret
search       
fervid
showing earnest feeling        
fervor
warmth of feelings    
fetid
stinking        
fetter
to shackle      
feud
a bitter quarrel lasting long time
fidelity
loyalty     
fidget
to move restlessly
figurehead
carved image on front of ship   
finesse
dealing with situation delicately
finical
fussy about food and clothing 
finicky
finical          
fission
splitting  
fixate
to stare at         
flak
criticism 
flamboyant
brightly colored  
flaunting
showing off 
flax
pale yellow
fledged
trained   
fleet
group of quick-moving ships
flinch
to draw back
flop
to fall clumsily
florid
naturally red
flout
to reject
fluke
lucky streak       
fluster
to make nervous
foible
defect of character  
foil
to prevent from carrying out
foment
to lessen pain
foolproof
incapable of failure
foppish
pays extra attention to clothes
forage
food for horses and cattle    
forbear
to refrain from   
forbearance
patience     
ford
shallow place in a river    
forestall
to preempt
forfeit
to take loss willingly
forge
workshop for shaping of metal
forgery
counterfeit          
forswear
to renounce    
foster
to care for        
fracas
noisy quarrel       
fragile
easily broken 
fragrant
sweet-smelling          
frantic
wildly excited
frenetic
frantic
fret
to worry   
fringe
edge
froward
stubborn   
frugal
economical
fulmination
bitter protest         
fulsome
disgusting
gainsay
to oppose
garble
to make unfair decision from facts
garment
article of clothing        
garner
to gather  
garrulity
talkativeness          
garrulous
too talkative         
gaucherie
socially awkward    
germane
relevant
gist
general idea      
glean
to gather facts     
glib
smooth but not sincere     
glimmer
unsteady light       
gloat
to overlook selfishly
glut
to fill to excess     
gnaw
to bite steadily       
goad
to urge a person to action     
gorge
to eat greedily
gossamer
soft light
gouge
tool for cutting grooves in wood
grandiloquent
using pompous words      
grave
requiring consideration        
graze
to touch lightly in passing   
gregarious
living in societies 
grievous
causing sadness
grovel
to humble oneself
guile
deceit
gullible
eager to believe
gush
to burst out suddenly
gust
sudden wind
hack
to cut roughly  
halcyon
calm and peaceful      
hallow
to consecrate       
harangue
a long passionate speech       
harbinger
something that foretells future  
harrow
to distress
haughty
arrogant  
heed
to give notice to      
heinous
odious 
heresy
belief opposite of normal 
hermetic
sealed by fusion        
heterogeneous
of different kinds      
hew
to make by hard work
highbrow
with superior tastes     
hirsute
hairy
hoax
a trick
hollow
nothing inside
holster
leather case for a pistol      
homiletics
act of preaching      
hone
to sharpen
hoodwink
to trick
hospitable
treating guests generously
hubris
arrogant pride         
hush
to become silent
husk
worthless outside part
hypocrisy
falseness
iconoclast
one who attacks popular beliefs
idiosyncrasy
personal mannerism         
idolatry
excessive admiration of        
idyll
a carefree experience      
ignoble
dishonorable        
ignominious
shameful   
illicit
unlawful    
imbroglio
complicated situation       
immaculate
faultless         
imminent
likely to happen soon     
immutable
cannot be changed       
impair
to worsen  
impassive
unmoved
impecunious
having little or no money      
impede
to get in the way of     
impediment
something that hinders
impending
likely to happen soon     
imperative
essential
imperious
commanding
impermeable
cannot be permeated       
imperturbable
incapable of being excited     
impervious
cannot pass through
imperviousness
arrogant
impetuous
having sudden energy
impiety
lack of reverence
implacable
unpleasable
implicate
to involve incriminatingly
implicit
implied
implosion
collapse bursting inward        
importune
to beg
imprecation
a curse
impromptu
without preparation         
impudent
rash
impugned
challenged
impute
to ascribe
inadvertent
not paying proper attention       
inane
silly
inasmuch
since
incense
to make angry
incessant
often repeated
inchoate
rudimentary
incipient
beginning        
incise
to engrave
incite
to stir up
inclined
having a preference
incongruous
not in agreement
incorrigibility
cannot be corrected
incredulous
skeptical
inculcate
fix firmly by repetition       
incumbents
official duties         
incursion
a raid
indefatigability
not easily tired
indelible
cannot be rubbed out      
indigence
poverty          
indigenous
native          
indistinct
not easily heard
indolence
laziness          
indomitable
not easily discouraged
indulge
to gratify
indulgent
inclined to indulge        
ineffable
cannot be described in words    
ineluctable
inevitable   
inept
unskillful
ineptitude
being unskillful
inferno
hell        
infuriate
to anger
infuse
to pour
ingenuous
sincere
ingest
to take by swallowing
inimical
unfriendly
inimitable
cannot be imitated
innocuous
harmless
inscrutable
cannot be understood
insensible
unaffected
insinuate
to suggest unpleasantly
insipid
without taste or flavor       
insouciant
carefree
insularity
narrow-mindedness
insurrection
rising of people
interdict
to prohibit
interim
as an installment        
intersperse
to scatter    
intransigence
stubborness
intransigent
uncompromising          
intrepid
fearless
introspection
examining one's own thoughts   
inundate
to flood
inured
adapted to
invective
abusive language
inveigh
to denounce
inveterate
long-established
invincible
cannot be defeated
involute
complex          
irascible
irritable
irate
angry          
ire
to anger
irksome
tiresome          
irresolute
undecided
irrevocable
impossible to retract
itinerate
to travel from place to place
jabber
to talk excitedly   
jibe
to make fun of
jocular
joking
judicious
sound in judgement
knit
draw together unite firmly       
labyrinthine
high involved
lachrymose
causing tears
lackluster
dull
lament
to show great sorrow
lassitude
tiredness
latent
present but not active
laudatory
expressing praise       
lavish
to give freely
legacy
something handed down
levee
formal reception
levity
lack of seriousness      
libel
statement damaging reputation  
liberality
generosity        
libertine
immoral person         
lien
legal claim until debt is repaid  
limn
to portray
limp
walking unevenly
lionize
to treat as famous person
lithe
bending
loll
to sit in lazy way
lope
to move along with long strides    
loquacious
garrulous         
lucubrate
to write in scholarly fashion       
luculent
easily understood   
lugubrious
excessively sad        
lull
to become quiet
lumber
to move clumsily
luminary
light-giving body
lurk
to be out of view ready to attack  
lustrous
bright      
macabre
gruesome
macerate
make soft by soaking in water 
machination
scheme    
maladroit
tactless
malapropism
misuse of a word
malevolence
wishing evil       
malign
speak ill of somebody
malinger
to fake illness to shirk a duty
malleable
yielding   
manacle
chains for hands or feet     
massacre
killing of large number of people   
matriculation
be admitted
maudlin
sentimental in silly way    
maul
to hurt by rough handling     
maverick
rebel
mellifluous
sweetly flowing         
mendacity
dishonesty          
mendicant
a beggar         
mercurial
fleeting
meretricious
attractive only on surface
mesmerize
to hypnotize          
meticulous
giving great attention to details
mettle
quality of endurance or courage
mettlesome
courageous 
middling
averagely good     
minatory
menacing
mince
to euphemize      
misanthrope
person who hates mankind       
mischievous
harmful
miser
person who spends little    
misogynist
one who hates women     
moderation
quality of being limited  
mollify
to make calm
molt
to lose feathers
morbid
diseased
morose
unsocial
muffler
silencer
multifarious
varied
mundane
worldly
myriad
large number
nadir
lowest point        
nascent
coming into existence      
nebulous
vague
negligent
taking too little care       
neophyte
recent convert to a belief
nexus
a connection
nibble
show some inclination to accept
noisome
offensive     
nonchalant
cooly indifferent
nonplused
greatly surprised         
nostrum
an untested cure     
noxious
harmful          
nugatory
worthless        
obdurate
stubborn
obfuscate
to obscure
oblivious
unaware
obloquy
share criticism
obsequious
too eager to obey 
obstreperous
noisy
obtain
to be established
obtrusive
noticeable
obtuse
stupid
obviate
to get rid of
occluded
blocked up         
odious
repulsive
odium
aversion
odor
a smell
officious
too eager to give advice
ominous
threatening        
onerous
burdensome
opaqueness
dullness
opprobrious
showing scorn
ossify
to turn into bone
ostensible
represented as such
ostentation
display to obtain admiration
ostracism
banished
overhaul
to examine thoroughly
overweening
arrogant
paean
song of praise
palate
sense of taste
palatial
magnificent          
palliate
to lessen the severity of       
palpability
can be felt understood
palpitate
to tremble
panegyric
eulogy
paradigm
a model
parenthesis
sentence within another
pariah
an outcast
parsimonious
miserly
partisan
one-sided
patron
regular customer
paucity
scarcity
peccadillo
small sin
pedantic
showing off learning       
pedestrian
commonplace
pellucid
easy to understand
penchant
strong inclination
penitent
feeling regret
penurious
stingy
penury
extreme poverty         
peregrination
wandering          
peremptory
unchallengeable
perfidious
treacherous
perfidy
treachery
perfunctory
done as duty
perilous
dangerous          
peripatetic
wandering          
perish
to be destroyed
perjury
willful false statement
permeate
to spread
pernicious
harmful
perpetrate
to commit a crime
personable
attractive
perspicacity
quick judging and understanding
pertain
to belong as a part of
pest
person who is a nuisance
petrified
taken away power
petrify
to make hard
petrous
like a rock
petulant
unreasonably impatient         
philistine
ignorant person
phlegmatic
sluggish
picaresque
involving clever rogues
pied
of mixed colors        
pinch
to take between thumb and finger
pine
to waste away from sorrow
pious
devoted to religion
piquant
stimulating
pique
to hurt the pride of
pitfall
unsuspected danger
pith
essential part
pivotal
of great importance
placate
to soothe
plaintive
mournful
plaque
flate ornamented plate
platitude
trite statement
plea
to request
plead
to address a court for cause
plethora
an excess
pliant
easily bent
plod
continue to do without rest
pluck
to pull feathers off
plumb
get to the root of      
plummet
to plunge steeply
plunge
to move suddenly
poignant
deeply moving
poncho
large piece of cloth     
ponderous
heavy
portent
omen
precarious
dangerous          
precepts
rules
preclude
prevent
precursory
anticipating
predilection
special liking
predominate
to have more power than others
preen
tidy
premature
happening before right time
preponderance
greatness in strength
presage
warning sign         
presumption
arrogance        
preternatural
not normal
prevalent
common          
prevaricate
to lie
prim
formal
pristine
pure
probity
incorruptibility
proclivity
inclination          
procrastination
putting off
prodigal
wasteful
prodigious
enormous
profane
having contempt for God
profligacy
shameless immorality       
profligate
recklessly wasteful
profundity
depth          
profuse
abundant
proliferate
to grow
prolix
tiring because too long       
prone
inclined to
propagation
extending
propinquity
nearness in time
propitiatory
appeasing
propitious
auspicious
prosaic
mundane
proscribe
to denounce as dangerous        
protracted
prolonged          
provident
frugal
provisional
of present time
provoke
to make angry
prudence
careful forethought         
prudish
easily shocked
prune
silly person
pry
inquire too much
pucker
wrinkle        
pugnacious
inclined to fight
puissance
strength        
punctilious
precise
pundit
pedant
pungency
sharpness
purvey
to provide supply         
pusillanimous
craven
putrefaction
becoming rotten       
pyre
large pile of wood for burning     
quack
person who makes false claims
quaff
to drink deeply         
quail
to lose courage
qualm
feeling of doubt
quandary
state of doubt
quell
to subdue
quibble
to try to avoid by sophistication
quiescence
motionless     
quiescent
at rest    
quirk
habit specific to someone
quixotic
generous
quotidian
banal
rabble
mob
raconteur
person who tells anecdotes       
raffish
vulgar
ramify
to branch out
rancorous
feeling bitterness
rant
to use extravagant language        
rapacious
greedy
rarefy
to make thin
rave
to act with excessive enthusiasm
reactionary
opposing progress         
rebuff
to snub          
recalcitrant
disobedient          
recant
take back as being false
recast
to cast anew
recidivism
relapse into criminal behavior
reciprocity
mutual interchange of favors
recital
performance of music     
recluse
person who lives alone
recompense
to award compensation to
reconcile
to restore peace      
recondite
abstruse
recreancy
cowardice
recuperate
to become strong after illness
redeem
to compensate
redoubtable
causing fear
refine
to make pure
refractory
stubborn
refulgent
brilliant
regale
to delight
regicide
crime of killing a king      
reiterate
to say again several times
rejuvenation
becoming young
relapse
to fall back again
remonstrate
to protest
render
to represent
renovate
to make new again
renowned
famous
repast
meal          
repel
to refuse to accept
repine
to complain
reproach
to scold
reprobate
sinful person
repudiate
to disown
repulsive
causing a feeling of disgust      
requite
to repay
rescind
to cancel
resigned
submissive
resilience
ability to recover original shape
resort
to frequently visit        
restive
refusing to move
resuscitation
coming back to consciousness
retard
to hinder
reticent
reserved
revere
to have deep respect for       
reverent
showing deep respect
riddle
puzzling person or thing     
rift
to split
rivet
to fix
roll
calling of names
rotund
round
ruffian
violent cruel man        
rumple
to make rough       
sagacious
having sound judgement
salacious
obscene          
salubrious
healthful          
salutary
wholesome
sanctimony
hypocritical
sanction
approval
sanguine