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Ablution
a washing; cleansing
ablution-->solution-->washing
Abnegate
to deny; to reject
abNEGATE
Aboveboard
honest; frank; open
above space board
Accoutrement
equipment; outfit
Accretion
an increase; an addition
accretion-->addition
Ad infinitum
endlessly; forever
Adduce
to give an example in proving something
Adipose
fatty
Adventitious
accidental; nonessential
Aegis
a shield; protection; sponsorship
Aegean
Alimentary
furnishing food or nourishment
Alluvial
pertaining to a deposit of sand formed by flowing water
Ambuscade
hidden or secret attack
Ancillary
helping; subordinate
Anent
regarding; concerning
Animadversion
criticism; comment that opposes
adversion
Animus
hostile feeling
Anneal
to heat and then cool; to toughen
Anon
soon
Anoxia
lack of oxygen
Acclivity
upward slope
Antipodes
opposite sides (of the earth)
Aphasia
loss of the ability to speak
Aphorism
brief saying; proverb
Apiary
place where bees are kept
Apogee
farthest point away from the earth
Apostate
one who gives up his beliefs
Apothegm
brief instructive saying
Apotheosis
glorification of a person to the rank of God
Apposite
appropriate
Apprise
to inform
Appurtenance
something added to another more important thing
Aquiline
like an eagle; curved or hooked
Arbiter
a judge; an umpire
Arrears (preceded by in)
in debt
Arroyo
a deep ditch caused by running water
Asperity
harshness; roughness
Aspersion
a damaging remark
Atavistic
going back to behavior found in a remote ancestor
Attrition
a wearing down or away; a decline
Au courant
up-to-date; fully informed
Augur
to predict
August
majestic; worthy of respect; impressive
Autumnal
mature; declining
Aver
to declare; to state firmly
Avoirdupois
heaviness; weight
Avuncular
like an uncle
Badinage
playful; teasing talk
Bagatelle
thing of little value; trifle
baguette
Barrister
lawyer (British)
Bastion
a strong defense; a fort
Beholden
obligate; indebted
Bevy
a large group
Bibulous
absorbent; fond of alcoholic beverages
Bivouac
temporary shelter
Blandishment
flattery
Blazon
to display; to proclaim
Bon mot
witty remark
Bona fide
genuine; in good faith
Bowdlerize
to censor; to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc.
Browbeat
to bully; to intimidate
Bruit
to spread the news
Bucolic
pertaining to the countryside; rural
Bumptious
conceited; arrogant
Cabal
a small, secret group
Caesura
pause
Calumny
a false accusation; slander
Canard
a false story, report, or rumor
Canvass
to make a survey
Captious
hard to please; faultfinding
Cartel
association of business firms
Cavalcade
a procession; a sequence of events
Caveat
a warning
Cavil
to quibble; to argue
Celerity
speed; swiftness
Chaff
worthless matter
Champ
to bite impatiently; to show impatience
chomp
Charnel
cemetery; tomb
Chary
(of) careful; cautious
Chattel
slave
Clarion
Clear and shrill
Clientele
customers
Coadjutor
assistant; helper
Cogent
convincing
Cognomen
family name; last name
Collateral
security for payment of a loan
Commensurate
proportionate
Compunction
uneasiness; remorse
Concomitant
accompanying; attenting
Concourse
a crowd; a wide street
Condign
deserved; suitable
Conduit
pipe or tube through which fluid or electricity passes
Conjugal
pertaining to marriage
Consanguinity
close relationship, usually by blood
Contraband
smuggled or stolen goods
Contretemps
an embarrassing occurence
Contumacious
disobedient; obstinate
Contumely
rudeness
Contusion
a bruise
Cortege
funeral procession; a group of followers
Cozen
to trick
Cupidity
greed
Curry
to try to win by flattery
Cynosure
center of attention
Debonair
pleasant; courteous; charming
Defalcate
to misuse funds; to embezzle
Defray
to pay the cost of
Depilate
to remove hair from
Desiccate
to dry up; to wither
Desuetude
condition of disuse; extinction
Desultory
wandering from subject to subject; rambling
Detente
a lessening of tension or hostility
Diaphanous
transparent; very sheer and light
Dicker
to bargain; to argue over prices
Dint
power; force
Dipsomaniac
drunkard
Disinter
to uncover; to dig up
Distend
to expand; to swell; to stretch out
Divers
several
Donnybrook
rough, rowdy fight
Dotage
feeblemindedness of old age
Doughty
courageous; worthy
Doyen
senior or eldest member
Dross
waste matter
Dudgeon
anger, resentment
Dyspepsia
poor digestion
Echelon
rank of authority; level of power
Educe
to draw or bring out
Effete
worn-out; barren
Efficacy
power to produce an effect
Efflorescent
blossoming; flowering
Effluent
flowing out
Emendation
correction
Emulous
jealous; envious
Encomium
an expression of high praise
Ensconce
to hide; to conceal; to settle comfortably
Epistle
a letter
Escrow
(preceded by in) money deposited with a third person pending fulfillment of a condition
Estival
pertaining to summer
Evince
to show clearly