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to humble/disgrace
abdicate
to give up power
aberration
something different from usual
abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
abject
pitiful
abstruse
difficult to understand
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acquiesce
to agree, comply quietly
acrimony
bitterness
adulterate
to corrupt
aesthetic
pertaining to art/beauty
aggrandize
to make larger/greater in power
alacrity
eagerness/speed
allegory
symbol
amalgamate
to mix/combine
ameliorate
to improve
amortize
to diminish by installment payments
anachronism
something outdated
anathema
something shunned or disliked
ancillary
acessory, helpng
antediluvian
ancient (extremely)
anterior
prior to
antipathy
hostility
apocryphal
fictional
apotheosis
glorification
approbation
praise/approval
ardent
passionate
ardor
passion
arduous
extremely difficult
ascetic
absinent
aspersion
false rumor, slander
assiduous
persistent, hard working
assuage
to relieve
astringent
strict
atrocious
shockingly bad
atrophy
to waste away
attenuate
to weeaken
augury
prediction of events
august
awe inspiring
auspicious
promising
avarice
greed
axiom
self evident truth
baleful
harmful, with evil intentions
banal
overly common
bastion
stronghold
belabor
to harp on
beleaguer
to harass/plague
belie
to expose as false
bellicose
warlike
belligerent
hostile
benighted
unenlightened
bequeath
to hand down
beseech
to beg, plead
bilk
to cheat, defraud
blandish
to coax with flattery
blight
to afflict, destroy
bonhomie
good-natured geniality, atmosphere of good cheer
boon
blessing
bourgeois
middle class
breach
act of breaking/violation
brigand
outlaw
brusque
rough and abrupt in manner
burgeon
to flourish
buttress
to support
cadence
rhythmic flow
cajole
to coax
callow
immature/lacking sophistication
capacious
large, roomy
capitulate
surrender
capricious
impulsive/whimsical
castigate
to punish, chastise
catharsis
purification
catholic
universal
cavalier
carefree, happy
centripetal
moving towards the center
chagrin
humiliation, embarassment
charlatan
quack, fake
chicanery
fraud, deception
choleric
short-tempered
circumlocution
a roundabout way of saying something
cicumscribe
to encircle, confine
circumspect
cautious, wary
clandestine
secretive
clemency
merciful leniency
coalesce
to unite
collateral
accompanying
colloquy
dialogue or conversation
collusion
collaboration, conspiracy
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commensurate
proportional
commodious
roomy, spacious
complicity
knowing partnership in wrongdoing
compunction
feeling of uneasiness b/c guilt/regret
conciliatory
overcoming distrust/hostility
congenital
existing since birth
congruity
agreement
conjecture
prediction/speculation
conjure
to evoke
consonant
in agreement w/
construe
to interpret/explain