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abate
decrease, reduce
aberration
something different from the usual
abet
to aid; act as accomplice
abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
abject
miserable, pitiful
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny; renounce
abortive
interruted while incomplete
abrogate
to put an end to, abolish by authority
abscond
to depart secretly
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
abstain
to choose not to do something
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
accede
to express approval; agree to
accolade
praise, distinction
accost
to approach and speak to someone
accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
accrue
to accumulate, grow by additions
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acme
highest point; summit
acquiesce
to agree; comply quietly
acquittal
release from blame
acrid
harsh, bitter
acrimony
bitterness, animosity
acuity
sharpness
adage
old saying or proverb
adamant
uncompromising, unyielding
adhere
to cling or follow without deviation
adjunct
something added, attached, or joined
admonish
to caution or reprimand
adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
adulation
high praise
adulterate
to corrupt or make impure
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adversarial
antagonistic, competitive
adverse
unfavorable, unlucky; harmful
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty or art
affable
friendly, easy to approach
affinity
fondness, liking; similarity
affluent
rich, abundant
affront(n.)
personal offense, insult
aggregate(n.)
colective mass or sum; total
aggrieve
to afflict, distress
agile
well coordinated, nimble
agitation
commotion, excitement; uneasiness
agnostic
one who doubs that God exists
agrarian
relationg to farming or rural matters
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
allay
to lessen, ease, or soothe
alleviate
to relieve, improve pertially
allocation
allowance, portion, share
allure
to entice by charm; attract
aloof
detached, indifferent
altercation
noisy dispute
altruism
unselfish concern for others' welfare
amalgamate
to mix, combine
ambidextrous
able to use both hands equally well
ambivalence
attitude of uncertainty; conflicting emotions
amenable
agreeable, cooperative
amenity
pleasantness; comething increasing comfort
amiable
friendly, pleasant, likable
amity
friendship
amorous
strongly attracted to love; showing love
amorphous
having no definite form
amortize
to diminish by installment payments
ample
abundant, plentiful
amplify
increase intensify
anachronism
something chronologically inappropriate
antipathy
dislike, hostility; extreme opposition or aversion
antiquated
outdated, obsolete
antithesis
exact opposite or direct contrast
apathetic
indifferent, unconcerned
apathy
lack of feeling or emotion
aphasia
inability to speak or use words
aphorism
old saying or short, pithy statement
appease
to satisfy, placate, calm, pacify
approbation
praise; official approval
appropriate(v.)
to take possession of
arbitrary
depending solely on individual will; inconsistent
arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
ardent
passionate, enthusiastic, fervent
ardor
great emotion or passion
arid
extremely dry or deathly boring
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
ascertain
to determine, discover, make certain of
ascetic
self-denying abstinent, austere
ascribe
to attribute to, assign
aspire
to have great hopes; to aim at a goal
assail
to attack, assault
assent
to express agreement
assert
to affirm, attest
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
atone
to make amends for a wrong
atrophy
to waste away, wither from disuse
attain
to accomplish, gain
attenuate
to make thin or slender; weaken
attest
to testify, stand as proof of bear witness
audacious
bold, daring, fearless
august
dignified, awe inspiring, venerable
auspicious
having favorable prospects, promising
austere
stern, strict, unadorned
avarice
greed
aver
to declare to be true, affirm
aversion
intense dislike
avert
to tern (something) away; prevent, hinder
avow
to state openly or declare
axiom
premise, postulate, self-evident truth
balk
to refuse, shirk; prevent
bane
something causing death, destruction, or ruin
becloud
to confuse; darken with clouds
beguile
to deceive, mislead; charm
belie
to misrepresent; expose as false
bellow
to roar, shout
bemuse
to confuse, stupefy; plunge deep into thought
bequeath
to give or leave through a will; to hand down
berate
to scold harshly
beseech
to beg, plead, implore
bestow
to give as a gift
betoken
to indicate, signify, give evidence of
bilk
to cheat, defraud
blanch
to pale; take the color out of
blandish
to coax with flattery
blatant
glaring, obvious, showy
blithe
joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought
bludgeon
to hit as with a short, heavy club
boisterous
rowdy, loud, unrestrained
bombastic
using high-sounding but meaningless language
brazen
bold, shameless, impudent; of or like brass
breach
act of breaking, violation
brigand
bandit, outlaw
brusque
rough and abrupt in manner
burnish
to polish, make smooth and bright
bustle
commotion, energetic activity
buttress(v.)
to reinforce or support
candor
honesty of expression
capacious
large, roomy; extensive
capitulate
to submit completely, surrender
capricious
impulsive, whimsical, without much thought
castigate
to punish, chatise, criticize severely
catharsis
purification, cleasing
caustic
biting, sarcastic; able to burn
celebrity
fame, widespread acclaim
cession
act of surrendering something
shastise
to punish, discipline, scold
chicanery
trickery, fraud, deception
choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
claustrophobia
fear of small, confined places
cleave
to split or seperate or to stick, cling, adhere
clemency
merciful leniency
cloister(v.)
to confine, seclude
coerce
to compel by force or intimidation
coherent
intelligible, lucid, understandable
collateral
accompanying
commend
to compliment, praise
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
compelling(adj.)
having a powerful and irresistible effect
complacent
self-satisfied, smug
compulsive
obsessive, fanatic
concede
to yield, admit
condon
to pardon or forgive; overlook, justify, or excuse a fault
confiscate
to appropriate, seize
confluence
meeting place; meeting of two streems
confound
to baffle, perplex
congenial
similar in tastes and habits
congenital
existing since birth
conjecture
speculation, prediction
conjure
to evoke a spirit, cast a spell
consign
to commit, entrust
consolidate
to combine, incorporate
constraincontend
to battle, clash; compete
contentious
quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
continence
self-control, self-restraint
convivial
sociable; fond of eating, drinking, and people
convoke
to call together, summon
copious
abundant, plentiful
correlation
association, mutual relation of two or more things
corroborate
to confirm, verify
covet
to desire strongly something possessed by another
crass
crude, unrefined
creed
statement of belief or principle
culmination
climax, final stage
cursory
hastily done, superficial
curtail
to shorten