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abase
to humiliate; to humble; to lower
abash
ashmed; embarrased
abate
to lesten; to decrease
abdicate
to yield; to give up
aberration
abnormality; deviation
abet
to aid; to encourage
abeyance
a temporary postponement
abhor
to hate; to detest
abject
miserable; wretched
abjure
to give up
ablution
a washing; cleansing
abnegate
to deny; to regrate
abominate
to detest; to dislike strongly
abortive
unsuccessful
abound
to be large in number
aboveboard
honest; frank; open
abrade
to wear away
abridge
to shorten
abrogate
to abolish; to repeal
abscond
to leave secretly; to flee
absolve
to free from responsibility
abstemious
moderate or sparing in eating or drinking
abstruse
hard to understand
abut
to touch; to rest on or against
abysmal
wretched; extremely bad
accede
to agree to
acclimate
to adapt; to get used to
acclivity
upward slope
accolade
honor; award; approval
accost
to approach and speak to
accoutrement
equipment; outfit
accretion
to increase; an addition
accrue
to gather; accumulate
acerbic
sharp or bitter in smell or taste
acme
highest point; peak
acquiesce
to agree; to consent
acquit
to free of guilt; to clear
acrid
bitter to the taste or smell; sarcastic
acrimonious
harsh in speech or behavior
actuate
to put into motion or action
acumen
mental keenness; shrewdness
addled
confused
adduce
to give an example in proving something
adipose
fatty
adjunct
a subordinate; an assistant
admonish
to warn
ado
fus; trouble
adonis
a very handsom man
adroit
skillful; clever
adulation
excessive praise or flattery
advent
an arrival; a coming
adventitious
accidental; nonessential
adversary
enemy; opponent
affable
friendly; aggreable
affectation
a phony attitude; insincerity
affix
to attach
affliction
great suffering; hardship
affluence
wealth
affront
an insult
aggregate
to collect; to gather together
alacrity
liveleiness; willingness
albatross
a seabird; a constant burden
albeit
although
alimentary
furnishing food or nourishment
allay
to relieve or calm
allocate
to set aside for a specific purpose
aloof
reserved; cool; indifferent
altercation
disagreement; an argument
altruism
unselfishness; concern for others
amalgamate
to combine; to unite; to blend
ambrosial
pleasing to the taste or smell
ambulatory
moving about; capable of walking
ameliorate
to improve; to make better
amenable
agreeable; responsive
amenities
courtesies; social graces; pleasantries
amiss
wrong; faulty; impror
ancillary
helping; subordinate
anent
regarding; concerning
animadversion
criticism; comment that opposes
animus
hostile feeling
anomalous
abnormal; inconsistent
antecedent
that which goes before something else
antediluvian
very old fashioned; primitive
anterior
located in front or forward
antipathy
intense dislike
antithesis
an exact opposite
aplomb
self-confidence; poise
apostate
one who gives up his beliefs
apothegm
brief instructive saying
appease
to soothe; to satisfy
amiss
wrong; faulty; impror
ancillary
helping; subordinate
anent
regarding; concerning
animadversion
criticism; comment that opposes
animus
hostile feeling
anomalous
abnormal; inconsistent
antecedent
that which goes before something else
antediluvian
very old fashioned; primitive
anterior
located in front or forward
antipathy
intense dislike
antithesis
an exact opposite
aplomb
self-confidence; poise
apostate
one who gives up his beliefs
apothegm
brief instructive saying
appease
to soothe; to satisfy
apposite
appropriate
apprehend
to seize; to understand
apprehensive
fearful; anxious
apprise
to inform
approbation
approval
appurtenance
something added to another ore important thing
apropos
relevant; appropriate; fitting
ardent
intensely enthusiasitc
arduous
difficult; strenuous
arraign
to acuse
artifice
trick; deception
aspersion
a damaging remark
assail
to attack; to assault
assay
to test; to try
assent
to agree; to accept
assiduity
diligence; care
assimilate
to absorb
astute
shrewd; very smart
attenuated
decreased; weekend
attrition
a wearing down or away; a decline
augur
to predict
auspices
approval; support
auspicious
favorable
austere
severe; stern; self-disciplined
autocratic
despotic; unlimited in authority
autonomy
self-rule
autumnal
mature; declining
axiom
true statement; established principle
badinage
playful, teasing talk
bagatelle
thing of little value
baleful
harmful; menacing; pernicious
balk
to stop short
banal
common; ordinary; trite
bandy
to exchange (as words)
bane
cause of ruin, harm or distress
bard
a poet
barrage
heavy attack
bastion
a strong defense; a fort
bauble
showy but useless thing; trinket
befuddle
to confuse; to perplex
beget
to produce
beguile
to decieve; to charm
benediction
blessing
benevolent
generous; kindly
bequeath
to hand down; to pass on to
bevy
a large group
bilious
bad-tempered; cross
bilk
to cheat; to swindle
bivouac
temporary shelter
blandishment
flattery
blazon
to display; to proclaim
blight
destruction; withering; disease
boor
a rude or impolite person
borne
carried; put up with
bowdlerize
to censor; to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc
brazen
shameless or impudent
bristling
showing irritation
broach
to introduce (a subject)
browbeat
tto bully; to intimidate
bruit
to spread the news
bevy
a large group
bilious
bad-tempered; cross
bilk
to cheat; to swindle
bivouac
temporary shelter
blandishment
flattery
blazon
to display; to proclaim
blight
destruction; withering; disease
boor
a rude or impolite person
borne
carried; put up with
bowdlerize
to censor; to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc
brazen
shameless or impudent
bristling
showing irritation
broach
to introduce (a subject)
browbeat
tto bully; to intimidate
bruit
to spread the news
brunt
shock, force or impact, as of a blow
brusque
abrupt in manner, blunt; rough
bucolic
pertaining to the countryside; rural
bulwark
a strong defense
bumptious
concieted; arrogant
bungle
to do things clumisly or badly
burgeon
to flourish; to grow rapidly
buttress
any prop or support
caesura
pause
cajole
to coax; to persuade
callous
unyielding; insensitve
callow
young and inexperienced
calumny
a false accusation; slander
canard
a false story, report, or rumor
candor
honestly; oppenness; frankness
canny
shrewed
canon
rule; law; standard
cantankerous
bad-tempered; quarrelsome
canter
smooth, easy pace; gallop
capactious
spacious; roomy
capitulate
to surrender
capricious
erratic; impulsive
captious
hard to please; faultfinding
carnage
massacre; slaugther
castigate
to punish
cathartic
cleaning
caustic
sarcastic; severly critical; corrosive
cauterize
to burn
cavalcade
a procession; a sequence of events
cavalier
a haughty and casually indifferent person
caveat
a warning
cavil
to quibble; to argue
celerity
speed; swiftness
cessation
a stopping; a discontinuance
chafe
to irritate; to annoy
chaff
worthless matter
chagrin
embarrassment; complete loss of courage
charlatan
a fake; a quack
chasm
a wide gap
chauvinism
fanatlical devotion to one's country
chicanery
trickery; deception
chide
to scold
chimerical
imaginary; fantastic; unreal
choleric
easily angered
chulish
rude; ill-bred