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aback
surprised; startled
taken aback
abandon
to leave; to give up; to discontinue
abase
to humiliate; to humble; to lower
think of the base
abash
ashamed; embarrassed
bashful in snow white
abate
to lessen; to decrease
abdicate
to yield; to give up
abduct
to take away; to kidnap
aberration
abnormality; deviation
abet
to aid; to encourage, especially in a wrongful manner
abeyance
a temporary postponement
abhor
to hate; to detest
abide
to remain; to put up with
abject
miserable; wretched
abjure
to give up (rights)
ablution
a washing; cleansing
abnegate
to deny; to reject
abolition
doing away with; putting an end to
abominate
to detest, to dislike strongly
aborigine
original inhabitant
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
NOT ME
abstinence
self-denial; resisting tempting foods
abstract
a summary (noun); to remove
abstruse
hard to understand
absurd
ridiculous; unreasonable
abut
to touch; to rest on or against
what do i want to do with "a but"?
abysmal
wretched; extremely bad
abyss
a bottomless pit; anything infinite
academic
pertaining to school; theoretical or unrealistic
accede
to agree to
accord
accelerate
to speed up; to move faster
accessible
easy to approach; open
access
approach; admittance
accessory
something additional
acclaim
to greet with approval
acclimate
to adapt; to get used to
when you change climates, you have to ____ to the temperature...
acclivity
upward slope
accolade
honor; award; approval
accommodate
to make fit; to help
accomplice
a partner in crime
accord
agreement
accost
to approach and speak to
accoutrement
equipment; outfit
accredit
to approve; to certify
accretion
an increase; an addition
accrue
to gather; to accumulate
acerbic
sharp or bitter in smell or taste
Achille's heel
a weakness
acknowledge
to admit; to confess
acme
highest point; peak
acoustics
branch of physics dealing with sound
acquiesce
to agree; to consent without protest
acquit
to free of guilt; to clear
acrid
bitter to the taste or smell; acerbic
acrimonious
harsh in speech or behavior
acronym
word formed from initials
acrophobia
fear of heights
actuate
to put into motion or action
acumen
mental keenness; shrewdness
acute
sharp; keen
ad infinitum
endlessly; forever
ad lib
to act or speak without preparation
adage
a familiar saying
adamant
stubborn; unyielding
adapt
to adjust; to change
addendum
something added as a supplement
addled
confused
adduce
to give an example in proving something
adept
highly skilled
adherent
sticking fast; a follower or a supporter
adipose
fatty
adjacent
near; close; adjoining
adjudicate
to judge
adjunct
a subordinate; an assistant
admonish
to warn
ado
fuss; trouble
without further ado...
adonis
a very handsome man
adorn
to dress up; to decorate
adroit
skillful; clever
adulation
excessive praise or flattery
adulterate
to make impure
adulterers are _____
advent
an arrival; a coming
adventitious
accidental; nonessential
adversary
enemy; opponent
adversity
a misfortune; distress
advocate
to recommend; to defend
aegis
a shield; protection; sponsorship
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty
affable
friendly; agreeable
affectation
a phony attitude; insincerity
affiliate
to associate or to unite with
affinity
attraction to
affirmation
a statement that something is true
affix
to attach
affliction
great suffering; hardship
affluence
wealth
affront
an insult
aftermath
outcome; result
agape
open-mouthed; surprised
agenda
a list or program of things to be done
aggrandize
to enlarge or to expand
aggravate
to worsen an already bad situation; to intensify
aggragate
to collect; to gather together
aghast
shocked; terrified
agile
able to move quickly
agitate
to upset; to stir up
agnostic
one who doubts the existence of God
not me... a religion
agoraphobia
fear of open spaces
agrarian
pertaining to farmers and agriculture
ague
a fever; plague
alacrity
liveliness; willingness
albatross
a seabird; a constant burden
albeit
although
alchemy
chemistry of the Middle Ages
alias
an assumed name
alien
strange; foreign
alienate
to make others unfriendly to you
alimentary
furnishing food or nourishment
allay
to relieve or to calm
alleged
so-called; supposed
allegory
a symbolic work of literature
allegro
rapid; quick
alleviate
to lessen; to relieve
allocate
to set aside for a specific purpose
allude
to hint at; to refer to indirectly
alter
to change
alluring
tempting; fascinating; charming
alluvial
pertaining to a deposit of sand formed by flowing water
altercation
an argument; a disagreement
aloft
up in the air; high
aloof
reserved; cool; indifferent
not attached to some issue; not clingy to certain stuff...
altruism
unselfishness; concern for others
amalgamate
to combine; to unite; to blend
amass
to accumulate; to collect
ambiguous
unclear; open to more than one interpretation
amazon
a big, strong, masculine woman
ambient
surround; on all sides
ambidextrous
equally skillful with either hand
ambivalence
conflicting feelings toward something or someone
ambrosial
pleasing ot the taste or smell
ambulatory
moving about; capable of walking
ambuscade
hidden or secret attack
ameliorate
to improve; to make better
amenable
agreeable; responsive
amend
to change; to alter
amenities
courtesies; social graces; pleasantries
amiable
friendly; pleasant
amicable
friendly; agreeable
amiss
wrong; faulty; improper
amity
friendship
amnesty
official pardon for an offense
amoral
lacking a sense of right and wrong
a = not
amorous
loving
amorphous
shapeless
amphibious
able to live on both land and water
ample
roomy; abundant
amplify
to make larger or greater
amulet
a charm worn to keep evil away
anachronism
something out of place or time
analgesic
drug that relieves pain
analogy
similarity or comparison
anarchy
absence of government
anathema
a curse; a person or thing to be avoided
ancillary
helping; subordinate
anecdote
a short, entertaining story
anent
regarding; concerning
anguish
great suffering or grief
anhydrous
without water
animadversion
criticism; comment that opposes
animate
to give life to
animosity
hatred; hostility
animus
hostile feeling
annals
historical records
anneal
to heat then cool; to toughen
annihilate
to totally destroy
annuity
specified income payable at stated intervals
annul
to cancel; to do away with
anomalous
abnormal; inconsistent
anon
soon
anoxia
lack of oxygen
antecedent
that which goes before something else
antediluvian
very old-fashioned; primitive
anterior
located in front or forward
anteroom
a lobby or waiting room
anthem
song of praise
anthology
collection of literary works
anthropoid
resembling man
anthropomorphic
attributing human form to objects, gods, etc.
antic
playful or silly act; prank
anticlimax
something unimportant coming after something important
antidote
a remedy; a counteractive
antipathy
intense dislike
antipodes
opposite sides (of the earth)
antiquated
ancient; extremely old
antithesis
an exact opposite
apathy
indifference; lack of feeling
ape
a monkey; to imitate or to mimic
aperture
an opening; a gap
apex
the highest point; summit
aphasia
loss of the ability to speak
aphorism
brief saying; proverb
adage
apiary
place where bees are kept
aplomb
self-confidence; poise
apocryphal
doubtful; not authentic
apogee
farthest point away from the earth
apoplexy
sudden loss of consciousness; paralysis
apostate
one who gives up his beliefs
apothecary
druggist
apothegm
brief instructive saying
apotheosis
glorification of a person to the rank of God
appall
to frighten; to cause loss of courage
apparel
clothing; attire
apparition
a ghost
appease
to soothe; to satisfy
appellation
a name
append
to attach; to add
apposite
appropriate
apprehend
to seize;

to understand
apprehensive
fearful; anxious
apprise
to inform
approbation
approval
appropriate
to take possession of;

suitable
appurtenance
something added to another more important thing
apropos
relevant; appropriate; fitting
aptitude
ability
aquatic
pertaining to water
aquiline
like an eagle; curved or hooked
arable
good for farming
arbiter
a judge; an umpire
arbitrary
partial; biased
arbor
a shaded area
arcane
mysterious
archaic
out-dated; old-fashioned
archeology
study of remains of past cultures
archetype
original; first of its kind
archipelago
group of islands
archives
public records and documents
ardent
intensely enthusiastic
arduous
difficult; strenuous
aria
a solo in an opera
arid
dry
armistice
a truce; a suspension of hostilities
aromatic
pleasant-smelling
aromatic air freshener
arraign
to accuse
arrant
notorious; downright
array
an orderly arrangement
arrears
(preceded by "in") in debt
arrogant
proud; haughty
arroyo
a deep ditch caused by running water
arson
illegal burning of property
artful
cunning; tricky; crafty
articulate
to speak clearly
artifact
a handmade object
artifice
trick; deception
artisan
one skilled in arts and crafts
ascendant
rising
ascertain
to find out; to determine
ascetic
one who denies his body pleasure and comfort
ascribe
to attribute; to credit as to a cause or source
aseptic
without bacteria
asinine
stupid; silly
askance
(preceded by "to look") sidewise; suspiciously
askew
crooked; out of position
asperity
harshness; roughness
aspersion
a damaging remark
aspire
to desire; to have an ambition
assail
to attack; to assault
assay
to test; to try
assent
to agree; to accept
assess
to estimate the value of
assertive
confident; positive
assiduity
diligence; care
assimilate
to absorb
assuage
to calm; to make less severe
asteroid
a very small planet
astral
pertaining to the stars
astray
in the wrong direction
astringent
substance that contracts blood vessels or shrinks tissues
astute
shrewd; very smart
asunder
into separate parts
asylum
a safe place; a refuge
atavistic
going back to behavior found in a remote ancestor
atheist
one who denies God's existence
atlas
book of maps
atone
to make up for; to repent
atrocious
cruel; brutal
atrophy
to waste away; to become useless
attenuated
decreased; weakened
attest
to confirm; to declare to be correct
attribute
to credit or assign to;

a characteristic or trait
attrition
a wearing down or away; a decline
atypical
abnormal; not usual
a = not
au courant
up-to-date; fully informed
audacity
boldness; daring
audible
capable of being heard
audit
to examine accounts
augment
to increase; to make greater
augur
to predict
august
majestic; worthy of respect; impressive
aura
a radiance; a glow
aural
pertaining to the sense of hearing
auroral
rosy; pertaining to the dawn
auspices
approval; support
auspicious
favorable
austere
severe; stern; self-disciplined
authenticate
to confirm; to make acceptable
authoritative
dictatorial; having power
autocratic
despotic; unlimited in authority
automaton
self-operating machine; robot
autonomy
self-rule
autumnal
mature; declining
auxiliary
giving assistance; subordinate
avarice
greed
avenge
to get even
aver
to declare; to state firmly
averse
reluctant; not willing
aversion
intense dislike
avert
to prevent; to turn away
aviary
place where birds are kept
avid
enthusiastic
avocation
a hobby; not one's regular work
avoirdupois
heaviness; weight
avow
to declare openly
avuncular
like an uncle
awe
great admiration for or fear of
awry
twisted to one side; in the wrong direction
axiom
true statement; established principle
azure
blue
espanol: azul
bacchanalian
wild with drunkenness
danse bacchanal
badger
to nag; to annoy
badinage
playful, teasing talk
baffle
to confuse; to bewilder
bagatelle
thing of little value; trifle
bait
to entrap or to seduce;

a decoy
baleful
harmful; menacing; pernicious
balk
to stop short
balm
something that calms or soothes
balmy
mild and refreshing;

mentally unstable
banal
common; ordinary; trite
bandy
to exchange (words)
bane
cause of ruin, harm, or distress
banter
teasing; good-natured joking
barb
a pointed part, as of an arrow or fishhook
barbarous
uncultured; crude
bard
a poet
bark
a boat or sailing vessel
baroque
overdecorated; showy
barrage
leavy attack
barrister
lawyer (British)
bask
to lie in or be exposed to warmth
bastion
a strong defense; a fort
bauble
showy but useless thing; trinket
bawdy
indecent; humorously obscene
bayou
marshy body of water
beacon
a light used for warning or guiding
beatitude
state of bliss
bedlam
a madhouse;

a noisy uproar
befuddle
to confuse; to perplex
beget
to produce
begrudge
to resent another's success or enjoyment
beguile
to deceive; to charm
behemoth
huge animal
beholden
obligate; indebted
belated
delayed or detained
beleaguer
to encircle (with an army);

to annoy
belittle
to put down; to humiliate
belligerent
warlike; quarrelsome
bellow
to yell loudly
benediction
blessing
benefactor
one who helps or supports another
beneficiary
one who receives benefits or profits
benevolent
generous; kindly
benign
harmless; gentle
benignant
kindly; gentle
bequeath
to hand down; to pass on to
berate
to scold severely
bereave
to leave in a sad or lonely state; to deprive by force
berserk
frenzied; violently destructive
beseech
to beg; appeal to
beset
to attack
besiege
to overwhelm; to close in on
besmirch
to make dirty
bestial
savage; brutal
bestow
to give or present
bestride
to mount (a horse)
betrothed
engaged; pledged to marry
bevy
a large group
bewitch
to cast a spell on; to charm; to fascinate
bias
preference; prejudice
bibliophile
lover of books
bibulous
absorbent; fond of alcoholic drinks
bibulous paper tells you the acidity by _____ the liquid
bicker
to quarrel
bide
(one's time) to wait for a favorable opportunity
biennial
occurring every two years
bigot
a narrow-minded, prejudiced person
bilious
bad-tempered; cross
bilk
to cheat; to swindle
binge
a spree; wild party
biped
two-legged animal
bivouac
temporary shelter
bizarre
weird; strange
blanch
to whiten; to make pale
to bleach
bland
mild; tasteless; dull
blandishment
flattery
blasé
bored with life; unexcited; indifferent
blasphemy
disrespect for holy places, people, or things; irreverence
blatant
annoyingly conspicuous; offensively noisy and loud
blatantly loud
blazon
to display; to proclaim
bleak
unsheltered; gloomy
bleary
blurred; dimmed
blight
destruction; withering; disease
bliss
extreme happiness
blithe
carefree; light-hearted
bludgeon
a short, heavy club
bludger
blunt
abrupt in speech or manner;

having a dull edge
blurt
to utter suddenly or indiscreetly
bluster
to speak noisily; to boast
bode
to indicate in advance, as an omen does
bog
a swamp;

to sink or become stuck in
bogus
false; fake
bolster
to prop up; to support
bolt
to dash out suddenly; to discontinue support of
bombastic
using impressive but meaningless language
bon mot
witty remark
bona fide
genuine; in good faith
bondage
slavery
boon
a benefit; a blessing; a favor
boor
a rude or impolite person
booty
stolen money or goods
boreal
northern
borne
carried; put up with
botch
to mess up; to perform clumsily
bountiful
plentiful; abundant
bounty
reward; generosity
bourgeoisie
middle class
bovine
pertaining to cows or cattle
bowdlerize
to censor; to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc.
braggart
one who boasts
brandish
to shake or wave a weapon aggressively
brash
offensively bold; rude
bravado
a show of courage; false bravery
brawn
muscular strength
brazen
shameless or impudent
breach
a violation; a gap
breach in the argument
breadth
width
brethren
brothers
brevity
briefness
brigand
a robber
brine
salt water
brisk
lively; quick
bristling
showing irritation
broach
to introduce (a subject)
NOT clothing pin
brochure
a pamphlet
bronchial
pertaining to the windpipe
browbeat
to bully; to intimidate
bruit
to spread the news
brunt
shock, force, or impact, as of a blow
brusque
abrupt in manner, blunt; rough
buccaneer
a pirate
bucolic
pertaining to the countryside; rural
buffoon
clown or fool
bugbear
something causing fear
bulbous
swollen; shaped like a bulb
bulwalk
a strong defense
bumptious
conceited, arrogant
bungle
to do things clumsily or badly
buoy
a floating object;

to encourage
buoyant
able to float;

lighthearted and lively
bureaucracy
system of government through departments
burgeon
to flourish; to grow rapidly
burlesque
a speech or action that treats a serious subject with ridicule
burly
muscular; husky
burnish
to polish
buttress
any prop or support
butts _______ the body when sitting
cabal
a small, secret group
cache
a hidden place
cacophony
harsh or unpleasant sound
cadaverous
pale; ghastly; corpselike
cadaver like
cadence
rhythm; beat
caesura
pause
cajole
to coax; to persuade
calamitous
causing trouble or misery; disastrou
calamity!
caliber
degree of worth
calligraphy
callous
callow
callous
unyielding; insensitive
cold
callow
young and inexperienced
calummy
a false accusation; slander
camaraderie
loyalty; friendship
canard
a false story, report, or rumor
candor
honesty; openness; frankness
canine
pertaining to dogs
canny
shrewd
???
canon
rule; law; standard
cant
insincere statements usually made in a singsong tone
cantankerous
bad-tempered; quarrelsome
canter
smooth, easy pace; gallop
canvass
to make a survey
capacious
spacious; roomy
capitulate
to surrender
capricious
erratic; impulsive
tonichi is _________
captious
hard to please; faultfinding
what i tend to do w/ everything
captivate
to capture; to charm; to fascinate
carapace
shell; hard, protective covering
carcinogenic
causing cancer
health...
cardinal
principal; chief
careen
to swerve; to dip to one side
caricature
an exaggerated portrayal
carnage
slaughter; massacre
carnal
sensual; sexual
carnivorous
flesh-eating
carouse
to engage in a noisy, drunken party
carp
a type of fish;

to complain
carrion
decaying flesh
gangrene
carte blanche
freedom to use one's own judgement
cartel
association of business firms
cartographer
mapmaker
cascade
a waterfall
caste
social class
castigate
to punish
casualty
an accident;

one who is hurt in an accident
cataclysm
a violent change
catacomb
underground burial place
catalyst
person or thing that speeds up a result
cataract
large waterfall;

abnormality of the eye
catastrophe
disaster; calamity
cathartic
cleansing
catholic
universal; wide-ranging
caucus
a private meeting
a tet-e-tet
caustic
sarcastic; severely critical; corrosive
cauterize
to burn
cavalcade
a procession; a sequence of events
cavalier
a haughty and casually indifferent person
caveat
warning
admonition
cavil
to quibble; to argue
cavort
to leap about; to frolic
ellen's away message
celerity
speed; swiftness
celestial
heavenly
celibate
unmarried
censure
to criticize sharply
centrifugal
moving away from the center
what do centrifuges do? they move stuff away from the center
cerebration
thinking; using one's brain
certitude
sureness; certainty
cessation
a stopping; a discontinuance
chafe
to irritate; to annoy
when you chafe, you _____ your skin
chaff
worthless matter
chagrin
embarrassment; complete loss of courage
chameleon
a lizard able to change its color;

a changeable or fickle person
champ
to bit impatiently; to show impatience
chaos
complete disorder
charisma
great appeal or attraction
charlatan
a fake; a quack
charnel
cemetery; tomb
catacomb
chary
careful; cautious
chasm
a wide gap
a deep chasm
chaste
pure; virtuous
chastise
to punish; to purify
chattel
slave
bondage
chauvinism
fanatical devotion to one's country, sex, religion, etc.
cherub
angel; an innocent person
chic
stylish; fashionable
chicanery
trickery; deception
chide
to schold
chastise
chimerical
imaginary; fantastic; unreal
chirography
art of handwriting
chivalous
courteous; courageous; loyal
choleric
easily angered
chronic
long-lasting
churlish
rude; ill-bred
cipher
person or thing of no value; zero
circuitous
roundabout; indirect
circumlocution
roundabout way of speaking
circumscribe
to encircle; to limit or confine
circumspect
cautious; careful
circumvent
to surround or entrap; to go around or bypass
citadel
a fortress
cite
to quote a passage, book, author, etc.;

to refer to an example
civility
politeness
clairvoyant
having great insight; keenly perceptive
clamber
to climb with effort or difficulty
clamor
noise
clandestine
secretive; private
clangor
harsh ringing sound
clarify
to make clear
clarion
clear and shrill
claustrophobia
fear of enclosed spaces
cleave
to split something apart;

to stick or cling to something
cleft
split; divided
clemency
marcy; leniency
pardon
cliché
a trite or worn-out expression
clientele
customers
climax
highest point
clime
climate; region
clique
a small, exclusive group
cloistered
secluded; confined
clout
power; influence
cloven
divided; split
coadjutor
assistant; helper
coalesce
to blend; to merge; to fuse
coddle
to treat tenderly
coerce
to force
coffer
a strongbox
cog
a gear tooth; a minor part
cogent
convincing
cogitate
to think; to consider carefully
cognate
related; relevant
cognizant
aware
cognomen
family name; last name
coherent
logically connected; consistent
conhesive
tending to stick
cohort
colleague; associate; partner
coincide
to occur simultaneously
collaborate
to work together; to cooperate
collage
collection of various bits and pieces
collate
to put together in order
collateral
security for payment of a loan
colloquial
informal
colloquy
conversation
collusion
conspiracy; agreement to commit a wrongful act
colossal
huge; enormous
combative
eager to fight; argumentative
combustible
capable of catching fire easily
comely
attractive
commemorative
honoring; remembering
commence
to begin
commendation
praise
commensurate
proportionate
commiserate
to express pity for
commodious
roomy; spacious
capacious
communal
shared; pertaining to a group of people
compact
firmly packed;

a treaty
compassion
pity; sympathy
compatible
agreeable; harmonious
compel
to force
compendium
brief summary
synopsis
compensatory
paying back; making up for
compensation
complacent
self-satisfied
complement
to make whole; to complete
complIment = flattery
compliant
yielding; submissive
complicity
partnership in a wrongful act
components
ingredients; elements
composure
calmness of mind or manner
compulsory
required
compunction
uneasiness; remorse
compute
to calculate; to estimates
concave
hollow; curved inward
concede
to admit; to grant
concentrate
to think deeply; to increase in strength or degree
concentric
having a common center
conception
a beginning; originial idea or plan
concession
allowance; the act of yielding
conciliate
to soothe the anger of; to win over
concise
brief and to the point
conclave
secret meeting
concoct
in invent; to devise
concomitant
accompanying; attending
concord
agreement; harmony
concourse
a crowd; a wide street
concur
to agree
condescend
to lower oneself to an inferior's level
condign
deserved; suitable
condiment
seasoning; spices
condolence
expression of sorrow
condone
to excuse; to overlook
conducive
tending to or leading to
conduit
pipe or tube through which fluid or electricity passes
confidant
a close, trusted friend
configuration
shape; arrangement
confiscate
to seize by way of penalty
conflagration
a large and destructive fire
confluent
merging; flowing together
conformity
agreement; doing the same as others
confounded
confused; amazed
dumb-founded
congeal
to freeze solid; to thicken
congenial
friendly; agreeable
congenital
existing at birth
conglomerate
mass; cluster; corporation
congregate
to gather; to assemble
congruent
in agreement
coniferous
bearing cones
conjecture
to guess