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Abrogate
To Annul;repeal; abolish; cancel
The rule abrogatedby the committee after it was clear that it would not be effective.
Acquiesce
v.Assent, agree passively
Although she appeared to acquiesceto her employer's suggestions, I could tell she had reservations.
Acrimony
Harshness or bitterness of speech or manner; expression of great dislike or deep resentment.
Although he was angry, the teacher refrained from acrimonywhen he addressed the class.
Blatant
abj.Obvious; conspicuous, offensivelyloud
A little mistake may go unnoticed but a blatanterror demands attention
Brevity
n.Conciseness
Brevityis essential when you send a telegram or cablegram; you are charged for every word.
Cajole
v.Coax;wheedle; flatter.
I will not be cajoledinto granting you yourwish.
Capricious
adj. Fickle; arbitrary
The storm was capriciousand changed courseconstantly
Debacle
A sudden and utter breakdown; an overwhelming and ruinous turn of events; a rout; a calamity.
What would have been a mere defeat turned into a debacle.
Debilitate
v.Weaken; enfeeble
Over indulgence debilitatescharacter as well as physical stamina.
Debonair
Pleasant and gracious; refined;suave; urbane.
John is rough and uncouth while, in contrast, Charlesis debonair.
Decadence
A process, condition or time ofcultural or moral decline; deterioration; decay.
In a period of decadence, high ideals are scoffed at.
Delineate
n.Portray
He is a powerful storyteller, but he is weakest when heattempts to delineatecharacter.
Depravity
n. Corruption; wickedness
The depravityof the tyrant's behavior shocked all.
Despondent
adj.Depressed; gloomy.
To the dismay of his parents, he became more and more despondentevery day.
Deterrent
n.Something thatdiscourages; a hindrance.
Does the threat of capital punishment serve as a deterrentto potential killers?