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adulation
flattery
adversary
opponent
adversity
poverty, misfortune
advocate
urge, plead for
aesthetic
artistic, appreciation of the beautiful
affable
easily approachable
affirmation
positive assertion
aggregate
gather, accumulate
alleviate
relieve
aloof
apart, reserved
altruistic
unselfishly generous
ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence
the state of having contradictory emotional attitudes
amorphous
formless, lacking shape or definition
anachronistic
having an error involving time in a story
analogous
comparable
anarchist
person who seeks to overturn the established government
anecdote
shorty account of an amusing or interesting event
animosity
active enmity
anomaly
irregularity
antagonism
hostility, active resistance
antediluvian
extremely ancient
abate
lessen
abridge
shorten
abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking
abstract
theoretical, not concrete
abstruse
difficult to understand
accessible
easy to approach
acclaim
applaud
accolade
award of merit
acquiesce
assent, agree without protesting
acrid
sharp, bitterly pungent
acrimonious
bitter in words or manner
antidote
medicine to counteract a poison or disease
antipathy
aversion, dislike
antiquated
old-fashioned, obsolete
apathy
lack of caring, indifference
apocryphal
untrue, made up
appease
pacify or sooth; relieve
apprehension
fear
arable
fit for growing crops
arbitrary
randomly chosen
archaic
antiquated
ardent
intense
arrogance
pride, haughtiness
articulate
effective, distinct
artifact
object made by human beings, either handmade or mass-produced
artisan
manually skilled worker; craftsman as opposed to artist
ascendancy
controlling influence; domination
ascetic
practicing self-denial; austere
aspire
seek to attain; long for
assiduous
diligent
assuage
ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe(anger)
astute
wise, shrewd, keen
atrophy
waste away
attribute
ascribe, explain
audacious
daring, bold
augment
increase, add to
austere
forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
authoritarian
subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating another's will
autonomous
self-governing
avarice
greediness for wealth
aversion
firm dislike
avert
prevent, turn away
aviary
enclosure for birds
beguile
mislead or delude; pass time
belie
contradict; give a false impression
benevolent
generous; charitable
bequeath
leave to someone by a will; hand down
bleak
cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
blighted
suffering from a disease; destroyed
bolster
support; reinforce
braggart
boaster
brevity
conciseness
buttress
support; prop up
cacophonous
discordant; inharmonious
cajole
coax; wheedle
calculated
deliberately planned; likely
candor
frankness; open honesty
capricious
unpredictable; fickle
cardiologist
doctor specializing in the heart
carping
finding fault
censorious
critical
censure
blame; criticize
certitude
certainty
charlatan
quack; pretender to knowledge
circumlocution
indirect or roundabout expression
cliché
phrase dulled in meaning by repitition
coalesce
combine, fuse
coercion
use of force to get someone to obey
collaquial
pertaining to conversational or common speech
combustile
easily burned
commemorate
honor the memory of
compile
assemble; gather; accumulate
complacency
self-satisfaction; smugness
complementary
serving to complete something
compliance
readiness to yield; conformity in fulfilling requirements
composure
mental calmness
comprehensive
thorough; inclusive
concede
admit; yield
conciliatory
reconciling; soothing
concise
brief and compact
concur
agree
condone
overlook; forgive
conflagration
great fire
confluence
flowing together; crowd
confound
confuse; puzzle
conjecture
surmise; guess
consensus
general agreement
constraint
compulstion; repression of feelings
contend
struggle; compete; assert earnestly
contentious
quarrelsome
contract
compress or shrink
converge
approach; tend to meet; come together
conviction
judgement thta someone is guilty of a crim
cordial
gracious; heartfelt
corroborate
confirm; support
corrode
destroy by chemical action
corrugated
wrinkled; ridged
credulity
belief on slight evidence; naivete; guillibility
criterion
standard used in judging
cryptic
mysterious; hidden; secret
culpable
deserving blame
cursory
casual; hastily done
curtail
shorten; reduce
debilitate
weaken; enfeeble
debunk
expose as false, axaggerated
decorum
propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
deference
courteous regard for another's wish
degradation
humiliation; debasement; degeneration
dehydrate
remove water from; dry out
deleterious
harmful
delineate
portray; depict; sketch
denounce
condemn; criticize
deplore
regret; disapprove of
depose
dethrone; remove from office
depravity
extreme corruption; wickedness
deprecate
express disapproval of; protest against
deride
ridicule; make fun of
derivative
unoriginal; derived from another source
desiccate
dry up
despondent
depressed; gloomy
detached
emotionally removed; calm and objective
deterrent
something that discourages; hindrance
detrimental
harmful; damaging
devious
roundabout; erratic; not straightforward
devise
think up; invent; plan
diffidence
shyness
diffuse
wordy; rambling; spread out (like a gas)
digression
wandering away from the subject
dilatory
delaying
diligence
steadiness of effort; persistent hard work
diminution
lessening; reduction in size
discerning
mentally quick and observant; having insight
disclose
reveal