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abase
1. to lower physically
2. to lower in rank, prestige, office, or esteem
abate
1. to put an end; nullify
2. to reduce in degree or intensity; to reduce in value or amount
3. deduct, omit
4. to beat down or cut away so as to leave a figure in relief
5. deprive
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
abyss
1. the bottomless gulf, pit, or chaos of the old cosmogonies
2. an immeasurably deep gulf or great space; intellectual or moral depths
acuity
keenness of perception; sharpness
affinity
1. relationship by marriage
2. sympathy marked by community of interest; kinship; attraction to or liking for something; a person esp. of the opposite sex having a particular attraction for one
3. likeness based on relationship or casual connection
alacrity
promptness in response; cheerful readiness
alchemist
a person who studies or practices alchemy
alloy
1. the degree of mixture with base metals; fineness
2. an admixture that lessens value; an impairing alien element
3. a compound, mixture, or union of different things
4. a metal mixed with a more valuable metal to give durability or some other desired quality
amenable
1. liable to be brought to account; answerable
2. capable of submission; suited; readily brought to yield, submit, or cooperate; willing
antipathy
1. opposition of feeling
2. settled aversion or dislike; distaste
3. an object of aversion
append
1. attach; affix
2. to add as a supplement or appendix
arduous
1. hard to accomplish or achieve; difficult; marked by great labor or effort; strenuous
2. hard to climb; steep
ascend
1. to move upward; to slope upward
2. to rise from a lower level or degree; to go back in time or in order of genealogical succession
ascetic
1. practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and esp. spiritual discipline
2. austere in appearance, manner, or attitude
audacity
intrepid boldness; bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints
augury
1. divination from auspices or omens
2. omen, portent
auspicious
1. affording a favorable auspice; propitious
2. attended by good auspices; prosperous
austere
1. stern and cold in appearance or manner; somber; grave
2. morally strict; ascetic
3. markedly simple or unadorned
4. giving little or no scope for pleasure
balm
1. aromatic preparatoin (as a healing ointment)
2. any of several aromatic plants of the mint family
4. a spicy aromatic odor
5. a soothing restorative agency
benevolence
1. disposition to do good
2. an act of kindness; generous gift
3. a compulsory levy by certain English kings with no other authority than the claim of prerogative
benign
1. of a gentle disposition; gracious
2. showing kindness and gentleness; favorable; wholesome
3. of a mild type or character that doesn't threaten health or life; harmless
betoken
1. to typify beforehand; presage
2. to give evidence of; show
blighted
1. to affect (as a plant) with blight
2. to impair the quality or effect of
buoyant
1. capable of floating
2. cheerful; gay
3. capable of maintaining a satisfactorily high level
burnish
to make shiny or lustrous esp. by rubbing; polish
calamity
a state of deep distress or misery caused by major misfortune or loss
capricious
impulsive; unpredictable
consecrate
dedicated to a sacred purpose
credible
1. offering reasonable grounds for being believed
2. of sufficient capability to be militarily effective
dearth
1. famine
2. an inadequate supply; lack
decorousness
marked by propriety and good taste; correct
decorum
1. literary and dramatic propriety; fitness
2. propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance
3. orderliness
4. the conventions of polite behavior