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Abrogate
To Annul;repeal; abolish; cancel.
The rule abrogated by the committee after it was clear that it would not be effective.
Acrimony
Harshness or bitterness of speech or manner; expression of great dislike or deep resentment.
Although he was angry, the teacher refrained from acrimony when he addressed the class.
Aggrandizement
That which makes richer orgreater; the state results of such.
His only interest in being elected was personal aggrandizement.
Ameliorate
Improve.
Many social workers have attempted to ameliorate the conditions of people living in the slums.
Animosity
Active enmity; hatred.
He incurred the animosity of the ruling class because he advocated limitations of their power.
Aplomb
Self assurance; self confidence; self possession; poise.
If the speaker was nervous she didn't show it, facing the audience with aplomb.
Archaic
Of an earlier or primitive time;ancient; no longer in popular use; outdated.
The head of a modern school should not have archaic ideas.
Ascendancy
Controlling influence;domination
Leaders of religious cults maintain ascendancy over their followers by methods that can verge on brainwashing.
Astute
Wise; shrewd; clever
That was a very astute observation. I will follow it.
Austerity
Sternness; severity; lackof luxuries.
The new justices, who were a strict and solemn group, maintained the austerity and dignity of the court.
Banal
Trite; ordinary; common.
His frequent use of clichés made his essay seem banal .
Bequeath
Leave to someone by a will;hand down.
Though Maud had intended to bequeath the family home to her nephew, she died before changing her will.
Berate
To scold severely; Rebuke harshly
The judge berated the criminal for his evildeeds.
Cajole
Coax;wheedle; flatter.
I will not be cajoled into granting you yourwish.
Capitulate
To surrender on certain terms;to give in; to acquiesce.
Because defeat was sure, the general was willing to capitulate.
Clemency
Disposition to be lenient;mildness, as of the weather.
The lawyer was pleased when the case was sent to JudgeSmith's chambers because Smith was noted for her clemency toward first offenders.
Commensurate
Equal in measures; properly proportionate.
The salary for his position will be commensurate with applicant's experience.
Commodious
spacious; roomy.
He bought a commodious home for his largefamily.
Condone
Overlook; forgive.
We cannot condone your recent criminal cooperation with the gamblers.
Conviction
a) n. Proof or declaration ofguilt.
The criminal's lawyer decided to appeal thecourt's conviction of his client.
B) n. Strongly held belief.
Nothing could shake his conviction that she was innocent.
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
Weaken; enfeeble.
Over indulgence debilitates character as well as physical stamina.
Depravity
Corruption; wickedness.
The depravity of the tyrant's behavior shocked all.
Deterrent
Something thatdiscourages; a hindrance.
Does the threat of capital punishment serve as a deterrent to potential killers?
Didactic
Teaching; instructional.
The didactic qualities of his poetry overshadow its literary qualities; the lesson he teaches is ore memorable than the lines.