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abase
to lower; demean; degrade
abate
to lessen; to reduce in severity
abbreviate
to shorten; reduce
abdicate
to give up power or position; to fail to fulfill
abduct
kidnap
aberration
a deviation from the expected course
abhor
to hate; loathe
abide
to obey; to put up with; tolerate
abject
of the most miserable or contemptible kind
abort
to give up unfinished
abridge
to shorten; cut down
abrogate
to abolish; often by authority
abscond
to sneak away and hide
absurd
unreasonable; ridiculous
abundant
in great numbers
abyss
bottomless gulf; something too deep for measurement
accede
to agree
accelerate
to increase in speed
accentuate
to emphasize; to highlight
acclaim
enthusiastic applause or approval
accommodating
obliging; helpful
accomplish
achieve
accost
to approach or confront aggressively
acumen
keen insight
acute
very sharp; severe
adage
wise; old saying
adept
very skilled
adhere
to stick to
adjourn
to suspend [a meeting] for a period of time
adjunct
a non-essential supplement; something additional; accessory;
admiring
regarding with approval or respect
admonish
to reprove; to warn
adorn
to decorate
advantageous
profitable; helpful
adversary
an enemy; an opponent; a foe
adverse
unfavorable; bringing harm
affable
friendly; easy-going; amiable
affectation
artificial behavior
affluent
rich; wealthy
aforementioned
said or written before
aggrandize
to increase or make greater
aggregate
to gather; amass; combine; collection; collective
aghast
feeling great horror or dismay; struck by amazement
agility
quickness & ease of movement; nimbleness; liveliness
agitate
to stir or shake up
agoraphobia
an abnormal fear of open or public places
aimless
having no purpose
akimbo
with hands on hips and elbows extending outward
akin
related; similar
alacrity
speed; readiness
algid
frigid; cold
allay
to sooth; assuage
allege
to declare without proof
alleviate
to relieve; to ease a pain
allure
to entice; to attract
aloof
detached; reserved; indifferent; distant
altercation
an argument; dispute
altruism
unselfishness; generosity
altruistic
kind
amalgamation
a union; a merger
amateur
not professional; done for pleasure; unskillful
ambivalent
having opposed or mixed feelings or contradictory feelings
amble
to stroll; walk
ameliorate
to improve; to make better
amend
to change; alter slightly
amiable
friendly; affable
amorous
relating to or showing love
amorphous
without shape or borders
amphibian
living in both water and on land
analytical
intending to understand the nature of something
androgynous
bisexual
angular
characterized by sharp angles
animosity
hatred; hostility
annihilate
to destroy entirely
anomaly
something that does not fit into the normal order
antechamber
a waiting room
antidote
substance that counteracts a poison
anxiety
an emotional state of fear and uncertainty; uneasiness
aperture
an opening; a hole
aphorism
a short saying
apiary
place where people keep bees
apocalypse
total devastation; the end of the world
apparel
garb
apparitional
ghostly; spectral
apt
likely; relevant
aqueous
like water; related to water; formed by water
arbitrator
one who settles controversy between two sides
ardent
passionate
arid
extremely dry; very boring
aroma
a pleasant odor
arouse
to awaken
articulate
able to express oneself coherently
artifice
skill or ingenuity
ascertain
to find out with certainty
aspirant
applicant; hopeful
aspire
to hope; to have ambition
assail
to attack violently
assailable
vulnerable
assess
to judge; to determine amount or value
assimilate
adjust; absorb
assuage
to ease; pacify
astound
to astonish greatly
astute
shrewd; observant; clever
atone
to apologize; make amends
atrocious
very wicked; very bad
audacious
bold; daring; fearless
augment
to increase or make larger
austere
very bare; bleak; simple
authoritative
having authority; commanding
aviary
large cage where birds are kept as pets
azure
blue
baleful
harmful; threatening
banal
commonplace; ordinary
banal
commonplace & predictable; trite
banish
to exile; to drive away
bard
a poet; often a singer as well
barrage
a curtain of artillery; any prolonged attack
barrier
an obstruction; anything that hinders or blocks
barter
to exchange goods or property
battery
an assault or an array of similar things intended for use together
beguile
lure; charm
beguile
to deceive
behold
to look at; to observe
belligerent
contentious; ready to fight; aggressive
benefactor
a donor
beneficial
helpful
benevolent
Kind; good; caring; generous; charitable; well-meaning
benign
non-threatening; innocuous
berate
to scold severely
bereft
without; devoid of
bewildered
to confuse hopelessly; to befuddle
biased
favoring one side or opinion or another; prejudiced; influenced
bide
to wait; or remain in a condition
bile
the bitter; greenish fluid secreted by the liver
bilk
to cheat; to swindle
bind
to tie or fasten
bizarre
very odd or unusual
blandish
to coax through flattery
bliss
great happiness; spiritual joy
bloated
swollen; bigger than desired
boisterous
loud; energetic; cheerfully noisy
botanist
scientist who studies plants
bounty
generosity; a generous gift
bourgeois
middle class
brand
trademark
brash
bold; hasty & reckless; insolent; impudent; lacking in sensitivity
bravado
pretend courage; feigned confidence
brazen
excessively bold; brash
brevity
conciseness; briefness
brig
a two masted ship; a jail on a ship
browbeat
badger; bully
brumal
wintry; relating to winter
brusque
short; abrupt; dismissive
buffet (n)
a spread of food involving choices
buffet (v)
to hit or strike
burgeon
to come forth; blossom
burnish
to polish; to make smooth & shiny
cache
a place where food or treasure is hidden
cacophony
noise; discordant sound
cadence
rhythm
cajole
to persuade; to coax; to urge
callous
harsh; cold; unfeeling
calumny
an attempt to defame another’s reputation
camaraderie
cheerful unity among a group
camouflage
to disguise; to conceal from the enemy
candid
honest; truthful
candor
frankness; sincerity
canine
relating to dogs; like a dog
cantankerous
bad-tempered; quarrelsome; grumpy
canvas
a piece of cloth on which an artist paints
capricious
fickle; impulsive; unpredictable; subject to whim
captivate
to hold the interest of; to gain the attention of
carouse
to revel; to party
cascade
a small; steep waterfall
casement
window
catastrophe
any sudden great disaster
cautious
careful
cavity
a hole
cavort
to frolic; leap; prance
celestial
of the heavens or the sky
censor
to prohibit objectionable material; a person with the authority to prohibit material
chasm
a deep crack in the earth's surface; any large break or gap
choleric
easily angered; very angry; easily annoyed
choreographer
one who devises dances or ballets
chronic
lasting a long time
circulate
to pass around; move from place to place
circumscribe
to draw a line around; to encircle; to limit narrowly
clarity
clearness
classify
to organize in groups or categories
cleave
split
coalesce
to come together; to unite; combine
collision
a crash; a colliding
colossal
immense
communicative
giving or exchanging information or messages
compassion
deep sympathy; pity
compel
force
compelling
demanding of attention
competent
able
competent
capable; fit for the task
compulsion
force; urge; obligation
conceal
to hide; to keep secret
concise
condensed; brief; to the point
condone
to overlook; to forgive; to allow
confidential
secret
conform
to follow rules; to obey
congenial
friendly; pleasant; agreeable
congregate
to gather together
conserve
to save; prevent wastage
constrict
to make smaller or narrower by squeezing
contemplate
to think about intently
contend
to compete; to struggle; to argue
contentious
quarrelsome; argumentative
contiguous
in contact; touching; near; next
contrivance
plot
convene
to meet; to come together
conventional
traditional
copious
plentiful; large in quantity
corpulence
fatness; obesity
corpulent
obese; fat
corral
shut within
counsel
advice; mutual exchange of ideas
counsel
a lawyer or group of lawyers
countenance
to favor; to support; a person's face or expressions
couplet
two successive rhyming lines of poetry
courier
a messenger
critic
one who judges
cue
a signal; a hint
curvature
a curving; being curved
dawdle
to waste time; to loiter
deadlock
a standstill between equal and opposed forces; an unbreakable tie
dearth
scarcity; insufficiency
debilitate
to weaken; to enfeeble
debris
bits of rubbish and stone
debunk
to discredit
decade
a period of ten years
decay
to spoil; to go bad; to rot
deceit
a lie
declaim
to speak in a dramatic way
decree
an official order or decision
deficient
lacking; incomplete; not enough
deft
skillful
dehydrate
to remove water from
deject
to dishearten; to depress
delude
to mislead; to deceive
deluge
a great flood
demote
to reduce to a lower rank
deplore
to express strong disapproval
desolate
lifeless; empty
desolation
misery; isolation
despicable
deserving scorn; contemptible
despondent
dejected; discouraged
destitute
very poor
devastate
to lay waste; to destroy; to overwhelm
devotee
one strongly devoted to something
devout
religious
devout
very religious
dexterous
skilled in mind or body
diminish
to make smaller
dingy
not clean or bright; grimy
diplomatic
tactful; related to diplomacy
discerning
able to see clearly
disclaim
to give up any claim; to repudiate
discord
conflict; argument; opposite of harmony
discursive
rambling; getting off topic
dismal
causing gloom or misery
disputatious
found of arguing
disseminate
to scatter; to spread
dissipate
disperse
divert
to turn aside (from a course)
dodo
type of bird
doff
to take off (one's hat)
dogged
stubbornly persevering
dogmatic
characterized by assertion of unproved principles; opinionated; stubborn
dormant
temporarily inactive; asleep
doze
to sleep lightly; to nap
dubious
doubtful
dungeon
dark underground prison cell
earmark
to set aside for special purpose; to identify
ebullient
zestfully enthusiastic; boiling or seeming to boil
eccentric
unconventional & strange
ecstatic
joyful
eddy
a wind or river current; a mini whirlpool
effect
something brought about by a cause
egress
exit
elusive
hard to capture or understand
embellish
to add details to a statement; to adorn
eminent
towering or standing out; prominent
emit
to send out
emulate
to imitate; to copy; to model oneself after
enact
to pass (a bill or law); to represent in a play
encompass
to surround; to contain; to include
endorse
to show approval
enigma
a puzzle; a mystery; a riddle
ensnare
to catch as in a trap
entice
to tempt; attract; charm
entourage
a group of associates or attendants
epoch
a period of time in history
era
a period of time with a special characteristic
eradicate
to erase or get rid of
erode
to wear away
errant
straying; mistaken
erudite
learned; scholarly
essential
necessary
etiquette
acceptable manners in society
evacuate
to leave empty
excavate
to dig up
exhilarating
exciting; full of high spirits
exotic
foreign; strangely beautiful
expanse
wide open area
expansive
broad and large
expunge
to eliminate; to erase
extol
praise
extraction
the process of taking out by effort; a persons origin or descent
extricate
to free
extroverted
Turned outward; interested in others rather than oneself
facet
an aspect of something
fanatic
overly enthusiastic
fatal
deadly; destructive
fatigue
exhaustion; weariness; extreme tiredness
fauna
all the animal life in a particular region or period
felicitous
pleasing
ferocious
fierce; savage; violently cruel
fervent
intense; passionate
fickle
inconsistent; not loyal
fictitious
untrue; false
fidelity
loyalty; faithful devotion
finale
the ending
fission
process of breaking into parts (opp: fusion)
fissure
crack; split
flagrant
outrageous; offensive; deliberately shocking
flaw
an imperfection
flippant
disrespectful; frivolous; saucy
flounder
to stumble; to fall; to sink
flow
to move like a liquid; to pour out
fluctuate
vary; change
flue
shaft; vent
foretell
to predict
formidable
awesome; difficult to achieve
foundation
establishment; basis
founder
sink; fail
fragile
easily broken; delicate
frequent
happening often; to go somewhere often
fund
a supply; to offer money or support
fundamental
an essential part; basic
fusion
process of combining into one (opp: fission)
futile
lacking purpose
garrulous
chatty; talkative
germinate
to begin to grow
ghastly
frighteningly terrible
glee
lively joy
glib
articulate but insincere
glistening
shining brightly
grave
serious
gregarious
sociable
grotesque
distorted; fantastical; ridiculous; absurd
grovel
to apologize profusely; to humble oneself
grudging
reluctant
gruesome
causing horror; grisly
hallowed
holy; sacred
harbinger
a sign of things to come; announce: foreshadow or presage
harsh
unpleasant; offensive; cruel; severe
hasten
to speed up; to hurry
hatch
to emerge from the egg; produce a plan; think up: devise or invent
heed
to pay attention to
herbivorous
feeding mainly on plants & grasses (compare: carnivorous; omnivorous)
heterogeneous
composed of dissimilar parts (opp: homogeneous)
hexagon
a plane with six angles and six sides
hibernate
to spend the winter sleeping or in a dormant state
hive
the home for a bee colony; a teeming multitude
horrid
causing horror; very bad; ugly
hovel
any small; miserable hut
humid
damp; moist
hybrid
the offspring of two different species; a composite of mixed origin
ignite
to set fire to; to catch fire
illiterate
unable to read or write; uneducated
illuminate
to light up or make clear
immaculate
spotless; tidy; free from blemish; perfectly clean
imminent
about to happen; impending
immortal
living forever
impasse
blocked path; deadlock; dead end
imperceptible
unnoticeable; slight
impervious
unable to be penetrated or influenced
impious
disrespectful; lacking piety or reverence for a god
implicit
understood without being directly expressed
imply
to express indirectly
inadvertent
accidental: without intention; not attentive; heedless
incendiary
causes fires; likely to cause violence or strong feelings of anger
incentive
a motive; a stimulus
incompetent
useless
incredulous
skeptical; not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
incumbent
current; present
indicate
to point out
indict
to make a formal accusation against
inert
without power to move; tending toward inactivity
infectious
likely to spread or cause infection
ingenious
original; creative; very innovative & clever
ingenuity
inventiveness; creativity; cleverness
ingenuous
innocent; naive; guileless
inhabit
to live in
inhibit
to restrain or suppress
innate
inborn; natural; possessed at birth; not learned
innocent
not guilty; free from sin; harmless
inscribe
to write or etch words on or into a surface
insinuate
imply; to indirectly suggest
insinuation
sly suggestion; hint
insipid
unexciting; lacking significance or impact; bland; uninteresting
insolent
offensive; rude; insulting; disrespectful
insomnia
inability to sleep
insurgency
an uprising; a rebellion
intangible
incapable of being touched; immaterial
integrate
mix
intricate
complicated; difficult; complex
inundated
flooded
irate
very angry
ironic
contradictory; inconsistent; humorously sarcastic or mocking
itinerant
traveling
jeer
laugh or shout rudely or scornfully
jest
a joke; to joke
jubilant
overly joyful
jubilee
a special anniversary
judicious
showing good judgment; sensible
kinetic
relating to motion
lagoon
a salt-water lake by the sea
lament
to express grief for; mourn
lapel
strip of cloth which is part of the front of a jacket or coat.
lateral
at the side
lenient
merciful; not severe
lethargic
sluggish; weak
limber
supple; agile; flexible
limerick
amusing poem with 5 lines
ludicrous
absurd; ridiculous
lunge
a sudden forward movement; a thrust
magnanimous
unselfish
malfunction
a failure to function normally; a fault
malleable
easily changed (opp: brittle)
mandatory
necessary; required
mar
To ruin; to disfigure; to spoil
marvel
a wonderful thing; to feel wonder
meager
scanty in amount
meek
quiet and obedient; not protesting
melancholy
sadness; state of grief
merge
to blend together
meteorologist
scientist who studies the weather
meticulous
careful; paying attention to details
mimicry
imitation; aping
minuscule
tiny; very small
misbegotten
ill-conceived; illegitimate
monarch
a type of butterfly that migrates
mortgage
debt on a property
mourn
to feel or express sorrow
murky
dark; gloomy
mutation
a change; a genetic alteration
nauseous
causing disgust or nausea (need to puke)
nebulous
vague; cloudy
nimble
able to move quickly
nomadic
moving from place to place
notify
to inform
nourishment
a source of strength or support; food
novice
a beginner
nullify
to cancel; invalidate
oath
a promise of truth
obese
very fat
objective
not influenced by the personal opinion; just the facts
obnoxious
very unpleasant
obscure
relatively unknown; not easily understood
observation
watching carefully; noticing things
obsolete
no longer in use or useful; out of date
obstacle
a hindrance
obstruct
to block; to hinder progress or movement
obtuse
slow to understand
olfactory
related to the sense of smell
ominous
threatening; menacing
opportune
favorable; well-timed
option
choice
opulent
wealthy
oratory
eloquence
orbit
the path of one body in it's revolution around another body
orchid
a showy flower
ore
rock or soil from which metal can be obtained
ostentatious
showy; pretentious
overwhelm
to exhaust; to defeat
palatable
pleasant to the taste; acceptable; welcome
paradox
seemingly self-contradictory statement
passive
not active; acted upon; not resisting
pedantic
formal and uninspired; too concerned with details and rules;
peddle
to sell or offer goods for sale
pedestrian
a walking person; a commonplace or dull thing or idea
pensive
thoughtful
perjury
to lie under oath
permissible
allowable
persevere
to continue despite challenges
petrify
to change into a stony mass
phenomenon
perceived by the senses; something unusual
piety
holiness; religious devotion
pious
deeply religious
placate
to calm; to pacify
placated
pacified
plagiarism
The false presentation of someone else's writing as one's own
plausible
believable; seemingly acceptable; possible
plight
a predicament; an unfortunate or difficult situation
polish
burnish
poll
a survey of public opinion
pompous
full of self-importance
prevail
to gain victory
prevalent
common
procrastinate
to postpone action
procure
to obtain by special effort
profound
deep; meaningful
prolific
plentiful; abundant; intellectually productive
propel
to push forward or onwards (opp: repel)
prophesy
a prediction of future events
pugnacious
combative; ready for a fight
pungent
strong or sharp smelling (compare: aroma)
pursue
to follow or chase; to try to catch or attain
quarry
mine (as in i worked in a mine)
quell
to quiet; to suppress
quench
to satisfy (a thirst); to extinguish (a fire)
quiver
to shake or vibrate with a rapid motion
quiver
something that holds arrows
recalcitrant
disobedient
reminiscence
a memory; the act of recalling the past
reproachful
critical; stern
residual
remaining; leftover
sarcastic
the use of witty language used to insult or show displeasure
scholarly
learned
scull
racing boat
skit
short; amusing play
speculate
wonder; consider
sporadic
intermittent; irregular; on and off
sprightly
energetic
stature
standing
sullied
dishonored; violated
surrogate
substitute
swag
loot; plunder; rob
swath
to wrap round or cover with cloth
swathe
long strip of cloth; a long strip of land
tenacious
holding firmly; especially to a belief; stubborn
threshold
doorsill
toil
hard work; or to work hard
unique
singular
vacillate
hesitate
vain
conceited
variegated
multicolored
vend
to sell
vigor
strength energy
wane
to decrease in size or strength