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aberration
deviation from what is correct or right
abeyance
suspension of an activity; postponement
abstemious
sparing in use of food or drink; moderate
abstruse
concealed; difficult to comprehend; obscure
accolade
embrace; award; commendation
acerbic
bitter; harsh; caustic
acrimonious
sarcastic; caustic; angry; mordant
acuity
sharpness; acuteness; keenness
acute
1. perceptive 2. excruciating
adept
proficient; masterful; expert
adherent
believer; supporter; devotee
adjunct
1. attachment; appendage 2. subordinate or auxiliary capacity
admonish
caution; reprove mildly; reprimand
adroit
dexterous; proficient; skillful
adulation
excessive flattery; adoration; idolization
adulterate
make impure or inferior by adding improper ingredients; contaminate; pollute
advocate
1.argue for a cause; defend 2. support; uphold
aggrandize
make more powerful; amplify; increase
alacrity
eagerness; zeal; speed
aesthete
person who cultivates beauty or art; connoisseur
altruistic
concerned about the general welfare of others; charitable; generous
ambivalence
uncertainty; doubt; indecisiveness
ambulatory
able to walk; not stationary
ameliorate
make better; improve
amiable
cordial; of pleasant disposition; friendly
amorphous
without structure; shapeless; nebulous
animate
energize; enliven
anomaly
abnormality; deviation from the rule; irregularity
antediluvian
ancient; antiquated; obsolete
antipathy
feeling of opposition or repugnance; aversion; dislike
apathy
lack of concern, emotion or interest; indifference
aperture
gap; opening; orifice
apocryphal
false; unauthenticated; disputed
apotheosis
1. elevation to divine status 2. the perfect example
appease
satisfy; make peace; placate
approbatory
expressing approval
arable
suitable for cultivation or plowing
arrogant
feeling of superior to other people; egotistical
ascetic
strict; austere
assuage
ease; make less burdensome; mitigate
atrophy
waste away from lack of use; degenerate
audacity
boldness or adventurousness; gall
authoritarian
1. person who acts like a dictator; tyrant 2. disciplinarian
avarice
extreme desire for wealth; greed; acquisitiveness
aviary
large enclosure confining birds
avouch
guarantee; take responsibility for; affirm
avow
affirm; assert; declare; acknowledge
baleful
sorrowful; sinister; evil
balm
soothing ointment for pain or healing; salve
banal
trite; insipid; ordinary
bane
deadly affliction; curse; plague
barbarity
cruel action; inhuman act; harsh conduct
barren
1. infertile; impotent 2. arid; unproductive
befuddle
stupefy or confuse; misconstrue
belated
tardy; overdue
beleaguer
besiege; surround
belittle
humiliate; tease; diminish in importance
bemoan
1. experience pain or distress 2. express pity for; mourn
bemused
preoccupied by thought; bewildered; perplexed
bilk
defraud; deceive; hoodwink
blandishment
to persuade with flattery; cajolery; enticement
bliss
gaiety; happiness; enjoyment
blithe
happy; pleased; delighted
boisterous
noisy; loud; violent; rowdy
boorish
ill-mannered; rude; gauche
brevity
briefness; succinctness; terseness
broach
introduce; bring up; mention
browbeat
intimidate; harass; dominate
bungle
botch; mismanage; spoil
buttress
truss; foundation; support
cacophonous
discordant; dissident; harsh
callow
inexperienced; immature; naive
candid
frank; blunt; open
carouse
drink to excess; live it up
cease
stop; end; halt
celerity
swift motion; speed; alacrity
censorious
critical; attacking; denouncing
charlatan
fraud; person claiming knowledge he/she does not have; humbug; fake; hustler
chary
careful; cautious
chasten
castigate; punish; reprove