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abacus
frame with balls for calculating
abase
to humble, disgrace
abash
embarass
abate
subside or moderate
abdicate
to give up position, right, power
abdication
giving up control authority
aberrant
deviant; abnormal
aberration
straying away from what is normal
abet
help/encourage smb (in doing wrong)
abeyance
held in suspended action
abhor
to hate to detest
abide
be faithful to endure
abiding
enduring, continuing
abject
miderable, pitiful
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny, renounce
abraded
rubbed off worn away by friction
abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
abscond
depart secretly and hide
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
abstemious
moderate in appetite
abstruse
difficult to understand
abut
to touch, be in contact with
abysmal
bottomless extreme
acarpous
effete no longer fertile worn out
accede
to express approval, agree to
acclaimed
welcomed with shouts and approval
accolade
praise approval
accost
to approach and speak to someone
accretion
growth in size or amount
accrue
accumulate
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acidulous
sour in taste or manner
acme
highest point, summit
acquiesce
to agree/comply
acuity
sharpness
acumen
sharpness of insight
adamant
kind of stone inflexible
admonish
to caution or reprimand
admonitory
containing warning
adorn
add beauty decorate
adroit
skillful, accomplished
adulterate
make impure by addition of inferior or tainted substances
adulteration
making unpure poorer in quality
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adventitious
accidental
advocate
to speak, plead, or argue for a cause, or in another’s behalf. (n) -- one who advocates.
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
aesthetic
artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
affable
friendly, easy to approach
afface
to erase or make illegible
affected
pretentious, phony
affinity
close connection relationship
aggrandize
to make greater, to increase, thus, to exaggerate.
aggravate
make worse irritate
aggregate
gather; accumulate
aggrieve
to afflict, distress
agile
active quick-moving
agog
eager/excited
ail
trouble be ill
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness
alchemy
medieval chemical philosophy based on the quest to turn metal into gold
alcove
recess/partially enclosed place
ale
fermented alcoholic beverage similar to but heavier than beer
aleck
one who considers himself smarter than others
algorithm
mechanical problem solving procedure
allegiance
duty support loyalty
alleviate
relieve
alloy
to debase by mixing with something inferior
allusiveness
quality of making many indirect references
aloof
reserved indifferent
altruism
unselfishly concerned for others' welfare
amalgam
mixture, combination, alloy
amalgamate
to unite or mix. (n) -- amalgamation.
ambidextrous
able to use the left hand or the right equally well
ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence
state of having two opposing or conflicting emotions
ambivalent
having both of two contrary meanings
ambrosial
extremely pleasing to the senses, divine (as related to the gods) or delicious (n: ambrosia)
ambulatory
itenerant, walking around
ameliorate
improve
amend
to improve or correct flaws in
amortize
to diminsh by installment payments
amulet
ornament worn as charm against evil
anachronism
something or someone misplaced in time
analgesia
a lessening of pain
analogous
comparable
anarchy
absence of a governing body; state of disorder
anathema
ban, curse, something shunned or disliked
ancillary
accessory, subordinate
anguish
severe suffering
animosity
strong dislike
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
anoint
to apply oil, especially in a sacred rite
anomalous
irregular abnormal
antecedent
coming before in place or time
antedate
dated prior to the actual occurance
antediluvian
third from last
anterior
preceding, previous, prior
anthropomorphic
attribuuting human qualities to non humans, having human qualities
antidote
medicine used against a poison or a disease
antipathy
dislike; aversion
antithetical
direct opposing
apace
done quickly
apartheid
brutal racial discrimination
apathy
lack of caring; indifference
aphasia
inability to speak or use words
aphelion
point in a planets orbit that it is farthest from the sun
aphorism
old saying or short pithy saying
aplomb
poise, confidence
apocryphal
not genuine, fictional
apostate
one who renounces religious faith
apostrophe
speech to the reader or someone not present
apothegm
a short instructive saying
apotheosis
glorification, glorified ideal
appease
soothe; pacify
apprehensive
grasping understanding fear unhappy feeling about future
apprise
inform
approbation
praise, official approval
appropriate
acquire; take possession of for one's own use
apropos
appropriate to the situation apt
apt
well-suited quick-witted
arabesque
a complex ornate design
arable
suitable for cultivation
arbitrate
to settle a dispute by impulse (n: arbitration)
arboreal
relating to trees, living in trees
ardor
enthusiasm
arduous
hard; strenuous
argot
jargon slang
arraign
to call to court to answer a charge
arrant
in the highest degree; being notoriously without moderation
None
arrogance
proud superior manner of behaviour
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
articulate
speak distinctly connect by joints
artless
open and honest
ascend
go or come up
ascertain
get to know
ascetic
practicing self-denial; austere
ascribe
to attribute to, assign
aseptic
surgically clean
ashen
resembling ashes, deathly pale
asinine
lacking intelligence or judgement
askance
scornfully
asocial
unable or unwilling to interact socially
asperity
harshness, roughness
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report
assail
with attack violently
assay
to analyze or estimate
assent
to express agreement
assidious
dligent, persistent, hard working
assiduous
diligent hard-working sedulous
assignation
appointment for lover's meeting, assignment
assonance
resemblance in sound, partial rhyme
assuage
ease or lessen; soothe; satisfy
asterisk
the mark * (e.g.. omitted letters)
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
astute
clever quick at seeing to get an advantage
asunder
into different parts
atonement
repayment death of jesus
attenuate
weaken; make thin
attune
bring into harmony
audacious
daring; bold
audit
formal examination of financial records
auditory
having to do with hearing
augury
prophesy, prediction of events
august
dignified, awe inspiring
auspicious
having favorable prospects
austere
forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
autonomous
self-governing
auxiliary
helping supporting
avarice
greed
aver
state confidently
aversion
strong dislike
avid
eager; greedy
None
avow
to state openly or declare
axiom
premise, self evident truth
bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
baleful
harmful ominous causing evil
balk
to shirk, refuse, prevent
balm
soothing healing influence
banal
trite; commonplace; hackneyed; unoriginal
bane
something causing ruin, death
baneful
causing harm or ruin pernicious destructive
barefaced
unconcealed, shameless, or brazen
barrage
artificial obstacle built across a river
barren
not good enough unable to have young ones without value
bask
in enjoy warmth and light
beatific
appearing to be saintly, angelic
beatify
to bless make happy or ascribe a virtue to
bedizen
to adorn especially in a cheap showy manner
beguile
to decieve, mislead, charm
behemoth
huge creature
belabor
beat hard
beleaguer
to harass, plague
belie
to misrepresent, expose as false
bellicose
warlike, aggrssive
belligerent
(person nation) waging war
bemuse
confuse, stupefy
benefactor
person who has given help
beneficient
kindly; doing good
benevolence
wish or activity in doing good
benighted
unenlightened
benign
kind and gentle mild (climate)
benison
blessing
bequest
arrangement to give something at death
berate
scold sharply
bereft
rob or dispossess of something (material)
betoken
to indicate, signify
bevy
group
bewilder
puzzle confuse
bifurcate
divide into two parts
bigot
stubborn narrow-minded person
bilge
bulge the protuberance of a cask
bilious
easile irritated, related to bile
billet
board and lodging for troops
blandish
to coax with flattery
blandishment
speech or action intended to coax someone into doing something
blandness
polite manner comforting uninteresting
blatant
noisy and rough
blithe
joyful, cheerful, without thought
bogus
sham; counterfeit; not genuine
None
boisterous
loud noisy rough lacking restraint
bolster
support; reinforce
bombast
pompous speech (adj: bombastic)
bombastic
pompous; using inflated language
bonhomie
good natured geniality, good cheer
boorish
rude; insensitive
brash
hasty rush cheeky saucy
brass
yellow metal (mixing copper and zinc)
brazen
made of brass
breach
a lapse, gap or break, as in a fortress wall. to break or break through.ex: unfortunately, the club members never forgot his breach of ettiquette.
brigand
bandit, outlaw
brittle
easily broken
broach
bring up announce begin to talk about
bromide
dull or commonplace person or idea
brook
to tolerate endure
buffet
to strike or hit
bulwark
defense wall
buoyant
able to float light-hearted
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
burnish
to polish rub to a shine
buttress
support; prop up
byway
back road
cabal
a secret group seeking to overturn something
cacophonous
discordant; not in harmony
cadge
to get something by taking advantage of someone
cajole
to flatter coax, persuade
calamitous
disastrous, catastrophic
calipers
metal supports attached to the legs measuring instrument
callow
immature, lacking sophistication
calumny
false and mallicious acusation, misrepresentation, slader
canard
a lie
candid
frank straight-forward
canny
smart, founded on common sense
canonize
to declare a person a saint
cant
insincere talk/jargon
cantankerous
bad-tempered/quarrelsome
canvass
discuss thoroughly sort of touting
capacious
large, roomy, extensive
caprice
impulse (adj: capricious)
capricious
upredicatable; fickle
careen
to lean to one side
carom
to strike and rebound
carp
to find fault
castigate
to chastise or criticize severely
castigation
punishment; severe criticism
catalyst
an agent of change (adj: catalytic; v. catalyze)
catholic
universal, broad appeal
caucus
smaller group within an organization, a meeting of such a group
causality
cause and effect relationship
caustic
burning; sarcastically biting
cavalcade
a procession
cavil
to raise trivial objections
celerity
quick moving or acting
censorious
severely critical
censure
to criticize or find fault with
centurion
leader of a unit of 100 soldiers
cession
act of surrendering something
chagrin
shame, embarrasment, humiliation
champ
chew noisily
charlatan
quake, fake
chary
watchful, cautious, shy
chastened
corrected punished
chastise
punish; to censure severely
None
chattel
piece of personal property
chauvinist
a blindly devoted patriot
cherubic
sweet, innocent, resembling a cherub angel
chicanery
trickery; deception
chide
to scold, express disapproval
chimirical
fanciful, imaginary, visionary, impossible
chisel
steel tool for shaping materials
choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
churl
bad-tempered person
churlish
rude
circumlocution
roundabout, lengthy way of saying something
cistern
tank for rainwater
clamor
shout complain with a lot of noise
cleave
to split or separate, to stick, cling
clement
mild
clientele
customers
clinch
come to grips/settle conclusively
cling
to resist separation
clot
half-solid lump formed from liquid
cloture
closing device (in parliament) to end a debate by voting
cloying
indulging to excess
coagulate
clot; congeal; thicken
coagulation
change to a thick and solid state
coalesce
to grow together, cause to unite as one
coalescing
coming together and uniting into one substance
coax
get smb to do something by kindness
coda
conclusion to a musical or literary piece
coddle
treat with care and tenderness
coerce
compel to force to make obedient
coeval
of the same period; coexisting
None
coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
cogent
convincing
cogitate
think deeply mediate
cognate
related, similar
cognizant
being fully aware of
cognomen
family name, any name, especially a nickname
cohort
a group or band of people
colander
bowl-shaped vessel with many holes used to drain off water
collateral
accompanying
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
colloquy
dialogue or conversation
collusion
secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
combustion
process of burning
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commemorate
keep the memory of
commensurate
equal in extent
commodious
roomy, spacious
commuter
person who travels regularly
compendious
summarizing completely and briefly
complaisance
tending to comply obliging willingness to please
complaisant
agreeable, friendly
compliant
yielding; conforming to requirements
compunction
feeling of regret for one's action
compunctious
feeling guilty or having misgivings
concatenate
linked together
conceal
hide keep secret
conceit
over-high opinion of too much pride
conciliatory
overcoming distruct or hostility
concomitant
accompanying something
concord
agreement or harmony
concur
agree in opinion happen together
condense
increase in density strength make laconic
condone
approve; overlook; forgive; excuse
conduce
to bring about
conflagration
big, destructive fire
confound
confuse; puzzle
congeal
make or become stiff and solid
congenial
similar in tastes and habits
congenital
existing since birth
conjoin
to join together
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
connoisseur
person competent to act as a judge of art, etc; lover of an art
connotation
suggestion in addition to
consanguineous
of the same origin, related by blood
consequential
pompous self important
consign
to commit, entrust
console
give comfort or sympathy to
conspicuous
easily seen remarkable
consternation
surprise and fear dismay
constrain
compel
constrict
make tight or smaller
construe
to explain or interpret
consume
get to the end of
consummate
perfect/make perfect/complete
consummate (adj)
accomplished, complete, perfect
consummate (v)
to complete, fulfill
contemn
to scorn or despise
contend
to battle, clash, compete
contention
thesis; claim
contentious
quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
contiguous
touching neighboring near
continence
self control, self restraint
contrite
penitent
contumacious
rebellious; stubbornly disobedient
None
contusion
bruise
conundrum
riddle; difficult problem
converge
approach; tend to meet; come together
conviction
convincing firm belief
convivial
sociable, fond of eating, drinking and people
convoke
to call together, summon
convoluted
coiled around; intricate; involved
coquette
woman who flirts
cordial
warm and sincere
cordon
line (of police acting as a guard)
cornucopia
abundant supply
corporal
of the body: "corporal punishment." a non-commissioned officer ranked between a sergeant and a private.
corporeal
of or having to do with material, as opposed to spiritual; tangible. (in older writings, coeporeal could be a synonym for corporal. this usage is no longer common)
corpulence
obesity, fatness
correlate
have a mutual relation
corroborate
to strengthen or support: "the witness corroborted his story." (n: corroboration)
corroboration
additional strengthening evidence
corrugate
to mold in shape with parellel grooves and ridges
cosmography
science that deals with the nature of the universe
cosset
to pamper, treat with great care; to treat as a pet
None
coterie
small group of persons with a similar purpose
countenance
to favor or approve of
countenance (n)
facial expression, look of approval or support
countenance (v)
to favor or support
counterfeit
forgery
countermand
to annul, cancel, make a contrary order
countervail
to counteract, to exert foece against
coven
group of witches
covert
disguised
covet
ro strongly desire something possessed by another
covetous
eagerly desirous
cower
crouch shrink back
coy
shy/modest (esp of a girl)
crass
very great (es. stupidity)
cravat
piece of linen worn as a necktie
craven
cowardly
crease
line made by crushing
None
credence
acceptance of something as true or real
credulity
too great a readiness to believe things
credulous
ready to believe things
crush
press lose shape subdue overwhelm
cryptic
secret with a hidden meaning
culpable
guilty, responsible for wrong
cumbersome
burdensome heavy and awkward to carry
cupidity
greed
curmudgeon
cranky person
curriculum
course of study
cursory
quick hurried
curtail
make shorter then was planned
cygnet
young swan
dainty
pretty/delicate(food)/difficult to please
daunt
frighten; intimidate
dawdler
person who is slow waste of time
dearth
lack, scarcity: "the prosecutor complained about the dearth of concrete evidence against the suspect."
debacle
a breakup overthrow sudden disaster
debauch
to corrupt, seduce from virtue
debutante
young woman making a debut in society
decadence
decline or decay
decathlon
athletic contest with ten events
deciduous
losing leaves in fall, short-lived, temporary
declivity
downward slope
decorous
proper, tasteful, socially correct
decorum
propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners
decree
order given by authority
decry
disapprove of
default
failure to act
defer
postpone give way (to show respect)
deference
courteous regard for others wishes
deferential
showing respect
defiance
open disobedience or resistance
deleterious
harmful,destructive, detrimental
delineate
sketch; portray; depict
deluge
flood
demagogue
leader, rabble-rouser who appeals to emotion, prejudice
demise
death
demur
to hesitate raise objections
denigrate
slur, blacken someones reputation
denouement
an outcome or solution the unraveling of a plot
denunciation
public condemnation
depict
to show, create a picture of.
deplete
use until none remains
depose
to remove from a high position, such as a throne
deposition
dethronement depositing
deprave
make morally bad corrupt
deprecate
to belittle, disparage
deprecation
belittlement. (v. deprecate)
depreciate
to lose value gradually
depredation
the act of preying upon or plundering: "the depredations of the invaders demoralized the population."
dereliction
deserting and leaving to fall into ruins
deride
ridicule; make fun of
derision
ridicule mockery deriding
derivative
unoriginal; obtained from another source
derogate
to take away; detract
derogatory
insulting tending to damage
descry
to discover or reveal
desiccant
substance used to absorb moisture
desiccate
to dry out thoroughly (adj: desiccated)
desuetude
cessation of use disuse
desultory
at random, rambling, unmethodical
deter
discourage hinder
determinate
having defined limits, conclusive
deterrant
something that discourages; hindrance
detraction
slandering verbal attack aspersion
detumescence
diminishing or lessening of swelling
deviance
being different in moral standards (from normal)
dexterity
skill (esp. in handling)
diaphanous
allowing light through, delicate
diatribe
bitter scolding; invective
dichotomy
split; separate into two branches, often conflicting
dictum
authoritative statement, popular saying
didactic
excessively instructive
diffidence
lacking confidence
diffident
lacking self-confidence, modest (n: diffidence)
diffract
to cause to separate into different parts, especially light
diffuse
wordy; rambling; spread out
digression
wandering away from the subject
dilate
speak comprehensively become wider large
diluvial
relating to a flood
diminutive
small
dirge
lament with music
disabuse
correct a false impression; undeceive
disaffected
discontented and disloyal
disallow
refuse to allow or accept as a correct
discern
see with an effort but clearly
discerning
mentally quick and observant; having insight
disclaim
to deny, disavow
discomfit
to cause perplexity and embarassment
discompose
to disturb composure or serenity
disconcert
upset the self-possession of
disconsolate
unable to be consoled
discordant
not harmonious; conflicting
discountenance
refuse to approve of
discourse
speech lecture
discredit
destroy confidence in; disbelieve; defame
discreet
careful/prudent
discrepancy
lack of consistency; difference
discrete
separate; unconnected
discursive
wandering from topic to topic
disdain
look on with contempt
disencumber
free from encumbrance
disgorge
to vomit, discharge violently
disheveled
untidy
disingenuous
not naive; sophisticated
disinter
dig up from the earth
disinterested
unprejudiced
dislodge
move force from the place occupied
dismal
sad gloomy miserable
dismiss
reject; eliminate from consideration
disparage
belittle
disparaging
belittling (n: disparagement. v. disparage)
disparate
unrelated; basically different
dispassionate
calm; objective; unbiased
dispirit
to dishearten, make dejected
disproof
proof to the contrary
dissemble
to pretend, disguise motives
disseminate
spread; distribute; scatter
dissent
have a different opinion refuse to assent
dissimulate
to disguise or put on false appearance
dissipate
to scatter, to pursue pleasure to excess
dissociate
to separate, remove from association
dissolution
disintegration; looseness of morals
dissonance
discord; opposite of harmony
distaff
the female branch of the family
distend
to swell inflate or bloat
distill
purify; refine; concentrate
distraught
distracted violently upset in mind
dither
to move or act confusedly without clear purpose
diurnal
daily
diverge
vary; go in different directions from the same point
divergence
getting farther apart from a point
divest
strip; deprive
divestiture
taking off; getting rid of; giving up
None
divisive
creating disunity or conflict
divulge
make known something secret
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
document
provide written evidence
dogged
stubborn or determined: "her dogged pursuit of the degree eventually paid off."
doggerel
trivial poorly constructed verse
dogmatic
doctrinal; arbitrary; opinionated
doldrums
a period of depondency
doleful
sad, mournful
dolor
sadness
dolt
stupid fellow
dormant
asleep; latent; lethargic
dotage
senile condition
dotard
senile old person
dote
show much fondness center one's attention
doughty
courageous
drawl
slow way of speaking
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way
drone
male bee person who isn't self-employed
drowsiness
feeling sleepy half asleep
dubious
feeling doubt; uncertain
None
dud
no use person something that fails
dudgeon
angry indignation
dulcet
pleasant sounding, soothing to the ear
dupe
someone easily fooled
duplicity
deliberate deception
duress
threats to compel smb
dwarf
person or smb much below the usual size
dynamo
a generator something that produces electric current
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion; gloomy and irratable
earthenware
dishes made of baked clay
earthy
crude
ebullience
exuberance outburst of feeling
ebullient
exhillerated, full of enthusiasm
eclectic
selective; obtained from disparate sources
ecumenical
representing the whole christian world
edacious
voracious devouring
eddy
circular or spiral movement (e.g.. of wind)
edible
fit to be eaten/not poisonous
edict
law, command, offical public order
edify
to instruct morally and spiritually
effete
infertile worn out weak
efficacy
the power to produce desired results
efficatious
effective
effluent
the quality of flowing out. something that flows out, such as a stream from a river (n: effluence)
effluvia
outpouring of gas or vapors
effrontery
imprudent boldness, audacity
effulgent
brilliantly shining
effusive
expressing emotion without restraint
egregious
conspicuously bad
egress
way out exit
elaborate
worked out with much care in great detail
elegy
song or poem expression lamentation
elicit
draw out by discussion
eloquence
fluent speaking skillful use of language
emaciate
make thin and weak
embellish
make beautiful
embezzle
use in a wrong way for one's own benefit
emebellish
adorn; ornament; enhance
emend
to correct a text
emollient
having soothing qualities, esp. for skin
emote
stir up excite
empirical
based on experience
emulate
mimic; rival
encapsulate
enclose in capsule
encipher
to translate a message into code
encomium
warm praise
encumbrance
burden; things that get in the way of
None
endearing
making dear or liked
endemic
belonging to a particular area
endogamous
marrying within a specific group due to law or custom
endorse
write one's name on the back of
enduring
lasting
enervate
weaken
engender
cause; produce
engrave
impress deeply
engrossing
taken up all the time or attention writing in large or formal
engulf
swallow up
enhance
increase; improve
enigma
puzzle; mystery: "math is an enigma to me." (adj: enigmatic)
enjoin
to urge, order, command; forbid or prohibit, as by judicial order
enmity
hatred being an enemy
ennui
boredom, lack of interest
ensconce
to settle comfortable into a place
enshroud
to cover , enclose
ensign
flag/badge
entangle
put into difficulties
enthral
please greatly/enslave (fig)
entice
tempt or persuade
entreat
ask earnestly
enunciate
pronounce (words)/express a theory
enzyme
catalyst
ephemeral
lasting for only a brief time, fleeting (n: ephemera)
epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
epicurean
devoted to pleasure (sensuous enjoyment)
epigram
short, witty saying or poem
epigraph
quotation at the beginning of a book
epistle
letter
epithet
adjective
epitome
brief summary representative example a typical model
epotome
representative of an entire group, summary
equable
steady regular
equanimity
calmness, composure
equilibrium
state of being balanced
equipoise
equal distribution of weight equilibrium
equivocal
ambiguous, open to two interpretations
equivocate
lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
eradicate
get rid of pull up by the roots
erratic
irregular in behaviour or opinion
ersatz
fake
erudite
learned; scholarly
eschew
to abstain from, avoid
esoteric
hard to understand; known only to a chosen few
espouse
marry give one's support to
esurient
hungry, greedy
eulogy
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
euphemism
a mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
euphoria
elation state of pleasant excitement
euthanasia
easy and painless death
evasive
tending to evade
evince
to show clearly, display
evoke
call up bring out
exacerbate
embitter; worsen
excoriate
to denounce
excoriation
severe criticism
exculpate
to clear of blame or fault
exhaustive
complete thorough
exhort
to urge or incite by strong appeals
exigency
urgent situation
exoneration
set smb clear free (e.g.. from blame)
exorbitant
exceeding customary or normal limits, esp. in quantity or price: "the cab fare was exorbitant."
exorcise
expel evil spirits
expatiate
to wander; to discuss or describe at length
expedient
likely to be useful for a purpose