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1 Abrogate
To Annul;repeal; abolish; cancel.
The rule abrogated by the committee after it was clear that it would not be effective.
2 Acquiesce
v. Assent, agree passively.
Although she appeared to acquiesce to her employer's suggestions, I could tell she had reservations.
3 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.
4 Affirmation
n. Positive assertion;confirmation.

Despite Tom's Affirmations of innocence,Aunt Polly still suspected he had eaten the pie.
5 Aggrandizement
That which makes richer orgreater; the state results of such.

His only interest in being elected was personal aggrandizement.
6 Ambiguous
adj. Unclear or doubtful inmeaning.

His ambiguous instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.
7 Ambivalence
n. The state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes.

Torn between loving her parents one minute and hating them the next, she was confused by the ambivalence of her feelings.
8 Ameliorate
v. Improve.

Many social workers have attempted to ameliorate the conditions of people living in the slums.
9 Animosity
n. Active enmity; hatred.

He incurred the animosity of the ruling class because he advocated limitations of their power.
10 Antithesis
n. Contrast; direct opposite of or to.

This tyranny was the antithesis of all that he had hoped for, and he fought it with all his strength.
11 Aplomb
Self assurance; self confidence; self possession; poise.

If the speaker was nervous she didn't show it, facing the audience with aplomb.
12 Arbitrary
adj. Unreasonable orcapricious; imperious; tyrannical.

The members whom you do not consult will resent any arbitrary action on your part.
13 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Of an earlier or primitive time;ancient; no longer in popular use; outdated.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.
14 Ascendancy
n. Controlling influence;domination

Leaders of religious cults maintain ascendancy over their followers by methods that can verge on brainwashing.
15 Astute
adj. Wise; shrewd; clever

That was a very astute observation. I will follow it.
16 Augment
v. Increase.

How can we hope to augment our forces when our allies are deserting us?
17 Austerity
n. Sternness; severity; lackof luxuries.

The new justices, who were a strict and solemn group, maintained the austerity and dignity of the court.
18 Banal
adj. Trite; ordinary; common.

His frequent use of clichés made his essay seem banal .
19 Benign
adj. Kindly; favorable; notmalignant.

The old man was well liked because of his benign attitude toward friend and stranger alike.
20 Bequeath
v. 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.
21 Berate
v. To scold severely; Rebuke harshly

The judge berated the criminal for his evildeeds.
22 Blasphemy
n. Cursing; irreverence;sacrilege.

Because they had thought she was a devout believer,they were shocked to hear her utter words of blasphemy .
23 Blatant
abj. Obvious; conspicuous, offensivelyloud.

A little mistake may go unnoticed but a blatant error demands attention.
24 Brevity
n. Conciseness.

Brevity is essential when you send a telegram or cablegram; you are charged for every word.
25 Cajole
v. Coax;wheedle; flatter.

I will not be cajoled into granting you yourwish.