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ABSTRACT
not concrete; theoretical
ABSTRUSE
difficult to understand
ACCLAIM
praise; applaud
ACCOLADE
an award; or praise
ACQUISENT
reluctantly agreeable; reliant
ACRIMONY
words or behavior that is filled with harshness or anger
ADAMANT
unyielding; stubborn; REFUSES to change
ADROIT
skillfull in physical activity; or in handling difficult situations
ADVOCATE
to speak in behalf of, support; plead for
AFFABLE
friendly; easygoing
AFFIRMATION
a positive statement; assertive; agreement
ALIENATE
to cause him to separate from people; to push away
ALOOF
indifferent; aoart; detached
ALTRUISTIC
unselfish; caring
AMBISEXTROUS
able to use both hands with equal skill
AMBIGUOUS
vague; unclear; having several possible interpretations
AMBIVALENCE
being pulled in two different directions, indecision
AMELIORATE
to make an unpleasant situation better; to improve
AMITY
friendship
AMORPHOUS
without FORM or shape
ANALOGOUS
similar
ANARCHY
lack of order; chaos
ANATHEMA
a religious curse, or the thing or person being cursed
ANTAGONISTIC
in hostile competition; opposing
ANTUQUATED
too old to be useful; outdated, obsolete
ANITHESIS
opposite
APATHY
lack of interest or concern
APEX
highest point, top, summit
APPEASE
pacify, calm
ARBITRARY
SELECTED BY RANDOM CHOICE AND WITHOUT SOLID REASON
ARCANE
secret; mysterious
ARCHAIC
old; antiquated
ARRPGANT
acting superior; obnoxious; rude
ARTICULATE
able to speak cleary and effectively
ASCENDANCE
domination; controlling power
ASCETIC
person who rejects physical comfort and luxury for self discipline
ASPERITY
roughness; harshness; irritability
ASSAIL
one who attacks with words or foRce
ASSIDUOUS
perisistent; hardworking! diligent; attentive to detail
ASSUAGE
relieve; to ease; to pacifY
ASTUTE
wise; insightfully clever; shrewd
ATROPHY
waste away; wither
AUDACIOUS
brazen, brash, nervy = BOLD AND DARING
AUGMENT
make larger; to increase
AUSPICIOUS
taking place under promising conditions; likely to succeed
AUSPICIOUS
taking place in promising situations; likely to succeed
AUSTERE
stern; plain; without luxuries
AVARICE
greed
AVERSE
feeling repelled; wanting to avoid
BALEFUL
harmful; menacing
BANAL
boring, insipid, trite
BEGUILE
to cheat or deceive
BELIE
to give an impression that is the opposite of the way things really are; to misrepresent
BELLIGERENT
having a strong tendency to argue and fight
BENEDICTION
good wishes, a blessing
BENEVOLENT
kindhearted; good natured; generous
BENIGN
gentle; kind hearted; mild
BEQUEATH
to leave behind; or hand down through a will; transmit
BLIGHT
diseasesl decay; widespread death
BOLSTER
to support; to reinforce
BOMBAST
speech or writing intended to impress the audience; pompous
BREVITY
briefness; conciseness
BUMPTIOUS
pushy; obnoxious self-assertive
CACOPHONY
harshness of sound; opposite of harmony
CAJOLE
to fool with flattery; false promises; coax and deceive
CANDOR
honesty; frankness
CAPACIOUS
large; roomy; spacious
CAPITULATE
surrender; yield
CAPRICIOUS
unpredictable
CASTIGATE
scold; punish
CAUSTIC
burning either with chemicals or sarcasm
CELERITY
speed
CENSURE
to criticize
CHASTEN
discipline; punish; castigate
CHASTISE
scold;punish;castigate
CHOLER
anger
CIRCUMSCRIBE
draw a line around; define limits; confine; restrict
CIRCUMSPECT
cautious
CLEMENCY
mercy
CLOISTER
secluded or isolated from the outside world; also, a place of seclusion
COALESCE
unite; grow together
COERCE
to force someone by threatening or phyically overpowering him
COMPLACENT
self satisfied; unconcerned
COMPLIANT
following someone else's demands; conforming; obeying
COMPOSURE
calmness; equanimity
CONCEDE
admit reluctantly; yield
CONCUR
agree
CONDONE
to overlook. excuse, or pardon
CONFOUND
to mix up, or to confuse someone ekse
CONSONANCE
a blending of sounds or opinions; harmony; agreement
CONSUMMATE
to complete or make whole
CONTEND
to argue a point or position; to struggle for
Contingent
dependent upon other circumstances; conditional
CONTRACT
squeeze together; shrink
CONTRITE
sorry; penitent
CONUNDRUM
riddle; mystery
CONVERGE
move together to meet a common point
CONVICTION
an opinion that is strongly held
CONVIVIAL
fond of parties; sociable
COPIOUS
in large quantity; abundant
CORDIAL
friendly; welcoming; gracious
CORPOREAL
having to do witht he body or the physical world
CORROBORATE
support with evidence;tell the same story; to confirm
CRITERIA
requirements or standards used to make a decision
CRYPTIC
hudden; secret; mysterious
CHOLER
anger
CIRCUMSCRIBE
draw a line around; define limits; confine; restrict
CIRCUMSPECT
cautious
CLEMENCY
mercy
CLOISTER
secluded or isolated from the outside world; also, a place of seclusion
COALESCE
unite; grow together
COERCE
to force someone by threatening or phyically overpowering him
COMPLACENT
self satisfied; unconcerned
COMPLIANT
following someone else's demands; conforming; obeying
COMPOSURE
calmness; equanimity
CONCEDE
admit reluctantly; yield
CONCUR
agree
CONDONE
to overlook. excuse, or pardon
CONFOUND
to mix up, or to confuse someone ekse
CONSONANCE
a blending of sounds or opinions; harmony; agreement
CRYPTIC
hidden; secret; mysterious
CULPABLE
guilty; blame worthy
CUPIDITY
greed, special for money
CURSORY
quickly and incompletely done; superficial
DAUNTED
dismayed. disheartened; discouraged (made less with courage)
DECADENCE
moral decay or decline
DEFAME
to say things harmful to a person's reputation; malign; vilify
DEFERENCE
the act of yileding to someone else out of respect
DENOUNCE
criticize, condemn
DEPLETED
emptied; drained; used up
DEPLORE
to express regret or disapproval, complain, criticize
DEPRECATE
disapprove; belittle
DERIDE
make fun of; ridicule
DESPONDENT
feeling hopeless or depressed
DESPOT
tyrant
DESTITUTE
poor; lacking possessions
DESULTORY
lacking a plan; aimless
DEXTERITY
high level of skill, especially with the hands; adroitness
DIATRIBE
a bitterly critical speech
DIGRESS
to move away from the main topic when writing or speaking; to go off on tangent
DILATORY
causing lateness; stalling
DISCERNING
insightful; perceptive
DISCLOSE
provide information; reveal
DISCORD
disagreement; dissonance
DISCOURSE
exhange of ideas; conversation
DISDAIN
a feeling of scorn or contempt
disparage
say negative things; belittle
DISPARATE
different
DISPERSE
spread around; scatter
DISSENT
to disagree, especially with the majority or with an authority
DISSENT
to disagree, especially with the majority, or with an authority
DISSOLITION
separation into parts; the process of dissolving
DISTENDED
swollen, extended
DIVERGENCE
the act of splitting into different directions
DIVERSE
different; various
DOGMATIC
attacking to widely accepted beliefs; even when faced with contrary evidencel closed minded
DOLEFUL
extremely sad
ECCENTRIC
different from most especially in personality or behavior
ECLECTIC
choosing from many different sources, crafeull selective
EFFACE
erase
EFFERVESCENCE
the quality of being bubbly of full of life
EFFICACY
the ability to produce desired results
ELATED
extremely happyl overjoyed
ELOQUENCE
powerfully effective speech
EMBELLISH
to make more beautiful to decorate; adorn
EMULATE
imitate
ENDEMIC
native to a particular country or among a particular group
ENDORSE
promote, recommend
ENERVATE
sap the strength, weaken
ENHANCE
to improve, intensify
ENIGMA
mystery; puzzle
ENMITY
mutual hatred
EPHEMERAL
temporary; short lived
ERADICATE
remove completely and permanently; exterminate
ERRATIC
unpredictable; differing from what is normal or expected
ERUDITION
the knowledge acquired through many years of study
ESOTERIC
known to, or understood bym a limited griup of people
ETHEREAL
heavenly; fine; delicately beautiful
EULOGIZE
to praise lightly; to extol
EUPHEMISM
a word or phrase that's used to make an unpleasant idea sound better
evasive
tending to avoid giving direct answers
EXACERBATE
to make a bad situation worse
EXALT
raise in rank; elevate; praise
EXPUNGE
erase
EXPURGATE
to remove offensive words, ideas or symbols; censon
EXTEMPORANEOUS
done without planning, improvised
EXTOL
praise
EXTRANEOUS
unnecessary; ireelevant
EXTRICATE
to free frm a trap or difficult situation; to disentangle
EXUBERANT
uncontrollably joyous