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Abandon
Total Lack of inhibition
Abase
To disgrace/humble
Abash
To make ashamed
Abate
To decrease
Abattoir
Slaughterhouse
Abdicate
Give up a right
Aberration
Extreme departure from the normal
Abet
To aid/collaborate with bad things
Abeyance
Temporary suspension (of law)
Abhor
To loathe
Abject
Miserable
Abjure
To formally abandon
Ablution
cleansing
Abnegate
To renounce (oneself)
Abolish
To eliminate
abortive
not completed
abridge
to shorten
abrogate
to annul
abscond
to depart secretly
absolve
to free from blame
abstain
to refrain
abstract
complex, theoretical
abstruse
difficult to understand
accede
to agree, enter upon duties, give in (to demands)
accesible
attainable
accessory
attachment, ornament
accolade
praise
accomodate
to allow, adapt
accost
to approach and speak to
accretion
growth by addition
accrue
to accumulate
acerbic
sour, sharp, bitter
acme
highest point
acquiesce
comply unwillingly
acquit
to release from blame, (to conduct (oneself)
acrid
bitter, acerbic
acrimony
bitterness, harshness, between two people
acuity
sharpness
acumen
sharpness of insight
acute
sharp
adage
proverb
adamant
unyielding in opinion
adapt
to adjust to accomodate
address
skill
adhere
to cling/stick to
adjacent
(lying) next to
adjunct
attached
admonished
to reprimand
adroit
skillful
adulation
praise, accolade
adulterate
to make impure
adumbrate
to give in outline
advantageous
favorable
adversarial
competitive
adverse
unfavorable
aerial
of the air
aerie
a bird's nest high in the air
aerodynamic
related to motion through air
aesthete
seeker of beauty
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty
affable
friendly
affected
pretentious not genuine
affinity
attraction, similarity
affluent
abundant, wealthy
affront
to insult
agenda
plan, schedule
aggrandize
to increase i.e. ego aggrandizement
aggregate
(n) total
aggrieve
to distress
agile
nimble
agitation
commotion
agnostic
not confident in the existence of God
agrarian
related to farming
alacrity
eagerness, speed
alchemy
medieval science devoted to the study of converting base metals into gold and finding the elixir of life.
algorithm
mechanical computation
alias
assumed name
alienated
distanced, estranged
alight
to land
aligned
adjusted precisely
allay
to lessen, soothe
allege
to assert to be true, cite as an excuse
allegory
symbolic representation
alleviate
to lessen, relieve, allay
alliteration
repetition of an original sound
allocation
division, share, portion
allure
enticement, power to attract
allusion
indirect reference
aloof
detached, indifferent
altercation
noisy dispute
altruism
selfless concern for others
amalgamate
to combine
amateur
hobbyist, participant without pay
ambidextrous
skilled with both hands
ambiguous
having multiple meanings
ambivalence
conflicting feelings
ameliorate
to improve
amenable
cooperative, agreeable
amend
to correct, revise
amenity
comfort
amiable
friendly, amicable
amicable
agreeable, friendly, amiable
amity
friendship
amoral
having no morals
amorous
filled with love, romantic
amorphous
having no definite shape
amortize
to diminish by installments
amphibian
at home in water or on land
amphitheater
arena with seats around
ample
plentiful, sufficient
amplify
to increase
amulet
ornament worn as a charm
anachronism
something unfit in time
analogous
comparable
anarchy
absence of government
anathema
religious taboo
anchorite
a religious recluse
ancillary
accessory, auxiliary
anecdote
short account of an event
anemia
weakness due to low red blood cell count
anesthetic
causing loss of sensation
animation
enthusiasm, liveliness
animosity
hostility
annex
an addition; to incorporate territory
annul
to cancel
anodyne
a pain relieving agent
anoint
to oil; enthrone
anomaly
irregularity
anonymity
having no name
antagonist
adversary
antecedent
that which came before
antediluvian
before the Flood
anterior
prior
anthology
collection of literary works
anthropomorphic
giving human qualities to non humans.
antipathy
hostility, dislike
antiquated
outdated, obsolete
antiquity
ancient times
antithesis
exact opposite
apathetic
indifferent, unconcerned
aphasia
inability to use words
aphorism
pithy statement
apocryphal
of doubtful authenticity
apoplexy
stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, fit of extreme anger
apostate
one who renounces a religion
apostrophe
address to someone not present
apotheosis
glorified ideal, deification of a person
apparatus
machine, tool
apparition
ghost, unusual sight
appease
to placate
apellation
name
applicable
related
apprise
to inform
approbation
praise, accolade, adulation
appropriate (v)
(v) to take possesion of
aquatic
related to water
arable
able to be plowed
arbitrary
determined by whim
arbitrate
to mediate, negogiate
arboreal
related to trees
arcane
hidden, esoteric
archaic
antiquated, outdated, obsolete
archetype
prototype, ideal example
archipelago
group of islands
archive
public records of historical interest
ardent
passionate
arduous
extremely difficult
arid
extremely dry
arraign
to charge with a crime
arrest
to stop s.o./s.t.
arrogate
to claim without right
arsenal
ammunition storehouse
articulate
to express clearly
artifact
historic relic
artisan
crafts person
ascend
to rise
ascertain
to determine
ascetic
self denying, abstinent
ascribe
to attribute, assign
ashen
resembling ashes, gray
askew
tilted
aspersion
false rumor
aspire
to have great hopes
assail
to attack
assent
to express agreement
assiduous
diligent, hard-working
assignation
assignment, rendezvous
assimilation
act of becoming similar
assonance
resemblance in sound
assuage
relieve, ease
astringent
harsh, constricting body tissue
astute
shrewd; crafty
asunder
into various parts
atone
to make amends for a wrong
atrocious
shockingly bad
atrophy
to wither away
attain
to accomplish
attenuate
to weaken, make slender
attest
to testify
attribute
ascribe (v)
distinctive trait (n)
attrition
wearing down, gradual reduction
audacious
bold, daring
audit
formal financial investigation
auditory
related to hearing
augment
to expand
augury
prophecy, prediction of events
august
dignified, inspiring
auspicious
favorable
austere
stern, unadorned
authoritarian
extremely strict
autocrat
dictator
autonomous
independent
auxiliary
ancillary, supplementary, reserve
avant-garde
leaders of new social movements
avarice
greed
avenge
to take revenge
aver
to affirm
aversion
intense dislike
avert
to turn away, prevent
avian
related to birds
aviary
a large enclosure for birds
avow
to declare openly
awry
askew, crooked
axiom
postulate, self evident truth
baleful
having evil intentions
balk
to refuse, thwart, hesitate
ballad
narrative poem, folk song
balm
soothing influence
ban
to forbid
banal
trite, overly common
bane
something that causes death, destruction
banter
playful conversation
bard
eminent poet or reader of poetry
basilisk
legendary serpent with fatal breath and glance
bastion
fortification
bay (v)
to bark in a deep prolonged way
becalm
to make calm
becloud
to confuse, darken
beguile
to deceive with charm
behemoth
huge creature
belabor
to insist upon repeatedly
belated
late (adj)
beleaguer
harass, plague, beset
belfry
bell tower
belie
to misrepresent, expose as false
belittle
to represent as unimportant
bellicose
warlike
belligerent
hostile
bellow
to roar
bemuse
to confuse, stupefy (to the point of aphasia)
benchmark
standard of measure
benediction
a blessing
benefactor
one who gives aid
beneficent
charitable
benighted
unenlightened
benign
kind, gentle
bequeath
to leave through a will
berate
to scold harshly
bereave
to leave desolate, esp. by death
beseech
to beg, plead
bestial
beastly
bestow
to give as a gift
betoken
to indicate, signify
bevel
angle of meeting at other than 90 degrees
bevy
group
bias
prejudice
bibliography
list of books
bibliophile
lover of books
bilateral
two-sided
bilious
containing bile, irascible (easily angered)
bilk
to defraud, cheat
billet
to board and lodge troops in private residences, to quarter troops
biosphere
area in which lving organisms exist
blanch
to turn white
blandish
to flatter
blasphemous
profane, irreverent
blatant
obvious
blight (v)
to destroy
blithe
joyful
bludgeon
to strike with a heavy club
bodice
fitted upper part of a dress
bohemian
artistic person of uncoventional behavior
boisterous
rowdy, loud
bombastic
high-sounding but meaningless
bonanza
a source of great wealth
bonhomie
atmosphere of good cheer
boon
blessing, benediction
boor
crude, insensitive person
botanist
one who studies plants
boudoir
a woman's private room
bouffant
puffed out, esp. hairstyle
bountiful
plentiful
bourgeois
middle-class, of the capitalist class
bovine
related to cattle, placid or dull
bowdlerize
to purge of all risqué reference
brazen
made of brass, contemptuously bold
breach
act of breaking, violation
brigand
bandit, outlaw
brittle
likely to break, fragile
broach (v)
to mention for the first time
bromide
a trite saying, a platitude
browse
to inspect casually, graze
brusque
rough and abrupt
buffet (v)
to toss about
buffoon
clown, fool
bulwark
wall of defense
bumptious
crudely assertive
burgeon
to sprout, flourish, burst forth
burly
brawny, husky
burnish
polish
bursar
treasurer
bustle
commotion, energetic activity
butt
object of ridicule
buttress (v)
to reinforce
byway
back road
cacophony
unpleasant noise
cadence
rhythmic flow leading to completion
cajole
to coax with flattery
calamitous
disastrous
callous
thick-skinned, insensitive
callow
immature, unsophisticated
calumny
flase and malicious accusation, slander
camaraderie
spirited goodwill among friends
candor
honest expression
canine
related to dogs
canny
shrewd, competent
canonize
to declare someone a saint
cantankerous
ill-tempered
canvass
to examine, conduct a poll
capacious
roomy
capillary
slender, hair-like
capitalism
economic system of private enterprise
capitulate
surrender unconditionally
capricious
acting without thought
capsule
soluble container; pressurized compartment
captious
ill-naturedly critical, calculated to entrap
carat
(gems) 200mg, (gold) 1/24 pure
cardiologist
heart doctor
caret
proofreading symbol for insertion
caricature
cartoon, exaggerated portrait
carnal
of the flesh
carnivorous
meat-eating
carp (v)
to find constant fault
cartography
map-making
casement
window frame that opens on hinges
cassock
ankle-length garment worn by clergy
cast
copy, replica; to throw, make a copy or replica
castigate
criticize severely, punish
catalyst
something facilitating change
catastrophe
great, often sudden calamity
categorical
without exception
catharsis
emotional or spiritual purification
catholic
universal, comprehensive
caucus
sub-group, party meeting to determine policy
caulk
to make watertight
causality
cause-effect relationship
caustic
able to burn, sarcastic
cavalier
with lordly disdain, armed horsemen, escort
cavort
frolic
cede
surrender possesion of
celestial
heavenly
censorious
severely critical
centrifugal
moving away from the center
centripetal
moving towards the center
cerebral
brainy, intellectual
certitude
certainty
cessation
halt
cession
act of surrendering
chagrin
embarrassment
chalice
goblet
chaos
great disorder or confusion
charlatan
quack, fake
chary
cautious, shy
chastise
to scold, punish by beating
chauvinism
fanatical devotion to one's race, sex, etc.
cherub
an angel
chicanery
trickery, fraud
chide
to express disapproval
chimera
monster, foolish fantasy
chimerical
imaginary
chivalrous
noted for bravery and courtesy
choleric
easily angered
choreography
art of arranging dances
chortle
to chuckle
chromatic
related to color, musical scale in half steps
chronicler
historian
chronological
in order of time occurrence
circa
around (a year)
circuitous
roundabout
circumlocution
talking around something
circumnavigate
to sail completely around
circumscribe
to set limits on
circumspect
cautious, wary
circumvent
to avoid by going around
cistern
tank for rainwater
citadel
fortress
civil
polite, related to citizens
clairvoyant
psychic
clamor
noisy outcry
clandestine
secretive, concealed
claustrophobia
fear of enclosed spaces
cleave
split, adhere to
clemency
mercy
cloak
a loose garment, to cover with a cloak
cloister
to seclude, set apart
cloying
overly sweet
coagulate
to clot
coalesce
to grow together
coddle
to treat indulgently
coerce
to compel by force
coffer
strongbox
cogent
compelling, convincing, pertinent
cognate
similar, akin
cognitive
related to the faculty of knowing
cognomen
surname
cohabit
to live togther
coherent
lucid, understandable, sticking together
collage
artistic composition of objects pasted on a surface
collateral
accompanying
colloquial
conversational
collusion
collaboration, complicity
comeliness
physical grace
commend
to praise
commensurate
proportional
commission
authorization, fee paid to agent
commodious
roomy
commonplace
ordinary
communicable
transmittable
commute
to reduce a penalty
compatriot
fellow countryman
compelling
having a powerful effect
compensate
reimburse, pay back, make up for
complacent
self-satisfied, smug
complaisant
willingly compliant, amiable
complement
to complete, perfect
compliant
yielding, submissive
complicity
partnership in crime
complimentary
praising, given free as courtesy
compound
to combine, composed of several parts
compunction
unease caused by regret
concave
curved inward
concede
to yield, admit
conceptualize
to imagine
conciliatory
overcoming animosity
concise
expressing much in a few words
concoct
devise, fabricate
concord
agreement
concur
to agree
condone
to pardon
conduit
tube, pipe
confection
candy, sweets
confiscate
appropriate, seize
conflagration
destructive fire
conflate
to combine, confuse
confluence
flowing together
conformist
one who uncritically acts according to custom
confound
to baffle, perplex
congeal
to solidify
congenial
similar in taste and habits, friendly
congenital
existing since birth
conjure
to evoke spirits, cast a spell
conglomerate
collection of unrelated things
congruity
correspondence, harmony
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
consanguineous
related by blood
conjecture
speculation, prediction
conscientious
careful and thorough
consecrate
deicate to sacred of serious use
consensus
agreement of opinion
consign
commit, entrust
consolation
providing comfort for a loss
consolidate
to combine, incorporate
consonant (adj)
in agreement with
constituent
component, citizen
constrained
compelled, restrained
construe
explain, interpret
consummate
complete, perfect, to complete
contemptuous
manifesting scorn
continence
self-control
contravene
contradict, deny
contrite
repentant
contumacious
obstinantly disobedient
contumelious
contemptuous
contusion
bruise
conundrum
riddle, puzzle
convalescence
gradual recovery
convene
to come together
conventional
typical, agreed upon
converge
to move towards a common point
convex
curved outward
convivial
sociable
convoke
to call together
convoluted
twisted, complicated
copious
abundant, plentiful
coquette
woman who flirts
cordial
friendly
corporeal
related to the body
corpulence
obesity, bulkiness
correlation
mutual relation between things
corroborate
to confirm
corrugate
molded with parallel grooves
cosmetic (adj)
related to beauty, superficial
cosmography
science of the universe