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to reject, renounce (To prove his honesty, the president abjured the evil policies of his wicked predecessor.)
abjure
to abolish (The Bill of Rights assures that the government cannot abrogate our right to a free press.)
abrogate
to sketch out in a vague way (The coach adumbrated a game plan, but none of the players knew precisely what to do.)
adumbrate
eagerness, speed (For some reason, Chuck loved to help his mother whenever he could, so when his mother asked him to set the table, he did so with alacrity.)
alacrity
a cursed, detested person (I never want to see that murderer. He is an anathema to me.)
anathema
a strong dislike (I know you love me, but because you are a liar, I feel nothing but antipathy for you.)
antipathy
praise (The crowd welcomed the heroes with approbation.)
approbation
to take without justification (The king arrogated the right to order executions to himself exclusively.)
arrogate
hard-working, diligent (The construction workers erected the skyscraper during two years of assiduous labor.)
assiduous
to coax by using flattery (Rachel’s assistant tried to blandish her into accepting the deal.)
blandish
a gift or blessing (The good weather has been a boon for many businesses located near the beach.)
boon
short, abrupt, dismissive (The captain’s brusque manner offended the passengers.)
brusque
to strike with force (The strong winds buffeted the ships, threatening to capsize them.)
buffet
to polish, shine (His mother asked him to burnish the silverware before setting the table.)
burnish
to support, hold up (The column buttresses the roof above the statue.)
buttress
tremendous noise, disharmonious sound (The elementary school orchestra created a cacophony at the recital.)
cacophony
an attempt to spoil someone else’s reputation by spreading lies (The local official’s calumny ended up ruining his opponent’s prospect of winning the election.)
calumny
to urge, coax (Fred’s buddies cajoled him into attending the bachelor party.)
cajole
mercy (After he forgot their anniversary, Martin could only beg Maria for clemency.)
clemency
intellectually convincing (Irene’s arguments in favor of abstinence were so cogent that I could not resist them.)
cogent
great fire (The conflagration consumed the entire building.)
conflagration
puzzle, problem (Interpreting Jane’s behavior was a constant conundrum.)
conundrum
readiness to believe (His credulity made him an easy target for con men.)
credulity
greed, strong desire (His cupidity made him enter the abandoned gold mine despite the obvious dangers.)
cupidity
to criticize openly (The kind video rental clerk decried the policy of charging customers late fees.)
decry
to make unclean, impure (She defiled the calm of the religious building by playing her banjo.)
defile
quiet, reserved (Though everyone else at the party was dancing and going crazy, she remained demure.)
demure
to laugh at mockingly, scorn (The bullies derided the foreign student’s accent.)
deride
to violate the sacredness of a thing or place (They feared that the construction of a golf course would desecrate the preserved wilderness.)
desecrate
dried up, dehydrated (The skin of the desiccated mummy looked like old paper.)
desiccated