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Absolve
to free from a penalty; to pardon
Abundance
a more than adequate quantity or supply
Acclaim(n) Acclaim(v)
Acclaim(n) enthusiastic approval or praise
Acclaim(v) to shout praise or applause
Accommodate
to be agreeable or acceptable to
Acuity
the visual ability to resolve fine detail
Acute
characterized by sharpness or severity
Adamant
unshakeable; immovable (esp. in opposition)
administer
to dispense; to serve out; to supply; to execute
administration
the execution of public affairs as distinguished from policy-making
administrator
a person legally vested with the right to perform executive duties
admiral
the commander in chief of a navy
adversary
opposed; opposite; antagonistic
adverse
contrary to one's interests or welfare; harmful or unfavorable
adversity
a state of misfortune or affliction
affiliate
to bring or receive into close connection as a member or branch
affirmation
a (+) assertion
affirmed
strengthened or made more firm as by corroboration
aggression
disposition to attack
ailment
a bodily disorder or chronic disease
airplay
the playing of a musical recording on the air by a radio station
alabaster
a compact, fine-textured, usu. white gypsum used for carving
alacrity
a cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptness
alas
used to express unhappiness, pity, or concern
allies
an alliance of nations joiing together to fight a common enemy
allusion
figurative or symbolical reference; implied or indirect reference, esp. in literature
aloof
at a distance
altercation
noisy quarrel
ambassador
an official messenger and representative
ambiguous
doubtful, uncertain...esp. from obscurity or indistinctness
ambivalent
simultaneously feeling opposing feelings
analgesic
a medicine used in to relieve pain
anarchist
one who aims at the overthrow of civil government
anecdote
short acct of an incident (esp. a biographical one)
anesthesia
a substance causing the loss of bodily sensation, w/ or w/o loss of consciousness
anthropocentrism
an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values
antidote
a substance that stops or controls the effects of a poison
antiseptic
a substance that destroys disease-causing microorganisms w/o harming body tissues
appeal (n)
earnest plea
appraise
to set a value; to estimate the worth of
apprehensive
viewing the future w/ anxiety or alarm
arable
capable of being farmed productively
arbiter
someon chosen to judge an decide a disputed issue
arbitrary
random; capricious
arcane
requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
arena
place of public contest or exertion; any sphere of action
ascetic
practicing self-denial
assertion
a declarationthat is made as if no supporting evidence were necessary
assess
place a value on; judge the worth of something
astral
of, relating to, or coming from the stars
astute
having or showing shrewdness and perspicacity
attain
to gain with effort
attest
to affirm to be true
attorney
a legal agent qualified to act for suitors and defendants in legal proceedings
attribution
an ascribed quality, character, or right
auditory
of, relating to, or experienced through hearing
authoritorian
characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty
automation
a highly technical implementation, usu. involving electronic hardware
autonomy
quality or state of being self-governing
autopsy
an examinaion and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease
avalanche
large mass of snow, ice, earth rock, or other material in swift motion down a mountainside
avid
characterized by enthusiasm and vigorous pursuit
backfire
to have the reverse of the desired or expected effect
baleful
deadly or pernicious in influence
balk
to refuse to comply
ballad
narrative song w/ a recurrent refrain
bane
something that causees misery or death
bard
a lyric poet
barrage
the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication; outpouring
barren
producing little or no vegetation
battery
unlawful beating of another..violent or negligent touching of another's person
beacon
a signal or conspicuous mark errected as a guiding service
bearing
to have as a feature or characteristic
bedazzle
to impress forcefully; enchant
befriending
acting as a friend to
belies
shows to be false
benign
of a mild type or character
bequeath
leave or give by will
berate
scold, rebuke
bereft
unhappy in love; suffering from unrequitted love
beret
a visorless, usu. woolen cap w/a tight headband and a soft, full, flat top
bewilder
be a mystery or puzzle
bilk
to frustrate or disappoint; to deceive or defraud
billboard
large outdoor sign
blaze
a strong flame that burns brightly
bloodhound
a breed of large, powerful hound of Euro. origin having very acute smell and used in tracking
boar
an uncastrated male swine
bohemian
the way of life of a writer or an artist living unconventionally
bolt
to swallow hastily or w/o chewing
bombast
pompous or pretentious talk or writing
boon
a desirable state; blessing
boorish
ill-mannered, coarse, comtemptible
bourgeois
conforming to the standards of middle class
boycott
to engage in a converted refusal to have dealings with
bravery
quality of spirit that enables one to face danger of pain w/o showing fear
broach
th make public
brooding
dwelling gloomily on a subject
browse
read superficially or at random
buck
a male animal
bucolic
relating to or typical of rural life
bureaucrat
a member of a body of nonelective government officials
buttress
stone or brick support for the wall of a building
byline
line giving the name of the writer of a story or article
bypass
avoid something unpleasant or laborious
cadet
a military trainee
calibrate
to make fine adjustments for optimal functioning
callous
emotionally hardened; unfeeling
cantankerous
difficult to deal with
canvas
heavy, closely woven fabric
captivate
attract; cause to be enamored
caricature
exaggeration by means of often ludicrous distortion of parts or characteristics
carouse
engage in drunken merry-making
carping
marked by or inclined to querulous and often perverse criticism; fault-finding
cascade
to fall, pour, or rush in as if in a steep, usu. small fall of water
catalyst
something that causes an important event to happen
catapult
shoot forth or launch
cathartic
emotionally purging
caustic
burning, corrosive
censure
harsh criticism or disapproval
central
in the middle of; of importance
cerebral
involving intelligence rather than emotion or instinct
certitude
total certainty greater than circumstances warrant
charitable
full of love for and goodwill toward others
charlatan
a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
cherished
characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for
chisel
a hand tool with a flat steel blade with a cutting edge
circumscribe
to enclose within a certain limit
circuitous
marked by indirection in speech/conduct
circumlocution
a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things
circumvented
evaded; found a way around
citizenry
a whole body of citizens
clairvoyant
foressing the future
clause
a separate section of a discourse or writing
clergy
the body of men set aprt, by due ordination, to the service of God
cloying
overly sweet
coagulation
the process by which a liquid forms into a semisolid mass
condemn
express strong diasapproval of
cognizant
having knowledge or understanding
coiled
wound cylindrically or spirally
coinage
the act of coining
collaborate
work together on a common enterprise or proj.
collage
picture made by grouping pieces of paper or photos
collective
of or from several or many individuals; common
collusion
secret agreement or cooperation, esp. for an illegal or deceitful purpose
combustible
capable of igniting and burning
comandeer
to take arbitrary or forcible possession of
commencement
an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
commentary
something that serves for illustration or explanation
commission
to appoint or assign to a task or function
complaisant
showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others
complement
something required to make a thing complete
complicity
guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offense
compound
to make more intense, stronger, or more marked
comprehensive
including all or everything; broad in scope
compressible
drawn together; shrunken; wrinkled; narrow
conceive
to take into one's mind
concession
the admitting of a point claimed in argument; an acknowledgment
conciliatory
making or willing to make concessions
concocted
devised; made up; contrived; planned; plotted
concrete
of or relating to an actual, specific thing or instance
condemn
to pronounce guilty
condemning
declaring to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil
condolence
expression of sympathy w/ another's grief
conducive
tending to promote or assist
conduit
a passage for water or other fluids
confection
a food rich in sugar
confer
to compare views or take counsel
conflagration
the opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action
congregation
a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church
connotation
what must be known in order to determine the reference of an expression
conspire
to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act
consternation
fear resulting from the awareness of danger
constituent
citizen who is represented in a govt by officals for whom he or she votes
constitute
form or compose
constricted
made narrow or drawn together
consumerism
a preoccupation with and an inclination toward the buying of consumer goods
consummate
having or revealing supreme mastery or skill
contagious
easily diffused or spread as from one person to another
contemporaneous
existing, occurring, or originating during the same time
contending
striving or struggling in rivalry or battle
contradicted
feeling hatred; scornful
contrary
to be difficult or stubborn
contrite
feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
convention
general agreement or concurrence; usage or custom esp. in social matters
converse
engage in an interchange of thoughts and opinions
coop
a small building for housing poultry
copious
profuse in words, exp., or style
coronation
the ceremony of installing a new monarch
corps
an army unit usu. consisting of two or more divisions
correspondence
communication by writing
corroborate
to make strong, or to give add. strength to
corrosive
warm and sincere; friendly
cosmopolitan
of worldwide scope or applicability
coup
a sudden and decisive change of government, illegally or by force
coverage
amt of press received by a particular story or person, etc
crass
unrefined
credulity
tendency to be believed readily
creeds
sets of fundamental beliefs
crest
the summit of a hill or mtn ridge
crevice
a narrow opening resulting from a split or crack (as in a cliff)
crosscurrent
a conflicting tendency
crude
tastelessly indecent
cue
a stimulus that provides info about what to do
culpable
deserving blame
cumbersomeness
trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape
cumulative
increasing by successive add.
curator
the custodian of a collection; one in charge of a museum, zoo..place of exhibit
cursory
rapidly and often superficially performed or produced
curtail
to diminish; to reduce
dandy
a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
dash
a small, usu. distinctive add.
debunk
expose while ridiculing, esp. of pretentious or false claims and ideas
decibel
a unit of sound intensity
decry
express strong diaspproval of; censure
deed
a notable achievement; something that is done
deferment
act of putting off to a future time
defiance
willingness to contend or fight
defied
rejected, refused, or renounced