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abate
to lessen; to subside
abet
assist in doing wrong
abetter
encourager
abeyance
suspended action
abjure
promise or swear to give up
ablution
washing
abnegation
self-denial
aboveboard
without concealment, fraud, or trickery
abrogate
repeal or annul by authority
abortive
unsuccessful
abomate
loathe; abhor
abscission
cutting off; separation
abscond
to go away suddenly (to avoid arrest)
abstemious
restraint, especially of food and alcohol
abut
border on
acarpous
effete; no longer fertile; worn out
acetic
pertaining to the nature of vinegar
accede
agree
acclivity
sharp upslope of a hill
accolade
praise; approval; award of merit
accost
approach and speak first to a person
accoutre
equip
accrue
come about by addition
acrid
sharp; bitterly pugnant
accretion
the growing of separate things into one
achillean
invulnerable
acidulous
slightly sour (in taste or manner); sharp
acquiesce
comply
acrimony
sharpness of speech or temper
actuarial
calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
actuary
someone who advises insurance companies
actuate
motivate; activate; cause to act
acuity
sharpness
adage
proverb
addle
to become rotten; to become confused
adduce
to offer as example, reason or proof
adjudicate
to settle judicially
adjunct
something added; assistant
adjure
to beg
adhere
stick fast
admonitory
containing warning
adulteration
making unpure, poorer in quality
adumbrate
to suggest or hint; overshadow
adventitious
coming from another source and not innate; accidental
aegis
shield; protection; defense
affix
fasten
agglomerate
pile together
agog
eager; excited
akrasia
suffering of a weak will
alacrity
eager and cheerful readiness
alcove
recess; partially enclosed place
alkali
acid neutralizing substance
allay
calm; pacify
alluvion
flood
amalgam
combination of different things
amalgamate
mix, combine; unite societies
ambience
environment; atmosphere
amble
leisurely walk
ameliorate
improve; make better
amortize
end debt by setting aside money
analgesia
condition of being unable to feel pain
anathema
something loathed; curse
animas
hostile feeling or intent
animadversion
criticism
animalcule
microscopic animal
annalist
historian
annals
cronological record of events
annex
to affix at the end
annuity
yearly allowance
anodyne
capable of relieving pain
antecede
precede
antebellum
existing before a war
antediluvian
made a long time ago
antemeridian
before noon
antemundane
before the world's creation
antenatal
before birth
anthropoid
manlike
anthracite
hard coal
antilogy
inconsistency
antistrophe
a proposition in conjunction with it's own inversion
antithetical
directly opposing
ape
imitate or mimic
aperture
opening; hole
apex
summit
aphasia
loss of the power to use or comprehend words
aphorism
concise statement of a principle
apiarist
beekeeper
apiculture
beekeeping
aplomb
poise, composure in difficult situations
apocryphal
story widely believed but untrue
apogee
highest point
apollonian
clarity, harmony, and restraint
apostasy
renunciation of a religion
apostate
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
apoplexy
stroke; loss of consciousness caused by too much blood in the brain
apotheosis
deification; glorification to godliness
apothegm
pithy, compact saying
appellation
identifying name or title
appurtenances
subordinate possessions; something added to a more important thing
apropos
appropriate to the situation; apt
aquiline
curved; hooked
arabesque
a complex ornate design
arable
fit for growing crops
argot
jargon; slang
arrant
in the highest degree
arrears
being in debt
arrhythmic
lacking rhythm or regularity
arroyo
gully; narrow channel formed by rainwater
arbiter
judge
arboretum
place where trees and shrubs are studied and exhibited
arcane
secret; mysterious
arduous
hard; strenuous
arraign
charge in court
array
clothe; adorn
artless
open and honest
ascendancy
dominance
aseptic
surgically clean
askance
indirect glance or meaning
asperity
roughness; harshness; ill temper; irritability
aspersion
slander
assay
analyze; discover which materials are present
assail
assault
assiduous
diligent; hard-working; sedulous
assuage
make something burdensome or painful less severe
astigmatism
eye defect which prevents proper focus
astringent
substance that shrinks
astral
relating to stars
astute
clever
asunder
seperate into parts; apart
atavism
resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type
atelier
artist's workroom
attenuate
make thin; weaken; enervate
aureole
sun's corona; halo
austere
strict; stern
augury
omen; sign
autarchy
unrestricted power
avarice
greed
aver
state confidently; declare as true
averse
reluctant
aviary
enclosure for birds
avocation
secondary or minor occupation
avuncular
of or like an uncle
awl
pointed tool used for piercing
bacchanalia
drunken party; orgy
backslide
revert to bad habits; reverter
badger
pester; annoy
badinage
teasing conversation; banter; baffle frustrate
baleful
evil
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight
balm
something that relieves pain
banal
hackneyed; commonplace
bandy
discuss lightly; exchange blows or words
bane
ruin
barb
sharp projection from fishhook, arrow, or other object; openly cutting remark
barefaced
shameless and noticeable; blatant
barrister
counselor-at-law or lawyer in the higher court of law
baroque
highly ornate
bastion
stronghold
bauble
trinket
bawdy
indecent
beatific
giving or showing bliss
beatitude
state of great happiness
bedizen
dress with vulgar finery
bedraggle
wet thoroughly
beeline
direct quick route
begrudge
envy
beguile
deceive
beholden
obligated
behoove
be suited to
belabor
harp on; dwell on tediously
belated
delayed
beleaguer
besiege or attack; harass; beset
belie
contradict
bellicose
warlike
belligerent
quarrelsome
bemoan
lament
bemuse
confuse
benediction
blessing
benignity
state of being kind or benign
benison
blessing
berate
scold strongly
bereavement
state of being deprived of something valuable
bereft
deprived of (something valuable); lacking
beset
harass or trouble from all directions
besmirch
soil; defile
betoken
signify
bevy
large group
biennial
every two years
bifurcated
divided into two branches
bilious
suffering from indigestion; irritable; easily irritated
bilk
swindle; cheat
bivouac
temporary encampment; camp without tents
blackball
vote against (an applicant); ostracize
blanch
bleach; whiten
blandishment
flattery
blight
plant disease
blowhard
talkative boaster
bludgeon
club
blurt
utterly impulsive
bode
foreshadow; portend
bohemian
unconventional
boisterous
violent
bombastic
pompous
boon
blessing; something very helpful
bovine
cowlike
bowdlerize
remove erroneous or vulgar material from; expuragte
brackish
somewhat saline
braggadocio
boasting
brandish
wave around
brawny
sturdy
brazen
insolent
bristling
showing irritation
bristle
short stiff hair
brevity
brief in duration
brocade
rich, patterned fabric
bromide
platitude; sedative
brooch
ornamental clasp
brook
tolerate
browbeat
bully
browse
graze
brusque
blunt
buccaneer
pirate
bucolic
lacking refinement; rustic
buffet
strike forcefully
bugaboo
bugbear; object of baseless terror
bullion
gold and silver in the form of bars
bulwark
strong wall built for defense
bungle
blunder
burlesque
give an imitation that ridicules
buxom
full-bosomed; jolly