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ABSOLVE
v.
to forgive or free of blame
ex. The priest absovled the sinner.
ABSTRACT
adj.
theoratical, to like the idea of something
ex. He liked oysters until he tried them.
ADAMANT
adj.
stubborn; unyielding
ex. She was adamant; she would never go out with him again.
ADROIT
adj.
skillful
ADVERSE
adj.
unfavorable
ex. It was raining which was adverse conditions for a swimming party.
AFFABLE
adj.
easy to talk to
ex. Susan was affable; she could have a conversation with anyone.
AFFINTIY
n.
sympathy; attraction
ex. Ducks have an affinity for water.
ALARCITY
n.
cheerful eagerness or readiness to respond
ex. David couldnt wait till his parents left, he carried their luggage out with great alarcity.
ALLUSION
n.
an indirect reference; a hint
ex. When is dinner? is an allusion to someone being hungry.
ALTRUISM
n.
selflessness; generosity
ex. The private foundation depended on the altruism of the extremely rich old man.
AMBIVALENT
adj.
undecided; having opposite feelings at the same time
ex. I was ambivalent about what to watch, I loved both shows.
AMOROUS
adj.
feeling loving; in love
ex. The amorous couple made quite a scene at the movies.
ANECDOTE
n.
short account of a humorous incident
ex. Fred told me an anecdote about the time Sally broke her finger tripping down the stairs. FUNNY!
ANOMALY
n.
an irregularity
ex. A house without a roof is a anomaly
ANTITHESIS
n.
the direct opposite
ex. Up is the antithesis to down.
APHORISM
n.
a brief, witty syaing; a proverb
ex. Ben Frank was fone of aphorisms.
APPRECIATE
v.
to increase in value
ex. Baseball cards appreciate when they are kept for a long time.
APPROPRIATE
v.
to take without permission
ex. He appropriated my homework. He took it when i wasnt looking and got the answers.
ARCHAIC
adj.
extremely old
ex. George Washington is archaic.
ARDENT
adj.
passionate; enthusiastic
ex. I am an ardent volleyball player. I play day and night.
ARTFUL
adj.
crafty
ex. The artful parent told her child that santa wouldnt come if she wasnt asleep, to get her to go to bed.
ASTUTE
adj.
shrewd; keen in judgement
ex. I have a very astute judge of character; I can easily see what people are really like.
AUDACITY
n.
boldness; reckless daring
ex. Ivan had the audacity to tell the teacher to shut up.
AUTOCRATIC
adj.
ruling with absolute authority; very bossy
ex. Little kids can be very autocratic, everything has to be their way.
AVOW
v.
to claim; to admit
ex. She finally avowed that she cheated on the test.
AWRY
adj.
off course;twisted to one side
ex. The ball went awry and hit the teacher in the head instead of the boy.
BANAL
adj.
unorignal; ordinary
ex. Saying the dog ate your homework is a very banal excuse.
BANE
n.
poison; cause of harm
ex. My enemies are bane of my existence.
BELEAGUER
v.
to surround; to harass
ex. No one could leave the beleaguered city.
BENEFACTOR
n.
one who provides, especially in the form of a gift
ex. Many places were a benefactor in our fundraiser.
BENIGN
adj.
gentle; not harmful
ex. Butterflies are benign.
BEQUEST
n.
something left to someone in a will
ex. My parents left my the house as a bequest for me.
BLATANT
adj.
unpleasantly noisy; glaring
ex. The blatant woman was disturbing the whole library.
BLITHE
adj.
carefree; cheerful
ex. The kids were playing blithely in the middle of the road.
COHERENT
adj.
holding together; making sense
ex. A coherent group of cotton balls hold together.
BROACH
v.
to open up for discussion
ex. Julie was so proud of her new dress, no one knew how to broach the subject of how ugly it was
CACOPHONY
n.
a harsh soundly mix of words
ex.The un-rehearsed choir was a cacophony.
CANDOR
n.
truthfulness; sincere honesty
ex. My friend showed candor when she told me she didn't like me anymore.
CASTIGATE
v.
to criticize severely
ex. My mom castigated me for wrecking her car.
CATHARSIS
n.
purification thet brings emotional renewal
ex. The crazy lady talk to a theropist for a catharsis.
CATHOLIC
adj.
universal; enbracing everything
ex. Da Vinci was a catholic genius who did well in everything he did.
CENSURE
v.
to codemn severley for doing something bad.
ex. The teacher censured the student for cheating.
CHARISMA
n.
a magical ability to attract followers
ex. The girl was popular because she had alot of charisma.
CHASTISE
v.
to inflict punishment on
ex. Mom chastised us for not cleaning our room.
CHIMERA
n.
an illusion
ex. Her dream of becoming famous was just a chimera.
COLLOQUIAL
adj.
conversational; informal in language
COMPLACENT
adj.
self-satisfied; stuck up
COMPLEMENT
v.
to complete or fill up
ex. The flowers complemented the vase.
COMPRISE
v.
to consist of
CONCORD
n.
harmony; agreement
CONDONE
v.
to overlook; to permit to happen
CONSENSUS
n.
unanimity or general agreement
CONSUMMATE
adj.
perfect
CONTRITE
adj.
admitting guilt
COPIOUS
adj.
plentiful
CORROBORATE
v.
to confirm
COVERT
adj.
secret; hidden
CREDULOUS
adj.
eager to believe; gullible
CULMINATE
v.
to climax; reach full effect
CULPABLE
adj.
deserving blame; guilt
CYNIC
n.
one who deeply distrust human nature
DECADENT
adj.
decayed or decaying
DEDUCE
v.
to conclude from evidence
DEFERENCE
n.
submission to another's will; respect
ex. Dean showed deference to his grandfather; he let him have the first piece of cake.
DELUDE
v.
to decieve
DESPONDENT
adj.
extremely depressed
DESULTORY
adj.
w/o a plan or purpose
ex. Phil made a few desultory attempts to start a garden, but nothin came of it
DISCERN
v.
to have insight
ex. To discern something is to clearly understand it.
DISDAIN
n.
arrogant scorn
ex. Rich people look upon poor people with disdain.
DISPARATE
adj.
different
DISSEMINATE
v.
to spread the seeds of something
DISTEND
v.
to swell
DOGMATIC
adj.
arrogantly assertive on unproven ideas
DUBIOUS
adj.
full of doubt; uncertain
ECLECTIC
adj.
choosing the best from many sources
ex. The eclectic menu included dishes from many countries.
EDIFY
v.
to enlighten
ELICIT
v.
to bring out; to call forth
EMINENT
adj.
well-known and respected
EMULATE
v.
to strive to equal
ENFRANCHISE
v.
to grant prevlidges of citizenship
EPITOME
n.
a brief summary that captures meaning
EQUIVOCAL
adj.
purposely confusing
ESOTERIC
adj.
hard to understand; weird
EXACTING
adj.
extremely demanding
EXEMPLIFY
v.
illustrate an example
EXPLICIT
adj.
clearly and directly expressed
FACETIOUS
adj.
humorous
FETTER
v.
to restrain; to hamper
FLOUT
v.
disregard something out of disrespect
FRUGAL
adj.
economical; penny pinching
FURTIVE
adj.
secretive
GARRULOUS
adj.
talkative; chatty
GESTICULATE
v.
to make gestures
GUILE
n.
cunning; artfullness
ex. Cheating is guile
HACKNEYED
adj.
overused
HARBINGER
n.
a signal of
ex. Warm weather is a harbinger to summer.
ICONOCLAST
n.
one who takes popular beliefs
ILLICT
adj.
illegal
IMPERIAL
adj.
like an emporer or empire
INANE
adj.
silly; senseless
INDIGENOUS
adj.
native; originated in that area
INERT
adj.
sluggishness
INSIDIOUS
adj.
treacherous; sneaky
INSURGENT
n.
a rebel; someone who revolts against the gonvernment
IRASCIBLE
adj.
easily angered
JUXTAPOSE
v.
to place side by side
KINETIC
adj.
having to do with motion
LAMENT
v.
to mourn
LAUD
v.
to praise
LEVITY
n.
lightness; unseriousness
LITIGATE
v.
to try in court
MALAISE
n.
feeling of depression
MALFEASANCE
n.
an illegal act
MATRYR
n.
someone who gives up his or her life in pursuit of a cause
MITIGATE
v.
to moderate the effect of something