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abstain
to refrain, keep oneself from
abstemious
to eat and drink sparingly or moderately
fefrain
to keep from actin or responding to a stimulus or a provocation
forbear
self-restraint growing out of patience, consideration, or tolerance
desist
to cease doing something
alienate
to make hostile or unfriendly, to estrange
alienation
estrangement from persons to whom one was once attached, or from anything of which one was once a part
assess
to estimate; to impose a tax, fine, payment
appraise
to set a price or value upon something
assimilate
to absorb, incorporate, make or become like or part of (that which incorporates it)
cajole
to coax or wheedle, persuade by flattery
blandishments
flatering remarks
persiflage
banter, raillery
concede
to admit, yield, grant
concession
a privilege granted to someone to sell something
condescend
to come down to another's level, deign
patronizing
a condescending way to show favor or kindness
deprecate
to disapprove, protest against
imprecate
to pray against or curse
dissipate
to dispel, waste, live dissolutely
dissolute
immoral, profligate, and wanton
profligate
given to vice
elicit
to draw forth (information)
educe
to draw or lead it forth
extract
to drag or pullsomething out, overcoming reluctance by insistence
extort
to use threats, force, or unusual pressure
emaciate
to make very lean
exasperate
to irritate thoroughly, infuriate
asperity
harshness or roughness of manner, weather sound, or materials
acerbity
sharper, more bitter than asperity, but also harshe, especially in temper and words
exacerbate
to make it sharp, sour, irritating, and thus to aggravate something
aggravate
make something worse
altercation
an angry dispute or quarrel
dissension
strong feeling against a regime, situation, or belief
feud
a little war which may go on for years and may range from recurring exchanges of insults between two persons
fracas
a noisy fight, quarrel, or brawl
litigation
the sometimes dramatic process of legal dispute
dispute or disputation
a verbal argument or quarrel
imbroglio
a confused entanglement or disagreement
anguish
intense suffering
agony
extreme torment, with undertones of struggle
mortification and chargin
suffering from embarrassment, shame, or humiliation
ordeal
a severe trial of one's courage, fortitude, endurance, or skill
tribulation
prolonged misery, distress, affliction, or sorrow
purgatory
a place of prolonged expiation and purification by which one qualifies for Paradise
apparition
specter or phantom, a sudden appearing
phantom or phantasm
an allusion only in mind
specter
something seen, a visible ghost or apparition, or any object of fear and dread
aura
a kind of vapor or mysterious atmosphere surrounding a person
poltergeist
a noisy, usually mischievous, ghost supposed to specialize in table rappings, furniture topplings, and other such happenings
ectoplasm
the luminous aura allegedly emanating from the body of a spiritist medium during a trance
zombi(e)
a corpse animated by a diabolic power, or just a person either chiling and terrible or dull and unnattractive
banshee
a female spirit wailing a warning of an imminent death in the family
barrage
a shower (of artillery fire), a heavy onslaught
salvo
a burst of fire from small arms or artillery, or a burst of cheers or applause
fusillade
the discharge of many firearms all at once or in rapid succession- or a figurative equivalent like an outburst of boos at a prize fight
clairvoyant
one who has unusual or preternatural insight
preternatural
beyond what is natural or normal
duplicity
double-dealing, deception
facade
the front, or face
holocaust
widespread destruction, especially by fire
holograph
something written wholly in the handwriting of the author
conflagration
a very large fire