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abate
to decrease; reduce
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
abject
miserable; pitiful
abjure
to reject; abandon formally
abscission
the act of cutting; the natural separation of a leaf or other part of a plant
abstinence
the giving up of certain pleasures
abysmal
very bad
accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
accrue
to accumulate; grow by additions
adamant
uncompromising; unyielding
adjunct
something added, attached, or joined
adulterate
to corrupt or make impure
affected
pretentious, phony
affinity
fondness; liking; similarity
aggrandize
to make larger or greater
alchemy
medieval chemical philosophy based on changing metal into gold; a seemingly magical power or process of transmutation
allay
to lessen; ease; soothe
alleviate
to relieve; improve partially
alloy
a combination; a mixture of two or more metals
allure
the power to entice by charm
ambrosia
something delicious; the food of the gods
amenable
agreeable; cooperative; suited
amenity
something that increases comfort
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
analgesic
medication that reduces or eliminates pain
anarchy
absence of government; state of disorder
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
antecedent
something that comes before
antediluvian
prehistoric
apathy
indifference
apex
the highest point
apogee
the point in an orbit most distant from the body being orbited; the highest point
apothegm
a terse, witty saying
appease
to calm; pacify; placate
appellation
name
apposite
strikingly appropriate and relevant
apropos
relevant
arabesque
ornate design featuring intertwined curves; a ballet position in which one leg is extended in black while the other supports the weight of the body
archeology
the study of material evidence of past human life
ardor
great emotion or passion
arduous
extremely difficult; laborious
argot
a specialized vocabulary used by a group
arrest
to stop; seize
artifact
item made by human craft
asperity
severity; harshness; irritability
aspersion
slander; false rumor
astrigent
harsh; severe
asylum
place of refuge or shelter
atavism
in biology, the reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence; individual or a part in that exhibits atavism; return of a trait after a period of absence
avarice
greed
avocation
secondary occupation
avuncular
like an uncle, benevolent and tolerant
axiomatic
taken for granted
bacchanalian
pertaining to riotous or drunken festivity; pertaining to revelry
banter
playful conversation
bard
poet
bawdy
obscene
beatify
to sanctify; to bless; to ascribe a virtue to
bedizen
to dress in a vulgar, showy manner
behemoth
huge creature; anything very large and powerful
bifurcate
to divide into two parts
blandishment
flattery
blase
bored because of frequent indulgence; unconcerned
bolster
to give a boost to; prop up; support
bovine
cowlike
brazen
bold; shameless
broach
to mention for the first time