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abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
abscond
to depart secretly

-decamp
abstemious
moderate in appetite
abstain
to choose not to do something

-forbear
adulterate
to make impure

-debase
abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity

-ebb; lapse; relent
aberrant
deviating from what is normal or expected

-errant; anomalous
abyss
an extremely deep hole

-chasm
advocate
to speak in favor of

-champion
aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence and reputation

-apotheosize; augment; ennoble; wax
admonish
to caution or reprimand
aggregate
amounting to a whole; total
alacrity
speed or quickness

-celerity; dispatch; haste
alleviate
to make more bearable

-assuage; mitigate; palliate; relieve
amalgamate
to combine into a unified whole; to mix together

-admix; coalesce; commingle; commix; intermingle
ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning

-equivocate; nebulous; dubious; indeterminate
ambivalence
having conflicting emotional attitudes
ameliorate
to improve

-pacify
anachronism
something out of place in time

-archaism; incongruity
analogous
comparable
anomaly
deviation from what is normal

-aberrant; preternatualness
antipathy
extreme dislike

-animosity; animus; enmity; loathing; repugnance
apathy
lack of interest or emotion

-listlessness; lethargy; lassitude; phlegm
antagonize
to annoy or provoke to anger
apocryphal
of questionable authority or authenticity
-ficititious
arbitrary
determined by chance or impulse
approbation
approval and praise
apprise
to inform
appropriate
confiscate
arbitrate
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
-adjudge; adjudicate
archaic
old-fashioned; ancient; bygone; dowdy; outmoded; superannuated; passe
ardor
intense feeling
-fervor
articulate
able to speak clearly & expressively
-lucid
artless
natural; guileless
attenuate
weaken; debilitate; enervate; sap; enfeeble; rarefy; unnerve
assuage
to make less severe
-propitiate; appease; mollify; placate
ascetic
one who practices self-denial
austere
severe or stern in appearance; unadorned
-bleak; dour; hard; grim
audacious
fearless and daring
-doughty; gallant; stout; dauntless; valiant; plucky
aver
to affirm; declare to be true
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
abject
miserable; pitiful
abjure
to reject;abandon formally
abscission
the acting of cutting; the natural separation of flowers, fruit, and leaves from plants
abysmal
very bad
accretion
growth in size
accrue
to accumulate; grow by additions
adamant
uncompromising; unyielding
adjunct
something added, joined, or attached
affected
pretentious; phony
affinity
fondness; liking; similarity
alchemy
medival chemical philosophy based on changing metal into gold; a seemingly magical power or process of transmutation
allay
to lessen; ease; soothe
alloy
a combination; a mixture of two or more metals
allure
the power to entice by charm
ambrosia
something delicious
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
anodyne
n. something that calms or soothes pain
adj. relaxing; capable of soothing pain
anomalous
irregular; deviating from the norm
antecedent
something comes before
antediluvian
prehistoric
apex
the highest point
apogee
the point in an orbit most distant from the body being orbited; the highest point; climax
apothegm
a terse, witty saying; aphorism
appease
to calm; pacify; placate
appellation
name
apposite
strikingly appropriate or relevant
apropos
relevant
arabesque
ornate design featuring intertwined curves; a ballet in which one leg is extended in back while the other supports the weight of the body
archeology
the study of material evidence of past human life
arduous
extremely difficult; laborious
argot
a specialized vocabulary used by a group
arrest
to stop; to seize
artifact
item made by humancraft
asperity
severity; harshness; irritability
aspersion
slander; false rumor
assiduous
diligent; hard-working
asylum
place of refuge or shelter
atavism
the reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence; return of a trait after a period of absence ; individual or a part that exhibits atavism
autonomous
self-governing; independent
avarice
greed
avocation
secondary occupation
avuncular
like an uncle, benevolent, and tolerant
axiomatic
taken for granted; self-evident; obivous
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
abut
to touch, to be in contact with