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abase
lower, degrade, humiliate
abash
embarass
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
aberration
abnormality, departure from the norm, mental irregularity or disorder
abeyance
suspended action
abject
wretched, lacking pride
abjure
renounce upon oath, disavow
ablution
washing
abnegation
renunciation, self-sacrifice
abominate
loathe, hate
abortive
unsucessful, fruitless
abrogate
abolish
abscission
removal by cutting off
abscond
depart secretly and hide
absolve
pardon an offense
abtruse
obscure, profound
abut
border upon, adjoin
abysmal
bottomless
accede
agree
acclivity
sharp upslope of a hill
accolade
award of merit
accost
approach and speak first to a person
accoutre
equip
accretion
growth, increase
accrue
come about by addition
acerbic
bitter or sour in nature, sharp and cutting
acerbity
bitterness of speech and temper
acetic
vinegary
adiculous
slightly sour, shar, caustic
acquiesce
assent, agree passively
acrid
sharp, bitterly pungent
acrimonious
bitter in words or manner
acrophobia
fear of heights
actuarial
calculating, pertaining to accountant tables
actuate
motivate
acuity
sharpness
acute
quickly perceptive, brief and severe
adamant
hard, inflexible
addle
muddle, drive crazy
adept
expert at
adherent
supporter, follower
adjunct
something (generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached
adjuration
solemn urging
adjutant
staff officer assiting the commander, assistant
admonish
warn, reprove
adroit
skillful
adulate
flattery, admiration
adulterate
make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
advent
arrival
adventitious
accidental, casual
advert
refer to
aerie
nest of a large bird of prey
affable
easily approachable, warmly friendly
affected
artifical, pretended, assumed in order to impress
affidavit
written statement made under oath
affix
attach or fasten on
affront
insult, offense
affliction
state of distress, cause of suffering
agape
openmouthed
agglomeration
collection, heap
aggrandize
increase or intensify
aghast
horrible, dumbfounded
agog
highly excited, intensely curious
alacrity
cheerful promptness, eagerness
alcove
nook, recess
alimentary
supplying nourishment
allay
calm, pacify
alloy
mix, make less pure, lessen or moderate
allusion
indirect reference
alluvial
pertaining to soil deposits left by running waters
aloof
apart, reserved
ambivalence
the state of having conflicting or contradictory emotions
ambrosia
food of the gods
ambulatory
able to walk, not bedridden
ameliorate
improve
amenable
readily managed or willing to be led
amiable
agreeable, loveable, warmly friendly
amicable
polite, not quarrelsome
amity
friendship
amok(amuck)
in a state of rage
analgesic
causing insensitivity to pain
anathema
solemn curse
ancillary
serving as an aid or accessory, auxiliary
anecdote
short account of an amusing or interesting event
anemia
situation in which the blood lacks red corpuscles
anesthetic
substance that removes sensation with or without consciousness
animadversion
critical remark
animus
hostile feeling or intent
anneal
reduce brittleness by heating and cooling
annex
attach, take posession of
annuity
yearly allowance
anodyne
drug that removes pain, opiate
anomalous
abnormal, irregular
antecede
precede
antediluvian
antiquated, extremely ancient
anthology
book of literary selections by various authors
anthropoid
manlike
anthropomorphic
having human form or characteristics
antic
extravagantly odd
anticlimax
letdown in theme or emotion
antipathy
aversion, dislike
antiquated
obsolete, outdated
antiseptic
substance that prevents infection
antithesis
contrast, direct opposite of
aperture
opening, hole
aphasia
loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism
pithy maxim or saying
apiary
place where bees are kept
aplomb
poise, assurance
apogee
highest or furthest point
apologist
one who writes in defence of a cause or institution
apostate
one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
apothegm
pithy, compact saying
apotheosis
elevation to godhood, an ideal example of something
apparition
ghost, phantom
apellation
name, title
application
diligent attention
apposite
appropriate, fitting
apprehensive
fearful, discerning
apprise
inform
approbation
approval
appurtenances
subordiante possessions, anything incidental to or belonging to land considered a part of the real property
apropos(adj)
to the point and timely
apropos(prep)
with reference to, regarding
aquiline
curved, hoooked
arabesque
style of decoration involving intertwined planes and abstract curves
arable
fit for growing crops
arbiter
person with power to decide a matter in dispute
arbitrary
unreasonable or capricious
arboretum
place where different varieties of trees and shrubs are studied and exhibited
arcane
secret, mysterious, known only to the initiated
archetype
prototype, primitive pattern
ardor
heat, passion, zeal
argot
slang
aria
operatic solo
arraign
charge in court, indict
array
marshal, draw up in order, - clothe, adorn
arrears
being in debt
arrest
stop or check
arrhythmic
lacking rhythm or regularity
arroyo
stream or small river
artful
cunning, crafty, sly
artifice
deception, trickery
artisan
manually skilled worker
artless
without guile, open and honest
ascendancy
controlling influence
ascetic
practicing self-denial, austere
ascribe
refer, attribute, assign
aseptic
preventing infection, having a cleansing effect
ashen
ash-colored, pale
asinine
stupid
askance
with a sideways or indirect look
askew
crookedly, slanted, at an angle
asperity
sharpness of temper
aspersion
slanderous remark
aspirant
seeker after position or status
assail
assault
assay
analyze, evaluate
assent
agree, accept
assiduous
diligent
assuage
ease or lessen pain, satisy hunger, soothe anger
assurance
promise or pledge
astringent
binding, causing contraction, harsh or severe
astute
wise, shrewd, keen
asunder
into parts, apart
atavism
resembalance to remote ancestors
atrophy
washing away
attenuate
make thinner, weaken or lessen
attribute
ascribe, explain
attrition
gradual decrease in numbers
audacious
daring, bold
augury
omen, prophecy
august
impressive, majestic
aureole
sun's corona, halo
auroral
pertaining to the aurora borealis
auspicious
favoring success
austere
forbiddingly stern
authoritarian
suboordianting the individual to the state, complete domination
autocratic
having absolute, unchecked power
automaton
mechanism that imitates actions of humans
autonomous
self-governing
auxiliary
offering or providing help
avenge
take vengeance for something
aver
assert confidently or declare, state formally as a fact
averse
reluctant, disinclined
avid
greedy, eager for
avocation
secondary of minor occupation
avuncular
like an uncle
awl
pointed tool used for piercing
awry
distorted, crooked
axiom
self-evident truth requiring no proof
azure
sky-blue
badger
pester, annoy
badinage
teasing conversation
bait
tease, harass
baleful
threatening, menacing, sinister, foreshadowing evil
balk
stop short -- foil
balm
something that relieves pain
balmy
mild, fragrant
banal
hackneyed, commonplace, trite
bandy
discuss lightly or glibly, exchange words heatedly
bane
curse, cause of ruin
baneful
destructive causing ruin or death
bantering
good-naturedly ridiculing
barefaced
shameless, bold, unconcealed
baroque
highly ornate
barrister
counselor-at-law
bastion
stronghold, something seen as a source of protection
bate
let down, restrain
bawdy
indecent, obscene
beatific
showing or producing joy, blissful
beatify
bless or sanctify, proclaim someone dead to be one of the blessed
bedizen
dress with vulgar finery
bedraggle
wet thoroughly
beget
father, produce, give rise to
begrudge
resent
beguile
mislead or delude, cheat, pass time
beholden
obligated, indebted
behoove
be necessary and proper for, be incumbant upon
belabor
explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree, assail verbally
beleaguer
beseige or attack, harass
belie
contradict, give a false impression
belittle
disparage, deprecate
bellicose
warlike, pugnacious
bemoan
lament, express disapproval of
bemused
confused, lost in thought
beneficient
kindly, doing good
benign
kindly, favorable, not malignant
benison
blessing
bereavement
state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved
bereft
deprived of, lacking
beset
harass or trouble, hem in
besmirch
soil, defile
betoken
signify, indicate
bevy
large group
bienniel
every two years
bifurcated
divided into two branches, forked
bilious
suffering from a liver complaint, peevishly ill humored
bilk
swindle, cheat
bivouac
temporary encampment
blanch
bleach, whiten
blandish
cajole, coax with flattery
blandishment
flattery
blare
loud, harsh roar or screech
blasé
bored with pleasure or dissipation
blithe
carefree and unconcerned
blowhard
talkative boaster
bluff(adj)
rough but good natured
bluff(n)
pretense of strength, deception, high cliff
bode
foreshadow, portend
bohemian
unconventional in an artistic way
bolster
support, reinforce
bombastic
pompous, using inflated language
boon
blessing, benefit
boorish
rude, insensitive
bowdlerize
expurgate, remove obscenities from
brackish
somewhat saline
braggadocio
boasting
brandish
wave around, flourish
brazen
insolent
brindled
tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
bristling
rising like bristles, showing irritation
broach
introduce, open up
brocade
rich, figured fabric
brook(v)
tolerate, endure
browbeat
bully, intimidate
brunt
main impact or shock
brusque
blunt, abrupt
bucolic
rustic, pastoral
buffet(v)
slap, banter, knock around
bugaboo
bugbear, object of baseless terror
bulwark
earthwork or other strong defence
bureaucracy
overregulated administrative system marked by red tape
burgeon
grow forth, send out buds
burlesque
give an imitation that ridicules
burnish
make shiny by polishing
buxom
full-blosomed, plump, jolly
cabal
small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cache
hiding place
cacophonous
discordant, inharmonious
cadaver
corpse
cadaverous
like a corpse
cadence
rhythmic rise and fall of words
cadge
beg, mooch, panhandle
caliber
ability, quality
callow
youthful, immature, unexperienced
calorific
heat-producing
calumny
malicious misrepresentation, slander
cameo
shell or jewel carved in relief
canard
false or unfounded story, fabricated report
canny
shrewd, thrift
cant
insincere expressions of piety, jargon of theives
cantankerous
ill-humored, irritable
cantata
story set to music to be sung by a chorus
canter
slow gallop