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Abjure

(v.) to reject, renounce ( To prove his honesty, the president abjured the evil policies of his wicked predecessor)

Abrogate

(v.) to abolish, usually by authority (The Bill of Rights assures that the government cannot abrogate our right to a free press)

Acrimony

(n.) bitterness, discord (Biff and Trevor could not not keep acrimony from overwhelming their friendship after they both fell in love with Teresa.)

Acumen

(n.) keen insight (because of his mathematical acumen, Larry was able to figure out, in minutes, problems that took others hours.)

Adumbrate

(v.) to sketch out in a vague way (The coach adumbrated a game plan, but none of the players knew precisely what to do.)

Alacrity

(n.) eagerness, speed (for some reason, Chuck loved to help his mother whenever he could, so he set the table with alacrity.)

Anathema

(n.) a cursed, detested person ( I never want to see that murderer. He is an anathema to me.)

Antipathy

(n.) a strong dislike, repugnance ( I know you love me, but because you're a jerk, I feel nothing but antipathy for you.)

Approbation

(n.) praise ( The crowd welcomed the heroes with approbation.)

Asetic

(adj.) practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious ( The priest lives an ascetic life devoid of many common pleasures.)

Aspersion

(n.) a curse, expression of ill-will ( I tend to cast aspersions on people during region auditions.)

Assiduous

(adj.) hard working, diligent ( The construction workers erected the skyscraper after two years of assiduous labor.)

Blandish

(adj.) to coax by using flattery ( Rachel's assistant tried to blandish her into the deal.)

Boon

(n.) a gift or blessing ( The good weather has been a boon for many businesses located near the beach.)

Brusque

(adj.) short, abrupt, dismissive ( The Captain's brusque manner offended the passengers.)

Buffet

1. (v.) to strike with force ( The strong winds buffeted the ships threatening to capsize them.)
2. (n.) an arrangement of food set out on a table.

Burnish

(v.) to polish, shine ( His mother asked him to burnish the silverware before setting the table.)

Buttress

1. (v.) to support, hold up ( The column buttresses the roof above the statue.)
2. (n.) something that offers support

Cacophony

(n.) tremendous noise, disharmonious sound ( The elementary school orchestra created a cacophony at the recital.)

Cajole

(v.) to urge, coax ( Fred's buddies cajoled him into attending the bachelor party.)

Calumny

(n.) an attempt to spoil someone else's reputation by spreading lies ( The local offical's calumny ended up ruining his opponent's prospect of winning the election.)

Capricious

(adj.) subject to whim, fickle ( The young girl's capricious tendencies made it difficult for her to focus on achieving her goals.)

Cogent

(adj.) intellectually convincing ( Irene's arguments in favor of abstinence were so cogent that I had to agree with her.)

Concomitant

(adj.) accompanying in a subordinate fashion ( His dislike of hard work carried with it a concomitant lack of funds.)

Conflagration

(n.) great fire ( The conflagration consumed the entire building.)

Contrite

(adj.) penitent, eager to be forgiven ( Blake's contrite behavior made it impossible to stay angry at him.)

Conundrum

(n.) puzzle, problem ( Interpreting Jane's behavior was a constant conundrum.)

Credulity

(n.) readiness to believe ( His credulity made him an easy target for con men.)

Cupidity

(n.) greed, strong desire ( His cupidity made him enter the abandoned gold mine despite the obvious dangers.)

Cursory

(adj.) brief to the point of being superficial ( Late for the meeting, she cast a cursory glance at the agenda.)

Decry

(v.) to criticize openly ( The kind video rental clerk decried the policy of charging customers late fees.)

Defile

(v.) to make unclean, impure ( She defiled the calm of the religious building by playing her banjo.)

Deleterious

(adj.) harmful ( she experienced the deleterious effects of running a marathon without stretching her muscles enough beforehand.)

Demure

(adj.) quiet, modest, reserved

Deprecate

(v.) to belittle, depreciate ( Always over-modest, he deprecated his contribution to the local charity.)

Deride

(v.) to laugh at mockingly, scorn

Desecrate

(v.) to violate the sacredness of a thing or place

Desiccated

(adj.) dried up, dehydrated (The skin of the desiccated mummy looked like an old paper.)

Diaphanous

(adj.) light, airy, transparent ( Sunlight poured in through the diaphanous curtains,brightening the room.

Diffident

(adj.) shy, quiet, modest ( While eating dinner with the adults, the diffident youthdid not speak for fear of seeming presumptuous.)

Discursive

(adj.) Rambling, lacking order ( The professor's discursive lectures seemed to be about every subject except the one initially described.)

Dissemble

(v.) to conceal, fake ( Not wanting to appear greedy, she dissembled and hid her intention to sell her mother's antiques.)

Dither

(v.) to be indecisive ( Jeff dithered about which of the two birthday parties he should attend.)

Ebullient

(adj.) extremely lively, enthusiastic ( She became ebullient upon receiving an acceptance letter.)

Effrontery

(n.) Impudence, nerve, insolence ( When I told my aunt that she was boring, my mother scolded me for my effrontery.)

Effulgent

(adj.) radiant, splendorous ( The golden palace was effulgent.)

Egregious

(adj.) extremely bad ( The student who threw sloppy joes across the cafeteria punished for his egregious behavior.)

Enervate

(v.) to weaken, exhaust ( Writing these sentences enervates me so much that I need a nap.)

Ephemeral

(adj.) short lived, fleeting ( Most high school relationships are ephemeral, lasting only 2 weeks.)

Eschew

(v.) to shun, avoid ( George hates the color green so much that he eschews all green food.)

Evanescent

(adj.) fleeting, momentary ( My joy at getting promoted was evanescent because I found out I would now be working longer hours.)

Evince

(v.) to show, reveal ( Christopher's nail biting evinces how nervous he is for the English test.)

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