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abase

to humiliate or degrade

abate

to become less severe, to diminish

abdicate

to give up a position, right, or power

abet

assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

abridge

to shorten

abscond

run away

absolve

to pardon or forgive

abstain

to choose not to do something

abstruse

difficult to understand, obscure

accede

1. to agree (to do something)
2. to rise to a position of power

accost

to approach

accretion

an accumulation or increase

acerbic

sour, bitter, acidic

acquiensce

to consent or agree

acrimony

strong resentment

acumen

insightfulness, quickness or thought

admonish

to scold or reprimand strongly

adroit

quick and skillful

adulation

exaggerated flattery or adoring praise

affable

friendly and likable

aggrandize

to make larger or grander

aggregate

to collect or accumulate

aggrieved

angry or unhappy

alacrity

enthusiasm or speed

allege

to claim something is true

altercation

noisy quarrel

amalgamation

mixture

ameliorate

to make better, improve

amenable

willing to do something

amenity

a convenience

amorphorus

without shape or form

analogous

similar to

anathema

something one very strongly dislikes

annul

to cancel or declare invalid

antecedent

something coming before

antediluvian

old or old-fashioned

anthology

a collection

antipathy

strong dislike

antithesis

the exact opposite of something

apocryphal

probably untrue

approbation

praise

arable

suitable for growing crops

arcane

obscure

archetypal

having all the qualities needed to be a perfect example of something

ardor

strong feelings of enthusiasm or love

ascribe

to attribute

aspersion

an attack on someone's reputation

asphyxiation

suffocation

assuage

to make something less severe

avarice

greed

balk

to refuse or pull back suddenly

banal

boring or commonplace

beguile

to deceive or cheat using charm

bequeath

to leave to another after one's death

bereft

lacking completely, devoid of

beseech

to beg or plead

bilk

to cheat or swindle

blandish

to flatter

bombastic

arrogant, snobby or pompous

bourgeois

conventionally middle class

brazen

shameless

burnish

to polish or shine

cajole

to coax or persuade

canny

careful, clever and crafty

capacious

spacious, roomy

capitulate

to give in or surrender

capricious

changing one's mind on a whim, fickle

carouse

to celebrate loudly and drunkenly

caucus

a political meeting of people with similar beliefs

caustic

bitter, biting acidic

cavort

to frolic

circuitous

roundabout, long and complicated

circumlocution

speaking in a wordy and roundabout way

circumspect

cautious and thoughtful

clairvoyant

a seer or physic

clamor

to make loud demands

clandestine

secret, undercover

clemency

mercy

cloying

sickeningly sappy or sweet

coagulate

to clot or congeal

coalesce

to come together, to fuse

cobbler

a person who repairs shoes

coerce

to force

cogent

convincing

cognizant

aware of

collusion

a secret agreement

commensurate

proportional, in equal measure

commodious

spacious, roomy

compunction

remorse or regret

concomitant

accompanying

concord

agreement

consign

to give to someone else

constituent

a part of something larger

construe

to interpret

consummate

1. perfect, polished
2. to finish or complete

contemporaneous

happening at the same tim

contentious

controversial

contravene

to violate or contradict

contrite

truly and deeply sorry

contusion

a bruise

cordial

friendly, affectionate

coronation

the act of crowning a king

covert

secret, disguised

curt

short and rude

dearth

scarcity or lack (of)

decry

to denounce

deferential

respectful submissive

depravity

wickedness, sinfulness

derelict

an abandoned wreck

diaphanous

delicate and transparent

didactic

instructive, intended to teach

dilatory

intentionally slow

disseminate

to spread or scatter

distent

to swell or expand

dour

stern and joyless

ebullient

cheerful and energetic, bubbly

efface

to wipe out

effulgent

shining, brilliant

elegy

a poem for a dead person

elicit

to draw out, to evoke

elucidate

to clarify, to shed light on

emend

to correct

enervating

weakening, draining

enfranchise

to grant the right

epistolary

relating to letters

equanimity

calmness, especially in a bad situation

eschew

to avoid

esoteric

private and obscure, understood by only a few people

expunge

to get rid of completely

extant

existing

fatuous

obnoxiously stupid, ridiculous

fecund

fertile

felicity

happiness

feral

wild, savage

fickle

quick to change opinion or to change sides

fidelity

faithfulness or loyalty

forbearance

patience in the face of adversity

fortitude

strength

fortuitous

fortunate, happening by happy chance

furtive

secretive

hapless

unlucky

ignominious

undignified, humiliating

immutable

unchangeable

impeccable

perfect, flawless

impinge

to interfere

impudent

badly-behaved, rude

inchoate

1. incomplete, immature
2. chaotic

incisive

sharp, quick and insightful

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