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bacchanalian

drunkenly festive

balk

to refuse, shirk; prevent

beatific

saintly, angelic

behemoth

huge creature

belie

to misrepresent; expose as false

benison

blessing

bifurcate

divide into two parts

bilious

easily irritated, relating to bile

bonhomie

good natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer

bulwark

defense wall; anything serving as defense

assiduous

diligent, persistent, hardworking

arboreal

relating to trees; living in trees

apotheosis

deification; glorified ideal

apothegm

a short, instructive saying

apostate

one who renounces a religious faith

aplomb

poise, confidence

anthropomorphic

attributing human qualities to nonhumans; having human qualities

antediluvian

prehistoric, ancient beyond measure; coming before the biblical qualities

ancillary

accessory, subordinate; helping

amortize

to diminish by installment payments

ambulatory

itinerant; walking around

altruism

unselfish concern for others' welfare

aerie

nook or nest built high in the air

adumbrate

to sketch, outline in a shadowy way

adroit

skillful, accomplished, highly competent

acquiesce

to agree or comply in silence

acme

highest point, summit

acerbic

bitter, sharp in taste or temper

abut

to touch, to be in contact with

abstruse

difficult to comprehend

abstemious

consuming moderately

abrogate

to abolish or invalidate by authority

abnegate

to deny, renounce

abultion

act of cleansing

abjure

to reject, abandon formally

abdicate

to give up a position, right, or power

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