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abandon

a : to give up to the control or influence of another person or agent b : to give up with the intent of never again claiming a right or interest in <abandon property>

abase

to lower in rank, office, prestige, or esteem

abash

to destroy the self-possession or self-confidence of

aberration

the fact or an instance of being aberrant especially from a moral standard or normal state

abhor

to regard with extreme repugnance

abject

: sunk to or existing in a low state or condition

abjure

a : to renounce upon oath b : to reject solemnly

absolutist

a : a political theory that absolute power should be vested in one or more rulers b : government by an absolute ruler or authority

abstain

to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practic

abstemious

marked by restraint especially in the consumption of food or alcohol; also : reflecting such restraint

abstract

a : disassociated from any specific instance <an abstract entity> b : difficult to understand : abstruse <abstract problems> c : insufficiently factual

abstruse

: difficult to comprehend

accessible

capable of being reached

accident

a : an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance b : lack of intention or necessity

acclaimed

to declare by acclamation

acclimated

to adapt to a new temperature, altitude, climate, environment, or situation

accommodates

to make fit, suitable, or congruous

accomplishments

: the act of accomplishing

acquiesce

to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively

acrid

sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor

actualize

: to make actual

acuity

: keenness of perception

acumen

keenness and depth of perception, discernment, or discrimination especially in practical matters

adage

a saying often in metaphorical form that embodies a common observation

adamant

a stone (as a diamond) formerly believed to be of impenetrable hardness

adept

: a highly skilled or well-trained individual

adherents

one that adheres: as a : a follower of a leader, party, or profession b : a believer in or advocate especially of a particular idea or church

admirable

deserving the highest esteem

admit

a : to allow scope for : permit <admits no possibility of misunderstanding> b : to concede as true or valid <admitted making a mistake>

admonition

gentle or friendly reproof

adopted

to take by choice into a relationship; especially : to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one's own child

adroit

having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations <an adroit leader> <adroit maneuvers>

adulation

excessive or slavish admiration or flattery

advances

to accelerate the growth or progress of <advance a cause>

adversity

a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune

advocate

one that pleads the cause of another; specifically : one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court

aesthetic

of, relating to, or dealing with aesthetics or the beautiful

affable

being pleasant and at ease in talking to others

affected

: given to or marked by affectation

affliiations

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affluent

flowing in abundance

aggressive

a : tending toward or exhibiting aggression <aggressive behavior> b : marked by combative readiness <an aggressive fighter>

agile

marked by ready ability to move with quick easy grace

agitation

a obsolete : to give motion to b : to move with an irregular, rapid, or violent action

agnostic

a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly

agrarian

of or relating to fields or lands or their tenure

agriculturalists

: the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products

alacrity

promptness in response : cheerful readiness <accepted the invitation with alacrity>

alchemy

: a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease

allege

to adduce or bring forward as a source or authority

alleviate

to make (as suffering) more bearable <her sympathy alleviated his distress> b : to partially remove or correct

allure

to entice by charm or attraction

allusion

an implied or indirect reference especially in literature; also : the use of such references

aloofness

removed or distant either physically or emotionally

altercation

a noisy heated angry dispute; also : noisy controversy

altered

to make different without changing into something else

altruism

unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others

amalgam

an alloy of mercury with another metal that is solid or liquid at room temperature according to the proportion of mercury present and is used especially in making tooth cements

amateurs

one who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or sport as a pastime rather than as a profession

ambidextrous

using both hands with equal ease

ambiguous

doubtful or uncertain especially from obscurity or indistinctness

ambivalent

simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action

ameliorating

to make better or more tolerable

amenities

a : the quality of being pleasant or agreeable b (1) : the attractiveness and value of real estate or of a residential structure

amiable

a : generally agreeable <an amiable comedy> b : being friendly, sociable, and congenial

amicable

implies a state of peace and a desire on the part of the parties not to quarrel

amorphous

a) having no definite form : shapeless <an amorphous cloud mass> b : being without definite character or nature

ample

generous or more than adequate in size, scope, or capacity <there was room for an ample garden>

anachronism

an error in chronology; especially : a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other

analogy

inference that if two or more things agree with one another in some respects they will probably agree in others

analyzing

to study or determine the nature and relationship of the parts of by analysis

anarchy

a : absence of government b : a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority

ancillary

subordinate, subsidiary <the main factory and its ancillary plant

anecdote

a usually short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or biographical incident

anemic

: lacking force, vitality, or spirit <an anemic rendition of the song> <anemic efforts at enforcement> b : lacking interest or savor

animosity

ill will or resentment tending toward active hostility : an antagonistic attitude

anomaly

deviation from the common rule

anonymity

state of being annoymous, unknown, not named

antagonism

opposition of a conflicting force, tendency, or principle

anthology

a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music

anthropocentrism

: considering human beings as the most significant entity of the universe

anthropology

the science of human beings; especially : the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental+social relations

anticipate

to give advance thought, discussion, or treatment to

antipodes

the parts of the earth diametrically opposite —usually used in plural —often used of Australia and New Zealand as contrasted to the western hemisphere

antiquated

outmoded or discredited by reason of age : being out of style or fashion

apathy

lack of feeling or emotion

aplomb

complete and confident composure or self-assurance

apolitical

having no interest or involvement in political affairs

apologetic

: offered in defense or vindication <the apologetic writings of the early Christians> b : offered by way of excuse or apology <an apologetic smile>

apologist

one who speaks or writes in defense of someone or something

apparition

an unusual or unexpected sight : phenomenon b : a ghostly figure

apportionment

: to divide and share out according to a plan; especially : to make a proportionate division or distribution of

apprehend

: to become aware of : perceive b : to anticipate especially with anxiety, dread, or fear

approbation

an act of approving formally or officially

apt

unusually fitted or qualified

arable

fit for or used for the growing of crops

arbiter

a person with power to decide a dispute

arboreal

of, relating to, or resembling a tree

arcane

known or knowable only to the initiate

archaic

having the characteristics of the language of the past and surviving chiefly in specialized uses <an archaic word>

archetypes

the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies

archipelago

an expanse of water with many scattered islands

ardor

an often restless or transitory warmth of feeling <the sudden ardors of youth> b : extreme vigor or energy

arduous

hard to accomplish or achieve : difficult <years of arduous training> b : marked by great labor or effort : strenuous <a life of arduous toil — A. C. Cole>

arid

: excessively dry; specifically : having insufficient rainfall to support agriculture

aroma

a) distinctive pervasive and usually pleasant or savory smell; broadly : odor b) the odor of a wine imparted by the grapes from which it is made

arrangement

the state of being arranged : order <everything in neat arrangement> b : the act of arranging <the arrangement of the details was quickly accomplished>

arrest

to bring to a stop <sickness arrested his activities> b : check, slow c : to make inactive <an arrested tumor>

artful

performed with or showing art or skill <an artful performance on the violin>

articulate

a : divided into syllables or words meaningfully arranged : intelligible b : able to speak c : expressing oneself readily, clearly, or effectively <an articulate teacher>;

artifice

a : clever or artful skill : ingenuity <believing that characters had to be created from within rather than with artifice — Garson Kanin> b : an ingenious device or expedient

ascertain

to make certain, exact, or precise

ascetic

practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline

aspersion

a sprinkling with water especially in religious ceremonies

aspiring

to seek to attain or accomplish a particular goal <aspired to a career in medicine>

assault

a : a violent physical or verbal attack b : a military attack usually involving direct combat with enemy forces c : a concerted effort (as to reach a goal or defeat an adversary)

assent

to agree to something especially after thoughtful consideration

assertion

asserting oneself or one's own rights, claims, or opinions

assiduous

marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application <an assiduous book collector> <tended her garden with assiduous attention>

assimilated

to take in and utilize as nourishment : absorb into the system b : to take into the mind and thoroughly comprehend

associated

to join as a partner, friend, or companion

assuage

to lessen the intensity of (something that pains or distresses) : ease <unable to assuage their grief>

assured

characterized by certainty or security : guaranteed <an assured market>

astute

: having or showing shrewdness and perspicacity <an astute observer> <astute remarks>

atlas

: a Titan who for his part in the Titans' revolt against the gods is forced by Zeus to support the heavens on his shoulders, one who buries a heavy burden

atrocity

extremely wicked, brutal, or cruel

atrophy

: decrease in size or wasting away of a body part or tissue; also : arrested development or loss of a part or organ incidental to the normal development or life of an animal or plant

atypical

not typical

audacity

bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints

augment

to make greater, more numerous, larger, or more intense <the impact of the report was augmented by its timing>

augurs

1 : an official diviner of ancient Rome, one held to foretell events by omen

aura

a : a subtle sensory stimulus (as an aroma) b : a distinctive atmosphere surrounding a given source <the place had an aura of mystery>

auspicious

affording a favorable auspice : propitious <made an auspicious beginning>

austere

stern and cold in appearance or manner b : somber, grave <an austere critic>

autocrats

a person (as a monarch) ruling with unlimited authority

autonomy

the quality or state of being self-governing; especially : the right of self-government

avant-garde

an intelligentsia that develops new or experimental concepts especially in the arts

avaricious

greedy of gain : excessively acquisitive especially in seeking to hoard riches

averse

having an active feeling of repugnance or distaste —usually used with to <averse to strenuous exercise>

aversion

the act of turning away

averts

to turn away or aside (as the eyes) in avoidance

avid

desirous to the point of greed : urgently eager : greedy <avid for publicity>

avoiding

to make legally void : annul <avoid a plea>

avuncular

of or relating to an uncle

backfire

a fire started to check an advancing fire by clearing an area, to have the reverse of the desired or expected effect

bafflement

to defeat or check (as a person) by confusing or puzzling : disconcert

banal

lacking originality, freshness, or novelty : trite

bane

a obsolete : killer, slayer b : poison c : death, destruction <stop the way of those that seek my bane — Philip Sidney> d : woe

banter

to speak to or address in a witty and teasing manner

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