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abhorrence

a feeling of repugnance or loathing

abstemious

sparingly used or consumed; restricted to bare necessities

abundance

a great or plentiful amount

acerbic

sour or bitter, as in taste, character or tone

acolyte

a devoted follower or attendant

acquaintance

knowledge of a person acquired by a relationshp less intimate than friendship

adamant

impervious to pleas, apeals, or reason; stubbornly unyielding

adept

very skilled; proficient

adhere

to carry out a plan, a scheme, or an operation without deviation

adorning

to lend beauty to; decorate

adroit

dexterous; deft, skillful, and adept under pressing conditions

adventurous

inclined to undertake new and daring enterprises

acon

an indefinitely long period of time ago; an age

aesthetics

an artistically beautiful or pleasing appearance; a conception of what is artistically valid or beautiful

affability

sociability; a readiness to chat

affectation

behavior that is assumed rather than natural; artificiality

agrarianism

a movement for equitable distribution of land and for agrarian reform

aloof

distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote

altruism

unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness

amalgam

a combination of diverse elements; a mixture

ambitious

full of, characterized by, or motivated by ambition

ambivalent

having opposing attitudes or feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, an aobject or an idea

ameliorate

to make or become better; improve

amenable

responsive to advice, authority, or suggestion; tractable

anecdote

a short account of an interesting or humorous incident

animus

a feeling of animosity; ill will

anomalies

deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule

anonymous

having an unknown or withheld authorship or agency

antecedent

one that precedes another

antediluvian

extremely odd and antiquated

anthropology

the scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of human beings

antiseptic

capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms

antisocial

hostile to or disruptive of the established social order; marked by or engaging in behavior that violates accepted mores

apathy

indifference

aplomb

self-confident assurance; poise

apoplectic

extremely angry; furious

appalled

to fill with consternation or dismay

approbation

an expression of warm approval; praise

apropros

at an appropriate time; opportunely

arcane

known or understood by only a few

archaic

of, relating to, or characteristic of a much earlier, often more primitive period

ardent

expressing or characterized by warmth of feeling; passionate

arduous

demanding great effort or labor, difficult

articulate

expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language

artifice

an artful or crafty expedient; a stratagem; a subtle but base deception

assiduous

constant in application or attention; diligent

assuage

to satisfy or appease; to pacify or calm

astute

having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns

atavism

reversion to an earlier type; the reappearance in an individual of characteristics of some remote ancestor that have been absent in intervening generations

atonality

a lack of tonality

atypical

not conforming to type; unusual or irregular

aura

a distinctive but intangible quality that seems to surround a person or thing; atmosphere

auspicious

attended by favorable circumstances; propitious

automaton

a self-operating machine or mechanism, especially a robot

autonomy

the condition or quality of being autonomous; independence

avant-garde

a group active in the invention and application of new techniques in a given field, especially in the arts

avarice

immoderate desire for wealth; greed

banality

something that is trite; obvious, or predictable; a commonplace

bane

a cause of death, destruction, or ruin

beguile

to deceive by guile; delude

behemoth

something enormous in size or power

belligerent

inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive

beneficiary

the recipient of funds, property or other benefits, as from an insurance policy or will

bequeathed

to pass (something) on to another; hand down

bipartisan

supported by two political parties

bog

a wetland

bolster

to support or prop up with or as if with a long, narrow pillow or cushion

bombastic

grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing

boon

a benefit bestowed, especially one bestowed in response to a request

bowdlerize

to modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner

braggart

one given to loud, empty boasting; a bragger

brash

hasty and unthinking; impetuous

brevity

the quality or state of being brief in duration

brusque

abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt

burgeon

to grow and flourish

camouflage

the method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

carnivalesque

like or relating to merrymaking, revelry, or a festival

carp

to find fault in a disagreeable way; complain fretfully

cartography

the art or technique of making maps or charts

castigate

to inflict severe punishment or criticize severly

caustic

corrosive and bitingly trenchant; cutting; causing a burning or stinging sensation, as from intense emotion

censor

one that condemns or censures

cerebral

appealing to or requiring the use of the intellect; intellectual rather than emotional

chagrin

a keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event

chaotic

great disorder or confusion

characterization

a description of qualities or peculiarities

charismatic

possessing personal magnetism or charm

chicanery

deception by trickery or sophistry; a trick; a subterfuge

chronological

arranged in order of time of occurrence

churlishness

having a bad disposition; surly; difficult to work with; intractable

circumscribe

to limit narrowly; restrict

circumspect

heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent

circumvent

to avoid or get around by artful manuevering

coagulate

to cause transformation of (a liquid or sol, for example) into or as if into a soft, semisolid, or solid mass

coalition

an alliance, especially a temporary one, of people, factions, parties, or nations

cogent

appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing

coherent

sticking together, cohering

collaborate

to work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort

colloquial

informal speech or writing

commendable

to be worthy, qualified, or desirable

communal

of, belonging to, or shared by the people of a community; pubilc

compilation

something, such as a set of data, a report, or an anthology, that is compiled

complacency

a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger or trouble

complaisant

exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging

complicity

involvement as an accomplice in a questionable act or a crime

conciliate

to overcome the distrust or animosity of; appease

condemn

to express strong disapproval of

condoned

to overlook, forgive, or disregard (an offense) without protest or censure

confluence

a gathering, flowing, or meeting together at one juncture or point

confound

to cause to become confused or perplexed

conglomerate

a collected heterogenous mass; a cluster

conjecture

a guess based on incomplete evidence

conscientious

guided by or in accordance with the dictates of conscience; principled

consensus

an opinion or position reached by a group as a whole or by majority will; general agreement

conspicuous

attracting attention, as by being unusual or remarkable; noticeable

contemporary

current; modern

contemptuous

manifesting or feeling contempt; scornful

contentious

given to contention, quarrelsome

conversant

familiar, as by study or experience

convey

to take or carry from one place to another; transport; to communicate or make known; impart

conviviality

fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; sociable

copious

large in quantity, abundant

cordial

friendly

counterintuitive

contrary to what intuition or common sense would indicate

covet

to feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's)

craven

characterized by abject fear; cowardly

credible

capable of being believed; plausible

credulous

disposed to believe too readily; gullible

culled

to remove rejected members or parts from (a herd, for example)

cultivate

to promote the growth of; to nurture; to foster

curators

one that manages or oversees, as the administrative director of a museum collection or a library

cursory

performed with haste and scant attention to detail

curtailed

to cut short; abbreviate

cynic

a person who believes all people are motivated by selfishness

dalliance

frivolous spending of time; dawdling; playful flirtation

daunting

discouraging

dearth

a scarce supply; a lack

decorum

appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety

decry

to condemn openly

deficient

inadequate in amount or degree; insufficient

deft

skillful

deign

to think it appropriate to one's dignity; condescend

delinquent

failing to do what law or duty requires; overdue in payment

demystify

to make less mysterious; clarify

denotation

the act of denoting; indication

denounce

to condemn openly as being evil or reprehensible

derisive

mocking; jeering

desecrate

to violate the sacredness of; profane

deterred

to prevent or discourage from acting, as by means of fear or doubt

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