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abdicate
to give up formally, as an office, duty, power or claim
abet
to encourage or assist, especially in wrongdoing "aid and abet"
abhor
to regard with horror and loathing; to hate intensely.
abject
1) wretched, miserable; degrading, humiliating 2) mean-spirited, base; despicable, contemptible 3) complete and unrelieved
absolve
to clear of guild or blame
abstain
to refrain completely and voluntarily
academic
1) pertaining to a college or other institution of learning; scholarly 2) theoretical rather than practical; unrealistic
accede
1) to yield to; to agree to 2) to enter upon an office or dignity
acclimate
to get used to (usually an environment or situation)
addiction
a habit forming practice or pursuit, usually one that is bad for a person's health or morally objectionable habitual use of, or devotion to, something
adjourn
1) to close formally 2) to put off to another time; to move to another place
adverse
hostile in purpose or effect; unfavorable
advocate
1) to speak or argue in favor of; to give active public support to 2) a person who pleads in the interest of a cause or individaul
aesthetic
pertaining to a sense of beauty; artistic
affable
courteous and agreeable in manner; easy to talk to or approach
affectation
a pretentious display of manners or sentiments that are not genuine; a peculiar habit of dress or behavior that has been adopted to impress others
affluent
prosperous, wealthy
agenda
a list or program of things to be done or acted upon
aggregate
1) the total amount or sum total of the individual parts 2) to gather or merge into a single whole; to amount to c) total, collective
agile
swift and light in action, movement, or thought
alienate
to cause hostility or indifference where love, friendliness, or interest formerly existed
allege
to claim that something is true but wihtout offering any proof
allude
to refer to indirectly
ambience
the surrounding or pervading atmosphere; to tone and spirit of an environment
ambivalent
wavering or uncertain because of an inability to make a choice betwen two contradictory feelings or viewpoints in regard to a person, a thing, or a course of action
amnesty
an official pardon granted to offenders against hte government, especially for political offenses
anachronism
the misplacing of an object or event in a period to which it cannot possibly belong; anything out of its proper time frame
anarchy
absence of governmental authority; general political and social disorder
anathema
1) a curse or strong denunciation 2) the person or thing cursed; more generally, any object of intense dislike
anecdote
a brief account of some interesting or amusing incident, especially one containing biographical or historical details
anomaly
a deviation from what is normal or expected
apathy
lack of feeling ,emotion, or interest
appall
to fill with intense horror, fear, or dismay
apprehend
1) to arrest or take into custody 2) to perceive or understand the meaning of 3) to look forward to with fear or anxiety
arbitrary
1) subject to or determined by one's judgement; random 2) arrived at by an excercise of will, personal prefrence, or whim, as oppsosed to being based on reason or justice
arbitrate
to act as an impartial judge in a dispute; to settle
array
1) to line up; to dress up 2) an imposing group; rich and beautiful attire
articulate
1) to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words 2) expressed clearly and forcefully; able to employ language easily and fluentyly
askew
1) out of line or psotion; turned to one side 2) disapprovingly; scornfully
assimilate
1) to absorb fully or make one's own; to adopt as one's own 2) to adapt fully or to make like
astute
keen of mind and judgement, especially in practical matters; cunning
asylum
1) an institution that shelters and cares for mentally unbalanced, aged, or homeless persons 2) any place offering protection or security 3) protection against a legal or social penalty
atone
to make up for or repent
atrocity
a savagely cruel, brutal, or inhuman deed; a monstrosity
atrophy
1) failure to develop normally; a progressive wasting away or decline 2) to waste away
austere
rigidly severe; severely simple or bare
authentic
genuine, trustworthy
avarice
an excessive desire to acquire and possess wealth;a combination of greed and stinginess
avid
extremely eager, anxious or enthusiastic
badger
to tease; to annoy with a constant string of petty torments
baffle
1) to puzzle completely 2) to prevent from achieving a goal
banal
made stale by constant use or repetition
belligerent
1) warring, actually engaged in a war, warlike or hostile 2) a party (for example, a nation or organization) engaged in a war
benign
1) gentle and kindly 2) wholesome or favorable
bicker
to engage in petty quarreling
bizarre
weird or fantastic
bland
1) mild or gentle 2) lacking interest or liveliness; flat
bleak
1) desolate, windswept, and bare 2) cold and gloomy; unpromising
blight
1) to check or to destroy the growth of 2) something that impairs growth or causes ruin
blithe
1) merry and carefree 2) overly unconcerned; reckless
boisterous
noisy and rowdy
bombastic
pompous or inflated in language
boorish
rude or unrefined
boycott
1) to refuse to buy, use, or deal with as a way to protest (or force acceptance of) some form of behavior 2) an instance of such treatment
brash
overly bold, hasty, and thoughtless
bravado
a boastful or swaggering show of false bravery; false courage in general
brusque
overly short or abrupt
bungle
to mismanage or make a mess of
bureaucracy
a complicated system of administrative agencies and officials; the officials themselves
buttress
1) a support or reinforcement 2) to support or reinforce
cajole
to persuade or obtain by flattery or deceit
callous
unfeeling or insensitive
calumny
a false statement deliberately made up to injure a person
candid
1) fair and impartial 2) frank or outspoken 3) informal or unposed
cantankerous
fould tempered and quarrelsome
captious
1) quick to find petty faults or raise trifling objections; overly demanding or fussy 2) intended to confuse or show up
catholic
1) broad or widely inclusive 2) general or universal; worldwide
caustic
1) able to dissolve or eat away by chemical action 2) sharp and biting
censor
1) an official who examines works of literature, films, and the like for thigns considered to be immoral, offensive, or dangerous and who is empowered to prohibit or remove this material; anyone who acts as an arbiter of morals or reading/ viewing matter 2) to examine for and remove objectionable material
censure
1) open and strong criticism or disapproval (often taking the shape of a formal reprimand by someone in authority) 2) to criticize severely; to disapprove strongly
chagrin
1) irritation, embarrassment, or humiliation caused by disappointment or frustration 2) to cause such a feeling
charlatan
anyone who claims to have skills or knowledge that he or she doesn't possess
chronic
continuing over a long period of time or recurring often
circuitous
indirect or roundabout; long winded
circumspect
cautious or prudent, especially in regard to the consequences of actions or statements; tactful
circumvent
to get around or avoid, especially by trickery or deception
clandestine
concealed from view so as to hide one's purpose
coerce
to force someone to do something against his or her will by using undue pressure, threats, intimidation or physical violence
cogent
forceful or convincing; to the point
cohere
to hold or stick together; to fit together into an orderly, logical, and unified whole
collaborate
1) to work together on some kind of joint project 2) to cooperate with the enemy in soem kind of treasonable activity
compatible
1) capable of use with some other brand or model 2) capable of living or getting along together
complacent
overly self satisfied; smug
concise
saying a lot in a few words
condone
to overlook or disregard an offense, thereby implying forgiveness, acceptance or possibly approval of it
confrontation
a face to face encounter, usually suggesting a hostile or defiant attitude
conjecture
1) a conclusion based on inadequate evidence; a guess 2) to conclude from inadequate evidence; to guess
attrition
1) gradual waring down or weakening of resistance resulting from constant friction, pressure, or harrassment 2) a gradual, often natural decrease in size, strength, or number as a result of resignation, retirement, death or the like
augment
to make greater; become greater
augur
someone who can forecast the future by spotting various signs or indications of what is to come
connoisseur
someone with informed and discriminating judgement, especially in matters of art, literature or taste
consensus
collective uniformity of opinion; general agreement in feeling or belief
construe
to analyze, explain, interpret, or understand
consummate
1) complete or perfect in the highest degree 2) to bring to completion or perfection
copious
large in number of quantity; full
corpulent
fat and bulky
corroborate
to confirm the truth or accuracy of
counsel
1) advice secured through consultation 2) an adviser, especially a legal adviser 3) to advise or recommend as a course of action
credibility
the ability to inspire belief or trust
criterion
a standard or principle on which to base a judgement or decision
crucial
at a point that will determine the final outcome; of supreme importance
culpable
at fault; blameworthy
cursory
hasty and superficial
curtail
to shorten or reduce
cynical
inclined to doubt or deny the virtuousness or honesty of human motives; sneeringly bitter or negative
dapper
neatly and stylishly dressed
defect
1) a flaw or shortcoming 2) to desert one country, cause or the like for another
defer
1) to put off or postpone 2) to yield courteously to the wishes or judgements of someone else
dejected
in very low spirits
delete
to strike out or remove
delineate
to make an accurate line drawing or diagram of; to portray or describe in detail
delinquent
1) neglectful of a duty or obligation; seriously overdue 2) a person who fails to perform a duty; an offender
delude
to mislead or deceive
demure
modest and reserved in dress, manner, or behavior
denouement
the point at which the plot of a novel or drama is finally resolved; the outcome or solution of a complex sequence of events
desultory
shifting from one thing to another without reason or purpose; haphazard or random
deviate
1) to move away from, especially what is considered normal, right, or acceptable 2) a person who differs markedly in behavior, belief, or attitude from what is accepted as normal behavior
devoid
empty; lacking in
devout
deeply religious, earnest, or sincere
dexterous
skillful in using one's hands or mind; clever
dilapidated
fallen into disrepair or partial ruin, usually through neglect
dilatory
inclined to put things off; intended to postpone something
diligent
hardworking; thorough and persistent
dire
1) dreadful or disastrous; bleak or cheerless
discomfit
1) to defeat or frustrate completely 2) to perplex, confuse, or embarrass completely
discourse
1) an oral exchange of ideas or conversation; a lengthy discussion, either written or spoken 2) to talk about or discuss at length
discriminate
1) to distinguish between two or more things, often by perceiving minute differences 2) to behave unfairly toward a person or group because of prejudice
disparage
to speak slightingly of or undervalue
disparity
difference or inequality as of age, character, or quality
distraught
deeply distressed or agitated
divulge
to make known; make public
docile
easy to manage, teach, train, or discipline
dormant
inactive as if in sleep, suspended in use, growth or development
drastic
violently forceful and swift; extreme
duplicity
deliberate deception in speech or conduct
eclectic
1) choosing what seems best from various sources 2) one whose opinions and beliefs are drawn from various sources
effete
worn out of exhausted; marked by weakness, self indulgence or decadence
efficacious
capable of producing the desired effect
effrontery
shameless boldness
elicit
to draw out or call forth
elite
1) a highly select group of superior individuals 2) select; superior
emaciated
wasted or reduced by starvation, disease or the like
emanate
1) to flow out of 2) to send forth
embellish
to decorate or enhance
eminent
1) high in rank; distinguished 2) outstanding; conspicuous
empathy
a sympathetic understanding of; or identification with, the feelings thoughts, and attitudes of someone or something else
emulate
to try to equal or excel the excellence of
enclave
1) a country or area lying wholly within the boundaries of another country or area 2) a separate group or community within a larger group of community
entice
to lead on by arousing hope or desire
entreat
to ask or petition earnestly
envisage
to have a mental image of something, especially when the thing does not yet exist; to conceive of
epithet
1) a word or phrase used to describe or characterize someone or something 2) a term of abuse or contempt
equanimity
calmness or evenness of temper
equitable
fair or just
erudite
deeply learned, especially in a specialized area
esoteric
1) understood by or intended for only a select few 2) difficult to understand
ethical
in accordance with accepted principles of right and wrong
ethnic
relating to a small but distinct social group within the population
euphemism
the substitution of a relatively inoffensive term for one that is considered too harsh, unpleasant or blunt
exacerbate
to increase the bitterness or severity of; to irritate
exalt
to elevate in power, position, character or the like
exemplary
1) worthy of imitation 2) serving as a model, illustration, or warning
exigency
a state of urgency or a situation demanding immediate attention; the pressing needs caused by such a crisis
exodus
a departure, usually of large numbers of people
exotic
foreign; charmingly unfamiliar or strikingly unusual
expedient
1) advantageous to one's interest or purpose 2) an emergency course of action; a means to an end
exploit
1) to use to the greatest possible advantage, often selfishly 2) a brilliant or heroic deed
expound
to explain in detail
fabricate
1) to assemble or construct from separate parts 2) to make up with the intention of deceiving
facetious
not meant seriously; playful or humorous
facsimile
1) an exact copy 2) reproduced exactly
fallacy
1) faulty reasoning; an error in logic 2) a false or mistaken notion
fathom
1) a unit of length roughly equal to six feet and used primarily in the measurement of marine depths 2) to get to the bottom of; to understand
fatuous
unconsciously foolish, stupid, or absurd
feasible
possible; both doable and workable
feign
to pretend to give a false appearance of
felicitous
agreeably suited to the purpose or occasion; aptly or gracefully expressed
fetish
1) an objective believed among primitive peoples who have magical powers 2) an object of unreasonably excessive attention or reverence
fiasco
a complete failure
fickle
likely to change for no apparent reason; inconstant
filch
to steal slyly, especially small things
finesse
1) skill, delicacy, or subtlety in doing something or handling a situation 2) to accomplish by subtle or skillful maneuvering
flagrant
extremely and diliberately conspicuous; glaring
flaunt
to show off in a conspicuous or offensive way
flout
to treat openly with scorn or contempt
fluctuate
to change continually from one position to another
foible
a minor, often amusing, fault or weakness in character
forestall
to secure an advantage or prevent a loss by previous action
formidable
1) arousing fear or admiration because of the unusual size or superiority of the thing involved 2) difficult to do because of size of the job involved
fortuitous
occurring by chance or accident
frugal
1) thrifty or economical in use of money 2) involving little expense; meager
fulsome
excessive and for that reason offensive to good taste and obviously insincere
futile
incapable of producing the desired result; unsuccessful or ineffective
gape
to stare open mouthed in amazement; to open wide
garble
to distort in such a way as to make unintelligible
gloat
to regard with excessive or malicious satisfaction
goad
1) a long pointed stick used for driving animals; anything that spurs on a person 2) to drive or urge on
graphic
1) relating to a drawn or pictorial representation; visual 2) giving a clear and effective picture; vivid
gratuitous
1) freely given; done without recompense 2) uncalled for; unjustified
gregarious
1) tending to form or move in a herd or other group; social 2) enjoying the company of others; sociable
grimace
1) a twisted expression indicating pain, disgust, or disapproval 2) to contort the features of the face in order to indicate pain, disgust or disapproval
grope
to feel around uncertainly for
grueling
extremely demanding and exhausting
gruesome
causing great shock, horror, and repugnance
gullible
easily hceated to deceived
haggard
worn and exhausted from anxiety, disease, hunger of fatigue
harrangue
1) a long, emotional public address designed to arouse strong feelings or spur the audience on to action; a similar piece of writing 2) to deliver a harangue