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This drug will ALLEVIATE the symptoms of the terrible disease, but only for a while

to relieve, make more bearable

The coach ADUMBRATED a game plan, but none of the players knew precisely what to do

to sketch out in a vague way

The missing person's shouts were unfortunately not AUDIBLE

able to be heard

The young poet ASPIRES to publish a book of verse someday

to long for, aim toward

Uninterested in politics, Bruno was APATHETIC about whether he lived under a capitalist or communist regime

lacking concern, emotion

Put this ANALGESIC on the wound so that the poor man at least feels a little better

something that reduces pain

The construction workers erected the skyscraper during two years of ASSIDUOUS labor

hard-working, diligent

The scientists spent all day searching the cave for ARTIFACTS from the ancient Mayan civilization

a remaining piece from an extinct culture or place

The new ANTHOLOGY of Bob Dylan songs contains all his greatest hits and a few songs that you might never have heard before

a selected collection of writings, songs, etc

He received an ACCOLADE for his work on peace

something given as a special honor or in recognition of merit

A realtor will come over tonight to APPRAISE our house

to assess the worth or value of

Stalactites are formed by the ACCRETION of minerals from the roofs of caves

slow growth in size or amount

He snuck past the guards by using an ALIAS and fake ID

a false name or identity

After they ran out of food, the men, attempting to jump rope around the world, had to ABORT and go home

to give up on a half-finished project or effort

That rip in the space- time continuum is certainly a spatial ANOMALY," said Spock to Captain Kirk

something that does not fit into the normal order

The Mayor ALLOCATED 30 percent of the funds for improving the town's schools

to distribute, set aside

The professor is an expert in ARCANE Lithuanian literature

obscure, secret, known only by a few

The crowd welcomed the heroes with APPROBATION


The soldiers conveyed their ARDOR with impassioned battle cries

extreme vigor, energy, enthusiasm

The rival politicians repeatedly cast ASPERSIONS on each others' integrity

a curse, expression of ill-will

The mother held the baby to ASSUAGE its fears

to ease, pacify

Because I am standing before you, it seems obvious that the stories circulating about my demise were APOCRYPHAL

fictitious, false, wrong

When the child cries, the mother gives him candy to APPEASE him

to calm, satisfy

President Mubarak was ADAMANT about leaving his job as president of Egypt

impervious, immovable, unyielding

The farmer purchased a plot of ARABLE land on which he will grow corn and sprouts

suitable for growing crops

After losing all her money, falling into a puddle, and breaking her ankle, Eloise was ABJECT

wretched, pitiful

The Einstein theory is ABTRUSE

hard to comprehend

The dogs were too slow to catch the AGILE rabbit

quick, nimble

An ALTERCATION followed after Kobe Bryant said bad words to Kevin Garnett

a dispute, fight

He felt AMOROUS when he saw her in a bathing suit

showing love, particularly sexual

The birds sang in ACCORD

an agreement

The judge found the murderer's crimes and lack of remorse APPALLING

inspiring shock, horror, disgust

An ANARCHIST, Carmine wanted to dissolve every government everywhere.

one who wants to eliminate all government

Because of ADVERSE conditions, the hikers decided to give up trying to climb the mountain

antagonistic, unfavorable, dangerous

Superman and Bizarro Superman shared a mutual ANTAGONISM, and often fought


The publisher ABRIDGED the book

to cut down, shorten

The ANTEDILUVIAN man still believed that Eisenhower was president of the United States and that hot dogs cost a nickel


The tense situation was AMELIORATED when Sam proposed a solution everyone could agree upon

to improve

The security guard was shocked by the fan's AUDACIOUS attempt to offer him a bribe

excessively bold

The victims will take justice into their own hands and strive to AVENGE themselves against the men who robbed them

to seek revenge

Once all the facts were known, the jury gave Angela ABSOLUTION by giving a verdict of not guilty

freedom from blame, guilt, sin (the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance)

Once we got inside the stadium we walked down the AISLE to our seats

a passageway between rows of seats

The chairman of the Federal Reserve gave a speech to try to ALLAY investors' fears about an economic downturn

to soothe, ease

An AMIABLE fellow, Harry got along with just about everyone


We ADORNED the Christmas tree with presents

to decorate

Joseph always dropped the names of the famous people his father knew as a way to AGGRANDIZE his personal stature

to increase or make greater

When he heard about the car crash, he felt ANXIETY because he knew that his girlfriend had been driving on the road where the accident occurred

intense uneasiness

Some believe George Washington, with his flowing white hair and commanding stature, was the ARCHETYPAL politician

the most representative or typical example of something

The ADROIT thief could pick someone's pocket without attracting notice

skillful, dexterous

Though they are unrelated genetically, the bone structure of whales and fish is quite ANALOGOUS

similar to, so that an analogy can be drawn

After seeing its unforeseen and catastrophic effects, Congress sought to ANNUL the law

to make void or invalid

That ANTIQUATED car has none of the features, like power windows and steering, that make modern cars so great

old, out of date

Bill and Trevor could not keep ACRIMONY from overwhelming their friendship

bitterness, discord

When he realized that the revolutionaries would surely win, the king ABDICATED his throne

to give up a position, usually one of leadership

Because of his mathematical ACUMEN, Larry was able to figure out in minutes problems that took other students hours

keen insight

The ARTISAN uses wood to make walking sticks

a craftsman

I never want to see that murderer. He is an ANATHEMA to me.

a cursed, detested person

Students usually ACQUIESCE to teacher demands

to agree without protesting

The Bill of Rights assures that the government cannot ABROGATE our right to a free press

to abolish, usually by authority

The holy man slept on the floor, took only cold showers, and generally followed other practices of ABNEGATION

denial (1.the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief; 2. renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others)

With a bit of research, the student ASCERTAINED that some plants can live for weeks without water

to perceive, learn

The policemen ALLEGED that Marshall committed the crime, but after the investigation turned up no evidence, Marshall was set free

to assert, usually without proof

If muscles do not receive enough blood, they will soon ATROPHY and die

to wither away, decay

It was a huge step in the progress of civilization when tribes left hunting and gathering and began to develop more sustainable methods of obtaining food, such as AGRICULTURE


When he begins to talk about drama, which is his true passion, he becomes very ANIMATED


Some ASCRIBE the invention of fireworks and dynamite to the Chinese

to assign, credit, attribute to

Our father was AMENABLE when we asked him to drive us to the farm so we could go apple picking

willing, compliant

The evildoers ABDUCTED the fairy princess from her happy home

to kidnap, take by force

Hotels are very ACCOMMODATING

helpful, obliging, polite

People like to be around George because he is so AFFABLE and good-natured

friendly, amiable

The spy succeeded only because he had a friend on the inside to ABET him

to aid, help, encourage

My goal is to AMALGAMATE all the Republicans and Democrats

to bring together, unite

The tennis player considered the sunny forecast an AUSPICIOUS sign that she would win her match

favorable, indicative of good things

He ABSTAINED from drugs

to freely choose not to commit an action

Joey's parents are very religious, but he is AGNOSTIC

believing that the existence of God cannot be proven or disproven

That was an AMBIGUOUS argument

uncertain, variably interpretable

After dinner, Marlon told an ANECDOTE about the time he got his nose stuck in a toaster

a short, humorous account

I know you love me, but because you are a liar and a thief, I feel nothing but ANTIPATHY for you

a strong dislike, repugnance

Kobe Bryant ACCOSTED Ron Artest when he said he sucked

to approach, confront verbally

Jill became ACERBIC when she started to make fun of everyone

1. sharp and forthright, 2. bitter in tone or taste

Chuck decided to ABIDE by it

to stay or put up with

The hotel has many AMENITIES

an item that increases comfort

The book shelf ladder makes finding books more ACCESSIBLE

obtainable, reachable

The eager student seeks to AUGMENT his knowledge of French vocabulary by reading French literature

to add to, expand

The employee sought official ARBITRATION when he could not resolve a disagreement with his supervisor

the process or act of resolving a dispute

Because he always wound up kicking himself in the head when he tried to play soccer, Oswald began to ABHOR the sport

to hate, detest

Angelos suffered terrible ANGUISH when he learned that Buffy had died while combating a strange mystical force of evil

extreme sadness, torment

He was so AFFLUENT that he had over 10,000 iPhones

rich, wealthy

The man ATONED for forgetting his wife's birthday by buying her five dozen roses

to repent, make amends

The marine biologist studies starfish and other AQUATIC creatures

relating to water

After being overthrown and ABASED, the deposed leader offered to bow down to his conqueror

to humiliate, degrade

The athletes strived to ATTAIN their best times in competition

to achieve, arrive at

I ADHERED to BPA standards

to stick to something

When the nerves in his spine were damaged, Mr. Hollins suffered ANESTHESIA in his legs

loss of sensation

The great tradition of Western culture had its ANTECEDENT in the culture of Ancient Greece

something that came before

Jerry didn't know why, but he felt an incredible AFFINITY for Kramer the first time they met

a spontaneous feeling of closeness

We watched as the fighter planes conducted AERIAL maneuvers

somehow related to the air

Leaves, roots, and bark are a few ARBOREAL traits

of or relating to trees

Obama is an ADVOCATE for iPhones for everyone argue in favor of something 2.a person who argues in favor of something


without definite shape or type

The scientist could sometimes seem ALOOF, as if he didn't care about his friends or family, but really he was just thinking about quantum mechanics

reserved, distant

The three branches of the U.S. government form an AGGREGATE much more powerful than its individual parts

1.a hole or total gather into a mass

In this book you're writing, you say that the Pyramids were built after the Titanic sank, which is ANACHRONISTIC

being out of correct chronological order

Your values, which hold war and violence in the highest esteem, are the ANTITHESIS of my pacifist beliefs

the absolute opposite

Psychologists agree that those people who are happiest ACCENTUATE the positive in life

to stress, highlight

The government APPROPRIATED the farmer's land without justification

to take, make use of

Much of Roger's success in politics results from his ability to provide astute answers to reporters' questions

very clever, crafty

Charles always set the table with ALACRITY

eagerness, speed

We hired Susan as our interior decorator because she has such a fine AESTHETIC sense

artistic, related to the appreciation of beauty

He is a ACCLAIMED writer

high praise

Because he's from Hawaii, Ben has an AVERSION to autumn, winter, and cold climates in general

a particular dislike for something

The ANTISEPTIC hospital was very bare, but its cleanliness helped to keep patients healthy

clean, sterile

To prove his honesty, the President ABJURED the evil policies of his wicked predecessor

to reject, renounce (under oath)

He ACCEDED to their request

to agree

Mary received a love poem from an ANONYMOUS admirer

being unknown, unrecognized

The AUSTERE furniture inside the abandoned house made the place feel haunted

very bare, bleak

At dawn, the war planes ASSAILED the boats in the harbor

to attack

"1. After defeating them in battle, the Russians ANNEXED Poland
2. He likes to do his studying in a little ANNEX attached to the main reading room in the library" incorporate territory or space 2.a room attached to a larger room or space

The priest lives an ASCETIC life devoid of television, savory foods, and other pleasures

practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious

Kobe Bryant is ADEPT at basketball

extremely skilled

1.For Thoreau, the forest served as an ASYLUM from the pressures of urban life"
2. Once diagnosed by a certified psychiatrist, the man was put in an ASYLUM

1.a place of refuge, protection, a sanctuary 2. (n.) an institution in which the insane are kept

The foreman mercilessly overworked his AGGRIEVED employees

distressed, wronged, injured

In the confusion, the super-spy ABSCONDED into the night with the secret plans

to sneak away and hide

Because she was so ACUTE, Libby instantly figured out how the magician pulled off his magic

1. sharp, severe 2. having keen insight

The king ARROGATED the right to order executions to himself exclusively

to take without justification

He ADMONISHED him not to ruin his appetite by eating cookies before dinner

to caution, criticize, reprove

The boy's decision to choose one college over another seems ARBITRARY

based on factors that appear random

Screaming and crying is ATYPICAL adult behavior

not typical, unusual

Though the book was pretty good, Marcy did not believe it deserved the ADULATION it received

extreme praise

The banker's AVARICE led him to amass a tremendous personal fortune

excessive greed

An AMICABLE fellow, Frank got along with just about everyone


I had AMBIVALENT feelings about Lamar Odom

having opposing feelings

The rain poured down for a while, then ABATED

to reduce, lessen

Bernardo was very touchy, and took any slight as an AFFRONT to his honor

an insult

1. He ATTRIBUTES all of his success to his mother's undying encouragement
2. Among the beetle's most peculiar ATTRIBUTES is its thorny protruding eyes" credit, assign 2.a facet or trait

In 1918 the Boston World Sox won the World Series, but the success turned out to be an ABERRATION, and the Red Sox have not won since

something that differs from the norm

In a few select regions of Western Mongolian, an ARCHAIC Chinese dialect is still spoken

of or relating to an earlier period in time, outdated

A crew arrived to ASSESS the damage after the crash

to evaluate

Little other than palm trees and cacti grow successfully in ARID environments

excessively dry

"1. The criminal was APPREHENDED at the scene
2. The student has trouble APPREHENDING concepts in math and science" seize, arrest perceive, understand, grasp

The divorce court judge will serve as the ARBITER between the estranged husband and wife

one who can resolve a dispute, make a decision

The candidate won the vote after giving several BOISTEROUS speeches on television

loud and full of energy

Advanced physics is the BANE of many students' academic lives

a burden

"1. Most cars run on a combination of power from a BATTERY and gasoline
2. Her husband was accused of assault and BATTERY after he attacked a man on the sidewalk"

1.a device that supplies power 2.assault, beating

The captain's BRUSQUE manner offended the passengers

short, abrupt, dismissive

The judge's hidden BIAS against smokers led him to make an unfair decision

a tendency, inclination, prejudice

The client rejected our proposal because they found our presentation BANAL and unimpressive

dull, commonplace

Critics condemned the novelist's BRAZEN attempt to plagiarize Hemingway's story.

excessively bold, brash

Police officers should be commended for their BENEVOLENT service to the community

marked by goodness or doing good

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