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Abjure
To reject, to abandon formally
Ablution
Act of cleansing
Abnegate
To deny
Abrogate
To abolish or invalidate by authority
Abstemious
Consuming moderately
abtruse
difficult to comprehend
abut
to touch, to be in contact with
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acme
highest point, summit
acquiesce
to agree or comply in silence
adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
alturism
unselfish concern for other welfare
ambulatory
itinerant, walking around
amortize
to diminish by installment payments
ancillary
accessory, subordinate, helping
anteniluvian
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure, coming before the biblical flood
anthropopmorphic
attributing human qualities to non humans
aplomb
poise, confidence
apostate
one who renounces religious faith
apothegm
a short, instructive saying
apotheosis
deification, glorified ideal
arboreal
relating to trees
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hardworking
bacchanalian
drunkenly festive
balk
to refuse, skirk, prevent
beatific
saintly, angelic
belie
to misrepresent
benison
blessing
bifurcate
divide into two parts
bilious
easily irritated, relating to bile
bonhomie
good natured geniality
bulwark
defense wall
cajole
to flatter, coax, persuade
calamitous
disastrous
calumny
slander
canard
a lie
carom
to strike and rebound
cavalcade
a procession
chagrin
shame
charlatan
fake
chattel
piece of personal property
chimerical
fanciful, imaginary, impossible
choleric
easily angered
churlish
rude
cistern
tank for rainwater
coalesce
to grow together, unite
coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
cognomen
family name
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commodious
roomy
compunctious
feeling guilty
conciliatory
overcoming distrust
conflagration
big destructive fire
congenial
similar in tastes and habits
consanguineous
of the same origin
contentious
quarrelsome, disagreeable
contumacious
rebellious
corpulence
obesity
corrugate
to mold in a shape with parallel grooves and ridges
cosset
to pamper
coterie
small group of people with a similar purpose
coven
group of witches
curmudgeon
cranky person
declivity
downward slope
deleterious
harmful, destructive
deluge
flood
demagogue
leader who appeals to emotion or prejudice
denigrate
to slur or blacken someones reputation
descry
to discover or reveal
diaphanous
allowing light to show through
dictum
authoritative statement, popular saying
didactic
excessively instructive
diluvial
relating to a flood
diminutive
small
discomfit
to cause embarrasment
distaff
the female branch of a family
dither
to move or act confused without a clear purpose
diurnal
daily
doctrinaire
rigidly devoted to theories
dolor
sadness
doughty
courageous
droll
amusing in a subtle way
dyspeptic
suffering from indegestion, gloomy
ebullient
exhilarated, full of enthusiasim
effluvia
outpouring of gases or vapors
effulgent
brilliantly shining
egregious
conspiciuously bad
emend
to correct a text
emollient
having soothing qualitites
encomium
warm praise
endemic
belonging to a particular area
ennui
boredom
epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
epitome
representative of an entire group
ersatz
fake
eschew
to abstain from
evince
to show clearly
exorcise
to expel evil spirits
expatiate
to wander; to discuss at length
expiate
to make ammends
expunge
to erase
expurgate
to censor
extemporaneous
unrehearsed
extol
praise
extrapolate
to estimate
facetious
witty
fatuous
stupid
fealty
intense loyalty
fecund
fertile, productive
fetid
foul smelling
fey
doomed
filch
to steal
filial
appropriate for a child
flaccid
limp, flabby, weak
foliate
to grow, to sprout leaves
forswear
to repudiate, renounce, reject
fracas
noisy dispute
fractious
unruly, rebelious
frenetic
hectic
fulminate
to explode with anger
fulsome
excessive
furtive
secret
gainsay
to deny
gambol
to dance or skip playfully
gauche
crude, socially awkward
germinate
to begin to grow
gibe
to make taunting remarks
glib
fluent in an insincere manner
gnostic
having to do with knowledge
grandiloquence
pompous talk
gratuitous
free; unnecessary and unjustified
gustatory
relating to sense of taste
hackneyed
worn out by over use
harangue
a pompous speech
hegemony
leadership
heretical
opposed to an established religious orthodoxy
hermetic
tightly sealed
hoary
very old
husband
to farm; to manage thriftily
idiosyncrasy
peculiarity of temperament
ignominious
disgraceful
ilk
type of kind
illusory
unreal
imbue
to infuse, to dye, wet
impecunious
poor, having no money
imperious
domineering
impolitic
unwise
impromptu
spontaneous
impugn
to call into question
incarnate
having a bodily form
incendiary
flammable
inculcate
to teach
inculpate
to blame
indefatigable
never tired
indigent
very poor
indolent
habitually lazy
indubitable
unquestionable
inert
unable to move
infallible
incapable of making a mistake
ingenious
original, clever
ingratiate
to bring oneself purposely into another's good graces
ingress
entrance
innuendo
indirect and subtle criticism
insidious
devious
insuperable
insurmountable
interdict
to forbid
interlocutor
someone taking part in a dialogue
interloper
trepasser
internecine
deadly to both sides