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Abeyance
(n) temporary suppression or suspension
Affected
(adj.) phony; artificial
Abase
(v) to humble; disgrace
Abate
(v) to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
Abdicate
(v) to give up position, right, or power
Aberrant
(adj.) deviating from what is normal or expected
Abjure
(v) to reject; abandon formally
Abscond
(v) to leave secretly
Abstain
(v) to choose not to do something
Abstemious
(adj.) moderate in appetite
Abyss
(n) an extremely deep hole
Accretion
(n) a growth in size; an increase in amount
Acidulous
(adj.) sour in taste or manner
Acme
(n) highest point; summit; the highest level or degree attainable
Adulterate
(v) to make impure
Advocate
(v) to speak in favor of
Aerie
(n) a nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded, dwelling
Aesthetic
(adj.) concerning the appreciation of beauty
Aggrandize
(v) to increase in power, influence, and reputation
Alacrity
(n) speed or quickness
Alleviate
(v) to make more bearable
Ambiguous
(adj.) doubtful or uncertain; can be interpreted several ways
Amalgamate
(v) to combine; to mix together
Ameliorate
(v) to make better; to improve
Amortize
(v) to diminish by installment payments
Amulet
(n) ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
Anachronism
(n) something out of place in time
Analgesia
(n) a lessening of pain without loss of consciousness
Analogous
(adj.) similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
Anodyne
(n) something that calms or soothes pain
Anomaly
(n) deviation from what is normal
Antagonize
(v) to annoy or provoke to anger
Antipathy
(n) extreme dislike
Apathy
(n) lack of interest or emotion
Apocryphal
(adj.) of questionable authority or authenticity
Apostate
(n) one who renounces a religious faith
Approbation
(n) approval and praise
Arbitrary
(adj.) determine by chance or impulse
Arbitrate
(v) to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
Archaic
(adj.) ancient; old-fashioned
Ardor
(n) intense and passionate feeling
Arrogate
(v) to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right
Articulate
(adj.) able to speak clearly and expressively
Assail
(v) to attack; assault
Assuage
(v) to make something unpleasant less severe
Attenuate
(v) to reduce in force or degree; weaken
Audacious
(adj.) fearless and daring
Augury
(n) prophecy; prediction of events
August
(adj.) dignified; grandiose
Austere
(adj.) severe or stern in appearance; undecorated
Axiom
(n) premise; postulate; self-evident truth
Banal
(adj.) predictable; cliched; boring
Belfry
(n) bell tower; room in which a bell is hung
Bevy
(n) group
Bifurcate
(v) to divide into two parts
Bilk
(v) to cheat; defraud
Blight
(v) to afflict; destroy
Blithe
(adj.) joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought
Bolster
(v) to support; prop up
Bombastic
(adj.) pompous in speech and manner
Bonhomie
(n) good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
Boor
(n) crude person, one lacking manners or taste
Burgeon
(v) to grow and flourish
Burnish
(v) to polish
Cabal
(n) a secret group seeking to overturn something
Cacophony
(n) harsh, jarring noise
Calumny
(n) a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation
Canard
(n) a lie
Candid
(adj.) impartial and honest in speech
Capricious
(adj.) changing one's mind quickly and often
Cartography
(n) science or art of making maps
Castigate
(v) to punish or criticize harshly
Catalyst
(n) something that brings about a change in something else
Catholic
(adj.) universal; broad and comprehensive
Caustic
(adj.) biting in wit
Chaos
(n) great disorder or confused situation
Chauvinist
(n) someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
Chicanery
(n) deception by means of craft or guile
Circumspect
(adj.) cautious; aware of potential consequences
Cloying
(adj.) sickly sweet; excessive
Coalesce
(v) to grow together to form a single whole
Coffer
(n) strongbox; large chest for money
Cogent
(adj.) convincing and well-reasoned
Collusion
(n) collaboration; complicity; conspiracy
Condone
(v) to overlook; pardon or disregard
Connoisseur
(n) a person with expert knowledge or discriminating taste
Contrite
(adj.) deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong
Contumacious
(adj.) rebellious
Convoluted
(adj.) intricate and complicated
Corroborate
(v) to support with evidence
Cosset
(v) to pamper; treat with great care
Coterie
(n) an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose
Craven
(adj.) lacking courage
Credulous
(adj.) too trusting; gullible
Crescendo
(n) steadily increasing in volume or force
Cupidity
(n) greed; strong desire
Curmudgeon
(n) cranky person, usually old
Debutante
(n) young woman making debut in high society
Declivity
(n) downward slope
Decorous
(adj.) proper; tasteful; socially correct