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100 words (1-20)

American Heritage dictionaries- the top 100 words every high school graduate should know. Here are the first 20.
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abjure
to recant solemnly, renounce, or repudiate
abrogate
to abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
abstemious
eating or drinking in moderation
acumen
quickness or keenness in judgement or insight
antebellum
belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil war
auspicious
attended by favorable circumstances
belie
to give a false representation to, misrepresent
bellicose
war like or hostile in manner or temperment
bowdlerize
to remove material that is considered objectionable of offensive
chicanery
deception by trickery or sophistry
chromosome
strand of DNA
churlish
of, like, or befitting a churl; boorish or vulgar
circumlocution
unnecessarily wordy or indirect language
circumnavigate
to go completely around
deciduous
shedding or loosing foliage at the end of a growing season.
deleterious
having a harmful or negative effect
diffident
lacking self-confidence
enervate
to weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of
enfranchise
to endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote
epiphany
a sudden realization of great truth