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abjure (verb)

to renounce under oath; to abandon forever

abrogate (verb)

to abolish by authoritative action

abnegate (verb)

to deny to oneself

abstemious (adj)

done sparingly; consuming in moderation

acclivity (noun)

an incline or upward slope

acuity (noun)

sharp vision or perception

acumen (noun)

sharpness of insight, mind and understanding

aerie (noun)

a nest built high in the air; an elevated, secluded dwelling

anomaly (noun)

a deviation from the common rule

atavistic (adj)

characteristic of a former era, ancient

beatific (adj)

displaying calmness and joy

bilious (adj)

ill-tempered, sickly, ailing

blithely (adverb)

merrily, lightheartedly cheerful

bombastic (adj)

high-sounding, but meaningless

bucolic (adj)


calumny (noun)

a false accusation

captious (adj)

intended to confuse in an argument

caustic (adj)


celerity (noun)

speed, haste

chary (adj)

watchful, cautious; extremely shy

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