List #1 September Vocab

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aberration (n)

  • a deviation, an abnormality

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abstinence (n)

  • the giving up of pleasures, sobriety

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abstract (adj)

  • conceptual, theoretical, not concrete

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acquiesce (v)

  • to accept, to give in

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admonish (v)

  • to warn, to scold, to reprimand

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advocate (v)

  • to encourage, to endorse, to support

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aesthetic (adj)

  • artistic, appreciative of art and beauty

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affinity (n)

  • a natural connection, an attraction

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alienate (v)

  • to estrange, to turn someone off

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aloof (adj)

  • detached, withdrawn, uninvolved

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altruistic (adj)

  • charitable, concerned for others

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ambiguous (adj)

  • unclear, confusing, having several interpretations

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ambivalent (adj)

  • unsure, undecided, uncertain

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ameliorate (v)

  • to improve, to make better

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analogous (adj)

  • similar to, comparable to

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animosity (n)

  • hostility, ill will, dislike

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anonymity (n)

-being nameless, being unknown

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antithesis (n)

-the complete opposite

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arduous (adj)

  • physically taxing, strenuous

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articulate (adj)

  • able to speak well, eloquent

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assuage (v)

  • to relieve, to calm, to soothe

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atrophy (v)

  • to degenerate, to waste away

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austere (adj)

  • bleak, stern, strict, grim

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authoritarian (adj)

  • domineering, dictatorial

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autonomy (n)

  • independence

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