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Abate

v. to become less active, less intense, or less in amount

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Abstract

adj. existing purely in the mind; not representing actual reality

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Abysmal

adj. extremely bad

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Accordingly

adv. in accordance with

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Acquisition

n. the act of gaining a skill or possession of something

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Adapt

v. to make suit a new purpose v. to accommodate oneself to a new condition, setting, or situation

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Adept

adj. having knowledge or skill (usu. in a particular area)

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Adequate

adj. having sufficient qualifications to meet a specific task or purpose

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Advent

n. the arrival or creation of something (usu. historic)

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Adversarial

adj. relating to hostile opposition

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Advocate

n. someone who promotes or defends something v. to defend or promote something (usu. a belief, theory, opinion, etc.)

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Aesthetic

adj. relating to beauty or refined taste

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Afford

v. to be able to buy v. to be able to spare

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Agitate

v. to promote something (usu. a cause)

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Allow

v. to permit or consent to

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Allude

v. to make a secretive mention of something

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Altercation

n. a noisy argument or confrontation

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Ambiguous

adj. unclear or vague in meaning

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Ambitious

adj. having a powerful desire for success or achievement

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Ambivalence

n. the state of being uncertain or stuck between two or more options

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Analogous

adj. similar but not identical

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Annihilate

v. to destroy or cause devastating destruction

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Anomaly

n. something different from the norm

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Anticipate

v. assume to be likely to happen

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Antipathy

n. a strong feeling of dislike

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Apex

n. the highest point of something

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Apprehension

n. fearful expectation of something

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Articulate

v. to clearly express in words

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Artificial

adj. something made; not occurring naturally

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Assertion

n. a strong declaration

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Austere

adj. extremely plain adj. stern and forbidding adj. relating to self-denial

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Authenticity

n. the quality of being real and true instead of fake and contrived

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Avenue

n. an intangible path or approach to something

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Avid

adj. actively interested in or enthusiastic about something

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Basic

adj. relating to the foundation or basis of something

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Bear

v. to have as a characteristic v. to have (a child) v. to bring forth v. to put up with

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Benevolent

adj. kind, generous

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Bias

n. a preconception that prevents objectivity

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Bittersweet

adj. tinged with a feeling of sadness

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Bolster

v. to support, strengthen, or fortify

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Boost

n. an increase or growth v. to increase or make grow

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Brawl

n. an intense, loud fight v. to fight loudly and disruptively

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Brevity

n. the quality of being brief or terse

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Candid

adj. direct, blunt

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Candor

n. the trait of being honest and frank

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Capitalize

v. to use to your advantage

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Capture

v. to trap or take possession of v. to successfully represent or imitate v. to captivate, mesmerize v. to catch or seize

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Civic

adj. relating to the city or citizens

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Clinical

adj. emotionally unattached (usually used in medical or scientific setting)

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Clout

n. special advantage or power

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Coarse

adj. indicating a rough texture adj. lacking refinement or sophistication

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Coincide

v. to happen at the same time

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Commission

n. the use of payment to request something (e.g., a service or product)

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Comparable

adj. able to be compared

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Competent

adj. sufficiently qualified

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Complacent

adj. satisfied, with no desire to change or improve

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Complement

v. to make perfect or complete

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Concede

v. to be forced to agree or surrender v. to admit to a transgression

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Conceive

v. to imagine or come up with

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Condone

v. to overlook, approve, or allow

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Conducive

adj. able to bring about or be suitable for

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Conduct

v. to control or manage v. to behave a certain way

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Confide

v. to share something secretive with someone

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Confine

v. to put limits on; to restrict

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Consensus

n. overall agreement

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Constitute

v. to form or compose (part of) something

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Contemplate

v. to think deeply about

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Contend

v. to maintain or assert (an opinion)

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Contradict

v. to be in contrast with

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Controversial

adj. highly debatable and causing contention

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Conventional

adj. abiding by accepted standards

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Convey

v. to pass on or transfer (information)

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Conviction

n. a firm belief in something

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Corroborate

v. to provide evidence for; to back up (a claim)

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Counteract

v. to work in opposition to

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Counterargument

n. an argument used to criticize or dismantle another argument

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Counterproductive

adj. hindering the achievement of a goal

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Culmination

n. the final act or climax

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Cultivate

v. to foster the growth of

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Decree

v. to declare formally and with authority

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Deference

n. respect; regard

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Deficient

adj. not enough in degree or amount

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Demonstrate

v. to do as an example v. gives evidence for

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Demur

v. to object to

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Deplete

v. to (over)use over time (usu. resources)

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Desolate

adj. bare, barren, empty

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Devise

v. to come up with (a plan)

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Dilemma

n. a problem, usually requiring a choice between two options

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Diligence

n. conscientiousness; the quality of being committed to a task

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Diminish

v. to become smaller in scope or degree

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Dire

adj. hopeless and dangerous or fearful

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Discord

n. disagreement

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Disdain

n. a lack of respect and strong dislike (toward something or someone)

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Dismay

n. hopelessness, stress, or consternation v. to fill with woe or apprehension

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Disparage

v. to belittle or speak down to

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Dispatch

v. to send off a message or messenger

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Diversification

n. the act of becoming diverse

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Doctrine

n. a principle, theory, or position, usually advocated by a religion or gov't

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Dominion

n. power and authority (usu. over a territory) n. a legal territory

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Dreary

adj. sad, gloomy, dull

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