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aberration

Deviation from what is correct or right.

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abeyance

Suspension of an activity; postponement.

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abstemious

Sparing in use of food or drink; moderate.

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abstruse

Concealed; difficult to comprehend; obscure.

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accolade

Embrace; award; commendation.

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acerbic

Bitter; harsh; caustic.

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acrimonious

Sarcastic; caustic; angry; mordant.

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acuity

Sharpness; acuteness; keenness.

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acute

  1. Perceptive. 2. Excruciating.

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adept

Proficient; masterful; expert.

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adherent

Believer; supporter; devotee.

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adjunct

  1. Attachment; appendage. 2. Subordinate or auxiliary capacity.

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admonish

Caution; reprove mildly; reprimand.

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adroit

Dexterous; proficient; skillful.

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adulation

Excessive flattery; adoration; idolization.

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adulterate

Make impure or inferior by adding improper ingredients; contaminate; pollute.

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advocate

  1. Argue for a cause; defend. 2. Support; uphold.

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aesthete

Person who cultivates beauty or art; connoisseur.

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aggrandize

Make more powerful; amplify; increase.

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alacrity

Eagerness; zeal; speed.

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altruistic

Concerned about the general welfare of others; charitable; generous.

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ambivalence

Uncertainty; doubt; indecisiveness.

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ambulatory

Able to walk; not stationary.

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ameliorate

Make better; improve.

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amiable

Cordial; of pleasant disposition; friendly.

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amorphous

Without structure; shapeless; nebulous.

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animate

Energize; enliven.

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anomaly

Abnormality; deviation from the general rule; irregularity.

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antediluvian

Ancient; antiquated; obsolete.

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antipathy

Feeling of opposition or repugnance; aversion; dislike.

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apathy

Lack of concern; emotion or interest; indifference.

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aperture

Gap; opening; orifice.

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apocryphal

False; unauthenticated; disputed.

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apotheosis

  1. Essence; epitome. 2. Canonization.

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appease

Satisfy; make peace; placate.

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approbatory

Expressing approval.

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arable

Suitable for cultivation or plowing.

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arrogant

Feeling superior to other people; egotistical.

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ascetic

Strict; austere.

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assuage

Ease; make less burdensome; mitigate.

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atrophy

Waste away from lack of use; degenerate.

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audacity

Boldness or adventurousness; gall.

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authoritarian

  1. Person who acts like a dictator; tyrant. 2. Disciplinarian.

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avarice

Extreme desire for wealth; greed; acquisitiveness.

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aviary

Large enclosure confining birds.

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avouch

Guarantee; take responsibility for; affirm.

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avow

Affirm; assert; declare; acknowledge.

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baleful

Sorrowful; sinister; evil.

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balm

Soothing ointment for pain or healing; salve.

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banal

Trite; insipid; ordinary.

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bane

Deadly affliction; curse; plague.

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barbarity

Cruel action; inhuman act; harsh conduct.

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barren

  1. Infertile; impotent. 2. Arid; unproductive.

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befuddle

Stupefy or confuse; misconstrue.

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belated

Tardy; overdue.

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beleaguer

Besiege; surround.

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belittle

Humiliate; tease; diminish in importance.

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bemoan

  1. Experience pain or distress. 2. Express pity for; mourn.

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bemused

Preoccupied by thought; bewildered; perplexed.

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bilk

Defraud; deceive; hoodwink.

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blandishment

Cajolery; enticement.

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bliss

Gaiety; happiness; enjoyment.

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blithe

Happy; pleased; delighted.

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boisterous

Noisy; loud; violent; rowdy.

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boorish

Ill-mannered; rude; gauche.

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brevity

Briefness; succinctness; terseness.

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broach

Introduce; bring up; mention.

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browbeat

Intimidate; harass; dominate.

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bungle

Botch; mismanage; spoil.

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buttress

Truss; foundation; support.

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cacophonous

Discordant; dissident; harsh.

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callow

Inexperienced; immature; naive.

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candid

Frank; blunt; open.

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carouse

Drink to excess; live it up.

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cease

Stop; end; halt.

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celerity

Swift motion; speed; alacrity.

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censorious

Critical; attacking; denouncing.

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charlatan

Fraud; person claiming knowledge he/she does not have; humbug; fake; hustler.

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chary

Careful; cautious.

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chasten

Castigate; punish; reprove.

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cherubic

Sweet; kind; innocent.

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chimerical

Fanciful; whimsical; playful.

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chronic

Compulsive; typical; habitual; inveterate.

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churlish

Selfish; rancorous; surly.

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circuitous

Indirect; roundabout; rambling.

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clamor

Loud noise or complaint; commotion; din.

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clandestine

Furtive; surreptitious; secret.

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clemency

Lenience; mercy; compassion.

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cloister

Convent; monastery; religious place.

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coagulate

Congeal; curdle; clot.

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coalesce

Combine; incorporate; merge.

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coddle

Pamper; overindulge; baby; spoil.

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coercion

Intimidation; duress; force; compulsion.

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cognate

Related by blood; having the same origin.

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commensurate

Equal in measure; of the same duration or size.

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compile

Collect data; accumulate; amass.

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concomitant

Concurrent; attendant; occurring with something else.

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concordance

Agreement; treaty; accord.

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confluence

Nexus; union; meeting; conflux.

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confound

Perplex; baffle; confuse.

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