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A, AN

Not, Without atrophy: the wasting away of body tissue atypical: not typical

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AB

From, Away, Apart abhor: to hate, detest abdicate: to renounce or relinquish a throne abstruse: hard to understand; secret, hidden

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ABLE, IBLE

Capable Of, Worth Of amenable: willing to respond to persuasion or suggestion

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AC, ACR

Sharp, Sour, Bitter acute: sharp at the end; ending in a point acerbic: sour or astringent in taste, harsh in temper exacerbate: to increase bitterness or violence acrid: sharp or biting to the taste or smell acrimonious: caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature

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ACOU

Hearing acoustic: of or relating to sound

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AD, A

To adept: good at, skillful

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AMBI, AMPHI

Both, On Both Sides, Around ambiguous: open to various interpretations

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AMBL, AMBUL

Walk ambient: moving freely, circulating

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ANIM

Mind, Spirit unanimous: in complete accord

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ANT, ANTE

Before antedate: precede in time

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ANTI, ANT

Against, Opposite antipathy: aversion

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AQUA, AQUE

Water aquatic: relating to water

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ARD

Burn ardor: fiery intensity of feeling

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AUTO, AUT

Self automatic: self-moving or self-activ

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BEL

Beautiful embellish: to make beautiful by ornamentation

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BELL, BELLI

War Belligerent: given to waging war

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BEN

Well, Good Benign: kindly disposition

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BI, BIN

Two bilateral: pertaining to or affecting both sides

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BON, BOUN

Good, Generous bonanza: source of great wealth or prosperity bountiful: given freely and abundantly

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BREV, BRID

Short, Small abbreviate: to make shorter abridge: to reduce the length of a text

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BURS

Purse, Money reimburse: return money

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CARN

Flesh carnival: travelling amusement show incarnation: a being invested with a bodily form

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CAUST

Burn, heat caustic: capable of burning, corroding

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CED, CESS

Yield, Go antecedent: existing, being, or going before incessant: without stop

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CELER

Speed accelerate: to increase speed

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CENT

Hundred, Hundreth centurion: commander of a century in the roman army

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CHROM

Color chromosome: threadlike linear strand of DNA

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CIRCUM

Around circuitous: roundabout, indirect

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CO, COM, CON

With, Together collide: to strike one another with a forceful impact compatible: capable of existing together in harmony conciliate: to placate, win over

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CONTRA, CONTRO, COUNTER

Against contrast: to set in opposition to emphasize differences

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CORD, CARD

Heart concord: agreement, peace cardiac: pertaining to the heart

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CORP, CORS

Body corpulent: excessively fat

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COSM

Order, Universe, World microcosm: small representative system having analogies to a larger system

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CRED

Trust, Believe incredible: unbelievable

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CRYPT

Hide apocryphal: of doubtful authorship or authenticity

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CULP

Fault, Blame culpable: deserving blame or censure

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CUMB, CUB

Lie Down succumb: to give away to superior force, yield recumbent: lying down, reclining

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CYN, CAN

Dog cynicism: attitude of scornful or jaded negativity

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DE

Down, Out, Away From, Apart delineate: sketch or trace in outline

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DEL

Erase deleterious: harmful, injurious

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DEXT

Right Hand, Right Side dexterity: skill or adroitness

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DI

Day diurnal: daily

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DIA

Through, Across dilatory: inclined to delay or procrastinate

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DIC, DICT, DIT

Speak interdict: to forbid, prohibit

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DI, DIS

Away, Apart diffuse: to pour out and spread, as a fluid disperse: to send off in various directions

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DOL

Grieve, Suffer Pain doleful: sorrowful, mournful

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DORM

Sleep dormitory: room providing sleeping quarters for a number of persons

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DORS

Back endorse: to give support especially by public statement

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DUC, DUCT

Lead conducive: personal behaviour, a way of acting abduct: to carry off

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DULC

Sweet dulcet: pleasing to the ear, melodious

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DUR

Hard, Lasting endure: to hold out against

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E, EF, EX

Out, Former, Completely evade: to escape from efface: to rub or wipe out exonerate: to declare free from blame

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EGO

Self egotist: self-centered person, selfish

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EQU

Equal iniquity: gross injustice

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ERR

Wander erratic: deviating from the proper course, or usual conduct

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EU

Well, Good euphemism: pleasant-sounding term for something unpleasant

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FAL

Liable To Err To Deceive fallacy: false notion

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FATU

Foolish fatuous: foolish or silly, in a smug, self-satisfied way

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FERV

Boil fervor: passion, zeal

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FID, FI

Faith confide: to entrust with a secret fiduciary: given or held in trust

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FLAGR, FULG, FULM

Burn, Shine conflagration: large destructive fire

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FLECT, FLEX

Bend, Turn deflect: bend or turn aside from a purpose genuflect: to bend knee

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FUG

Flee subterfuge: deceptive stratagem or device

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FUM

Smoke fumigation: applying smoke or vapor for disinfection

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GEN

Birth, Class, Kin congenital: existing or as such from birth

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GNO, GNI, COGN, CONN

Know ignore: refuse to take notice recognize: to identify as already known reconnaissance: act of scouting or exploring an area to gain information

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GRAM, GRAPH

Write, Draw epigram: short witty poem expressing a single thought or observation demography: study of characteristics of human populations

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GREG

Flock gregarious: sociable

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HAP

By Chance haphazard: characterized by mere chance

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HEMI

Half hemisphere: half of a sphere

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HETERO

Other, Different heterodox: different from acknowledged standard

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HOL

Whole catholic: of broad or liberal scope, comprehensive

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HOMO

Same homogenous: uniform structure of composition throughout

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HUM

Earth humble: marked by meekness or modesty in behavior

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ICON

Image, Idol iconoclast: one who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions

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IM, IN

Not impartial: not partial or biased indolence: avoid exertion, slothful

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IN, IM, I

In, On intrinsic: belonging to a thing by its very nature implicit: not expressly stated, implied

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INTER

Between, Among interloper: one who intrudes in the domain of others

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INTRA

Inside, Within intravenous: within or administered into a vein

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IT, ITER

Go, Repeat sedition: inciting rebellion iterate: to say or perform again, repeat

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JOC

Joke jocular: given to joking

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JOUR

Day sojourn: a temporary stay

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JUD

Judge judgment: the act or process of judging

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JUNCT, JUG

Join junction: the act of combining conjugal: relating to the relationship of spouses

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JUR

To Swear abjure: to renounce on oath

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JUV

Young rejuvenate: to restore youthful appearance or vigor

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LAUD

Praise plaudit: enthusiastic expression of praise or approval

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LAV, LAU, LU

Wash lavatory: room with equipment for washing ablution: act of cleasing

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LAX, LAK, LEASE, LES

Loose laxative: stimulating evacuation of the bowels release: to set free from confinement

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LEG, LEC, LEX

Read, Speak lecture: An earnest admonition or reproof lexicon: dictionary

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LEV

Lift, Light, Rise alleviate: to make easier to endure, lessen

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LIBER

Free deliberate: Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects

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LIG, LI

Tie, Bind oblige: constrain by physical, legal, social, or moral means liable: legally obligated or responsible

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LING, LANG

Tongue language: communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals

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LITH

Stone monolith: large block of stone used in architecture or sculpture

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LOG, LOQU

Speech, Thought dialogue: conversation eulogy: speech or writing in praise of someone

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LUC, LUS

Light lucid: easily understood illustrious: highly distinguished

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MACRO

Great, Long macroscopic: large enough to be perceived or examined by the unaided eye

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MAG, MAX, MAJ, MAS

Great, Big magnify: to increase the apparent size of maxim: expression of general truth or principal

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MAL

Bad malign: to slander

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