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Abase

to humble; disgrace

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Abate

to reduce in amount, degree, or severity

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Abdicate

to give up a position, right, or power

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Aberrant

deviating from what is normal or expected

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Abeyance

temporary suppression or supension

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Abjure

to reject; abandon formally

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Abscond

to leave secretly

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Abstain

to chose not to do something

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Abstemious

moderate in appetite

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Abyss

an extreely deep hole

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Accretion

a growth in size; increase in amount

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Acidulous

sour in taste or manner

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Acme

highest point; summit; the highest level or degree attainable

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Adulterate

to make impure

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Advocate

to speak in favor of

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Aerie

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

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Aesthetic

concerning the appreciation of beauty

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Affected

phony; artificial

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Aggrandize

to increase in power, influence, and reputation

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Alacrity

speed or quickness

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Alleviate

to make more bearable

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Amalgamate

to combine; to mix together

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Ambiguous

doubtful or uncertain; can be interpreted several ways

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Ameliorate

to make better; to improve

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Amortize

to diminish by installment payments

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Amulet

ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits

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Anachronism

something out of place in time

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Analgesia

a lessening of pain without loss of consciousness

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Analogous

similar or alike insome way; equivalent to

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Anodyne

something that calms or soothes pain

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Anomaly

deviation from what is normal

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Antagonize

to annoy or provoke to anger

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Antipathy

extreme dislike

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Apathy

lack of interest or emotion

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Apocryphal

of questionable authority or authenticity

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Apostate

one who renounces a religious faith

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Approbation

approval and praise

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Arbitrary

determined by chance or impulse

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Arbitrate

to judge a dispute between two opposing parties

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Archaic

ancient; old-fashioned

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Ardor

intense and passionate feeling

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Arrogate

to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right

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Articulate

able to speak clearly and expressively

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Assail

to attack; assault

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Assuage

to make something unpleasant less severe

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Attenuate

to reduce in force or degree; weaken,make weak

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Audacious

fearless and daring

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Augury

prophecy; prediction of events

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August

dignified; grandiose

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Austere

severe or stern in appearance; undecorated

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Axiom

premise; postulate; self-evident truth,univeral principal

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Banal

predictable; cliched; boring

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Belfry

bell tower; room in which a bell in hung

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Bevy

group

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Bifurcate

to divide into two parts

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Bilk

to cheat; defraud

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Blight

to afflict; destroy

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Blithe

joyful; cheerful; or without appropriate thought

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Bolster

to support; prop up

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Bombastic

pompous in speech and manner

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Bonhomie

good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer

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Boor

crude person, one lacking manners or taste

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Burgeon

to grow and flourish

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Burnish

to polish

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Cabal

a secret group seeking to overturn something

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Cacophony

harsh, jarring noise

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Calumny

a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation

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Canard

a lie

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Candid

impartial and honest in speech

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Capricious

changing one's mind quickly and often

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Cartography

science or art of making maps

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Castigate

to punish or criticize harshly

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Catalyst

something that brings about a change in something else

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Catholic

universal broad and comprehensive

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Caustic

biting in wit

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Chaos

great disorder or confused situation

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Chauvinist

someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs

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Chicanery

deception by means of craft or guile

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Circumspect

cautious; aware of potential consequences

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Cloying

sickly sweet; excessive

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Coalesce

to grow together to form a single whole

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Coffer

strongbox; large chest for money

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Cogent

convincing and well-reasoned

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Collusion

collaboration; complicity; conspiracy

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Condone

to overlook, pardon, or disregard

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Connoisseur

a person with expert knowledge or discriminating tastes

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Contrite

deeply sorrowful and repentatnt for a wrong

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Contumacious

rebellious

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Convoluted

intricate and complicated

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Corroborate

to support with evidence

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Cosset

to pamper; treat with great care

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Coterie

an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose

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Craven

lacking courage

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Credulous

too trusting; gullible

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Crescendo

steadily increasing in volume or force

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Cupidity

greed; strong desire

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Curmudgeon

cranky person, usually old

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Debutante

young woman making debut in high society

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Declivity

downward slope

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Decorous

proper; tasteful; socially correct

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