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  1. Abeyance
    Suspended action

    Ex. Matters were held in abeyance pending further inquiries
  2. Abject
    Utterly hopeless, humiliating or wretched.

    Ex. Abject poverety
  3. Abjure
    To renounce an oath.

    Ex. His refusal to abjure the Catholic faith
  4. Ablution
    Act of cleansing

    Ex. The women performed their ablutions
  5. Abrogate
    To abolish by formal means

    Ex. A proposal to abrogate temporarily the right to strike
  6. Abstemious
    Sparing in eating and drinking, temperate.

    Ex. We only had a bottle.... very abstemious of you 
  7. Abstruse
    Hard to understand; secret, hidden.

    Ex. An abstruse philosophical inquiry.
  8. Abut
    Border up, adjoin 

    Ex. The gardens abutting Great Prescott State.
  9. Accretion
    An increase by natural growth.

    Ex. The accretion of sediments in coastal mangroves.
  10. Acrophobia
    Fear of heights.
  11. Actuarial
    Calculating, pertaining to insurance statistics.

    Ex. ... cures of SS if indeed it's in actuarial danger.
  12. Actuate
    Motivate (syn. incite)

    Ex. The pendulum actuates an electrical switch.
  13. Acuity

    Ex. Intellectual or visual acuity.
  14. Addle
    Muddle, drive crazy, become rotten

    Ex. Being in love must have addled your brain.
  15. Adjunct
    Accessory (not essential)

    Syn: consequent

    Ex. Computer technology is an adjunct to learning.
  16. Abjuration
    Solemn urging

    Abjuration of Cthulhu and references to... other names only found in Lovecraft's stories
  17. Abjure
    To beg or command

    Ex. I adjure you to tell me the truth.
  18. Abjutant

    Ex. The adjutant general's office...
  19. Adjuvant
    Accessory; furnishing added support, additive

    Ex. Recommend certain patients receive adjuvant chemo, even for those with stage 1 diseases.
  20. Admonition
    Cautionary advice about something imminent (especially of danger or unpleasantness), a warning [admonish]

    Ex. The old judge's admonition to the jury on this point was particularly weighty
  21. Adroit

    Ex. He was adroit at tax avoidance.
  22. Adventitious

    My adventures were always adventitious, always thrust on me.
  23. Advert 
    Refer (to)

    Ex. First, there was this advert from the U.S for a combination razor/bikini trimmer.
  24. Aerie
    Large prey bird
  25. Affectation
    An effort to appear to have a quality not really or fully possessed.

    Ex. Mari's childish affectation won her more sympathy from adults than the cleverness which made her an outcast at school.
  26. Affront
    Insult, offend

    Ex. He took his son's desertion as a personal affront.
  27. Aggregate
    Gather, accumulate

    Ex. The people aggregated in dense groups.
  28. Alacrity
    Eagerness, cheerful promptness

    Ex. She accepted the invitation with alacrity.
  29. Amalgamate
    To combine

    Ex. He amalgamated his company with another.
  30. Amatory
    Of or pertaining to lovers or lovemaking

    Ex. His amatory exploits.
  31. Ambivalence
    Contradictory state or having conflicting emotional attitudes

    Ex. The law's ambivalence about the importance of a victim's identity
  32. Ambulatory
    Able to walk, not bedridden

    Ex. Ambulatory patients
  33. Amiable
    Kind, friendly

    Ex. An amiable fellow
  34. Amicable
    Kind, lovable, friendly, not quarrelsome

    Ex. There will be an amicable settlement of the dispute.
  35. Amity
    Friendship, peaceful harmony

    Ex. International harmony
  36. Amorphous
    Having no definite form/shape

    Ex. Amorphous blue forms and straight black lines
  37. Analgesic
    Causing insensitivity to pain

    Ex. ... Repeated social conflict... brings subject into an adaptive learnt response of a potent, protective, analgesic state.
  38. Androgen
    Any substance that promotes masculine characteristics
  39. Anecdote 
    A usually short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or biographical incident. 

    Ex. He told anecdotes about his job
  40. Animadversion
    Critical remark

    Ex. Her animadversion against science.
  41. Animus
    Hostile feeling or intent (related to animosity)

    Ex. The author's animus toward her.
  42. Annuity
    Yearly allowance 

    Ex. ... left her with an annuity of 1,000 in his will
  43. Anodyne
    Opiate, drug that relieves pain

    Ex. An anodyne to the misery she had put him through.
  44. Anoint
    Consecrate (To make or declare sacred)

    Ex. Bodies were anointed after death for burial.
  45. Antepenultimate
    3rd last

    Ex. The antepenultimate item on the agenda
  46. Anthology
    Book of literary selections by various authors
  47. Anthropology
    The holistic, global, comparative study of humans
  48. Anthropomorphic
    Like a human, having human-like characteristics
  49. Apartheid
    Any system or caste that separates people according to race

    Ex. Sexual apartheid
  50. Aphasia
    Loss of speech due to injury or illness
  51. Aplomb
    Poise, assurance 

    Ex. Diana passed the test with aplomb.
  52. Apocryphal
    Spurious, not authentic, invented rather than true.

    Ex. An apocryphal story about a former president.
  53. Apogee
    The highest or most distant point

    Ex. The white house is considered the apogee of American Government.
  54. Apostasy
    Renunciation of one's previous loyalty; a total desertion of one's religion, principles, cause, etc.
  55. Apotheosis
    Glorification, glorified ideal

    Ex. His appearance as Hamlet was the apotheosis of his career.
  56. Apparition
    Ghost, phantom
  57. Apprise

    Ex. I thought it was right to apprise Chris of what had happened.
  58. Appropriate
    Acquire, to take exclusive possession of; allow, give or assign a resource to a particular cause

    Ex. Appropriate funds for the research program.

    Ex. No one should appropriate a common benefit.
  59. Appurtenances 
    An incidental right, something that belongs to and goes with something else

    Ex. All the appurtenances of luxurious travel.
  60. Apropos
    Regarding, with regards to, "by the way"

    Ex. Apropos of the previous statement.
  61. Ardor
    Fervor, zeal
  62. Arduous
    Hard, strenuous
  63. Argot

    Ex. Teenage argot.
  64. Arraign
    Charge in court
  65. Arrears
    An unpaid overdue debt

    Ex. He was in arrears on paying for his Cadillac.
  66. Arrogate
    To claim unwarrantably or presumptuously 

    Ex. They arrogate to themselves the ability to divine the nation's true interests.
  67. Arroyo
    Gully, Spanish word for "Dry creek" or one that seasonally fills.

    Ex. The people living along the main arroyo have lost everything.
  68. Artless
    Without guile, open and honest 
  69. Ascendancy
    Controlling influence; governing, dominance 

    • Ex. The ascendancy of his enforcement program is in no small part due to his effort.
    • Ex. It is a law of life that when 2 civilizations meet they fight for ascendancy. 
  70. Ascetic
    Austere, practicing self-denial

    Ex. An ascetic life of prayer, fasting, and manual labor.
  71. Asperity
    Sharpness (of temper), rigor, roughness of surface

    Ex. He pointed this out with some asperity.
  72. Aspersion
    Slanderous remark (detraction) 

    Ex. I don't think anyone is casting aspersions on you.
  73. Assiduous
    Diligent, hard working
  74. Assuage
    Lessen, soothe, relieve

    Ex. The letter assuaged the fears of most members. 
  75. Attenuate
    To weaken or lessen

    Ex. Her intolerance was attenuated by a rather unexpected liberalism
  76. Augury
    Omen, prophecy

    Ex. They heard the sound as an augury of death.
  77. Aureole
    • Sun's corona (noun) 
    • Syn. Halo
  78. Austere
    Stern and cold in appearance or manner

    Ex. An austere man with a rigidly puritanical outlook.
  79. Autonomous 

    Ex. ... contains 16 autonomous republics
  80. Avaricious
    Having avarice (Greed)

    Ex. Corrupt and avaricious government.
  81. Aver
    Declare, assert confidently, as used in law_state formally as a fact

    Ex. He averred that he was innocent.
  82. Avocation
    Something one does in addition to a principle occupation
  83. Avow
    Declare openly 

    Ex. He avowed he had voted Republican in every election.
  84. Bacchanalian 

    Ex. Daytona Beach's bacchanalian atmosphere.
  85. Badinage
    Teasing conversation

    Ex. Cultured badinage about art and life.
  86. Baleful
    Threatening, menacing, foreshadowing evil, sinister

    Ex. A baleful glance in her direction.
  87. Bandy
    Discuss lightly or glibly, exchange words heatedly

    Ex. 40,000 is the amount that has been bandied about.
  88. Bantering
    Good-naturedly ridiculing 

    Ex. The men bantered with the waitress.
  89. Bard
  90. Barefaced

    Ex. A barefaced lie.
  91. Baroque 
    • Highly ornate 
    • Syn. Extravagant 

    Ex. The candles were positively baroque.
  92. Bauble
    Trinket, trifle
  93. Beguiling
    Alluring; highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire, to lead by deception

    Ex. Every prominent American artist has been beguiled by Maine
  94. Beholden 
    Indebted, obligated

    Ex. I don't like to be beholden to anybody.
  95. Behoove
    Be incumbent upon, be required to do

    Ex. It behooves any coach to study his predecessors.
  96. Belabor 
    Speak or explain excessively, assail verbally

    Ex. Critics thought they belabored the obvious.
  97. Beleaguer 
    Besiege or attack, harass

    Ex. The beleaguered city
  98. Bellicose 
    Warlike, pugnacious 

    Ex. Bellicose patriots.
  99. Belligerent 
    Warlike, given to waging war

    Ex. A bull-necked, belligerent old man
  100. Bemoan
    To express pity for

    Ex. Single women bemoaning the absence of men.
  101. Bemused 
    Confused, lost in thought, preoccupied 

    Ex. Her bemused expression.
  102. Benevolent
    Desiring to do good to others
  103. Benign
    Having a kindly disposition
  104. Besmirch
    Soil, defile

    Ex. He had besmirched the good name of his family.
  105. Betoken
    Indicate, signify

    Ex. A lack of medicines in his cupboard betokens his good health.
  106. Bigot 
    A prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

    Ex. Religious bigots.
  107. Bilateral
    Pertaining to or affecting two or both sides

    Ex. Bilateral hearing is essential for sound location.
  108. Bilious 
    Suffering from a liver complaint, peevishly ill-humored
  109. Bilk
    Swindle, cheat 
  110. Bivouac 
    Temporary encampment 

    Ex. He'd bivouacked to the north side of the town.
  111. Blandish
    Coax with flattery, cajole

    Ex. I was blandishing her with imprudence to get her off the subject.
  112. Blase (the e with a ' over it)
    Bored with pleasure or dissipation 
  113. Blighted
    Destroyed, suffering from a disease
  114. Blithe
    Carefree and unconcerned (possibly foolishly so) cheerful and gay
  115. Blowhard
    Talkative boaster, bragger

    Ex. Pompous blowhards trying to get on the news.
  116. Bluster
    Threaten emptily 
  117. Bourgeois
    Middle class, selfishly materialistic, dully conventional
  118. Bovine
    Placid and dull, cow like.
  119. Bowdlerize 
    Expurgate, omit parts considered vulgar, abridge
  120. Bravado
    Air of defiance, swagger
  121. Brook
    Tolerate, endure
  122. Browbeat
    Bully, intimidate 
  123. Brusque 
    Blunt, abrupt 

    Ex. She could be brusque and impatient 
  124. Bucolic
    Pastoral, rustic
  125. Burgeon 
    Grow forth, send out 

    Ex. Burgeoning demand
  126. Burnish 
    Make shiny by rubbing, polish
  127. Buttress
    Support, prop up
  128. Cadge
    Panhandle, mooch, beg
  129. Calumny
    Malicious misrepresentation, slander
  130. Canard
    False or unfounded story, fabricated report
  131. Canny
    Shrewd, thrifty
  132. Canon
    Rule or principle, precept, collection of authoritative books
  133. Cantankerous  
    Irritable, ill-humored, peevish
  134. Capitulate 
    To surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms
  135. Capricious
    Unpredictable, fickle
  136. Castigate
    Punish severely 
  137. Cataclysm 
    Flood, deluge, a momentous and violent event marked by overwhelming upheaval and demolition.
  138. Cavalier
    Casual and off hand

    Ex. She was irritated by his cavalier attitude.
  139. Censure
    Harsh criticism or disapproval, reprimand: rebuke formally

    Ex. A judge was censure in 1983 for a variety of types of injudicious conduct.
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