High freq (A-C)

  1. abate (v.)
    • subsidise or moderate
    • Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to abate.
  2. aberrant (adj.)
    • abnormal or deviant
    • Given the aberrant nature of the data, we came to doubt the validity of the entire experiment.
  3. abeyance (n.)
    • suspended action
    • The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival.
  4. abscond (v.)
    depart secretly and hide
  5. abstemious (adj.)
    • sparing in eating and drinking; temperate (= not extreme)
    • Concerned whether her vegetarian son's abstemious diet provided him with sufficient protein, the worried mother pressed food on him.
  6. admonish (v.)
    • warn; reprove (=take to task)
    • When her friends questioned her religious beliefs, she admonished then, declaring that she would worship as she pleased.
  7. adulterate
    • make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
    • It is a crime to adulterate foods without informing the buyer.
  8. aesthetic
    artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
  9. aggregate
    gather; accumulate
  10. alacrity
    cheerful promptness; eagerness
  11. alleviate
  12. amalgamate
    • combine; unite in one body
    • The unions will attempt to amalgamate their groups into one national body.
  13. ambiguous
    unclear or doubtful in meaning
  14. ambivalence
    • contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
    • Torn between loving her parents one minute and hating them the next, she was confused by the ambivalence of her feelings.
  15. ameliorate
    • improve
    • Many social workers have attempted to ameliorate the conditions of people living in slums.
  16. anachronism
    • something or someone misplaced in time
    • Shakespeare's reference to clocks in Julius Caesar is an anachronism as no clocks existed in Caesar's time.
  17. analogous
    • comparable
    • She called our attention to the things that had been done in an analogous situation and recommended that we do the same.
  18. anarchy
    • absence of a governing body; state of disorder
    • The assassination of the leaders led to a period of anarchy.
  19. anomalous
    • abnormal; irregular
    • She was placed in the anomalous position of seeming to approve procedures that she despised.
  20. antipathy
    aversion (=a feeling of intense dislike); dislike
  21. apathy
    • lacking of caring; indifference
    • A firm believer in democratic government, she could not understand the apathy of people who never bothered to vote.
  22. appease
    • pacify or soothe; relieve
    • appease the crying baby
  23. apprise
  24. approbation
    official approval
  25. appropriate (v.)
    • acquire; take possession of for one's own use (by force)
    • The ranch owner appropriated the lands that had originally been set aside for the Indian's use.
  26. arduous
    • hard; strenuous
    • Her arduous efforts had sapped her energy.
  27. artless
    • without guile (=without deception); open and honest
    • Red riding hood's artless comment of "What big eyes you have" indicated her innocent surprise of the changed appearance.
  28. ascetic
    practicing self-denial; austere (=practising great self-denial)
  29. assiduous
    • diligent (=Quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness)
    • It took him weeks of assiduous labor before he was satisfied with his portrait of his son.
  30. assuage
    • ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
    • Jilted by Jane, Mark tried to assuage his heartache by indulging in ice cream.
  31. attenuate
    • make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force, degree)
    • intense shock attenuates or lessens
  32. audacious
    • daring; bold
    • Audiences cheered as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia made their audacious leap to freedom from Darth Vader.
  33. austere
    • forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
    • The headmaster's austere demeanor tend to scare off the more timid students who never visited his study willingly.
  34. autonomous
  35. aver
    • assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as a fact
    • The self-proclaimed psychic averred that because he had extrasensory perception on which to base his predictions, he needed no seismographs in order to foretell earthquakes.
  36. banal
    hackneyed; commonplace; lack of originality
  37. belie
    contradict; give a false impression
  38. beneficent
    kindly; doing good
  39. bolster
    support; reinforce
  40. bombastic
    pompous; using inflated language
  41. boorish
    rude; insensitive
  42. burgeon
    grow forth; send out buds

    In the spring, the plants that burgeon are a promis of the beauty that is to come.
  43. buttress
    support; prop up
  44. cacophonous
    discordant; inharmonious (not in harmony)
  45. capricious
    unpredictable; fickle
  46. castigation
    punishment; severe criticism
  47. catalyst
    agent that influences the pace of a chemical reaction while it remains unaffected and unchanged; person or thing that causes action
  48. caustic
    burning; sarcastically biting
  49. chicanery
    trickery; deception
  50. coagulate
    thicken; congeal; clot
  51. coda
    concluding section of a musical or literary musical; something that rounds out, summarises or concludes
  52. cogent
  53. commensurate
    corresponding in extent, degree, amount,etc; proportionate
  54. compendium
    brief, comprehensive summary
  55. complaisant
    trying to please; overly polite; obliging
  56. compliant
    yielding; conforming to requirements
  57. conciliatory
    reconciling (reconcile); soothing
  58. condone
    overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse
  59. confound
    confuse; puzzle
  60. connoisseur
    person competent to act as a judge of art etc.; a lover of an art
  61. contention
    claim; thesis
  62. contentious
  63. contrite
    penitent (Feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds)
  64. conundrum
    riddle; difficult problem
  65. converge
    approach; tend to meet; come together
  66. convoluted
    coiled around; involved; intricate
  67. craven
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