1. abase
    lower; degrade; humiliate; make humble; make (oneself) lose self-respect
  2. abash
  3. abate
    subside or moderate
  4. aberrant
    abnormal or deviant
  5. abeyance
    suspended action
  6. abject
    (of a condition) wretched; as low as possible; lacking pride; very humble; showing lack of self-respect; Ex. abject apology
  7. abjure
    renounce upon oath
  8. ablution
  9. abnegation
    renunciation; self-sacrifice; self-abnegation
  10. abominate
    loathe; hate
  11. abortive
    unsuccessful; fruitless
  12. abrogate
  13. abscission
    cutting off; separation
  14. abscond
    depart secretly and hide
  15. abstemious
    sparing in eating and drinking; temperate
  16. abstruse
    obscure; profound; difficult to understand
  17. accede
  18. acclivity
    sharp upslope of a hill; OP. declivity
  19. accoutre
    equip; N. accoutremen
  20. accretion
    growth or increase in size by gradual addition; growth; increase; increase by natural growth; Ex. towers and other accretions of the castle; V. accrete
  21. acerbity
    "bitterness of speech and temper; ADJ. acerbic: bitter; acrid (in taste
  22. acidulous
    slightly sour (in taste or manner); sharp; caustic
  23. acrimonious
    stinging; caustic; bitter in words or manner; N. acrimony: bitter ill-natured animosity in speech or behavior
  24. actuate
    motivate; activate; cause to act
  25. acumen
    mental keenness; sharpness of judgment; ability to judge quickly and well; Ex. business acumen
  26. addle
    make or become confused; muddle; drive crazy; become rotten (egg)
  27. adjunct
    something attached to but holding an inferior position
  28. adjuration
    solemn urging; V. adjure: entreat earnestly; enjoin solemnly
  29. adjutant
    staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
  30. admonish
    warn or speak to with gentle disapproval; reprove
  31. adroit
    skillful (in using mind or hand)
  32. adulation
    flattery; admiration that is more than is necessary or deserved
  33. adulterate
    make impure or of poorer quality by adding inferior or tainted(contaminated) substances
  34. advent
  35. adventitious
    accidental; casual; happening by chance
  36. advert
  37. aegis
    shield; protection; defense
  38. aerie
    nest of a large bird of prey
  39. affable
    easily approachable; easy to talk to; warmly friendly
  40. affected
    artificial; pretended
  41. affidavit
    written statement made under oath (for use as proof in a court of law)
  42. affront
    insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect; V: insult or hurt the feelings of intentionally
  43. aggrandize
    "make greater; increase in power
  44. agog
    highly excited; intensely curious
  45. alacrity
    cheerful promptness without reluctance
  46. alimentary
    supplying nourishment
  47. allay
    calm; pacify
  48. allure
    entice; attract; tempt
  49. alluvial
    pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
  50. ambulatory
    able to walk
  51. ameliorate
  52. amenable
    obedient; compliant; readily managed; responsive; willing to be led; answerable or accountable legally; responsible; able to be tested by;
  53. amiable
    agreeable; lovable; warmly friendly
  54. amicable
    peaceful; politely friendly; not quarrelsome; Ex. amicable settlement
  55. amity
    friendship; peaceful relationship as between nations
  56. anathema
    solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse; V. anathematize
  57. ancillary
    serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary; N.
  58. animadversion
    critical remark; V. animadvert: comment critically with disapproval
  59. animus
    hostile feeling or intent; animosity; hostility; disposition
  60. anodyne
    drug that relieves pain or trouble;opiate; ADJ. Ex. anodyne statement
  61. antecede
  62. antecedents
    preceding events that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
  63. antediluvian
    antiquated; extremely ancient
  64. antipathy
    aversion; dislike or opposition
  65. aphorism
    pithy maxim or saying; ADJ. aphoristic
  66. aplomb
    poise; composure in difficult situations; assurance; self-confidence
  67. apocryphal
    (of a story) widely believed but untrue
  68. apoplexy
    stroke; loss of consciousness caused by too much blood in the brain
  69. apothegm
  70. apotheosis
    elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something
  71. appellation
    name; title
  72. apposite
    appropriate; fitting
  73. apprise
  74. approbation
  75. appurtenances
    subordinate possessions; something added to a more important thing
  76. apropos
    with reference to; regarding
  77. aquiline
    curved; hooked; of or like an eagle
  78. arbiter
    person with power to decide a matter in dispute; judge who is in a position ot make influential judgments
  79. arbitrary
    unreasonable or capricious; random; tyrannical
  80. arbitrate
    act as judge (at the request of both sides)
  81. arcane
    esoteric; secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
  82. ardor
    heat; passion; zeal
  83. arduous
    hard; strenuous
  84. argot
    slang; speech spoken by only a small group of people
  85. arrears
    being in debt; money that should have been paid; work that should have been done
  86. arroyo
    gully; narrow channel formed by rainwater
  87. artifice
    deception; trickery
  88. artless
    without guile; open and honest
  89. ascendancy
    controlling influence; position of controlling influence
  90. ascetic
    practicing self-denial; avoiding physical pleasures and comforts; austere; Ex. ascetic life of Buddhist monks; N. asceticism
  91. ascribe
    refer; attribute; assign
  92. asperity
    sharpness; roughness; severity (of temper or weather)
  93. aspersion
    slanderous remark
  94. aspirant
    seeker after position or status
  95. assent
    agree; accept; N. assessment
  96. assiduous
  97. astringent
    binding; causing contraction (stopping bleeding); harsh or severe; stringent
  98. atavism
    resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic
  99. attrition
    rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
  100. augury
    omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign of (something in future)
  101. august
    impressive; majestic
  102. aureole
    sun's corona; halo; bright circle of light
  103. austere
    forbiddingly stern; ascetic; without comfort or enjoyment; severely simple and unornamented; Ex. a monk's austere life; Ex. austere grandeur of the cathedral; N. austerity
  104. autocratic
    "having absolute unchecked power; dictatorial; N. autocrat
  105. auxiliary
    offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary; N: helper; assistant
  106. avarice
    greediness for wealth
  107. aver
    state confidently; declare as true
  108. avocation
    secondary or minor occupation
  109. avuncular
    of or like an uncle
  110. badinage
    teasing conversation; banter; joking talk
  111. baleful
    evil; malignant in intent or effect; deadly; having a malign influence; portending evil; ominous; threatening
  112. ballast
    heavy substance used to add stability or weight
  113. bandy
    discuss lightly or glibly; discuss in a frivolous manner; exchange (words) heatedly; quarrel
  114. baroque
    highly ornate
  115. base
    contemptible; morally bad; inferior in value or quality; Ex. base motives/conduct
  116. bate
    let down; lessen the force of; moderate; restrain; Ex. with bated breath; CF. abate
  117. bearing
    deportment; connection
  118. beatific
    giving or showing bliss; blissful
  119. beatitude
    blessedness; state of great happiness
  120. bedizen
    dress with vulgar finery
  121. begrudge
    envy; give or allow unwillingly; grudge
  122. beguile
    deceive; mislead or delude; cheat; pass time pleasantly; charm or attract
  123. beholden
    obligated; indebted; owing thanks; obliged or indebted from gratitude
  124. behoove
    be suited to; be incumbent upon; be right and necessary
  125. belabor
    harp on; dwell on tediously; explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally; beat severely; attack physically
  126. beleaguer
    besiege or attack (with an army); harass; beset
  127. belie
    contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes
  128. bellicose
  129. bemused
    confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
  130. benediction
  131. beneficent
    kindly; doing good
  132. benison
  133. bequeath
    leave to someone by means of a will; hand down in his will
  134. beset
    harass or trouble from all directions; hem in
  135. besmirch
    soil; defile; make dirty
  136. betoken
    signify; indicate; be a sign of
  137. bevy
    large group
  138. bilious
    suffering from indigestion; sick from having too much bile; irritable; easily irritated
  139. bilk
    swindle; cheat
  140. blandishment
  141. blase
    bored with pleasure or dissipation; uninterested or bored
  142. bode
    foreshadow; portend
  143. boon
    blessing; benefit; something very helpful
  144. boor
  145. bourgeois
    middle class; selfishly materialistic; too interested in material possessions
  146. bowdlerize
  147. brook
    tolerate; endure
  148. browbeat
    bully; intimidate
  149. brusque
    blunt; abrupt; curt; not wanting to waste time being nice
  150. bucolic
    rustic; pastoral
  151. buffet
    strike forcefully; slap; batter; knock out
  152. bulwark
    strong wall built for defense; earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
  153. burnish
    make shiny by rubbing; polish
  154. cabal
    small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
  155. cajole
    persuade by praise or false promise; coax; wheedle
  156. callow
    youthful; immature; inexperienced
  157. calumny
    malicious misrepresentation; slander
  158. canard
    unfounded false rumor; exaggerated false report
  159. candor
    frankness; open honesty; ADJ. candid
  160. canny
    shrewd in money matters; thrifty
  161. cant
    insincere speech or expression of piety; jargon of thieves; special words used by a particular group of people
  162. capacious
  163. caprice
    whim; sudden change of mind without any real cause
  164. capricious
    unpredictable; fickle
  165. captious
    faultfinding; too critical
  166. carapace
    "shell covering the back (of a turtle
  167. carousal
    drunken revel; V. carouse
  168. carping
    petty criticism; fault-finding; fretful complaining; quibble
  169. castigation
    punishment; severe criticism or disapproval
  170. catechism
    book for religious instruction in question-and-answer form; religious instruction by question and answer; V. catechize
  171. catholic
    (of likings and interests) universal; general; broad; including many different parts; wide-ranging liberal
  172. cavil
    quibble; make frivolous objections; find fault unnecessarily
  173. celerity
    speed; rapidity
  174. censorious
    severely critical
  175. cession
    yielding to another; ceding
  176. chaffing
    bantering; joking
  177. chary
    cautious; unwilling to take risks; sparing or restrained about giving
  178. chase
    ornament a metal surface by indenting
  179. chasten
    discipline; punish in order to correct
  180. chicanery
    trickery; deception
  181. choleric
    hot-tempered; bad-tempered; irritable; easily angered
  182. cipher
    nonentity; worthless person or thing; zero; secret code
  183. circumspect
    prudent; cautious; acting after careful thought
  184. clangor
    loud resounding noise; sound of repeated clanging
  185. clarion
  186. clout
    great influence (especially political or social)
  187. cloying
    distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental; V. cloy: become unpleasant through too much sweetness or excess
  188. codicil
    supplement to the body of a will; later addition to a will
  189. coeval
    living at the same time as; existing during the same period of time; contemporary; of the same age
  190. cogent
  191. cogitate
    think over; ponder
  192. collation
    a light meal; collating
  193. colloquy
    informal discussion; conversation
  194. collusion
    conspiring in a fraudulent scheme to cheat or deceive others; V. collude
  195. comestible
    something fit to be eaten
  196. comity
    courtesy; civility
  197. commensurate
    equal in extent; of the same size
  198. commodious
    spacious and comfortable
  199. compendium
  200. complacency
    self-satisfaction; smugness; ADJ. complacent
  201. complaisant
    trying to please; obliging; willing to please others
  202. complicity
    participation; involvement (in a questionable act or a crime)
  203. comport
    bear one's self; behave
  204. compunction
    remorse; strong uneasiness caused by guilt
  205. concerted
    mutually agreed on; done together by agreement
  206. conclave
    private secret meeting
  207. concomitant
    that which accompanies; existing or happening together with something else
  208. concordat
    formal agreement
  209. concurrent
    happening at the same time; in agreement
  210. condign
    adequate; (of punishment) severe and well deserved
  211. conflagration
    great fire
  212. connivance
    pretense of ignorance of something wrong; assistance; permission to offend; V. connive: feign ignorance (of a wrong); cooperate secretly in an illegal action; conspire
  213. connubial
    pertaining to marriage or the matrimonial state
  214. consanguineous
    having a common ancestor
  215. consanguinity
    kinship; relationship by birth
  216. consternation
    great shock; dismay
  217. contravene
    "contradict; oppose; violate (a rule
  218. contrite
    penitent; repentant; N. contrition
  219. contrive
    invent or fabricate in a clever way (by improvisation); manage
  220. contrived
    unnatural and forced; artificial; not spontaneous
  221. contumacious
    stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)
  222. conversant
    familiar with; having knowledge of
  223. convivial
    pleasantly merry; festive; joyous; gay; characterized by joviality; jovial
  224. convoke
    call together; Ex. convoke Parliament; N. convocation
  225. corpus
    collection (of writings or information)
  226. countenance
    approve; support; tolerate; Ex. countenance his rude behavior; N: face; appearance
  227. countermand
    cancel; revoke (an order)
  228. cow
    terrorize; intimidate
  229. cozen
    cheat; hoodwink; swindle
  230. credulity
    belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivet\'e; ADJ. credulous
  231. cupidity
    greed (for wealth)
  232. cursory
    casual; hastily done with little attention to detail
  233. cynosure
    object of general attention; person or thing that is a center of attention
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