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abandon:
   lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
abandoned:
   recklessly unrestrained; deserted; left to destruction
abandonment:
   giving up completely; freedom from constraint
abase:
   humiliate; lower or depress in rank or esteem
abash:
   embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
abate:
   subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity
abbreviate:
   make shorter; reduce to shorter form intended to represent full form, as for word or phrase
abdicate:
   give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
aberrant:
   abnormal; markedly different from an accepted norm
abet:
   aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
abeyance:
   suspended action; temporary cessation or suspension
abhor:
   fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate
abide:
   endure; put up with; bear; tolerate
abiding:
   lasting for a long time; enduring; permanent
abjure:
   renounce upon oath; abandon forever
ablution:
   washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of religious rite
abnegate:
   give up or surrender; deny something to oneself
abnegation:
   repudiation; self-sacrifice; renouncing your own interests in favor of interests of others
abolish:
   cancel; put an end to; destroy completely
abolition:
   ending; act of abolishing; act of doing away with
abominable:
   detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad
aboriginal:
   being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native
abortive:
   unsuccessful; failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless
abrade:
   wear away by friction; scrape; erode
abrasive:
   rubbing away; tending to grind down
abridge:
   condense; shorten; reduce length of written text
abrogate:
   abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
abscond:
   leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution
absent:
   go away or leave ; missing; not present
absenteeism:
   habitual not to appear, especially for work or other regular duty
abstain:
   refrain; hold oneself back voluntarily from an action or practice
abstemious:
   sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
abstruse:
   obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
abundant:
   plentiful; possessing riches or resources
abundantly:
   in great numbers; in a plentiful or sufficient degree; plentifully
abut:
   border upon; adjoin; touch or end at one end or side; lie adjacent
abysmal:
   bottomless; very profound; limitless; very bad
accede:
   agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede
accelerating:
   increasing in speed
acceleration:
   faster rate of improvement; rate of change of velocity with respect to time
accentuate:
   emphasize; stress; pronounce with a stress or accent; mark with an accent
accessible:
   easily approached or entered; obtainable; easy to talk to or get along with
accident:
   event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; sudden, and unexpected event
accidentally:
   inadvertently; by chance; casually; fortuitously; not essentially or intrinsically
acclaim:
   applaud; announce with great approval
acclimate:
   accustom or become accustomed to a new environment or situation; adapt
acclivity:
   upward slope, as of hill
accolade:
   award of merit; expression of approval; praise
accommodate:
   do a favor or service for; provide for; supply with; make suitable; adapt; allow for
accommodating:
   helpful in bringing about a harmonious adaptation
accomplish:
   succeed in doing; bring to pass; achieve; reach the end of; complete
accost:
   approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
accouter:
   equip; provide with military equipment
accretion:
   growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion
accrue:
   increase, accumulate, or come about as a result of growth; accumulate over time
accumulation:
   increase by natural growth or addition; concentration
accusation:
   indictment; charge of wrongdoing that is made against a person or other party
accustomed:
   habitual to; used to; frequently practiced, used, or experienced; customary
acerbity:
   bitterness of speech and temper; sourness or acidness of taste, character, or tone
acetic:
   having properties of vinegar; sour
achieve:
   gain with effort; accomplish; fulfill
achievement:
   feat; accomplishment; award for completing a particular task or meeting an objective
acidulous:
   slightly sour in taste or in manner; sharp; caustic
acoustics:
   science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
acquaint:
   inform about; cause to come to know personally; make familiar
acquainted:
   known by or familiar with another; informed or familiar
acquiesce:
   assent; agree without protesting
acquire:
   gain through experience or effort; gain possession of; locate with tracking system
acrid:
   unpleasantly sharp or bitter to taste or smell; bitterly pungent
acrimonious:
   bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
acrophobia:
   fear of heights; abnormal fear of high places
actively:
   energetically; vigorously; in an active manner; voluntarily, not passively
actuarial:
   calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
actuate:
   put into motion or action; activate
acuity:
   sharpness; acuteness of vision or perception; keenness
acumen:
   mental keenness; quickness of perception
adaptable:
   flexible; becoming or being made suitable to particular situation or use
adaptive:
   having a capacity for adaptation; capable of adapting
addendum:
   something added or to be added, especially a supplement to a book
additional:
   further; extra; supplemental or added to
addle:
   muddle; drive crazy; become confused
adept:
   expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
adherent:
   person who adheres; one who follows or upholds a leader, party, cause
adhesive:
   glue; paste ; substance that unites or bonds surfaces together
adjoin:
   be next to; be contiguous to; border on
adjudicate:
   hear and settle a case by judicial procedure
adjunct:
   something added on or attached generally nonessential or inferior
adjure:
   appeal to or entreat earnestly; command or enjoin solemnly, as under oath
administer:
   govern; supervise; give or apply medications
admiration:
   favorable judgment; feeling of pleasure, wonder, and approval
admittedly:
   doubtlessly; in an acknowledged manner; confessedly
admonish:
   warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
admonition:
   gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning
adorn:
   enhance or decorate with or as if with ornaments
adornment:
   embellishment; decoration; something that beautifies or adorns; ornament
adroit:
   skillful and adept under pressing conditions
adulation:
   excessive flattery or admiration; unmerited praise
adulterate:
   make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
adumbrate:
   give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
advance:
   proceed; move forward; improve; moving forward
advanced:
   improved; highly developed or complex; ahead of the times; progressive
advent:
   coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important
adventitious:
   accidental; casual; not inherent but added extrinsically
adverse:
   in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
advocacy:
   support; active pleading on behalf of something
aerie:
   nest of bird, such as eagle, built on a cliff or other high place
aesthetic:
   elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
affable:
   easily approachable; warmly friendly
affect:
   have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
affection:
   fondness; tender feeling toward another; fondness
affectionate:
   having affection or warm regard; loving; fond; kindly inclined; zealous
affinity:
   natural attraction, liking, or feeling of kinship; relationship by marriage
affirmation:
   positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath
affix:
   fasten; append; add on; secure to something
affluence:
   abundance; a plentiful supply of material goods; wealth
affluent:
   having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
affront:
   insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
agenda:
   items of business at a meeting; list or program of things to be done or considered
agglomeration:
   collection; heap; act or process of gathering into a mass
aggrandize:
   increase scope of; extend; intensify; make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation
aggravating:
   irritating; annoying; making worse or more heinous
aggregate:
   gather into a mass, sum, or whole; amount to
aggressive:
   making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
aggressiveness:
   feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack; quality of being bold and enterprising
aghast:
   struck by shock, terror, or amazement
agility:
   mentally quick; moving quickly and lightly
agitate:
   cause to move with violence or sudden force; upset; disturb
agitation:
   anxiety; extreme emotional disturbance
agnostic:
   one who is skeptical of existence of a god or any ultimate reality
agrarian:
   pertaining to land or its cultivation; relating to agricultural or rural matters
ajar:
   half-open; slightly turned or opened
alacrity:
   cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
alchemy:
   medieval chemistry; magical or mysterious power or process of transforming
alcove:
   nook; small, recessed section of a room
algorithm:
   established procedure for solving problem
alien:
   dissimilar, inconsistent, or opposed in nature; very different place, society, or person
alimentary:
   providing nourishment; concerned with food, nutrition, or digestion
allay:
   calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
allege:
   state without proof; assert to be true
allegory:
   symbolic representation of abstract ideas or principles in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form
alliteration:
   repetition of beginning sound in poetry
allocate:
   assign; distribute according to plan
allude:
   refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion
allusion:
   indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
aloft:
   in or into a high place; high or higher up
alternate:
   happening or following in turns; succeeding each other continuously; substitute
altitude:
   elevation especially above sea level; height
altruistic:
   unselfishly generous; concerned for others
amalgamate:
   combine; unite in one body; mix or alloy a metal with mercury
amass:
   collect; gather for oneself, as for one's pleasure or profit
ambidextrous:
   capable of using either hand with equal ease
ambience:
   particular environment or surrounding influence; atmosphere of environment
ambiguous:
   unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence:
   state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes, such as love and hate
amble:
   moving at an easy pace; walk slowly or leisurely
ambulatory:
   able to walk; formed or adapted for walking; not stationary
ameliorate:
   make or become better; improve; grow better
amenable:
   responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
amenities:
   convenient features; courtesies
amiable:
   good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly
amicable:
   exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
amid:
   in the middle of; among; surrounded by
amity:
   friendship; peaceful relations, as between nations
amorous:
   moved by sexual love; loving
amorphous:
   formless; lacking shape or definition
amphibian:
   able to live both on land and in water
amphitheater:
   oval building with tiers of seats from central open space or arena
amplify:
   broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make larger or more powerful; increase
amputate:
   cut off part of body, especially by surgery; prune
anachronistic:
   having time error in story; erroneous in date; in wrong time
analgesic:
   serving to reduce sensibility to pain without loss of consciousness
analogous:
   comparable; similar or alike
anarchist:
   person who seeks to overturn established government; advocate of abolishing authority
anathema:
   solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
ancestor:
   forefather; forebear; forerunner or predecessor
ancestry:
   family descent; series or line of ancestors; lineage
ancillary:
   serving as aid or accessory; auxiliary
anecdotal:
   having the character of an anecdote; of short story of interesting or humorous incident
angular:
   sharp-cornered; consisting of an angle or angles; stiff in manner
animate:
   endowed with life; alive; living; animated
animated:
   having life or vigor or spirit; filled with activity; in form of cartoon
animus:
   feeling of enmity or ill will; attitude that informs one's actions; disposition
annals:
   chronological record of the events of successive years
annihilate:
   destroy completely; reduce to nonexistence
annotate:
   comment; make explanatory notes
announce:
   herald; give out; proclaim; make known publicly
announcement:
   formal public statement; act of making known publicly
annoy:
   disturb, especially by minor irritations; irritate
annuity:
   annual payment of allowance or income; periodical payment, amounting to a fixed sum in each year
annul:
   make or declare void or invalid; reduce to nothing
anodyne:
   source of relaxation or comfort; medicine that relieves pain
anoint:
   apply oil or similar substance to; put oil on during religious ceremony as a sign of sanctification or consecration.
anomalous:
   deviating from normal or common order, form, or rule
anomaly:
   irregularity; person or something that is unusual; departure from normal or common order
anonymous:
   having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
antagonism:
   active resistance; condition of being an opposing principle, force, or factor
antecede:
   precede; go before in time, and sometimes in place, rank, or logical order
antecedents:
   preceding events or circumstances that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
antediluvian:
   antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times
anthology:
   book of literary selections by various authors
anthropocentric:
   regarding human beings as the center of the universe
anthropoid:
   manlike; resembling a human, especially in shape or outward appearance
anthropomorphic:
   having human form or characteristics
anticlimax:
   letdown in thought or emotion; decline viewed in disappointing contrast with previous rise
antipathy:
   strong feeling of aversion; dislike
antithesis:
   contrast; direct contrast; opposition
anxious:
   eager; keen; worried; uneasy and apprehensive about an uncertain event or matter
apathy:
   lack of caring; indifference
aperture:
   opening; diameter of such an opening; hole
apex:
   highest point; vertex; summit; climax
aphasia:
   loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism:
   definition or concise statement of principle; tersely phrased statement of truth or opinion
apiary:
   place where bees and beehives are kept, especially where bees are raised for their honey
aplomb:
   poise; self-confident assurance
apocryphal:
   untrue; of questionable authorship or authenticity; erroneous; fictitious
apogee:
   the highest point; point in orbit most distant from the body being orbited
apolitical:
   having aversion or lack of concern for political affairs
apologist:
   person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as doctrine, policy, or institution
apostate:
   one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
apotheosis:
   elevation to godhood; fact or action of becoming a god; an ideal example of something
appall:
   depress or discourage with fear; grow faint or become weak
apparition:
   ghostly figure; sudden or unusual sight; appearance; state of being visible
appellation:
   name; title; act of naming; act of appealing for aid, sympathy
append:
   attach; add as supplement or appendix
appliance:
   durable goods for home or office use; device or instrument for household use
apply:
   exert; put into service; avail oneself to;
apportion:
   distribute; allot; give out as one's portion or share
apposite:
   strikingly appropriate and relevant; well-suited
appraise:
   estimate value of; evaluate, especially in official capacity
apprehension:
   fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; act of seizing or capturing; understanding
apprenticeship:
   term during which one learns a trade from skilled worker; service or legal condition of an apprentice
apprise:
   inform; give notice to; make aware
approaching:
   impending; of the relatively near future; coming closer to another
approbation:
   expression of warm approval; praise
appropriation:
   funding; money set aside for a specific purpose
apropos:
   with reference or regard; in respect
aptly:
   in a competent capable manner; in an apt or suitable manner
aquatic:
   consisting of, relating to, or being in water
aquiline:
   curved or hooked like an eagle's beak
arable:
   fit for growing crops, as by plowing
arbiter:
   person with power to decide a dispute; judge
arboretum:
   place where different tree varieties are exhibited
arcane:
   secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
archaeology:
   study of artifacts and relics of early mankind
archaic:
   no longer current or applicable; antiquated
archetype:
   prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
archipelago:
   group of closely located islands
architecture:
   art and science of designing and erecting buildings; buildings and other large structures
ardent:
   displaying or by strong enthusiasm or devotion; passionate
arduous:
   demanding great effort or labor; difficult
arid:
   dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
aristocracy:
   hereditary nobility; privileged class
armada:
   a fleet of warships; a large group of moving things
aroma:
   fragrance; scent; pleasant characteristic odor, as of a plant, spice, or food
aromatic:
   fragrant or sweet-smelling; caused by fragrant odor
arousal:
   act of awaking from sleep; arousing from what is like sleep
arouse:
   excite; stimulate; awaken from or as if from sleep
arraign:
   officially charge someone in a court of law
arrears:
   being in debt; unpaid, overdue debt or an unfulfilled obligation
arrogate:
   claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
arroyo:
   deep gully; a dry gulch; brook or creek; watercourse
arthritis:
   inflammation of a joint or joints
article:
   essay; editorial; individual thing or element of a class
articulate:
   expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language
artifice:
   subtle but base deception; trickery; cleverness or skill; ingenuity
artisan:
   manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist
artless:
   free of artificiality; natural; open and honest
ascendancy:
   superiority or decisive advantage; domination
ascetic:
   leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
ascribe:
   inscribe or dedicate; attribute to a specified cause, source, or origin; assign as a quality
aseptic:
   preventing infection; having cleansing effect
ashen:
   ash-colored; very pale; consisting of ashes
askance:
   with sideways or indirect look; Turned to side, especially of eyes
askew:
   turned or twisted toward one side; at an angle
aspect:
   distinct feature or element in a problem; a way in which something can be viewed by the mind
asperity:
   sharpness of temper; roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, or climate
aspirant:
   one who aspires, as to advancement, honors, or a high position
assail:
   assault; attack with or as if with violent blows
assay:
   analyze; evaluate; examine by trial or experiment; put to test
assembly:
   gathering; meeting; a group of persons gathered together for common reason
assent:
   express agreement to what is alleged or proposed; accept
assiduous:
   constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
assimilate:
   incorporate and absorb into mind; make similar; cause to resemble
assist:
   give help or support to, especially as a subordinate
assistant:
   helper; person who assists or helps someone else
assuage:
   ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
astigmatism:
   eye defect that prevents proper focus
astringent:
   causing contraction; having the effect of drawing tissue together; stern or austere
astronomical:
   enormously large or extensive; relating to astronomy
asunder:
   into separate parts or pieces; apart
asymmetric:
   not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
atavism:
   resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; deformity returning after passage of two or more generations
atavistic:
   displaying characteristics of previous cultural era or of previous ancestral form
atheistic:
   denying existence of God; godless
atrocity:
   brutal deed; atrocious condition, quality, or behavior; monstrousness
atrophy:
   wasting away; decrease in size; reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease
attach:
   fasten; annex; be in contact with
attached:
   fastened together; joined by wall, especially by sharing a wall with another building; not freestanding
attainment:
   something, such as an accomplishment or achievement; achievement
attenuate:
   make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
attorney:
   lawyer; one who is appointed by another to act in his place or stead; proxy
attract:
   draw to, or cause to tend to; engage or fix, as the mind, attention; invite or allure
attribute:
   essential quality; reputation; honor
attrition:
   gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
atypical:
   not normal; unusual or irregular; not representative of a group, class, or type
audacious:
   fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold
audit:
   examination of accounts; adjustment or correction of accounts
auditory:
   of or relating to hearing, the organs of hearing, or the sense of hearing
auger:
   hand tool for boring holes; hollow drill used to take core samples of soil, ice
augment:
   make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
augury:
   sign of something coming; art or practice of foretelling events by signs or omens
aureole:
   the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; halo
auroral:
   characteristic of dawn; dawning, eastern, like new beginning; relating to the atmospheric phenomenon auroras
auspicious:
   attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
austere:
   strict or severe in discipline; severely simple and unornamented
authenticate:
   prove genuine; establish authenticity of
authoritarian:
   expecting absolute obedience; completely dominating another's will
authoritative:
   having weight of authority; peremptory and dictatorial
authority:
   jurisdiction; power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge; government
authorize:
   empower; give permission for; sanction
autocrat:
   dictator; ruler having unlimited power
autocratic:
   having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
automaton:
   mechanism that imitates actions of humans
autonomous:
   self-governing; not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent
autonomy:
   independence; self-government or the right of self-government; self-determination
auxiliary:
   helper, additional or subsidiary
avalanche:
   great mass of falling snow and ice
avarice:
   greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
aver:
   declare to be true; affirm
averse:
   reluctant; disinclined; turned away or backward; unwilling
aversion:
   firm dislike; turning away; avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior because of dislike
aviary:
   large cage, building, or enclosure in which birds are reared or kept
aviation:
   art or science of flying; flight; aeronautics
avid:
   greedy; eager for; marked by keen interest and enthusiasm
avocation:
   activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
avoidance:
   keeping away from or preventing from happening
avow:
   declare openly; acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly
avuncular:
   in manner of uncle, pertaining to uncle; kind, genial, benevolent or tolerant
awkwardly:
   in an uncomfortable, nervous or embarrassed way
awry:
   in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course
axiom:
   self-evident truth requiring no proof
azure:
   sky blue; light purplish-blue