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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