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abhor
   fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate
abrasive
   rubbing away; tending to grind down
abrogate
   abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
absolution
   act of absolving or the state of being absolved; formal remission of sin imparted by a priest
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.
accolade
   award of merit; expression of approval; praise
acquiesce
   assent; agree without protesting
acrid
   unpleasantly sharp or bitter to taste or smell; bitterly pungent
acrophobia
   fear of heights; abnormal fear of high places
acuity
   sharpness; acuteness of vision or perception; keenness
adamant
   extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding
adroit
   skillful and adept under pressing conditions
adulation
   excessive flattery or admiration; unmerited praise
adversity
   state of misfortune, hardship, or affliction; misfortune
advocate
   speak, plead, or argue in favour of; plead for; push for something
aesthetic
   elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
affable
   easily approachable; warmly friendly
alacrity
   cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
alchemy
   medieval chemistry; magical or mysterious power or process of transforming
allay
   calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
alleviate
   provide physical relief, as from pain; make easier; remove in part
aloof
   apart; remote in manner; distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote
amass
   collect; gather for oneself, as for one's pleasure or profit
ambiguity
   state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty
ambiguous
   unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence
   state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes, such as love and hate
ambulatory
   able to walk; formed or adapted for walking; not stationary
ameliorate
   make or become better; improve; grow better
amiable
   good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly
amity
   friendship; peaceful relations, as between nations
amorphous
   formless; lacking shape or definition
analgesic
   serving to reduce sensibility to pain without loss of consciousness
analogous
   comparable; similar or alike
anarchy
   absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
anecdote
   short account of amusing or interesting event; short narrative; secret story of history or biography
animosity
   bitter hostility; active hatred; hostile feeling or act
annex
   append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
annex
   append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
anomaly
   irregularity; person or something that is unusual; departure from normal or common order
antagonism
   active resistance; condition of being an opposing principle, force, or factor
antediluvian
   antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times
anthology
   book of literary selections by various authors
antiquated
   too old to be fashionable, suitable, or useful; obsolete; aged
apathetic
   feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
apathy
   lack of caring; indifference
apocryphal
   untrue; of questionable authorship or authenticity; erroneous; fictitious
appease
   bring peace, quiet, or calm to; satisfy or relieve
apprehensive
   capable of apprehending; knowing; conscious; relating to the faculty of apprehension; sensible; feeling; perceptive
arable
   fit for growing crops, as by plowing
arbitrary
   randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle
arcane
   secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
archaic
   no longer current or applicable; antiquated
bigot
   hypocrite, especially, superstitious hypocrite; one who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics
bilk
   defraud or cheat; frustrate or disappoint; evade or escape from
billowing
   swelling out in waves; surging; stormy; affected by storms
blasphemy
   act of claiming for oneself the attributes and rights of God; utterance or writing concerning God or a sacred entity
blatant
   flagrant; conspicuously obvious; loudly offensive
blighted
   suffering from a disease; destroyed, ruined, or spoiled
blithe
   gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted
bolster
   support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
boorish
   rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners
bourgeois
   middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
braggart
   boaster; one given to loud, empty boasting; very talkative person
brevity
   quality or state of being brief in duration; concise expression
broach
   introduce; bring up for discussion or debate; announce
brusque
   abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
bulwark
   earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
bureaucracy
   over-regulated administrative system
burgeon
   grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly
burnish
   make shiny by rubbing; polish
buttress
   support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
cajole
   influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
caldron
   large kettle or boiler of copper, brass, or iron
callow
   youthful; immature; inexperienced; without feathers
candid
   straightforward; frank; free from prejudice; impartial
candor
   frankness; quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
cantankerous
   ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious
capacious
   capable of containing a large quantity; spacious or roomy
capitulate
   surrender; end all resistance; give up; go along with or comply
carping
   fault-finding; excessive complaining; of unreasonable criticism or censure
cartographer
   one who makes maps or charts
castigate
   criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
catharsis
   purging or cleansing of any passage of body
caucus
   private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
caustic
   capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action
cavalcade
   ceremonial procession or display; succession or series
celerity
   swiftness of action or motion; speed
censorious
   critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
censure
   expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame
cerebral
   relating to the brain or cerebrum; intellectual rather than emotional
certitude
   state of being certain; complete assurance; confidence
chary
   cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
chicanery
   mean or unfair artifice to obscure truth; deception by trickery or sophistry
chimerical
   fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative
choleric
   hot-tempered; easily angered; bad-tempered; expressing anger
circuitous
   being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course; going round in a circuit; not direct
circumlocution
   indirect or roundabout expression; evasion in speech or writing