ascetic: /ə'sɛtɪk/ a. Syn. austere; severe leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere The wealthy, self-indulgent young man felt oddly drawn to the strict, ascetic life led by members of some monastic orders.
asylum: /ə'saɪləm/ n. Syn. protection place of refuge or shelter; protection The refugees sought asylum from religious persecution in a new land.
attribute: /ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait essential quality; reputation; honor His outstanding attribute was his kindness.
auspicious: /ɔ:'spɪʃəs/ a. Syn. propitious attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous With favorable weather conditions, it was an auspicious moment to set sail.
autocratic: /ɔtə'krætɪk/ a. Syn. dictatorial having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial Someone accustomed to exercising authority may become autocratic if his or her power is unchecked.
awry: /ə'raɪ/ ad. Syn. distorted; crooked ; askew; amiss in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course He held his head awry, giving the impression that he had caught cold in his neck during the night.
bane: /beɪn/ n. Syn. curse something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin Lucy's little brother was the bane of her existence: his attempts to make her life miserable worked so well that she could have poisoned him.
baton: /'bæt(ə)n/;/bə'tɒn/ n. staff or truncheon for various purposes, as one of a conductor in musical performances, one transferred by runners in a relay race What's the textbook way to handoff the baton in the relays?
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[Esc] /ə'brɪdʒ/ v. Syn. condense; shorten condense; shorten; reduce length of written text Because the publishers felt the public wanted a shorter version of War and Peace, they proceeded to [___] the novel.
[Esc] /ə'lu:d/ v. Syn. imply; refer refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion Try not to mention divorce in Jack's presence because he will think you [___] to his marital problems with Jill.
[Esc] /ə'ljʊə(r)/ v. Syn. entice; attract attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive Promises of quick profits [___] the unwary investor.
[Esc] /ə'mi:nəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. responsible; accountable responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable He was [___] to any suggestions that came from those he looked up to.
[Esc] /ə'nælədʒɪ/ n. Syn. similarity; parallelism similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity This [___] is almost always noted without further comment, although in fact it may be taken further.
[Esc] /æn'tɪθəsɪs/ n. Syn. contrast contrast; direct contrast; opposition This tyranny was the [___] of all that he had hoped for, and he fought it with all his strength.
[Esc] /'æpəθɪ/ n. Syn. indifference lack of caring; indifference A firm believer in democratic government, she could not understand the [___] of people who never bothered to vote.
[Esc] /æprɪ'hɛnd/ v. Syn. arrest; perceive take into custody; arrest a criminal; grasp mentally; perceive The police will [___] the culprit and convict him.
[Esc] /æprɪ'hɛnsɪv/ a. capable of apprehending; knowing; conscious; relating to the faculty of apprehension; sensible; feeling; perceptive Here I walked about for a long time, feeling very strange, and mortally [___] of some one coming in and kidnapping me.
[Esc] /'ɑrbɪtə(r)/ n. Syn. judge person with power to decide a dispute; judge As an [___] in labor disputes, she has won the confidence of the workers and the employers.