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awry: Read
/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: Read
/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: Read
/'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?

bellicose: Read
/'bɛlɪkoʊs/ a. Syn. warlike; belligerent
warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
His bellicose disposition alienated his friends.

benevolent: Read
/bɪ'nɛvələnt/ a. Syn. generous; charitable
generous in providing aid to others; charitable
Mr. Fezziwig was a benevolent employer, who wished to make Christmas merrier for young Scrooge and his other employees.

biased: Read
/'baɪəs(ɪ)d/ a. Syn. slanted; prejudiced
favoring one person or side over another; prejudiced
Because the judge played golf regularly with the district attorney's father, we feared he might be biased in the prosecution's favor.

bland: Read
/blænd/ a. Syn. soothing; mild; agreeable
lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable
She kept her gaze level and her expression bland, but her teeth were gritted.

blemish: Read
/'blɛmɪʃ/ v.
mark with deformity; injure or impair, as anything which is excellent; make defective, either the body or mind
A newspaper article alleging he had taken bribes may blemish his reputation.

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abet  Speak
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aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
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responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
abstemious  Speak
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inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding
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sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
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not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy
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state of misfortune, hardship, or affliction; misfortune
admonish  Speak
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warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
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having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
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nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god
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soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained
affable  Speak
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warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
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something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
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easily approachable; warmly friendly
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making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
alienate  Speak
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absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
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make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
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cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally
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likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
anarchy  Speak
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
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easily approachable; warmly friendly
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inclined or eager to fight; aggressive
anonymous  Speak
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take into custody; arrest a criminal; grasp mentally; perceive
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warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
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make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
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having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
antithesis  Speak
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not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy
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state of misfortune, hardship, or affliction; misfortune
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earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
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contrast; direct contrast; opposition
apprehend  Speak
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take into custody; arrest a criminal; grasp mentally; perceive
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warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
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something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
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unclear or doubtful in meaning
apt  Speak
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warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
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likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
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responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
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embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
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/ə'bæʃ/ v. Syn. embarrass
embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
Her open admiration should not [___] him at all.


Spelling Word: abash
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/ə'bɛt/ v. Syn. encourage
aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
She was unwilling to [___] him in the swindle he had planned.


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/æb'sti:mɪəs/ a. Syn. temperate
sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
Concerned whether her vegetarian son's [___] diet provided him with sufficient protein, the worried mother pressed food on him.


Spelling Word: abstemious
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/ək'sɛləreɪt/ v. Syn. speed; hasten
move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected
Demand for Taiwanese goods likely will [___] from the second quarter, as strong Asian demand offsets the effects of a U.S. slowdown.


Spelling Word: accelerate
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/ækrɪ'moʊnɪəs/ a. Syn. rancorous
bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
The candidate attacked his opponent in highly [___] terms.


Spelling Word: acrimonious
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/'əgrɛsɪv/ a.
making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
During his tenure in Beijing, Huntsman was known as an [___] advocate for human rights and pushed to expand U.S. economic ties with China.


Spelling Word: aggressive
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/'eɪlɪəneɪt/ v. Syn. estrange; transfer; separate
cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally
We could not see what should again [___] us from one another, or how one brother could again oppress another.


Spelling Word: alienate
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/æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a.
unclear or doubtful in meaning
His [___] instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.


Spelling Word: ambiguous
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/'ænəkɪ/ n. Syn. lawlessness; disorder
absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
One might say that eastern Congo is already in [___], but Congo has faded from the headlines in recent months.


Spelling Word: anarchy
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/'æptɪtju:d/;/'æptɪtud/ n. Syn. intelligence; talent
inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding
The counselor gave him an [___] test before advising him about the career he should follow.


Spelling Word: aptitude