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admonition: Read
/ædmɒ'nɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. warning
gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning
The article concludes with an admonition from a psychologist

adverse: Read
/'ædvɜrs/ a. Syn. unfavorable; hostile
in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
The recession had a highly adverse effect on father's investment portfolio: he lost so much money that he could no longer afford the house.

aesthetic: Read
/i:s'θɛtɪk/ a. Syn. artistic; elegant
elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
Kenneth Cole, the American designer known for his modern, urban aesthetic, is hawking $35 T-shirts.

affluent: Read
/'æflʊənt/ a.
having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
They want the same opportunity to pursue their dreams as everyone else who lives in affluent school districts.

alacrity: Read
/ə'lækrɪtɪ/ n.
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
Phil and Dave were raring to get off to the mountains; they packed up their ski gear and climbed into the van with alacrity.

allay: Read
/ə'leɪ/ v. Syn. calm; pacify; relieve
calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
The crew tried to allay the fears of the passengers by announcing that the fire had been controlled.

allure: Read
/ə'ljʊə(r)/ v. Syn. entice; attract
attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive
Promises of quick profits allure the unwary investor.

ambiguous: Read
/æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a.
unclear or doubtful in meaning
His ambiguous instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.

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abash  Speak
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favoring one person or side over another; prejudiced
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unclear or doubtful in meaning
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fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance
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embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
aggressive  Speak
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earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
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embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
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rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners
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making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
ambiguous  Speak
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cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally
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unclear or doubtful in meaning
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lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable
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having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
analogous  Speak
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abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
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comparable; similar or alike
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
annals  Speak
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chronological record of the events of successive years
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obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
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embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
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making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
antithesis  Speak
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dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
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something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
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rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation
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contrast; direct contrast; opposition
arid  Speak
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calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
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dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
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place of refuge or shelter; protection
aristocracy  Speak
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hereditary nobility; privileged class
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flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart
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inform; give notice to; make aware
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dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
ascetic  Speak
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dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants
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inform; give notice to; make aware
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having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
attribute  Speak
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
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rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation
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essential quality; reputation; honor
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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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/'æbdɪkeɪt/ v. Syn. renounce
give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
When Edward VIII did [___] the British throne to marry the woman he loved, he surprised the entire world.


Spelling Word: abdicate
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/'ækjʊmɛn, ə'kju:mɛn/ n. Syn. acuteness; insight
mental keenness; quickness of perception
However, her team's political [___] is clearly beyond mine, an Ivy League Medical Science Professor and NOT a Political "Science" Professor.


Spelling Word: acumen
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/'ædvɜrs/ a. Syn. unfavorable; hostile
in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
The recession had a highly [___] effect on father's investment portfolio: he lost so much money that he could no longer afford the house.


Spelling Word: adverse
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/ə'lækrɪtɪ/ n.
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
Phil and Dave were raring to get off to the mountains; they packed up their ski gear and climbed into the van with [___].


Spelling Word: alacrity
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/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.


Spelling Word: amenable
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/'eɪmɪəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. agreeable; lovable
good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly
In Little Women, Beth is the [___] daughter whose loving disposition endears her to all who know her.


Spelling Word: amiable
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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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/'ænɪməs/ n. Syn. enmity; disposition
feeling of enmity or ill will; attitude that informs one's actions; disposition
The [___] of the speaker became obvious to all when he began to indulge in sarcastic and insulting remarks.


Spelling Word: animus
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/æpt/ a. Syn. appropriate; suitable
likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
The defeated England coach, Bobby Robson, described it as a miracle, which following 'the Hand-of-God' goal seems supremely [___].


Spelling Word: apt