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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.

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

analogy: Read
/ə'nælədʒɪ/ n. Syn. similarity; parallelism
similarity in some respects; comparison based on similarity
This analogy is almost always noted without further comment, although in fact it may be taken further.

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

anonymous: Read
/ə'nɒnɪməs/ a. Syn. unknown; nameless
having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
The buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, is a foreigner with homes in Europe.

antithesis: Read
/æn'tɪθəsɪs/ n. Syn. contrast
contrast; direct contrast; opposition
This tyranny was the antithesis of all that he had hoped for, and he fought it with all his strength.

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abandon  Speak
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inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding
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make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
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greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
accolade  Speak
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award of merit; expression of approval; praise
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mark with deformity; injure or impair, as anything which is excellent; make defective, either the body or mind
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condense; shorten; reduce length of written text
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greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
adverse  Speak
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in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
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expression of warm approval; praise
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lack of caring; indifference
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sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
allusion  Speak
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fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance
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indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
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comparable; similar or alike
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embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
antithesis  Speak
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calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
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something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
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contrast; direct contrast; opposition
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
apprehend  Speak
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take into custody; arrest a criminal; grasp mentally; perceive
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good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly
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good-humored, playful conversation
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expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language
approbation  Speak
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earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
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nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god
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expression of warm approval; praise
attribute  Speak
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place of refuge or shelter; protection
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essential quality; reputation; honor
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embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
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making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
augment  Speak
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make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
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hereditary nobility; privileged class
autocratic  Speak
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making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
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calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
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having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
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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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/əd'mɒnɪʃ/ v. Syn. warn; reprove
warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
I would again [___] the reader carefully to consider the nature of our doctrine.


Spelling Word: admonish
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/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 [___], is hawking $35 T-shirts.


Spelling Word: aesthetic
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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'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.


Spelling Word: allude
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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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/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.


Spelling Word: analogy
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/ɑr'tɪkjʊlət/ a. Syn. effective; distinct
expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language
Her [___] presentation of the advertising campaign impressed her employers.


Spelling Word: articulate
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/ɔ:'spɪʃəs/ a. Syn. propitious
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
With favorable weather conditions, it was an [___] moment to set sail.


Spelling Word: auspicious