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aristocracy: Read
/ærɪs'tɒkrəsɪ/ n.
hereditary nobility; privileged class
Americans have mixed feelings about hereditary aristocracy.

ascetic: Read
/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: Read
/ə'saɪləm/ n. Syn. protection
place of refuge or shelter; protection
The refugees sought asylum from religious persecution in a new land.

attribute: Read
/ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait
essential quality; reputation; honor
His outstanding attribute was his kindness.

auspicious: Read
/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: Read
/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: 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.

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academic  Speak
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take into custody; arrest a criminal; grasp mentally; perceive
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related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education
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in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
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abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
acrimonious  Speak
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bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
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award of merit; expression of approval; praise
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offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing
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lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable
admonition  Speak
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abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
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gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning
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favoring one person or side over another; prejudiced
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condense; shorten; reduce length of written text
adverse  Speak
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in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
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nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god
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make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
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small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
amenable  Speak
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responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
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hereditary nobility; privileged class
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
animus  Speak
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feeling of enmity or ill will; attitude that informs one's actions; disposition
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cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally
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make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
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greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
antithesis  Speak
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contrast; direct contrast; opposition
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greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
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small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
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having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
archetype  Speak
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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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indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
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prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
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one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown
assiduous  Speak
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soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained
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related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
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greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
auspicious  Speak
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sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
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warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided
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attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
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contradict; give a false impression
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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.


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/ækə'dɛmɪk/ a. Syn. scholarly; collegiate; theoretical
related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education
The dean's talk about reforming the college admissions system was only an [___] discussion.


Spelling Word: academic
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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.


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


Spelling Word: allay
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/ə'lu:ʒ(ə)n/ n. Syn. metaphor
indirect reference; symbolical reference or comparison; metaphor
Without naming names, the candidate criticized the national leaders by [___].


Spelling Word: allusion
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/æn'θɒlədʒɪ/ n. Syn. collection
book of literary selections by various authors
This [___] of science fiction was compiled by the late Isaac Asimov.


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/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.


Spelling Word: apprehensive
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/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, [___] life led by members of some monastic orders.


Spelling Word: ascetic
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/'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 [___] in the relays?


Spelling Word: baton
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/bɪ'laɪ/ v. Syn. contradict
contradict; give a false impression
His coarse, hard-bitten exterior does [___] his inner sensitivity.


Spelling Word: belie