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accord: Read
/ə'kɔ:d/ n. Syn. agreement; treaty
settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states
Although the accord is a small step forward, politicians around the world have their work cut out for them.

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

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.

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unclear or doubtful in meaning
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settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states
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hereditary nobility; privileged class
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in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
adversary  Speak
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greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
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settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states
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give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
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opponent in contest; someone who offers opposition
adverse  Speak
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in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose
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offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing
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give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
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aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
aesthetic  Speak
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elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste
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lack of caring; indifference
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feeling of enmity or ill will; attitude that informs one's actions; disposition
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staff or truncheon for various purposes, as one of a conductor in musical performances, one transferred by runners in a relay race
alienate  Speak
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cause to become unfriendly or hostile; transfer property or ownership; isolate or dissociate emotionally
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having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name
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settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
anarchy  Speak
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gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning
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absence of governing body; state of disorder; political disorder and confusion
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lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable
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staff or truncheon for various purposes, as one of a conductor in musical performances, one transferred by runners in a relay race
animus  Speak
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feeling of enmity or ill will; attitude that informs one's actions; disposition
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having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
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move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected
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chronological record of the events of successive years
aristocracy  Speak
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cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
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hereditary nobility; privileged class
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blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate
authentic  Speak
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not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy
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hereditary nobility; privileged class
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offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing
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gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning
autocratic  Speak
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move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected
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refer casually or indirectly, or by suggestion
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having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
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bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
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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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/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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/'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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/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
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/ə'sɪdjʊəs/;/ə'sɪdʒʊəs/ a. Syn. diligent; persistent
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
He was [___], working at this task for weeks before he felt satisfied with his results.


Spelling Word: assiduous
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/ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait
essential quality; reputation; honor
His outstanding [___] was his kindness.


Spelling Word: attribute
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/ɔtə'krætɪk/ a. Syn. dictatorial
having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
Someone accustomed to exercising authority may become [___] if his or her power is unchecked.


Spelling Word: autocratic
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/'ævərɪs/ n.
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
King Midas is a perfect example of [___], for he was so greedy that he wished everything he touched would turn to gold.


Spelling Word: avarice
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/beɪn/ n. Syn. curse
something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
Lucy's little brother was the [___] of her existence: his attempts to make her life miserable worked so well that she could have poisoned him.


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


Spelling Word: benevolent