[Esc] /ə'bændən/ n. Syn. relinquish lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm With her parents out of town, Kelly danced all night with [___].
[Esc] /ə'bæʃ/ v. Syn. embarrass embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert Her open admiration should not [___] him at all.
[Esc] /'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.
[Esc] /ə'bɛt/ v. Syn. encourage aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage She was unwilling to [___] him in the swindle he had planned.
[Esc] /ə'brɪdʒ/ v. Syn. condense; shorten condense; shorten; reduce length of written text Because the publishers felt the public wanted a shorter version of War and Peace, they proceeded to [___] the novel.
[Esc] /'æbroʊgeɪt/ a. Syn. abolish abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority He intended to [___] the decree issued by his predecessor.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /æk'si:d/ v. Syn. agree; assent; concede agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede The idea that one of the two chief executives should eventually [___] to the role, as has happened in the past, would raise fresh doubts about the board's independence.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /'ækəleɪd/ n. Syn. praise award of merit; expression of approval; praise In Hollywood, an "Oscar" is the highest [___].
[Esc] /ə'kɔ:d/ n. Syn. agreement; treaty settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states Although the [___] is a small step forward, politicians around the world have their work cut out for them.
[Esc] /ækrɪ'moʊnɪəs/ a. Syn. rancorous bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner The candidate attacked his opponent in highly [___] terms.
[Esc] /'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.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /ædmɒ'nɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. warning gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning The article concludes with an [___] from a psychologist
[Esc] /'ædvəsərɪ/ n. Syn. opponent; contestant opponent in contest; someone who offers opposition The young wrestler struggled to defeat his [___].
[Esc] /'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.
[Esc] /əd'vɜrsɪtɪ/ n. Syn. poverty; misfortune state of misfortune, hardship, or affliction; misfortune A young boy who's strength in [___] is an inspiration to all who know him.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /'æfəb(ə)l/ a. easily approachable; warmly friendly Accustomed to cold, aloof supervisors, Nicholas was amazed at how [___] his new employer was.
[Esc] /'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 [___] school districts.
[Esc] /'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.
[Esc] /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 [___].
[Esc] /'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.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /ə'ljʊə(r)/ v. Syn. entice; attract attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive Promises of quick profits [___] the unwary investor.
[Esc] /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 [___].
[Esc] /æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a. unclear or doubtful in meaning His [___] instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /'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.
[Esc] /ə'næləgəs/ a. Syn. comparable comparable; similar or alike She called our attention to the things that had been done in an [___] situation and recommended that we do the same.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /'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.
[Esc] /'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.
[Esc] /'æn(ə)lz/ n. Syn. records; history chronological record of the events of successive years In the [___] of this period, we find no mention of democratic movements.
[Esc] /ə'nɒnɪməs/ a. Syn. unknown; nameless having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name The buyer, who wished to remain [___], is a foreigner with homes in Europe.
[Esc] /æn'θɒlədʒɪ/ n. Syn. collection book of literary selections by various authors This [___] of science fiction was compiled by the late Isaac Asimov.
[Esc] /æn'tɪθəsɪs/ n. Syn. contrast contrast; direct contrast; opposition This tyranny was the [___] of all that he had hoped for, and he fought it with all his strength.
[Esc] /æpə'θɛtɪk/ a. feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent But he shares Mary's [___] and listless look: he seems to have more length of limb than vivacity of blood or vigor of brain.
[Esc] /'æpəθɪ/ n. Syn. indifference lack of caring; indifference A firm believer in democratic government, she could not understand the [___] of people who never bothered to vote.
[Esc] /æprɪ'hɛnd/ v. Syn. arrest; perceive take into custody; arrest a criminal; grasp mentally; perceive The police will [___] the culprit and convict him.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /ə'praɪz/ v. Syn. inform inform; give notice to; make aware If you [___] him the dangerous weather conditions, he has to postpone his trip.
[Esc] /æprə'beɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. approval expression of warm approval; praise She looked for some sign of [___] from her parents, hoping her good grades would please them.
[Esc] /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 [___].
[Esc] /'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.
[Esc] /'ɑrbɪtə(r)/ n. Syn. judge person with power to decide a dispute; judge As an [___] in labor disputes, she has won the confidence of the workers and the employers.
[Esc] /'ɑrkɪtaɪp/ n. Syn. prototype prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned The Brooklyn Bridge was the [___] of the many spans that now connect Manhattan with Long Island and New Jersey.
[Esc] /'ærɪd/ a. Syn. dry; barren dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants The cactus has adapted to survive in an [___] environment.
[Esc] /ærɪs'tɒkrəsɪ/ n. hereditary nobility; privileged class Americans have mixed feelings about hereditary [___].
[Esc] /ɑr'tɪkjʊlət/ a. Syn. effective; distinct expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language Her [___] presentation of the advertising campaign impressed her employers.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /ə'saɪləm/ n. Syn. protection place of refuge or shelter; protection The refugees sought [___] from religious persecution in a new land.
[Esc] /'eɪθiɪst/ n. Syn. nonbeliever nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god The view that children are born [___] is relatively recent.
[Esc] /ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait essential quality; reputation; honor His outstanding [___] was his kindness.
[Esc] /ɔ:g'mɛnt/ v. Syn. increase make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity Armies [___] their forces by calling up reinforcements.
[Esc] /ɔ:'spɪʃəs/ a. Syn. propitious attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous With favorable weather conditions, it was an [___] moment to set sail.
[Esc] /ɜr'θɛntɪk/ a. Syn. genuine; real; valid; trustworthy not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy It is [___], genuine, and a true and correct copy of the original.
[Esc] /ɔtə'krætɪk/ a. Syn. dictatorial having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial Someone accustomed to exercising authority may become [___] if his or her power is unchecked.
[Esc] /'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.
[Esc] /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 [___], giving the impression that he had caught cold in his neck during the night.
[Esc] /bə'nɑrl/;/'beɪnl/ a. Syn. dull; commonplace; trite obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality The writer made his comic sketch seem [___], only a few people liked it.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /'bæntə(r)/ n. good-humored, playful conversation You bring good diversity to the BombCast because your opinions are varied and present a good contrast to what can sometimes be predictable [___] from the guys.
[Esc] /'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?
[Esc] /bɪ'laɪ/ v. Syn. contradict contradict; give a false impression His coarse, hard-bitten exterior does [___] his inner sensitivity.
[Esc] /'bɛlɪkoʊs/ a. Syn. warlike; belligerent warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative His [___] disposition alienated his friends.
[Esc] /bɪ'lɪdʒərənt/ a. Syn. quarrelsome; aggressive inclined or eager to fight; aggressive Whenever he had too much to drink, he became [___] and tried to pick fights with strangers.
[Esc] /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.
[Esc] /bɪ'smɜrtʃ/ v. soil, smear so as to make dirty or stained The scandalous remarks in the newspaper [___] the reputations of every member of the society.
[Esc] /'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 [___] in the prosecution's favor.
[Esc] /bɪ'zɑr(r)/ a. Syn. fantastic fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance The plot of the novel was too [___] to be believed.
[Esc] /blænd/ a. Syn. soothing; mild; agreeable lacking stimulating or mild; agreeable She kept her gaze level and her expression [___], but her teeth were gritted.
[Esc] /'blændɪʃmənt/ n. Syn. flattery flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart Despite the salesperson's [___], the customer did not buy the outfit.
[Esc] /'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 [___] his reputation.
[Esc] /blaɪt/ v. blast; prevent the growth and fertility of; destroy the happiness of; ruin; frustrate I wish to foster, not to [___] -- to earn gratitude, not to wring tears of blood -- no, nor of brine: my harvest must be in smiles, in endearments, in sweet -- That will do.
[Esc] /blaɪð/ a. Syn. gay; joyous; heedless gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted Shelley called the skylark a "blithe spirit" because of its happy song.
[Esc] /bɒm'bæstɪk/ a. Syn. pompous pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning The biggest military power on Earth was acting belligerent and its president was indulging in [___] nationalistic grandstanding.
[Esc] /'bʊərɪʃ/ a. Syn. rude; clumsy; illiterate rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners Natasha was embarrassed by her fellow spy's [___] behavior.
[Esc] /bju:'kɒlɪk/ a. Syn. rustic; pastoral rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation Filled with browsing cows and bleating sheep, the meadow was a charmingly [___] sight.
[Esc] /bʌ'fu:n/ n. one who makes a practice of amusing others by low tricks, antic gestures; droll; mimic; clown This [___] is the most self-centered idiot I have ever seen or heard.
[Esc] /'bʊlwək/ n. earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends The navy is our principal [___] against invasion.
[Esc] /'bʌmpʃəs/ a. offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing His classmates called him a show-off because of his [___] airs.
[Esc] /kə'bæl/ n. small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests The number of Republicans who support this man and his [___] is astonishing, but nothing will change the minds of that percentage.
[Esc] /kə'kɒfənəs/ a. Syn. discordant; inharmonious discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding Do the students in the orchestra enjoy the [___] sounds they make when they're tuning up? I don't know how they can stand the racket.