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Abjure(v.) To prove his honesty, the president abjured the evil policies of his wicked predecessor.
To reject, renounce
Abrogate(v.) The Bill of Rights assured that the government cannot abrogate our right to a free press.
To abolish, usually by authority.
Acerbic(adj.) Jill became extremely acerbic and began to cruelly make fun of all her friends.
Bitter in writing or speech.
Acrimony(n.) Though they vowed that no girl would come between them, Biff and Trevor could not keep acrimony from overwhelming their friendship after they both fell in love with the lovely Teresa.
Bitterness, discord
Acumen(n.) Because of his mathmatical acumen, larry was able to figure out in minutes problems that took other students hours.
Keen insight
Adumbrate(v.) The coach adumbrated a game plan, but none of the players knew precisely what to do.
To sketch out in a vague way.
Alacrity(n.) While waiting for his package to arrive, john's alacrity was overwhelming is mother.
Anathema(n.) I never want to see that murderer again, he is an anathema to me.
A cursed, or detested person.
Antipathy(n.) I love you, but because you are a liar and a theif, I have nothing but antipathy for you.
a strong dislike, repugnance
Approbation(n.) The football player was greeted with approbation when the TV news caster told him how he won the game.
Ascetic(adj.) The priests ascetic ways caused him to starve to death.
Practicing restraint through self-discipline.
aspersion(n.) The rival politicians repeatedly cast aspersions on each others' integrity.
a curse, an expression of ill-will.
Assiduous(adj.) The building was completed after many years of assiduous labor.
Hardworking, diligent.
Blandish(v.) Rachel tried to blandish margret into accepting the deal.
To coax by using flattery.
Boon(n.) The good weather has been a boon for many people located near the beach.
Gift, blessing
Brusque(adj.) The captain's brusque manner offended the passengers.
Short, abrupt, dismissive
Buffet(n.,v.) The strong winds buffeted the ship, threatening to capsize it.
To strike with force; (n.)an arrangement of food.
burnish(v.) His mother asked him to burnish the silverware before setting the table.
to polish, shine
buttress(v.) The column buttresses the roof above the statue.
To support, hold up
cacophony(n.) The elementary school orchestra created a cacophony at the recital.
tremendous noise, disharmonious sound
cajole(v.) Fred’s buddies cajoled him into attending the bachelor party.
to urge, coax
Calumny(n.) The local official’s calumny ended up ruining his opponent’s prospect of winning the election.
an attempt to spoil someone else’s reputation by spreading lies
Capricious(adj.) The young girl’s capricious tendencies made it difficult for her to focus on achieving her goals.
subject to whim, fickle
Clemency(n.) After he forgot their anniversary, Martin could only beg Maria for clemency.
Cogent(adj.) Irene’s arguments in favor of abstinence were so cogent that I could not resist them.
Intellectually convincing
Concomitant(adj.) His dislike of hard work carried with it a concomitant lack of funds.
accompanying in a subordinate fashion
Conflagration(n.) The conflagration consumed the entire building.
Great fire
Contrite(adj.) Blake’s contrite behavior made it impossible to stay angry at him.
Eager to be forgiven
Conundrum(n.) Interpreting Jane’s behavior was a constant conundrum.
Puzzle, problem
Credulity(n.) His credulity made him an easy target for con men.
Readiness to believe
Cupidity(n.) His cupidity made him enter the abandoned gold mine despite the obvious dangers.
Greed, strong desire
Cursory(adj.) Late for the meeting, she cast a cursory glance at the agenda.
Brief to the point of being superficial.
Decry(v.) The kind video rental clerk decried the policy of charging customers late fees.
To criticize openly
Defile(v.) She defiled the calm of the religious building by playing her banjo.
to make unclean, impure
Deleterious(adj.) She experienced the deleterious effects of running a marathon without stretching her muscles enough beforehand.
Demure(adj.) Though everyone else at the party was dancing and going crazy, she remained demure.
quite, modest, reserve
Deprecate(v.) Always over-modest, he deprecated his contribution to the local charity.
to belittle, depreciate
Deride(v.) The bullies derided the foreign student’s accent.
To laugh at mockingly
desecrate(v.) They feared that the construction of a golf course would desecrate the preserved wilderness.
to violate the sacredness of a thing or place
Desiccated(adj.) The skin of the desiccated mummy looked like old paper.
Dry up, dehydrated
Diaphanous(adj.) Sunlight poured in through the diaphanous curtains, brightening the room.
Light, airy, transparent
diffident(adj.) While eating dinner with the adults, the diffident youth did not speak for fear of seeming presumptuous.
shy, quiet, modest
Discursive(adj.) The professor’s discursive lectures seemed to be about every subject except the one initially described.
rambling, lacking order
Dissemble(v.) Not wanting to appear heartlessly greedy, she dissembled and hid her intention to sell her ailing father’s stamp collection.
to Conceal, fake
Dither(v.) Not wanting to offend either friend, he dithered about which of the two birthday parties he should attend.
To be indecisive
ebullient(adj.) She became ebullient upon receiving an acceptance letter from her first-choice college.
Extremely lively, enthusiastic
Effrontery(n.) When I told my aunt that she was boring, my mother scolded me for my effrontery.
impudence, nerve, insolence
Effulgent(adj.) The golden palace was effulgent.
Radiant, spendorous
egregious(adj.) The student who threw sloppy joes across the cafeteria was punished for his egregious behavior.
extremely bad
Enervate(v.) Writing these sentences enervates me so much that I will have to take a nap after I finish.
to weaken, exhaust
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