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Abate
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity
Abscond
to leave secretly
Abstain
To choose not to do something
Abyss
an extremely deep hole
adulterate
to make impure
advocate
to speak in favor of
asethetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence, and reputation
alleviate
to make more bearable
amalgamate
to combine, to mix together
ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain, able to be interpreted several ways
ameliorate
to make better, to improve
anachronism
something out of place in time The aged hipped used ANACHRONISTIC phrases like groovy and far out that had not been popular for years.
analogous
similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
anomaly
deviation from what is normal Albino animals may display too great an ANOMALY in their coloring to attract normally colored mates.
antagonize
to annoy or provoke to anger
antipathy
extreme dislike
apathy
lack of interest or emotion
arbitrate
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties Since the couple could not come ot agreement, a judge was forced to ARBITRATE their divorce proceedings.
archaic
ancient, old-fashioned
ardor
intense and passionate feeling
articulate
able to speak clearly and expressively
assuage
to make something unpleasant less severe
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree; to weaken
audacious
fearless and daring
austere
severe or stern in appearance; undecorated The lack of decoration makes Zen temples seem AUSTERE to the untrained eye.
banal
predictable, cliched, boring
bolster
to support; to prop up
bombastic
pompous in speech and manner
cacophony
harsh, jarring noise
candid
impartial and honest in speech
castigate
to punish or criticize harshly
catalyst
something that brings about a change in something else
caustic
biting in wit Dorothy Parker gained her reputation for CAUSTIC wit from her cutting, yet clever, insults.
chaos
great disorder or confusion
chauvinist
someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he or she belongs
chicanery
deceoption by means of craft or guile
cogent
convincing and well reasoned Swayed by the COGENT argument of the defense, the jury had no choice but to qcquit the defendant
condone
to overlook, pardon, or disregard Some theorists believe that failing to prosecute minor crimes is the same as CONDONING an air of lawlessness.
convoluted
intricate and complicated Although many people bought "A Brief History of Time," few could follow its CONVOLUTED ideas and theories.
corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
credulous
too trusting, gullible
crescendo
steadily increasing volume or force
decorum
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
deference
respect, courtesy
deride
to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock
desiccate
to dry out thoroughly
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected Dane had a DESULTORY academic record; she had changed majors 12 times in three years.
diatribe
an abusive, condemnatory speech The trucker bellowed a DIATRIBE at the driver who had cut him off.
dilate
to make larger; to expand
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