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Ex. Matters were held in abeyance pending further inquiries
Utterly hopeless, humiliating or wretched.
Ex. Abject poverety
To renounce an oath.
Ex. His refusal to abjure the Catholic faith
Act of cleansing
Ex. The women performed their ablutions
To abolish by formal means
Ex. A proposal to abrogate temporarily the right to strike
Sparing in eating and drinking, temperate.
Ex. We only had a bottle.... very abstemious of you
Hard to understand; secret, hidden.
Ex. An abstruse philosophical inquiry.
Border up, adjoin
Ex. The gardens abutting Great Prescott State.
An increase by natural growth.
Ex. The accretion of sediments in coastal mangroves.
Fear of heights.
Calculating, pertaining to insurance statistics.
Ex. ... cures of SS if indeed it's in actuarial danger.
Motivate (syn. incite)
Ex. The pendulum actuates an electrical switch.
Ex. Intellectual or visual acuity.
Muddle, drive crazy, become rotten
Ex. Being in love must have addled your brain.
Accessory (not essential)
Ex. Computer technology is an adjunct to learning.
Abjuration of Cthulhu and references to... other names only found in Lovecraft's stories
To beg or command
Ex. I adjure you to tell me the truth.
Ex. The adjutant general's office...
Accessory; furnishing added support, additive
Ex. Recommend certain patients receive adjuvant chemo, even for those with stage 1 diseases.
Cautionary advice about something imminent (especially of danger or unpleasantness), a warning [admonish]
Ex. The old judge's admonition to the jury on this point was particularly weighty
Ex. He was adroit at tax avoidance.
My adventures were always adventitious, always thrust on me.
Ex. First, there was this advert from the U.S for a combination razor/bikini trimmer.
An effort to appear to have a quality not really or fully possessed.
Ex. Mari's childish affectation won her more sympathy from adults than the cleverness which made her an outcast at school.
Ex. He took his son's desertion as a personal affront.
Ex. The people aggregated in dense groups.
Eagerness, cheerful promptness
Ex. She accepted the invitation with alacrity.
Ex. He amalgamated his company with another.
Of or pertaining to lovers or lovemaking
Ex. His amatory exploits.
Contradictory state or having conflicting emotional attitudes
Ex. The law's ambivalence about the importance of a victim's identity
Able to walk, not bedridden
Ex. Ambulatory patients
Ex. An amiable fellow
Kind, lovable, friendly, not quarrelsome
Ex. There will be an amicable settlement of the dispute.
Friendship, peaceful harmony
Ex. International harmony
Having no definite form/shape
Ex. Amorphous blue forms and straight black lines
Causing insensitivity to pain
Ex. ... Repeated social conflict... brings subject into an adaptive learnt response of a potent, protective, analgesic state.
Any substance that promotes masculine characteristics
A usually short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or biographical incident.
Ex. He told anecdotes about his job
Ex. Her animadversion against science.
Hostile feeling or intent (related to animosity)
Ex. The author's animus toward her.
Ex. ... left her with an annuity of 1,000 in his will
Opiate, drug that relieves pain
Ex. An anodyne to the misery she had put him through.
Consecrate (To make or declare sacred)
Ex. Bodies were anointed after death for burial.
Ex. The antepenultimate item on the agenda
Book of literary selections by various authors
The holistic, global, comparative study of humans
Like a human, having human-like characteristics
Any system or caste that separates people according to race
Ex. Sexual apartheid
Loss of speech due to injury or illness
Ex. Diana passed the test with aplomb.
Spurious, not authentic, invented rather than true.
Ex. An apocryphal story about a former president.
The highest or most distant point
Ex. The white house is considered the apogee of American Government.
Renunciation of one's previous loyalty; a total desertion of one's religion, principles, cause, etc.
Glorification, glorified ideal
Ex. His appearance as Hamlet was the apotheosis of his career.
Ex. I thought it was right to apprise Chris of what had happened.
Acquire, to take exclusive possession of; allow, give or assign a resource to a particular cause
Ex. Appropriate funds for the research program.
Ex. No one should appropriate a common benefit.
An incidental right, something that belongs to and goes with something else
Ex. All the appurtenances of luxurious travel.
Regarding, with regards to, "by the way"
Ex. Apropos of the previous statement.
Ex. Teenage argot.
An unpaid overdue debt
Ex. He was in arrears on paying for his Cadillac.
To claim unwarrantably or presumptuously
Ex. They arrogate to themselves the ability to divine the nation's true interests.
Gully, Spanish word for "Dry creek" or one that seasonally fills.
Ex. The people living along the main arroyo have lost everything.
Without guile, open and honest
Controlling influence; governing, dominance
- Ex. The ascendancy of his enforcement program is in no small part due to his effort.
- Ex. It is a law of life that when 2 civilizations meet they fight for ascendancy.
Austere, practicing self-denial
Ex. An ascetic life of prayer, fasting, and manual labor.
Sharpness (of temper), rigor, roughness of surface
Ex. He pointed this out with some asperity.
Slanderous remark (detraction)
Ex. I don't think anyone is casting aspersions on you.
Diligent, hard working
Lessen, soothe, relieve
Ex. The letter assuaged the fears of most members.
To weaken or lessen
Ex. Her intolerance was attenuated by a rather unexpected liberalism
Ex. They heard the sound as an augury of death.
- Sun's corona (noun)
- Syn. Halo
Stern and cold in appearance or manner
Ex. An austere man with a rigidly puritanical outlook.
Ex. ... contains 16 autonomous republics
Having avarice (Greed)
Ex. Corrupt and avaricious government.
Declare, assert confidently, as used in law_state formally as a fact
Ex. He averred that he was innocent.
Something one does in addition to a principle occupation
Ex. He avowed he had voted Republican in every election.
Ex. Daytona Beach's bacchanalian atmosphere.
Ex. Cultured badinage about art and life.
Threatening, menacing, foreshadowing evil, sinister
Ex. A baleful glance in her direction.
Discuss lightly or glibly, exchange words heatedly
Ex. 40,000 is the amount that has been bandied about.
Ex. The men bantered with the waitress.
Ex. A barefaced lie.
- Highly ornate
- Syn. Extravagant
Ex. The candles were positively baroque.
Alluring; highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire, to lead by deception
Ex. Every prominent American artist has been beguiled by Maine
Ex. I don't like to be beholden to anybody.
Be incumbent upon, be required to do
Ex. It behooves any coach to study his predecessors.
Speak or explain excessively, assail verbally
Ex. Critics thought they belabored the obvious.
Besiege or attack, harass
Ex. The beleaguered city
Ex. Bellicose patriots.
Warlike, given to waging war
Ex. A bull-necked, belligerent old man
To express pity for
Ex. Single women bemoaning the absence of men.
Confused, lost in thought, preoccupied
Ex. Her bemused expression.
Desiring to do good to others
Having a kindly disposition
Ex. He had besmirched the good name of his family.
Ex. A lack of medicines in his cupboard betokens his good health.
A prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own
Ex. Religious bigots.
Pertaining to or affecting two or both sides
Ex. Bilateral hearing is essential for sound location.
Suffering from a liver complaint, peevishly ill-humored
Ex. He'd bivouacked to the north side of the town.
Coax with flattery, cajole
Ex. I was blandishing her with imprudence to get her off the subject.
Blase (the e with a ' over it)
Bored with pleasure or dissipation
Destroyed, suffering from a disease
Carefree and unconcerned (possibly foolishly so) cheerful and gay
Talkative boaster, bragger
Ex. Pompous blowhards trying to get on the news.
Middle class, selfishly materialistic, dully conventional
Placid and dull, cow like.
Expurgate, omit parts considered vulgar, abridge
Air of defiance, swagger
Ex. She could be brusque and impatient
Grow forth, send out
Ex. Burgeoning demand
Make shiny by rubbing, polish
Support, prop up
Panhandle, mooch, beg
Malicious misrepresentation, slander
False or unfounded story, fabricated report
Rule or principle, precept, collection of authoritative books
Irritable, ill-humored, peevish
To surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms
Flood, deluge, a momentous and violent event marked by overwhelming upheaval and demolition.
Casual and off hand
Ex. She was irritated by his cavalier attitude.
Harsh criticism or disapproval, reprimand: rebuke formally
Ex. A judge was censure in 1983 for a variety of types of injudicious conduct.