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To reduce in amount, degree, or severity.
As the hurrican's force
, the winds dropped down and the sea becam calm.
: ebb, lapse,moderate, relent,slacken,wane,subside
Deviating from what is normal.
Since he had been a steady, cheerful worker for many years, his fellow postal workers did not expect his
burst of rage.
Similar: abnormal, anomalous,deviant,divergent,errant,irregular
to leave secretly
from the resteraunt without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
to choose not to do something
During Lent, practicing Catholics
from eating meat.
an extremely deep hole
The submarine dove into the
to chart the previously unseen depths.
: Abyssal Abysmal
to make impure
The restauranteur made his ketchup last londer by adulterating it with water.
: unadulterated; adultery
to speak in favor
a diet containing no meat.
concerning the appreciation of beauty
The Aesthetic Movement regarded the pursuit of beauty to be the only true purpose of art.
: Aesthe, Aestheticism
to increase in power,influence,and reputation
The supervisor sought to aggrandize himself by claiming the the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
speed or quickness
The resteraunt won a reputation for fine servicessince the wait staff responded to their clients' request with alacrity.
to make more bearable
Tanking aspirin helps alleviate a headache.
doubtful or uncertian, can be interpreted several ways
The directions he gave were so ambiguous that we disagreed on which way to turn.
to make better; to improve
The doctor was able to ameliorate the patient's suffering using pain killers.
something out of place in time
The aged hippie used anarchronistic phrases liek "groovey" and "far ouy" that had not been popular for years.
similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
His mother argued that not goin to college was analogous to throwing his life away.
deviation from what is normal
Albino animals may display too great an anomaly in their coloring to attract normally colored mates.
to annoy or provoke to anger
The child discovered that he could antagonize the cat by pullin its tail.
The antipathy between the French and the English regularly erupted into open warfare.
lack of interest or emotion
The apathy of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.
of questionable authority or authenticity
There is no hard or authoritative evidence to support the apocryphal tales that link Roswell, New Mexico incident to a downed UFO.
approval and praise
The apporbation the Jerry Lewis recieved in France included a medal fro mthe Misistry of Cultrure.
: acclaim, adulation,commendation,extol,kudos,hail,praise
determined by chance or impulse
When you lack the information to judge what to do next, you will be forced to make an arbitrary decision.
to judge a dispute between two opposing parties
Since the couple could not come to agreement, a judge was forced to arbitrate theri divorce proceedings.
Similar: adjudge,determine,moderate,decide, referee
Her archaic Commodore computer could not run the latest software.
intense and passionate feeling
Bishop's ardor for the landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley.
able to speak clearly and expressively
She articulates her pro-labor views so clearly that unions are among her strongest supporters.
Similar: eloquent, lucid, expresive,fluent, silver-tongued
to make something unpleasant less severe
Like many people, Philip LArkin used alcohol to assuage his sense of meaningless and despair.
reduce in force or degree; weaken
The Bill of Rights attenuated the treditional power of government to charge laws at will.
fearless and daring
The Audacious peasant dared to insul the king's mother.
severe or stern in apperance; undecorated
The lack of decoration makes Zen temples seem austere to the untrained eye.