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  1. abash
    verb: embarrass
  2. aberrant
    abnormal or deviant
  3. aberration
    abnormality
  4. abet
    assist, usually in doing something wrong
  5. abeyance
    noun: suspended action
  6. abject
    • adj
    • wretched, lacking pride
  7. ablution
    washing
  8. abnegation
    • 1. renunciation, formal rejection abdication, relinquishment, repudiation, denial; formal abjuration.
    • ANTONYMS acceptance.
    • 2. self-sacrific, self-denial, temperance, continence, asceticism, austerity, abstemiousness.
    • ANTONYMS self-indulgence.
  9. abominate
    loathe, hate
  10. abortive
    unsuccessful, fruitless
  11. abrasive
    rubbing away, tending to grind down
  12. abrogate
    abolish
  13. abstemious
    sparing in eating and drinking
  14. abut
    border upon, adjoin
  15. acclivity
    sharp upslope of a hill
  16. accolade
    award of merit
  17. accoutre
    equip
  18. acerbic
    bitter or sour, sharp and cutting
  19. acerbity
    bitterness of speech and temper
  20. acetic
    vinergary
  21. acme
    peak, pinnacle, highest point
  22. actuate
    motivate
  23. adage
    wise saying, proverb
  24. addle
    • 1. muddle
    • 2. drive crazy
  25. adjuration
    solemn urging
  26. adjutant
    • 1. staff officer assisting the commander;
    • 2. assistant
  27. admonish
    • 1. warn,
    • 2. reprove, reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate,
  28. headlong
    • 1. hasty
    • 2. rash
  29. emasculate
    • 1. weaken,
    • 2. castrate
  30. contagion
    infection
  31. unassailable
    unable to attack
  32. ferment
    • 1. agitation
    • 2. commotion
  33. meek
    submissive
  34. cozen
    cheat
  35. livid
    lead colored, black and blue
  36. granary
    storehouse for grain
  37. plane
    carpenters tool for leveling wood
  38. discomfit
    • 1. frustrate,
    • 2. put to route
    • 3. defeat
  39. quiescent
    • 1. dormant,
    • 2. temporarily inaction
  40. sanctimonious
    displaying hypocritical devoutness
  41. defray
    • 1. provide payment of,
    • 2. undertake payment for
  42. advent
    arrival
  43. adventitious
    • 1. accidental,
    • 2. causal
  44. adversity
    • 1. poverty
    • 2. misfortune
  45. aegis
    • 1. shield,
    • 2. defense
  46. aerie
    nest of large bird of prey
  47. affected
    • 1. artificial
    • 2. pretended,
    • 3. assumed in order to impress
  48. affidavit
    written statement made under oath
  49. affinity
    kinship
  50. affront
    • noun:
    • 1. insult
    • 2. offense
  51. agnostic
    one who is skeptical of the existence of a god or any ultimate reality
  52. agog
    • adj:
    • 1. highly excited
    • 2. intensely curious
  53. alacrity
    • noun:
    • 1. cheerful promptness
    • 2. eagerness
  54. alcove
    • 1. nook
    • 2. recess
  55. alientate
    • verb:
    • 1. make hostile
    • 2. seperate
  56. allay
    • 1. calm
    • 2. pacify
  57. alloy (verb)
    • 1. make lesss pure
    • 2. lessen or moderate
  58. alloy (noun)
    mix of metals
  59. allusion
    indirect reference
  60. alluvial
    pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
  61. aloft
    upward
  62. amalgamate
    • 1. combine
    • 2. unite in one body
  63. amble
    moving at an easy pace
  64. ambrosia
    food of the gods
  65. amiss
    wrong or faulty
  66. amnesty
    pardon
  67. amorous
    moved by sexual love
  68. analgesic
    causing insensitivity to pain
  69. anathema
    • 1. solemn curse
    • 2. someone or something regarded a curse
  70. angular
    • 1. stiff in manner
    • 2. sharp-cornered
  71. animadversion
    critical remark
  72. animosity
    noun: active enmity
  73. enmity
    • noun
    • 1. hostility, animosity,antagonism, friction, antipathy, animus, acrimony, bitterness,rancor, resentment, aversion, odium; malice, spite, spitefulness,venom, malevolence.

    ANTONYMS friendship.
  74. animus
    hostile feeling or intent
  75. annals
    • 1. records
    • 2. history
  76. anneal
    reduce brittleness and improve the toughness by heating and cooling
  77. annuity
    yearly allowance
  78. anodyne
    drug that relieves pain, opiate
  79. anthropoid
    manlike
  80. antic
    • (adj)
    • extravagantly odd
  81. ape
    mimic or imitate
  82. aphasia
    loss of speech due to injury or illness
  83. aphorism
    pithy, maxim or saying
  84. pithy
    • adjective--
    • succinct, terse, concise, compact, short (and sweet),brief, condensed, to the point, epigrammatic, crisp, thumbnail;significant, meaningful, expressive, telling; formal compendious.

    ANTONYMS verbose.
  85. aplomb
    poise, assurance

    aplomb--noun; the judges were especially impressed by her aplomb:

    sangfroid, equilibrium, equanimity; informal unflappability.
  86. apocalyptic
    prophetic, pertaining to revelations

    • adjective
    • we sailed into a storm of apocalyptic proportion:

    SYN: ominous, portentous; catastrophic, momentous.
  87. apocryphal
    spurious, not authentic

    SYN: fabricated, false, spurious;unverified, unauthenticated, unsubstantiated; bogus.

    • ANTONYMS
    • authentic.
  88. apogee
    1. highest point

    opposite of perigree
  89. apologist
    • noun
    • a person who offers an argument in defense of something controversial :an enthusiastic apologist for fascism in the 1920s.
  90. apostate
    • noun
    • 1. a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle.

    • adjective
    • 1. abandoning a religious or political belief or principle.

    after 50 years as an apostate, he returned to the faith: dissenter, defector,deserter, traitor, backslider, turncoat; nonconformist; schismatic;archaic heretic; rare recusant, recreant, tergiversator.

    ANTONYMSfollower.
  91. apothecary
    noun ( pl. -caries) archaic

    a person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs.
  92. apothegm
    pithy, compact saying
  93. apotheosis
    • 1. elevation to godhood
    • 2. an ideal example of something
  94. apparition
    ghost, phantom
  95. append
    attach
  96. application
    diligent attention
  97. apposite
    • 1. appropriate
    • 2. fitting
  98. appreciate
    • 1. be thankful for
    • 2. increase in value,
    • 3. be thoroughly conscious of
  99. apprehend
    • 1. arrest
    • 2. dread
    • 3. perceive
  100. apprise
    verb

    we'll apprise you of any changes in your husband's condition:

    inform, tell,notify, advise, brief, make aware, enlighten, update, keep posted;informal clue in, fill in, bring up to speed.
  101. approbation
    approval
  102. appurtenances
    • subordinate possessions
    • accessories, trappings,appendages, accoutrements, equipment,
    • paraphernalia, impedimenta, bits and pieces, things; informal stuff.
  103. apropos
    adj, to the point and timely
  104. apropos (prep)
    with reference to
  105. aptitude
    • 1. fitness,
    • 2.talent
  106. aquiline
    curved, hooked
  107. arabesque
    style of decoration involving intertwinging plants and abstract curves; ballet position with one like supporting the body while the other leg is extended outback
  108. arbiter
    person with power to decide a matter in dispute; judge
  109. arbitrate
    act as a judge
  110. arcade
    covered passageway, usually lined with shops
  111. arcane
    • adjective
    • processes as old and arcane as the languageof the law:
    • mysterious, secret;enigmatic, esoteric, cryptic, obscure, abstruse, recondite, recherché,impenetrable, opaque.
  112. ardor
    heat passion zeal
  113. arduous
    • adjective
    • an arduous journey:

    • onerous, taxing, difficult, hard, heavy, laborious,burdensome, strenuous, vigorous, back-breaking; demanding, tough,challenging, formidable; exhausting, tiring, punishing, grueling;
    • uphill, steep; informal killing; toilsome. ANTONYMS easy.
  114. arraign
    charge in court, indict
  115. array
    • 1. marshall
    • 2. draw up in order
  116. arrears
    being in debt
  117. arrhythmic
    lacking rhythm or regularity
  118. arroyo
    gully
  119. articulate
    • 1. effective,
    • 2. distinct
  120. artifice
    deception, trickery
  121. artless
    • 1. without guile, sly or cunning intelligence
    • 2. open and honest
  122. ascendancy
    controlling influence
  123. asectic
    • practicing self-denial,
    • austere
  124. ashen
    deadly pale, ash-colored
  125. asinine
    stupid
  126. askance
    with a sideways or indirect look
  127. asperity
    sharpness of temper
  128. aspersion
    slanderous remark
  129. aspirant
    seeker after position or status
  130. assay
    analyze, evaluate
  131. assiduous
    diligent
  132. assimilate
    • 1. absorb
    • 2. cause to become homogenous
  133. assuage
    • 1. ease or lessen pain
    • 2. satisfy hunger
    • 3. soothe anger,
  134. asteroid
    small planet
  135. astigmatism
    eye defecct that prevents proper focus
  136. astringent
    • 1. binding
    • 2. causing contraction
  137. asunder
    • adjecctive
    • 1. into parts
    • 2. apart
  138. atavism
    resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents
  139. atone
    • 1. make amends for
    • 2. pay for
  140. attrition
    • 1. gradual decrease in numbers
    • 2. reduction in the work force without firing employees
    • 3. wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
  141. augury
    • 1. omen
    • 2. prophecy
  142. august
    impressive, majestic
  143. auspicious
    favoring success
  144. austere
    • adjective
    • 1 an outwardly austere man: severe, stern, strict, harsh, steely, flinty, dour,grim, cold, frosty, unemotional, unfriendly; formal, stiff, reserved,aloof, forbidding; grave, solemn, serious, unsmiling, unsympathetic,unforgiving; hard, unyielding, unbending, inflexible; informal hard-boiled. ANTONYMS genial.

    2 an austere life: ascetic, self-denying, self-disciplined, nonindulgent,frugal, spartan, puritanical, abstemious, abstinent, self-sacrificing,strict, temperate, sober, simple, restrained; celibate, chaste.ANTONYMS immoderate.

    3 thebuildings were austere: plain, simple, basic, functional, modest,unadorned, unembellished, unfussy, restrained; stark, bleak, bare,clinical, spartan, ascetic; informal no-frills, bare-bones. ANTONYMSornate.
  145. autmaton
    mechanism that imitates the actions of humans
  146. avarice
    • Adjective:
    • 1. the job had become less about integrity and more about avarice:
    • greed,greediness, acquisitiveness, cupidity, covetousness, rapacity,materialism, mercenariness;
    • rare pleonexia; informal money-grubbing,affluenza.

    ANTONYMS generosity.
  147. aver
    • 1. assert confidently or declare
    • 2. as used in law, state formally as fact
  148. avid
    • 1. greedy
    • 2. eager for
  149. avocation
    secondary or minor occupation
  150. avow
    declare openly
  151. avuncular
    like and uncle
  152. awl
    pointed tool used for piercing
  153. awry
    • 1. distorted
    • 2. crooked
  154. axiom
    self-evident truth requiring no proof
  155. azure
    sky blue

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