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- to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
- Several prisoners absconded from the jail.
- adj: deviating from the norm
- noun form: aberration
- aberrant weather we've been having
- noun: eager and enthusiastic willingness
- She accepted the invitation with an alacrity that surprised me.
- noun: deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
- adj form: anomalous
- We couldn't explain the anomalies in the test results.
- noun: an expression of approval or praise
- The company has even received the approbation of its former critics.
- adj: stenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
- an arduous journey across miles of desert
- verb: to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
- He couldn't assuage his guilt over the divorce.
- adj: daring and fearless; recklessly bold
- noun form: audacity
- They have audacious plans for the new school.
- adj: without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
- noun form: austerity
- They choose austere furnishings for the office.
- adj: taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
- noun form: axiom
- it's axiomatic that the instinct for self-preservation is universal throughout the animal kingdom
- adj: following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
- noun form: canon
- What's been going on in the stock market hardly fits canonical notions of rationality.
- adj: inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
- employees who are at the mercy of a capricious manager
- verb: to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
- The country faces international censure for its alleged involvement in the assassination.
- noun: trickery or subterfuge
- He wasn't above using chicanery to win votes.
- noun: an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
- She is a connoisseur of African art.
- adj.numb; unconscious:
- "Wayne was rendered insensible by a blow to the head."
- unfeeling; insensitive:
- "They were insensibile to the suffering of others.:
- adj.lacking zest or excitement; dull
- A cup of bland soup from a cafeteria is an example of insipid.
- The soup was rather insipid.
- adj.of or pertaining to an island, thus, excessively exclusive:
- "Newcomers found it difficult to make friends in the insular community."