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aa

basaltic lava forming very rough jagged masses with a light frothy texture

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abalone

an edible mollusk of warm seas that has a shallow ear-shaped shell lined with mother-of-pearl and pierced with respiratory holes

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abate

become less intense or widespread

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abattoir

a slaughterhouse

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abecedarian

arranged alphabetically; or referring to a person or thing that is rudimentary

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aberration

abnormality

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abet

to encourage, urge on, instigate

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abject

extremely bad, unpleasant, and degrading

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abjure

solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim).

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abridge

to shorten, condense

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abrogate

repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement)

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abscond

leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft.

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absquatulate

leave abruptly

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abstain

to quit; to refrain from something

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abstemious

not self-indulgent, especially when eating and drinking

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abstract

theoretical; difficult to understand

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abstruse

difficult to understand, obscure, esoteric, abstract, enigmatic, cryptic, inscrutable

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abulia

an absence of willpower or an inability to act decisively, as a symptom of mental illness

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accede

to assent; or to agree to a demand, request, or treaty

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accessible

easy to reach or understand

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accolade

praise; a statement of approval; commendation

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accord

to be harmonious or consistent with (of a fact) or to give or grant someone (power, status, or recognition)

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accrete

grow by accumulation or coalescence

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accrue

(of sums of money or benefits) be received by someone in regular or increasing amounts over time.

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accuracy

the quality or state of being correct or precise

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ace

a playing card with a single spot on it, ranked as the highest card in its suit in most card games; or a person who excels at a particular activity

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acquiesce

accept something reluctantly but without protest

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acrimony

bitterness

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actuate

to cause (a machine or device) to operate; or to motivate (someone) to act in a particular way

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additive

a substance added to something in small quantities, typically to improve or preserve it.

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adulation

excessive praise

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adulterate

to add impurities to

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adumbrate

report or represent in outline.

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adventitious

happening or carried on according to chance rather than design or inherent nature

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advocate

to support, to speak in favor of, endorse

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aesthetic

having to do with the sense of beauty

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affable

friendly, pleasant

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affected

pretended or taken on to impress others

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affront

offend the modesty or values of.

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aggregate

to collect; to bring together, coalesce, amass

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agley

askew; awry

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ai

A type of three-toed sloth

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ailurophilia

A fondness or love for cats or other felines

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ajar

(of a door or other opening) slightly open.

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akimbo

with hands on the hips and elbows turned outward

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al

The Indian mulberry

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alabaster

like alabaster in whiteness and smoothness

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alacrity

brisk and cheerful readiness

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albumen

egg white, or the protein contained in it.

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aleatory

depending on the throw of a die or on chance; random

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algedonic

Pertaining to both pleasure and pain

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altercation

an argument or quarrel

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alto

a voice, instrument, or part below the highest range and above tenor, in particular.

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altruistic

concerned for the welfare of others

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altruistic

showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish

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amass

to pile up, collect, coalesce, aggregate

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ambiguous

having more than one meaning

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ambivalent

uncertain; having conflicting feelings

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ambulatory

capable of walking

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ameliorate

to make better, to improve

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amicable

friendly

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amity

peaceful relations, friendship

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amorist

a person who is in love or who writes about love

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amorphous

formless, shapeless

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anachronism

a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, esp. a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned

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anarchy

disorder, absence of government and control

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anglophone

an English-speaking person

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anima

The feminine part of a man's personality

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animism

The attribution of a soul to plants, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena

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anon

Soon; shortly

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antagonistic

hostile, conflicting, cantankerous, pugnacious

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anyplace

informal term for anywhere.

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apathy

lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.

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aplomb

Self-confidence or assurance

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appeal

attraction

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appease

to calm, pacify

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arable

fit to grow plants on, fertile

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archaic

ancient; out-of-date

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arid

dry

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arriviste

an ambitious or ruthlessly self-seeking person, esp. one who has recently acquired wealth or social status.

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articulate

able to speak clearly and effectively

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ascend

to go up

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ascetic

rejecting physical comforts

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assess

to evaluate, estimate

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assiduous

working devotedly and carefully, meticulous, diligent, painstaking

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assuage

make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense.

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atrophy

gradually decline in effectiveness or vigor due to underuse or neglect.

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audacity

boldness

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audible

capable of being heard

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augment

to add to, increase

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august

respected and impressive.

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auspicious

favorable; promising success

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austere

strict; severely simple

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aversion

dislike

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awry

away from the appropriate, planned, or expected course; amiss.