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abate

to reduce in amount, degree, or severity

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aberrant

deviating from the norm

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abjure

to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid

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abrogate

to abolish or annul by authority; put down

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abscission

act of cutting off or removing

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abscond

to leave secretly; to steal off & hide

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abstain

to choose not to do something

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abyss

an extremely deep hole; profound

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accolade

expression of praise; an award

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accretion

growth, increase by successive addition, building up

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adulterate

to make impure

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advocate

to speak in favor of

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aesthetic

concerning the appreciation of beauty

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aggrandize

to increase in power, influence, and reputation

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alleviate

to make more bearable

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amalgamate

to combine; to mix together

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ambiguous

doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways

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ameliorate

to make better; to improve

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anachronism

something out of place in time

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analogous

similar or alike in some way; equivalent to

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anomaly

deviation from what is normal

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antagonize

to annoy or provoke to anger

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antipathy

extreme dislike; loathing; aversion

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apathy

lack of interest or emotion

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arbitrate

to judge a dispute between two opposing parties

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archaic

ancient, old-fashioned

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ardor

intense and passionate feeling

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articulate

able to speak clearly and expressively

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assuage

to make something unpleasant less severe

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attenuate

to reduce in force or degree; to weaken

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audacious

fearless and daring

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austere

severe or stern in appearance; undecorated, simple; serious

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baleful

sinister, pernicious, ominous

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banal

predictable, cliche, boring

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bane

cause of injury, source of harm; source of persistent frustration

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beatify

to bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to; to regard as saintly

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bedizen

to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner; festoon, caparison

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belie

belligerent, pugnacious, warlike

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benign

favorable, harmless

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bent

leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency

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blandish

to coax with flattery, toady or fawn

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bolster

to support; to prop up

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bombastic

arrogant, inflated; pompous in speech and manner

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cacophony

harsh, jarring noise; unpleasant & discordant sound

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cadge

to sponge, beg, mooch

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cajole

to inveigle, coax, wheedle, sweet-talk; make someone do something thru flattery

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calumniate

to slander, make a false accusation

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candid

impartial and honest in speech

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canon

an established set of principles or codes of laws, often religious in nature

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capricious

changing one's mind quickly and often; fickle, erratic

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cardinal

of utmost important; primary

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caret

an insertion mark used by editors & proofreaders

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castigate

to punish or criticize harshly

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catalyst

something that brings about change in something else

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caustic

biting in wit, sarcastic

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chaos

great disorder or confusion

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chauvinist

someone prejudiced in favor of a group to which he/she belong

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chicanery

deception by means of craft or guile

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cogent

convincing and well reasoned

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condone

to overlook, pardon, or disregard

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convoluted

intricate and complicated

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corroborate

to confirm; to provide supporting evidence

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credulous

too trusting; gullible

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crescendo

steadily increasing volume or force

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damp

to diminish the intensity or check something, such as sound or feeling

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daunt

to intimidate or dismay

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dearth

smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; lack

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debacle

rout, fiasco, complete failure

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decorum

appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety

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deference

respect, courtesy

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deleterious

injurious; harmful

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demur

to question or oppose

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denigrate

blacken, belittle, sully, defame, disparage

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denouement

outcome or solution; unraveling of a plot

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deride

to speak of or treat with contempt; to mock

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desiccate

to dry out thoroughly

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desultory

jumping from one thing to another; disconnected

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diatribe

an abusive, condemnatory speech

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diffident

lacking self-confidence; restrained; reserved

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dilate

to make larger; to expand

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dilatory

intended to delay