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abate

By the next morning, the flood waters had ABATED considerably.

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aberrant

Recently Jim’s behavior has been noted to be ABERRANT.

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abeyance

But these rights of adulthood are in ABEYANCE during the period of pupilage or nonage.

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aboriginal

Members of the ABORIGINAL tribes now live mainly in the central mountains.

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abscond

The culprit is said to be ABSCONDING with the bank robbery proceeds.

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abstemious

Roderick chooses to remain ABSTEMIOUS when the rest of his colleagues meet up for drinks.

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acuity

His sense of ACUITY and acumen was amazingly sharp even at this age.

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admonish

His mother severely ADMONISHED him for running across the road in the midst of the chaotic traffic.

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adulterate

These days, even a simple food product like sugar is ADULTERATED with pieces of contamination, so the FDA has brought in new regulations for manufacturers’ compliance.

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adverse

If you commit a crime, be prepared to suffer the ADVERSE consequences.

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adversity

They say the true strength of man is measured in times of ADVERSITY.

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aesthetic

The new house does not have much AESTHETIC appeal.

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aggregate

The mangoes stolen from the farm will AGGREGATE to five or six dozen.

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alacrity

On hearing the good news, the three of them rose to their feet with such ALACRITY that he was stunned.

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alias

His most commonly used ALIAS was “Jack Smith”.

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alleviate

With great patience, he set out to ALLEVIATE their uneasiness.

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amalgamate

The two small companies decided to AMALGAMATE to form a bigger one.

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ambiguous

It would be far more sensible to write clear, lucid statements than AMBIGUOUS statements, which would only serve to confuse the reader.

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ambivalence

Paul was faced with deep AMBIVALENCE toward the prevailing culture.

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ameliorate

The weather AMELIORATED toward the evening, with a beautiful sunset and pleasant temperatures.

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amend

After twenty years of bitter quarrel, the son now wanted to AMEND his relationship with his father so they could spend some time together before it was too late.

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amulet

Father William then tied a black AMULET around Harry’s arm and said that it was a good luck charm to protect him from evil.

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anachronism

The appearance of a printed book in a movie about Plato was a major ANACHRONISM because the printing press was not invented until 1700 years after his death.

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analogous

Sitting in the seat of that game port is ANALOGOUS to sitting in a plane; the game completely simulates the feeling of flying in an airplane.

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analogy

To explain the concept of writing a program in a simpler manner, Bob used an ANALOGY of cooking a dish and listed out each step.

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anarchy

There were riots, fights, and ANARCHY everywhere in the state.

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anomalous

His behavior was getting to be abnormal and ANOMALOUS.

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antecedents

The law firm wanted to perform a thorough check of his ANTECEDENTS.

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anthology

Last year the trust published an ANTHOLOGY of new dialect writing, called Still Life.

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antipathy

The two warring brothers have a great amount of ANTIPATHY toward each other.

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antiseptic

Savlon is one of the world’s most popular ANTISEPTICS.

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apathy

With time, the people in larger cities are beginning to have more APATHY towards civil issues.

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appease

Some primitive tribes believe that animals must be sacrificed in order to APPEASE the gods.

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apprise

No matter what the consequence would be, we knew we had to APPRISE the boss about the loss of data.

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approbation

She desperately sought APPROBATION for her actions from her peers.

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appropriate

It is a crime to APPROPRIATE property that has been marked by someone else.

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appurtenances

We decided to buy at one go the whole set of APPURTENANCES that would be needed for our new venture.

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arboretum

Nina has an awesome ARBORETUM with some rare eucalyptus, cypress, and pine trees.

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archives

Newspaper ARCHIVES are the best place to look for old, outdated articles.

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arduous

It was a tiring, ARDUOUS climb to the clifftop.

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arrogance

One of his most despicable qualities is his ARROGANCE.

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artless

Cathy seems such an ARTLESS, innocent young girl.

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ascetic

The ASCETIC life is just not Bob’s cup of tea; he loves the material world too much.

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assay

The professor said he would ASSAY the documents in leisure and would let me know about their validity.

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assiduous

Sara is a committed, hardworking and ASSIDUOUS worker.

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assimilate

Moose takes twice as much time as other guys to ASSIMILATE any bit of news we give him.

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assuage

The dentist talked to her gently and ASSUAGED her fears before starting to work on her sore tooth.

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astigmatism

After giving me a series of eye tests, the ophthalmologist told me that I have ASTIGMATISM.

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atrocity

On the prison island of Alcataraz, numerous unspeakable ATROCITIES are committed upon prisoners.

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attenuate

The tight corset only seemed to ATTENUATE her figure making her look thinner than ever.

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audacious

Her AUDACIOUS behavior shocked the entire world.

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austere

A nun’s simple and AUSTERE lifestyle was just not Gina’s cup of tea; she was too used to material comforts.

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austerity

It is not an easy task to practice such AUSTERITY as the monks; it requires a strong will and determination in extremes.

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autocrat

Pol Pot, the ruthless dictator of Cambodia, was an AUTOCRAT to the core.

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autonomous

The company now functions as an AUTONOMOUS unit without any supporting infrastructure.

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autopsy

The police wanted permission from Dana’s mother to perform an AUTOPSY which they said would determine the cause and exact time of death.

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aver

 “Oh no, that’s not true,” she AVERRED, when they suggested that she might be a manager.

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banal

The conversation was too BANAL for her taste.

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begrudge

When I saw all the benefits Kylie received for her employee-of-the-month title I BEGRUDGED her the award.

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belie

Wilma’s modest, self-effacing attitude BELIES her intelligence and talents.

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beneficent

Myra was interested to know if this event could be BENEFICENT to her in any way.

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berserk

The elephant went BERSERK on hearing the sudden sound of firecrackers and damaged a few stalls nearby before the mahout finally calmed the animal.

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billowing

The BILLOWING smoke from burning houses was a dreadful sight.

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blandishment

Fed up with the saleswoman’s BLANDISHMENTS, we bought two of the items even though we didn’t actually need them.

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blowhard

Rod is just another BLOWHARD who loves to brag about his supposedly great achievements; none of his peers take him seriously.

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boisterous

The party was BOISTEROUS and loud, as usual.

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bolster

They BOLSTERED their favorite participant’s spirits by cheering for him at the top of their lungs.

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bombastic

Making BOMBASTIC statements is easy enough; to prove that you really possess knowledge is quite tough.

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burgeon

The venture seems to be BURGEONING day by day.

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burnish

The table had been BURNISHED with wax in preparation for his visit.

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buxom

A BUXOM young lady greeted us at the door.

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cacophonous

I wonder how far she would get as a singer with that CACOPHONOUS voice.

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cadaverous

The prolonged illness had made her thin, pale, and CADAVEROUS.

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capricious

Kenneth is too CAPRICIOUS to stay steady with the new job; he has been job-hopping continuously for the last two years.

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castigation

Jenny knew she was in for a major CASTIGATION for having disobeyed the hostel warden’s rules.

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caustic

With her CAUSTIC remarks and sharp tongue, she is a terror among her peers.

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celerity

We had to rush with CELERITY, for time was not on our side.

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centrifugal

The CENTRIFUGAL force was powerful enough to rock us and make us tremble.

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charlatan

The lady is a CHARLATAN; no one trusts her to do legitimate business anymore.

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chasten

Her mother would CHASTEN her all the time, thus ensuring that Sara grew up to be a decent young woman.

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chicanery

It’s yet another of his tricks or CHICANERY; we refuse to believe him anymore.

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cipher

The metal bracelet contained a secret CIPHER inside it.

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circlet

The gold CIRCLET on Anna’s arm was badly damaged when she fell from the parapet, but she herself was barely injured.

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circuitous

I soon discovered that the cab driver was taking me along a CIRCUITOUS route and demanded that he stop immediately.

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coagulate

The liquid gel was COAGULATING because of the cool temperateure.

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coda

The CODA is often more technically difficult to master than any other piece of music.

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cogent

I was by now quite familiar with his COGENT, persuasive tactics so I resisted being persuaded by them.

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commensurate

The letter said that the salary offered would be COMMENSURATE with the best in the industry.

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compendium

The students were asked to submit a brief COMPENDIUM of their annual project to the department head.

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complaisant

The man seemed to be over-obliging and COMPLAISANT to me.

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compliant

The students decided to be COMPLIANT with the school dress code to avoid having to serve detention for disobeying the rules.

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concur

We all CONCURRED with the leader’s decision.

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confound

The more they tried to get details, the more the crime CONFOUNDED them.

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connoisseur

Ken Smith is a CONNOISSEUR of arts and culture.

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consensus

The committee reached a CONSENSUS eventually, after hours of discussion on the issue, and passed the bill.

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construe

What she had actually said and what was being CONSTRUED by the manager were two different things.

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contention

It was a close CONTENTION with each faction getting as many votes as the other.

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contentious

From a peaceful discussion it soon rose to a CONTENTIOUS, hot argument with both parties swearing at each other.

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contrite

Seeing her dismayed look on hearing my harsh words, I suddenly felt CONTRITE and ashamed.

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controverted

They tried hard to make him confess but he CONTROVERTED and opposed every statement they made and even brought in witnesses to support his logic.

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