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Abate

To decrease; reduce

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Abdicate

To give up a position, right, or power

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Aberrant

Deviating from what is normal

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Abeyance

Temporary suppression or suspension

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Abject

Miserable; pitiful

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Abjure

To reject; abandon formally

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Abscission

The act of cutting; the natural separation of a leaf or other part of a plant

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Abscond

To depart secretly

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Abstemious

Moderate in appetite

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Abstinence

The giving up of certain pleasures

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Abysmal

Very bad

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Accretion

Growth in size or increase in amount

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Accrue

To accumulate; grow by additions

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Adamant

Uncompromising; unyielding

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Adjunct

Something added, attached, or joined

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Admonish

To caution or reprimand

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Adulterate

To corrupt or make impure

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Aesthetic

Relating to beauty or art

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Affected

Pretentious, phony

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Affinity

Fondness; liking; similarity

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Aggrandize

To make larger or greater

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Aggregate

Amounting to a whole; total

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Alacrity

Cheerful willingness; eagerness; speed

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Alchemy

Medieval chemical philosophy based on changing metal into gold; a seemingly magical power or process of transmutation

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Allay

To lessen; ease;soothe

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Alleviate

To relieve; improve partially

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Alloy

A combination; a mixture of two or more metals

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Allure

The power to entice by charm

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Amalgamate

To combine into a unified whole

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Ambiguous

Unclear or doubtful in meaning

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Ambivalence

The state of having conflicting emotional attitudes

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Ambrosia

Something delicious; the food of the gods

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Ameliorate

To improve

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Amenable

Agreeable; cooperative; suited

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Amenity

Something that increases comfort

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Amulet

Ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits

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Anachronism

Something out of the proper time

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Analgesic

Medication that reduces or eliminates pain

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Analogous

Comparable

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Anarchy

Absence of government; state of disorder

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Anodyne

Something that calms or soothes pain

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Anomalous

Irregular; deviating from the norm

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Antecedent

Something that comes before

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Antediluvian

Prehistoric

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Antipathy

Dislike; hostility

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Apathy

Indifference

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Apex

The highest point

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Apogee

The point in an orbit most distant from the body being orbited; the highest point

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Apothegm

Terse, witty saying

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Appease

The calm; pacify; placate

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Appellation

Name

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Apposite

Strikingly appropriate and relevant

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Apprise

To inform

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Approbation

Praise; approval

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Appropriate

To take possession for one's own use; confiscate

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Apropos

Relevant

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Arabesque

Ornate design featuring intertwined curves; a ballet position in which one leg is extended in back while the other supports the weight of the body

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Ardor

Great emotion or passion

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Arduous

Extremely difficult; laborious

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Argot

A specialized vocabulary used by a group

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Arrest

To stop; to seize

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Artifact

Item made by human craft

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Artless

Guileless; natural

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Ascetic

One who practiced self-denial

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Asperity

Severity; harshness; irritability

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Aspersions

Slander; false rumor

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Assiduous

Diligent; hard-working

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Assuage

To make less severe

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Astringent

Harsh; severe

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Asylum

Place or refuge or shelter

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Atavism

In biology, the reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence; individual or a part that exhibits atavism; return of a trait after a period of absence

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Attenuate

To weaken

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Audacious

Bold; daring

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Austere

Stern; unadorned

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Autonomous

Self-governing; independent

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Avarice

Greed

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Aver

To affirm; declare to be true

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Avocation

Secondary occupation

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Avuncular

Like an uncle, benevolent and tolerant

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Axiomatic

Taken for granted