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abate: (verringern) subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity

accolade: (Auszeichnung) award of merit; expression of approval; praise

alacrity: (Bereitwilligkeit) cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness

amalgamate: (fusionieren) combine; unite in one body; mix or alloy a metal with mercury

ambiguous: (mehrdeutig) unclear or doubtful in meaning

ambivalent: (ambivalent) mixed; experiencing or expressing opposing or contradictory feelings

ameliorate: (verbessern) make or become better; improve; grow better

amenable: (zugänglich) responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable

approbation: (Approbation) expression of warm approval; praise

ascetic: (asketischen) leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere

assiduous: (fleißig) constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent

assuage: (lindern) ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease

astringent: (adstringierend) causing contraction; having the effect of drawing tissue together; stern or austere

austere: (streng) strict or severe in discipline; severely simple and unornamented

avarice: (Geiz) greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain

aver: (Durchschnitt) declare to be true; affirm

aversion: (Abneigung) firm dislike; turning away; avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior because of dislike

avid: (Avid) greedy; eager for; marked by keen interest and enthusiasm

avow: (bekennen) declare openly; acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly

awry: (schief) in a position that is turned toward one side; away from correct course

axiom: (Axiom) self-evident truth requiring no proof

bacchanalian: (bacchantisch) drunken; relating to reveling and drunkenness

baleful: (unheilvolle) portending evil; harmful in intent or effect.

barrage: (Staudamm) artificial obstruction; heavy curtain of artillery fire; rapid, concentrated discharge of missiles

barren: (öde) desolate; fruitless and unproductive; lacking

bedizen: (bedizen) ornament something in showy, tasteless, or gaudy finery

belabor: (belabor) discuss repeatedly; attack verbally; work hard upon

belie: (hinwegtäuschen) contradict; give a false impression

bellicose: (kriegerisch) warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative

belligerent: (kriegführenden) inclined or eager to fight; aggressive

benediction: (Segen) blessing; invocation of divine blessing; expression of good wishes

bequest: (Vermächtnis) inheritance; legacy; act of giving, leaving by will, or passing on to another

berate: (beschimpfen) rebuke or scold angrily and at length

bereft: (beraubt) deprived of; lacking; desolate because of loss

beset: (kämpfen) attack from all sides; trouble persistently; hem in

binge: (Binge) short period of excessive consumption; rapid and excessive consumption of food, especially of excessive alcohol

blandishment: (Schmeichelei) flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart

blithe: (fröhlich) gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted

boorish: (ungehobelten) rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners

brazen: (ehernen) having loud, usually harsh, resonant sound; shameless

broach: (anschneiden) introduce; bring up for discussion or debate; announce

brook: (Bach) creek; stream

bucolic: (bukolischen) rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation

burgeon: (knospen) grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly

burnish: (aufzupolieren) make shiny by rubbing; polish

cabal: (Kabale) small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests

cadence: (Kadenz) rhythmic rise and fall of words or sounds; beat

cajole: (schmeicheln) influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering

callow: (Callow) youthful; immature; inexperienced; without feathers

calumny: (Verleumdung) false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander

cannon: (Kanonen) great gun; firearm for discharging heavy shot with great force; loop at the top of a bell by which it is hung

cant: (cant) inclination or slope; slanted or oblique surface; jargon, especially of thieves; dialect

capitulate: (kapitulieren) surrender; end all resistance; give up; go along with or comply

capricious: (kapriziös) fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly

captious: (spitzfindig) intended to confuse in an argument

castigate: (geißeln) criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication

caucus: (Caucus) private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy

caustic: (ätzende) capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action

censure: (Tadel) expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame

centurion: (Hauptmann) officer of ancient Roman army, in command of a century of soldiers or minor division

chagrin: (Ärger) anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment

chary: (zurückhaltend) cautious; sparing or restrained about giving

chicanery: (Schikane) mean or unfair artifice to obscure truth; deception by trickery or sophistry

choleric: (cholerisch) hot-tempered; easily angered; bad-tempered; expressing anger

clamor: (Geschrei) noise; loud outcry; expression of discontent or protest

coddle: (verwöhnen) treat gently; cook in water just below boiling point

codicil: (Codicil) supplement or appendix, especially to a will

cogent: (triftigen) reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive

cogitate: (cogitate) think earnestly or studiously; meditate; ponder; think deeply

colander: (Sieb) bowl-shaped strainer, used to wash or drain foods

collusion: (Absprache) secret agreement for an illegal purpose; conspiracy

commensurate: (angemessen) of the same size, extent, or duration as another

commodious: (Gepflegte) spacious and comfortable; fit; proper; convenient

compunction: (Gewissensbisse) feeling of deep regret; strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt

conceit: (Dünkel) overly high self-esteem; feelings of excessive pride

concord: (Eintracht) agreement of opinions; harmonious state of things

confluence: (Zusammenfluss) act of two things flowing together; junction or meeting place where two things meet

confound: (verwechseln) cause to become confused or perplexed; fail to distinguish; mix up

congenial: (kongenialen) compatible

congenital: (angeborenen) present at birth; inborn; innate

consternation: (Bestürzung) intense state of fear or dismay; astonishment combined with terror

consummate: (vollendeter) carried to the utmost extent or degree; of the highest quality; complete; perfect

contentious: (umstrittene) quarrelsome; disagreeable; marked by heated arguments or controversy

contiguous: (zusammenhängende) sharing an edge or boundary; touching; neighboring

continence: (Kontinenz) self control; self restraint; partial or complete abstention from sexual activity

conundrum: (Rätsel) riddle; difficult problem; dilemma

convivial: (geselligen) festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company

convoke: (einzuberufen) call together; cause to assemble in meeting; convene

convoluted: (gewundenen) coiled around; highly involved; intricate

cornucopia: (Füllhorn) goat's horn overflowing with fruit and grain; symbol of abundance

corporeal: (körperlichen) bodily; of a material nature; tangible

corroborate: (bestätigen) establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; support with evidence

countenance: (Gesicht) give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve

countervail: (entgegenwirken) act or react with equal force; ; counteract

coy: (Coy) quiet; still; tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved

cravat: (Krawatte) a piece of silk, fine muslin, or other cloth, worn by men about the neck

curmudgeon: (Geizhals) ill-tempered person full of stubborn ideas or opinions

cursory: (kursorischen) casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed

dainty: (zierlichen) delicately beautiful or charming; exquisite; gratification or pleasure taken in anything

dearth: (Mangel) scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops

debacle: (Debakel) sudden downfall; complete disaster

debilitate: (entkräften) make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of

decimate: (dezimieren) destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of

decorum: (Anstand) propriety in manners and conduct; good taste in manners; conventions or requirements of polite behavior

decrepitude: (Altersschwäche) state of collapse caused by illness or old age

decry: (beklagen) express strong disapproval of; disparage

defer: (verschieben) delay till later; put off; hold back to a later time

deference: (Ehrerbietung) willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect

delineate: (Abgrenzung) portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out

deluge: (Sintflut) great flood; heavy downpour; any overflowing of water

demagogue: (Demagoge) person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people

demur: (Widerrede) object because of doubts; hesitate

denigrate: (verunglimpfen) blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade

denouement: (Auflösung) outcome; final resolution or clarification of dramatic or narrative plot

deposition: (Ablagerung) testimony under oath; act of depositing, especially laying down of matter by natural process

deprecate: (missbilligen) express disapproval of; protest against; belittle

descry: (erspähen) catch sight of; discover by careful observation or scrutiny

desiccate: (austrocknen) dry up thoroughly; make dry, dull, or lifeless; preserve foods by removing the moisture

desultory: (planlos) aimless; haphazard; at random; not connected with subject

detraction: (Beeinträchtigung) slandering; act of discrediting from someone's reputation

digression: (Abschweifung) wandering from the main path of a journey; diversion

dilate: (erweitern) make wider or larger; cause to expand; enlarge; widen

dirge: (Klagelied) a piece of music of a mournful character, to accompany funeral rites; funeral hymn

discern: (erkennen) detect; perceive

discomfit: (Unwohlsein) make uneasy or perplexed; cause to lose one's composure; disconcert

disconcert: (verunsichern) confuse; frustrate by throwing into disorder; embarrass

disconsolate: (trostlos) sad; cheerless; gloomy; hopeless or not expecting

discordant: (diskordanten) not harmonious; conflicting; disagreeable in sound; harsh or dissonant

discourse: (Diskurs) formal, lengthy discussion of a subject; verbal exchange; conversation

discreet: (diskret) free from ostentation or pretension; distinct; distinguishable

discrepancy: (Diskrepanz) lack of consistency; difference

disdain: (Verachtung) view with scorn or contempt; feel with aversion

disheveled: (zerzaust) marked by disorder; untidy; having hair in loose disorder

disingenuous: (unaufrichtig) giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating

disinter: (ausgraben) dig up; unearth; dig up or remove from grave or tomb; bring to public notice

disparage: (verunglimpfen) belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank

disparate: (disparaten) fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar

dissemble: (verstellen) disguise or conceal behind a false appearance; make a false show of

disseminate: (Verbreitung) distribute; spread; scatter like seeds

dissent: (Dissens) differ in opinion or feeling; withhold assent or approval

dissimulate: (Verschleierung) pretend; hide feelings from other people

dissolute: (liederlich) lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices

distend: (dehnen) swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure

divest: (veräußern) free of; rid; remove all of one's clothing

divulge: (preisgeben) reveal; make known to public

doggerel: (Knittelversen) poor verse; of crude or irregular construction

dolt: (Tölpel) stupid person; person who is not very bright

dote: (vernarrt) be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline

dour: (stur) stubbornly unyielding; marked by sternness or harshness

drawl: (drawl) speaking with slow and lingering utterance, from laziness, lack of spirit; lengthened, slow monotonous utterance

droll: (drollig) queer; amusingly odd; comical

drone: (Drohne) idle person; male bee; someone who takes more time than necessary

dulcet: (wohlklingenden) sweet sounding; pleasing to ear; melodious

duress: (Zwang) forcible restraint, especially unlawfully

ebullient: (überschwänglich) showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm

eclectic: (eklektischen) composed of elements from a variety of sources

efficacy: (Wirksamkeit) power to produce desired effect

effluvia: (Ausdünstungen) waste; foul-smelling outflow or vapor

effrontery: (Unverschämtheit) shameless or brazen boldness; insolent and shameless audacity

egress: (Ausstieg) act of coming or going out; emergence; right to leave; path or opening for going out

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