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aberration: deviation from the normal

abeyance: suspended action; temporary cessation or suspension

abraded: worn away; eroded

abrasion: scratch; friction

abscission: cutting; process causing leaves to fall off

abut: border upon; adjoin; touch or end at one end or side; lie adjacent

abysmal: bottomless; very profound; limitless; very bad

acolyte: disciple; follower or attendant

admonitory: scolding

adumbrate: give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade

agog: amazed; wide-eyed with enthusiasm

aisle: passageway between rows of seats, as in an auditorium or an airplane; wing of a building

alleviated: made less severe

allure: attract with something desirable; be highly, often subtly attractive

amortize: pay off a debt in installments

analogue: 1. something similar; 2. output proportional to input (engineering)

antipathy: strong feeling of aversion; dislike

apostrophe: text character used to mark the possessive or to show the omission of letters or numbers

apposite: strikingly appropriate and relevant; well-suited

apprehension: fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; act of seizing or capturing; understanding

approbation: expression of warm approval; praise

arbitrator: someone chosen to judge and decide disputed issue; one having power to make authoritative decisions

arboreal: tree-dwelling; treelike; living in trees

arduous: demanding great effort or labor; difficult

armada: a fleet of warships; a large group of moving things

arresting: (a) attracting attention; striking

arson: malicious burning of a dwelling house or outhouse of another man, which by the common law is felony

artless: free of artificiality; natural; open and honest

asperity: sharpness of temper; roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, or climate

assay: analyze; evaluate; examine by trial or experiment; put to test

atavism: resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; deformity returning after passage of two or more generations

atonement: making amends for sin or crime

aver: declare to be true; affirm

balm: something that relieves pain

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

bent: determined to do or have

blowhard: boastful person

brook: creek; stream

burlesque: give an imitation that ridicules; imitate mockingly or humorously

cadge: get by begging

calibrate: mark an accurate scale on a device

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

caprices: whimsies; fancies

carrion: dead flesh; carcasses

cataclysmic: violently disruptive

caulk: make watertight by filling in cracks

centrifuge: device to separate substances by spinning them at high speed

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

chantey: type of song sung by sailors

chauvinist: person with prejudiced belief in superiority of own kind

chorales: simple hymns

cloistered: isolated

cloture: closure; terminating a debate by voting

coda: piece of music at the end of a musical work; finale; final part of document

cognitive: knowing or perceiving; part of mental functions that deals with logic

comeliness: beauty; prettiness

commingle: mix

complaisance: flexibility; willingness to please

compromised: 1. damaged or put in doubt (esp. of reputation); 2. reached an agreement by giving up part of a claim

condescension: act of condescending; voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors

congruent: possessing congruity; suitable; agreeing; corresponding

conniving: cunning; scheming

conscript: 1. person enlisted compulsorily into the armed forces; 2. (v) to enlist compulsorily

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

contentious: quarrelsome; disagreeable; marked by heated arguments or controversy

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

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

coterie: group that meets socially; an exclusive circle of people with common purpose

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

daguerreotype: forerunner of the photograph

dally: waste time; flirt

dawdler: slow person who falls behind others

debacle: sudden downfall; complete disaster

debilitating: weakening

decimated: kill or destroy a large part of (originally one tenth)

deferential: showing deference; respectful and considerate

deign: condescend to give or grant; esteem worthy; consider worth notice

demur: object because of doubts; hesitate

denigrate: blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade

derision: mockery

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

desultory: aimless; haphazard; at random; not connected with subject

diatribe: tirade; violent denunciation; stream of criticism

dilettantism: dabbling esp. in the arts

disabuse: make someone aware of an error in thinking

disarm: 1. take away weapons; 2. win over to one’s side

discountenance: disallow

discrete: separate; consisting of unconnected distinct parts

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

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

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

dissident: disagreeing, especially with a majority; rebellious

dissonance: discord; disagreeable sounds; harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds

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

doff: take off; remove; tip or remove one's hat in salutation; put aside; discard

don: put clothing on one's body

dormancy: state of inactivity

dote: be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline

drabness: dullness

dross: waste or impure matter; worthless, commonplace, or trivial matter

duplicity: double-dealing; deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech; acting in bad faith.

eddy: swirling current of water, air; flow in circular current

efficacy: power to produce desired effect

elaborate: marked by complexity and richness of detail; done with care and in minute detail

elegy: poem or song expressing lamentation; mournful poem

emboss: mold or carve in relief; decorate with or as if with a raised design

emollient: having softening or soothing effect, especially to skin

empirical: derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

endow: grant; award; give qualities or abilities to

enervate: weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve

engendering: causing; bringing into being

enigmatic: obscure; puzzling; not easily explained or accounted for

enlist: enter on a list; enroll; register; engage for military or naval service

epaulet: shoulder decoration

epigram: witty thought or saying, usually short; short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation

epithet: word or phrase characteristically used to describe a person or thing

equivocal: open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead

errant: wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path; roving; irregular in motion

erudition: learning; scholarly knowledge

eschew: avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from

esoterica: obscure details

evanescent: fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor

exacerbated: made worse

exact: precisely agreeing with standard, fact, or truth; perfectly conforming

exemplar: model type

exigency: urgent situation; state or quality of requiring much effort or immediate action

expatiate: speak or write at great length

expiate: make amends or pay the penalty for; relieve or cleanse of guilt

expostulate: offer strong objections; remonstrate

extemporize: speak without preparation or rehearsal

fabricated: made up; false; manufactured

façade: 1. front elevation of building, 2. false appearance or demeanor

facetious: joking ,often inappropriately; humorous

faddish: whimsical; following a fashion

fallacy: deceptive or false appearance; false notion; deception

fallible: likely to fail or be inaccurate

fallow: plowed but left unseeded during a growing season; uncultivated

falters: hesitates

fawn: young deer; buck or doe of the first year; young of an animal

ferrous: concerned with iron or its compounds

fervent: extremely hot; sincerely or intensely felt

fervid: extremely hot; eager; impassioned; burning

figurehead: token; figure on the bow of some sailing vessels

filibuster: block legislation by making long speeches

flag: become less intense; sink, or settle from pressure

flail: 1. tool used to thresh grain; 2. to thresh (separate grain from chaff); 3. to wave arms about wildly

fledge: 1. grow feathers; 2. leave nest

foible: moral weakness; failing; weak point; slight fault

foment: try to stir up public opinion; promote growth of; apply warm lotion to

foolhardy: rash; marked by unthinking boldness

forage: hunt for; search; the act of searching for food

forbearing: tolerant

foreshadowed: indicated a future event

fracas: noisy, disorderly fight or quarrel; disturbance

frieze: architectural ornament consisting of a horizontal sculptured band between the architrave and the cornice; heavy woolen fabric with a long nap

fringe: margin; periphery; decorative border of hanging threads, cords, or strips, often attached to a separate band

fulminate: 1. attack loudly in words; denounce thunderously; 2. explode noisily

fusillade: long burst of gunfire

gainsay: speak against; contradict; oppose in words; deny or declare not to be true

gall: bitterness of feeling; vexation

gambit: chess move in which player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain advantageous position

gaucherie: awkwardness

gavel: hammer-like tool; small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge

gerontocracy: government by the aged

gist: most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; central idea

gossamer: sheer, light, delicate, or tenuous

gouge: force with the thumb; make a groove in

gregariousness: sociability; liking for crowds

hack: cut or chop with repeated blows; break up the surface of; gain access to computer illegally or without authorization

hallow: make holy; set apart for holy or religious use; consecrate; treat or keep as sacred

hapless: without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy

hawser: thick rope or cable

hegemony: domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others

heterodox: unorthodox; unconventional; not in agreement with accepted beliefs, especially in church doctrine

homiletics: art of preaching and giving sermons

homogeneity: evenness; uniformity

hyperbole: figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis; overstatement

impeding: hindering

imperative: having power command or control; critically importance; some duty that is essential and urgent

importune: beg persistently; ask for urgently or repeatedly; annoy

improbity: lack of honesty or integrity

impropriety: improper act; improper or unacceptable usage in speech or writing

impugn: dispute or contradict, often in insulting way; challenge

incubus: encumbrance; nightmarish thing

incumbents: occupiers of a job or position

indecorous: unseemly; inappropriate (of behavior)

indicted: accused (of crime)

indigence: poverty

indigent: poor; experiencing want or need; impoverished

inefficacious: not effective; unable to produce a desired result

inerrancy: infallibility; inability to make mistakes

inscrutability: quality of being difficult to comprehend

intangible: not able to be perceived by senses, as touch; vague

intelligible: understandable; clear to the mind

intemperate: not temperate or moderate; excessive, especially in use of alcoholic beverages

intractability: stubbornness; resistance

ironclad: protected or covered with iron, as a vessel for naval warfare; rigid; solid or certain

jamb: door post

jibe: agree with; complement; match up with (in british usage jibe means mock)

jockeying: maneuvering; struggling to get ahead of others

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