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Abash (v) embarrass; (she felt terribly

abashed when she walked into the wrong
hotel room)
2. Accede (v) agree; (finally acceded to
their pleas for more time to complete the
3. Accolade (n) praise; (for their exceptional
bravery the firefighters received accolades
from both local and national officials)
4. Angst (n) anxiety; (I cried to myself,
feeling an angst of such intense sorrow)
5. Aberrant (adj) abnormal; (a year of
aberrant weatherrecord rainfall in the
summer, record heat in the autumn)
6. Avert (v) avoid, prevent, forestall; (talks
failed to avert a rail strike);
7. Assail (v) - attack, assault; (politicians
assailed by the media);
8. Assiduous (adj.) diligent, Showing great
care and perseverance; (she was assiduous
in pointing out every feature)
9. Arduous (adj.) hard, difficult, tough,
laborious, hard to accomplish or achieve;
(He went through a long and arduous
training program.)
10. Abrogate (v) abolish, cancel, annul,
repeal, to treat as nonexistent; (the U.S.
Congress can abrogate old treaties that
are unfair to Native Americans) ;
11. Abstruse (adj.) profound, deep, difficult
to comprehend; (Her subject matter is
12. Anomaly (adj.) - peculiarity, abnormality,
irregularity; (We couldn't explain the
anomalies in the test results.)
13. Acquiesce (v) consent, agree, assent;
(apparently the contractor expected me to
acquiesce to my own fleecing)
14. Acolyte (n) - follower; (a popular professor
dining with a few of her acolytes)
15. Affable (adj.) friendly, pleasant; (a lively,
affable young fellow)
16. Ambivalent (adj.) indecisive; (Some
youngsters are ambivalent about college;
they want the education but hate to leave
17. Anathema (n) dislike, denunciation; (a
politician who is anathema to
18. Apposite (adj.) Appropriate, proper,
pertinent, Apt in the circumstances or in
relation to something; (enriched his essay
on patriotism with some very apposite
quotations from famous people on the
19. Apprehend (v) arrest, seize; (Within
hours, police had apprehended the thief.)
20. Assuage (v) Soothe, Relieve, Ease; (He
couldn't assuage his guilt over the divorce.)
21. Anent (Preposition) Concerning, About
22. Albeit (conjunction) - Although
23. Blunt (adj. direct, insensitive, dull, being
straight-to the point; (He was blunt about
needing more privacy.)
24. Bestow (v) confer, grant, give; (the office
was bestowed on him by the chief of state)
25. Baleful (adj.) threatening, menacing; (Bill
shot a baleful glance in her direction)
26. Belligerent (adj.) hostile, aggressive;
(Some people go through life frightening
others by their aggressive, belligerent
27. Burgeon (v) - sprout, bud, bloom, flourish;
(As a result of just the right role, a hitherto
obscure actor can burgeon into stardom).
28. Cadaverous (adj.) pale, haggard, ghastly;
(A tall, cadaverous man led us into the
29. Candid (adj.) straightforward; (People
are often asked for their candid opinion.)
30. Callow (adj.) immature, inexperienced;
(a story about a callow youth who learns
the value of hard work and self-reliance);
31. Canard (n) false rumor, hoax;
(Sensational journalism thrives on canard.)
32. Cachet (n) prestige, stamp, seal; (being
rich doesn't have the cachet it used to).
33. Carnal (adj.) sensual; (There are those
who care only for carnal pleasures.)
34. Captious (adj.) faultfinding; (Captious
critics often overlook the promise shown by
young authors.);
35. Caveat (n) warning; (Corporate
controllers and treasurers are fond of
caveats against reckless spending.)
36. Chide (v) scold; (A considerate employer
will chide his secretary gently for being
occasionally tardy.)
37. Cognizance (adj.) acknowledgement,
recognition, notice; (We will take
cognizance of your objections at the proper
38. Compendium (n) summary; (He
published a compendium of folk tales.)
39. Concomitant (n or adj.) accompanying,
concurrent; (an improvement in the
facilities led to a concomitant
improvement in morale.)
40. Contentious (adj.) quarrelsome,
controversial; (The dispute involves one of
the region's most contentious leaders.)
41. Contrite (adj.) Repentant, Penitent,
remorseful; (being contrite is not enough
to spare you an arrest if you're caught
42. Credulous (adj.) trustful, gullible; (Few
people are credulous enough to believe
such nonsense.)
43. Circumscribe (v) restrict, limit, bound;
(their movements were strictly monitored
and circumscribed.)
44. Circumspect (adj.) cautious, prudent,
careful; (she has a reputation for being
quiet and circumspect in investigating
charges of child abuse.)
45. Cogent (adj.) convincing, logical; (he
results of the DNA fingerprinting were the
most cogent evidence for acquittal.)
46. Clandestine (adj.) covert, secret,
stealthy; (I took a clandestine peek at the
price tag on the diamond necklace.)
47. Dauntless (adj.) fearless; (dauntless
48. Dearth (n) scarcity; (There is a dearth of
good news in the newspaper these days.)
49. Debase (v) degrade; (The governor
debased himself by lying to the public.)
50. Debilitate (v) weaken; (a woman who
felt chronically debilitated for years.)
51. Deem (v) consider, regard; (The principal
will take whatever action she deems
appropriate in this case.)
52. Denigrate (v) defame, slander, vilify,
belittle; (Her story denigrates him as a
person and as a teacher.)
53. Digress (v) deviate, depart; (He digressed
so often that it was hard to follow what he
was saying.)
54. Disdain (n) scorn, despise, contempt; (He
regarded their proposal with disdain.)
55. Dogged (adj.) persistent, determined;
(There are those who, despite logical
arguments on the other side, stick to their
opinions with dogged conviction.)
56. Duplicity (n) deceitfulness, bad faith;
(The duplicity of the participants in the
Quiz Show shocked the public when it was
57. Enucleate (v) explain;
58. Extant (adj.) existing, surviving, existent;
(There are few extant records from that
59. Exculpate (v) acquit, vindicate; (The
court exculpated him after a thorough
60. Elicit (v) evoke
61. Emulate (v) imitate
62. Enmity (n) hostility, antagonism
63. Envisage (v) imagine
64. Eschew (v) avoid, shun
65. Equitable (adj.) fair, equal, just
66. Exacerbate (v) aggravate
67. Exigency (n) urgency
68. Exuberant (adj.) enthusiasm
69. Facet (n) aspect, phase
70. Germane (adj.) relevant
71. Debunk disprove
72. Obviate (adj) remove/avoid
73. Obstinate stubborn
74. Indubitable unquestionable, undoubted
75. Skullduggery trickery
76. Ineluctable inevitable, unavoidable
77. paroxysm outburst
78. interdict prohibit
79. Hiatus gap
80. Harbinger forerunner
81. Illicit illegal
82. Hypothesis theory
83. Ignominy disgrace
84. Impute ascribe, attribute
85. Impugn challenge
86. Implicit implied
87. Inclement harsh
88. Incredulous skeptical
89. Increment increase
90. Incumbent obligatory
91. Indolent lazy
92. Innate inherent
93. Intrepid bold
94. Inundate overwhelm
95. Iterate repeat
96. Sine qua non essential
97. Nugatory ineffective
98. Generic general
99. Genesis beginning
100. Feisty quarrelsome

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