ABANDON: To give up completely
Synonyms: relinquish, forsake
ABASH: To lose self-confidence; to confuse, put to shame – abashed
Synonyms: disconcert, discomfit, discompose.
ABDICATE: To give up claim to – abdicated the throne.
Synonyms: renounce, abandon, relinquish
ABET: To encourage
Synonyms: spur, incite.
ABRIDGE: To shorten
Synonyms: curtail, diminish.
Antonyms: protract, elongate, amplify
ABROGATE: To abolish consent
Synonyms: annul, nullify, rescind, void.
ABSTEMIOUS: Moderate in the use of food or drink
ACADEMIC: Pertaining to school
ACCEDE: To agree to
ACCELERATE: To quicken, speed tip
Synonym: expedite (adj. expeditious).
ACCOLADE: An award or salute
Synonyms: tribute, ovation
ACCORD: Agreement or harmony
Synonyms: concord, concurrence. Antonyms: dissension, discord
ACRIMONIOUS: Sharp or harsh in language or temper –
Synonyms: caustic, acerb, pungent, tart, mordant, acrid; (noun) asperity.
Antonyms: suave, affable,
ACUMEN: Keenness of mind or insight
Synonyms: perspicacity, discernment, perception. Antonym:
ADMONISH (noun: ADMONITION): To warn or find fault gently
Synonyms: chide, caution, reprimand,
ADVERSARY: (adj.: ADVERSE): An opponent
Synonym: antagonist. Antonyms: cohort, confederate, ally,
Synonyms: affliction, mischance, reverses.
AESTHETIC: Pertaining to the beautiful
AFFABLE: Sociable, courteous, and agreeable in manner a much admired, affable gentleman.
Synonyms: civil, complaisant, benign, gracious, genial, urbane, cordial
Antonyms: curt, brusque, rude, boorish, surly.
AFFLUENT: Prosperous, flourishing; copious
Synonyms: opulent, profuse. Antonyms: destitute,impecunious.
AGGRESSIVE selfassertive;attacking, offensive attitude.
Synonyms: bumptious, officious, obtrusive.
Antonyms: meek,humble, retiring, diffident.
ALACRITY: Eagerness; cheerful promptness – responded to the flattering
offer with alacrity.
Synonyms: celerity, briskness, energy, animation.
Antonyms: apathy, nonchalance, sluggishness, lethargy, phlegmatism.
ALIENATE: To estrange
ALLAY: To calm; to lessen in severity been allayed.
Synonyms: appease, alleviate, pacify, assuage, abate, mitigate, propitiate, mollify, placate.
Antonyms: intensify, aggravate.
ALLUDE : To refer to indirectly to his friend’s misfortune.
Synonyms: insinuate, intimate, imply.
Antonyms: refer, cite.
ALLURE: To tempt by flattery or an attractive offer
Synonyms: lure, decoy, inveigle, entice, seduce,wheedle, beguile, cajole.
AMBIGUOUS: Uncertain, vague, capable of being inter
Synonyms: hazy, obscure,equivocal, dubious, nebulous.
Antonyms: explicit, unquestionable.
AMENABLE: Obedient; willing to submit
Synonyms: tractable, docile, responsive.
Antonyms: intractable,refractory, recalcitrant.
AMIABLE: Good-natured; friendly ,disposition. Synonym: complaisant.
ANACHRONISM: A thing placed or occurring out of its normal time
ANALOGY : A relation between two things shown in the resemblance not of the things themselves but of their characteristics
Synonyms: correspondence, affinity.
Antonym: anomaly (a deviation from the general rule).
ANARCHY: State of confusion or lawlessness
Synonyms: chaos, pandemonium.
ANIMUS: A feeling of hatred-felt no animus, even against the enemy.
Synonyms: enmity, rancor, malevolence, animosity.
ANNALS: Historical records – in the annals of literature.
ANONYMOUS: Of unknown authorship-an anonymous publication.
ANTHOLOGY: A collection of choice literary works – an anthology of
ANTITHESIS (adj.: ANTITHETICAL): Contrast; the direct opposite
APATHY (adj.: APATHETIC): Lack of feeling, emotion, or interest
Synonyms: torpor, lethargy, sluggishness, listlessness, languor, lassitude,
dispassion; (verb) languish. Antonyms: zeal, animation.
APPREHENSIVE (verb: APPREHEND): Fearful – Being unprepared, John is apprehensive of the examination.
APPRISE: To inform
APPROBATION: Approval; praise
Synonyms: sanction, commendation.
ARBITER: A person who has authority to decide matters in dispute
Synonyms: mediator, arbitrator
ARCHETYPE: An original pattern
Synonym: prototype. Antonyms: Stereotype, facsimile,
ARID: Dry; barren – the arid desert land.
Synonyms: jejune, parched.
Antonyms: arable, fertile.
ARISTOCRACY: Government by the best people;
ARMISTICE: A temporary suspension of hostilities.
ARTFUL: Sly; crafty
Synonyms: cunning, wily, adroit, ingenious, guileful.
guileless, ingenuous, artless.
ARTICULATE (verb): To speak clearly or distinctly Capable of speech; distinct,
clear – an articulate man, always ready to give his views.
ASCETIC: Rigorously self-denying – pursued the ascetic life of a monk.
Synonyms: austere, abstinent.
Antonyms: wanton, self-indulgent.
ASKANCE: With distrust
ASSEVERATE: To declare positively; to confirm
Synonyms: assert, avouch, aver, avow, allege.
Antonyms: gainsay, controvert, recant, rescind, abjure, disavow.
Synonyms: sedulous, attentive, diligent, indefatigable
Antonyms: indolent, slothful.
ASYLUM: A place offering shelter and retreat
Synonyms: sanctuary, refuge.
ATHEIST: One who denies that God exists
Synonyms: infidel, agnostic, skeptic.
ATTRIBUTE (verb): Assign -attributed his success to bard work.
Synonym: ascribe (noun): An inherent quality -Generosity was his
AUGMENT: To increase or enlarge – an army augmented by numerous
Synonyms: enhance, amplify. Antonyms: abate, curtail.
AUSPICIOUS: Indicating a happy outcome – The prospect for this project
Synonyms: propitious, fortunate.
Antonyms: ominous, foreboding.
Synonyms:veritable, bona fide.
Antonyms: apocryphal, counterfeit, spurious, bogus.
AUTOCRATIC: Despotic – feared by the masses as an autocratic ruler.
AVARICE: Excessive greed
Synonyms: covetousness, cupidity, avidity.
AWRY: Unsymmetrical; not straight – the picture, hanging awry on the
wall. Synonym: askew.
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