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Pre-departure Meetup for Winter 2019 students, Bangalore

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abase

To make yourself seem to be less important or to not deserve respect

abate

Become less in amount or intensity.

The storm/wind/rain has started to abate.

abdicate

To give up a position as king, or to fail to take responsibility for something:

The administration has abdicated its leadership on this critical issue.

abject

The state of being extremely unhappy, poor, unsuccessful, etc.

This policy has turned out to be an abject failure

abjure

To say formally or publicly that you no longer agree with a belief or way of behaving

He abjured his religion/his life of dissipation.

ablution

The act of washing yourself

Ablution is part of some religious ceremonies.

abnegation

To not allow yourself to have something, especially something you like or want

abrade

To remove part of the surface of something by rubbing

abscond

To escape and hide somewhere, esp. because you have stolen something

They absconded with $100,000 of the company’s money

absolve

To officially remove guilt or responsibility for something wrong that someone has done or might have done

abstemious

Not doing things that give you pleasure, especially not eating good food or drinking alcohol

abstruse

Difficult to understand

an abstruse philosophical essay

accede

To agree to do what people have asked you to do

He graciously acceded to our request.

accrue

To increase over a period of time, or to get an amount of something gradually over time

acerbic

Used to describe something that is spoken or written in a way that is direct, clever, and cruel

acquiesce

To accept or agree to something, often unwillingly

Reluctantly, he acquiesced to/in the plans.

acrid

An acrid smell or taste is strong and bitter and causes a burning feeling in the throat

acrimonious

Full of anger, arguments, and bad feeling

Their marriage ended eight years ago in an acrimonious divorce.

administer

To control the operation or arrangement of something

The economy has been badly administered by the present government.

admonish

To warn someone not to do something, usually in a kind way, or to tell someone to do something.

adorn

To add something decorative to a person or thing:

The bride's hair was adorned with white flowers.

adversity

A difficult or unlucky situation or event

She’s cheerful in the face of adversity.

affable

Friendly, kind, relaxed, and easy to talk to

It’s hard not to like such an affable fellow.

affinity

A close similarity between two things

There are several close affinities between the two paintings.

affray

A fight in a public place

Wallace was charged with causing an affray at a Southampton nightclub.

affronted

A remark or action intended to insult or upset someone

Such statements are an affront to people of conscience.

aficionado

Someone who is very interested in and enthusiastic about a particular subject

a club for model railway aficionados an aficionado of French cinema

aggrieved

Unhappy, hurt, and angry because of unfair treatment

Our hearts go out to the aggrieved families of the innocent victims.

alacrity

Speed and interest

He invited us all to visit, and we agreed with alacrity.

altercation

A loud argument or disagreement:

Phil got into an altercation with his partner.

ambience

The character of a place or the quality it seems to have

The city’s ambience, particularly on the waterfront, is changing quickly.

ameliorate

To make a bad or unpleasant situation better

Foreign aid is badly needed to ameliorate the effects of the drought

amenable

Willing to accept or be influenced by a suggestion

He was amenable to suggestion, and really worked hard to improve himself.

amity

A good relationship

The two groups had lived in perfect amity for many years before the recent troubles.

ancillary

Providing support or help

Campaigning to change government policy is ancillary to the charity's direct relief work.

animosity

A strong dislike or unfriendly feeling

I have no animosity toward him whatsoever.

anomaly

Something that is unusual enough to be noticeable or seem strange

The government does computer checks of tax returns to find anomalies that might indicate fraud

anthology

A collection of stories, poems, etc., by different writers

This Bob Dylan anthology includes some rare recordings of his best songs..

antipathy

Strong dislike or opposition

His letters show a deep and intense antipathy toward workers.

apathy

Lack of interest, or the attitude of not caring resulting from it

There is a growing sense of apathy among teens and a feeling that there are no opportunities, he said

aplomb

Confidence and style

Rosalind conducted the meeting with characteristic aplomb/with her usual aplomb.

apogee

The most successful, popular, or powerful point

At their apogee, the novels of Spillane claimed worldwide sales of over $180 million.

apprise

To tell someone about something

The president has been apprised of the situation.

archaic

of or belonging to an ancient period in history

an archaic system of government an archaic law/rule/language

archetype

The original model or a perfect example of something

The United States is the archetype of a federal society.

Ardent

Showing strong feelings; eager

They were ardent pacifists.

ascetic

Avoiding physical comforts and living a simple life

They live a very ascetic life.

ascribe

To consider something to be caused, created, or owned by someone or something

aspect

One part of a situation, problem, subject, etc

Which aspects of the job do you most enjoy?

aspire

To want something very much or hope to achieve something or be successful

assent

Agreement to an idea, plan, or request, esp. after serious consideration

He gave a nod of assent, and we knew we had a deal at last.

assiduous

Showing hard work, care, and attention to detail

The government has been assiduous in the fight against inflation.

assimilate

To take in and make a part of your basic knowledge something learned from others, so that you can use it as your own

assuage

to make unpleasant feelings less strong.

The government has tried to assuage the public's fears.

assiduous

Showing hard work, care, and attention to detail

The government has been assiduous in the fight against inflation.

assimilate

To take in and make a part of your basic knowledge something learned from others, so that you can use it as your own

atoll

a ring-shaped island formed of coral (= rock-like natural substance) that surrounds a lagoon (= area of sea water).

atone

To do something that shows you are sorry for something bad that you did or for something that you failed to do

audacious

Showing a willingness to take risks or offend people

He described the plan as ambitious and audacious.

Augment

To make something larger or fuller by adding something to it.

He augmented his income by taking a second job.

auspicious

Suggesting a positive and successful future

Winning her first seven cases was an auspicious beginning for the young lawyer.

austere

Plain and without decoration, comforts, or anything extra

Despite their wealth, they lead an austere life.

autocratic

Relating to an autocrat

The president resigned after 30 years of autocratic rule.

aversion

A feeling of strong dislike or unwillingness to do something

I felt an instant aversion to his parents.

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