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Word List


  bane   (bn) noun    A cause of misery or death.   "the bane of my life"
Rhymes:  cane, chain, crane, drain, feign, grain, main, pain, plane, rain, reign, rein, slain, sprain, stain, strain, train, twain, vain, vane, vein, again, arraign, attain, campaign, champagne, cocaine, complain, constrain, contain, disdain, domain, explain, germane, inane, insane

  cadence   (kdns) noun   
1.  A recurrent rhythmical series.
2.  A rising and falling sound; modulation.

  careen   (kūrn) noun,verb   
1.  Pitching dangerously to one side.
2.  Walk as if unable to control one's movements.
3.  Move sideways or in an unsteady way, as of a ship or a vehicle out of control.
Rhymes:  bean, clean, glean, green, keen, lean, lien, mean, mien, preen, scene, screen, seen, sheen, wean, between, caffeine, canteen, cuisine, demean, latrine, machine, obscene

  circumvent   (sūrkmvnt) verb   
1.  Surround so as to force to give up.
2.  Beat through cleverness and wit.
3.  Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues).
Rhymes:  bent, cent, dent, rent, scent, sent, tent, went, augment, cement, consent, content, dissent, event, extent, ferment, indent, lament, percent, present, prevent, resent, segment, torment, discontent, malcontent, supplement
Antonyms:  face, confront

  criterion   (krtrn) noun   
1.  A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated.
2.  The ideal in terms of which something can be judged.
Rhyme:  valerian

  subdue   (sbd) verb   
1.  Put down by force, intimidation, or authority.
2.  Hold within limits and control.   "subdue one's appetites"
3.  To gain control over; deal with successfully.
4.  Make subordinate, dependent, or subservient.
5.  Correct by punishment or discipline.
Rhymes:  blew, blue, chew, clue, coup, crew, dew, do, drew, due, ewe, few, flew, flu, glue, grew, hew, hue, jew, knew, queue, screw, shoe, stew, through, to, too, two, view, who, zoo, accrue, adieu, askew, canoe, debut, ensue, fondue, imbue, into
Synonyms:  pacify, control, quiet, suppress, reduce, check
Antonyms:  lose, surrender, irritate, provoke, aggrandize, increase, exalt

  toxic   (tksk) adjective    Of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison.   "suffering from exposure to toxic substances"
Synonyms:  poisonous, deadly, harmful, injurious
Antonyms:  harmless, healthful, medicinal, nontoxic

  transcend   (trnsnd) verb    Go beyond or rise above the limits of.
Rhymes:  bend, blend, end, friend, lend, mend, send, spend, tend, trend, amend, ascend, attend, defend, depend, descend, distend, expend, extend, impend, offend, portend, pretend, suspend, comprehend, condescend, recommend

  vanquish   (vngkwsh) verb   
1.  To conquer, defeat, or overcome in battle or conflict.
2.  To subdue or put an end to.

  wheedle    verb    Influence or urge with gentle wording, caressing, or flattering.