assimilate — to incorporate
It's easy to assimilate to a warmer, milder climate.
assuage — to soothe, to relieve
Nothing I could do would assuage her grief at the loss of her puppy.
augury — foretelling the future by signs
The flight pattern of birds can be a great augury of weather conditions.
auspicious — foretelling favorable conditions
The graduation was turning out to be an auspicious occasion.
avaricious — greedy
The child's avaricious attitude could point to the fact that he's an only child.
avert — to prevent from happening
I believe its better to avert disease by diet and exercise than by pills or drugs.
baneful — very harmful or destructive some someone or something
That toxic gas leaking from the factory is baneful to the surrounding community.
benevolent — generous in helping others, kindness
She was a benevolent soul, always there when you needed her.
bleak — gloomy, somber, cold and damp, with little hope
The weather is bleak today, so I think I'll go back to bed.
blithe — happy, cheerful, or lacking concern
I was blithe about the test, having studied for days.
candid — frank, open, unreserved
Some people mistake being candid with being hurtful.
capricious — impulsive, unpredictable
He was a capricious child, always putting himself in harms way.
canon — a guiding principle
My bible is the canon governing my life.
cede — to surrender, relinquish
I will cede my authority to Beth as she is my superior at work.
clemency — mercy
The killer wanted clemency but the jury put him away for life.
coerce — to force someone to do or think something by means of threats
No matter how you coerce me, I will not start smoking.
cohere — to stick together or hold together
This glue can cohere anything to this wood.
compensate — to pay for
If you work for me today, I will happily compensate you.
complacent — self-satisfied, pleased with one's self
I am complacent about dieting as I think I look just fine.
compulsory — required, obligatory
The PSB is a compulsory test since you cannot get into nursing school without taking it.
compunction — guilt, feeling of remorse
I am filled with compunction about being so rude to the waitress.
concave — curving inward
His chest had a slight concave appearance and it bothered him greatly.