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abase
to humiliate, degrade (After being overthrown and abased the deposed leader offered to bow down to his conqueror)
abate
to reduce, lessen (the rain poured down for a while, then abated)
abdicate
to give up a position, usually one of leadership (When he realized that his revolutionaries would surely win, the king abdicated his throne)
aberration
something that differs from the norm
abet
to aid, help, encourage
abhide
to put up with, to remain
abject
wretched, pitiful
abjure
to reject, renounce
abnegation
denial of comfort to oneself
abort
to give up on a half finished project or effort
abridge
to cut down, shorten
abrogate
to abolish, usually by authority
abscond
to sneak away and hide
absoluation
freedom from blame, guilt, sin
abstain
to freely choose not to commit an action
accede
to agree
acclaim
high praise
accolade
high praise, special distinction
accord
an agreement
accost
to confront verbally
accretion
slow growth in size or amount
acerbic
biting, bitter in tone or taste
aquiesce
to agree without protesting (remember Pirates of the Caribbean- "I am disinclined to aquiesce your request"
acumen
keen insight (b/c of his math acumen, Sam was able to figure out in seconds problems that took others hours)
acute
sharp, severe, having keen insight
adamant
impervious, immovable, unyielding
adept
extremely skilled
admonish
to cauting criticize, reprove
adorn
to decorate
adroit
skillful, dextrous