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abet
to support or encourage someone, especially someone who has done something wrong
abeyance
suspension; temporary cessation
abjure
to repudiate; to take back; to refrain from
abomination
something despised or abhorred; extreme loathing
aboriginal
native; dating back to the very beginning
abound
to be very numerous
abounding
abundant
accede
to give in; to yield; to agree
accentuate
to emphasize; to accent; to highlight
access
the right or ability to approach, enter, or use; to obtain the right to approach or use
acclaim
to praise publicly and enthusiastically; enthusiastic applause
acclamation
a shout or salute of enthusiastic approval; an oral vote, especially an enthusiastic vote of approval taken without formal ballot
accord
to agree; to be in harmony; to grant or bestow
accouterments
personal clothing, accessories, or equipment; trappings
acquisitive
seeking or tending to acquire; greedy
acquit
to find not guilty; to behave or conduct oneself
acquittal
an act of finding not guilty
acronym
a word made up of the initials of other words
adduce
to bring forward as an example or as proof; to cite
adjourn
to suspend until another time
adjunct
something added to or connected with something else; an assistant
ad-lib
to improvise; speak or act spontaneously
advent
arrival; coming; beginning
adventitious
accidental; connected to but nonetheless unrelated; irrelevant
advocacy
support of or agreement with a position
advocate
a person who argues in favor of a position; to speak, plead, or argue in favor of
inaccessible
hard to understand or hard to get into
palindrome
a word or expression that reads the same way from right to left as it does from left to right
affidavit
a sworn written statement made before an official
affiliate
to become closely associated with; a person, organization, or establishment associated with another as a subordinate, subsidiary, or member
affliction
misery; illness; great suffering; a source of misery, illness, or great suffering
afflict
to inflict grievous physical or mental suffering on
aftermath
consequence; events following some occurrence or calamity
aggrandize
to exaggerate; to cause to appear greater; to increase (something) in power, reputation, wealth, etc.
self-aggrandizing
aggressively increasing one's power, reputation, or wealth, always with a distinctly negative connotation
aggrieve
to mistreat; to do grievous injury to; to distress
aghast
terrified; shocked
alchemy
a seemingly magical process of transformation
alienate
to estrange; to cause to feel unwelcome or unloved; to make hostile
allegience
loyalty
allot
to apportion, allocate, or assign
altercation
a heated fight, argument, or quarrel
amass
to pile up; to accumulate; to collect for one's own use
amid
in the middle of
angst
anxiety; fear; dread
annex
to add or attach; a small connecting structure added to a building
annuity
an annual allowance or income; the annual interest payment on an investment; any regular allowance or income
antedate
to be older than; to have come before
anterior
situated in front
posterior
situated in back
anthropomorphic
ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman animals or objects
antipodal
situated on opposite sides of the earth; exactly opposite
antipodes
any two places or regions that are on diametrically opposite sides of the earth; something that is the exact opposite or contrary of another; an antipode
antiquary
a person who studies ancient things
aperture
an opening
apex
highest point
apogee
the most distant point in the orbit of the moon or of an artificial satellite from the center of the earth; the farthest or highest point
perigee
the point nearest the earth's center in the orbit of the moon or a satellite
apoplexy
stroke (that is, numbness and paralysis resulting from the sudden loss of blood flow to the brain)
apoplectic
of, resembling, or produced by apoplexy; extremely angry; furious
apostasy
abandonment or rejection of faith or loyalty
appalling
causing horror or consternation
apparition
a ghost or ghostly object
appellation
a name
appendage
something added on to something else; a supplement
append
to add something on to something else
appendix
a small, apparently useless organ attached to the intestine
apportion
to distribute proportionally; to divide into portions
apposite
distinctly suitable; pertinent
appraise
to estimate the value or quality of; to judge
appraisal
an act of estimating the value or quality of or an act of judging
apprise
to give notice to; to inform
appurtenance
something extra; an appendage; an accessory
apropos
appropriate; coming at the right time
apt
appropriate; having a tendency to; likely
arcade
a passageway defined by a series of arches; a covered passageway with shops on either side; an area filled with coin-operated games
archives
a place where historical documents or materials are stored; the documents or materials themselves
armament
implements of war; the process of arming for war
armistice
truce; a temporary cessation of fighting by mutual consent
arraign
to bring to court to answer an indictment; to accuse
arrant
utter; unmitigated; very bad; absolute; total; complete
arrears
the state of being in debt; unpaid debts
articulate
to pronounce clearly; to express clearly
artisan
a person skilled in a craft
archivist
a person who archives (places or stores things in archives) things in archives
archival
having to do with archives; describing something that won't deteriorate over time