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abase
v. To lower in position, estimation, or the like; degrade.
abbess
n. The lady superior of a nunnery.
abbey
n. The group of buildings which collectively form the dwelling-place of a society of monks or nuns.
abbot
n. The superior of a community of monks.
abdicate
v. To give up (royal power or the like).
abdomen
abdomen n. In mammals, the visceral cavity between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor; the belly.
abdominal
n. Of, pertaining to, or situated on the abdomen.
abduction
n. A carrying away of a person against his will, or illegally.
abed
adv. In bed; on a bed.
aberration
n. Deviation from a right, customary, or prescribed course.
abet
abet v. To aid, promote, or encourage the commission of (an offense).
abeyance
n. A state of suspension or temporary inaction.
abhorrence
n. The act of detesting extremely.
abhorrent
adj. Very repugnant; hateful.
abidance
n. An abiding
abject
adj. Sunk to a low condition
abjure
v. To recant, renounce, repudiate under oath.
repudiate
adj. Competent for physical service.
able-bodied
adj. Competent for physical service.
ablution
n. A washing or cleansing, especially of the body
abnegate
v. To renounce (a right or privilege).
abominable
adj. Very hateful.
abominate
v. To hate violently
abomination
n. A very detestable act or practice.
aboriginal
adj. Primitive; unsophisticated
aborigines
n. The original of earliest known inhabitants of a country.
aboveboard
adv. & adj. Without concealment, fraud, or trickery.
abrade
v. To wear away the surface or some part of by friction.
abrasion
n. That which is rubbed off.
abridge
v. To make shorter in words, keeping the essential features, leaning out minor particles.
abridgment
n. A condensed form as of a book or play
abrogate
v. To abolish, repeal.
abrupt
adj. Beginning, ending, or changing suddenly or with a break.
abscess
n. A Collection of pus in a cavity formed within some tissue of the body.
abscission
n. The act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation.
abscond
v. To depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping arrest.
absolution
n. Forgiveness, or passing over of offenses.
absolve
v. To free from sin or its penalties.
abstain
abstain v. To keep oneself back (from doing or using something).
abstemious
adj. Characterized by self denial or abstinence, as in the use of drink, food.
abstinence
n. Self denial
abstruse
adj. Dealing with matters difficult to be understood.
absurd
adj. Inconsistent with reason or common sense
abut
To touch at the end or boundary line.
abyss
n. Bottomless gulf.
accede
v. To agree.
accession
accession n. Induction or elevation, as to dignity, office, or government.
acclaim
v. To utter with a shout
accost
To speak to (abruptly)
accouter
To outfit and equip, as for military duty.
accursed
adj. Doomed to evil, misery, or misfortune.
accusatory
adj. Of, pertaining to, or involving an accusation.
acerbity
n. Sourness, with bitterness and astringency.
acetic
adj. Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of vinegar.
Achillean
adj. Invulnerable.
achromatic adj. Colorless,
achromatic
adj. Colorless,
acme
n. The highest point, or summit.
acoustic
adj. Pertaining to the act or sense of hearing.
acquiesce
v. To comply; submit.
acquiescence
n. Passive consent.
acquit
v. To free or clear, as from accusation.
acquittal
n. A discharge from accusation by judicial action.
acquittance
n. Release or discharge from indebtedness, obligation, or responsibility.
acrid
adj. Harshly pungent or bitter.
acrimonious
adj. Full of bitterness.
acrimony
n. Sharpness or bitterness of speech or temper.
actionable
adj. Affording cause for instituting an action, as trespass, slanderous words.
actuary
n. An officer, as of an insurance company, who calculates and states the risks and premiums.
actuate
v. To move or incite to action.
acumen
n. Quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment; keenness of discrimination.
acute
adj. Having fine and penetrating discernment.
adamant
n. Any substance of exceeding hardness or impenetrability.
addendum
n. Something added, or to be added.
addle
v. To make inefficient or worthless; muddle.
adduce
v. To bring forward or name for consideration.
adhere
v. To stick fast or together.
adherence
n. Attachment.
adherent
adj. Clinging or sticking fast.
adhesion
n. The state of being attached or joined.
adjacency
n. The state of being adjacent.
adjudge
v. To award or bestow by formal decision.
adjunct
n. Something joined to or connected with another thing, but holding a subordinate place.
adjuration
n. A vehement appeal.
adjutant
adj. Auxiliary.
admissible
adj. Having the right or privilege of entry.
admonition
n. Gentle reproof.
adroit
adj. Having skill in the use of the bodily or mental powers.
adulterant
n. An adulterating substance.
adulterate
v. To make impure by the admixture of other or baser ingredients.
adumbrate
v. To represent beforehand in outline or by emblem.
advent
n. The coming or arrival, as of any important change, event, state, or personage.
adverse
adverse
adversity
n. Misfortune.
advert
v. To refer incidentally.
advertiser
n. One who advertises,
advisory
adj. Not mandatory.
advocacy
n. The act of pleading a cause.
aerial
adj. Of, pertaining to, or like the air.
aeronaut
n. One who navigates the air, a balloonist.
aeronautics
n. the art or practice of flying aircraft
aerostat
n. A balloon or other apparatus floating in or sustained by the air.
aerostatics
n. The branch of pneumatics that treats of the equilibrium, pressure, and mechanical properties.
affable
adj. Easy to approach.
affect
v. To act upon
affectation
n. A studied or ostentatious pretense or attempt.
affiliate
n. Some auxiliary person or thing.
affluence
n. A profuse or abundant supply of riches.
affront
n. An open insult or indignity.
afire
adv. & adj. On fire, literally or figuratively.
afoot
adv. In progress.
aforesaid
adj. Said in a preceding part or before.
afresh
adv. Once more, after rest or interval.
afterthought
n. A thought that comes later than its appropriate or expected time.
agglomerate
v. To pile or heap together.
aggrandize
v. To cause to appear greatly.
aggrieve
v. To give grief or sorrow to.
aghast
adj. Struck with terror and amazement.
agrarian
adj. Pertaining to land, especially agricultural land.
aide-de-camp
n. An officer who receives and transmits the orders of the general.
ailment
n. Slight sickness.
alabaster
n. A white or delicately tinted fine-grained gypsum.
alacrity
n. Cheerful willingness.
albeit
conj. Even though.
alcove
n. A covered recess connected with or at the side of a larger room.
alder
n. Any shrub or small tree of the genus Alumnus, of the oak family.
alderman
n. A member of a municipal legislative body, who usually exercises also certain judicial functions.
aldermanship
n. The dignity, condition, office, or term of office of an alderman.
alienable
adj. Capable of being aliened or alienated, as lands.
aliment
n. That which nourishes.
alkali
n. Anything that will neutralize an acid, as lime, magnesia, etc.
allay
v. To calm the violence or reduce the intensity of; mitigate.
allegory
n. The setting forth of a subject under the guise of another subject of aptly suggestive likeness.
alleviate
v. To make less burdensome or less hard to bear (temporarily)
alluvion
n Flood
altercate
v. To contend angrily or zealously in words.
apprize
To appreciate; value.
apprise
To give notice to; inform: apprised us of our rights.
amalgam
n. An alloy or union of mercury with another metal. n. An alloy or union of mercury with another metal.
amalgamate
v. To mix or blend together in a homogeneous body.
amatory
adj. Designed to excite love.