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Abandon
total lack of inhibition
abase
to humble, to disgrace
abash
to embarass
abatement
decrease, reduction
abdicate
to give up a position, right or power
aberrant
atypical, not normal
aberration
something different from the usual or normal
abet
to aid, act as accomplice
Abeyance
temproray suppression or suspension
abhor
to loathe or detest
abiding
enduring, continue
abject
miserable, pitiful
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny or renounce
abominate
to hate
abortive
interrupted while incomplete
abridge
to condense or shorten
abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
abrupt
sudden, unexpected
abscond
to depart secretly
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
abstain
to refrain delibrately from something
abstemious
moderate in appetite
abstract
theoretical; complex difficult
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
abut
to touch, to be in contact with

This piece of land abuts on the street
abyss
an extremely great depth
accede
to express approval; to agree to
accolade
praise, distiction
Accord
to reconcile or come to an agreement
accost
to approach ans speak to someone
accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
accrue
to accumulate, grow by addition
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acidulous
sour in taste or manner
acme
highest point, summit
acquiesce
to agree, to comply quietly
acquittal
release from blame
acrid
harsh, bitter
acrimony
bitterness, animosity
acuity
sharpness
acumen
sharpness of insight
acute
sharp, pointed
adage
old saying or proverb
adamant
uncompromising, unyielding
adapt
to accomodate, adjust
adhere
to cling or to follow without deviation
adjacent
next to, along side
adjunct
something added, attached or joined
admonish
to caution or reprimand
adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
adulation
high praise
adulterate
to make impure
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adventitious
accidental
adversarial
anatgonistic; competitive
aerie
nook or nest built high in air
aerodynamic
relating to objects moving through the air
affable
friendly to approach
affected (adj)
pretentious, phony
affluent
rich, abundant
affront
personal offense, insult
aggregate
collective mass or sum, total
aggrieve
to afflict, distress
agile
well coordinated, nimble
agitation
commotion, excitement, uneasiness
agnostic
one doubting that people can know God
agrarian
relating to farming or rural matters
alacrity
eagerness, speed
alchemy
medieval chemical philosophy based on quest to change metal into gold
alias
assumed name
alienated
distanced, estranged
aligned
precisely adjusted, committed to one sie or party
allay
to lessen, ease or soothe
amphitheater
arena theater with rising tiers around a central open space
amortize
to diminish by installment payments
amorphous
having no definite form
amorous
strongly attracted to love
amoral
unprincipled, unethical
amity
frindship
amicable
friendly, agreeable
amiable
friendly, pleasant, likeable
amenity
pleasantness; something increasing comfort
amenable
agreeable, cooperative
ambulatory
itinerant; relating to walking around
ambivalence
attitude of uncertainity conflicting emotions
ambidextrous
able to use both hands equally well
altruism
unselfish concern for others welfare
altercation
noisy dispute
aloof
detached, indifferent
allusiveness
quality of making many indirect references
allusion
indirect reference
allure
to entice by charm, attract
allocation
allowance,portion, share
apace
done quickly
antithesis
exact opposite or direct contrast
antiquity
ancient times; the quality of being old or ancient
antiquated
outdated, obsolete
antipathy
extreme dislike
anthromorpomorphic
attributing human qualities to nonhumans; having human qualities
anthology
collection of litrary works
anterior
preceding, prvious, before, prior
antepenultimate
third from last
antediluvian
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure; coming before the biblical flood
antedate
date prior to the actual occurence
antecedent
coming before in place or time
antagonist
foe, opponent, adversary
anomaly
deviation fromthe norm
anoint
to apply oil
anoodyne
soemthing that calms and soothes pain
animosity
hatred, hostility
animation
enthusiasm, excitement
angular
characterized by sharp angles; lean and gaunt
ancillary
accessory, subordinate; helping
anathema
ban, curse; something shunned or dislike
analgesia
lessening of pain without loss of consciousness
anachronistic
outdated
anachronism
something chronologically inappropriate
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
apathetic
indifferent, unconcerned
apathy
lack of feeling or emotion
aperture
an opening or hole
aphasia
inability to speak or use words
aphelion
point in a planet's orbit that is farthest from the sun
aphorism
old saying or short pithy statementq
aplomb
poise or confidence
apocryphal
not genuine; fictional
apostate(n)
one who renounces religion
apothegm
a short instructive saying
apotheosis
glorification; glorified ideal
appease
to satisfy, placate, calm and pacify
append
to attach
applause
praise
appraise
to evaluate the value of something
apprehension
the act of comprehending; fear, foreboding
apprise
to give notice of; inform
approbation
praise; official approval
appropriate(v)
to take possession of
arable(adj)
suitable for cultivation
arbitrary
depending solely on individual will; random
arbitrator
mediator, negotiator
arboreal
relating to trees; living in trees
arboretum
place where trees are displayed and studied
arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
archaic
antiquated, from an earlier time; outdated
archipelago
large group of islands
ardent
passionate, enthusiastic, fervent
ardor
great emotion or passion
arduous
extremely difficult, laborious
arid
extremely dry; deathly boring
arraign
to call to court to answer a charge
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
arsenal
ammunition storehouse
artisan
craftsperson; expert
artless
open and honest
ascend
to rise and climb
ascendancy
the state of rising, ascending; power or control
ascertain
to determine, discover, make certain of
ascetic(adj)
self-denying, abstinent, austere
ascribe
to attribute to assign
ashen
resembling ashes; deathly pale
asinine
lacking intelligence or sound judgement
askance
scornfully
askew
crooked, tilted
asperity
harsh, rough
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report, slander
aspire
to have great hopes, to aim at a goal
assail
to attack, assault
assent(v)
to express agreement
assert
to affirm, to attest
asseverate
to affirm positively or earnestly
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hardworking
assignation
appointment for lovers' meeting; assignment
assonance
resemblance in sound, especially in vowel sounds; partial rhyme
assuage
to make less severe, ease, relieve
astral
exalted, elevated in position; relating to the stars
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
astute
having good judgement
asunder(adv)
into different parts
atone
to make amends for a wrong
atrocious
monstrous, shockingly bad, wicked
atrophy(v)
to waste away, wither from disuse
attain
to accomlish, gain
attenuate
to make thin or slender; weaken
attest
to testify, stand as proof of, bear witness
audacious
bold, daring, fearless
audible
capable of being heard
audit(n)
formal examination of financial records
auditory
having to do with hearing
augment
to expand, extend
augury
prophecy, prediction of events
auspicious
having favorable prospects, promising
austere
stern, strict, unadorned
autocrat
dictator
autonomous
separate, independent
auxilary
supplementary, reserve
avarice
greed
avenge
to retaliate, take revenge for an injury or crime
aver
to declare to be true, affirm
averse
being disinclined towards something
aversion
intense dislike
avert
to turn away, to prevent
aviary
large enclosure housing birds
avow
to state openly or declare
awry
crooked, askew, amiss
axiom
premise, postulate, self-evident truth