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ABACK
(PRECEDED BY TAKEN) SURPRISED; STARTLED
ABASE
TO HUMILIATE; TO HUMBLE; TO LOWER
ABASH
ASHAMED; EMBARRASSED
ABATE
TO LESSEN; TO DECREASE
ABDUCT
TO TAKE AWAY; TO KIDNAP
ABET
TO AID; TO ENCOURAGE
ABEYANCE
A TEMPORARY POSTPONEMENT
ABIDE
TO REMAIN; TO PUT UP WITH
ABJURE
TO GIVE UP(RIGHTS)
ABLUTION
A WASHING; CLEANSING
ABNEGATE
TO DENY; TO REJECT
ABORIGINE
ORIGINAL INHABITANT
ABORTIVE
UNSUCCESSFUL
ABOUND
TO BE LARGE IN NUMBER
ABOVEBOARD
HONEST; FRANk; OPEN
ABRADE
TO WEAR AWAY
ABROGATE
TO ABOLISH; TO REPEAL
ABSCOND
TO LEAVE SECRETLY; TO FLEE
ABSOLVE
TO FREE FROM REPONSIBILITY
ABSTRACT
NOUN: A SUMMARY
ABSURD
RIDICULOUS; UNREASONABLE
ABUT
TO TOUCH; TO REST OR AGAINST
ABYSMAL
WRETCHED; EXTREMELY BAD
ACADEMIC
THEORETICAL OR UNREALISTIC
ACCEDE
TO AGREE TO
ACCLAIM
TO GREET WITH APPROVAL
ACCLIMATE
TO ADAPT; TO GET USED TO
ACCLIVITY
UPWARD SLOPE
ACCOMMODATE
TO MAKE FIT; TO HELP
ACCORD
AGREEMENT
accoutrement
equipment; outfit
accretion
an increase; an addition
accrue
to gather; to accumulate
Achilles' heel
a weakness
acme
highest point; peak
acoustics
branch of physics dealing with sound
acquit
to free of guilt ; to clear
acrimonious
harsh in speech or behavior
acronym
word formed from initials
acrophobia
fear of heights
actuate
to put into motion or action
acumen
mental keenness; shrewdness
ad infinitum
endlessly; forever
ad lib
to act or speak without preparation
adage
a familiar saying
adamant
stubborn; unyielding
addled
confused
adduce
to give an example in proving something
adherent
sticking fast; or a followeror a supporter
adipose
fatty
adjudicate
to judge
adjunct
a subordinate; an assistant
ado
fuss; trouble
adonis
a very handsome man
adorn
to dress up; to decorate
adroit
skillful; clever
advent
an arrival; a coming
adventitious
accidental; nonessential
aegis
a shield; protection; sponsorship
affectation
a phony attitude; insincerity
affix
to attach
affront
an insult
agape
open-mouthed; surprised
aghast
shocked; terrified
agile
able to move quickly
agoraphobia
fear of open places
ague
a fever; plague
alacrity
liveliness; willingness
albatross
a seabird; or a constant burden
alias
an assumed name
alimentary
furnishing food or nourishment
allay
to relieve or to calm
alleged
so-called; supposed
allegro
rapid; quick
allocate
to set aside for a specific purpose
alluvial
pertaining to a deposit of sand formed by flowing water
aloft
up in the air; high
altercation
an argument; a disagreement
amalgamate
to combinee; to unite; to blend
amazon
a big, strong, masculine woman
ambiguous
unclear
ambivalence
conflicting feelings toward something or someone
ambrosial
pleasing to the taste or smell
ambuscade
hidden or secret attack
amenable
agreeable; responsive
amend
to change; to alter
amenities
courtesies; social graces; pleasantries
amiss
wrong; faulty; improper
amnesty
official pardon for an offense
amoral
lacking a sense of right and wrong
amphibious
able to live on both land and water
ample roomy; abundant
roomy; abundant
amulet
a charm worn to keep evil away
analgesic
drug that relieves pain
anathema
a curse; a person or thing to be avoided
ancillary
helping; subordina
anent
regarding; concerning
anguish
great suffering or grief
anhydrous
without water
animadverstion
criticism; comment that opposes
animus
hostile feeling
annals
historical records
anneal
to heat and then cool; to toughen
annuity
specified income payable at stated intervals
anon
soon
anoxia
lack of oxygen
antecedent
that which goes before something else
antediluvian
very old-fashioned; primitive
anteroom
a lobby or waiting room
anthropoid
resembling man
anthropomorphic
attributing human form to objects, gods, etc.
antic
playful or silly act; prank
anticlimax
something unimportant coming after something important
antidote
a remedy; a counteractive
antipodes
opposite sides
ape
to imitate or to mimic
aperture
an opening; a gap
apex
the highest point; summit
aphasia
loss of the ability to speak
aphorism
brief saying; proverb
apiary
place where bees are kept
aplomb
self-confidence; poise
apogee
farthest point away from the earth
apoplexy
sudden loss of consciousness; paralysis
apostate
one who gives up his beliefs
apothecary
druggist
apothegm
brief instructive saying
apotheosis
glorfication of a person to the rank of God
appall
to frighten; to cause loss of courage
apparel
clothing
appellation
a name
append
to attach
apprehend
understand; to seize
apprise
to inform
approbation
approval
appropriate
to take possession of; suitable
appurtenance
something added to another more important thing
apropos
relevant; appropriate; fitting
aquiline
like an eagle; curved or hooked
arable
good for farming
arbiter
a judge; an umpire
arbitrary
partial; biased
arbor
a shaded area
arcane
mysterious
archetype
original; first of its kind
archives
public records and documents
aria
solo inan opera
armistice
a truce; suspension of hostilities
arraign
to accuse
arrant
notorious; downright
arrears
(preceded by in) in debt
arroyo
a deep ditch caused by running water
arson
illegal burning of property
artifice
trick; deception
ascendant
rising
ascertain
to find out; to determine
ascribe
to attribute; to credit as to a cause or source
aseptic
without bacteria
asinine
stupid; silly
askance
(preceded by to look) sidewise; suspiciously
askew
crooked; out of position
asperity
harshness; roughness
aspersion
a damaging remark
aspire
to desire; to have an ambition
assay
to test to try
assiduity
diligence; care
assimilate
to absorb
assuage
to calm; to make less severe
astral
pertaining to the stars
astray
in the wrong direction
astringent
substance that contracts blood vessels or shrink tissues
asunder
into separate parts
asylum
a safe a refuge
atavistic
going back to behavior found in a remote ancestor
atrophy
to waste away; to become useless
attenuated
decreased; weakened
attest
to confirm
attribute
characteristic
attrition
wearing down or away; a decline
an courant
uptodate; fully informed
audit
to examine accounts
augur
to predict
august
majestic; worthy of respect; impressive
aura
a radiance; a low
aural
pertaining to the sense of hearing
auroral
rosy; pertaining to the dawn
auspices
approval; support
auspicious
favorable
autocratic
despotic; unlimited in authority
automaton
self-operating machine; robot
autumnal
mature; declining
auxiliary
giving assistance; subordinate
avaer
to declare; to state firmly
averse
reluctant; not willing
avert
to prevent; to turn away
aviary
place where birds are kept
avocation
a hobby; not one' regular work
avoirdupois
heaviness; weight
avuncular
like an uncle
awry
twisted to one side; in the wrong direction
azure
blue