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abjure
v. renounce/reject; recant; avoid

S-give up; retract
A-appropriate, approve
She abjured her position as president after serving for 10 years.

She
abrogate
v. abolish/annul by authourity; put down

S-cancel
A-approve
After only being married for a day, they wanted to abrogate their marriage.
abscission
n. removal
The abscission of cancerous cells diminishes the likelihood of proliferation
accretion
n. grown
Because she recently saw an accretion of income, she was required to pay more taxes.
acumen
n. keen insight
Playing chess requires acumen in strategy.
adroit
adj. skillful

S-adept, desterous, artful
A-clumsy, inept
She has always been an adroit manipulator; even when she was a kid she could get people to do what she wanted.
abase
v. lower; degrate; humiliate
He abased the girl by publicly pointing out her faults
abet
v. assist, usually in something wrong; encourage

S-help
A-hinder, undermine
Because she thought she loved him, she abeted her boyfriend when he asked her to help me kill someone.
abject
adj. wretched; lacking pride

S-hopeless
A-proud
On the streets of NY the homeless live in abject poverty, huddling in doorways to find shelter from the wind
abnegation
n. renunciation; self-sacrifice
The kamikaze's abnegation of their life for their country is considered honorable in Japan.
ablution
n. washing
POWs are sometimes subject to brain ablutions.
abominable
adj. detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad
Listening to her horrid voice was abominable to my ears.
abominate
v. loathe; hate

S-aversion
Racists abominate other races then their own.
aboriginal
adj. first of kind in region, primitive

n. native
The aboriginals of the America's were the Native Americans.
abortive
adj. unsuccessful
Although she hoped to give birth, the fetus spontaneously aborted.
absolve
v. pardon
God absolves all confessed sins.
abstruse
adj. obscure, profound; difficult to understand
Philosophy tends to be abstruse in that its hard to apprehend.
abut
v. border upon; adjoin
We want to put up a fence where our land abuts with our neighbor's.
abysmal
adj. bottomless
An abysmal pit
abyss
n. enormous chasm; vast, bottomless pit
abysmal pit
accede
v. agree, consent to

S-concur
I accede to participate in this experiment.
acclaim
v. applaud; announce with great approval
the critically acclaimed motion picture won an oscar.
acclimate
v. adjust to climate/enviro; adopt
Acculturation usually involves acclimation as well because one moves to a new location.
acclivity
n. sharp upslope of a hill
The acclivitive roads in San Franciso can be extremely difficult to drive on
accord
n. agreement

S-concurment, accedement
The accord between the two countries lead to the development of a treaty.
accost
v. approach and speak first to a person
Rather than accost, I usually wait until the other person speaks first.
accoutre
v. equip, prepare
The boyscouts motto is to always be accoutred.
acetic
adj. vinegary
Mom's sugar/vinigar cucumbers are acetic; so is wine when it turns "bad"
acme
n. peak; highest point
Mark's sexual acme was at 18; after that it went downhill
acquiesce
v. assent; agree passively
Although I didn't tell her yes or no, she thought I acquiesced, so she made reservations since I didn't object.
acquittal
n. deliverance from charge
She hoped for the judge to abate the charges, but she didn't expect that the jury would aquit him and claim him innocent
acrid
adj. sharp, bitter
Mom likes japanese acrid melon.
acrimonious
adj. bitter in words or manner.
Her acrimonious words scared the victim into giving up her purse
acrophobia
n. fear of heights
He couldn't look out the window of a skyscraper because of his acrophobia
actuarial
adj. calculating
actuate
v. motivate
When trying the accused, one always looks for an actuation as to why someone did what they did.
adage
n. wise in saying; proverb
An adage is just like an axiom
adamant
adj. hard, inflexible
Their adamant schedules made it difficult to find a good time for both of them to meet.
addendum
n. addition; appendix to book
The addendum of her dissertation included copies of all documentation used in her research.
addle
v. muddle, drive crazy, become rotten
The annoying screeching addled her.

They sometimes throw addled tomatoes when the performance was bad.
adherent
n. supporter, follower
Its unfortunate that the guilible cult adherents gave up all of their possessions to their leader
adjunct
n. something added on or attached
The adjunct professor wasn't a true professor, and was only asked to teach when they needed extra staff.
adjuration
n. serious urging
Her adjuration to tell the truth did not change the witnesses' testimony
adorn
v. decorate
adept
adj. expert at
Kathleen is adept at spss syntax