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abate (v.)
to decrease; reduce

Nasa announced that it would delay the launch of the spacecraft until the solar radiation abated.
abdicate (v.)
to give up a position, right, or power

Romulus the emperor, was forced to abdicate the throne.

The appeals judge abdicated his responsibility to review the findings of the high court.
aberrant (adj.)
deviating from what is normal

For centuries, solar eclipses were regarded as serious aberrations in the natural order.
abeyance (n.)
A good judge must hold his or her judgement in abeyance until all facts are presented.
abject (adj.)
miserable; pitiful

The novel Grapes of Wrath potrays the abject poverty of the Great Depression.
abjure (v.)
to reject; abandon formally

Quakers abjure the use of violence between nations

new U.S. citizens must abjure allegiance to any other country.
abscission (n.)
the act of cutting; natural separation of leaf from plant

The surgeon abscised a small growth on the patients hand

Premature leaf abscission is an adaptive plant response to herbivore attack.
abscond (v.)
to depart secretly

A warrant is out for the arrest of the thief who absconded with millions.
abstemious (adj.)
moderate in appetite

Research suggests that people with abstemious lifestyles lives longer than those who tend to indulge.
abstinence (n.)
the giving up of certain pleasures.
abysmal (adj.)
very bad

The abysmal failure of Russia's free market led some to believe that it was not well suited to the country's history and culture
accretion (n.)
growth in size or increase in amount

The geophysicist conceived the idea that sea-floor spreading was generated by steady accretion of the earth's crust
accrue (v.)
to accumulate; grow by additions

Some companies enjoy the advantage of accruing from greater monopolies
adamant (n.)
uncompromising; unyielding

Despite widespread opposition to his plan, the party's leader is adamant that it must appeal to moderate voters
adjunct (n.)
something added, attached, or joined

Speed walking and marathons are adjunct track and field athletics
admonish (v.)
to caution or reprimand, to counsel or warn against fault

The judge admonished the jury to discount the inadmissible testimony
adulterate (v.)
to corrupt or make impure

The unscrupulous company sells adulterated versions of the drug, slighting consumers
aesthetic (adj.) or (n.)
relating to beauty or art, conception of what is artistically beautiful
affected (adj.)
pretentious or phony, not natural, not genuine

It has been argued that the emphasis on so-called proper English leads to unnatural or affected speech
affinity (n.)
fondness; liking; similarity

The female students felt an affinity for the playwright because he sympathized with women.