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abase
lower; degrade; humiliate
abash
embarass
*abate
subside or moderate
abbreviate
shorten
abdicate
renounce; give up
*aberrant
abnormal or deviant
aberration
deviation from the expected or the normal; mental irregularity or disorder
abet
assist, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
*abeyance
suspended action
abhor
detest; hate
abject
wretched; lacking pride
abjure
renounce upon oath
ablution
washing
abnegation
renunciation; self-sacrifice
abolish
cancel; put an end to
abominable
detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad
abominate
loathe; hate
aboriginal
being the first of the kind in a region; primative; native
abortive
unsuccessful; fruitless
abrasive
rubbing away; tending to grind down
abridge
condense or shorten
abrogate
abolish
abscission
cutting off; separation
*abscond
depart secretly and hide
absolute
complete; totally unlimited
absolve
pardon (an offense)
abstain
refrain; withhold from participation
*abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking; temperate
abstinence
restraint from eating or drinking
abstract
theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational
abstruse
obscure; profound; difficult to understand
abusive
coarsely insulting; physically harmful
abut
border upon; adjoin
abysmal
bottomless
academic
related to a school; not practical or directly useful
accede
agree
accelerate
move faster
accessible
easy to approach; obrainable
accessory
additional object; useful but not essential thing
acclaim
applaud; announce with great approval
acclimate
adjust to climate or environment; adapt
acclivity
sharp upslope of a hill
accolade
award of merit
accommodate
oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony; adapt
accomplice
partner in crime
abyss
enormous chasm; vast, bottomless pit
accord
agreement
accost
approach and speak first to a person
accoutre
equip
accretion
growth; increase
accrue
come about by addition
acerbity
bitterness of speech and temper
acetic
vingery, accidic taste
acidulous
slightly sour; sharp; caustic
acknowledge
recognize; admit
acme
peak; pinnacle; highest point
acoustics
science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
acquiesce
assent; agree passively
acquittal
deliverance from a charge
acrid
sharp; bitterly pungent
acrimonious
bitter in words or manner
acrophobia
fear of heights
actuarial
calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
actuate
motivate
acuity
sharpness
acument
mental keenness
acute
quickly perceptive; keen; brief and severe
adage
wise saying; proverb
adamant
hard; inflexible
adapt
alter; modify
addendum
addition; appendix to book
addiction
compulsive, habitual need
addle
muddle; drive crazy; become rotten
address
direct a speech to; deal with or discuss
adept
expert at
adherent
supporter; follower
adjacent
adjoining; neighboring; close by
adjunct
something (generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached
adjuration
solemn urging
adjutant
staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
*admonish
warn; reprove
adorn
decorate
adroit
skillful
*adulterate
make impure by adding inferior or tainted sbstances
*aesthetic
artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful
*aggregate
gather; accumulate
*alacrity
cheerful promptness; eagerness
*alleviate
relieve
*amalgamate
combine
*ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning
*ambivalence
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
*ameliorate
improve
*anachronism
something or someone misplaced in time
*analogous
comparable
*anarchy
absence of governing bosy; state of disorder
*anomalous
abnormal; irregular
*antipathy
aversion; dislike
*apathy
lack of caring; indifference
*appease
pacify or soothe; relieve
*apprise
inform
*approbation
approval
*appropriate
acquire
*arduous
hard; strenuous
*artless
without guile; open and honest
*ascetic
practicing self-denial; austere