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abet
v. assist, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
abeyance
n. suspended action


The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival.
abject
adj. wretched; lacking pride.


abject poverty
abjure
v. renounce upon oath; disavow


Authorities forced him to abjure his heretical opinions.
ablution
n. washing


Daily ablutions
abnegation
n. renunciation; self-sacrifice


Although they loved each other, their love was doomed, for she had to wed the king; their act of abnegation was necessary to preserve the kingdom
abominable
adj. detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad
abominate
v. loathe; hate
aboriginal
adj being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native


aboriginal indians
abrogate
v. abolish
abscission
n. removal by cutting off, as in surgery; separation
abscond
v. depart secretly and hide


The teller absconded with the bonds.
absolve
v. pardon (an offense)


The father absolved him of his sins.
abstemious
adj. sparing in eating and drinking; temperate.
abut
v. border upon; adjoin


build a fence where our estates abut.
academic
adj. related to a school; not practical or directly useful


academic discussion
accede
v. agree


accede to his demand
acclaim
v. applaud; announce with great approval
acclimate
v. adjust to climate or environment; adapt
acclivity
n. sharp upslope of a hill
accolade
n. award of merit


an "oscar" is the highest accolade
accost
v. approach and speak first to a person
accoutre
v. equip


accoutred with the best equipment
accretion
n. growth; increase
acetic
adj. vinegary
acme
n. peak; pinnacle; highest point
acoustics
n. science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
acquiesce
v. assent; agree passively


acquiesce to the employee's suggestions
acrophobia
n. fear of heights
actuarial
adj. calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
actuate
v. motivate


what actuated you to do that?
addle
v. muddle; drive crazy; become rotten; confused


my brain is a bit addled from whiskey
adherent
n. supporter; follower
adjunct
n. something added on or attached
adjuration
n. solemn urging
adjutant
n. staff officer assisting the commander; assistant