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Abase
*(V) Lower; humilate.

*Defeated
Queen Zenobia was forced to abase herself before the conquering Romans, who made her march in chanins before the emperor in the procession celebrating his triumph.
Abash
*(V) Embarrass
He was not at all abashed by her open admiration.
Abate
*(V) Subside; decrease, lessen.
Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to abate.
Abbreviate
*(V) Shorten
Because we were running out of time, the lecturer had to abbreviate her speech.
Abdicate
*(V) Renounce; give up.
When Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to marry the woman he loved, he surprised the entire world.
Abduction
*(N) Kidnapping

*(V) Abduct
The movie Ransom describes the attempts to rescue a multimillionaire's son after the child's abduction by kidnapers.
Aberrant
*(N) Abnormal or deviant.
Given the aberrant nature of the data, we doubted the validity of the entire experiment.
Abet
*(V) Aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage.
She was unwilling to abet him in the swindle he had planned.
Abeyance
*(N) Suspended action.
The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival.
Abhor
*(V) Detest; hate.

*(N) Abhorrence.
She abhorred all forms of bigotry.
Abject
*(Adj) Wretched; lacking pride.
On the streets of New York, the homeless live in abject poverty, huddling in doorways to find shelter form the wind.
Abjure
*(V) Renounce upon oath.

*(N) Abjuration
He abjured his allegiance to the king.
Ablution
*(N) Washing.
His daily ablutions were accompanied by loud noises that he humorously labeled "Opera in the Bath"
Abnegation
*(N) Repudiation; self-sacrifice.
No act of abnegation was more pornounced than his refusal of any rewards for his discovery.
Abolish
*(V) Cancel; put an end to.
The president of the college refused to abolish the physical education requirement.