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to humble, disgrace

Synonyms: demean, humiliate

My intention wasn't to abase the comedian.
to reduce in amount, degree, or severity.

Syn: ebb, lapse, let up, moderate, relent, slacken, subside, wane.
As the hurricane's force abated , the winds dropped and the sea became calm.
to give up a position, right, or power.

Syn: cede, relinquish, resign, quit, yield.
With the angry mob clamoring outside the palace, the king abdicated his throne.
deviation from what is normal or expected.

Syn: abnormal, anomalous, deviant, divergent, errant, irregular.
Since he had been a steady, cheerful worker for many years, his fellow postal workers didn't expect his burst of rage.
temporary suppression or suspension.

Syn: deferral, delay, dormancy, postponement, remission.
The baseball game was held in abeyance while it continued to rain.
to reject, abandon formally.

Syn: forswear, recall, recant, retract, take back.
The spy abjured his allegiance to the US when he defected to Russia.
to leave secretly

Syn: decamp, escape, flee
The patron absconded from the restaurant without paying his bill.
to choose not to do something

Syn: forbear, refrain, withhold.
Before the medical procedure, you must abstain from eating.
moderate in appetite

Syn: abstinent, continent, self-restraining, sober, temperate.
Because Alyce is a vegy she was only able to eat an abstemious meal at the steakhouse.
an extremely deep hole.

Syn: chasm, void
The submarine dove into the abyss to chart the previously unseen depths.
a growth in size, an increase in amount.

Syn: accumulation, buildup
The committee's strong fund raising efforts resulted in an accretion in scholarship money.
sour in taste or manner

Syn: acrebic, acestone, biting, piquant, pungent, tart.
The acidulous taste of the spoiled milk made the young boy's lips pucker.
higher point, summit, the highest level or degree attainable.

Syn: apex, peak, summit.
Just when he reached the acme of his power, the dictator was overthrown.
to make impure.

Syn: debase, doctor, load.
The restauranteur made his ketchup last longer by adulterating it with water.
to speak in favor of.

Syn: back, champion, support.
The vegeterial advocated a diet containing no meat.
A nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded dwelling.

Syn: perch, stronghold.
Perched high among the trees, the eagle's aerie was filled with eggs.
concerning the appreciation of beauty.

Syn: artistic, tasteful.
The aesthetic movement regarded the pursuit of beauty to be the only true purpose of art.
phony, artificial

Syn: insincere, pretentious, put-on.
The affected hairdresser spouted French phrases, though she had never been to France.
to increase in power, influence and reputation.

Syn: amplify, augment, elevate.
The supervisor sought to aggrandize himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
promptness, cheerful readiness.

Syn: eagerness, swiftness
The restaurant won a reputation for fine service since the wait staff responded to their client's with alacrity.