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Abdicate
Verb

To give up formally, as an office, duty, power or claim

resign, renounce, relinquish, divest oneself of; resignation, renunciation, relinquishment

retain, hold onto
Abet
Verb

To encourage or assist, especially in wrongdoing

egg on; promote, further, advance, help, aid

dissuade, discourage, deter, restrain, curb, inhibit, hinder, block, frustrate, thwart
Abhor
Verb

To regard with horror and loathing; to hate intensely

Loathe, despise, detest, abominate

Like, fancy, relish, love, cherish, delight in, be fond of, dote on
Abject
Adjective

a. Wrteched, miserable, degrading, humiliating

b. Mean-spirited, base; despicable, contemptible

c. Complete and unrelieved

Disheartening, debasing, hopeless, helpless, vile, shameless, ignoble, craven; utter, sheer, downright, thoroughgoing
Absolve
Verb

To clear of guilt or blame

Acquit, exonerate, exculpate, vindicate, acquittal, exoneration, vindication

Incriminate, inculpate, indict, impeach; conveict, condemn; indictment; conviction, condemnation
Abstain
Verb

To refrain completely and voluntarily

Forgo, forbear, avoid, shun, eschew, self-restraint, self-denial, forbearance, abstemiousness; abstemious, forebearing, temperate, sparing, moderate, ascetic

indulge, partake; indulgence, self-indulgent, intemperate, immoderate
Academic
Adjective

a. Pertaining to a college or other institution of learning; scholarly
b. Theoretical rather than practical; unrealistic

scholastic; speculative
Accede
Verb

a. To yield to; to agree to
b. To enter upon an office or dignity

Agree, asent, consent, concur, acquiesce, comply

Dissent, demur, balk at
Acclimate
Verb

To get used to

Adjust, adapt, orient, orientate, familiarize, accustom, habituate; orientation
Addiction
A habit-forming practice or pursuit, usually one that is bad for a person's health or morally objectionable; habitual use of, or devotion to, something
Adjourn
Verb

a. To close formally
b. To put off to another time; to move to another place

Conclude, terminate, defer, postpone, suspend, transfer
Adverse
Adjective

Hostile in purpose or effect; unfavorable

Unfavorable, unfriendly, negative, antagonistic, antipathetic, inimical

Faborable, friendly, propitious
Advocate
Verb

a. To speak or argue in favor of; to give active public support to
b. A person who pleads in the interest of a cause or individual

Champion, support, espouse, uphold, recommend, proponent, back, defender, spokesman

Denounce, condmn, oppose, attack, critic; opponent, adversary, antagonist
Aesthetic
Adjective

Pertaining to a sense of beauty; artistic
Affable
Adjective

Coureous and agreeable in manner; easy to talk to or approach

Sociable, genial, amiable, friendly, good-natured

Unsociable, surly, testy, ill-tempered
Affectation
Noun

A pretentious display of manners or sentiments that are not genuine; a paticular hait of dress or behavior that has been adopted to impress others

Pose, pretense; mannerism
Affluent
Adjective

Prosperous, wealthy

Flourishing, well-to-do, opulent

Indigent, destitute, penniless, poverty-stricken
Agenda
Noun

A list or program of things to be done or acted upon

Schedule, docket
Aggregate
Verb, Noun, Adjective

a. The total amount or some total of the individual parts
b. To gether or merge into a single whole; to amount to
c. Total, collective

Mass, assemblage, amalgamation, conglomeration, cluster; amalgamate, consolidate; net, composite
Agile
Adjective

Swift and light in action, movement or thought

Nimble, limber, alert, brisk, supple, lithe, spry

Torpid, sluggish, lethargic; awkward, clumsy
Alienate
Verb

To cause hostility or indifference where love, friendliness or interest formerly existed

Estrange, disaffect, antagonize

Befriend, captivate
Allege
Verb

To claim that something is true but without offering any proof

Claim, contend; declare, assert, affirm, avow, asservate, aver
Allude
Verb

To refer to indirectly

Hint at, suggest, insinuate, intimate
Abbience
Noun

The surrounding or pervading atmosphere; the tone and spirit of an environment

Surroundings, millieu, setting; character, flavor
Ambivalent
Adjective

Wavering or uncertain because of an inability to make a choice between two contradictory feelings or viewpoints in regard to a person, a thing, or a course of action

Contradictory, opposing, conflicting, equivocal, vacillating

Definite, firm, unwavering, steady, clear-cut, unequivocal
Amnsesty
Noun

An officila pardon granted to offenders against the government, especially for political offenses

Forgiveness, immunity, remission, absolution
Anachronism
Noun

The misplacing of an object or event in a period to which it cannot possibly belong; anything out of its proper ime frame

Incongruity, inconsistency, contradiction, throwback
Anarchy
Absence of governmental authority; general political and social disorder

Disorder, chaos, lawlessness, pandemonium, turmoil
Anathema
Noun

a. A curse or strong denunciation
b. The person or thing cursed; more generally any object of intense dislike

MAlediction, execration, imprecation, abomination

Blessing, bendiction, eulogy, encomium; bless, glify, praise, extol, cherish
Anecdote
Noun

A brief account of some interesting or amusing incident, especially one containing biographical or historical details

Tale, story, vignette, sketch, narrative, remiscence, memoir, episode, storyteller, racounteur