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(verb): to make briefer, to shorten. [Because time was running out, the speaker was forced to abbreviate his remarks.] abbreviation (noun)
(noun): a deviation from what is normal or natural, an abnormality. [Jack's extravagant luch at Lutece was an aberration from his usual meal, a peanut butter sandwich and a diet soda.] aberrant (adjective).
(noun): a temporary lapse in activity; suspension.[In the aftermath of the bombing, all normal activies were held in abeyance.]
(verb): to recounce or reject; to officially disclaim. [While being tried by the inquisition in 1633, Galileo abjured all his writings holding that the Earth and other planets revolved around the sun.]
(verb): to irritate by rubbing; to wear down in spirit.[Olga's "conditioning facial" abraded Sabrina's skins so severly that she vowed to never let anyone's hands touch her face again.] abrasion (noun)
(verb):to shorten, to reduce.[The Bill of Rights is designed to prevent Congress from abridging the rights of Americans.] abridgement (noun)
(verb): to nullify, to abolish.[During World War II, the United States abrogated the rights of Japanese Americans by detaining them in internment camps.] abrogation (noun)
(verb): to make a secret departure, to elope. [Theresa will never forgive her daughter, Elena, for absconding to Miami with Philip when they were only 17.]
(noun): a gradual build-up or enlargment. [My mother's house is a mess due to her steady accretion of bric-a-brac and her inability to throw anything away.
(noun): Something added to another thing, but not a part of it; an associate or assistant. [While Felix and Fritz wer adjuncts to Professor Himmelman during his experiments in electrodynamics, they did not receive credit when the results were published.]
(adjective): skillful, adept. [The writer Laurie Colwin was particularly adroit at concoting love stories involving admirable and quirky females heroines and men who deserve them.]
(verb): to corrupt, to make impure. [Unlike the chickens from the large poultry companies, Murray's free-roaming chickens have not been adulterated with hormones and other additives.]
(noun): an enemy or opponent. [When the former Soviet Union became an American ally, the United States lost its last major international adversary.] adverse (adjective)
(noun): someone devoted to beauty and to beautiful things. [A renowned aesthete, Oscar Wilde was the center of a group that gloritied beauty and adopted the slogan "art for art's sake."] aesthetic (adjective)
(noun): the quality of being easy to talk to and gracious. [Affability is a much desired trait in any profession that involves dealing with many people on a daily basis.] affable (adjective)
(adj): False, artificial. [at one time, Japanese women were taught to speak in an affected high-pitched voice, which was thought girlishly attractive.] affect (verb); affectation (noun)
(noun): a feeling of shared attraction, kinship; a similarity
(verb): to make bigger or greater; to inflate. [When he was mayor of New York City, Ed Koch was renowned for aggrandizing his accomplishments ans strolling through city events shouting, "How'm I doing?"] aggrandizement (noun)
(noun): a disturbance; a disturbing feeling of upheaval and excitement. [After the CEO announced the coming layoffs, the employees' agitation was evident as they remained in the auditorium talking excitedly among themselves.] agitated (adj); agitate (verb)
(noun): an assumed name. [Determined not to reveal his upper-class roots, Harold Steerforth Hetherington III went under the alias of "Hound Dog" when playing trumpet in his blues band.]