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abase
v. lower; degrade; humiliate.
(n., abasement)
abash
v. embarrass.
abate
v. subside or moderate.
abbreviate
v. shorten.
abdicate
v. renounce; give up.
aberrant
adj. abnormal or deviant.
aberration
n. abnormality; departure from the norm; mental irregularity or disorder.
abet
v. assist, usually in doing something wrong; encourage.
abeyance
n. suspended action.
abhor
v. detest; hate.
(n., abhorrence)
abject
adj. wretched; lacking pride.
abjure
v. renounce upon oath; disavow.
(n., abjuration)
ablution
n. washing
abnegation
n. renunciation; self-sacrifice.
abolish
v. cancel; put an end to.
(n., abolition)
abominable
adj. detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad.
abominate
v. loathe; hate.
aboriginal
adj., n. being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native.
(n., aborigine)
abortive
adj. unsuccessful; fruitless.
(v., abort)
abrasive
adj. rubbing away; tneding to grind down.
(v., abrade)
abridge
v. condense or shorten.
abrogate
v. abolish.
abscission
n. removal by cutting off, as in surgery; separation.
abscond
v. depart secretly and hide.
absolute
adj. complete; totally unlimited; certain.
absolve
v. pardon (an offense).
(n., absolution)
abstain
v. refrain; withhold from participation.
abstemious
adj. sparing in eating and drinking; temperate.
abstinence
n. restraint from eating or drinking.
(v., abstain)
abstract
adj. theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational.
abstruse
adj. obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
abusive
adj. coarsely insulting; physically harmful.
abut
v. border upon; adjoin.
abysmal
adj. bottomless.
abyss
n. enormous chasm; vast, bottomless pit.
academic
adj. related to a school; not practical or directly useful.
accede
v. agree.
accelerate
v. move faster.
accessible
adj. easy to approach; obtainable.
accessory
n. additional object; useful but not essential thing.
(also adj.)
acclaim
v. applaud; announce with great approval.
(n., acclamation)
acclimate
v. adjust to climate or environment; adapt.
acclivity
n. sharp upslope of a hill.
accolade
n. award of merit.
accommodate
v. oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony; adapt.
accomplice
n. partner in crime.
accord
n. agreement.
accost
v. approach and speak first to a person.
accoutre
v. equip.
(n., accoutrement)
accretion
n. growth; increase.
(v., accrete)
accrue
v. come about by addition.
(n., accrual)
acerbic
adj. bitter or sour in nature; sharp and cutting.
acerbity
n. bitterness of speech and temper.
acetic
adj. vinegary.
acidulous
adj. slightly sour; sharp; caustic.
acknowledge
v. recognize; admit.
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.
(n., acquiescence; adj., acquiescent)
acquittal
n. deliverance from a charge.
(v., acquit)
acrid
adj. sharp; bitterly pungent.
acrimonious
adj. bitter in words or manner.
(n., acrimony)
acrophobia
n. fear of heights.
actuarial
adj. calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics.
actuate
v. motivate.
acuity
n. sharpness.
acumen
n. mental keenness.
acute
adj. quickly perceptive; keen; brief and severe.
adage
n. wise saying; proverb.
adamant
adj. hard; inflexible.
(n., adamancy)
adapt
v. alter; modify.
addendum
n. addition; appendix to book.
addiction
n. compulsive, habitual need.
addle
v. muddle; drive crazy; become rotten.
(adj., addled)
address
v. direct a speech to; deal with or discuss.
adept
adj. expert at.
(also n.)
adhere
v. stick fast.
(n., adhesion, n., adherence)
adherent
n. supporter; follower.
adjacent
adj. adjoining; neighboring; close by.
adjunct
n. something (generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached.
(also adj.)
adjuration
n. solemn urging.
(v., adjure)
adjutant
n. staff officer assisting the commander; assistant.
admonish
v. warn; reprove.
adorn
v. decorate.
(n., adornment)
adroit
adj. skillful.
adulation
n. flattery; admiration.
(v., adulate)
adulterate
v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances.
(n., adulteration)
advent
n. arrival.
adventitious
adj. accidental; casual.
adversary
n. opponent; enemy.
adverse
adj. unfavorable; hostile.
adversity
n. poverty; misfortune.
advert
v. refer (to).
advocacy
n. support; active pleading on behalf of someone or something.
advocate
v. urge; plead for.
(also n.)
aegis
n. shield; defense.
aerie
n. nest of a large bird of prey (eagle, hawk).
aesthetic
adj. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful.
(n., aesthete)
affable
adj. easily approachable; warmly friendly.
(n., affability)
affected
adj. artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress.
(n., affectation)
affidavit
n. written statement made under oath.
affiliation
n. joining; associating with.
affinity
n. kinship.
affirmation
n. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath.
affix
v. attach or add on; fasten.
affliction
n. state of distress; cause of suffering.
affluence
n. abundance; wealth.
affront
n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect.
(also v.)
agape
adj. openmouthed.
agenda
n. items of business at a meeting.
agglomeration
n. collection; heap.
aggrandize
v. increase or intensify; raise in power, wealth, rank or honor.
aggregate
v. gather; accumulate.
(also adj.)
(n., aggregation)
aggressor
n. attacker.
aghast
adj. horrified; dumbfounded.
agility
n. nimbleness.
agitate
v. stir up; disturb.
agnostic
n. one who is skeptical of the existence of a god or any ultimate reality.
(also adj.)
agog
adj. highly excited; intensely curious.
agrarian
adj. pertaining to land or its cultivation.
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness; eagerness.
alchemy
n. medieval form of speculative thought that aimed to transform base metals (lead or copper) into silver or gold and to discover a means of prolonging life.
alcove
n. nook; recess.
alias
n. an assumed name.
(also adv.)
alienate
v. make hostile; separate.
alimentary
adj. supplying nourishment.
alimony
n. payments made to an ex-spouse after divorce.
allay
v. calm; pacify.
allege
v. state without proof.
(n., allegation)
allegiance
n. loyalty.
allegory
n. story in which characters are used as symbols; fable.
(adj., allegorical)
alleviate
v. relieve.
alliteration
n. repetition of beginning sound in poetry.
allocate
v. assign.
alloy
n. a mixture as of metals.
alloy
v. mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate.
allude
v. refer indirectly.
allure
v. entice; attract.
(also n.)
allusion
n. indirect reference.
alluvial
adj. pertaining to soil deposits left by running water.
aloof
adj. apart; reserved.
aloft
adv. upward.
altercation
n. noisy quarrel; heated dispute.
altruistic
adj. unselfishly generous; concerned for others.
(n., altruism)
amalgamate
v. combine; unite in one body.
amass
v. collect.
amazon
n. female warrior.
ambidextrous
adj. capable of using either hand with equal ease.
ambience
n. environment; atmosphere.
ambiguous
adj. unclear or doubtful in meaning.
(n. ambiguity)
ambivalence
n. the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes.
amble
n. moving at an easy pace.
(also v.)
ambrosia
n. food of the gods.
ambulatory
adj. able to walk; not bedridden.
amelioriate
v. improve.
amenable
adj. readily managed or willing to be led; answerable or accountable legally.
amend
v. correct; change, generally for the better.
amenities
n. convenient features; courtesies.
amiable
adj. agreeable; lovable; warmly friendly.
amicable
adj. politely friendly; not quarrelsome.