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abate
v
subside or moderate

Rather than leaving immediately they waited for the storm to abate.
aberrant
v
abnormal or deviant

Given the aberrant nature of the data we came to doubt the validity of the entire experiment.
abdicate
v
renounce or give up

When Edward VIII abdicated the British throne, he surprised the entire world.
abbreviate
v
shorten

Because we were running out of time, the lecturer had to abbreviate her speech.
abase
v
lower or degrade, humiliate

Anna expected to have to curtsy to the King of Siam when told to cast herself down on the ground before him, however, she refused to abase herself
abash
v
embarrass

He was not at all abashed by her open admiration.
aberration
n
abnormality; departure from the norm; mental irregularity or disorder.

It remains the consensus among investors on Wall Street that current high oil prices area temporary aberration and that we shall soon see a return to cheap oil.
abet
v
assist, 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.
abject
adj
wretched; lacking pride

On the streets of New York the homeless live in abject poverty, huddling in doorways to find shelter from the wind.
abhor
v
detest or hate

She abhorred all forms of bigotry.
abjure
v
renounce upon oath; disavow

Pressure from the university authorities caused the young scholar to abjure his heretical opinions.
ablution
n
washing

His daily ablutions were accompanied by the loud noises he humorously labeled "Opera in the Bath."
abnegation
n
renunciation; self sacrifice

Though Rudolph and Duchess Flavia loved one another, their love was doomed for she had to wed the king; their act of abnegation was necessary to preserve the kingdom.
abolish
v
cancel; put an end to

The president of the college refused to abolish the physical education requirement.
abominable
adj
detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad

Mary liked John until she realized he was dating Susan; then she called him an abominable man with abominable taste in women.
abominate
v
loathe; hate

Moses scolded the idol worshipers in the tribe because he abominated the custom.
aboriginal
adj
being the first of its king in a region; primitive; native

Her studies of the primitive art forms of the aboriginal Indians ere widely reported in the scientific journals.
abortive
adj
unsuccessful; fruitless

Attacked by armed troops, the Chinese students had to abandon their abortive attempt to democratize Beijing peacefully.
abrasive
adj
rubbing away; tending to grind down

Just as abrasive cleaners can wear away a shiny finish, abrasive remarks can wear away any listener's patience.
abridge
v
condense or shorten

Because the publishers felt the public wanted a shorter version of War and Peace they proceeded to abridge the novel.
abrogate
v
abolish

The king intended to abrogate the decree issued by his predecessor.
abscission
n
removal by cutting off, as in surgery; separation. Gas gangrene spreads so swiftly and is so potentially deadly that doctors advise abscission of the gangrenous tissue.
abscond
v
depart secretly and hide

The teller who absconded with the bonds went uncaptured until someone recognized him from his photograph on America's Most Wanted.
absolute
adj
complete; totally unlimited; certain

Although the King of Siam was an absolute monarch, he did not want to behead his unfaithful wife without absolute evidence of her infidelity.
absolve
v
pardon (an offense)

The father confessor absolved him of his sins
abstain
v
refrain; withhold from participation

After considering the effect of alcohol on his athletic performance, he decided to abstain from drinking while he trained for the race.
abstemious
adj
sparing in eating and drinking; temperate

Concerned whether her vegetarian son's abstemious diet provided him with sufficient protein, the worried mother pressed food on him.
abstinence
n
restraint from eating and drinking

The doctor recommended total abstinence from salted foods.
abstract
adj
theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational

To him, hunger was an abstract concept; he had never missed a meal.
abstruse
adj
obscure; profound; difficult to understand

Baffled by the abstruse philsophical texts assigned in class, Dave asked Lexy to explain Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.
abusive
adj
coarsely insulting, physically harmful

An abusive parent damages a child both mentally and physically.
abut
v
border upon; adjoin

Where our estates abut, we must build a fence.
abyss
n
enormous chasm; vast, bottomless pit

Darth Vader seized the evil emperor and hurled him into the abyss.
academic
adj
related to a school; not practical or directly useful

The dean's talk about reforming academic policy was only an academic discussion: we knew little, if anything would change.
accede
v
to agree

If I accede to this demand for blackmail I am afraid that I will be the victim of future demands.
accelerate
v
to move faster

In our science class, we learn how falling bodies accelerate.
accessible
adj
easy to approach; obtainable

We asked our guide whether the ruins were accessible on foot.
accessory
n
additional object; useful but not essential thing

She bought an attractive as an accessory to her dress
acclaim
v
applaud; announce with great approval

The sportscaster acclaimed every American victory in the Olympics and decried every American defeat.
acclimate
v
adjust to climate or environment; adapt

One of the difficulties of our present air age is the need of travelers to acclimate themselves to their new and often strange environments.
acclivity
n
sharp unslope of a hill

The car could not go up the acclivity in high gear.
accolade
n
award of merit

In Hollywood, an Oscar is the highest accolade.
accommodate
v
oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony; adapt

Mich always did everything possible to accommodate his elderly relatices, from driving them to medical appointments to helping them with paperwork.
accomplice
n
partner in crime

Because he had provided the criminal with the lethal weapon he was arrested as an accomplice in the murder
accord
n
agreement

She was in complete accord with the verdict.
accost
v
approach and speak first to a person

When the two young men accosted me, I was frightened because I thought they were going to attack me.
accoutre
v
equip

The fisherman was accoutred with the best that the sporting foods store could supply. accoutrement
accretion
n
growth;increase

Over the years Bob put on weight; because of this accretion of flesh, he went from size M to size XL.
accrue
v
come about by addition

You must pay the interest that ahs accrued on your debt as well as the principal sum.
acerbic
adj
bitter or sour in nature; sharp and cutting

Noted for her acerbic wit and gossiping, Alic Roosevelt Longworth had a pillow in her home embroidered with the legend, " if you cant say something good about someone, sit right here by me."
acerbity
n
bitterness of speech and temper

The meeting of the United Nations Assembly was marked with such acerbity that observers held little hope of reaching any useful settlement of the problem.
acetic
adj
vinegary

The salad had a exceedingly acetic flavor.
acidulous
adj
slightly sour; sharp; caustic

James was unpopular because of his sarcastic and acidulous remarks
acknowledge
v
recognize; admit

Although I acknowledge that the Beatles; tunes sound pretty dated nowadays, I still prefer them to the gangsta rap my brothers play.
acme
n
peak; pinnacle; highest point

Welles's success in Citizen Kane marked the acme of his career as an actor, never again did he achieve such popular acclaim.
acoustics
n
science of sounds; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in

Carnegie Hall is linked by music lovers because of its fine acoustics.
acquiesce
v
assent; agree passively

Althought she appeared to acquiesce to her employers suggestions, I could tell she had reservations about the changes he wanted made.
acquittal
n
deliverance from a charge

His acquittal by the jury surprised those who had thought him guilty.
acrid
adj
sharp; bitterly pugnent

The acrid odor of burnt gunpowder filled the room after the pistol had been fired.
acrimonious
adj
bitter in words or manner

The candidate attacked his opponent in highly acrimonious terms.
acrophobia
n
fear of heights

A born salesman, he could convince someone with a bad case of acrophobia to sign up for a life membership in a sky-diving club.
actuarial
adj
calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics

according to recent actuarial tables, life expectancy is greater today than it was a century ago.
actuate
adj
motivate

I fail to understand what actuated you to reply to this letter so nastily
acuity
n
sharpness

In time his youthfulacuity of vision failed him, and he needed glasses.
acumen
n
mental keenness

Her business acumen helped her to succeed where others had failed.
acute
adj
quickly perceptive; keen; brief and severe

The acute young doctor realized immediately that the gradual deterioration of her patient's once acute hearing was due to a chronic illness, not an acute one.
adage
n
wise saying; proverb

There is much truth in the old adage about fools and their money.
adament
adj
hard; inflexible

In this movie Bronson played the part of a revenge-driven man, adamant in his determination to punish the criminals who destroyed his family.
adapt
v
alter; modify

Some species of animals have become extinct because they could not adapt to a changing environment
addendum
n
addition; appendix to book

Jane's editor approved her new comparative leterature text but thoguht it would be even better with an addendum on recent developments in literary criticism
addiction
n
compulsive, habitual need

his addiction to drugs caused his friends much grief
addle
v
muddle; drive crazy; become rotten

This idiotic plan is confusing enough to addle anyone
address
v
direct a speech to; deal with or discuss

Due to address the convention in July, Brown planned to address the issue of low-income housing in his speech.
adept
adj
expert at

She was adept at the fine art of irritating people
adhere
v
stick fast

I will adhere to this opinion until proof that I am wrong is presented
adherent
n
supporter; follower

In the wake of the scandal, the senator's one-time adherents quietly deserted him.
adjacent
adj
adjoining; neighboring; close by

Phillip's best friend Jason lived only four houses down the block, near but not immediately adjacent.
adjunct
n
something (generally non essential or inferior) added on or attached.

Although I don't absolutely need a second computer, I plan to buy a laptop to serve as an adjunct to my desktop model
adjuration
n
solemn urging

Her adjuration to tell the truth did not change the witnesses' testimony.
admonish
v
warn; reprove

When her courtiers questioned her religious beliefs, Mary Stuart admonished them, declaring that she would worship as she pleased
adjutant
n
staff officer assisting the commander; asistant

Though Wellington dellegated many tasks to his chief adjutant, Lord Fitzroy Somerset, Somerset was in no doubt as to who made all the major decisions.
adorn
v
decorate

Wall paintings and carved statues adorned the temple.
adroit
adj
skillful

Her adroit handling of the delicate situation pleased her employers.