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Abash
embarrass
Grace was abashed by all the fuss her family made about her birthday
abatement
decrease, reduce
We were relieved at the abatement of the hurricane.
abdicate
to give up position or power
The aging king abdicated in favor of his son
aberration
something different from the usual
Getting a "D" was an aberration for the normally excellent student
abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
Hold your judgment in abeyance until we have all the facts of the case.
abject
miserable, pitiful
The peasants live in abject poverty
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
The president abjured any wrongdoing by members of his administration.
ablution
act of cleansing
You'd better shorten your morning ablutions or you'll be late for school.
abnegation
self denial
The religion encourages its followers to practice abnegation periodically.
abrade
to wear off or down by scraping or rubbing.
Millions of years of erosion had abraded the hillside.
abridge
to condense, shorten
The long novel was abridged to make it easier for people to read
abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority.
The president has the power to abrogate the agreement by executive order.
abscission
act of cutting; natural separation of a leaf or other part of a plant
The botanist is studying the process of abscission in the Norway maple.
abscond
to depart secretly
the treasurer absconded with the funds.
abstemious
moderate in appetite
Be an abstemious eater if you want to be thin.
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
The mathematical equation was so abstruse no one in the class could understand it.
abysmal
very bad
Amanda's performance on the test was so abysmal that she dropped the subject
accede
to express approval; agree to
"If I accede to your request for a favor, the other employees will be angry with me," the boss said.
accolade
praise, distinction
The highest accolade a teacher can win is the appreciation of his students.
accost
to approach and speak to someone
She doesn't like being accosted by strangers on the street.
abstemious
moderate appetite
abstraction
act or result of considering something independently of its qualities
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
accrue
to accumulate, grow by additions
acculturation
adoption of the cultural patterns of another group
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acidulous
sour in taste or manner; sharp; caustic.
acme
highest point; summit; zenith
acquiesce
to agree without protesting
acquiescent
disposed or willing to agree without protesting
acrid
harsh, bitter
acrimonious
disposed to bitterness and animosity.
acrimony
bitterness and animosity
acuity
sharpness
acumen
sharpness of insight
acute
sharp, pointed
adage
old saying or proverb
adduce
to cite as an example as a means of proof
ad hoc
for the purpose only

ex. An ad hoc committee was formed by the school to investigate the growing problem of student lateness to class.
ad hominem
appealing o prejudice or passions; attacking one's adversary rather than his or her argument.
ad infinitum
forever; without limit
adjudicate
to study and settle a dispute
adjunct
something added, attached, or joined
admonish
to caution or reprimand
admonition
mild reproof

ex. The student received admonition for being a few minutes late to class
adroit
skillful
adulation
high praise
adulterate
to corrupt or make impure
adumbrate
to sketch in a shadowy way
advent
coming or arrival
adventitious
added from without

ex. The architect confirmed that the house was Colonial, without adventitious later additions.
aegis
protection; sponsorship; shield
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
affable
pleasant to speak to; approachable
affectation
artificial behavior to impress other.

ex. Tom's affectation is that he adopts a high-class English accent.
affected
pretentious, phony
affinity
fondness, liking; similarity.
afflatus
creative impulse; divine inspiration
affront
personal offense, insult.
aficionado
an enthusiastic admirer
a fortiori
for a still stronger reason
aggrandize
make larger or greater
aggregate
relating to a collective mass or sum; relating to a total
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
albedo
the proportion of incident radiation reflected by a surface

ex. Fresh snow has a very high albedo
allay
to lessen, ease, or soothe
allegory
symbolic representation

ex. In literature a voyage is often used as an allegory for the journey through life.
allocation
allowance, portion
allusion
indirect reference
alluvial
relating to alluvium, that is, sediment that is deposited by flowing water
aloof
detached, indifferent
altruism
unselfish generosity
amalgam
mixture, combination
ambience
the special mood or atmosphere created by a particular environment.
ambit
sphere or scope
ambivalent
exhibiting or feeling conflicting emotional attitudes.
ambrosia
something delicious; the food of the gods.
ameliorate
to improve; make better
amorous
showing love
amenity
something that increases comfort
anachronistic
containing an error in the date of an event
amity
friendship