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abbreviate
to make briefer, shortern
aberration
deviation from what is normal
abeyance
temporary lapse in activity; suspension
abjure
to renounce or reject; to officially disclaim
abrade
to irritate by rubbing; to wear down in spirit
abridge
to shorten, to reduce
abrogate
to nullify, to abolish
abscond
to make a secret departure; to elope
accretion
a gradual build-up or enlargement
adjunct
something added to another thing, but not a part of it; an associate or assistant
adroit
skillful; adept
adulterate
to corrupt, to make unpure
adversary
an enemy or opponent
aesethete
someone devoted to beauty and beautiful things
affability
the quality of being easy to talk to and gracious
affected
false, artificial
affinity
a feeling of shared attraction, kinship; a similarity
aggrandize
to make bigger or greater, to inflate
agitation
a disturbance; a disturbing feeling of upheaval and excitement
alias
an assumed name
allegiance
loyalty or devotion shown to one's government or to a person, group, or cause
allocate
to apportion for a specific purpose; to distribute
amalgamate
to blend thoroughly
ameliorate
to make something better or more tolerable
amortize
to pay off or reduce a debt by gradual payments
amplify
to enlarge, expand, increase
anachronistic
out of proper time
anarchy
absence of law or order
animosity
hostility, resentment
anomaly
something different or irregular
antagonism
hostility, conflict, oppression
antipathy
long-held feeling of dislike or aversion
apprehension
feeling of fear or foreboding; an arrest
arabesque
intricate decorative patterns involving intertwining lines and sometimes flower, animals, and fruits
arbitrary
based on random or merely personal preference
archaic
old-fashioned, obsolete
ardor
strong feeling of passion, energy, zeal
arid
very dry; boring and meaningless
articulate
to express oneself clearly and effectively
asperity
harshness, severity
assail
to attack with blows or words
assay
to analyze for particular components; to determine weight, quality, etc.
assimilate
to absorb into a system or culture
assuage
to easy, to pacify
audacious
bold, daring, adventurous
authoritarian
favoring or demanding blind allegiance to leaders
authoritative
official, conclusive
avenge
to exact a punishment on behalf of someone
aver
to claim to be true; to avouch
avow
to declare boldly