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abate
to lessen, to subside
abdication
giving up control, authority
aberration
straying away from what is normal
abeyance
suspended action
abide
be faithful; to endure
abjure
promise or swear to give up
ablution
washing
abnegation
self-denial
abrogate
repeal or annul by authority
abscond
to go away suddenly (to avoid arrest)
abstemious
restraint, especially of food and alcohol
abstruse
difficult to understand; obscure
abut
border on
abysmal
bottomless; extreme
acarpous
effete; no longer fertile; worn out
accolade
praise; approval
accolade
praise; approval
accretion
growing of seperate things into one
adamant
kind of stone; inflexible
addle
to become rotten; to become confused
adduce
to offer as example; reason mor proof
adjudicate
to settle judicially
adjunct
something added; assistant
adjure
to beg
admonitory
containing warning
adulteration
making unpure, poorer in quality
adumbrate
to suggest or hint; overshadow
adventitious
coming from another source and not innate
affable
polite and friendly
affinty
close connecting relationship
agnostic
non-committal
agog
eager; excited
alacrity
eager and cheerful readiness
alcove
recess; partially enclosed place
alloy
to debase by mixing with something inferior
altercate
to dispute angrily or noisily
amalgamate
mix, combine, unite societies
ambiguous
doubtful; uncertian
ameliorate
improve; make better
amorphous
shapeless
amortize
end (a debt) by setting aside money
anathema
something loathed; cursed
antebellum
existing before war
antediluvian
made a long time ago
anthropomorphic
having human characteristics
antithetical
direct opposing
apartheid
brutal racial discrimination
aphasia
loss of power to use or comprehend words
aphorism
concise statement of a principle
aplomb
self-confidence
aphorism
consise statement of a principle
apostasy
renunciation of a religion
apostate
one who abandons long-held relgious or political convictions