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abberation
n. A deviation from the expected or normal.

Survivors of a major catastrophe are likely to exhibit aberrations of behavior.
abet
v. assist, usually in doing something wrong; encourage


She was unwilling to abet him in the robbery.
abjure
v. renounce upon oath

He abjured his allegiance to the king.
ablution
n. washing

His daily ablutions had become quite a chore in his weakened state.
abnegation
n. renunciation; self-sacrifice.

His act of abnegation by giving up his true love was necessary to preserve the kingdom.
abrogate
v. abolish

The king intended to abrogate the decree.
abscond
v. depart secretly and hide

The teller who absconded with the bonds went uncaptured until someone turned him in.
abstemious
adj. sparing in eating and drinking; temperate.

She was concerned about her son's abstemious diet.
abstruse
adj. obscure; profound; difficult to understand

She was baffled by the abstruse philisophical texts.
acclivity
n. a sharp upslope of a hill

The car could not go up the acclivity in high gear.
actuarial
adj. calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics.

According to recent actuarial tables, life expectancy is greater today than it was 100 years ago.
acumen
adj. mental keenness

Her business acumen helped her succeed.
abeyance
n. suspended action.

The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival.