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abase
v. lower; degrade; humiliate
abate
v. subside or moderate
abdicate
v. renounce; give up
aberrant
adj. abnormal or deviant
abbrration
n. abnormality; departure from the norm; mental irregularity or disorder.
abet
v. assist, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
abeyance
n. suspended action
abhor
v. detest; hate
abject
adj. wretched; lacking pride
abjure
v. renounce upon oath; disavow.
ablution
n. washing
abnegation
n. renunciation; self-sacrifice
aominable
adj. detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad
abominate
v. loath; hate
aboriginal
adj;n. eing the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native
abortive
adj.unsuccessful fruitless
abrasive
adj. rubbing away; tending to grind down
abridge
v. condense or shorten
abrogate
v. abolish
abscission
n. removal by cutting off; as in surgery; separation
abscond
v. depart secretly and hide
absolve
v. pardon
abstemious
adj. sparing in eating and drinking; temperate
abstract
adj. theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational
abstruse
adj. obscure; profound; difficult to understand
abut
v. border upon; adjoin
abysmal
adj. botttomless
abyss
n. enormous chasm; vast, bottomless pit
accede
v. agree
acclaim
v. applaud; announce with great approval
acclimate
v. adjust to climate or environment
acclivity
n. sharp upslope of a hill
accolade
n. award of merit
accord
n. agreement
accost
v. approach and speak first to a person
accoutre
v. equip
accrue
v. come about by addition
acerbic
adj. itter or sour in nature; sharp and cutting
acerbity
n. bitterness of speech and temper
acetic
adj. vinegary
acidulous
adj. slightly sour, caustic
acknowledge
v. recognize; admit
acme
n. peak; pinnacle; highest point
acoustics
n. science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
acquiesce
v. assent; agree passively
acrid
adj. sharp; bitterly pungent
acrimonious
adj. bitter in words or manner
acrophobia
n. fear of heights
actuarial
adj. calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
actuate
v. motie
acuity
n. sharpness
acumen
n. mental keenness
acute
adj. quickly perceptie; keen; brief and severe
adage
n. wise saying; proverb
adamant
adj. hard; inflexible
adapt
v. alter; modify
addendum
n. addition; appendix to book
addiction
n. compulsive, habitual need
addle
v. muddle; drive crazy; become rotten
address
v. direct a speach to; deal with or discuss
adept
adj. to be an expert at
adjunct
n. something (generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached
adjuration
n. solemn urging
adjutant
n. staff officer assisting the commander
admonish
v. warn; reprove
adorn
v. decorae
adroit
adj. skillful
adulation
n. flattery; admiration
adulterate
v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
advent
n. arrival
adventitious
adj. accidental; casual
adversary
n. opponent
adverse
adj. unfavorable; hostile
adversity
n. poverty; misfortune
advert
v. refer
adept
adj. to be an expert at
adjunct
n. something (generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached
adjuration
n. solemn urging
adjutant
n. staff officer assisting the commander
admonish
v. warn; reprove
adorn
v. decorae
adroit
adj. skillful
adulation
n. flattery; admiration
adulterate
v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
advent
n. arrival
adventitious
adj. accidental; casual
adversary
n. opponent
adverse
adj. unfavorable; hostile
adversity
n. poverty; misfortune
advert
v. refer
adept
adj. to be an expert at
adjunct
n. something (generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached
adjuration
n. solemn urging
adjutant
n. staff officer assisting the commander
admonish
v. warn; reprove
adorn
v. decorae
adroit
adj. skillful
adulation
n. flattery; admiration
adulterate
v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
advent
n. arrival
adventitious
adj. accidental; casual
adversary
n. opponent
adverse
adj. unfavorable; hostile
adversity
n. poverty; misfortune
advert
v. refer
adversity
n. poverty; misfortune
advert
v. refer to
advocacy
n. support; active pleading on behalf of some one or something
advocate
v. urge; plead for
aegis
n. shield; defense
aerie
n. next of a large ird of prey
affable
adj. easily approachable; warmly friendly
affected
adj. artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress
affidavit
n. written statement made under oath
affiliation
n. joining; associating with
affinity
n. kinship
affirmation
n. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath
affix
v. attach or add on; fasten
affliction
n. state of distress; cause of suffering
affluence
n. abundance; wealth
affront
n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
agape
adj. openmouthed
agenda
n. items of business at a meeting
agglomeration
n. collection; heap
aggrandize
v. increase or intensity; raise in power, wealth, rank or honor
aggregate
v. gater; accumulate
aggressor
n. attacker
aghast
adj. horrified; dumbfounded
agility
n. nimbleness
agitate
v. stir up; disturb
agnostic
n. one who is skeptical of the existence of a god or any ultimate reality
agog
adj. highly excited; intensely curious
agrarian
adj. pertaining to land or its cultivation
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness; eagerness
alchemy
n. medieval form of speculative thought that aimed to transform base metals into silver or gold