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abacus
Def: frame with balls for calculating

Sentence: Catherine used her abacus to solve arithmetic problems
abate
Def: to lessen in intensity or degree

Sentence: After hours of intense rain, the storm abetted and only a light drizzle remained.
abdication
Def: to relinquish (power or responsibility) publically

Sentence: After facing much public scrutiny, the king abdicated his thrown.
aberrant
Def: straying away/different from what is normal

Sentence: Snow in the summer is aberrant weather.
abet
Def: to approve, encourage, and support; urge and help on

Sentence: He abetted the thief in robbing the bank.
abeyance
Definition: condition of being temporarily set aside

Sentence: The plan was held in abeyance
abhor
Definition: to hate; to detest

Sentence: The problem with Establishment Republicans is they abhor the unseemliness of a political brawl
abide
Definition: be faithful; to endure

Sentence: The thief had to abide by the judge's decision.
abjure
Definition: to renounce under oath; forswear

Sentence: For nearly 21 years after his resignation as Prime Minister in 1963, he abjured all titles, preferring to remain just plain 'Mr.'"
abraded
Definition: to wear down or rub away by friction

Sentence: The rubber tires had been abraded by frequent use.
abrogate
Definition: repeal or annul by authority

Sentence: Slavery in America was abrogated in the 19th century.
abscond
Definition: to leave quickly and secretly (to avoid arrest)

Sentence: The thief, afraid of being persecuted, had to abscond.
abstruse
Definition: difficult to comprehend; obsure

Sentence: the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them
abut
Definition: to touch or end at one end or side; adjacent

Sentence: Pakistan and India directly abute one another.
abysmal
Definition: bottomless extreme

Sentence: Paris Hilton suffers from abysmal stupidity.
acclaimed
Definition: to praise enthusiastically and often publicly; applaud

Sentence: She was acclaimed person of the year
accolade
Definition: praise; approval

Sentence: His works were accoladed as being original and creative.
accretion
Definition: increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion

Sentence: he scraped away the accretions of paint
acumen
Definition: quick, keen or accurate knowledge or insight

Sentence: Rochester had sometimes read my unspoken thoughts with an acumen to me incomprehensible
adamant
Definition: impervious to pleas, appeals, or reason; stubbornly unyielding

Sentence: he is adamant in his refusal to change his mind
admonitory
Definition: containing warning

Sentence: The mother shook an admonitory finger at the naughty child
adorn
Definition: add beauty; adorn

Sentence: He requires the presence of titles to legitimate and adorn his imperfect status
adulation
Definition: excessive praise and intense adoration

Sentence: Napoleon is the object of adulation and enthusiasm
adulteration
Definition: making impure; poor in quality; to corrupt

Sentence: The vendor would adulterate coffee with acorn grounds to increase profit
aesthetic
Definition: of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste

Sentence: The play was an aesthetic success
affable
Definition: polite or friendly

Sentence: He was very easily approached, being naturally the most affable man in the world.
affinity
Definition: close connection and relationship; a natural liking

Sentence: Her affinity for living in California led her to reject a chance to return to New York
aggrandize
Definition: to make larger or greater in power

Sentence: aggrandize one argument while belittling another
aggravate
Definition: to make worse; to irritate

Sentence: luggage that aggravates me the most about air travel
agile
Definition: active; quick moving

Sentence: sleek and agile as a gymnast
agog
Definition: full of keen anticipation; eager

Sentence: we were agog with anticipation
ail
Definition: to feel ill or have pain

Sentence: I ail from a milk allergy.
alacrity
Definition: eager and cheerful readiness

Sentence: he accepted with alacrity
alchemy
Definition: a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals

Sentence: a mysterious alchemy brought them together
alcove
Definition: a recess or partially enclosed place

Sentence: In the wall opposite the window and near the alcove was a closed door, apparently the only exit from the room.
allegience
Definition: duty to, support, loyalty
alleviate
make (pain) easier to bear
alloy
to debase by mixing with something inferior
aloof
reserved; indifferent
amalgamate
mix, to combine several elements into a whole
ambidextrous
able to use the left hand or the right hand equally well
ambiguous
doubtfull; uncertain
ambivalent
characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes
ameliorate
improve, make bettor or more tolerable
amenable
agreeable; responsive to suggestion
amortize
Definition: end (a debt) by setting aside money, repay
anachronism
something chronologically out of order
anguish
severe suffering
animosity
strong dislik
anomolous
irregular; deviating from the norm
antidote
medicine used against a poison or disease
antipathy
dislike, hostility. extreme oppositioin or aversion
antithetical
in diametrical opposition
apartheid
brutal racial discrimination
aplomb
Sentence: She talked with the aplomb of a woman of the world, but her face declared her incarnation of twenty.
apostate
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
apotheosis
elevation to a preeminant or transcendent position