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abase
to lower in position, estimation,or the like; degrade.
abbess
the lady superior in the nunnery.
abbey
the group of buildings which collectively form the dwelling-place of a society of monks and nuns.
abbot
the lady superior of a community of monks.
abdicate
to give up (royal power or the like)
abdomen
in mammals, the visceral cavity b/t the diaphram and the pelvic floor; the belly
abdominal
of, pertaining to, or situated on the abdomen.
abduction
a carrying away of a person against his will; or illegally.
abed
in bed; on a bed
aberration
deviation from a right, customary, or prescribed course.
abet
to aid, or encourage the commission of (an offense).
abeyance
a state of suspension or temporary inaction.
abhorrance
the act of detesting extremely.
abhorrent
very repugnant;hateful.
abidance
an abiding.
abject
sunk to a low condition.
abjure
to recant, renounce, repudiate under oath.
able-blodied
competent for physical service.
ablution
a washing or cleansing, especially of the body.
abnegate
to renounce (a right or privilege)
abnormal
not conformed to the ordinary rule or standard.
abominable
very hateful.
abomination
a very detestable act or practice.
aboriginal
primitive;unsophicated.
aborigines
the original of earliest known inhabitants of a country.
aboveboard
without concealment, fraud, or trickery.
abrade
to wear away the surface or some part of by friction.
abrasion
that which is rubbed off.
abridge
to make shorter in words, keeping the essential features, leaning out minor particles.
abridgment
a condensed form as of a book or play
abrogate
to abolish, repeal.
abrupt
beginning, ending, or changing suddenly or with a break
abscess
a collection of pus in a cavitity formed within some tissue of the body.
abscission
the act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation.
abscond
to depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping arrest.
absence
the fact of not being present or available
absent-minded
lacking in attention to immediate surroundings or business.
absolution
forgiveness, or passing over of offenses.
absolve
to free from sin or its penalties.
absorb
to drink in or suck up; as a sponge absorbs water.
absorption
the act or process of absorbing.
abstain
to keep oneself back (from doing or using something).
abstemious
characterized by self denial or abstinence, as in the use of drink, food.
abstinence
self-denial
abstruse
dealing with matters difficult to be understood.
absurd
inconsistent with reason or common sense.
abundant
plentiful
abusive
employing harsh words or ill treatment.
abut
to touch at the end or boundary line
abyss
bottomless
abut
to touch at the end or boundary line
abyss
bottomless gulf
academic
of or pertaining to an academy, college, or university.
academician
a member of an academy of literature, art, or science
academy
any institution where the higher branches of learning are taught
accede
to agree
accelerate
to move faster
accept
to take when offered
access
a way of approach or entrance;passage
accessible
approachable
accession
induction or elevation, as to dignity, office, or government.
accessory
a person or thing that aids the principal agent.
acclaim
to utter with a shout.
acommodate
to furnish something as a kindness or favor.
accompaniment
a subordinate part or parts, enriching or supporting the leading part.
accompanist
one who or that which accompanies
accompany
to go with, or be associated with,as a companion
accomplice
an associate in wrong-doing
accomplish
to bring to pass
accordion
a portable free-reed musical instrument.
accost
to speak to
account
a record or statement of receipts and expenditures, or of business transactions
accounter
to dress
accredit
to give credit or authority to
accumulate
to become greater in quantity or number
accuracy
exactness
accurate
conforming exactly to truth or to a standard
accursed
doomed to evil, misery, or misfortune.
accusation
a charge or crime, misdemeanor, or error.
accusatory
of, pertaining to, or involving an accusation.
accuse
to charge with wrong doing, misconduct, or error.
accustom
to make familiar by use
acerbity
sourness, with bitterness and astringency
acetate
a salt of acetic acid
acetic
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of vinegar
ache
to be in pain or distress
Achillean
invulnerable
achromatic
colorless
acid
a sour substance
acidify
to change into acid
acknowledge
to recognize; to admit the genuineness or validity of
acknowledgment
recognition
acme
the highest point, or summit
acoustic
pertaining to the act or sense of hearing
acquaint
to make familiar or conversant
acquiesce
to comply; submit
acquiescence
passive consent
acquire
to get as one's own
acquistion
anything gained, or made one's own, usually by effort or labor
acquit
to free or clear, as from accusation
acquittal
a discharge from accusation by judicial action
acquittance
release or discharge from indebtedness, obligation, or responsibility
acreage
quantity or extent of land, especially of cultivated land.
acrid
harshly pungent or bitter
acrimonious
full of bitterness
acrimony
sharpness of bitterness of speech or temper
actionable
affording cause for instituting an action, slanderous words
actuality
any reality
actuary
an officer, as of an insurance company, who calculates and states the risks and premiums.
actuate
to move or incite to action
acumen
quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment;kneenness of discrimination
acute
having fine and penetrating discernment
adamant
any substance of exceeding hardness or impenetrability
addendum
something added, or to be added.
addle
to make inefficient or worthless;muddle
acumen
quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment;kneenness of discrimination
acute
having fine and penetrating discernment
adamant
any substance of exceeding hardness or impenetrability
addendum
something added, or to be added.
addle
to make inefficient or worthless;muddle
adduce
to bring forward or name for consideration
adhere
to stick fast or together
adherence
attachment
adherent
clinging or sticking fast
adhesion
the state of being attached or joined
adieu inter
good-by;farewell
adjacency
the state of being adjacent
adjacent
that which is near or bordering upon
adjudge
to award or bestow by formal decision
adjunct
something joined to or connected with another thing, but holding a subordinate place.
adjuration
a vehement appeal
adjutant
auxiliary
administrator
one who manages affairs of any kind
admissible
having the right or privilege of entry
admittance
entrance, or the right or permission to enter
admonish
to warn of a fault
admonition
gentle reproof
ado
unnecessary activity or ceremony
adoration
profound devotion
adroit
having skill in the use of the bodily or mental powers
adulterant
an adulterating substance
adulterate
to make impure by the admixture of other or baser ingredients
adumbrate
to represent beforehand in outline or by emblem
advent
the coming or arrival, as of any important change, event, state, or personage.
adverse
opposing or opposed.
adversity
misfortune
advert
to refer incidentally
advertiser
one who advertises, espcially in newspapers
advisory
not mandatory
advocacy
the act of pleading a cause
advocate
one who pleads the cause of another, as in a legal or ecclesiastical court
aerial
of, pertaining to, or like the air
aeronaut
one who navigates the air, a ballonist
aeronautics
the art of practice of flying aircraft
aerostat
a balloon or other apparatus floating in or sustained by the air
aerostatics
the branch of pneumatics that treats of the equilibrum, pressure, and mechanical properties
affable
easy to approach
affect
to act upon
affectation
a studied or ostentatious pretense or attempt
affiliate
some auxiliary person or thing.
affirmative
answering yes; to a question at issue
affix
to fasten
affluence
a profuse or abundant supply of riches
affront
an open insult or indignity
afire
on fire, literally or figuratively
afoot
in progress
aforesaid
said in a preceding part of before.
afresh
once more, after rest or interval
afterthought
a thought that comes later than its appropriate or expected time
agglomerate
to pile or heap together
aggrandize
to cause to appear greatly
aggravate
to make heavier, worse, or more burdensome
aggravation
the fact of being made heavier or more heinous, as a crime, offense, misfortune, etc.
aggregate
the entire number, sum, mass or quantity of something
aggress
to make the first attack
aggression
an unprovoked attack
aggrieve
to give grief or sorrow to
aghast
struck with terror and amazement
agile
able to move or act quickly, physically, or mentally.
agitate
to move or excite (the feelings or thoughts).
agrarian
pertaining to land, especially agricultural land
aide-de-camp
an officer who receives and transmits the orders of the general
ailment
slight sickness
airy
delicate, ethereal
akin
of similar nature or qualities
alabaster
a white or delicately tinted fine-grained gypsum
alacrity
cheerful willingness
albeit
even though
albino
a person with milky white skin and hair, and eyes with bright red pupil and usually pink iris
album
a book whose leaves are so made to form paper frames for holding photographs or the like
alchemy
chemistry of the middle ages, characterized by the pursuit of changing base metals to gold
alcohol
a volatile, inflammable, colorless liquid of a pentrating odor and burning taste
alcoholism
a condition resulting from the inordinate or persistent use of alcoholic beverages
alcove
a covered recess connected with or at the side of a larger room
alder
any shurb or small tree of the genus Alumnus, of the oak family
alderman
a member of a municipal legislative body, who ususally exercises also certain judicial functions.
aldermanship
the dignity, condition, office, or term of office of an alderman
alias
an assumed name
alien
one who owes allegiance to a foreign government
alienable
capable of being aliened or alienated, as lands
alienate
to cause to turn away
alienation
estrangement
aliment
that which nourishes
alkali
anything that will neutralize an acid, as lime, magnesia, etc
allay
to calm the violence or reduce the intensity of; mitigate.
allege
to assert to be true, espcially in a formal manner, as in court.
allegory
the setting forth of a subject under the guise of another subject of aptly suggestive likeness.
alleviate
to make less burdensome or less hard to bear
alley
a narrow street, garden path, walk, or the like.
alliance
any combination or union for some common purpose
allot
to assign a definite thing or part to a certain person
allotment
portion
allude
to refer incidentally, or by suggestion
allusion
an indirect and incidental reference to something without definite mention of it.
alluvion
flood
ally
a person or thing connected with another, usually in some relation of helpfulness.
almanac
a series of tables giving the days of the week together with certain astronomical information
aloof
not in sympathy with or desiring to associate with others
altar
any raised place or structure on which sacrifices may be offered or incense burned.
alter
to make change in
alteration
change or modification
altercate
to contend angrily or zealously in words
alternate
one chosen to act in place of another, in case of the absence or incapacity of that other
alternative
something that may or must exist, be taken or chosen, or done instead of something else
altitude
vertical distance or elevation above any point or base-level, as the sea.
alto
the lowest or deepest female voice or part
altrusim
benevolence to others on subordination to self-interest
altrusit
one who advocates or practices altruism
amalgam
an alloy or union of mercury with another metal
amalgamate
to mix or blend together in a homogeneous body
amateur
practicing an art or occupation for the love of it, but not as a profession
amatory
designed to excite love
ambidextrous
having the ability of using both hands with equal skill or ease.
amibuous
having a double meaning
ambitious
eagerly desirous and aspiring
ambrosial
divinely sweet, fragrant, or delicious
ambulance
a vehicle fitted for conveying the sick and wounded.
ambulate
to walk about
ambush
the act or state of lying concealed for the purpose of surprising or attacking the enemy.
ameliorate
to relieve, as from pain or hardship
amendable
willing and ready to submit
Americanism
a peculiar sense in which an English word or phrase is used in the United States.
amicable
done in a friendly spirit
amity
friendship
amorous
having a propensity for falling in love
amorphous
without determinate shape
amour
a love-affair, especially one of an illicit nature
ampere
the practical unit of electric-current strength
ampersand
the character &; and
amphibious
living both on land and in water
amphitheater
an edifice of elliptical shape, constructed about a central open space or arena.
amplitude
largeness