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abandon (n)
total lack of inhibition
abase
to humble, disgrace
abash
to embarrass
abatement
decrease, reduction
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
aberrant
atypical, not normal
abet
to aid, act as accomplice
abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
abhor
to loathe, detest
abiding
enduring, continuing
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
ablution
act of cleansing
abnegate
to deny, renounce
abominate
to hate
abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
abscond
to depart secretly
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
abstain
to refrain deliberately from something
abstemious
moderate in appetite
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
abut
to touch, to be in contact with
accede
to express approval; to agree to
accord (v)
to reconcile, come to an agreement
accost
to approach and speak to someone
accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
acidulous
sour in taste or manner
acme
highest point, summit
acrid
harsh, bitter
acrimony
bitterness, animosity
acumen
sharpness of insight
adage
old saying or proverb
adamant
uncompromising, unyielding
admonish
to caution or reprimand
adulterate
to corrupt or make impure
adventitious
accidental
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
affable
friendly, easy to approach
affected (adj)
pretentious, phony
affront (n)
personal offense, insult
aggrandize
to make larger or greater in power
aggregate (n)
collective mass or sum; total
aggrieve
to afflict, distress
agnostic
one doubting that people can know God
allegory
symbolic representation
alliteration
repetition of the beginning sounds of words
allusion
indirect reference
amalgam
mixture, combination, alloy
ambiguous
uncertain; subject to multiple interpretation
ambivalence
attitude of uncertainty; conflicting emotions
amendable
agreeable, cooperative
amend
to improve or correct flaws in
amity
friendship
amorphous
having no definite form
amphibian
creature equally at home on land or in water
anachronism
something chronologically inappropriate
anachronistic
outdated
analgesia
a lessening of pain without loss of consciousness
anathema
ban, curse; something shunned or disliked
angular
characterized by sharp angles; lean and gaunt
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
antedate
dated prior to the actual occurrence
antediluvian
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure; coming before the biblical flood
antepenultimate
third from last
anthropomorphic
attributing human qualities to nonhumans; having human qualities
apace
done quickly
aperture
an opening or hole
aphasia
inability to speak or use words
aphelion
point in a planet's orbit that is farthest from the sun
aphorism
old saying or short pithy statement
aplomb
confidence, poise
apocryphal
not genuine; fictional
apostate (n)
one who renounces a religious faith
apothegm
a short, instructive saying
apotheosis
glorification; glorified ideal
apprehension
the act of comprehending; fear, foreboding
apprise
to give notice of; inform
approbation
official approval; approval and praise
arable (adj)
suitable for cultivation
arcane
secret, obscure, known only by a few
archaic
antiquated, from an earlier time; outdated
archipelago
large group of islands
ardor
great emotion or passion
arid
extremely dry; extremely boring
arraign
to call to court to answer a charge
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
artless
open and honest
ascetic (adj)
self-denying, abstinent, austere
ascribe
to attribute; to assign
ashen
resembling ashes; deathly pale
askance
scornfully
askew
crooked, tilted
asperity
harshness, roughness
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report, slander
assay
to analyze or estimate
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hardworking
assignation
appointment for lovers' meeting; assignment
assonance
resemblance in sound, especially in vowel sounds; partial rhyme
assuage
to make less severe, ease, relieve
astral
exalted, elevated in position; relating to the stars
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
asunder (adj)
into different parts
atone
to make amends for a wrong
attenuate
to make thin or slender; weaken
augury
prophecy, prediction of events
august (adj)
dignified, awe-inspiring, venerable
austere
stern, strict, unadorned
autocrat
dictator
aver
to declare to be true, affirm