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abandon
total lack of inhibition
With her strict parents out of the way, Kelly danced all night with abandon.
abase
to humble; disgrace
After his immature behavior, John was abased in my eyes.
abate
to decrease, reduce
As the hurricane's force abated, the winds dropped and the seas became calm.
abdicate
to give up a position, right or power
With the angry mob clamoring outside the palace, the king abdicated his throne and fled.
aberration
something different from the usual
Due to the bizarre aberrations in the author's behavior, her publicist decided that the less the public saw of her, the better.
abet
to aid; act as an accomplice
While Derwin robbed the bank, Marvin abetted his friend by pulling up the getaway car.
abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension
Michelle held her excitement in abeyance while the college review board considered her application.
abhor
to loathe, detest
After she repeatedly failed to learn the Pythagorean theorem, Susan began to abhor geometry.
abject
miserable, pitiful
While we found the abject creature lying on the ground, we took it inside and tended to its broken leg.
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
Claiming he had changed, the president abjured his old beliefs in his speech.
ablution
act of cleansing
Taking off her makeup was the last step in Minnie's evening ablutions.
abnegate
to deny; renounce
The monks had dedicated themselves to a humble and self-abnegating lifestyle, refusing all comforts.
abolitionist
one who opposes the practice of slavery
Harriet Beecher Stowe, a known abolitionist, portrayed the evils of slavery in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.
abortive
interrupted while incomplete
Her attempt at reaching the other side of the lake was abortive-her sailboat capsized halfway across.
abridge
to condense, shorten
The teacher assigned an abridged version of Tristram Shandy to her class, as the original was very long.
abrogate
to put an end to, abolish by authority
The immigration authorities agreed to abrogate their original decision to deport Juan after evidence was submitted that he was in fact a political refugee, as he had claimed.
abscond
to depart secretly
After being fired, the disgruntled ex-employee absconded with six company computers in the middle of the night.
absolve
to forgive, free from blame
The queen absolved the general from blame for the disastrous military campaign, much to his relief.
abstain
to choose not to do something
During Lent, practicing Catholics abstain from eating meat.
abstract
theoretical; complex, difficult
The theory was too abstract for the students to comprehend.
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
The philosopher's elucidation was so clear that he turned an abstruse subject into one his audience could grasp.
accede
to express approval; agree to
When the mayor proposed lower taxes, the people readily acceded.
accessible
attainable, available; approachable
Preeti was surprised that the famous professor was so accessible, inviting students to visit him at all hours.
accolade
praise, distinction
The winner of the spelling bee beamed as accolades were heaped upon her from all sides.
accost
to approach and speak to someone
Furious, Maria accosted the man who trampled her flower bed and demanded that he apologize.