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aback
surprised; startled
abate
to lessen; to decrease
abdicate
to give up
abduct
to take away; to kidnap
aberration
abnormality
abet
to aid; to encourage
abeyance
a postponement
abhor
to hate
abide
to remain or to put up with
abject
miserable
abjure
to give up (rights); to deny
ablution
cleansing
abolition
doing away with
abominate
to dislike strongly
aborigine
original inhabitant
abortive
unsuccessful
abrade
to wear or scrape away
abridge
to shorten or diminish
abrogate
to abolish
abscond
to leave secretly
absolve
to free from responsibilty
abstemious
to show moderation in eating or drinking
abstinence
self-denial; voluntary restraint
abstract
lacking substance; theoretical
abut
to border on; adjoin
abysmal
extremely bad
abyss
a bottomless pitl; vast
academic
theoretical or pertaining to school
accede
to agree to; accept
accessible
easy to approach
acclaim
to greet with approval; praise
acclimate
to get used to
acclivity
an upward slope
accolade
honor or award
accommodate
to make fit; to help
accord
agreement
accost
to approach or speak too aggressively
accoutrements
equipment or accessories
accredit
to certify or endorse
accretion
an addition or increase
accrue
to accumulate
acerbic
sharp; bitter; sour
acoustic
dealing with sound
acquiesce
to agree; accept
acquit
to find not guilty
acrid
bitter; irritating
acrimonious
harsh speech or action
acronym
word formed from initials of other words
actuate
to put into action
acuity
sharp perception
acumen
mental insight
acute
sharp; intense
adage
a familiar saying
adamant
unyielding
addend
something added to another
addled
confused; muddled
adduce
something offered as proof
adept
highly skilled
adhere
to stick; to support
adjudicate
to judge
adjunct
an assistant or in addition ot
admonish
to warn
adroit
skillful; shrewd
adulation
praise or flattery
adulterate
to make impure
advent
a coming or arrival
adventitious
accidental; incidental
adversary
enemy; an opponent
advocate
to support; to defend anpther
aegis
protection
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty
affable
agreeable
affectation
phony attitude or behavior
affiliation
to associate with
affinity
any attraction to
affirmative
positive
affix
to attach or add
affluence
wealth
agape
open-mouthed; sighn of surprise
agenda
list of things to be done
aggrandize
to make greater
aggraavate
to irritate
aggregate
to collect or gather together
aghast
shocked
agile
to move quickly
agitate
to stir up
agnostic
one who doubts the existence of God
agrarian
pertaining to farmers and agriculture
alacrity
willingness
alias
an assumed name
alientate
to make others unfriendly to you
allay
to calm
allege
to charge without proof
alleviate
to lessen, lighten, or relieve
allocate
to assighn for a specific purpose
allude
to hit at
aloft
high in the air
aloof
cool; indifferent
altercation
an argument
altruism
concern for others
amalgamate
to combine or unite
amass
to accumulate
amazon
strong, masculine woman
ambient
surrounding
ambiguous
unclear, vague
ambivalence
conflicting feelings toward something
ambulatory
able to walk
ameliorate
to improve; make better
amenable
agreeable
amend
to change
amenity
courtesy or agreeableness
amiable
friendly
amicable
agreeable
amiss
wrong; improper
amity
friendship
amnesty
official pardon for an offense
amoral
no sense of right and wrong
amourous
loving
amorphous
shapeless
amphibious
able to live on both land and water
ample
abundant
amplify
to make greater
amulet
a charm worn to keep evil away
anachronism
something out of place or time
analgesic
drug that reduces pain
anarchy
absence of government or order
anathema
a curse; a person strongly disliked
ancillary
subordinate
anecdote
a short, entertaining story
anent
concerning
animosity
hostility
annals
historical records
annihilate
to totally destroy
annuity
income paid at stated intervals
annul
to cancel
anomalous
abnormal; irregular
anoxia
lack of oxygen
antagonistic
hostile
antecedent
that which goes before something else in time
anthology
collection of literary works
anthropoid
resembling man
antic
playful or silly act
anticipate
to prepare for in advance
anticlimax
something unimportant coming after something special
antidote
remedy
antipathy
strongly dislike
antiquated
exremely old
antithesis
an exact opposite
apathy
indifference; lack of interest or emotion
aperture
an opening
apex
the highest point
aphasia
loss of the ability to speak
aphorism
brief saying; a short proverb
aplomb
self-confidence
apocryphal
mythical; doubtful in origin
apoplexy
sudden loss of consciousness; paralysis
apostate
one who gives up his beliefs
appall
to frighten; dismay
apparition
a ghost
appease
to satisgy
appellation
a name
append
to add to
apprehend
to catch; to understand
apprehensive
fearful; anxious
apprise
to inform