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abase
Lower, humiliate. Defeated, Queen Zenobia was forced to abase herself before the conquering Romans, who forced her to march before the Emperor Aurelian in the procession celebrating his triumph.
abate
sunsude, decrease, lessen. Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to abate.
abdicate
renounce, give up. When Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to marry the woman he loved, he surprised the entire world. When the painted Gauguin abdicated his family responsibilities to run off to Samoa, he surprised no one at all.
aberration
deviation from the expected or the normal; mental irregularity or disorder. Survivors of a major catastrophe are likely to exhibit aberrations of behavior because of the trauma they have experienced.
abet
encourage, aid. She was accused of aiding and abetting the drug dealer by engaging in a money laundering scheme to help him disguise his illegal income.
abeyance
suspended action. The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival.
abject
hopeless and crushed, servile and spiritless, wretched. On the streets of NEw York the homeless live in abject poverty, lying huddled in doorways to find shelter from the wind.
abrade
wear away by friction, scrape, erode. The sharp rocks abraded the skin on her legs, so she put iodine on her abrasions.
abscond
depart secretly to avoid capture. The teller who absconded with the bonds was not capture until someone recognized him from his photofraph on America's Most Wanted.
absolute
complete, totally unlimited, certain. ALthough the King of Siam was an absolute monarch, he did not want to behead his unfaithful wide iwthiout absolute evidence of her infidelity.
absolve
pardon (an offense), free from blame. The father confessor absolved him of his sins.
abstain
refrain, hold oneself back viluntarily from an action or practice (especialy one regarded as improper or unhealthy). After considering the effect of alcohol on his athletic performance, he decided to abstain from drinking while he trained for the race.
abstract
theoretical, not concrete, nonrepresentational. To him, hunger was an abstract concept; he had never missed a meal.
abstruse
obscure, profound, difficult to understand. She carried around abstruse works of philosophy, not because she understands them but because she wanted her friends to think she does.
accelerate
move faster. In our science class, we learn how falling bodies accelerate.
accessible
easy to approach, obtainable. We asked out guide whether the ruins were accessible on foot.
accessory
additional object, useful but not essential thing. The accessories she bought cost more than the dress.
acclaim
applaud, announce with great approval. The NBC sportscasters acclaimed every American victory in the Olympics and lamented every American defeat.
accolade
award of merit. In the world of public relations, a "Clio" is the highest accolade an advertising campaign can receive
accommodate
provide lodgings. Mary asked the room clerk whether the hotel would be able to accommodate the tour group on such short notice OR oblige or help someone, adjust or bring into harmony, adapt. Mitch always did everything possible to accommodate his elderly relatives, from driving them to medical appointments to helping them with paperwork.
accomplice
partner in crime. Because he had provided the criminal with the lethal weapon, he was arrested as an accomplice in the murder.
acknowledge
recognize, admit. Although Ira acknowledged that the Beatles' tunes sounded pretty dated nowadays, he still preferred them to the punk rock songs his nephew played.
acquittal
declaration of innocence, deliverance from a charge. His acquittal by the jury surprised those who had thought him guilty.
acrimony
bitterness of words or manner. THe candidate attacked his opponent with great acrimony.
acumen
mental keenness. His business acumen helped him to succeed where others had failed.
adamant
hard, inflexible. Bronson played hte part of a revenge-driven man, adamant in his determination ro punbish the criminals who had destroyed his family.
adapt
alter, modify. Some species of animals have become extinct because they could not adapt to a changing environment.
addiction
compulsive, habitual need. His addiction to drugs caused his friends much grif.
adhere
stick fast to. I will adhere to this opinion until someone comes up with solid proof that I am wrong.
adjacent
adjoining, neighboring, close by. Philip's best friend Jason lived only four ohuses away, close but not immediately adjacent.
adjudicate
pass legal judgement on, sit in judgement. Do you trust Judge Judy to adjudicate disputes impartially?
admonish
warn, scold. The preacher admonished his listeners to change their wicked ways.
adroit
skillful, nimble. The juggler's admirers particularly enjoyed his adroit handling of difficult balancing tricks.
adulation
flattery, admiration. The rock start relished the adulation she received from her groupies and yes-men.
adulterate
make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances. It is a crime to adulterate foods without informing the buyer; when consumers learned that the manufacturer had adulterated its apple juice by mixing it with water, they protested vigorously.
adversary
opponent. "Aha!" cried Holmes. "Watson, I suspect this delay is the work of my old adversary Professor Moriarty."
adverse
unfavorable, hostile, The recession had a highly adverse effect on father's investment portfolio; he lost so much money that he could no longer afford the butler and the upstairs maid.
adversity
poverty, misfortune. We must learn to meet adversity gracefully.
advocate
urge, plead for. Noted abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth advocated the eradication of the Southern institution of slavery.
adjudicate
pass legal judgement on, sit in judgement. Do you trust Judge Judy to adjudicate disputes impartially?
admonish
warn, scold. The preacher admonished his listeners to change their wicked ways.
adroit
skillful, nimble. The juggler's admirers particularly enjoyed his adroit handling of difficult balancing tricks.
adulation
flattery, admiration. The rock start relished the adulation she received from her groupies and yes-men.
adulterate
make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances. It is a crime to adulterate foods without informing the buyer; when consumers learned that the manufacturer had adulterated its apple juice by mixing it with water, they protested vigorously.
adversary
opponent. "Aha!" cried Holmes. "Watson, I suspect this delay is the work of my old adversary Professor Moriarty."
adverse
unfavorable, hostile, The recession had a highly adverse effect on father's investment portfolio; he lost so much money that he could no longer afford the butler and the upstairs maid.
adversity
poverty, misfortune. We must learn to meet adversity gracefully.
advocate
urge, plead for. Noted abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth advocated the eradication of the Southern institution of slavery.