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Abandon
Total lack of inhibition
With her strict parents out of town, Kelly danced all night with abandon
Abate
To decrease, to reduce
My hunger abated when I saw how filthy the chef's hands were
Abet
To aid; to act as an accomplice
While Derwin robbed the bank, Marvin abetted his friends by pulling up the getaway car.
Abjure
To renounce under oath; to abanadon forever; to abstrain from
After having been devout for most of his life, he suddenly abjured his beliefs, much to his family's disappointment.
Abnegate
To give up; to deny to oneself
After his retirement, the former police commissioner found it difficult to abnegate authority.
Abortive
Ending without results
Her abortive attempt to swim the full five miles left her frustrated.
Abrogate
to annul; to abolish by authoritative action
The president's job is to abrogate any law that fosters inequality among citizens.
Abscond
To leave quickly in secret
The criminal absconded during the night with all of his mother's money.
Abstemious
Done sparingly; consuming in moderation
The spa served no sugar or wheat, but the clients found the retreat so calm that they didn't mind the abstemious rules.
Accede
To express approval, to agree to
Once the mayor heard the reasonable request, she happily acceded to the proposal.
Acclivity
An incline or upward slope, the ascending side of a hill
We were so tired from hiking that by the time we reached the acclivity, it looked more like a mountain than a hill.
Accretion
A growth in size, and increase in amount
The committee's strong fund-raising efforts resulted in an accretion in scholarship money.
Acme
The highest level or degree attainable
Just when he reached the acme of his power, the dictator was overthrown.
Actuate
To put into motion, to activate; to motivate or influence to activity
The leaders rousing speech actuated the crows into a peaceful protest.
Acuity
Sharp vision or perception characterized by the ability to resolve fine detail
With unusual acuity, she was able to determine that the masterpiece was a fake.
Acumen
Sharpness of insight, mind, and understanding; shrewd judgement
The investor's financial acumen helped him to select high-yield stocks.
Adamant
Stubbornly unyielding
She was adamant about leaving the restaurant after the waiter was rude.
Adept
Extremely skilled
She is adept at computing math problems in her head.
Adjudicate
To hear and settle a matter; to act as a judge
The principal adjudicated the disagreement between two students.
Adjure
To appeal to
The criminal adjured to the court for mercy.
Admonish
To caution or warn gently in order to correct something
My mother admonished me about my poor grades.
Adroit
Skillful; accomplished; highly competent
The adroit athlete completed even the worst difficult obstacle course with ease.
Adulation
Excessive flattery or admiration
The adulation she showed her professor seemed insincere; I suspected she really wanted a better grade.
Adumbrate
To give a hint or indication of something to come
Her constant complaining about the job adumbrated her intent to leave.
Aerie
A nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded, dwelling
Perched high among the trees, the eagle's aerie was filled with eggs.
Affected
phony, artificial
The affected hairdresser spouted French phrases, though she had never been to France.
Aggregate
A collective mass, the sum total
An aggregate of panic-stricken customers mobbed the bank, demanding their life savings.
Algorithm
An established procedure for solving a problem or equation
The accountant uses a series of algorithms to determine the appropriate tax bracket.
Alimentary
Pertaining to food, nutrition, or digestion
After a particularly good meal, Sherlock turned to his companion and exclaimed, "I feel quite good, very well fed. It was alimentary my dear Watson."
Allay
To lessen, ease, reduce in intensity
Trying to allay their fears, the nurse sat with them all night.
Amity
Friendship, good will
Correspondence over the years contributed to a lasting amity between the women.
Amorphous
Having no definite form
The Blob featured an amorphous creature that was constantly changing shape.
Animus
A feeling of animosity or ill will
Though her teacher had failed her, she displayed no animus toward him.
Anodyne
A source of comfort; a medicine that relieves pain
The sound of classical music is usually just the anodyne I need after a tough day at work.
Anomaly
A deviation from the common rule, something that is difficult to classify
Among the top-ten albums of the year was one anomaly- a complication of polka classics.
Anthropomorphic
Suggesting human characteristics for animals and inanimate things
Many children's stories feature anthropomorphic animals such as talking wolves and pigs.
Antiquated
Too old to be fashionable or useful
Next to her coworker's brand-new model, Marisa's computer looked antiquated.
Aphorism
A short statement of a principle
The country doctor was given to such aphorisms as "Still waters run deep."
Aplomb
Self-confident assurance; poise
For such a young dancer, she had great aplomb, making her perfect to play the young princess.
Aposate
One who renounces a religious faith
So that he could divorce his wife, the king scoffed at the church doctrines and declared himself an apostate.
Apposite
Strikingly appropriate or well adapted
The lawyer presented an apposite argument upon cross-examining the star witness.
Apprise
To give notice to, inform
"Thanks for apprising me that the test time has been changed." said Emanuel.
Appropriate
To assign to a particular purpose, allocate
The fund's manager appropriated funds for the clean-up effort.
Arable
Suitable for cultivation
The overpopulated country desperately needed more arable land.
Arcane
Secret, obscure; known only to a few
The arcane rituals of the sect were passed down through many generations.
Archipelago
A large group of islands
Between villages in the Stockholm archipelago, boat taxis are the only form of transportation.
Arrears
Unpaid, overdue debts or bills; neglected obligations
After the expensive lawsuit, Dominic's accounts were in arrears.
Arrogate
To claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right
Lynn watched in astonishment as her boss arrogated the credit for her brilliant work on the project.
Askance
With disapproval; with a skeptical sideways glance
She looked askance at her son's failing report card as he mumbled that he had done all the schoolwork.
Assent
To agree, as to a proposal
After careful deliberation, the CEO assented to the proposed merger.
Atavistic
Characteristic of a former era, ancient
After spending three weeks on a desert island, Roger became a survivalist with atavistic skills that helped him endure.
Autocrat
A dictator
Mussolini has been described as an autocrat who tolerated no opposition.
Aver
To declare to be true, to affirm
"Yes, he was wearing a mask," the witness averred.
Avuncular
Like an uncle in behavior, especially in kindness and warmth
The coach's avuncular style made him well-liked.
Awry
Crooked, askew, amiss
Something must have gone awry in the computer system because some of my files are missing.