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abase
to humiliate, degrade
(After being overthrown and abased, the deposed
leader offered to bow down to his conqueror.)
abate
to reduce, lessen
(The rain poured down for a while, then abated.)
abdicate
to give up a position, usually one of leadership
(When he realized that the
revolutionaries would surely win, the king abdicated his throne.)
aberration
something that differs from the norm
(In 1918, the Boston Red Sox won
the World Series, but the success turned out to be an aberration, and the Red Sox
have not won a World Series since.)
abet
to aid, help, encourage
(The spy succeeded only because he had a friend on the
inside to abet him.)
abhor
to hate, detest
(Because he always wound up kicking himself in the head
when he tried to play soccer, Oswald began to abhor the sport.)
abide
to put up with
(Though he did not agree with the decision, Chuck decided
to abide by it.)
abject
wretched, pitiful
(After losing all her money, falling into a puddle, and
breaking her ankle, Eloise was abject.)
abjure
to reject, renounce
(To prove his honesty, the President abjured the evil
policies of his wicked predecessor.)
abnegation
(The holy man slept on the floor, took only
cold showers, and generally followed other practices of abnegation.)
abort
to give up on a half-finished project or effort
(After they ran out of food, the
men, attempting to jump rope around the world, had to abort and go home.)
abridge
to cut down, shorten
(The publisher thought the dictionary was too long
and abridged it.)
abrogate
to abolish, usually by authority
(The Bill of Rights assures that the
government cannot abrogate our right to a free press.)
abscond
to sneak away and hide
(In the confusion, the super-spy absconded into the
night with the secret plans.)
absolution
freedom from blame, guilt, sin
(Once all the facts were known, the jury
gave Angela absolution by giving a verdict of not guilty.)
abstruse
hard to comprehend
(Everyone else in the class understood geometry
easily, but John found the subject abstruse.)
accede
to agree
(When the class asked the teacher whether they could play baseball
instead of learn grammar they expected him to refuse, but instead he acceded to
their request.)
accentuate
to stress, highlight
(Psychologists agree that those people who are
happiest accentuate the positive in life.)
accolade
high praise, special distinction
(Everyone offered accolades to Sam after
he won the Noble Prize.)
accommodating
helpful, obliging, polite
(Though the apartment was not big
enough for three people, Arnold, Mark, and Zebulon were all friends and were
accommodating to each other.)
accord
an agreement
(After much negotiating, England and Iceland finally came to
a mutually beneficial accord about fishing rights off the cost of Greenland.)
accost
to confront verbally
(Though Antoinette was normally quite calm, when the
waiter spilled soup on her for the fourth time in 15 minutes she stood up and accosted
the man.)
accretion
slow growth in size or amount
(Stalactites are formed by the accretion of
minerals from the roofs of caves.)
acerbic
biting, bitter in tone or taste
(Jill became extremely acerbic and began to
cruelly make fun of all her friends.)
acquiesce
to agree without protesting
(Though Mr. Correlli wanted to stay outside
and work in his garage, when his wife told him that he had better come in to dinner,
he acquiesced to her demands.)
acrimony
bitterness, discord
(Though they vowed that no girl would ever come
between them, Biff and Trevor could not keep acrimony from overwhelming their
friendship after they both fell in love with the lovely Teresa.)
acumen
keen insight
(Because of his mathematical acumen, Larry was able to figure
out in minutes problems that took other students hours.)
acute
(adj.)
sharp, severe
(Arnold could not walk because the pain in his foot was so
acute.)
adamant
impervious, immovable, unyielding
(Though public pressure was
intense, the President remained adamant about his proposal.)
adept
extremely skilled
(Tarzan was adept at jumping from tree to tree like a
monkey.)
adhere
to stick to something
(We adhered the poster to the wall with tape.)
admonish
to caution, criticize, reprove
(Joe’s mother admonished him not to ruin
his appetite by eating cookies before dinner.)
adorn
to decorate
(We adorned the tree with ornaments.)
adulation
extreme praise
(Though the book was pretty good, Marcy did not believe
it deserved the adulation it received.)
adumbrate
to sketch out in a vague way
(The coach adumbrated a game plan, but
none of the players knew precisely what to do.)
adverse
antagonistic, unfavorable, dangerous
(Because of adverse conditions, the
hikers decided to give up trying to climb the mountain.)
aerial
somehow related to the air (We watched as the fighter planes conducted
aerial maneuvers.)
affable
friendly, amiable (People like to be around George because he is so affable
and good-natured.)
affinity
a spontaneous feeling of closeness (Jerry didn’t know why, but he felt an
incredible affinity for Kramer the first time they met.)
affluent
rich, wealthy (Mrs. Grebelski was affluent, owning a huge house, three
cars, and an island near Maine.)
affront
an insult (Bernardo was very touchy, and took any slight as an affront to his
honor.)
aggrandize
to increase or make greater (Joseph always dropped the names of the
famous people his father knew as a way to aggrandize his personal stature.)
aggregate
a whole or total (The three branches of the U.S. Government form an
aggregate much more powerful than its individual parts.) 2. (v.) to gather into a
mass (The dictator tried to aggregate as many people into his army as he possibly
could.)
aggrieved
distressed, wronged, injured (The foreman mercilessly overworked his
aggrieved employees.)
alacrity
eagerness, speed (For some reason, Chuck loved to help his mother
whenever he could, so when his mother asked him to set the table he did so with
alacrity.)
allay
to soothe, ease (The chairman of the Federal Reserve gave a speech to try to
allay investors’ fears about an economic downturn.)
alleviate
to relieve, make more bearable (This drug will alleviate the symptoms of
the terrible disease, but only for a while.)
allocate
to distribute, set aside (The Mayor allocated 30 percent of the funds for
improving the town’s schools.)
altercation
a dispute, fight (Jason and Lionel blamed one another for the car
accident, leading to an altercation.)
amalgamate
to bring together, unite (Because of his great charisma, the presidential
candidate was able to amalgamate all democrats and republicans under his banner.)
ambivalent
having opposing feelings (My feelings about Calvin are ambivalent
because on one hand he is a loyal friend, but on the other, he is a cruel and vicious
thief.)
ameliorate
to improve (The tense situation was ameliorated when Sam proposed a
solution everyone could agree upon.)
amenable
willing, compliant
amicable
friendly (Claudia and Jimmy got divorced, but amicably and without
hard feelings.)
amorous
showing love, particularly sexual (Whenever Albert saw Mariah wear
her slinky red dress, he began to feel quite amorous.)
analgesic
something that reduces pain (Put this analgesic on the wound so that the
poor man at least feels a little better.)
anathema
a cursed, detested person (I never want to see that murderer. He is an
anathema to me.)
anecdote
a short, humorous account (After dinner, Marlon told an anecdote about
the time he got his nose stuck in a toaster.)
anesthesia
loss of sensation (When the nerves in his spine were damaged, Mr.
Hollins suffered anesthesia in his legs.)
annex
annex 1. (v.) to incorporate territory or space (After defeating them in battle, the
Russians annexed Poland.) 2. (n.) a room attached to a larger room or space (He
likes to do his studying in a little annex attached to the main reading room in the
library.)
anomaly
something that does not fit into the normal order (“That rip in the spacetime
continuum is certainly a spatial anomaly,” said Spock to Captain Kirk.)
anguish
extreme sadness, torment (Angelos suffered terrible anguish when he
learned that Buffy had died while combating a strange mystical force of evil.)
anomaly
something that does not fit into the normal order (“That rip in the spacetime
continuum is certainly a spatial anomaly,” said Spock to Captain Kirk.)
antediluvian
ancient (The antediluvian man still believed that Eisenhower was
president of the United States and that hot dogs cost a nickel.)
antiquated
old, out of date (That antiquated car has none of the features, like
power windows and steering, that make modern cars so great.)
antiseptic
clean, sterile (The antiseptic hospital was very bare, but its cleanliness
helped to keep patients healthy.)
antithesis
the absolute opposite (Your values, which hold war and violence in the
highest esteem, are the antithesis of my pacifist beliefs.)
apocrypha
fictitious, false, wrong (Because I am standing before you, it seems
obvious that the stories circulating about my demise were apocryphal.)
arable
suitable for growing crops (The farmer purchased a plot of arable land on
which he will grow corn and sprouts.)
arbitration
n.) the process or act of resolving a dispute (The employee sought official
arbitration when he could not resolve a disagreement with his supervisor.)
arboreal
of or relating to trees (Leaves, roots, and bark are a few arboreal traits.)
arcane
obscure, secret, known only by a few (The professor is an expert in arcane
Lithuanian literature.)
ardor
extreme vigor, energy, enthusiasm (The soldiers conveyed their ardor with
impassioned battle cries.)
arid
excessively dry (Little other than palm trees and cacti grow successfully in
arid environments.)
ascertain
to perceive, learn (With a bit of research, the student ascertained that
some plants can live for weeks without water.)
anomaly
something that does not fit into the normal order (“That rip in the spacetime
continuum is certainly a spatial anomaly,” said Spock to Captain Kirk.)
anguish
extreme sadness, torment (Angelos suffered terrible anguish when he
learned that Buffy had died while combating a strange mystical force of evil.)
anomaly
something that does not fit into the normal order (“That rip in the spacetime
continuum is certainly a spatial anomaly,” said Spock to Captain Kirk.)
antediluvian
ancient (The antediluvian man still believed that Eisenhower was
president of the United States and that hot dogs cost a nickel.)
antiquated
old, out of date (That antiquated car has none of the features, like
power windows and steering, that make modern cars so great.)
antiseptic
clean, sterile (The antiseptic hospital was very bare, but its cleanliness
helped to keep patients healthy.)
antithesis
the absolute opposite (Your values, which hold war and violence in the
highest esteem, are the antithesis of my pacifist beliefs.)
apocrypha
fictitious, false, wrong (Because I am standing before you, it seems
obvious that the stories circulating about my demise were apocryphal.)
arable
suitable for growing crops (The farmer purchased a plot of arable land on
which he will grow corn and sprouts.)
arbitration
n.) the process or act of resolving a dispute (The employee sought official
arbitration when he could not resolve a disagreement with his supervisor.)
arboreal
of or relating to trees (Leaves, roots, and bark are a few arboreal traits.)
arcane
obscure, secret, known only by a few (The professor is an expert in arcane
Lithuanian literature.)
ardor
extreme vigor, energy, enthusiasm (The soldiers conveyed their ardor with
impassioned battle cries.)
arid
excessively dry (Little other than palm trees and cacti grow successfully in
arid environments.)
ascertain
to perceive, learn (With a bit of research, the student ascertained that
some plants can live for weeks without water.)