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abase
(v.)
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
(v.)
to give up a position, usually one of leadership
(When he realized that the
revolutionaries would surely win, the king abdicated his throne.)
aberration
(n.)
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
(v.)
to aid, help, encourage
(The spy succeeded only because he had a friend on the
inside to abet him.)
abject
(adj.)
wretched, pitiful
(After losing all her money, falling into a puddle, and
breaking her ankle, Eloise was abject.)
abnegation
(n.)
denial of comfort to oneself
(The holy man slept on the floor, took only
cold showers, and generally followed other practices of abnegation.)
abrogate
(v.)
to abolish, usually by authority
(The Bill of Rights assures that the
government cannot abrogate our right to a free press.)
abscond
(v.)
to sneak away and hide
(In the confusion, the super-spy absconded into the
night with the secret plans.)
absolution
(n.)
freedom from blame, guilt, sin
(Once all the facts were known, the jury
gave Angela absolution by giving a verdict of not guilty.)
abstain
(v.)
to freely choose not to commit an action
(Everyone demanded that Angus
put on the kilt, but he did not want to do it and abstained.)
abstruse
(adj.)
hard to comprehend
(Everyone else in the class understood geometry
easily, but John found the subject abstruse.)
accentuate
(v.)
to stress, highlight
(Psychologists agree that those people who are
happiest accentuate the positive in life.)
accost
(v.)
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
(n.)
slow growth in size or amount
(Stalactites are formed by the accretion of
minerals from the roofs of caves.)