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Abate
To Reduce, lessen
Abdicate
To give up a position, usually one of leadership
Abet
To aid, help, encourage
Abject
wretched, pitiful
Abjure
to reject, renounce
Abnegation
denial of comfort to oneself
Abrogate
To abolish, usually by authority
Abscond
to sneak away and hide
Absolution
freedom from blame, guilt, sin
Abstain
To freely choose not to commit an action
Abstruse
Hard to comprehend
Accolade
high praise, special distinction
Accost
to confront verbally
Accretion
slow growth in size or amount
Acerbic
biting, bitter in tone or taste
Acrimony
bitterness, discord
Acumen
keen insight
Adept
extremely skilled
Admonish
to caution, criticize, reprove
Adorn
to decorate
Adroit
skillful, dexterous
Adulation
extreme praise
Adumbrate
to sketch out in a vague way
Affinity
a spontaneous feeling of closeness
Affront
an insult
Aggregate
1. A whole or total

2. To gather into a mass
Agrieved
distressed, wronged, injured
Agnostic
believing that the existence of God cannot be proven or disproven
Alacrity
eagerness, speed
Allege
to assert, usually without proof
Allocate
to distribute, set aside
Altercation
a dispute, fight
Amalgamate
to bring together, unite
Amenity
an item that increases comfort
Amorous
showing love, particularly sexual
Amorphous
without definite shape or type
Analgesic
something that reduces pain
Anathema
a cursed, detested person
Anecdote
a short, humorous account
Animated
lively
Annex
1. To incorporate territory or space

2. A room attached to a larger room or space
Antediluvian
ancient
Antiquiated
old, out of date
Antiseptic
clean, sterile
Antithesis
the absolute opposite
Apocryphal
fictitious, false, wrong
Appraise
to assess the worth or value of
Approbation
praise
Appropriate
to take, make use of
Arable
suitable for growing crops
Arbitrary
based on factors that appear random
Arboreal
of or relating to trees
Arcane
obscure, secret, known only by a few
Archetypal
the most representative or typical example of something
Ardor
extreme vigor, energy, enthusiasm
Arrogate
to take without justification
Ascertain
to perceive, learn
Ascribe
to assign, credit, attribute to
Aspersion
a curse, expression of ill-will
Assiduous
hard working, diligent
Astute
very clever, crafty
Atone
to repend, make amends
Atypical
not typical, unusual
Austere
very bare, bleak
Avarice
very bare, bleak
Aversion
a particular dislike for something
Beguile
to trick, decieve
Bereft
devoid of, without
Bilk
cheat, defraud
Blandish
to coax by using flattery
Bombastic
excessively confident, pompous
Brazen
excessively bold, brash
Buffet
to strike with force
Burnish
to polish, shine
Cajole
to urge, coax
Calumny
an attempt to spoil someone else's reputation by spreading lies
Candor
honesty, frankness
Canny
shrewd, careful
Capacious
very spacious
Capitulate
to surrender
Capricious
subject to whim, fickle
Carouse
to party, celebrate
Carp
to annoy, pester
Cavort
to leap about, behave boisterously
Censure
1. Harsh criticism

2. To rebuke formally
Chastise
to criticize severely
Chide
to voice disapproval
Circuitous
roundabout
Circumscribed
marked off, bounded
Circumspect
cautious
Circumvent
to get around
Cleave
1. To divide into parts

2. To stick together firmly
Clemency
mercy
Cloying
sickeningly sweet
Coagulate
to thicken, clot
Coalesce
to fuse into a whole
Cobbler
a person who makes or repairs shoes
Coerce
to make somebody do something by force or threat
Cogent
intellectually convincing
Collateral
1. Secondary

2. Security for a debt
Colloquial
characteristic of informal conversation
Combustion
the act or process of burning
Commenstruate
corresponding in size or amount
Commodious
roomy
Complicit
being an accomplice in a wrongful act
Compound
1. To combine parts

2. A comination of different parts

3. A walled area containing a group of buildings
Compunction
distress caused by feeling guilty