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abase
to disgrace
abash
to embarrass; to ashame
abdicate
to give up rights or position
abet
to aid or act as an accomplice; encourage illegal action
abeyance
temporary suspension
abject
miserable or pitiful
abjure
to abandon, to reject, to renounce
abnegate
to deny, to renounce
abrogate
to abolish, usually by authority
abscond
to depart secretly
absolve
to forgive
abstain
to refrain from
accede
to agree to
accost
to approach and speak to someone
acerbic
biting, bitter, sharp in taste, temper, or tone
acme
summit, heyday
acquittal
release from blame, cxoneration
acumen
sharpness of insight; keen insight
adage
old saying or proverb
adamant
uncompromising or unyielding
admonish
to caution or reprimand
adulterate
to corrupt or make impure
affluent
rich, abundant
affront
personal offense, insult
aggregate
collective mass or sum, total
agitation
commotion, excitement, uneasiness
agnostic
one who doubts that God exists
agrarian
relating to farming or rural
alacrity
willingness, eagerness, speed
algorithm
mechanical problem solving procedure
alias
assumed name
allay
to lessen, ease, or soothe
allegory
symbolic representation
allure
to entice, attract
allusion
indirect reference
altercation
noisy dispute, quarrel that often leads to fist fight
amalgamate
to mix, combine
ambidextrous
able to use both hands well
amity
friendship
amoral
unethical
amorous
strongly attracted to love
amortize
to diminish by installment payment
anachronism
something chronologically inappropriate
analogous
comparable, parallel
anathema
ban, curse; a cursed, detested person
annul
to cancel, nullify
anomaly
irregularity, deviation from the norm
anonymity
no or unknown name
antecedent
coming before in place or time that influence what comes later
antediluvian
prehistoric
anterior
preceding, previous, prior to
anthropomorphic
attributing human qualities to nonhuman
aphorism
old saying or short, pithy, meaningful statement
apostate
one who rejects, or renounces, a religious faith
approbation
praise, official approval
arbitrate
mediate or negotiate
arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
arduous
extremely difficult, laborious, assiduous
arrighn
to call to court to answer an indictment
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly; to take without justification
ascertain
to determine, discover, make certain of
ascribe
to attribute to, give credit to
askew
crooked, tilted
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report, slander, curse, expression of ill will
assail
to attack, assault
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
asunder
into different parts
atone
to make amends for a wrong
attenuate
to make thin or slender, weaken
attest
to testify, stand as proof of
audible
able to be heard
augury
prophecy, prediction of events
auspicious
having favorable prospects, promising
autocrat
dictator
avarice
greed
aver
to declare to true, affirm
acrimony
bitterness, discord
adumbrate
to sketch out in a vague way
antipathy
a strong dislike, repugnance
ascetic
practicing restraint or self denial as a means of self-discipline, usually for religious reason; austere
assiduous
hard-working, diligent
abate
subside or moderate, reduce
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
abrasive
rubbing away; tending to grind down
abridge
condense or shorten
absolute
complete; totally unlimited; certain
abstemious
sparing in eating and drinking; temperate
abstract
theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational
abstruse
obscure; profound; difficult to understand
acessible
easy to approach; obtainable
acclaim
applaud; announce with great approval
accolade
award of merit
acknowledge
recognize; admit
acquiesce
assent; agree without protesting
acrimonious
bitter in words or manner
acute
quickly perceptive; keen; brief and severe
address
direct a speech to; deal with or discuss
adherent
supporter; follower
adjacent
neighboring; adjoining
adroit
skillful; nimble
adulation
flattery; admiration
adversary
opponent
adverse
unfavorable; hostile
advocate
urge; plead for
aesthetic
artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciation of the beautiful
affable
easily approachable; warmly friendly
affinity
natural liking; kinship; similarity
affirmation
positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath
aggressor
attacker
alienate
make hostile; separate
alleviate
relieve
aloof
apart; reserved; atandoffish
altruistic
unselfishly generous; concerned for others
ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
ameliorate
improve; make more satisfactory
amend
correct; change, generally for the better
amorphous
formless; lacking shape or definition
ample
abundant
analogy
similarity; parallelism
anarchist
person who seeks to overturn the established government; advocate of abolishing authority
anecdote
short account of an amusing or interesting event
animosity
active enmity or antagonism
antagonistic
hostile; opposed
antidote
medicine to counteract a poison or disease
antiquated
old-fashioned; obsolete
antithesis
contrast; direct opposite of
apathy
lack of caring; indifference
apocryphal
untrue; made up
appease
pacify or soothe; relieve
appreciate
be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of
apprehension
fear; discernment; capture
arable
fit for growing crops
arbitrary
unreasonable or capricious
archaic
antiquated
ardor
heat; passion; zeal
arid
dry; barren
arrogance
pride; haughtiness
articulate
effective; distinct
artifact
object made by human beings, either handmade or mass-produced
artisan
manually skillful worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist
ascendancy
controlling influence
aspire
seek to attain; long for
assuage
ease or lessen pain; satisfy hunger; soothe anger
astute
wise; shrewd
atrophy
waste away
attentive
considerate; thoughtful; paying attention
attribute
ascribe; explain
audacious
daring; bold
augment
increase; add to
austerity
sternness; severity; strict economy; lack of luxuries
authentic
genuine
authoritarian
favoring or exercising total control; nondemocratic
autonomous
self-governing
aversion
firm dislike