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abase
To lower in position, estimation, or the like; degrade.
abbess
The lady superior of a nunnery.
abbey
The group of buildings which collectively form the dwelling-place of a society of monks or nuns.
abbot
The superior of a community of monks.
abdicate
To give up royal power or the like.
abdomen
In mammals, the visceral cavity between the diaphragm and pelvic floor; the belly.
abdominal
Of, pertaining to, or on the abdomen.
abduction
The carrying away of a person against his/her will, or illegally.
abed
In bed; on a bed.
aberration
Deviation from the right, customary, or perscribed course.
abet
To aid, promote, or encourage the commission of (an offense).
abeyance
A state of suspension or temporary inaction.
abhorrence
The act of detesting extremely.
abhorrent
Very repugnant; hateful.
abidance
An abiding.
abject
Sunk to a low condition.
abjure
To recant, renounce, or repudiate under oath.
able-bodied
Competant for physical service.
ablution
A washing or cleansing, especially of the body.
abnegate
To renounce (a right or privilege).
abnormal
Not conformed to the ordinary rule or standard.
abominable
Very hateful.
abominate
To hate violently.
abomination
A very detestable act or practice.
aboriginal
Primitive; unsophisticated.
aborigines
The original of earliest known inhabitants of a country.
aboveboard
Without concealment, fraud, or trickery.
abrade
To wear away the surface or some part of by friction.
abrasion
That which is rubbed off.
abridge
To make shorter in words, keeping the essential features, leaving out minor particles.
abridgment
A condensed form of a book or play.
abrogate
To abolish, repeal.
abrupt
Beginning, ending, or changing suddenly or with a break.
abscess
Collection of pus in a cavity formed within some tissue of the body.
abscission
The act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation.
abscond
To depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping arrest.
absence
The fact of not being present or available.
absent-minded
Lacking in attention to immediate surroundings or business.
absolution
Forgiveness, or passing over of offenses.
absolve
To free from sin or its penalties.
absorb
To drink in or suck up, as a sponge absorbs water.
absorption
The act or process of absorbing.
abstain
To keep oneself back from doing or using something.
abstemious
Characterized by self denial or abstinence, as in the use of food or drink.
abstinence
Self denial.
abstruse
Dealing with matters diffucult to be understood.
absurd
Inconsistent with reason or common sense.
abundant
Plentiful.
abusive
Employing harsh words or ill treatment.
abut
To touch at the end or boundary line.
abyss
Bottomless gulf.
academic
Of or pertaining to an academy, college, or university.
academician
A member of an academy of literature, art, or science.
academy
Any institution where the higher brances of learning are taught.
accede
To agree.
accelerate
To move faster.
accept
To take when offered.
access
A way of approach or entrance; passage.
accessible
Approachable.
accession
Induction or elvation, as to dignity, office, or government.
accessory
A person or thing that aids the principal agent.
acclaim
To utter with a shout.
accomodate
To furnish something as a kindness or favor.
accompaniment
A subordinate part or parts, enriching or supporting the leading part.
accompanist
One who or that which accompanies.
accompany
To go with, or be associated with, as a companion.
accomplice
An associate in wrong-doing.
accomplish
To bring to pass.
accordion
A portable free-reed musical instrument.
accost
To speak to.
account
A record or statment of receipts or expenditures, or business transactions.
accouter
To dress.
accredit
To give credit or authority to.
accumulate
To become greater in quantity or number.
accuracy
Exactness.
accurate
Conforming exactly to truth or to a standard.
accursed
Doomed to evil, misery, or misfortune.
accusation
A charge of crime, misdemeanor, or error.
accusatory
Of, pertaining to, or involving an accusation.
accuse
To charge with wrong doing, misconduct, or error.
accustom
To become familiar by use.
acerbity
Sourness, with bitterness and astringency.
acetate
A salt of acetic acid.
acetic
Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of vinegar.
ache
To be in pain or distress.
Achillean
Invulnerable.
achromatic
Colorless.
acid
A sour substance.
acidify
To change into acid.
acknowlege
To recognize; to admit the genuiness or validity of.
acknowledgment
Recognition.
acme
The highest point, or summit.
acoustic
Pertaining to the act or sense of hearing.
acquaint
To make familiar or conversant.
acquiesce
To comply; submit.
acquiescence
Passive consent.
acquire
To get as one's own.
acquisition
Anything gain, or made one's own, usually by effort or labor.
acquit
To free or clear, as from accusation.
acquittal
A discharge from accusation by judicial action,
acquittance
Release or discharge from indebtedness, obligation, or responsibility.
acreage
Quantity or extent of land, especially of cultivated land.
acrid
Harshly pungent or bitter.
acrimonious
Full of bitterness.
acrimony
Sharpness or bitterness of speech or temper.
actionable
Affording cause for instituting an action, as trespass, slanderous words.
actuality
Any reality.
actuary
An officer, as of an insurance company, who calcuates and states the risks and premiums.
actuate
To move or incite to action.
acumen
Quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment; keennees of discrimination.
acute
Having fine and penetrating discernment.
adamant
Any substance exceeding harshness or impenetrability.
addendum
Something added, or to be added.
addle
To make inefficient or worthless; muddle.
adduce
To bring forward or name for consideration.
adhere
To stick fast or together.
adherence
Attachment.
adherent
Clinging or sticking fast.
adhesion
The state of being attached or joined.
adieu
Goodbye; farewell.
adjacency
The state of being adjacent.
adjacent
That which is near or bordering upon.
adjudge
To award or bestow by formal decision.
adjunct
Something joined to or connected with another thing, but holding a subordinate place.
adjuration
A vehement appeal.
adjutant
Auxiliary.
administrator
One who manages affairs of any kind.
admissible
Having the right or privilege of entry.
admittance
Entrance, or the right or permission to enter.
admonish
To warn of a fault.
admonition
Gentle reproof.
ado
Unnecessary activity or ceremony.
adoration
Profound devotion.
adroit
Having skill in the use of bodily or mental powers.
adulterant
An adulterating substance.
adulterate
To make impure by the admixture of other or baser ingredients.
adumbrate
To represent beforehand in outline or emblem.
advent
The coming or arrival, as of any important change, event, state, or personage.
adverse
Opposing or opposed.
adversity
Misfortune.
advert
To refer incidentally.
advertiser
One who advertises, especially in newspapers.
advisory
Not mandatory.
advocacy
The act of pleading a cause.
advocate
One who pleads the cause of another, as in a legal or ecclesiastical court.
aerial
Of, pertaining to, or like the air.
aeronaut
One who navigates the air; a balloonist.
aeronautics
The act or practice of flying aircraft.
aerostat
A balloon or other apparatus floating in or sustained by the air.
aerostatics
The branch of pneumatics that treats the equilibrium, pressure, and mechanical properties.
affable
Easy to approach.
affect
To act upon.
affectation
A studied or ostentatious pretense or attempt.
affiliate
Some auxiliary person or thing.
affirmative
Answering yes; to a question at issue.
affix
To fasten.
affluence
A profuse or abundant supply of riches.
affront
An open insult or indignity.
afire
On fire, literally or figuratively.
afoot
In progress.
aforesaid
Said in a preceding part or before.
afresh
Once more, after rest or interval.
afterthough
A thought that comes later than its appropriate time or expected time.
agglomerate
To pile or heap together.
aggrandize
To cause to appear greatly.
aggravate
To make heavier, worse, or more burdensome.
aggravation
The fact of being made heavier o more henious, as a crime, offense, misfortune, etc.
aggregate
The entire number, sum, mass, or quantity of something.
aggress
To make the first attack.
aggression
An unprovoked attack.
aggrieve
To give grief or sorrow to.
aghast
Struck with terror and amazement.
agile
Able to move or act quickly, physically, or mentally.
agitate
To move or exite the feelings or thoughts.
agrarian
Pertaining to the land, especially agricultural land.
aide-de-camp
An officer who receives and transmits the orders of the general.
ailment
Slight sickness.
airy
Delicate; ethereal.
akin
Of similar nature or qualities.
alabaster
A white or delicately tinted fine-grained gypsum.
alacrity
Cheerful willingness.
albeit
Even though.
albino
A person with milky white skin and hair, and eyes with bright red pupil and usually pink iris.
album
A book whose leaves are so made to form paper frames for holding photographs or the like.
alchemy
Chemistry of the middle ages, characterized by the pursuit of changing base metals to gold.
alcohol
A colorless, inflammable, volatile fluid of a penetrating odor and burning taste.
alcoholism
A condition resulting from the inordinate or persistent use of alcholic beverages.
alcove
A covered recess connected with or at the side of a larger room.
alder
A shrub or small tree of the genus Alumnus, of the oak family.
alderman
A member of a municipal legislative body, who usually exercises also certain judicial functions.
aldermanship
The dignity, condition, office, or term of office of an alderman.
alias
An assumned name.
alien
One who owes their allegiance to a foreign government.
alienable
Capable of being aliened or alienable, as lands.
alienate
To cause to turn away.
alienation
Estrangement.
aliment
That which nourishes.
alkali
Any substance that will neutralize an acid, as lime, magnesia, etc.
allay
To calm the violence or reduce the intensity of; mitigate.
allege
To assert to be true in a formal manner, as in court.
allegory
The setting forth of a subject under the guise of another subject of aptly suggestive likeness.
allegory
The setting forth of a subject under the guise of another subject of aptly suggestive likeness.
alleviate
To make less burdensome or less hard to bear.
alley
A narrow street, garden path, walk, or the like.
alliance
Any combination or union for some common purpose.
allot
To assign a definite thing or part to a certain person.
allotment
Portion.
allude
To refer incidentally, or by suggestion.
allusion
An indirect or incidental reference to something without definite mention of it.
alluvion
Flood.
ally
A person or thing connected with another, usually in some relation of helpfulness.
almanac
A series of tables giving the days of the week together with certain astronomical information.
aloof
Not in sympathy with or desiring to associate with others.
altar
Any raised place or structure on which sacrifices may be offered or incense burned.
alter
To make change in.
alteration
Change or modification.
altercate
To contend angrily or zealously in words.
alternate
One chosen to act in place of another, in case of absence or incapacity of that other.
alternative
Something that may or must exist, be taken or chosen, or done instead of something else.
altitude
Vertical distance or elevation above any point or base-level, as the sea.
alto
The lowest or deepest female voice or part.
altruism
Benevolence to others on subordination to self-interest.
altruist
One who advocates and practices altruism.
amalgam
An alloy or union of mercury with another metal.
amalgamate
To mix or blend together in a homogenous body.
amateur
Practicing an art or occupation for the love of it, not as a profession.
amatory
Designed to excite love.
ambidextrous
Having the ability of using both hands with equal skill or ease.
ambiguous
Having a double meaning.
ambitious
Eagerly desiring and aspiring.
ambrosial
Divinely sweet, fragrant, or delicious.
ambulance
A vehicle fitted for conveying the sick or wounded.
ambulate
To walk out.
ambush
The act or state of lying concealed for the purpose of surprising or attacking the enemy.
ameliorate
To relieve, as from pain or hardship.
amenable
Willing and ready to submit.
Americanism
The peculiar sense in which an English word or phrase is used in the United States.
amicable
Done in a friendly spirit.
amity
Friendship.
amourous
Having the propensity for falling in love.
amorphous
Witout definite shape.
amour
A love-affair, esspecially one of an illicit nature.
ampere
The practical unit of electrical-current strength.
ampersand
The character, &; and.
amphibious
Living both on land and water.
amphitheatre
An edifice of elliptical shape, constructed about a central open space or arena.
amplitude
Largeness.
amply
Sufficiently.
amputate
To remove by cutting off, as a limb or some portion of the body.
amusement
Diversion.