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Abate
V. subside or moderate.
ex: Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to abate.
N. abatement
Aberrant
ADJ. abnormal or deviant.
ex: Given the aberrant nature of the data, we came to doubt the validity of the entire experiment.
Abrasive
ADJ. rubbing away; tending to grind down.
ex: Just as abrasive cleansers can wear away a shiny finish, abrasive remarks can wear away a listener's patience.
V. abrade
Abridge
V. condense or shorten.
ex: Because the publishers wanted a shorter version of War and Peace, they proceeded to abridge the novel.
Absolute
ADJ. complete; totally unlimited; certain.
ex: Although the King was an absolute monarch, he did not want to behead his unfaithful wife without absolute evidence.
Abstemious
ADJ. sparing in eating and drinking; temperate.
ex: The mother was concerned about her vegetarian son's abstemious diet.
Abstract
ADJ. theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational.
ex: To him, hunger was an abstract concept; he had never missed a meal.
Abstruse
ADJ. obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
ex: She carries around abstruse works of philosophy, not because she understands them but because she wants her friends to think she does.
Accessible
ADJ. easy to approach; obtainable.
ex: We asked our guide whether the ruins were accessible on foot.
Acclaim
V. applaud; announce with great approval.
ex: The NBC sportscasters acclaimed every American victory in the Olympics.
N. acclamation, acclaim