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Abandon (n.)
total lack of inhibition;

With her strict parents out of the way, Kelly danced all night with abandon.
Abase
to humble; disgrace;

After his immature behavior, John was abased in my eyes.
Abate
decrease, reduce;

As the hurricane's force abated, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.
Abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power;

With the angry mob clamoring outside the palace, the king abdicated his throne and fled.
Aberration
something different from the usual;

Due to the bizarre aberrations in the author's behavior, her publicist decided that the less the public saw of her, the better.
Abet
to aid; act as accomplice;

While Derwin robbed the bank, Marvin abetted his friend by pulling up the getaway car
Abeyance
temporary suppression or suspension;

Michelle held her excitement in abeyance while the college review board considered her application.
Abhor
to loathe, detest;

After she repeatedly failed to learn the Pythagorean theorem, Susan began to abhor geometry
Abject
miserable, pitiful;

When we found the abject creature lying on the ground, we took it inside and tended to its broken leg.
Abjure
to reject, abandon formally;

Claiming he had changed, the president abjured his old beliefs during his speech.
Ablution
act of cleansing;

taking off her makeup was the last step in Minnie's evening ablutions.
Abnegate
to deny, renounce;

The monks had dedicated themselves to a humble and self-abnegating lifestyle, refusing all comforts
Abolitionist
one who opposes the practice of slavery;

Harriet Beecher Stowe, a known abolitionist, portrayed the evils of slavery in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Abortive
interrupted while incomplete;

Her attempt at reaching the other side of the lake was abortive
Abridge
to condense, shorten;

The teacher assigned an abridged version of Tristram shandy to her class, as the original was very long.